16) What is wrong in considering that Muhammad () had aimed for worldly power?

What is it that is meant by the love of power and clout? It is the desire to invest oneself with the authority and power of a country and to, thereby, lead a life of comfort and luxury. It is true that the Prophet had attained power after having had borne the trials, tribulations and tortures for thirteen years before reaching Medina by adopting exile from his own land. However, his authority was never a path to a life of comfort and luxury. For, who, if any, can ever call a lover of authority, a man who, even when in the position of a ruler, slept his nights on mat of palm leaves, washed his own clothes, stitched his footwear and milked the goats? Those who actually seek after power are those who desire to stand aloof from, and be respected by, people in the sake of their important office. As for the Prophet, he was one who had served the people while living as one amongst them. On one occasion, all who were present stood up as the Prophet entered the place. The Prophet, thereof, ordered against this practice. He said, “Do not stand up in respect like some amongst the Persians who stand up in respect of others from amongst them.” He advised thus, “Do not praise me as the Christians praised Jesus, the son of Maryam.” All this indicates clearly that Muhammad () was never one to go after pomp and praise associated with the power.
Furthermore, he was promised authority and power in the early, difficult days at Mecca itself if, and only if, he stopped the propagation of his message. The leaders of the society approached him one day with the intention of enticing him with a proposal. They said, “If it is wealth that thee covet, we will give thee all the wealth that you desire. If it is authority that ye want, we will make obeisance to thee as our king. If it is women of beauty that ye desire we will arrange for your marriage with the women of your own choosing.” An offer before which any person would have succumbed! A most tempting offer indeed! Just one word was all that was required. He would then be the most wealthy man in the region. All people of the land would then pay their homage to him as their king. Beautiful women would then dance before him. But this was what the Prophet said, “ I am in need of neither authority nor wealth. The Lord Creator has appointed me but as a warner to mankind. It is His message which I deliver unto you. Those who accept it can achieve for themselves peace and contentment in this world and eternal salvation in the next. As for
those who accept not the divine message, it is He Himself Who will judge their case.”
This incident took place in the early years of the mission at Mecca. If the Prophet’s goal was to grab authority by writing the Qur’an and thereby making it accepted that he was, indeed, the messenger of God, why was it that he refrained from the offer of authority that was placed at his feet without his having to undergo any suffering whatsoever? It is amply evident from this thatMuhammad () never hankered after power or authority. Briefly put, it was never the desire for power which worked behind the composition of the Qur’an.

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