Today we’ll continue, and complete, the review of the life of Mohammed as presented by Napoleon Hill.
Napoleon Hill saw the similarities in the religious figures of the past and the way that they “thought” to create success for themselves and their followers. They were leaders in the way that they actually did Think And Grow Rich. The remaining passages of this review provide even more of a lesson on the potency of persistence.
“The Koran, the revealed word of God, was the closest thing to a miracle in Mohammed’s life. He had not been a poet; he had no gift of words. Yet the verses of the Koran, as he received them and recited them to the faithful, were better than any verses which the professional poets of the tribes could produce. This, to the Arabs, was a miracle. To them the gift of words was the greatest gift, the poet was all-powerful. In addition the Koran said that all men were equal before God, that the world should be a democratic state—Islam. It was this political heresy, plus Mohammed’s desire to destroy all the 360 idols in the courtyard of the Caaba, which brought about his banishment. The idols brought the desert tribes to Mecca, and that meant trade. So the business men of Mecca, the capitalists, of which he had been one, set upon Mohammed. Then he retreated to the desert and demanded sovereignty over the world.
The Rise Begins
“The rise of Islam began. Out of the desert came a flame which would not be extinguished—a democratic army fighting as a unit and prepared to die without wincing. Mohammed had invited the Jews and Christians to join him; for he was not building a new religion. He was calling all who believed in one God to join in a single faith. If the Jews and Christians had accepted his invitation Islam would have conquered the world. They didn’t. They would not even accept Mohammed’s innovation of humane warfare. When the armies of the prophet entered Jerusalem not a single person was killed because of his faith. When the crusaders entered the city, centuries later, not a Muslim man, woman, or child was spared. But the Christians did accept one Muslim idea—the place of learning, the university.”
Ending With A Lesson
This completes our lesson about Mohammed, and from Napoleon Hill’s ninth chapter. For our next installment, we will continue on with our updated version of Napoleon Hill‘s classic empowerment text, Think and Grow Rich, beginning anew with Chapter 10 and the ninth step toward riches.
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