It has logically described the biographies of religious and political leaders, inventors, writers, philosophers, scientists and artists, and has ranked them according to their impact and influence on humanity. Surprising to readers, Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) was the first person on Michael Hart's biographical list. In his book Michael Hart has asserted that the Prophet was "supremely successful" in both the religious and secular realms.
It is also interesting to note that Michael Hart's book even includes one of the Prophet's "Sahaba Keram" (Great Companions), Hazrat Omar Bin Khattab, the second Caliph of Islam. As is obvious, these companions of Prophet Mohammed were the trusted followers whom the Prophet himself guided and trained and who represented and subsequently carried forward the Prophet's exemplary life and mission.Prophet's companions are not stranger to this country. Some are reported to have visited India even during the Prophet's time. Prophet's companions have so tremendous influence upon this country that Gandhiji time and again declared to establish the exemplary caliphate (Khttafat) of Hazrat Omar in India after it attains freedom.
Like Prophet Mohammed, his companions are too the best models for the humanity. They influenced the then existing society and are still relevant in the present context the world over. They loved and followed the Holy Prophet; cultivated a culture based on the Quran (Allah's Commandments), Hadees (Prophet's Sayings) and Sunnah (Life as spent by Prophet); and dedicated their lives to the causes of the service to the humanity, promotion of knowledge in every field, including health, environment, culture, architecture, developmental work and human resources. They sacrificed their lives for protection of rights of human beings, women, children, minorities and marginalized people, animals and other creatures, and cared for environment, and health as well as collectivity and pluralism.
The companions of the Prophet were harbingers of peace and peaceful co-existence. Therefore, it would be in the fitness of things that their lives, styles, thoughts, views, wisdom and in short, entire teachings come before us time and again. Keeping this important aspect in view, the Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadees Hind, the oldest organization of Indian Muslims, has chosen "The Greatness of Prophet Mohammed's Companions" as the central theme of its two-day 30th All India Ahle Hadees Conference to be held on April 10-11, 2010 at New Delhi's historic Ram Leela Ground. To be addressed by several eminent Muslim and non-Muslim experts of myriad fields as well as leaders of different political parties and Muslim and other community organizations, it would be participated by thousands of delegates from India and abroad.
On this occasion, a souvenir as well as books and booklets covering the contribution of the Prophet's companions in the eradication of illiteracy and promotion of knowledge and education, alleviation of poverty, caring for women, children, minorities and the marginalized sections of the society, and raising an ideal and value-based society would also be brought out. It is expected that this conference would provide a good opportunity to understand the companions of the Prophet in the present context.
April 7, 2010
Maulana Asghar Ali Imam Mahadi Salafi
General Secretary, Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadees Hind