swords of mighty kings have hanged over the heads of criminals in thoroughfares
and market places, but they have failed to reach the guilt concealed in the
minds and hearts of men. They have enforced law and order in the habitations
and townships, but the kingdom of spirit has ever been beyond their reach, or,
rather, their own courts and castles have been the breeding dens of moral
confusion and spiritual anarchy. What else have the
kings like Alexanders and Caesars left for us?
many lawgivers has the world seen from Solon to this day? Their laws were not
only short-lived but have also failed to cleanse the hearts and purify the
rulers always placed a new set of laws on the statute book, albeit more often
to further their own interests than to enforce the rules of equity. The world
has not changed even today. Still, the legislatures in every country make and
unmake laws endlessly, but seldom their labours are for the benefit of the
people whom they profess to represent. It is more the interest of the powers
that be which they seek to promote.
These are, broadly, the higher sections of society
which could be expected to work for the welfare of humanity. If you give
further thought to the matter you would see that whatever light of goodness and
virtue you find in the world today, it owes its existence to the pure-hearted
souls whom you know by the name of prophets and messengers of God.
you come across compassion and justice and a sincere desire to alleviate the
sufferings of the poor and the downtrodden, no matter whether these are found
in the cave of a mountain or a dense forest or a populous city, they are due to
the call given by one of these men of God.
The Qur'an tells us:
"There is not a nation but a warner hath passed among
"For every folk a guide.” 
lustre of their teachings is to be found today in every country and nation: the
savages of Africa and the civilised nations of Europe are both equally indebted
to them for edification of their souls. Of all the groups of men we have
mentioned afore, the most august are they, for they rule not over the bodies of
men like the kings, but their authority is enshrined in the hearts of the
people. Their kingdom is got of lands and countries, but of hearts and spirits:
they do not wield the sword, yet they obliterate the stains of guilt and peccancy
at one stroke; they are not dreamy-eyed songsmiths, yet the sweetness of their
speech delights the soul; they are neither senators nor law-makers, yet the
laws given by them regulate the conduct of statesmen and judges, kings and
subjects from age to age.
is not a question of faith or conviction but a matter of fact and history. One
has to see whether it has actually been so or not the edicts of Patliputra's
Ashoka are engraved on the pillars of stones, but those of the Buddha are
inscribed in the hearts of people. The decrees of the rulers of Ujjain,
Hastinapur, Delhi and Kannauj are no more to be found today, but the Dharma
Shastra of Manu still prevails. The statutes of Hamurabbi, the King of Babel,
have long been buried under the dust, but Abraham's teachings are still alive!
Pharaoh's imprudent demand to pay divine honours to him was as transient as the
clouds, but Moses still lives in his teachings. How long did the laws of Solon
remain in force, but the laws of Torah are still the measure of justice! The
Roman Law which nailed Jesus Christ to the Cross became extinct long ago, but
the doctrines of love that flowed from the lips of Jesus still redeem the
wrongdoers and wash them of their sins. The Abu Jahls of Mecca, the Chosroes of
Iran and the Caesars of Rome are all dead and gone, but the Lord of Madina
still rules over the hearts of people in every part of the world.
If these facts are correct, one would have to
concede, not on grounds of faith, but through reason and logic of stubborn
facts, that no other class of people except the prophets has worked for the welfare
and happiness of mankind in its truest sense; theirs was the endeavour
consisting of virtue and goodness, purity of heart, moderation and temperance.
They all came to this world as messengers of God to preach the gospel of Truth
and Faith, and they left their footsteps of righteousness to be followed by the
coming generations. It is from their teachings alone that the rulers and the
ruled, the rich and the poor and the learned and the illiterate can derive
"That is Our argument. We gave it unto Abraham against the
folk. We raise unto degrees of wisdom whom We will. Lo! thy Lord is Wise,
"And We bestowed upon him Isaac and Jacob; each of them We
guided; and Noah did We guide aforetime; and of his seed (We guided) David and
Solomon and Job and Joseph and Moses and Aaron. Thus do we reward the good.
"And Zachariah and John and Jesus and Elias. Each one (of
them) was of the righteous.
"And Ishmael and Elisa and Jonah and Lot. Each one (of them)
did We prefer above (Our) creatures,
"With some of their forefathers and their off-spring and
their brethren; and We chose them and guided them unto a straight path.
“Such is the guidance of Allah wherewith He guideth whom He will
of His bondmen. But if they had set up (for worship) aught beside Him, (all)
that they did would have been vain.
"Those are they unto whom We gave the Scripture and command
and prophethood. But if these disbelieve therein, then indeed We shall entrust
it to a people who will not be disbelievers therein.
"Those are they whom Allah guideth, so follow their guidance.”
luminous verses of the Qur’an speak of a particular group among men,
some of whom have been mentioned by name, who had been sent to cure the
spiritual ailments of mankind and restore its moral health. They were men, holy
and angelic in spirit, who preached the word of God in different times and
climes and in every land. Whatever of moral rectitude and righteousness, purity
and chastity man possesses today, it is all their legacy, and in following
their footsteps alone lies the salvation and well-being of humanity.
 Qur’an, Surah Al-Fatir, 35: 24.
 Qur’an, Surah Ar-Ra'd, 13: 7.
 Qur’an, Surah Al-An’am, 6: 84-91.
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