allahwhoallah wrote: Although Mohammad was evil as he was, he was not lazy, he believed in a mission, he believed that he was a prophet for real, he kept saying he wanted to rule and destroy the Jews, the kafirs, anyone who would opposed him...............Well, the universe gave it to him.
I do not believe it for a second. Muhammad did not himself believe he was a prophet. He was an intelligent man and he knew very well that his stories were lies. For him, it was not important whether he was telling the truth or not, what was important was that people would believe him. We should also remember that he was NOT unique, there were a number of other would be prophets in Arabia that Muhammad fought against, Aswad Ansi in Yemen, Musaylimah in Yamamah, Tulayha in Bukaza, etc. What made Muhammad succesful and these other prophets fail? They simply were defeated in battle by Muhammad's armies.
But let's put things in perspective here and look at the wider historical context, Will Durant wrote:
"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" (The Story of Civilization (Vol 3 Caesar And Christ. Epilogue - Why Rome fell)
What we think of today as the Islamic World (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Asia Minor, etc.) had been the birthplace and center of the greatest and most advanced civilizations in the entire world for more than 4,000 years. But by the time of Muhammad these areas were in major decline, desertification had turned North Africa from what had previosuly been the main supply of grain to the Roman Empire into an unproductive backwater. The Byzantine system of rulership had become so corrupted and plagued by intrigue and factionalization that rulers were more preoccupied with assasination plots at court in Constantinople than worrying about nomadic warriors infringing on remote provinces. Constant war between the Byzantines and Persians had weakened both states. So basically the entire region was undergoing major decline. The advance of Islam should be seen as a product of major decline rather than ingeneous success. It was a transitionary period that marked the movement of the center of gravity of advanced civilization outside of the Middle East and into Europe and China.
If Muhammad could see the world today, he would probably be surprised that his message had reached so far, but on closer inspection he might shed a tear that whilst the other peoples of the world were progressing and growing economically and intellectually the "Ummah" that he had created were being left behind. China, India and the West are all exploring outer space whilst the Islamic World is plagued by constant civil wars and barabarism.
Finally, in the great scheme of things, 1,400 years is not a long time. Ancient Egyptian religion survived for at least 3,500 years, and they had an even more ridiculous belief system than Islam, they actually believed that their Pharoah was a god himself, not simply appointed by a god.