Pre-Islamic Arabia was rife with injustice. The wealthy and powerful clans ruled and anyone who wasn’t born into the privilege of that life was at the mercy of the system. The weakest members of that society were often exploited and discarded. Therefore, when our Prophet Muhammad [Peace and Blessings be upon Him] brought the message of Islam, which demands equality for both genders and the redistribution of wealth through obligatory charity, it produced both a spiritual and a social revolution.
Muhammad himself was an orphan, and tradition holds that he was unable to read or write. Although he was known for his good character, he had very little in the way of education or resources to make him the great revolutionary he would become later in his life. I often reflect on our prophet in my own activism, remembering that by most worldly standards, his contemporaries considered him “unqualified” to lead. But Muhammad’s humility and willingness to submit to God allowed him to spread the word and advocate on behalf of the disadvantaged, producing a beautiful new way of life for their entire community that inspires us to do the same today. I have to remind myself regularly that God doesn’t call the qualified—but qualifies the ones He calls.
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