Yanarilys Rodriguez: Mohammad as a Peacemaker

The prophet Mohammad holds many admirable traits that make him an excellent role model. But I think that his admirable talent for brokering peace and resolving conflicts is a characteristic that is highly respected amongst many groups of people worldwide, even gaining praise from spiritual leaders around the world. An example of this is Muhatma Gandhi who wrote after reading about the prophet’s life: “I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet the scrupulous regard of pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his own mission.”

In his early life, Muhammad was an impartial arbitrator, someone who acted as an unbiased third party member to settle disputes for different groups of people. One of the more famous disputes he settled was between the four clans. They were arguing over which clan would be the one to have the honor of bringing the Black Stone to Kaba’s wall in 605 CE. In the end, he concluded that all clan members will bring the Black Stone by collectively grabbing a corner of a rectangular cloth with the stone in the center and walking together to Kaba’s wall where Muhammad would place the stone in the wall. This allowed for each clan to have the honor of delivering the stone to Kaba without resulting in bloodshed. Another one of my favorite peacemaking resolutions of the prophet Muhammad is the one that was signed on 628 CE. Muhammad wanted more people to convert to Islam, so he signed a non-aggression treaty with the Meccans. The treaty allowed for Muhammad to lead a group of Muslims into Mecca the following year. When they did, the Meccans had to vacate their homes for a few days. The abandonment of the city left a powerful message that eventually inspired a great many people to convert to Islam (Esack, pg 51). Often, when someone attempts to convert a large number of people, it leads to violence in some manner, but that was not the case here. His actions were not only peaceful and simple, but they were also powerful. This presented a different way to problem solve, one that was consented and agreed upon by both parties and included minimal disturbances.

In today’s society, someone with Muhammad’s abilities as a peacemaker and problem solver would be both needed and admired. They would be something that we grow up hoping to be. And that’s partially because such diplomatic qualities are not easy to obtain; people are quick to rush to violence or force, and they often forsake the greater good for some immediate benefit to them. It is for this reason that Mohammad, even today, should still be considered a prime example of a role model.