Muhammad's Codes for Supreme Success

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Muhammad, all respects, peace and blessings are upon him.


Muhammad, His 10 codes of Supreme Success


It is a well-known fact that the Prophet Muhammad was the supremely successful man in the entire history of mankind.  However, he was not just a hero, as Thomas Carlyle has called him in his book "Heroes and Heroworship".  According to the Quran, Muhammad was the Best ever example for all mankind. He has shown us the way of achieving supreme success in this world.  In short, Muhammad was a positive thinker in the full sense of the word. All his activities were result-oriented. He completely refrained from all such steps as may prove counter-productive.


By studying the life of the Prophet Muhammad, we can derive those important Codes which He was following:


  1. 1. Begin from the possible
  2. 2. Look for advantage in disadvantage
  3. 3. Change the place of action
  4. 4. Make friends out of your enemies
  5. 5. Turn minus into plus
  6. 6. Peace is stronger than violence
  7. 7. Be decisive and do not be dichotomous
  8. 8. Bring the battle in your own favorable field
  9. 9. Evolution instead of Revolution

10. Be pragmatic in controversial matters



The First Code:

Begin from the possible
This Code is well explained in a saying of Aishah (Muhammad's wife).

She said: "Whenever the Prophet had to choose between two options, he always opted for the easier choice."

To choose the easiest option means to begin from the possible and

One who begins from the possible will surely reach his goal.

The Second Code:

Look for advantage in disadvantage
In the early days of Mecca, there were many problems and difficulties. At that time, a leading verse in the Quran (94:5-6).was revealed. It said:

"With every hardship there is ease, with every hardship there is ease."

This means that if there are some problems, there are also opportunities at the same time. And the way to success is to ignore the problems and avail the opportunities.

The Third Code:

Change the place of action
This Code is derived from the Hijrah (migration). Hijrah was not just a migration from Mecca to Medina. It was to find a more suitable place and sincere friends for Islamic work, as history proved later on.

The Fourth Code:

Make friends out of your enemies
The prophet of Islam was repeatedly subjected to practices of antagonism by the unbelievers. At that time the Quran enjoined upon him the return of good for evil. And then, as the Quran added, "You will see your direst enemy has become your closest friend" (41:34).
It means that a good deed in return of a bad deed has a conquering effect over your enemies. And the life of the Prophet is a historical proof of this Code


The Fifth Code:

Turn minus into plus
After the Battle of Badr, about 70 of the unbelievers was captured as the prisoners of war. Most of Muhammad's companions wanted to slay those pagan captives.  Muhammad knew that those captives were educated people. Muhammad announced that if any one of them would teach ten Muslim children how to read and write they would be freed. This was the first school in the history of Islam in which all of the students were Muslims, and all of the teachers were from the enemy rank.


This school is the strangest school in the History of Mankind

  • The director of the school: illiterate man called the Prophet Muhammad
  • The teachers: 70 pagan idolaters Arabs
  • The teachers' status: war captives
  • The students: 700 Muslims children
  • The classrooms: 70 classrooms, 10 students each
  • The curriculum: to teach the students how to read and write Arabic language
  • The fees: neither the students paid money nor the teachers gained money.
  • The period of study: few months.
  • The graduation ceremony: all the teachers were freed and went back home.


Now, there are some comments about this unique school:

  • Have you ever heard about such a school?
  • Which was better, to kill the captive war teachers or to teach 700 children?
  • All of those teachers have willingly embraced Islam few years after this event.
  • What do you think about Muhammad as a farsighted statesman?



The Sixth Code:

Peace is stronger than violence
When Mecca was conquered; all of the Prophet's direst opponents were brought before him. They were war criminals, in every sense of the word. But the Prophet did not order to kill them. He simply said: "Go, you are free." The result of this kind behavior was miraculous. They immediately accepted Islam.
Thus Muhammad teaches us that the power of peace is stronger than the power of violence.

The Seventh Code:

Be decisive and do not be dichotomous

In the famous battle of Muta (or Moeta, that was the first war between Romans and Muslims), Khalid bin Walid, the Leader, decided to withdraw Muslim forces from the battlefield because he discovered that the Romans were greatly outnumbered the Muslims (Romans were more than 100,000 and Muslims were few thousands). The Muslims were surrounded by the Romans from all directions; but Khalid, one of the best military leaders in the history, made a very smart trick to get his Muslim forces out of the Romans' siege safely without any loss. 

When the Muslim forces reached Medina, some Medinan people received them by saying "O deserters! O escapers!

The Prophet said "No. They are men of advancement."
Those Medinan people were thinking dichotomously, either fighting or retreating.

The Prophet said no. There is also a third option, and that is to avoid war and find a time to strengthen your forces.

The history tells us that the Muslims, after three years of preparation, advanced again towards the Roman border and this time they won a resounding victory.


The Eighth Code:

Bring the battle in your own favorable field
This Code is derived from the collision of Hudaibiyyah.

The Prophet with few hundred Muslims went un-armed to Mecca to visit the Holy place there; it was just a peaceful religious visit. However, the unbelievers stopped the Muslims and prevented them from the entry into Mecca.  At that time, the unbelievers were determined to engage Muslims in fighting, because obviously they were in an advantageous position.

But the Prophet, by accepting their Unjust and intolerant conditions unilaterally, entered into a pact. It was a ten-year peace treaty. Until then, the meeting ground between Muslims and non-Muslims had been on the battlefield.

Now the area of conflict became that of ideological debate.

Within two years, Islam emerged as victorious and rapidly spread to most of the Arabia because of the simple reason of its ideological superiority.

The Ninth Code:

Evolution instead of Revolution

Gradualism instead of radicalism

This Code is well-established by a narrated Hadith.

Aishah says that the first verses of the Quran were related mostly to heaven and hell. And then after a long time when the people's hearts had softened, the specific commands to desist from adultery and drinking were revealed in the Quran. This is a clear proof that for social changes, Islam advocates the evolutionary method, rather than the revolutionary method.

The Tenth Code:

Be pragmatic in controversial matters
during the writing of Hudaibiyyah treaty, the Prophet dictated these words: "This is from Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah." The Pagans of Mecca delegate raised objections over these words saying that they do not admit that Muhammad is a messenger.

Muhammad promptly changed the word and ordered to write simply Muhammad, son of Abdullah.

These were the ten Codes through which the Prophet Muhammad gained that Supreme success which has been recognized by historians as the supreme success. Before all of that, do not forget, the total support of Allah onto His Last Prophet Muhammad.


However, these ten codes are the key of success in any field and every field e.g. social, education, science, art, sport, business, health care, military etc.

When man learns from the Professor of Mankind?

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This article was published on 2010/11/02
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