The following is taken from the transcript of a discourse delivered by Mawlana Waffie Mohammed.
One of the reasons why Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was very successful was because he was able to instil in the minds of the people that they were all children of Adam (a.s.); and as a result they were all part of the one big human family. This was confirmed by the Qur’anic verses in which Allah (s.w.t.) Says:
Mankind was one single nation ... (Surah al-Baqarah:213)
Before the coming of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.), the Children of Israel, who had the responsibility of establishing Allah’s (s.w.t.) religion on earth, were disunited. They were in tribes, twelve in all; and they were all distinct and separate. One tribe never really interacted with the other; so much so, that when they wanted water, and Allah (s.w.t.) Told Moses (a.s.) to strike the rock, twelve separate springs came out, one for each tribe. Even in Arabia, where the Prophet (s.a.w.) was born,…