Islam in search of Muslims: Lessons from life of Nelson Mandela (Shaykh Zahir Mahmood)

A powerful talk about some of the similarities between the life and conduct of Nelson Mandela and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and how Nelson Mandela revived some of the Sunnahs of the Prophet (pbuh).

The Prophet (pbuh) had empathy which was not limited to Muslims. The speaker narrated various incidents from the life of the Prophet where he showed great empathy to Non-Muslims. Offering a helping hand to Non-Muslim slave woman, being sympathetic to a person in battle by avoiding to kill him who has done a favour in past are some of the examples. Similarly Nelson Mandela’s concern and passion for human rights were not limited to blacks. He once said, besides white domination he fought black domination too. He was also very sympathetic to the cause of Palestinians and uttered that blacks cannot be totally free without the freedom of Palestinians.

Shaykh emphasised the need to learn from the life of Nelson Mandela. In the second part of the talk, he particularly focused on the divisions within the Ummah and the need to unite together and overcome our differences.

Source: RIS Talks 2013