The most successful visionary was Prophet Muhammad SAW. His vision was to establish Islam in this world by way of worshipping Allah. It is in line with the words of Allah in chapter az-Zariyat verse 56, “I did not create the jinn and the human beings except for the purpose that they should worship Me.” He was sure that when people change and submit themselves to God, the world will transform into a place of harmony and serenity.
Prophet Muhammad was an orphan who lived in the desert. He lived in the midst of an ignorant community; a community that was in a state of constant bickering. Barbaric practices were the rule of the day. The Prophet should have influenced by this inhuman culture and way of life, but that did not happen. No one excepted that in the middle of this barbaric community a man would emerge; a man that would change everything. A man that converted barbarism into a civilisation. He was able to do so because he had a clear vision, a vision guided by the Divine revelation and no one could stop him from actualising that vision.
Hence, when his uncle suggested that he stop his efforts in spreading Islam, he said, “Oh my uncle, if they put the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand, in order that I give up this mission of mine, I will never do it until I die in defence of this truth.” With regard to this, in Mohammad, Buddha and Christ, Dr. Marcus Dods states, “Certainly he (Mohammad) had two of the most important characteristics of the prophetic order. He saw the truth about God which his fellowmen did not see, and he had an irresistible inward impulse to publicise this truth”.
As a result, in a short period of time he successfully changed the world. In The New World Islam A.M. Lothrop Stoddard states, “The rise of Islam is perhaps the most amazing event in human history. Springing from a land and a people alike previously negligible, Islam spread within a century over half the earth, shattering great empires, overthrowing long-established religions, remoulding the souls of races, and building up a whole new world – the world of Islam.”
With a vision a person becomes like a fish in the sea. Although the water is salty, the saltiness is not absorbed into the the fish. This was what happened to the Companions of the Prophet, for example Abu Zar, as mentioned before. He was from the barbaric tribe of Ghifar. However, Abu Zar was not influenced by them. One day, he travelled to Mecca. There, he met Prophet Muhammad and after listening to the Prophet’s explanation regarding Islam, he recited the syahadah (proclamation of faith) and become a Muslim. After embracing Islam, Abu Zar returned to his tribe with a clear vision, that is to change his people. After several years passed by, with faith and determination, Abu Zar successfully brought the entire tribe of Ghibar to Medina to embrace Islam in the hands of the Prophet. This clearly shows that people with vision possess a great power within themselves. When this power is unleashed, history is made.
– Extracted from 7 Formulas of Excellent Individuals by Dr. Danial Zainal Abidin