What Israeli PM Golda Meir Learned from the Prophet Muhammad [PBUH]
In 1973 the war between Arabs and Israel was about to start.
Meanwhile an American Senator visited Israel on a special mission. He
was chief of the Senate Arms Committee. A meeting with Israeli Prime
Minister Golda Meir was arranged immediately.
Golda Meir welcomed him into her home, like any common housewife
welcoming a family guest. She took him to the kitchen. While seating him
at the kitchen dining table, she went over to prepare tea for the
As the water was kept for boiling, she came over and sat on a chair near
the dining table. She opened the discussion regarding planes, missiles,
and guns. In the course of negotiations, she got the aroma of the brew.
She prepared two cups of tea, and offered one cup to the Senator, and
another to an American guard who was standing at the gate. On returning,
she came back, continued talking with the Senator. After a discussion
they settled the arms deal. In the meantime, she stood up, collected all
the cups, and turned to senator and said “I agree to this deal. You can
send your secretary to my secretary for written deal”.
It may be remembered that Israel at that time was facing a serious
economic crisis, but the huge arms deal was settled by Meir with the
greatest of ease in the history of Israel. It was quite astonishing that
earlier, the Israeli cabinet had rejected the same deal, because they
thought it would be so costly, that the whole nation would have to make
do with a single meal a day, for years to come.
Meir knew about their stand, and said, “Your doubt are well founded, but
if we win this war, and defeat the Arabs, history will remember us as
the victors, and in history, once a community is know as the victor, it
forgets how many eggs they ate and how many times they had food. Whether
there was jam, honey, butter on the table, and how many holes they had
in their shoes. Or whether the sheaths of their swords were new or old! A
conqueror is a conqueror.”
Based on Meir’s solid logic, the Israeli cabinet approved the deal.
Later it was proved that the decision taken by Meir was right, and the
whole world witnessed the Jews knocking on the doors of the Arabs with
this artillery. A war took place, and the Arabs faced a shameful defeat
at the hands of an old lady.
After a gap of one decade after the war, a reporter of the Washington
Post interviewed Meir, asking “Was the logic you had in your mind for
the arms was spur of the moment decision or you had had an advance
Meir’s reply was very surprising.
She answered, “I got this logic from the prophet (of the Muslims)
Mohammed (peace be upon him). When I was a student, my favorite topic
was comparative study of religions. Those days I studied the life of
Mohammed (PBUH). One author stated that when Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)
died, there was not enough money to buy oil for a lamp, his wife (Ayesha
Siddiqua[Raziallah-u-ta’ala unha]) mortgaged his battle shield to buy
oil, yet there were nine swords hung on the wall of his house.
When I read this account, it occurred to me- how many people in the
world would have known about the worst economic condition of Islamic
state? But everyone recognizes them as conquerors of half the world. So I
decided that I would buy arms at any cost; even if we would have to
starve or to live in camps instead of buildings, but we would prove
ourselves as the victor”.
Meir revealed this secret, but requested the interviewer to keep it “off
the record”, and refrain from publishing it, because if she referred to
Prophet Mohammed(P.B.U.H), the Jews would have revolted against her and
the Muslim position would have strengthened.
Over the time, world situation changed. Golda Meir died. By this time
the interviewer had given up the profession of journalism. Meanwhile
another correspondent was busy interviewing 20 famous American
journalists. In connection with this, he met the journalist who had
interviewed Meir as a representative of the Washington Post.In this
interview, he recounted the story of Meir that drew on the life of
Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
He said he was not ashamed to tell the story. Further, he said, “After
this incident I studied the history of Islam, and was astonished to know
about the savoir-faire of Arabs. Because I learnt that Tariq bin Ziyad
conquered Spain through Gibraltar, while more than half his army did not
have complete suit of clothes. They subsisted for 72 hours at time on
water and dried bread.
It was then that the interviewer agreed with Meir’s view that history
counts victory; it does not count the eggs, jams and butter on the
table.”When the interview with Meir was published, the whole world
learned of this entire story.This astonishing incident is history’s
wake-up call to the Muslims of the world. It teaches them a lesson; it
reveals how 14 centuries ago, a shepherd, clad in a cloak and worn-out
shoes became the leader of the world, and conquered four continents.
Could enormous castles, grand palaces, magnificent gardens, splendid
clothes, adorned rest places of silk and sleepless, gold silver, boxes,
gems and jewels, spread of savory dishes and the jingle of coins save
them? The locust-swarm of Tartar forces did not reach the palace of
Musta’sim Billah by trampling over Baghdad. What a terrible and
astonishing scene it was in the history of Islam, when Musta’sim Billah
was bound in chains, standing like a prisoner before Halaku Khan
(grandson of Changiz Khan). And at mealtime, Halaku Khan ate in simple
plates, but offered plates of gems and precious metals to Caliph
Musta’sim Billah, mocking “Eat from these diamonds, gems, gold and
precious metals you have collected!” There stood the Sovereign of
Baghdad, helplessness, powerless, lonely, destitute, saying, “How can I
eat gold?” Halaku Khan replied, “Then why you have collected all this
silver and gold?”
The Muslim, whose religion calls on him to make arms and rear horses,
had no reply. Halaku Khan glanced at the palace doors and windows,
asking, “Why did you not make iron arrows by melting these iron nets?
Why did you collect these diamonds instead of paying money to your
soldiers, so they could fight bravely against my forces?””It was the
will of Allah”, replied the grieved Caliph.
The arrogant Halaku shot back, “Whatever is now going to happen with you is also God’s wish”.
Then Halaku covered Musta’sim Billah in a cloak and crushed him under
the hooves of horses, and proceeded to make a graveyard of Baghdad.