As the monarch of France, napoleon conquered European political and military life for more than two decades. His Military genius led him to the conquest of most of the continent and extends French control into Asia and Africa. Napoleon not only captured the most of the territory; he also exported his military and political ideas and methods and influenced armies and governments throughout the world. In doing so he evidently established himself one of the most leading leader. Napoleon was a ruthless and bitter ruler; he tried to rule the world with his dictatorship and power yet he was ambition and determined with his work, he brought liberties to conquered territories not heretofore experienced. His unrelenting ambition made him defeat by the hands of allied European powers.
The Second Muslim Caliph
Umar-ibn-Khattab (R.A) was a leading companion and adviser of Islamic Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) who became the second Caliph after Hazrat Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H) death. Hazrat Umar converted to Islam in 6th year after Hazrat Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H) first revelation and succeeded Caliph Hazrat Abu Bakr on 23rd August 634 and played a significant role in Islam. Under his Leadership Islamic empire expanded at an unprecedented pace. It was said that “Sun never falls in Umar’s empire”. The nectar of good governance and effective administration is enshrined in its leadership’s personal integrity and self-accountability; in justice for all, and in people’s freedom to speak out. The American government feels pride in incorporating the five basic Principles of Hazrat Umar’s (R.A) reign as a preamble of his constitution, i.e. justice for all; ensuring domestic tranquility; providing for common defense; promoting general welfare and lastly, securing the blessings of liberty to people and to their posterity. It has been reported that Umar was a champion wrestler of his time, and though not distinguished as a swordsman, he would later attain fame as a master strategist. Along with Khalid, he is said to be one of the key figures in the collapse of the Arabian rebellion, the greatest achievement of Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A) and thus lies in our countdown number 2.
#1 Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H)
The Reformer of the World
Prophet Muhammad’s exclusive communication and control style led to the spread of Islam, not only within Arabia but also outside to the north, south, east, west and southwest of Arabia. As a leader during expedition or as a leader during peacetime, Prophet Muhammad proved to master skillful techniques with which he accomplished his goals in delivering the message of Islam. Prophet Muhammad communicative values of freedom, impartiality, humble, and graciousness were matched with practical deeds. In spite of religion and political association, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) use Islam as a channel to sermonize kindness and humanity. Prophet Muhammad never took revenge for any personal wound to himself. He did not take revenge even on his deadly enemies and when they were all standing before him defeated and at his mercy after the victory of Meccah, he (P.B.U.H) asked them: “What do you think I am going to do with you?” They said “a generous brother and a son of a generous brother” he forgave them all “Go you are all free”.
Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was known as being truthful and trustworthy. The people of Mecca used to secure their properties with him. He was most courageous, brave and a firm believer of Allah and Islam that he fought and defeated an expedition against a well trained army of thousands of Kufaar with only three hundred and sixteen men in his army. He reformed the whole civilization and society, placed before them the laws and commandments of success. He (P.B.U.H) with his kind, merciful and forgiving attitude turned the greatest opponent of Islam towards it. He knew that the bribery, corruption and discriminations are curse to the society; he (P.B.U.H) uprooted them with an iron hand. He was a great thinker, the most disciplined person, and most modest, firm believer of Islam and taught the lessons of humanity, equality and prosperity. The World recognizes him as the greatest reformer and most influential leaders of all time.