Few days ago, I referred to Thomas Sugrue's review of The Last Great Prophet, by Essad Bey.
That review was printed in the Herald-Tribune, in the 1930s, and is quoted fully in Think and Grow Rich.
Essad Bey's book gives the life of Prophet Mohammed, who, after the age of forty when he was a successful merchant, took to roaming in the desert and one day came back with verses which he could not have written, for he was not known for eloquence or poetry and had little formal education; having been a shepherd, he married the widow he worked for and became a prosperous businessman. But Allah's messenger, the archangel Gabriel, invited Mohammed into the desert, and appeared in a visitation to him. There, he gave him the verses which form the Koran.
As some scholar has noted, every race and nation has been given a Prophet in their own tongue, for God the giver and owner of all has granted diversity to humanity, and other scholars have noted that all religions preach the same sacred message, in different forms, for the benefit and salvation of humankind.
I write this as an inspirtion that Dr. Mohammed Morsi's Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood will follow a rule of "Dastoor" i.e. tradition according to Islam, and Islam being translated by Thomas Surgue to mean "democracy", hopefully will mean an enlightened democratic rule by the learned President of the Republic, and hopefully the international community will welcome that rule for its inclusion in diversity and help them to the restoration of a free-trading economy which tourists can enjoy visiting.
Today, I hope Prophet Mohammed's life can be an inspiration for persistence in Peace and Prosperity as noble objectives for humankind.