UTAH – American environmental biologist Joseph B. Platt is set to speak on Monday, January 7, on lessons he gained about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) while living among Muslim people in Arabia for the past 20 years, St. George Utah reported.
The speech, titled “Muhammad, the Prophet and Politician of Islam”, is held among a series of meetings in the President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University (DSU) in Utah, the US.
Working with the protection of endangered species, Platt served as a wildlife adviser to the king of Bahrain for seven years, was an environmental adviser to the ruler of Dubai, UAE, for 13 years and advised the kings of Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Jordan.
Furthermore, he worked on other scientific projects of environmental biology and taxonomy in Kuwait, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Eritrea in addition to other East African countries.
The American scientist continues to work with renewable energy developers in the wind and solar energy facilities throughout the US and currently teaches in Dixie State’s biological sciences department.
Prophet of Science
As the final Prophet of God according to the Islamic belief, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) united Arabia into a single Muslim polity, with the Qur’an and Prophetic Sunnah as the basis of the Islamic community.
By his death, most of the Arabian Peninsula had converted to Islam. According to Bernard Lewis, Islam was a great change, akin to a revolution, when introduced to new societies.
Historians generally agree that Islamic social changes in areas such as social security, family structure, slavery, and the rights of women and children improved on the status quo of Arab society.
The message of Prophet Muhammad transformed society and moral orders of life in the Arabian Peninsula; society focused on the changes to perceived identity, worldview, and the hierarchy of values.
Economic reforms addressed the plight of the poor, which was becoming an issue in pre-Islamic Makkah.