کتاب: اسلام اور مستشرقین - صفحہ 76
In the earliest period of his preaching Mohammed's utterances were delivered in a sinewy oracular style cast into short rhymed phrases, often obscure and sometimes preceded by one or more formal oaths. This style is admittedly that of the ancient kahins or Arabian oracle-mongers, and it is not surprising that Mohammed's opponents should have charged him with being just another such kahin. For this and other reasons his style gradually loosened out into a simpler but still rhetorical prose; and as social denunciations and eschatological visions passed into historical narrative, and that in turn at Medina into legislation and topical addresses, little was left of its original stylistic features but a loose rhyme or assonance marking the end of each verse, now anything from ten to sixty words long. 49 اس نے یہ بھی لکھا ہے کہ خداخوفی یا آخرت کا ڈر ایک ایسا ہتھیار تھا جسے پیغمبر اسلام صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم آخر دم تک اپنے مخالفین کو دھمکانے کے لیے استعمال کرتے رہے: Whatever may have been the channels through which these ideas reached Mohammed, the fear of God's ‘wrath to come’ dominated his thought throughout his later life. It was for him not only, nor even chiefly, a