If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astonishing results are the three criteria of a human genius, who could dare compare any great man in history with Muhammad? – Alphonse de Lamartine

Lebanese children participate in a celebration of the Prophet Muhammad's birthday hosted by Lebanese Islamic scouts under the guidance of Dar al-Fatwa, Beirut Souk, Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Lebanese children participate in a celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday hosted by Lebanese Islamic scouts under the guidance of Dar al-Fatwa, Beirut Souk, Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
A Lebanese couple take a selfie in front of men and women wearing Santa Claus costumes during a parade for Christmas, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
A Lebanese couple take a selfie in front of men and women wearing Santa Claus costumes during a parade for Christmas, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (Hussein Malla / AP)
A general view shows a garbage-filled area in Beirut. Lebanon's cabinet agreed to export the country's waste in a move that could end a crisis that led to a wave of protests and threatened the downfall of the government.(Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
A general view shows a garbage-filled area in Beirut. Lebanon’s cabinet agreed to export the country’s waste in a move that could end a crisis that led to a wave of protests and threatened the downfall of the government.(Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
A car passes by a pile of garbage in Karantina, east Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
A car passes by a pile of garbage in Karantina, east Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP)
Lebanese activists from 'You Stink' movement hold national flags and shout slogans against the government during a protest in front the Government Palace, Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Lebanese activists from ‘You Stink’ movement hold national flags and shout slogans against the government during a protest in front the Government Palace, Beirut. (NABIL MOUNZER / EPA)
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi greets children as he visits a school for Syrian refugees who fled their war-torn country in the Mount Lebanon village of Bchamoun, outside the capital Beirut. (MARWAN TAHTAH / AFP)
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi greets children as he visits a school for Syrian refugees who fled their war-torn country in the Mount Lebanon village of Bchamoun, outside the capital Beirut. (MARWAN TAHTAH / AFP)
Valerie About Chacra, Miss World Lebanon reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province. (JOHANNES EISELE / AFP)
Valerie About Chacra, Miss World Lebanon reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China’s Hainan province. (JOHANNES EISELE / AFP)
Students wearing festive Christmas costumes ride on a camel as they take part in a Christmas parade in Beirut. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Students wearing festive Christmas costumes ride on a camel as they take part in a Christmas parade in Beirut. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Relatives and supporters of Hezbollah militant leader Samir Qantar carry a picture of him along with Lebanese, Palestinian and Hezbollah flags during his funeral in Beirut's southern suburbs. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Relatives and supporters of Hezbollah militant leader Samir Qantar carry a picture of him along with Lebanese, Palestinian and Hezbollah flags during his funeral in Beirut’s southern suburbs. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS)
Lebanese women hold banners and flags of Lebanon during the protest after Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky,who was arrested on sunday in Nigeria, in Beirut. Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is a Shi'a Muslim cleric in Nigeria, and head of Nigeria's Islam Movement. (RATIB AL SAFADI / Anadolu Agency)
Lebanese women hold banners and flags of Lebanon during the protest after Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky,who was arrested on sunday in Nigeria, in Beirut. Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky is a Shi’a Muslim cleric in Nigeria, and head of Nigeria’s Islam Movement. (RATIB AL SAFADI / Anadolu Agency)
Lebanese corn vendors watch Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah give a speech on a TV screen reflected on a shop window, in the southern port city of Sidon. (Mohammed Zaatari / AP)
Lebanese corn vendors watch Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah give a speech on a TV screen reflected on a shop window, in the southern port city of Sidon. (Mohammed Zaatari / AP)
The Lebanese Minister of Culture Raymond Araiji (C) inspects a newly installed artifact, from the National Museum, on display in the Beirut international airport. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
The Lebanese Minister of Culture Raymond Araiji (C) inspects a newly installed artifact, from the National Museum, on display in the Beirut international airport. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
A man prepares decorations ahead of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in Sidon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
A man prepares decorations ahead of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in Sidon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
Young Girls take pictures in front of a decorated giant UEFA Euro 2016 soccer ball, dubbed "Beau Jeu" (Beautiful Game), in downtown Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
Young Girls take pictures in front of a decorated giant UEFA Euro 2016 soccer ball, dubbed “Beau Jeu” (Beautiful Game), in downtown Beirut. (Jamal Saidi / REUTERS)
People inspect hookahs shaped like rifles on display for sale in a souk at the port city of Sidon, southern Lebanon, December 23, 2015. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
People inspect hookahs shaped like rifles on display for sale in a souk at the port city of Sidon. (Ali Hashisho / Reuters)
Men take pictures using their mobile phones of a member of a Lebanese Sufi Muslim group, with his mouth pierced with a skewer, as he takes part in a ritual to commemorate the birth of Prophet Mohammed at the port city of Sidon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
Men take pictures using their mobile phones of a member of a Lebanese Sufi Muslim group, with his mouth pierced with a skewer, as he takes part in a ritual to commemorate the birth of Prophet Mohammed at the port city of Sidon. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS)
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