Be of good hope in the face of death. Believe in this one truth for certain, that no evil can befall a good man either in life or death, and that his fate is not a matter of indifference to the gods. ~Socrates
Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods. ~ Socrates
While many people believe Socrates to be a pagan Greek, cause he said “Gods” in his writings and teachings. I believe that he was wise enough to understand that all ideals, virtues, traits of God are a myriad and so when Socrates said “gods” he meant really One such as seen in this quote here:
The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways I go to die, and you to live. Which is the better, God only knows. ~Socrates
He was against the government’s Athenian view of religion, power, and control and that is why it is well known that he was poisoned by hemlock put to death for corrupting the minds of the youth of Athens and of impiety (“not believing in the gods of the state”). He rejected the notion of human like Gods, that bestowed grace on leaders and he was well known to call out the notion of human oracles who were somehow given rulings over other’s life. As he suggests in the above comment, nobody had a right to judge others cause only the one perfect consciousness knows, that created all of this, and only His plan can He know.
As a teacher, I am inspired by Socrates who taught people that wisdom and knowledge was not anything to gain by others, but to delve into the mind themselves and discover. He gave full power and freedom to the individual to understand morale and God’s laws that are higher than man’s. The people in charge hated him the more for it, and so they put him to trial not understanding that he was truly a Man of Understanding in the nature of God.
Socrates was at the very essence a “muslim”, a servant towards the highest Good of God, to help others enlighten their souls and to bring them to a morally righteous path. When the Quran talks about messengers from other nations that Muhammad was never given names to because there have been so many as the beginning of time of men, I believe that Socrates was one of these messengers.
Muhammad is not but a messenger. [Other] messengers have passed on before him. So if he was to die or be killed, would you turn back on your heels [to unbelief]? And he who turns back on his heels will never harm Allah at all; but Allah will reward the grateful.
And We had certainly sent [messengers] before you, [O Muhammad], among the sects of the former peoples.
I know it in my heart the Socrates was one, because of the wisdom he shared that comes from a higher place. He was killed for it, but he lives in a dimension of bliss where other souls can connect to his consciousness that the world was not ready for, until now.