After Allah had created the earth and it was inhabited by people, He wished for people to receive His guidance on how to live the best, most productive and beneficial life and use its time carefully to sow the seeds for the hereafter. He chose special people from among mankind to be the practical examples of His call and His way of guidance. Basically a model guide with a handbook. He chose His guides and revealed to each of them manuals for how to live life in their era, fit for the development of that time, place and people.
As mankind grew in number and scattered through the earth, so did Satans’ evil effect of them and the need for guidance was greater than ever. Every time humankind strayed into polytheism, Allah out of His Mercy and Justice, sent to them Messengers to guide them back to the straight path and to remind us of our covenant with Allah. So Allah sent people from among themselves with a revelation suitable for that nation at that time.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allâh after the Messengers. And Allâh is Ever All¬Powerful, All-Wise. (An-Nisa 4:165)
Islams Core tenet, Tawheed is not a new concept, indeed it began since the dawn of history, since Adam set foot on planet earth, that’s when Islam began in stages. The history of Islam is exactly that, it’s a historical event, unshrouded in myths and legends or folklore. It was the original faith of humankind, from Adam to Prophet Muhammad pbuh. There will be no archaeological discovery about monotheism because those who adhered to it worshipped an immaterial God. Nothing in creation can ever represent the likeness of God. There is no carving, idol, shape or mold to prove anything, it lived and was alive in their hearts.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
This is a part of the news of the Ghaib (unseen, i.e. the news of the past nations of which you have no knowledge) which We inspire you with (O Muhammad SAW). You were not with them, when they cast lots with their pens as to which of them should be charged with the care of Maryam (Mary); nor were you with them when they disputed. (Aali Imran 3:44)
What is Islam?
Islam means peace, surrender, submission to the Will of God joyfully with love, hope and fear, inwardly and outwardly and to be pleased and content with Gods prescribed law as a way of life. It started with Adam and evolved in its laws and tenets until the advent of Prophet Muhammad SAW where it had been updated as the final version with no more, updates, no more redos, make overs or edits, completely abrogating all the previous books and laws from all previous prophets, rendering them out dated, and invalid from the advent of Muhammad saw onwards.
Islam is not named after a man who founded it, that’s because no man had ever founded it. It was not the mental conjuring of any person that ever walked the earth. Neither is it an ideology or an ‘ism. It has always been truly, the path of guidance and surrender to God By God which He revealed to His chosen slaves who bore the mighty burden of conveying His message which descended from the heavens via an angel.
Our fitrah is our moral gauge that often than not when pure will intrinsically be drawn to Islam and find peace as an embodiment of this religion. It calls to what is pure, morally incomparable and sublimely elevated on a level of humanity like no other. It is natural and comfortable and one size fits all. You can be whatever you want to be as long as they fit into the very wide margin that embraces Islam’s boundaries. It came to perfect human nature while still accommodating the flaws of being a fallible human being by reconciling it with repentance, a conscience and the hope in The One Who is All Merciful and Most Gracious, The Forbearing and kind.
It is the middle path which relinquishes the desire to be excessively ascetic and sacrifice the pleasures of this world while neither being too indulgent and gluttonous about the glittering trinkets of this life. Islam is between the monk and the hedonist, between the sinner and the saint, between too much and too little, between gratuitous pleasure and unnecessary pain, between excess and deprivation. Islam is wide open and universal, it has few carefully calculated limits, which if transgressed hold serious consequences and it lays down no limits to things that are permissible as long as one doesn’t go to extremes and discourages limits being made in its name by extreme and overzealous people who don’t really understand its wisdoms.
It breeds contentment, balance and ease; it provides the vehicle for a smooth and drama free life while never losing sight of the goal and destination of the afterlife and its consequences or rewards. Islam is simple and uncomplicated and there to give everyone a fountain of spiritual knowledge to satisfy any appetite. Islam truly connects with the souls yearnings and the minds most pressing questions.
It confronts the main challenges of the intellect by providing answers for vital questions like, where do we come from? What are we doing here? And where are we going? It clarifies what is necessary for us to know f the unseen, the world of angels and demons, the world of the “barzakh” which is the partition between this life and the next, the transition between the life of this world and the life of the hereafter of Judgment day and heaven and hell.
Islam leaves you sure, certain, content and affords you no doubts about false beliefs, superstitions and folklore, if you’re a Muslim you will spare no time for omens, myths and legends, nor will the they gain strength over you to afflict you or induce fear or suspicion. It leaves you with a sense of calm and peaceful trust in the almighty.
It offers hope for the oppressed and poor and weak who had a bad lot in this life and a promise that the next life will be eternal bliss so one should not be overly concerned with the losses incurred in this life, nor its gains as this is just a mere testing ground and all the joys here are nothing but fleeting but vital character assessments.
Islam to me is the highest moral code that any human could ever ascribe to follow. Its laws and legislations make sense to the pure intellect that has not been corrupted by deviant influences and ideas. Although rational and logic will not be derived from the guidance of Islams every rule, the fact that something in Islam doesn’t make sense to us, doesn’t mean it doesn’t make sense absolutely. Islam for the most part has proved itself to be the only singular, flawless and impeccable truth that exists on earth with facts that no one can dispute refer to chapter on The Quran.
In this grain, it has more than proved itself. So perhaps if we don’t understand something it could be that our intellect has met its carefully designed limits where faith and reason cross roads and ego and intellect intersect. Just because a commandment doesn’t appear to make any logical sense doesn’t mean it’s nonsense, it could very well be that we are limited in our understanding as humans and that the laws of God are supra rational and supra intellectual and supra logical. Where the mind has concluded that Islam is the truth through careful study and research of its stupendous signs and miracles, the ordinance tests the level, degree and depth of our faith in it by giving us laws we may not quite understand but this is where submission kicks in.
This is where Noah met his arc and where Moses struck the sea, they had no clue why they were ordered to do it, but connecting the dots backwards only can we see the divinely infinite wisdom of the Creator, something we cannot rely on seeing with our eyes, but calls for the deeper summoning of the sight within our heart.
Who is a Muslim?
The Arabic word “Muslim” literally means “someone who submits to the will of God”. The message of Islaam is meant for the entire world and anyone who accepts this message becomes a Muslim. Some people mistakenly believe that Islaam is just a religion for dark skinned moors, Saracens or Arabs, but nothing could be further from the truth, since in actuality over 80% of the world’s Muslims are not Arabs. Even though most Arabs are Muslims, there are Arabs who are Christians, Jews and atheists.
If one just takes a look at the various peoples who live in the World – from Russia to America and from Brazil to Greece to Indonesia – it is plain to see that Muslims come from all different ethnic groups, races and nationalities. From the very beginning, Islaam had a universal message for all people.
This can be seen in the fact that some of the early companions of the Prophet Muhammad were not only Arabs, but also Africans, Persians, Jews and Byzantine Romans. Being a Muslim entails complete acceptance and active obedience to the revealed will of Almighty God. A Muslim is a person who freely accepts to submit and base his beliefs, values and faith on the will of Almighty God.
Many vouch for Islam as the fastest growing religion on the Planet according to Wikipedia: Johnson, Todd M.; Grim, Brian J. (2013). The World’s Religions in Figures: An Introduction to International Religious Demography. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. p. 10. Retrieved 2 September 2013. Guinness World Records 2003. Guinness World Records. 2003. p. 142.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
And who is better in speech than he who [says: “My Lord is Allâh (believes in His Oneness),” and then stands straight (acts upon His Order), and] invites (men) to Allâh’s (Islâmic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds, and says: “I am one of the Muslims.” (Fussilat 41:33)
Due to this comprehensive and universal concept of adhering to Islam, All the prophets and Messengers were Muslim including their followers in their time and those who believe in them as prophets of Allah and in their original unaltered message during our present times.
Faith in a nutshell: To be a Muslim, one needs have firm faith in the following:
Firm belief in Allah as the only God worthy of worship and that none else has a share in this divine right.
One then needs to believe in the Angels that Allah has created who are sanctified and made of light, they have no free will and only do as they are commanded.
Then one should believe in all the heavenly scriptures revealed by God upon the tongues of his honored slaves and messengers, this belief is in the affirmation of their existence once upon a time an elevated belief in the final revelation and legislation of the Quran as the one and only incorruptible book to be followed without any reservations.
One then needs to believe in all the messengers sent by God to guide mankind away from polytheism, oppression, injustice or crime and more specifically in Muhammad as odds final slave and messenger with the complete and perfect guidance on how to lead a morally elevated, spiritually adept just and balanced lifestyle with a guide for everything from how to visit the bathroom to how to govern a country to how to give God His rights to the rights of trees and ecosystems during a legal war.
Then a person needs to believe n the day of judgment where all injustice will be retributed with a fair and true recompense, and all good will be rewarded with paradise and eternal bliss.
The final belief of a Muslim is belief in divine decree and predestination, this means that everything that has happened in the past or will happen in the future has been pre decreed and inscribed in a heavenly book that is guarded by angels. There are no coincidences or random series of events, averting has been preordained and although we plan, Allah is the best of planners. Whatever was meant to be cannot be stopped and whatever was never meant to be can never happen. These are the 6 pillars of a Muslims faith in a nutshell and one cannot be a Muslim without them.
It started off with pure monotheism at its core and its fundamental root or primary principle and nothing has changed since, the only thing that has changed is the rules and laws of guidance which has developed to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of the modern era and instead of having come for certain tribes and nations as Gods law did in the past, it has now come for the whole of mankind as a universal truth that everyone has the capability and choice to follow.
God Allah, has revealed in the Quran a few short excerpts of the lives and stories of the prophets of old. The only era of prophet hood that enjoys a total unequivocal historical spotlight is the one most relevant to us, the history of Muhammad saw, and rightly so. In the Quran which was revealed to him via angel Gabriel we come to know of all the previous nations of note and the most significant Prophets and their people, rich with lessons, signs, parables and recollections with astounding accuracy and profound meaning. Islam came to confirm and complete as well as conclude the messages of all the previous prophets and to gift to mankind the final revelation until the Day of Judgment.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
And thus We have sent to you (O Muhammad SAW) Ruhan (an Inspiration, and a Mercy) of Our Command. You knew not what is the Book, nor what is Faith? But We have made it (this Qur’ân) a light wherewith We guide whosoever of Our slaves We will. And verily, you (O Muhammad SAW) are indeed guiding (mankind) to the Straight Path (i.e. Allâh’s religion of Islâmic Monotheism). (Ash-Shura 42:52)
Think about an iphone for example, everyone wants the latest version. Previous versions now become passé. The latest version of Gods law is iSLAM. Fully updated and compatible with everyone’s spiritual device, unless the device is corrupted or deficient and does not support the latest version. The only difference between the iphone and islam, is that iphones will continue to evolve and will be in constant need of editing and re touching and perfecting because it was invented and produced by pure human effort.
The Quran however which is the device we “download” islam from is perfect and absolute and divinely relayed. Instead of requiring updates it is immutable, constant and supra advanced and supra developed which is why it is designed to span the distance of time and space from its revelation 1430 years ago until the end of the world.
Muslims are Muslims today because they believe in the final updated version of Islam which was revived by Muhammad saw, who didn’t bring anything new, rather the same faith of Adam represented as Islam fit for the modern era. Its obligatory to believe in prophet Muhammad (saw) as the final messenger of God after which there is no other messenger as he saw was not sent for the children of Israel, nor a certain tribe, nation or race, but instead he was sent for the entire human race with a miraculous book that will be “in vogue” until the day of judgment, so it is incumbent upon those who claim to follow Jesus and Moses to be true to their prophets all of which have prophesied the coming of Muhammad saw. If you are a Jew or a Christian and you really love, believe and adhere to the teachings of your prophet then by default you will “update” your faith and practice to the latest and final version.
Narrated Abu hurairah (ra) Allah’s Messenger said: By Him in whos’ hand my soul is, there is none from amongst the jews and christians (of present) who hears about me and then dies without believing in the message with which I have been sent (Tauhid) but he will be from the dwellers of the Hellfire.
Therefore, faithful Muslims believe in every Prophet whom Allah has sent and in every Book He revealed, and never disbelieve in any of them. Rather, they believe in what was revealed by Allah, and in every Prophet sent by Allah.
Islam and more so Tawheed, has existed since the beginning of the Creation and is the same Way of life all the prophets (as) of Allah preached to mankind. The Path of Islam as taught by prophets was corrupted with time and interpolators, cunning “men of God” who twisted Gods words out of their rightful context, erased, hid and concealed the truth from their followers. Thus the authenticity of Islam was reestablished through the prophet Muhammad (saw).
The bible and the torah are hold laws and stories of prophets which are astoundingly similar to that of the Quran. Most Christians and Jews I speak to are perplexed at the similarity of the message and its themes and cannot for the life of them understand why these books belong to different religions “they ought to be the same”, say many. The truth is they were the same in their core message of monotheism. That is why when God revealed to Moses, Jesus and Muhammad the stories of previous nations and prophet they resonate within themselves.
The reason for the creation of Judaism and Christianity was due to Rabbis and monks altering the scripture and thus lead the original message of their prophets, tawheed and their Islamic laws to be lost and for other foreign contrived ideologies to dominate. That is why Christianity and Judaism are both named after men while Islam is a universal message of peace to humanity which was not scripted or invented by Muhammad but merely a messenger of God passing on an original message that needed to be revived for the final time.
The picture above depicts a white circle in the centre which represents Tawheed as the unchangeable, immutable and absolute constant truth in the centre that never alters and is consistent through people, time and place.
Surrounding the circle of Tawheed are 5 multi colored parts. I want you to imagine The colorful ring around Tawheed spinning wildly, constantly changing, each color represents a concept. They are:
Green: Prophets – The Religion of the Messengers is One
And according to a Hadith (the Prophet said): (We Prophets are brothers and our religion is one.)
the prophets and messengers (pbut) were brothers, their laws differed but their message was One- (to Worship Allah Alone, there is no deity worthy of worship but Him.) In other words, the common bond between them is that Allah Alone is to be worshipped, with no partner or associate, even though their laws and ways may differ, as Allah says in the Noble Quran: .
(To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way) (5:48).
The Prophets and messengers were 240 000 in their totality and each one was sent to every nation and tribe on earth. The prophets came without a book of revelation and mainly to guide people to follow the previous revelation from the law of another prophet. Messengers on the other hand were given revelation and laws wherewith they guided people to follow a certain code of life and conduct. As you might’ve guessed by now, All of them called to Tawheed as this was at the core and the essence of their message, unrivalled monotheism with absolutely zero intermediaries to intercede between man and God.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
The Messenger (Muhammad ) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allâh, His Angels, His books, and His Messengers. They say, “We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers” – and they say, “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).” (Al-Baqarah 2:285)
Al-Baqarah – 2:136
Say (O Muslims), “We believe in Allâh and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibrâhim (Abraham), Ismâ’il (Ishmael), Ishâque (Isaac), Ya’qûb (jacob), and to Al-Asbât [the twelve sons of Ya’qûb (jacob)], and that which has been given to Mûsa (Moses) and ‘Iesa (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islâm).” (Al-Baqarah 2:136)
Every prophet had a divinely bestowed sign to show people Gods power and honor His Messengers, Solomon had the kingdom of Jinn and could speak the language of all animals, David could bend iron, Abraham couldn’t be burned, Moses had a staff that turned into a serpent, Jesus healed the blind, the leper and gave life to the dead with Gods permission. Muhammad saw, was given the miracle of the Quran with scientific and historical evidences that were too advanced for his time and place, as well as other miracles like splitting the moon, the night journey to Jerusalem, providing water and food for armies men from vessels that could only feed a small family and many more.
Sky blue: Book of law – Every Messenger was granted a book of law to guide people accordingly, this is not something new, and the messenger received his message in the book revealed by God to him via angel Gabriel. This is an article of faith, a Muslims belief in Angels who do not have free will and never disobey Allah. The mightiest of the angels is Gabriel who was commissioned with delivery of revelation from Allah to His Messengers. With every other revelation except the Quran, the Rabbis, monks and priests of Allah were entrusted with its sanctity and inviolability, yet all the successors of the Messengers that brought those books, sooner or later betrayed that trust.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
Indeed in their stories, there is a lesson for men of understanding. It (the Qur’an) is not a forged statement but a confirmation of the Allâh’s existing books [the Taurât (Torah), the Injeel (Gospel) and other Scriptures of Allâh] and a detailed explanation of everything and a guide and a Mercy for the people who believe. (Yusuf 12:111)
Or say you that Ibrâhim (Abraham), Ismâ’il (Ishmael), Ishâque (Isaac), Ya’qûb (Jacob) and Al-Asbât [the twelve sons of Ya’qûb (Jacob)] were Jews or Christians? Say, “Do you know better or does Allâh (knows better… that they all were Muslims)? And who is more unjust than he who conceals the testimony [i.e. to believe in Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him when he comes, written in their books. (See Verse 7:157)] he has from Allâh? And Allâh is not unaware of what you do.” (Al-Baqarah 2:140)
The followers of Moses and Jesus were all originally Monotheists as they all submitted to Allah. But after the death of Moses, Jesus and their companions and disciples, the generations that followed introduced things into the Torah and Gospel that was not originally part of Allah’s message.
Pink: People – Every community, tribe or nation on earth received a guide by which they were called towards good conduct, and away from polytheism, degradation, corruption and vice. Some accepted, usually the weak and poor, the wealthy were usually arrogant and rejected the message due to their egoism, status and wealth which were, more often than not, at stake.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
And for every Ummah (a community or a nation), there is a Messenger; when their Messenger comes, the matter will be judged between them with justice, and they will not be wronged. (Yunus 10:47)
And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allâh (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Tâghût (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Tâghût besides Allâh).” Then of them were some whom Allâh guided and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied (the truth). (An-Nahl 16:36)
Purple: Time – Throughout the ages, Messengers came with revelation relevant to the times, relevant to the industrial, economic and technological advancement of that time with laws that were inapplicable by the advent of another messenger and was in need of “updating”. Uniquely the Quran has core rules and laws that make it suitable for all times people and places.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
Allâh chose Adam, Nûh (Noah), the family of Ibrâhim (Abraham) and the family of ‘Imrân above the ‘Alamîn (mankind and jinns) (of their times). (Aali Imran 3:33)
Dark Blue: Place – The recurring places oft mentioned in biblical recollections, as well as the Talmud and the Quran focus on the region that makes up the middle easy today, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Saudi Arabia to name a few.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
And indeed We settled the Children of Israel in an honourable dwelling place (Shâm and Misr), and provided them with good things, and they differed not until the knowledge came to them. Verily, Allâh will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection in that in which they used to differ. (Yunus 10:93)
Many of the nations that dwelled in these regions are recollected in the Quran in explicit detail. Of these are actual heritage sites, historical artifacts, ruins and remains of previous nations who rejected the call of their messengers. They linger on earth as a sign, a tangible lesson and eerie reminder of the end of previous nations and are mirrored in the Quran precisely.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
Do they not travel in the land, and see what was the end of those before them? They were superior to them in strength, and they tilled the earth and populated it in greater numbers than these (pagans) have done, and there came to them their Messengers with clear proofs. Surely, Allâh wronged them not, but they used to wrong themselves. (Ar-Rum 30:9)
Pictures of ruins that exist today:
The theme that is recurring from all these perished nations is that of their oppression, their obsession with different vices, their injustice and corruption and primarily their worship of animals, statues, and created objects including the devil. They committed atrocious crimes and betrayed, disbelieved, fought and even killed their messengers.
Allah says in the Noble Quran:
As for ‘Ad, they were arrogant in the land without right, and they said: “Who is mightier than us in strength?” See they not that Allâh, Who created them was mightier in strength than them. And they used to deny Our Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, revelations, etc.)! (Fussilat 41:15)
So We sent upon them furious wind in days of evil omen (for them) that We might give them a taste of disgracing torment in this present worldly life, but surely the torment of the Hereafter will be more disgracing, and they will never be helped. (Fussilat 41:16)
And as for Thamûd, We showed and made clear to them the Path of Truth (Islâmic Monotheism) through Our Messenger, (i.e. showed them the way of success), but they preferred blindness to guidance, so the Sâ’iqah (a destructive awful cry, torment, hit, a thunderbolt) of disgracing torment seized them, because of what they used to earn. (Fussilat 41:17)
And the people of Nuh aforetime, they were most oppressive and transgressing. (An-Najm 53:52)
And He destroyed the overthrown cities [of Sodom to which Prophet Lout (Lot) was sent]. (An-Najm 53:53)
So there covered them that which did cover (i.e. torment with stones). (An-Najm 53:54)
Then which of the Graces of your Lord (O man!) will you doubt. (An-Najm 53:55)
This (Muhammad SAW) is a warner (Messenger) of the (series of) warners (Messengers) of old . (An-Najm 53:56)
Our father ADAM
It all started with the first man ever created our greatest grandfather Adam pbuh. He and his wife Eve were tested by satan in their original dwelling in heaven and deceived into eating the forbidden fruit from the tree that Allah had forbidden them from. Satan appeared to them in the form of a snake, and this artful, crafty shape shifter who was overwhelmed with jealousy at this new competitor for Gods favour, promised that they would become like angels and live forever. Liar. Since then nothings changed much, just his approach. Yet still we fall for the same dirty devils old tricks. Both Adam and eve had eaten of the tree and erred, they had no idea what cunning was and what lying wase, they were too inexperienced and innocent to have any clue of the devils tactics.
So they ate the forbidden fruit. it was not Eve’s fault. Islam casts absolutely no blame on Eve as the cause or the reason of the downfall of human kind, It was an equal, collective effort.
“So he (Satan) misled them with deception.” (Quran 7:22)
Both parties were called to account and recompensed equally by being cast out of heaven down to earth as a place of trials and affliction a testing ground and temporary dwelling en route to the hereafter.
Islam rejects the Christian concept of original sin and the notion that all humans are born sinners due to the actions of Adam.
Allah says in the Quran:
“And no bearer of burdens shall bear another’s burden.” (Quran 35:18)
Every human being is responsible for his or her actions and is born pure and free from sin. Adam and Eve made a mistake, they sincerely repented and God in His infinite Mercy granted them forgiveness. So Islam teaches the concept of original forgiveness, as opposed to original sin.
“Then they both ate of that tree, and so their private parts appeared to them, and they began to stick on themselves the leaves from Paradise for their covering. Thus did Adam disobey his Lord, so he went astray. Then his Lord chose him, and turned to him with forgiveness and gave him guidance.” (Quran 20:121-122)
“‘On earth will be a dwelling place for you and an enjoyment, for a time.’ He said: ‘Therein you shall live and therein you shall die, and from it you shall be brought out (resurrected).’” (Quran 7:24–25)
Tawheed of Adam:
Before his death Adam reassured his children that Allah would not leave man alone on the earth, but would sent His prophets to guide them. The prophets would have different names, traits and miracles, but they would be united in one thing; the call to worship Allah alone. This was Adam’s bequest to his children.
After Adam’s death, his son Seth (Shith) took over the responsibilities of prophethood, according to ahadith narrated by Abu Dharr. Abu Dharr narrated that Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:”Allah sent down one hundred and four Psalms, of which fifty were sent down to Seth.” [Sahih al-Bukhari] When the time of his death came Seth’s son Anoush succeeded him. He in turn, was succeeded by his son Qinan, [then] Mahlabil [who many claim] was the King of the Seven Regions, that he was the first one to construct forts and buildings and that he built the cities of Babylonia. He reigned for a period of forty years. When he died his duties were taken over by his son Yard, who on his death, bequeathed them to his son Enoch, who is Idris ‘alayhis-salam according to the majority of the scholars.
We come to know of History through revelation from a time no one could have knowledge about except God.
We relate unto you (Muhammad SAW) the best of stories through Our Revelations unto you, of this Qur’ân. And before this (i.e. before the coming of Divine Inspiration to you), you were among those who knew nothing about it (the Qur’ân). (Yusuf 12:3)
The 5 Messengers of great might and strong will:
For approximately 10 geenerations after the death of Adam as. His offspring were upon Tawheed. the asal (origin) of the children of Adam is at-Tawheed. As indeed, ibnu ‘Abbaas (radiallaahu ta’aala ‘anhumma) said: “Between Adam and Noah (‘alaihim i salatu wa sallam) were ten kuroon generations, and each one of those generations was upon Tawheed (monotheism).”
At the end of these 10 generations came about 5 righteous pious men who were dearly loved by all. They were Wadd, Suwâ’, Yaghûth, Ya’ûq and Nasr were God fearing and obedient servants of God and revered, respected and consultd by the all people.
Then came about the demise of these 5 righteous men. The people mourned their loss severely and Satan, being the opportunist that he is, strikes when man is at his most vulnerable and weak, like a vulture swooping over a dying buck waiting for enough weakness to strike. Satan appeared in the form of an old man and suggested to the mourners to create statues, pictures and carvings of the likenesses of these 5 righteous men, stating that whenever they look upon these statues they will be reminded of the goodness of these men and what they had taught and this will inspire them to be good and remember righteousness.
This sounded like a fantastic idea initially, their heart was in the right place, their intention being sincere and here comes this old chap, sounds like words of wisdom. Yet another proof that devils can shape shift. And so they began sculpting, carving, molding and creating statues of these 5 men to bring to life a renewed fervor in religiosity in their wake. They brought to life something far more sinister instead. The devil surprisingly enough is very patient and conniving, he knew that this was an avenue by which to plant the seeds of future deviation and the biggest misguidance of all. His plan was coming along quite nicely, the statues were constructed and he then advised that they be erected in all public squares, places of gathering, and places of importance and in plain sight and named according to the names of the 5 righteous men they represented.
These statues remained and became “part of the furniture” they were adored but not worshipped, yet. They became grounded in culture and heritage and as the generations had come and gone, those who had made the statues had passed away and were long forgotten. The new generations arrived witnessing these grand sculptures as they grew but the knowledge of their origins had been forgotten and lost.
So Satan reappeared to the new generatons and asked them if they knew why their ancestors had erected these 5 statues. The younger generations had no idea and now was the time to strike, satan said informingly and convincingly that their forefathers used to worship these statues, so they should worship them too as this was the original religion of your forefathers.
And thus began the origin of the greatest sin against God, that mankind had ever started.
Al Imam al-Qurtoobi (rahimahullaah ta’aala) said: “”Indeed they made these pictures so that they could remember them [the righteous men] and remember their righteous, good deeds, to be forthgoing in their righteous, good deeds as these individuals were forthgoing. And they used to worship Allaah by the graves of these righteous men, but their worship – baarakAllaahu fikum – was always for Allaah subhanahu wa ta’aala. So when these individuals died and, after them, came a people who were ignorant of the intent of those who preceeded them, then ash-shaytan approached them and he suggested to them [meaning he whispered to them] and said those who preceeded them used to worship these idols. They should worship these tamatheel.”
This was when Noah was commissioned with prophet hood.
Noah called to Monotheism, trying to revive the original religion of Adam and expose this false ideology that stones can benefit and answer prayers, let alone hear anything.
He AS was not as depicted in the Hollywood version of Noah as a deranged drunkard, Their depiction does not match the criterion for which prophets were chosen. Their depiction is a disgraceful, slanderous, disgusting reference to Noah and a lie. Clearly their objective was to demean and degrade one of the mightiest Messengers of God and misguide people away from Noahs original message.
Noah’s story teaches me perseverance. He called to the Worship of Allah alone for 950 years. His followers were few and made up of the meager, weak and poor. The rich chiefs and tribal leaders and their folk mocked, sneered and abused him.
“And they have said: ‘You shall not leave your gods, nor shall you leave Wadd, nor Suwâ’, nor Yaghûth, nor Ya’ûq, nor Nasr (names of the idols); (Nuh 71:23)
They told each other not to leave off the worship of these false gods, the idols of the 5 righteous men and to eschew Tawheed which to them had become a “new” and foreign message.
Al Imam Ibnul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullaah ta’aala) said, “More than one from the Salaf said: when they [the righteous] died, they [those who survived after them] used to stay at their graves, then make tamaatheel [representations] of them, and then – as time progressed – they began to worship them.”
Shaikh Fawzaan said that indeed these athaar (narrations) have in them great benefit.
The first benefit was the prohibition of going to extremes regarding the right of the righteous. Indeed, going to extremes regarding the righteous is what causes shirk.
As the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said regarding himself upon his deathbed, La tutrooni kama atrat an-nasaara ibna Mariam. Inna ma anna ‘abdun fa qullu ‘Abdullaahi wa rasulullu. (Do not go to extremes regarding me as the Christians went to extreme regarding [Jesus] the son of Mary. Verily, I am only a slave, so say [call me] the slave of Allaah and His Messenger.) This statement was made upon the deathbed of the Messenger (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam).
Also he (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“…… So do not take [my grave as a place of worship]. For verily, I am forbidding you from that.)”
After 950 years it was clear they weren’t going to obey God or His messenger and any further encouragement or admonition would be futile, it was then that the punishment and wrath of Alalh had become justified on an arrogant and evil nation and Noah was commanded to construct the ark, in whose presence the people soared no pains in taking the mick out of him and making him an utter laughing stock.
yet he was unwavering in his servitude and obedience to Allah even when in the short sighted “intellectual” view of a person, there was no sea nearby so it couldn’t make rational, logical sense why an ark would be required. Yet he put his trust in Allah and used his God given talent of carpentry to create his magnum opus. In the form of an ark, his obedience, fear, love and hope, trust and reliance in Allah was reincarnate in a magnificent ark.
I will quote the chapter of Noah fro the Quran as I think it is compelling, beautiful and rich with his emotion and strife.
1. Verily, We sent Nuh (Noah) to his people (Saying): “Warn your people before there comes to them a painful torment.”
2. He said: “O my people! Verily, I am a plain warner to you,
3. “That you should worship Allah (Alone), be dutiful to Him, and obey me,
4. “He (Allah) will forgive you of your sins and respite you to an appointed term. Verily, the term of Allah when it comes, cannot be delayed, if you but knew.”
5. He said: “O my Lord! Verily, I have called my people night and day (i.e. secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Islamic Monotheism) ,
6. “But all my calling added nothing but to (their) flight (from the truth).
7. “And verily! Every time I called unto them that You might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, and persisted (in their refusal), and magnified themselves in pride.
8. “Then verily, I called to them openly (aloud);
9. “Then verily, I proclaimed to them in public, and I have appealed to them in private,
10. “I said (to them): ‘Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving;
11. ‘He will send rain to you in abundance;
12. ‘And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ ”
13. What is the matter with you, [that you fear not Allah (His punishment), and] you hope not for reward (from Allah or you believe not in His Oneness).
14. While He has created you in (different) stages [i.e. first Nutfah, then ‘Alaqah and then Mudghah, see (V.23:13,14) the Qur’an].
15. See you not how Allah has created the seven heavens one above another,
16. And has made the moon a light therein, and made the sun a lamp?
17. And Allah has brought you forth from the (dust of) earth. [Tafsir At-Tabari, Vol.29, Page 97].
18. Afterwards He will return you into it (the earth), and bring you forth (again on the Day of Resurrection)?
19. And Allah has made for you the earth wide spread (an expanse).
20. That you may go about therein in broad roads.
21. Nuh (Noah) said: “My Lord! They have disobeyed me, and followed one whose wealth and children give him no increase but only loss.
22. “And they have plotted a mighty plot.
23. “And they have said: ‘You shall not leave your gods, nor shall you leave Wadd, nor Suwa’, nor Yaghuth, nor Ya’uq, nor Nasr(names of the idols);
24. “And indeed they have led many astray. And (O Allah): ‘Grant no increase to the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, and disbelievers, etc.) save error.’ ”
25. Because of their sins they were drowned, then were made to enter the Fire, and they found none to help them instead of Allah.
26. And Nuh (Noah) said: “My Lord! Leave not one of the disbelievers on the earth!
27. “If You leave them, they will mislead Your slaves, and they will beget none but wicked disbelievers.”
28. “My Lord! Forgive me, and my parents, and him who enters my home as a believer, and all the believing men and women. And to the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, and disbelievers, etc.) grant You no increase but destruction!”
Prophet Abraham: Abraham was given His own book, The Scrolls of Abraham (Arabic: صحف إبراهيم, Suhuf Ibrahim) are part of the religious scriptures of Islam which were revelations which Abraham received. They have perished over the course of time and are now considered a lost body of scripture.
Ibrâhim (Abraham) was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim Hanifa (Islâmic Monotheism – to worship none but Allâh Alone) and he was not of Al-Mushrikûn. (Aali Imran 3:67)
Abraham was a very close friend of God and he was a pure monotheist. If Jews purport that Moses came with a religion called Judaism and Christians Purport that Jesus called to Christianity then what was Abraham, who came before the birth of both Moses and Jesus? Islam gives us a brilliant answer from the Quran:
Al-Baqarah – 2:135
And they say, “Be Jews or Christians, then you will be guided.” Say (to them, O Muhammad Peace be upon him ), “Nay, (We follow) only the religion of Ibrâhim (Abraham), Hanifa [Islâmic Monotheism, i.e. to worship none but Allâh (Alone)], and he was not of Al-Mushrikûn (those who worshipped others along with Allâh)
Verily, Ibrâhim (Abraham) was an Ummah (a leader having all the good righteous qualities), or a nation, obedient to Allâh, Hanifa (i.e. to worship none but Allâh), and he was not one of those who were Al-Mushrikûn (polytheists, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh, and those who joined partners with Allâh). (An-Nahl 16:120)
O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Why do you dispute about Ibrâhim (Abraham), while the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (gospel) were not revealed till after him? Have you then no sense? (Aali Imran 3:65)
Prophet Moses pbuh: Moses was sent to the children of Israel, or Bani Israeel who believed in the message of Moses in his time Moses was a pure monotheist like Abraham and received the revelation called the Torah. They were submitters to the Will of Allah, except those who rejected his call from among the tribe of Israel.
And indeed We gave Mûsa (Moses) the Scripture [the Taurât (Torah)]. So be not you in doubt of meeting him [i.e.when you met Mûsa (Moses) during the night of Al¬Isra’ and Al¬Mi’râj over the heavens]. And We made it [the Taurât (Torah)] a guide to the Children of Israel. (As-Sajdah 32:23)
And, indeed We gave Mûsa (Moses) the guidance, and We caused the Children of Israel to inherit the Scripture [i.e. the Taurât (Torah)], (Ghafir 40:53)
Allah chose the people of Israel over other nations a time long ago when He had bestowed upon them many favors and granted them victory over the pHaroah of Egypt, He favored them with freedom, food from the heavens and many prophets who came to guide them, Moses along with his brother Aaron guided the people of Israel to submit to Gods will, yet many of them turned rebellious and in the face of the many favors that Allah had granted them they became ungrateful and carved a golden calf which they offered worship and were devoted to, hence turning away from worship of Allaah alone and inventing worship of an animal that they had sculpted with their own hands.
And indeed We gave the Children of Israel the Scripture, and the understanding of the Scripture and its laws, and the Prophethood; and provided them with good things, and preferred them above the ‘Alamîn (mankind and jinns) (of their time, during that period), (Al-Jathiyah 45:16)
In the next verse Allah addresses the Rabbis and monks from what has now become Judaism and Christianity, by advising them to believe in the final revelation and admonishes them for distorting and corrupting the verses of their scripture. The original Torah and Gospel had been interpolated and altered by the Rabbis and Monks in order to hide and conceal Gods true message so that they could control the people and cause them to disbelieve in Muhammad saw. By twisting and contorting, concealing and lying, treacherous “men of God” have misled many people from the true message of Moses and Jesus and were the cause of the invention of 2 completely new religions frighteningly different from the original message as called to by Moses and Jesus may Gods Peace and blessings be upon them all.
Verily, We did send down the Taurât (Torah) [to Mûsa (Moses)], therein was guidance and light, by which the Prophets, who submitted themselves to Allâh’s Will, judged the Jews. And the rabbis and the priests [too judged the Jews by the Taurât (Torah) after those Prophets] for to them was entrusted the protection of Allâh’s Book, and they were witnesses thereto. Therefore fear not men but fear Me (O Jews) and sell not My Verses for a miserable price. And whosoever does not judge by what Allâh has revealed, such are the Kâfirûn (i.e. disbelievers – of a lesser degree as they do not act on Allâh’s Laws). (Al-Ma’idah 5:44)
Prophet Jesus: He was given the book of Gospel, which was divinely revealed to Jesus via the arc angel Gabriel.
And He (Allâh) will teach him [‘Iesa (Jesus)] the Book and Al-Hikmah (i.e. the Sunnah, the faultless speech of the Prophets, wisdom, etc.), (and) the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (gospel). (Aali Imran 3:48)
And in their footsteps, We sent ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), confirming the Taurât (Torah) that had come before him, and We gave him the Injeel (gospel), in which was guidance and light and confirmation of the Taurât (Torah) that had come before it, a guidance and an admonition for Al-Muttaqûn (the pious – see V.2:2). (Al-Ma’idah 5:46)
Muslims believe in the Original Torah and the Original Gospel that contained the authentic unaltered messages of Moses and Jesus. Muslims also believe that through time, conspirators and traitors have distorted, altered, and concealed the truth that had once been apparent in these 2 sacred texts. This means that today, Muslims do not assert any fidelity to neither the Bible not the Torah and as such depend on nether of them for affirmation or negation of any of the laws of Islam as brought by Muhammad saw, Muslims depend solely on the Quran as a trusted source of authentic and original revelation along with the practical prophetic guidance called hadith.
The current sources of the information contained in these two books today is narrated by a professional storyteller whose own sources are either unknown to us, narrated via 3rd persons and at times lack verification or have concealed identities. The lack of stability with regards to the crucifixion, divinity and trinity, original sin narrative is apparent within the earliest extant historical source of the bible.
Aali Imran – 3:59
Verily, the likeness of ‘Iesa (jesus) before Allâh is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then (He) said to him: “Be!” – and he was. (Aali Imran 3:59)
He born of virgin birth just as Adam was created with neither mother nor father. His immaculate conception is well documented in the Quran:
So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (i.e. Bethlehem valley about 4-6 miles from Jerusalem). (Maryam 19:22)
Aali Imran – 3:45
(Remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allâh gives you the glad tidings of a Word [“Be!” – and he was! i.e. ‘Iesa (jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary)] from Him, his name will be the Messiah ‘Iesa (jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allâh.” (Aali Imran 3:45
The honor and reverence the Quran gives to his blessed mother, Mary, is unparalleled in any historical account, so much so that an entire chapter in the Quran has been dedicated to her by her very name, it’s the chapter Mary or Maryam in Arabic.
I will quote a few verses detailing the account of the conception of jesus:
16. And mention in the Book (the Qur’an, O Muhammad , the story of) Maryam (Mary), when she withdrew in seclusion from her family to a place facing east.
17. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Ruh [angel Jibrael (Gabriel)], and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.
18. She said: “Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah.”
19. (The angel) said: “I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son.”
20. She said: “How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?”
21. He said: “So (it will be), your Lord said: ‘That is easy for Me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).’ ”
22. So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (i.e. Bethlehem valley about 4-6 miles from Jerusalem).
23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She said: “Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!”
24. Then [the babe ‘Iesa (Jesus) or Jibrael (Gabriel)] cried unto her from below her, saying: “Grieve not! Your Lord has provided a water stream under you;
Allah, the Exalted, informs about Maryam that when Jibril had spoken to her about what Allah said, she accepted the decree of Allah. Many scholars of the predecessors (Salaf) have mentioned that at this point the angel (who was Jibril) blew into the opening of the garment that she was wearing. Then the breath descended until it entered into her vagina and she conceived the child by the leave of Allah. Tafsir ibn kathir
This clears Allah of all false charges of fatherhood. Islam denounces any such belief and of over a hundred names and attributes of Allah not a single one of them is “father”.
Allah speaks of this false charge in no uncertain terms:
It befits not (the Majesty of) Allâh that He should beget a son [this refers to the slander of Christians against Allâh, by saying that ‘Iesa (Jesus) is the son of Allâh]. Glorified (and Exalted be He above all that they associate with Him). When He decrees a thing, He only says to it, “Be!” and it is. (Maryam 19:35)
88. And they say: “The Most Beneficent (Allah) has begotten a son (or offspring or children) [as the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allah, and the Christians say that He has begotten a son [‘Iesa (Christ)], and the pagan Arabs say that He has begotten daughters (angels, etc.)].”
89. Indeed you have brought forth (said) a terrible evil thing.
90. Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins,
91. That they ascribe a son (or offspring or children) to the Most Beneficent (Allah).
92. But it is not suitable for (the Majesty of) the Most Beneficent (Allah) that He should beget a son (or offspring or children).
93. There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) as a slave.
Allah is far above carnal instincts or wanting to engage in an animalistic intercourse with his creation. He is Holy and sacred, apart from His creation and is high above such profanity. To slander God in this way is considered a grave blasphemy in Islam.
Jesus was given many signs and miracles by God to prove he wasn’t an impostor and that Allah had bestowed favors on him whereby with Gods permission, Jesus could perform medical miracles and supernatural feats.
And will make him [‘Iesa (Jesus)] a Messenger to the Children of Israel (saying): “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allâh’s Leave; and I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I bring the dead to life by Allâh’s Leave. And I inform you of what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely, therein is a sign for you, if you believe. (Aali Imran 3:49)
(Remember) when Allâh will say (on the Day of Resurrection). “O ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Remember My Favour to you and to your mother when I supported you with RûhulQudus [Jibrael (Gabriel)] so that you spoke to the people in the cradle and in maturity; and when I taught you writing, AlHikmah (the power of understanding), the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (gospel); and when you made out of the clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, by My Permission, and you breathed into it, and it became a bird by My Permission, and you healed those born blind, and the lepers by My Permission, and when you brought forth the dead by My Permission; and when I restrained the Children of Israel from you (when they resolved to kill you) since you came unto them with clear proofs, and the disbelievers among them said: ‘This is nothing but evident magic.’ ” (Al-Ma’idah 5:110)
Jesus never once called people to worship him, nor his mother. He was an honorable servant and a mighty messenger of Allah who was commissioned to call to Tawheed. To that mission he was unwavering and resolute, to ascribe divinity to Jesus or his mother or the angel Gabriel is blasphemy for which he is not accountable. He made ablution the way Muslims do and he prostrated the way Muslims do, he called for Gods help when in need and he worshipped God alone. There is no doubt about his message and the clear transgression and contradiction that has afflicted many people who ascribe to following “his way”.
And (remember) when Allâh will say (on the Day of Resurrection): “O ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Did you say unto men: ‘Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allâh?’ ” He will say: “Glory be to You! It was not for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what is in my innerself though I do not know what is in Yours, truly, You, only You, are the AllKnower of all that is hidden and unseen. (Al-Ma’idah 5:116)
Prophet Jesus called to Tawheed
Surely, they have disbelieved who say: “Allâh is the Messiah [‘Iesa (Jesus)], son of Maryam (Mary).” But the Messiah [‘Iesa (Jesus)] said: “O Children of Israel! Worship Allâh, my Lord and your Lord.” Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allâh, then Allâh has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrongdoers) there are no helpers. (Al-Ma’idah 5:72)
Crucifixion or crucifiction:
Islam denounces the crucifixion of Jesus pbuh as false. The Quran assert that God raised Jesus to himself while alive and the appearance of Jesus was superimposed onto another mans face, a man who was wrongly believed to have been Jesus and who went through a process of transfiguration to appear to look like Jesus.
The Quran states that people (i.e., the Jews and Romans) sought to kill Jesus, but they did not crucify nor kill him, although “this was made to appear to them”. Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but instead, he was raised up by God unto the heavens. This “raising” is often understood to mean through bodily ascension.
An-Nisa – 4:157/8
And because of their saying (in boast), “We killed Messiah ‘Iesa (jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), the Messenger of Allâh,” – but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but the resemblance of ‘Iesa (jesus) was put over another man (and they killed that man), and those who differ therein are full of doubts. They have no (certain) knowledge, they follow nothing but conjecture. For surely; they killed him not [i.e. ‘Iesa (jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) ]: (An-Nisa 4:157) But Allâh raised him [‘Iesa (Jesus)] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And Allâh is Ever All¬Powerful, All¬Wise. (An-Nisa 4:158)
Jesus asked of his disciples a man willing to submit himself to God as a sacrifice in exchange for paradise, and a man from among the disciples volunteered. Jesus was raised up through a window in the roof to the heavens where he is today in body and soul notwithstanding the passage of thousands of years in Gods presence.
An-Nisa – 4:158
But Allâh raised him [‘Iesa (jesus)] up (with his body and soul) unto Himself (and he is in the heavens). And Allâh is Ever All¬Powerful, All¬Wise. (An-Nisa 4:158)
Here is a an account from the prophetic narrations:
Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Ibn `Abbas said, “Just before Allah raised `Isa to the heavens, `Isa went to his companions, who were twelve inside the house. When he arrived, his hair was dripping water and he said, ‘There are those among you who will disbelieve in me twelve times after he had believed in me.’ He then asked, ‘Who volunteers that his image appear as mine, and be killed in my place. He will be with me (in Paradise).’ One of the youngest ones among them volunteered and `Isa asked him to sit down. `Isa again asked for a volunteer, and the young man kept volunteering and `Isa asking him to sit down. Then the young man volunteered again and `Isa said, ‘You will be that man,’ and the resemblance of `Isa was cast over that man while `Isa ascended to heaven from a hole in the house. When the Jews came looking for `Isa, they found that young man and crucified him. Some of `Isa’s followers disbelieved in him twelve times after they had believed in him. They then divided into three groups. One group, Al-Ya`qubiyyah (Jacobites), said, ‘Allah remained with us as long as He willed and then ascended to heaven.’ Another group, An-Nasturiyyah (Nestorians), said, ‘The son of Allah was with us as long as he willed and Allah took him to heaven.’ Another group, Muslims, said, ‘The servant and Messenger of Allah remained with us as long as Allah willed, and Allah then took him to Him.’ The two disbelieving groups cooperated against the Muslim group and they killed them. Ever since that happened, Islam that was taught by Jesus became obscure until Allah sent Muhammad.”’
This statement has an authentic chain of narration leading to Ibn `Abbas, and An-Nasa’i narrated it through Abu Kurayb who reported it from Abu Mu`awiyah (Kathir I. , Tafsir Ibn Kathir, p. 771). [4:157 – 159]
This statement has an authentic chain of narration leading to Ibn `Abbas, and An-Nasa’i narrated it through Abu Kurayb who reported it from Abu Mu`awiyah. Many among the Salaf stated that `Isa asked if someone would volunteer for his appearance to be cast over him, and that he will be killed instead of `Isa, for which he would be his companion in Paradise.
Ibn Abbas (RA) said, “When Allah intended to raise Jesus (AS) to the heavens, he went to his companions… and Jesus (AS) ascended to the heavens through an opening in the top of the house”. (Ibn Abi Hatim 4/431 Hadith 6266, Ibn Kathir 2/449. Ibn Kathir called it Sahih)
Narrated from Ibn Abbas, he said: “… and verily Allah raised him [Eisa ibn Maryam] with his body while he was alive and he will soon return to this world and will be a ruler therein. Then he will die as other people die.” (Ibn S’ad’ Tabaqat Al-Kubra 1/53)
And (remember) when Allâh said: “O ‘Iesa (Jesus)! I will take you and raise you to Myself and clear you [of the forged statement that ‘Iesa (Jesus) is Allâh’s son] of those who disbelieve, and I will make those who follow you (Monotheists, who worship none but Allâh) superior to those who disbelieve [in the Oneness of Allâh, or disbelieve in some of His Messengers, e.g. Muhammad SAW, ‘Iesa (Jesus), Mûsa (Moses), etc., or in His Holy Books, e.g. the Taurât (Torah), the Injeel (gospel), the Qur’ân] till the Day of Resurrection. Then you will return to Me and I will judge between you in the matters in which you used to dispute.” (Aali Imran 3:55)
For Jesus to die on the cross would have meant the triumph of his executioners; but the Quran asserts that they undoubtedly failed. Muslims believe he ascended to Heaven without being put on the cross and God transformed another person, Simon of Cyrene, to appear exactly like Jesus who was crucified instead of Jesus. Jesus ascended bodily to Heaven, there to remain until his Second Coming at the end of time.
Muslims also believe in the second coming of Jesus. He will descend from the heavens and follow the rule and legislation of his successor and brother in faith Muhammad saw. He will disclaim divinity and break the cross, he will call to tawheed and dwell with the Muslims. He will slay the one eyed liar, the anti Christ, Dajjaal and reign on earth in peace and all the existing Christians will submit to the religion of Jesus as Muslims. He will eventually marry and finally die a singular death.
Muslims believe that Jesus pbuh is neither God, nor the Son of God nor part of a trinity. Jesus is a prophet of Allaah and like all prophets, was Muslim and submitted to Gods will through Islam. It is not befitting the Glory and Majesty nor that sanctity of God that He beget a son, Allah says:
An-Nisa – 4:171
O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allâh aught but the truth. The Messiah ‘Iesa (jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allâh and His Word, (“Be!” – and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam (Mary) and a spirit (Rûh) created by Him; so believe in Allâh and His Messengers. Say not: “Three (trinity)!” Cease! (it is) better for you. For Allâh is (the only) One Ilâh (God), Glory be to Him (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allâh is All¬Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs. (An-Nisa 4:171)
Al-Ma’idah – 5:75
The Messiah [‘Iesa (jesus)], son of Maryam (Mary), was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother [Maryam (Mary)] was a Siddiqah [i.e. she believed in the words of Allâh and His Books (see Verse 66:12)]. They both used to eat food (as any other human being, while Allâh does not eat). Look how We make the Ayât (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) clear to them, yet look how they are deluded away (from the truth). (Al-Ma’idah 5:75)
Jesus foretold the coming of Muhammad saw:
The beloved Messenger Jesus, a mighty prophet of Islam, had foretold of the coming of the final prophet Muhammed saw.
There are biblical prophesies which remain in the bible and the torah as we know them today and have escaped as proof of the unifying Message of the original Torah, the original Gospel and the Quran, the common tie that binds the 3 together.
And (remember) when ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), said: “O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allâh unto you confirming the Taurât [(Torah) which came] before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmed. But when he (Ahmed i.e. Muhammad SAW) came to them with clear proofs, they said: “This is plain magic.” (As-Saff 61:6)
Quote torah: songs of Solomon:
Bible: john 16: “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.
Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 55, Number 651:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “I am the nearest of all the people to the son of Mary, and all the prophets are paternal brothers, and there has been no prophet between me and him (i.e. Jesus).”
Volume 4, Book 55, Number 652:
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.”
Deuteronomy 18: I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
An-Nisa – 4:163
Verily, We have inspired you (O Muhammad SAW) as We inspired Nûh (Noah) and the Prophets after him; We (also) inspired Ibrâhim (Abraham), Ismâ’il (Ishmael), Ishâque (Isaac), Ya’qûb (Jacob), and Al¬Asbât [the twelve sons of Ya’qûb (Jacob)], ‘Iesa (jesus), Ayub (Job), Yûnus (Jonah), Hârûn (Aaron), and Sulaimân (Solomon), and to Dawûd (David) We gave the Zabûr (Psalms). (An-Nisa 4:163)
O people of the Scripture! (Jews and Christians): “Why do you disbelieve in the Ayât of Allâh, [the Verses about Prophet Muhammad SAW present in the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (gospel)] while you (yourselves) bear witness (to their truth).” (Aali Imran 3:70)
It is He Who has sent down the Book (the Qur’ân) to you (Muhammad SAW) with truth, confirming what came before it. And he sent down the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (gospel). (Aali Imran 3:3)
And believe in what I have sent down (this Qur’ân), confirming that which is with you, [the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)], and be not the first to disbelieve therein, and buy not with My Verses [the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] a small price (i.e. getting a small gain by selling My Verses), and fear Me and Me Alone. (Tafsir At-Tabarî, Vol. I, Page 253). (Al-Baqarah 2:41)
The description of Muahmmad in the Torah and the Hadith are the same, it’s a clear prophesy documented in both scriptures for those who wish to see.
Sahih Al Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, Number 747, says Muhammad was slightly light skinned, with a rosy color (and has the same hair as is mentioned in verse 11)
Song of Songs 5:10 says: “My beloved is white and ruddy, pre-eminent above ten thousand.” This is a prophecy of Prophet Muhammad as he conquered Mecca. It is a well known historically documented fact that in the year 630 CE Muhammad entered Mecca as the leader of an army of “ten thousand men”.
In reading the English translation of Song of Songs 5:16 it finishes the description by saying: “He is altogether lovely” but what most people don’t know is that the name of that man was given in the original megilot. Here is the name written in ancient Hebrew as it appears in verse sixteen: מחמד . It is read as : “Mahammad”.
Hebrew: חִכּוֹ, מַמְתַקִּים, וְכֻלּוֹ, מַחֲמַדִּים; זֶה דוֹדִי וְזֶה רֵעִי, בְּנוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִָם.
English: His mouth is most sweet; yea, he is ALTOGETHER LOVELY. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.
Altogether lovely is a poor translation of the name Muhammad and a dubious one at that. Who would dare translate the name of a person unless intending concealment? Muhammad means: the “praised one” in Arabic. Even though the name has meaning, it is not the business of anyone to translate the name of a person. If a lady’s name is Jasmine, I have no business calling her “flower”.
There is a plural used together with this Hebrew word, with
the plural it’s pronounced “Mahamadd-im”. The ending letters ‘im’ is a plural of respect, majesty and grandeur for God’s prophet, just as in the word Eloh-im.
According to Ben Yehuda’s Hebrew-English Dictionary, it is correctly pronounced as “Mahammad”.
And mix not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the truth [i.e. Muhammad Peace be upon him is Allâh’s Messenger and his qualities are written in your Scriptures, the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] while you know (the truth). (Al-Baqarah 2:42)
The message of Muhammad:
Who is Muhammad? He was the Most influential man in history that ever lived, he is the most exalted of all the prophets, a mercy to mankind and the seal of the chain of over 240000 prophets which makes him the final Messenger to planet earth. He was an Arab from the tribe of Quraish, he was orphaned in infancy and raised by his uncle. He was illiterate, unable to read or write. He was granted prophet hood at the age of forty, before which he had all the qualities of truthfulness, trustworthiness, kindness, honesty, chivalry, generosity valiance, magnanimity, nobility and sublime qualities that only a chosen man of God could ever possess. His first wife Khadija who was 25 years his senior said about his character: “Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the deserving calamity-afflicted ones.”
His character was an unprecedented model of morality and righteousness in every way and embodied itself in the gentleness exuded in every exchange he had ever made with creation, from kindness and mercy to animals, plants, enemies and loved ones throughout his life. He is loved by the believers more than they love themselves and He is a brother to all the prophets that came before him. His awesome advent was prophesized by prophets like Jesus and Moses pbuh. He is a practical example of how to live Islam in our daily lives, exemplifying the best and most morally upright way of conducting ourselves in every situation.
Al-Qalam – 68:4
And verily, you (O Muhammad SAW) are on an exalted standard of character. (Al-Qalam 68:4)
Prophet Muhammad pbuh was not a new concept to the guidance of mankind narrative. The general basis of the legislation with which all messengers came is not something new. The idea of morality, monotheism, justice, criminality, honesty, integrity, piety were the same from the time of Adam, the differences in legislation among the prophets is minimal and perhaps more due to time and place than people. People are the same, throughout time, the pure nature of man is easily corrupted, greedy, polytheistic, bloodthirsty and selfish, the pure nature of children gets corrupted above a certain point and people are in need of a living example of how to return to it in practical ways that matter in life. Islam’s basic teachings have remained common in spirit and purpose all throughout the ages, not much has changed. The fundamental teachings have been the same through time and space. The concept of Monotheism was there forever, we are in need of divine help from none other than Allah and thus mankind have been commanded through the lips of every messenger to ask from God alone and worship, sanctigy aand glorify His praises alone. The concept of heaven and hell, resurrection, judgment and accountability are the same, crimes that go against the pure nature of man then are crimes now, murder, incest, stealing, treachery, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, rape, forced marriage, forbiddance of intoxicants and pork. Not much has changed from the unchanged biblical and Jewish texts, not much has changed with the advent of Muahmmad pbuh which solidifies the Unity of the God that sent him, there is no contradiction in Gods laws.
Virtue then is virtue now and will be virtue until the end of time. It just wouldn’t make sense if the prophets came with a message from the same God that called to fundamentally different things within the passage of a few hundred or thousand years between each messenger. Truth doesn’t change it is fixed and finite and so are Gods laws and the basis for His divinely revealed religion.
He (Allâh) has ordained for you the same religion (Islâm) which He ordained for Nûh (Noah), and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad SAW), and that which We ordained for Ibrahîm (Abraham), Mûsa (Mosesý) and ‘Iesa (Jesus) saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically), and make no divisions in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion). (Ash-Shura 42:13)
His message calls to the universal virtue and rejects universal vice, in a more, complete, more robust, more universally competent and age applicable version that should see mankind in good stead until the day of Judgement. When followed correctly and in unison with the practical guide found in the prophetic life narrations of Muhammad saw called the Sunnah, humans can always know right from wrong and have a choice to follow the truth and a chance to enter paradise.
To whom was he sent? He was sent at a time when paganism had reared its ugly head once again among the children of Adam, it was so devious that even the 5 idols worshipped at the time of Noah were resurrected by one of the Arabs via the agency of the jinn and placed inside the Ka’bah to be worshipped, the cube building which had been constructed aforetime by prophets Abraham and Ismail at the centre of Makkah in what is known today as Saudi Arabia. He spoke the Logical and mathematically accurate language of Arabic which is the lingo that Allah had chosen the guide for mankind to be revealed in, yet easily translated into other languages. He came to the world which began with the Pagan idolaters or Mushrikeen arabs of makkah to start his call from the holy lands and purify what was once constructed as a sacred monotheistic structure by Abraham and his offspring, from the sacrilegious idols that plagued it. He revived the worship of One God alone from the sacrosanct Ka’bah which shone rays of guidance that lit up the four corners of the earth solidifying it as the Mercy for humanity that it was revealed to be. He was sent to mankind until the end of days.
What was His message? To worship none but Allah, the one true God alone, without partners, intermediaries, middle men stepping stones, deputy spirits or spiritual mediators. Not in the form of animals, animal shaped stones, elements of nature. To practice whatever Allah commands to the best of your ability and avoid whatever Allah forbids. To be chaste, pious, God fearing, responsible, virtuous and merciful servants of God who like the rain benefit people wherever they go.
What is the right of Muhammad saw over mankind? What do we as humans alive after the advent of Muhammad owe him? We owe it to him to follow his example blindly as everything he said and did was revelation. Was he infallible? no, he made a few human errors as documented in surah Abasah. This does not detract from his message and the fact that we are obliged to emulate him completely in matters of the religion and to take him as a role model to be exemplified. We owe it to him to send salutations of greeting to him which an angel has been appointed to convey to him. We owe it to him to practice Islam exactly the way he taught it t us without adding anything or removing anything from its guidance. We owe it to Him to make duaa or invocations to Allaah to honor the prophet Muhammad with intercession on the day of judgment as only Allah can bestow upon him this honor. We owe it to him to love him more than ourselves for this beautiful way of life that he has conveyed to us to bring us out of the darkness and into the light. We owe it to him to love those he loves and hate those he hates as Gods love is in harmony with this. It is not possible to love the devil and love God at the same time. It isn’t logical. We owe it to him to love his family, his wives who are the mothers of the believers and his righteous companions who sacrificed everything to convey this religion to us. To speak ill or hate anyone that the messenger loves would be an affront to the dignity of the prophet saw.
Al-A’raf – 7:158
Say (O Muhammad SAW): “O mankind! Verily, I am sent to you all as the Messenger of Allâh – to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. Lâ ilâha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He); It is He Who gives life and causes death. So believe in Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW), the Prophet who can neither read nor write (i.e. Muhammad SAW) who believes in Allâh and His Words [(this Qur’ân), the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and also Allâh’s Word: “Be!” – and he was, i.e. ‘Iesa (jesus) son of Maryam (Mary),], and follow him so that you may be guided.” (Al-A’raf 7:158)
The character of Muahmmad saw:
He established rights for animals
Narrated Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him): The Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said, “One of the rights is that she camels should be milked at places of water.” (Bukhari)
His tender heart
Nazrat Abdallah ibn Mas’ud (may Allah be pleased with him) reports as follows:- Once the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) asked me to recite the Qur’an to him. I said: “O Messenger of Allah! The Holy Qur’an has been revealed to you and you ask me to recite it to you!” “It is my wish, ” he said, “that I hear it from some other person”. So I began to recite, beginning from the Sura an-Nisa, and when I reached this verse: “But how (will it be with them) when, We bring of every people a witness, and We bring thee (O Muhammad) a witness against these,” (4:41). I chanced to glance at his auspicious face and saw that tears were rolling down from his eyes. (Tirmidhi)
He was the bravest of men
Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was the sublimest among people (in character) and the most generous amongst them and he was the bravest of men. One night people of Madina felt disturbed and set forth in the direction of a sound when Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) met them on his way back as he had gone towards that sound ahead of them. He was on the horse of Hadrat Abu Talha (may Allah be pleased with him) which had no sadle over it, and a sword was slung round his neck, and he was saying: There was nothing to be afraid of, and he also said: We found it (this horse) like a torrent of water (indicating its swiftfootedness), whereas the horse had been slow before that time. (Muslim)
Hadrat Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was the most generous of people in charity, but he was generous to the utmost in the month of Ramadan. Hazat Jibril (peace be upon him) would meet him every year during the month of Ramadan until it ended, and Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) recited to him the Qur’an; and when Jibril (peace be upon him) met him, Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was most generous in giving charity like the blowing wind. (Muslim)
Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that a person requested Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) to give him a very large flock (of sheep) and he gave that to him. He came to his tribe and said: O people, embrace Islam. By Allah, Muhammad donates so much as if he did not fear want. Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the person embraced Islam for the sake of the world but later he became Muslim until Islam became dearer to him than the world and what it contains. (Muslim)
He did not take sadaqah
Hadrat Buraidah (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that when the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) emigrated to Madina, Hadrat Salman Farsi (may Allah be pleased with him) brought a tray full of fresh dates and offered it to him. He asked , “What is this?” Hadrat Salman (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “It is a sacrifice (sadaqah) for you and your Companions.” He said: “We do not eat sadaqah”. On the second day too Hadrat Salman (may Allah be pleased with him) came with a tray of dates and said: “These dates are a gift.” Then the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) and the Companions ate of those dates. Thereafter Hadrat Salman (may Allah be pleased with him) saw the Seal of Prophethood (in between his shoulders) and embraced Islam. (Tirmidhi)
His true nature
Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was presented two cups at Bayt al-Maqdis on the night of the Heavenly Journey, one containing wine and the other containing milk. He looked at both of them, and he took the one containing milk, whereupon Hadrat Jibril (peace be upon him) said: Praise is due to Allah Who guided you to the true nature; had you taken the one containing wine, your Umma would have gone astray. (Muslim)
He did not speak to please but always said the truth
Hadrat ‘Amr ibn al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) in his special talk, used to pay attention even to the worst man in the community with a view to win his heart. “Towards me also,” states Hadrat ‘Amr (may Allah be pleased with him), “he used to pay much attention, addressing me more than he did others, wherefore I began to think that I was the best man in the community. So under this impression, one day I asked him: “Am I superior or Hadrat Umar?” He said, ‘Umar’. Again I asked him clearly, he told me correctly, without fear or favour, and later on I thought I should not have asked him such things.” (Tirmidhi)
Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “The Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) had the best manners among all the human beings” (Bukhari and Muslim)
He would take permission from a small boy
Hadrat Sahl bin Sa’d Ansari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that milk was brought to the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him). He drank it. On his right was a boy and on the left elderly persons. He said to the boy: If you permit, I shall give first to these (on the left). The boy said: No, by Lord, Messenger of Allah, I do not want to let anyone have my share of what is left from your lips. Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) then gave it first to him. (Malik)
His concern for the people
Hadrat Abu Qatadah Haris Ibn Rib’i (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: I stand up for Prayer [Salat] intending to prolong it. In the meantime I hear the wailing of a baby and I have to shorten my prayer, being apprehensive lest my recitation of a long verse may tell upon the baby’s mother. (Bukhari)
Beautiful Qualities of Prophet Muhammad
(may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him)
Mercy to all mankind
Hadrat Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) said: the Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) was asked to curse the infidels. He said, “I have not been sent to curse people but as a mercy to all mankind.” (Muslim)
Mother of faithful believers Hadrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that she once asked the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him): ‘Did you face a day severer than the day of the battle of Uhud? ‘He answered: ‘Yes I have experienced such things at the hands of your people and such a day was the day of Aqabah. On this day I presented myself to Abdi lail bin Abd Kulal and offered him Islam, but he failed to make any responce to what I had offered to him. I therefore, left with a heavy heart and depressed. I felt some relieft only when I reached Qarn Sa’alib. Here I looked up and saw a cloud covering me. In this cloud I saw Angel Jibril (peace be upon him) who called me and said: Allah, the Most High, has heard what your people have said to you and the response to your offer. Allah has now sent the Angel of the Mountains to you to carry out your orders to do what you might like to be done to them. Then the Angel of the Mountains addressed me greeting with Salam and then said: ‘Muhammad! Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) has heard what your people have said to you. I am the Angel of the Mountains and my Lord has sent me to you to carry out your orders. What do you want now to be done? If you like I may crush them between the two mountains encircling the city of Makka. The Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) replied: (I do not want their destruction) I am still hopeful that Allah will make some of their children (good Muslims) who would worship Allah, the One, without associating anybody with Him. (Bukhari and Muslim).
Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that a Jewess came to Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) with poisoned mutton and he took of what had been brought to him. (When the effect of his poison were felt by him) he called for her and asked her about that, whereupon she said: I had determined to kill you. Thereupon he said: Allah will never give you the power to do it. He (the narrator) said that they (the Companions of the Holy Prophet) said: Should we not kill her? Thereupon he said: No. He (Anas) said: I felt (the effects of this poison) on the uvula of Allah’s Messenger. (Muslim)
It has been narrated on the authority of Hadrat Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) that eighty persons from the inhabitants of Makka swooped down upon Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) from the mountain of Tan’im. They were armed and wanted to attack the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) and his Companions unawares. He (the Holy Prophet) captured them but spared their lives. So, Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted) revealed the verse: “And It is He Who restrained your hands from them and their hands from you in the valley of Makkah after He had given you a victory over them.” (48:24) (Muslim)
His trust in Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted)
It has been narrated on the authority of Hadrat Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that, on the Day of Hunain, Umm Sulaim took out a dagger she had in her possession. Hadrat Abu Talha (may Allah be pleased with him) saw her and said: Messenger of Allah, this is Umm Sulaim. She is holding a dagger. Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) asked (her): What for are you holding that dagger? She said: I took it up so that I may tear open the belly of a polytheist who comes near me. Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) began to smile (at those words). She said: Messenger of Allah, kill all those people-other than us- whom thou hast declared to be free (on the day of the Conquest of Makka). (They embraced Islam because) they were defeated at your hands (and as such their Islam is not dependable). Allah’s Messenger (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) said: Umm Sulaim, Allah is sufficient (against the mischief of the polytheists) and He will be kind to us (so you need not carry this dagger). (Muslim)
He fought only for Allah (The Glorified and the Exalted)
Mother of faithful believers, Hadrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said that the Holy Prophet (may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him) never struck anybody with his hand, neither a servant nor a women, but he did fight (jihad) in the cause of Allah. He never avenged any wrong done to him personally, but he did avenge a wrong violating divine commandments. (Muslim)
What do the historian and non muslims have to saw about him?
• De Lacy O’Leary in ‘Islam at the Crossroads,’ London, 1923.
History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.
• Thomas Carlyle in ‘Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History,’ 1840
“The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only.”
“A silent great soul, one of that who cannot but be earnest. He was to kindle the world, the world’s Maker had ordered so.”
• Reverend Bosworth Smith in ‘Muhammad and Muhammadanism,’ London, 1874.
“Head of the State as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without the Pope’s pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a police force, without a fixed revenue. If ever a man ruled by a right divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the powers without their supports. He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.”
• Edward Montet, ‘La Propagande Chretienne et ses Adversaries Musulmans,’ Paris 1890. (Also in T.W. Arnold in ‘The Preaching of Islam,’ London 1913.)
• “Islam is a religion that is essentially rationalistic in the widest sense of this term considered etymologically and historically….the teachings of the Prophet, the Qur’an has invariably kept its place as the fundamental starting point, and the dogma of unity of God has always been proclaimed therein with a grandeur a majesty, an invariable purity and with a note of sure conviction, which it is hard to find surpassed outside the pale of Islam….A creed so precise, so stripped of all theological complexities and consequently so accessible to the ordinary understanding might be expected to possess and does indeed possess a marvelous power of winning its way into the consciences of men.”
• Alphonse de LaMartaine in ‘Historie de la Turquie,’ Paris, 1854.
“Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Conqueror of Ideas, Restorer of Rational beliefs…. The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”
Sir George Bernard Shaw in ‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.
“If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.”
“I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him – the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity.”
“I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today.”
Michael Hart in ‘The 100, A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons In History,’ New York, 1978.
My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the secular and religious level. …It is probable that the relative influence of Muhammad on Islam has been larger than the combined influence of Jesus Christ and St. Paul on Christianity. …It is this unparalleled combination of secular and religious influence which I feel entitles Muhammad to be considered the most influential single figure in human history.
Common misconceptions regarding Muhammad saw:
Marriage to Ayesha
A famous ex Texan priest and revert to Islam Yusuf Estes explains the story beautifully:
Ayshah & Muhammad – The True Love Story for Eternity
The Truth About the Age of Ayshah and Her Marriage to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
by Yusuf Estes
Many things are being said about the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) these days. Some of the accusations are downright amazing and chilling even to consider someone would say it, much less be involved in this type of slander and smear campaign.
Let’s consider some of the questions and what facts really exist about these concerns. Let’s set the record straight once and for all.
A Brief Overview of Basic Facts
What is the true historical evidence about the person life of prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)? What was his life style? What about his marriage to Khadijah (his first wife)? How did the offer of marriage to Ayshah really take place? Who made the offer? Was there any coercion or compulsion? What was her attitude? How did she reflect on it in later years? What did she have to say about it all? How did she feel about their love and intimacy?
He was the most honest and fair of all the people living in his community. None was respected more for honesty, integrity, sobriety and humbleness.
He had no bad habits and did not engage in drinking or relations with women, although it was common place amongst his people.
He never took a girlfriend nor a mistress in his life and never even attended parties or the like at anytime in his life.
His first personal encounter with a woman was his own wife, Khadijah, and that was for marriage. He was 25 years old and she was 15 years older (40).
He was only married to Khadijah until her death at the age of 65 years old.
There was a long time of mourning and sadness during which he was offered marriage to several women of their families.
He did not accept the first offer of marriage to Ayshah when her father had come to him with the proposal, instead he married an older, large woman named Sawdah.
Ayshah had been offered in marriage and engaged prior to being offered to the prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. That marriage never took place.
When Ayshah was older, again her father offered her in marriage and the proposal was accepted.
The whole family was happily involved and most elated in having the prophet of God as their close relative through marriage.
Ayshah herself was very happy with this marriage as is evidenced by the hundreds of teachings she later related after his death (peace and blessings be upon him).
Details of Clear Proofs and Evidences
What is the truth behind of the age of prophet’s wife, Ayesha?
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) did not go to Ayesha at all. There was only the offer of marriage, never anything less than this – and the offer was not from the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to Ayesha – it was from her fatherto the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) never had sex outside of marriage.
First of all, let us be crystal clear about a very important subject. The prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) never had sex at all, until after being married, at the age of 25, to a widowed woman, Khadijah, who was 15 years older than he was.
When his wife Khadijah died a number of people tried to encourage the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to take another wife and get married again. Ayshah’s name was mentioned, but he chose to marry Sawdah, who was known for her big size.
All of this is well documented and preserved in the annuls of Muslim scholars for fourteen centuries.
How was Ayesha viewed by others at the time and throughout the history of Islam?
She was highly respected as the daughter of Abu Bakr, a man known as “As-Siddiq” (The one who verifies truth). Abu Bakr was the life long friend of the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and the first man to accept Islam after revelation of Quran started.
What was Ayesha like?
Ayesha was very intelligent and brilliant in her mind and excellent in treatment of her parents. She was known to give full respect to her husband, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. She was once accused by some hypocrites of immorality, but in her innocence she did not even know what she was being accused of until her mother explained it to her. And it was Allah who cleared her name forever, by mentioning her purity and innocence in the Quran (Surah An-Nur chapter 24). She became the first of women scholars and teachers of Islam. No other woman narrated as many hadiths as Ayesha.
Marriage offer first came from who?
Khawlah (a Muslim companion woman), suggested the marriage of Ayesha to the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). He did not accept it.
Who next offered her hand in marriage to the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?
Abu Bakr had offered his daughter in marriage to someone else prior to the offer made to the prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Abu Bakr sent his wife out to bring in his daughter to offer her in marriage to the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and then she returned back outside to play. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did not accept even though it was very much the custom of the time to accept such an offer of marriage from someone as close as Abu Bakr was to the prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. There is an ayah in the Quran related to this topic, in Surah An-Nisa’, chapter 4, verse 19 – telling us women cannot be inherited against their will. This was the first time for such a ruling in favor of women and it came about to protect women from the very thing people are now trying to accuse our religion of supporting. The truth bears out over the falsehood, in this case very clear.
What did Allah reveal in the Quran about forced marriages and child brides (not old enough to be married)?
“O you who believe, it is for not legal for you to inherit women against their will. And don’t make it difficult for them so you can take from what you have given them (marriage dowry) unless they commit open immorality. And live with them in goodness (Al-Marufi). Because if you dislike them, it could be you dislike something and Allah makes in it a lot of “khair” (good).” [Noble Quran 4:19]
How long before the next offer of marriage by her father to the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)?
When Ayesha was a few years older, her father Abu Bakr, again had the mother bring her into the house to offer her in marriage to the prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. The prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did accept this offer made some years later, when Ayesha was old enough according to Islam (able to bear children).
Was she now considered by Allah to be old enough for marriage?
Yes. This time is was accepted and plans for the marriage were set in place. She tells us of the excitement, preparation and wonderful experience of her being offered and accepted in marriage to the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and their closeness and intimacy. All of this is described in the most beautiful context with nothing left out and yet nothing disgusting – only beauty and enjoyment as described in her own words. The lessons she taught have helped married couples in Islam to know what the limits are and how to share the most pleasure between a married couple in both physical and spiritual ways.
Did she want to be married to him?
Yes. She tells us this was exactly what she wanted all along. The hadiths (narrations by Ayshah) are very clear about all details and must be read in order to fully appreciate the fullness and completeness of their relationship together.
How did she reply to her father’s offer to the prophet, peace and blessings be upon him?
She was very shy and said her silence was understood by her father that she was indeed, accepting the proposal for marriage. This is mentioned by her, along with other important information for Muslims to know about marriage proposals, dowry and proper ways to approach the father or guardian of a woman with the topic of marriage.
What was Ayshah’s status after marrying the prophet (peace and blessings be upon him)? (A Brief Overview)
No other woman was loved more by our prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).
He wanted to die with his head in her lap (and he did).
They were in total love with each other the way everyone would love to be in love.
Their romance is known to all of the Muslim world and how much they really enjoyed each others company – always.
They planned on being together in Jannah.
She never said a single bad word against her husband during his life, or after his death. Is there a woman living today who could compare to this great woman?
What was the “norm” regarding the subject of marriage at the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and Ayesha?
Actually, the people of Arabia had the custom of marrying off any of their girls at the age of the beginning of their monthly cycles.
Even the Arch Bishop of Canterbury would not have been blamed for marrying a young girl back one hundred years or so as this was still accepted at that time.
Consider the Catholic Church claims that Mary, may Allah’s peace be on her, was married to Joseph before having Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him) and her age was just a year or two older than Ayshah’s age, but Joseph was mentioned as being in his 90’s! (we do not have this story in Islam, because Mary is considered a true virgin and never married and never had other children except for Jesus Christ (peace and blessings be upon him).
The marriage of Ayesha to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is nothing less than the best love story ever written.
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet leaves much to be desired by comparison. Consider the contrast and be honest in your conclusion:
Romeo and Juliet both were running around behind their parents back – with someone whom they did not approve of at all – their families were fighting each other in a feud and they forbid them to be together at all.
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was being offered the hand of the daughter of his best friend, Abu Bakr in a marriage environment. All of the family members were happy about this and had approved of the marriage.
Romeo and Juliet had their affair in secrecy without the benefit of clergy (not married).
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and Ayesha waited until after marriage and even after a courtship period described in beautiful details by Ayesha herself.
Romeo and Juliet both committed suicide. According to Judaism and Christianity as well as Islam – anyone who commits suicide will go to Hell forever.
Ayesha and Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) both believed in One God – the God of the Jews and the God of Christ (peace and blessings be upon him) and they both preached a message of salvation through direct repentance to Almighty God.
Above all, they will be together in the Paradise where they will live – happily ever after.
Honestly – Which one is the true romance story?
plagiarism: As regards the charge that his teachings ‘stemmed mostly from Judaism and Christianity’, it is to be noted that the source of all true religions is one and the same: the divine revelation; there is also a unity of purpose in all the divine religions: providing guidance to mankind. The Prophet of Islam (sws) never claimed that Islam was a novel or a unique religion. This fact has been categorically made clear in the Qur’an:
I am not an innovation among the Messengers, and I know not what shall be done with me or with you. I only follow what is revealed to me; I am only a clear warner.2
The resemblance of some aspects of Islam and the Biblical religions (Judaism and Christianity) is due to the unity of source of all the three religions. There is no possibility of the Prophet of Islam (sws) having extorted and adopted his teachings from the Biblical sources. Some of the Orientalists have also admitted this fact. Prof. Montgomery Watt observes:
(…) The possibility of his having read the Bible or other Jewish or Christian books may be ruled out. [p.39] (….); and it is unlikely that he had ever read any other books.3
Marshall G. S. Hodgson has also expressed the same views:
Muhammad’s standard for prophecy was, in principle, the experience and action of the old Hebrew prophets. But he knew nothing of them directly. His own experience was evidently very personal.4