"And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers."
(Al-Quran 51:55)

Friday 15 November 2013

Prophet Muhammad (saw) - The Messenger

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu!

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

It was, to say the least, tremendous news, amazing news and life changing news for everyone on earth: The Seal of all Prophets (as), after a long wait, had finally come to preach his message to mankind.

What are they asking one another? About the great news (Islamic monotheism). About which they are in disagreement.
(Surah An-Naba, Verse 1-3)

Kings and peoples of foreign lands, nomads, inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula - everyone was discussing the Prophet (saw) and his message. It was as if history temporarily stopped while all people took a collective long, deep breath, so that they could absorb the significance of the Prophet's (saw) arrival on earth.

The earth was spiritually barren and dry, given that the last Prophet before Muhammad (saw) was sent by Allah more than six hundred years earlier, that the message of that previous Prophet - Isa (as) - was all but lost, and that very few monotheists remained on earth.

If people starve to death in the absence of food and drink, then the inhabitants of the earth, prior to the advent of the Prophet (saw), were spiritually starved, with no nourishment - knowledge and guidance - to keep their souls alive.

Therefore, the arrival of the Prophet (saw) on earth was very similar to the falling of rain in a time of drought. In short, the Prophet's (saw) arrival represented light: And can light be hidden or shut out?

They intend to put out the Light of Allah with their mouths. But Allah will complete His Light even though the disbelievers hate it.
(Surah Saff, Verse 8)

In fact, it is authentically established that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said: "The example of what Allah sent me with, in terms of guidance and knowledge, is the example of beneficial rain that falls from the sky and causes crops to grow".

The Prophet (saw) was therefore sent for one main reason - so that Allah alone could be worshipped, without any partners being associated with Him. He was sent so that it could be said on earth, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah".

He was sent to uphold the truth, and to crush falsehood. He was sent with clear proofs; with a wonderful and perfect religion; with justice and kindness; with peace and love; with safety and faith; with purity, prayer, charity, fasting, Hajj and Jihad; with the concepts of enjoining good and forbidding evil; with noble deeds and good manners; and, with uprightness and happiness.

He was sent to disprove all forms of polytheism, to destroy all false idols, to eradicate ignorance, to wage war against falsehood and oppression, and to deter people from all base and vile manners. Anything that is good, he guided people to it; and anything that is evil, he warned people against it.


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