Prayer Time

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1.        Muhammad (peace be upon him) was raised illiterate, unable to read or write, and remained like that till his death. Among all his people, he was known as being truthful and trustworthy. Before receiving revelation, he had no prior knowledge of religion or any previously sent Message. He remained like that for his first forty years. Then God revealed to Muhammad His final divine scripture: the Qur'an. The Qur’an mentioned most of the accounts found in the previous scriptures, telling us about these events in the greatest detail as if he witnessed them. These accounts came precisely as they were found in the Torah sent down to Moses and in the Gospel sent down to Jesus. Neither the Jews nor the Christians were able to belie him regarding anything that he said.


2.         Muhammad (peace be upon him) also foretold of things that would occur to him and his community after him, pertaining to victory, the removal of the tyrannical kingdoms of Chosroes [the royal title for the Zoroastrian kings of Persia] and Caesar, and the establishment of the religion of Islam throughout the earth. These events occurred exactly as Muhammad foretold, as if he was reading the future from an open book.


3.         Muhammad (peace be upon him) also brought an Arabic Qur’an that is the peak of eloquence and clarity. The Qur’an challenged those eloquent and fluent Arabs of his time, who initially belied him, to bring forth a single chapter like the Qur’an. The eloquent Arabs of his day were unable to contest this Qur’an.


Indeed, till our day, none has ever dared to claim that he has been able to compose words that equal-or even approach-the order, grace, beauty, and splendor of this Glorious Qur’an.


4.         The life history of this Prophet (peace be upon him) was a perfect example of being upright, merciful, compassionate, truthful, brave, generous, distant from all evil character, and ascetic in all worldly matters, while striving solely for the reward of the Hereafter. Moreover, in all his actions and dealings, he was ever mindful and fearful of Allah.


5.         God instilled great love for Muhammad (peace be upon him) in the hearts of all who believed in and met him. This love reached such a degree that any of his companions would willingly sacrifice themselves or their mother or father for him.


6.         All of history has not preserved the biography of any person in the manner it has preserved the life of Muhammad (peace be upon him), who is the most influential human in history. Nor has the entire earth known of anyone whom, throughout the day, is thought of by those who believe in him. Upon remembering Muhammad (peace be upon him), the believers invoke God's peace and blessings upon him.


7.         No man on earth has ever influenced the manners and habits of people as Muhammad (peace be upon him) has. Those who believe in Muhammad (peace be upon him) eat, drink, clothe themselves, bathe, and even sleep as he himself did. Indeed, in all aspects of their lives, the believers in Muhammad (peace be upon him) adhere to the teachings he spread among them and the path that he travelled upon during his life. All of this allows those who believe in him to live their lives in all aspects with this Noble Messenger as their example, as if he was standing before them, for them to follow in all their doings.


8.         There has never been, nor will there ever be, a man anywhere upon this earth who has received such love, respect, honor, and obedience in all matters-small and large alike-as has this Noble Prophet (peace be upon him).  


9.         Since his day, in every region of the earth, this Noble Prophet (peace be upon him) has been followed by people from all races and ethnicities. Many of those who followed him were previously Christians, Jews, pagans, or idolaters. Among those who chose to follow him were those who were known for their sound judgment, wisdom, reflection, and foresight. They chose to follow this Noble Prophet (peace be upon him) after they witnessed the signs of his truthfulness and the evidences of his miracles. They did not choose to follow Muhammad (peace be upon him) out of compulsion or coercion. Indeed many of the followers of this Prophet (peace be upon him) chose to follow him during the time when Islam was weak, when there were few Muslims, and when there was severe persecution of his followers on earth. Most people who have followed this Prophet (peace be upon him) have done so not to acquire some material benefits. Indeed, many of his followers have suffered the greatest forms of harm and persecution on the grounds of their faith. This harm and persecution, however, did not turn them back from his religion. 


10.       With all this, Muhammad was sent with a great religion; one that covers all aspects of spiritual beliefs as well as governance.


Muhammad (peace be upon him) described God with qualities of complete perfection, and at the same time in a manner that is free of ascribing to Him any imperfection.


He also was sent with a perfect law based upon justice, equality, mercy and objectivity for all human activity on earth like the laws that Muhammad (peace be upon him) brought for all spheres of human activity – such as buying and selling, marriage and divorce, renting, testimony, custody, and all other contracts that are necessary to uphold life and civilization on earth.


11.       Any objective intellectual can easily recognize, with minimal research, that the message the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) preached was one of wisdom, morals, good manners, and noble character.  In a full and complete manner, Muhammad (peace be upon him) spread a teaching regarding character and manners toward one' parents, relatives, friends, family, humanity, animals, plants and inanimate objects. Could a way of life so comprehensive be the mere figment of an unlettered man's imagination?   


12.       Both the legal and belief systems of the religion that the Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) brought resemble the engineering of the heavens and the earth. All of that indicates that He who created the heavens and the earth is the One Who sent down this great law and upright religion.


The degree of inimitability of the Divine law that was sent down upon Muhammad (peace be upon him) is to the same degree of inimitability of the Divine creation of the heavens and earth. For just as humanity cannot create this universe, in the same manner humanity cannot bring forth a law like Allah's law that He sent down upon His Servant and Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him).




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