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What Do You Know About Islam? 2

In the name of Allah the most gracious the most merciful. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon our beloved and trustworthy Prophet, his household, companions and upon those who followed their path till the day of Judgment. To proceed;

This is a continuation of our previous article on the topic “What Do You Know About Islam? 1”.

So, talking about Submission which Islam; When a child comes out of the womb of its mother at the time that Allah has destined - It’s a Muslim. When the sun goes around in its orbit - It’s a Muslim! When the Moon goes around the Sun - It’s a Muslim! The law of gravity is a Muslim law! Everything that submits to the Almighty God is a Muslim! Therefore, when we obey Almighty God we are Muslims! Jesus Christ, his is blessed mother, and Moses were all Muslims. All the prophets (peace be upon them all) were Muslims! But they came to their people and they spoke different languages. The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) spoke Arabic language. And so, in the Arabic language the one who submits and surrenders him/herself to the will Allah is a Muslim. Every prophet and messenger of the Almighty God brought the very same and fundamental message-- ‘Worship Almighty God alone and be sincere towards Him.’ As we examine the message of each of the well-known prophets, we could easily conclude this fact.

Where there is a conflict, it is a result of false assertions, fabrications, exaggerations, personalized interpretations of alleged writers, historians, scholars, and individuals. All the prophets said that there is only One God.

Throughout the Old Testament this is repeated over and over again. And then, all of a sudden we get four testimonies - four Gospels called Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew who? Mark Who? Luke who? John who? Four different Gospels that were written forty- eight years apart. And none of these men, who did not collaborate with each other, none of them, wrote their last name. If I gave you a check for your pay this month and I wrote my first name on the check and told you to take it to the bank - would you accept that check? No, you wouldn’t… If the policeman stopped you and asked for your identification or passport and you only had your first name, would that be acceptable to him? Could you get a passport with your first name? Did your mother and father only give you one name? Where in the history of men is one name accepted as a documentation, where? Nowhere! Except in the New Testament.

And how can you base your faith upon four Gospels that are written by four men that didn’t seem to know their last names? Then, after those four Gospels, there are fifteen more books written by a man who was an apostate who killed Christians, tortured Christians, and then said that he in a vision saw Jesus. And he was commissioned as an Apostle of Jesus. If I told you that Hitler, after he killed all the Jews, then he himself decided that he wanted to be saved. And he met Christ or Moses on the path and he became a Jew. And he wrote fifteen books and added them to the Torah - would this be acceptable to the Jews? No, you wouldn’t accept that. So how can four books written by men without a last name, and fifteen other books written by another man--and this is the first time that God is called a man, and the first time that God is called three, and the first time God was given a son-- how is this acceptable to Christians? How? Think about it! We won’t argue that point. I’ll just give you something to think about.

The message of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not bring a new religion or a way of life as some people claim. On the contrary, the prophet (peace be upon him) confirmed the life and message of all the previous prophets and messengers. Both through his personal conduct and through divine revelations he received from the Almighty Allah. The sacred scripture that Muhammad (peace be upon him) brought is called the Qur’an. It means ‘that which is recited.’ Because Muhammad (peace be upon him) did not write the Qur’an. He did not author the Qur’an. Nobody came and helped him write the Qur’an. And nobody collaborated with him on this. The Angel Gabriel recited the words to him! And the Almighty God made his heart a receptacle of that. Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) heart was a receptacle of revelation and we have this Qur’an that has been preserved for years without any change. Is there any other book in the world that you know of that has been preserved as it was revealed without any change? No book… Only the Qur’an.

Don’t take my word for it! Go to the library and read what the Encyclopedia Britannica, or the World Encyclopedia, or the Americana’s Encyclopedia, or any other universal encyclopedia of the world that was not written by Muslims. Read what it says about Islam, the Qur’an, and Muhammad (peace be upon him). Read what non-Muslims say about the Qur’an, Islam, and Muhammad (peace be upon him). Then you will accept the fact that what I’m saying is universally documented and clear! That Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the most profound individual in the history of humanity. And that the Qur’an is the most incredible, the most profound piece of literature in history! Read what they say. That the Islamic way of life is categorized and so precise and dynamic! ...It has never been changed.

The sacred scripture that Muhammad (peace be upon him) received is called ‘The Qur’an.’ And each of the previous messengers also received scriptures. In the Qur’an, these messengers, their scriptures, their stories, and the principle of their mission are all mentioned with profound details. Did Muhammad (peace be upon him) met them, talked with them, ate with them, and collaborated with them to write their biographies? No, of course he didn’t. In the Qur’an, Muhammad (peace be upon him) is referred to as the messenger of Almighty God and the seal of the previous prophets-- which is the limit of his role as a human being. Allah said in the Qur’an:  

{مَّا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَا أَحَدٍ مِّن رِّجَالِكُمْ وَلَٰكِن رَّسُولَ اللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا}.

{Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things.} (Quran 33:40).

Muslims do not worship Muhammad, we’re not ‘Muhammadans.’ We have no right to change the name ‘Muhammad’ and say we are ‘Muhammadans.’ No, the people who had followed Moses, they were not ‘Mosesans.’ The people who followed Jacob were not ‘Jacobites.’ Or the people who followed Abraham were not ‘Abrahamians.’ Or ‘Davidians.’ ...No, no ,no. So how do people call themselves ‘Christians?’ Christ did not call himself a ‘Christian,’ so how do people call themselves ‘Christian’?

Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) said that whatever he received from Almighty God was the word of God, and what he heard is what he said! That’s what he did! So how do people call themselves ‘Christians?’ We have to be Christ-like! And what was Christ like? He was a servant of the Almighty God; so we should be servants of Almighty God, that’s all!

As the final scripture and divine revelation, the Qur’an makes the very clear and concise statement, saying that:

{الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا ۚ}.

{This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.} (Qur’an 5:3).

So through the Quran, the word ‘Islam’ came. Because, when the building is complete, you call it ‘a house.’ When the car is on the assembly line, it is not ‘an automobile’ - it is in the process of assembly! When it has been completed, it has been certified, it has been test-driven - it is now ‘an automobile.’ When Islam was completed as a revelation, as a book, as an example through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), it then became ‘Islam.’ It became a complete way of life.

So, it is the word that was new… But not the practice...not the prophet...not the order from God...not a new God...not a new revelation...But only the name, Islam. And as I said previously, who were all the prophets? They were all Muslims. Another distinction to keep in mind is that Muhammad (peace be upon him), unlike his predecessors - was not sent to the Arabs or to his own people exclusively. Therefore, Islam is not a religion of the Arabs. Although the Prophet Muhammad, the son of Abdullah, was born in Mecca, a city in the Arabian Peninsula, and was an Arab by birth, he did not bring Islam to the Arabs only. He brought Islam to all people. Allah said in the Qur’an:

{وَمَا أَرْسَلْنَاكَ إِلَّا كَافَّةً لِّلنَّاسِ بَشِيرًا وَنَذِيرًا وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ}.

{And We have not sent you except comprehensively to mankind as a bringer of good tidings and a warner. But most of the people do not know} (Qur’an 34:28).

Jabir bin `Abdullah narrated that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said:

‏[أُعْطِيتُ خَمْسًا لَمْ يُعْطَهُنَّ أَحَدٌ مِنَ الأَنْبِيَاءِ قَبْلِي، نُصِرْتُ بِالرُّعْبِ مَسِيرَةَ شَهْرٍ، وَجُعِلَتْ لِيَ الأَرْضُ مَسْجِدًا وَطَهُورًا، وَأَيُّمَا رَجُلٍ مِنْ أُمَّتِي أَدْرَكَتْهُ الصَّلاَةُ فَلْيُصَلِّ، وَأُحِلَّتْ لِيَ الْغَنَائِمُ، وَكَانَ النَّبِيُّ يُبْعَثُ إِلَى قَوْمِهِ خَاصَّةً، وَبُعِثْتُ إِلَى النَّاسِ كَافَّةً، وَأُعْطِيتُ الشَّفَاعَةَ].

[I have been given five things which were not given to any amongst the Prophets before me. These are: -1. Allah made me victorious by awe (by His frightening my enemies) for a distance of one month's journey. -2. The earth has been made for me (and for my followers) a place for praying and a thing to perform Tayammum (dry Ablution). Therefore my followers can pray wherever the time of a prayer is due. -3. The booty has been made Halal (lawful) for me (and was not made so for anyone else). -4. Every Prophet used to be sent to his nation exclusively but I have been sent to all mankind. -5. I have been given the right of intercession (on the Day of Resurrection)]. (Sahih al-Bukhari 438).

As such, Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the final and crown of the great prophets and messengers before him. Most human beings--they simply don’t know this information.

Since I am making reference to the Qur’an to support my presentation, I will give some background information on the Qur’an itself.

First of all, the Qur’an makes the claim that it is the product of divine revelation. That is, it was sent down from the Almighty Allah to Muhammad for inspiration.

Allah says in the Qur’an:

{وَمَا يَنطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَىٰ * إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَىٰ }.

{Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination. * It is not but a revealed revelation.} (Qur’an 53:3-4).

Muhammad is not speaking for himself, his ideas, his own ambition, or his own emotion and feelings. But, this is a revelation which is being revealed to him! This is the statement of Allah. Therefore, if I am to convince you of the authenticity of the Qur’an, I must prove - one, that it was impossible for Muhammad to have manufactured such a book. Secondly, I must prove that it was equally impossible for any human agency to have created it. Let us think about this.


To be continued, insha Allah…

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