A Message to the non-Muslims after which they are not excused by ignorance

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Dear Reader

The purpose of this message is to invite you to think of and contemplate about the real purpose of your life on this earth and where you will end up in the Hereafter.  Will you end up in Paradise or in Hell-Fire?  Please, take note, that when you have read this message, you are considered to have legislatively been given proof and been informed of the admonition of all messengers, and after which you will not be excused by ignorance:

Take note that Allah the Almighty is the One and Only God. He is Eternal. He is Absolute. He has not begotten and has not been begotten and no one is like Him.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) SaysSay (O Muhammad): He is Allah, the One; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; and there is none like unto Him. Surah No.112, Verses 1-4.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) SaysHe (Allah) is the Creator of the heavens and the earth: He has made for you pairs from among cattle: by this means does He multiply you: there is nothing whatever like unto Him, and He is the One that hears and sees. Surah No. 42, Verse No.  11.

Learn that Allah the Almighty is the Creator of all creatures.   There is no god for this universe and what it holds but Allah.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Allah is the Creator Of all things, and He is the Guardian and Disposer of all affairs. Surah No.39 Verse 62.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) SaysSuch is Allah, your Lord, The Creator of all things, there is no god but He: Then how you are deluded away from the Truth! Surah No.40, Verse No.62.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: To Allah belongs all that is in the heavens and earth: To Allah do all matters return. Surah No.3 Verse No. 109.

Be informed that Allah the Almighty has created you for one single purpose which is to worship Him alone.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me. Surah No.51 Verse No. 56.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: And they have been commanded no more than this: To worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being true (in faith); to establish regular prayer; and to give zakat (i.e. charity given to the needy); and that is the Religion Right and Straight.Surah No.98, Verse No. 5.

Understand that it is out of sincerity and purity of worship to Allah to avoid worshipping the created whoever and whatever they may be.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Certainly they disbelieve who say: “(Allah) is Christ the son of Mary.” But said Christ: “O Children of Israel!  Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord.”  Whoever joins other gods with Allah, – Allah will forbid him the Garden, and the Fire will be his abode.  There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help.  Surah No. 5, Verse No.  72.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Say (O Muhammad): “I do no more than invoke my Lord, and I join not with Him any (false god).”  Surah No 72, Verse No. 20.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Say (O Muhammad): “I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me, that your God is one God: whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner.  Surah No.  18, Verse No. 110.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Those to whom We have given the Book rejoice at what hath been revealed unto thee: but there are among the clans those who reject a part thereof.  Say (O Muhammad): “I am commanded to worship Allah, and not to join partners with Him.  Unto Him do I call, and unto Him is my return.  Surah No.  13, Verse No.  36.

Learn that he, who worships Allah joining with Him another whoever or whatever it may be, has associated partners with Allah and consequently his deeds will turn fruitless and he will be among the losers.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: But it has already been revealed to thee, – as it was to those before thee, – “if thou wert to join (gods with Allah), truly fruitless will be thy work (in life), and thou wilt surely be among the losers.  Surah No. 29, Verse No. 65.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) SaysThis is the Guidance of Allah: He giveth that guidance to whom He pleaseth, of His servants if they were to join other gods with Him, all that they did would be vain for them.  Surah No. 6, Verse No.88.

Take note that Allah the Almighty sent all Prophets and Messengers to reinforce and remind people that there is no god but Allah.  That is nothing is worthy of being worshipped but Allah.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “For we assuredly sent amongst every people a Messenger, (with the command), “serve Allah, and eschew Evil”: of the people were some whom Allah guided, and some on whom Error became inevitably (established).  So travel through the earth, and see what was the end of those who denied (the Truth).  Surah No.16, Verse No. 36.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) SaysNot a messenger did We send before thee without this inspiration sent by Us to him: that there is no god but I; therefore worship and serve Me.”  Surah 21 Verse 25.  There is no prophet who said to his people but: We sent Noah to his people.  He said: “O my people!  Worship Allah!  Ye have no other god but Him.  I fear for you the Punishment of a dreadful Day!  Surah No. 7, Verse No. 59.

Be informed that having faith and believing in all Prophets and Messengers is a must.  If anyone rejects faith or doesn’t believe one Prophet  or Messenger of Allah’s the Almighty, they are rejecting faith in Allah and disbelieving Him and all His   Prophets and Messengers.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith, each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His Messengers.  “We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of his Messengers.”  And they say: “We hear, and we obey: (we seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.”  Surah No. 2, Verse No. 285.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “‘Verily it has been revealed to us that the Chastisement (awaits) those who reject and turn away.”  Surah No. 20, Verse No. 48.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: And who does more wrong than he who invents a lie against Allah or rejects the Truth when it reaches him?  Is there not a home in Hell for those who reject Faith?”  Surah No.29, Verse No. 68.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Those who reject the Book and the (revelations) with which we sent Our messengers: but soon shall they know.  Surah No. 40, Verse No. 70.

Be informed that  Muhammad bin Abudullah  (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him) is the Messenger of Allah, who was sent by Allah as mercy to the worlds, giving glad tidings and warnings and that he is the seal of all Prophets and messengers and there is no Prophet after him.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Muhammad is no more than a Messenger: many were the Messengers that passed away before him.  If he died or were slain, will ye then turn back on your heels?  If any did turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah; but Allah (on the other hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve Him) with gratitude.  Surah No. 3, Verse No. 144.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet whom they find mentioned in their own (Scriptures),-in the Taurat and the Gospel; – for he commands them what is just and Forbids them what is evil; he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure):  He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them.  So it is those who believe in him, honour him, help him, and follow the Light which is sent down with him, – it is they who will prosper.”  Surah No. 7, verse No. 157.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says:  “Say (O Muhammad): “O men!  I am sent unto you all, as the Messenger of Allah, to who belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but He: it is He that giveth both life and death.  So believe in Allah and His Messenger.  The unlettered Prophet, who believeth in Allah and His words, follow him that (so) ye may be guided.  Surah No. 7, Verse No. 158.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Now hath come to you a Messenger from amongst yourselves: it grieves him that you should suffer, ardently anxious is he over you: to the Believers is he most kind and merciful”.  Surah No. 9, Verse No. 128.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) SaysMuhammad 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.  Surah No. 33, Verse No. 40.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) SaysMuhammad is the Messenger of Allah…  Surah No 48, Verse No. 29.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) SaysAnd remember, Jesus, the Son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel!  I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Taurat (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.  But when he came to them with Clear Signs, They said, “This is evident sorcery!  Surah No.61, Verse No.6.

Take note that Allah the Almighty revealed to Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) the Holy Quran which is the word of Allah and which contains Guidance and Light for the worlds.  It has also explanation of everything.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down The Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong) so every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spent it in fasting, but if anyone is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (should be made up) by days later.  Allah intends every facility for you: He does not want to put you to difficulties.  (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.  Surah No.2, Verse No.185.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) SaysSay: “What thing is most weighty in evidence?” say (O Muhammad): “Allah is witness between me and you; this Qur’an hath been revealed to me by inspiration.  That I may warn you and all whom it reaches.  Can ye possibly bear witness that besides Allah there are other gods?” say (O Muhammad): “Nay!  I cannot bear witness!  Surah No. 6, Verse No. 19.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Verily this Quran doth guide to that which is most right (or stable), and giveth the glad tidings to the Believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a magnificent reward.  Surah No. 17, Verse No. 9.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “We send down (stage by stage) of the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe: to the unjust it causes nothing but loss after loss.”  Surah No. 17, Verse No. 82.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “As for thee, thou receives the Quran from One All-Wise, All-Knowing.” Surah No. 27, Verse No. 6.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: And We have explained to man, in this Quran, every kind of similitude:  yet greater part of men refuse (to receive it) except with gratitude!  Surah No. 17, Verse No. 89.

Appreciate that the Holy Quran, which was revealed to Allah’s Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), has been the Greatest Evident Miracle Ever.  It is continuing and everlastingly challenging all mankind gathered together to produce something like it or like one of its Surahs.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says:  “Say (O Muhammad): ‘if the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Quran, they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed up each other with help and support.’  Surah No. 17, Verse No. 88.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from time to time to Our servant then produce a Sura like thereunto; and call your witness or helpers (if there are any) besides Allah, if ye are truthful.  Surah No. 2, Verse No. 23.

Be informed that Allah has ordered all mankind no matter what their colours, sexes; languages may be to believe in Muhammad the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), follow him and obey him. He who obeys the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) obeys Allah and consequently he will be on the right path; and; he who disobeys the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم), disobeys Allah and consequently he will be on the wrong path.   

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Say (O Muhammad): “Obey Allah and His Messenger”: but if they turn back, Allah loveth not those who reject faith.”  Surah No. 3, Verse No. 32.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: O ye who believe!  Obey Allah and His Messenger, and turn not away from him when ye hear (him speak).”  Surah No. 8, Verse No. 20.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: He who obeys the Messenger, obeys Allah…  Surah No. 4, Verse No. 80.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Say (O Muhammad): “if ye do love Allah, follow me:  Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most merciful.  Surah No. 3, Verse No. 31.

Take note that he who hears of Muhammad the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and neither believes in him nor follows him is a disbeliever in Allah, rejecting faith in Him and consequently worthy to be tortured on the Day of Judgement.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “We know indeed the grief which their words do cause thee:  It is not thee they reject:  It is the Signs of Allah, which the wicked deny.  Surah No. 6, Verse No. 33.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: On that day those who reject Faith and disobey the Messenger will wish that the earth were made one with them: but never will they hide a single fact from Allah!”  Surah No. 4, Verse No. 42.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “If anyone contends with the Messenger even after Guidance has been plainly conveyed to him, and follows a path other than that becoming to men to Faith, we shall leave him in the path he has chosen, and land him in Hell,- What an evil refuge!  Surah No. 4, Verse No. 115.

The Prophet (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him) says: “By the One in whose hands Muhammad’s soul is, if anyone, anywhere in the world, whether a Jew or Christian hears of me and dies without believing in my Message will definitely be amongst those in Hell-Fire.”  (Muslim)

Take note that the Religion approved by Allah is Islam and it is the religion of all  Prophets and Messengers.  No religion is accepted of anyone but Islam.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: And Abraham enjoined upon his sons and so did Jacob;” Oh my sons!  Allah hath chosen the Faith for you; then die not except in the state of submission (to Me).  Surah No. 2, Verse No.132.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “The (recognized) Religion in the sight of Allah is Islam..” Surah No. 3, Verse No. 19. 

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah) never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost.  Surah No. 3, Verse No.85.

Be informed that resurrection after death is coming and absolutely true; the Hour is coming and absolutely true and the accountability on doomsday is absolutely true.    

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Lost indeed are they who treat it as a falsehood that they must meet Allah, – until on a sudden the Hour is on them, and they say: “Ah! Woe unto us that we neglected; for they bear their burdens on their backs, and evil indeed are the burdens that they bear?  Surah No. 6 Verse No. 31.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Verily the Hour is coming- I have almost kept it hidden- for every soul to receive its reward by the measure of its Endeavour.” Surah No. 20, Verse No. 15.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: And verily the Hour will come: there can be no doubt about it, or about (the fact) that Allah will raise up all who are in the graves.  Surah No. 22, Verse No. 7.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: The Unbelievers say, “Never to us will come the Hour”: say (O Muhammad), “Nay!  But most surely, by my Lord, it will come upon you;…  Surah No 34, Verse No. 3.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: The Hour will certainly come: therein is no doubt: yet most men believe not.  Surah No. 40, Verse No. No. 59.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Again, on the Day of Judgement, will ye be raised up.  Surah No. 23, Verse No. 16.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Allah is never unjust in the least degree: if there is any good (done), He doubleth it, and giveth from His Own self a great reward.  Surah No. 4, Verse No. 40.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Then shall anyone who has done an atom’s weight of good, see it!  And anyone who has done an atom’s weight of evil, shall see it.  Surah No. 99, Verses Nos. 7-8.

Learn that Paradise and its bounties are absolutely true, therein everlasting goodness and bounties of which no ear has ever heard of, or an eye has ever seen or a mind has ever been able to imagine.  All this has been prepared Allah’s righteous believers.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: The parable of the Garden which the righteous are promised! – beneath it flow rivers; perpetual is the fruits therof and the shade therein: such is the End of the Righteous and the End of the Unbelievers is the Fire.  Surah No. 13, Verse No. 35.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: But give glad tidings to those who believe and work righteousness, that their portion is Gardens, beneath which rivers flow, every time they are fed with fruits there from, they say: “Why, this what we were fed with before,” for that are given things in similitude; and they have therein spouses purified; and they abide therein (forever).”  Surah No. 2, Verse No. 25.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: But those who believe and work deeds of righteousness- to them shall We give a Home in Heaven, – lofty mansions beneath which flow rivers, -to dwell therein for aye; an excellent reward for those who do (good)!  Surah No. 29, Verse No. 58.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Verily the Companions of the Garden shall that Day have joy in all that they do.  Surah No. 36, Verse No. 55.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: (Here is) the description of the Garden which the righteous are promised: in it are rivers of water unstaling; rivers of Milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine, a joy to those who drink; and rivers of honey pure and clear.  In it there are for them all kinds of fruits; and Forgiveness from their Lord, (can those in such Bliss) be compared to such as shall dwell fro ever in the Fire and be given to drink, boiling water, so that it cuts up their bowels (to pieces)?  Surah No.47, Verse No. 15.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous.  Surah No.3 Verse No 133.

Allah says: “Be ye foremost (in seeking) forgiveness from your Lord, and a Garden (of Bliss), the width whereof is as the width of heaven and earth prepared for those who believe in Allah and His messengers: that is the Grace of Allah, which He bestows on whom He pleases: and Allah is the Lord of Grace abounding.  Surah No. 57, Verse No. 21.

Learn that the Hell fire is absolutely true; its torture in is true; and fierce.  It has a torture that is extremely fierce, harsh, and perpetual. Its torture is something that no ear has ever heard of, or an eye has ever seen or a mind has ever been able to imagine.  All this has been prepared for those who associate partners with Allah and who made it false to believe in Allah.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Know they not that for those who oppose Allah and His Messenger is the Fire of Hell? – Wherein they shall dwell.  That is the supreme disgrace.”  Surah No.9, Verse No. 63.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: …on the Day of Judgement we shall gather them together, prone on their faces, blind, dumb, and deaf: their abode will be Hell: every time it shows abatement, We shall increase for them the fierceness of the Fire.   Surah No. 17, Verse No. 97.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “And We shall drive the sinners to hell, (like thirsty cattle driven down to water)   Surah No. 19, Verse No. 86.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Verily he who comes to his Lord as a sinner (at Judgement), -for him is Hell: therein shall he neither die nor live.  Surah No. 20, Verse No. 74.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: But those who reject (Allah) – for them will be the Fire of Hell: not term shall be determined for them, so they should die, nor shall its Chastisement be lightened for them.  Thus do WE reward every ungrateful.  Surah No. 35, Verse No. 36.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “The Unbelievers will be led to Hell in groups:  until, when they arrive there, its gates will be opened.  And its Keepers will say, “Did not messengers come to you from among yourselves, rehearsing to you the Signs of your Lord, and warning you of the Meeting of this Day of yours?”  The answer will be: “True: but the Decree of Chastisement has been proved true against the Unbelievers!   Surah No. 39, Verse No. 71.

Take note that if you die believing in the oneness of God and in Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم), Allah’s last Messenger, you will be amongst those who will be saved and led into Paradise to live in its bounties for ever.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “But such as come to Him as Believers who have worked righteous deeds, for them are ranks exalted.”  Surah No. 20, Verse No. 75.

Whereas, if you die associating partners with Allah, disbelieving in Him and rejecting faith in Him, you will be among those who will be in Hell Fire for ever and ever

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “But whosoever turns away from My Message, verily for him is a life narrowed down, and We shall raise him up blind on the Day of Judgement.”  Surah No. 20, Verse 124.   

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “And who does more wrong than one to whom are recited the Signs of his Lord, and who then turns way therefrom?  Verily from those who transgress We shall exact (due) retribution.” Surah No. 32, Verse no. 22.

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “Verily he who comes to his Lord as a sinner (at Judgement),-for him is Hell: therein shall he neither die nor live.” Surah No. 20, Verse No. 74

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) Says: “…and if any of you turn back from their faith and die in unbelief, their works will bear no fruit in this life and in the Hereafter; they will be companions of the Fire and will abide therein.”  Surah No. 2, Verse No. 217

Be informed that there is no force in religion; the right path is clear and the wrong path is clear.  So after you have read and thought of and contemplated about the above message, you will not be excused by ignorance. As the warnings and message of all messengers have now reached you, you will be brought to account and be accountable on the Day of Judgment when there is no benefit for money or children but only for those who will come with good deeds and clear hearts.

Finally take note that the devils of mankind and Jinn’s and the wicked of the learned among them are scheming day and night to prevent you from listening to this message and to any other message that speaks of the Truth.

We pray to Allah that He helps you find the right path and guide you to what pleases Him. Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds  

-Abu Basir at-Tartusi

وآخر دعوانا أنِ الحمد لله ربِّ العالمين

 

The Message of the Prophet’s Seerah

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To deal with the subject of “Message of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ)”  in the framework of logic, there is one obvious question which arises first: why the message of the Seerat of the Prophet (ﷺ), and none other? Why, in particular , that of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and not that of any other Prophets or the founders of other religions? We must deal with this question at the outset. So that our minds may be fully satisfied that we can, in fact, obtain guidance not from any other ancient or modern personality, but from the character and personality of a Messenger of God alone. And of all the Messengers of  God and the leaders of religion, it is the life of Muhammad (ﷺ) alone which offers true and comprehensive guidance. Guidance of which we stand in dire need today.

Need for the Guidance of Allah  

 It is an undeniable fact that the source of all knowledge is Almighty Allah Who made this universe and created man to populate it. Who else but Him can know the realities of this universe. Who else possesses the knowledge of human nature and its true elements? The Creator alone knows His creatures. Human awareness is circumscribed by what has been
revealed by the Creator, for man has no independent means of his own to get at the truth.
In this connection, the difference between two different aspects of reality must be fully grasped so as to avoid any fallacy in discussion. There are things which you perceive through the senses, and having gathered a body of knowledge by means of these senses, you can proceed to classify this information with the help of reflection, argumentation, observation or
experimentation and to deduce laws from them.
For this type of information no revelation from heaven is needed. This is the province of your personal discoveries, explorations, meditations, reflections, research and deductions. It has been left to you to explore the world around you and discover the forces which operate; to understand the laws under which these realities function, so that you may stride forward along the path of development. Yet in this matter too, your Creator has not deprived you of His help.
All through the course of history, Allah has been unfolding before you, no matter how imperceptibly, His created world through an evolutionary process. He has opened up new vistas of knowledge before you, and at certain points of history He has inspired men to invent new techniques or to discover new laws. But the fact remains that in this domain man must gather knowledge by himself, without the help of a Divine Messenger or a Divine Book. Man has been endowed with all the resources to collect the information necessary in this sphere.
But the second category of reality is transcendental , beyond the reach of our perception; things which we are powerless to comprehend; things which cannot be weighed or measured by scales, nor discovered by pressing into service any of the instruments for acquiring knowledge which we have at our disposal. The theories of philosophers and scientists on this
subject are mere conjectures and they do not come under the scope of knowledge. Here our ultimate Realities and rational theories about them cannot be taken as definitive even by the very expounders of these theories. But if the authors of these theories possess any awareness of the boundaries of their limited knowledge, they cannot have faith in the validity of their notions. Nor can they call upon others to believe them.

Need for Following the Precedent of the Prophets (عليهم السلام)  

 Knowledge is obtained through the Guidance of Allah, for Allah alone is aware of realities. Allah offers this knowledge to man by means of Revelation. Revelation is transmitted to none but the Prophets (عليهم السلام). Allah has never published a Book and, having distributed to each individual, told him to study it to ascertain for himself the reality of his own existence
and that of the universe. To realize his role in the practical world in the context of this reality. Allah has always appointed the Prophets (عليهم السلام) to convey this message to man, so that the Prophets (عليهم السلام) should not rest content with merely propagating their mandate, but driving it home, demonstrating it in action, recalling to the right path, those who defy the Divine mandates and organizing the believers into a society where every aspect bears practical evidence of this knowledge.
It is evident from this brief exposition that, for Guidance, we are wholly dependent upon the character displayed to the world by a Prophet of God (ﷺ) A non-Prophet who does not believe in a Prophet is not eligible to be our leader, even though he may be a sage, a deeply learned and wise man. This is because such a person bereft of this knowledge is
incapable of devising a true and just system of life for us.

 Why we cannot obtain Guidance from the Prophets other than Muhammad ()

  Let us now consider the question of why, of all of the venerable men  whom we know as Prophets, and all the and all the leaders of religions who conceivably may have been Prophets, we prefer to seek a message from the character of Muhammad (ﷺ). Is this prejudice or is there a reasonable ground for doing so?
I submit that there is a rational basis for this. We certainly acknowledge and believe in the Prophet hood of all those who have been named in the Holy Qur’an as Prophets. But, we lack reliable information by authentic sources on their teaching and their character. There is no doubt about the Prophet hood of Hadrat Noah, Ibrahim, Ishaque, Yusuf, Moses and Jesus Christ (peace be upon them ) and we believe in all of them. But none of the Scriptures revealed to them has come down to us in its original form so that we may benefit from its pristine message. Similarly, the life-history of none of these Prophets (عليهم السلام) has been handed down by any authentic means enabling us to follow their example in the various spheres of individual and collective existence.
A person who undertakes to prepare an account of the teaching and characters of all these Prophets (عليهم السلام) cannot write more than a few pages and these too, entirely with the help of the Qur’an , for nowhere else is authentic material extant about them except in the Holy Qur’an.

 The Jewish Scriptures and the Prophets (عليهم السلام)  

It is said that an account of Moses and the later Prophets (عليهم السلام) and of their teachings is contained in the Old Testament. But consider the Bible from the historical viewpoint. The original text of the Torah, as revealed to Hadrat Moses (ﷺ), had been destroyed at the time of the sack of Bait-ul-Maqdas in 6 BC, and along with it the scriptures of the former Prophets (عليهم السلام) had perished. In 5 BC, when the tribe of Israel arrived in Palestine after their release from the Captivity in Babylon,  the Prophet Ezra (ﷺ), assisted by some venerable collaborators, prepared an account of the life of Moses (ﷺ) as well as a history of the tribe of Israel. In this work were incorporated in  appropriate places such verses of the Torah as were readily available to the author and his associates.
In the period falling between the fourth and second century BC, Various authors penned down the Scriptures ( from which sources we know not) of those Prophets who had preceded them by several centuries. In 300 BC, to cite an instance, an unknown writer wrote a book in the name of Hadrat Yunus (ﷺ) and incorporated it in the Bible, despite the fact that Hadrat Yunus was a Prophet of the 8th  century BC. The Zubur (Psalms) were committed to writing five centuries after the death of Hadrat Daud (ﷺ) and to them were added sonnets composed by some hundred poets. We have no knowledge of the sources from which the compilers of the Zubur (Psalms) had gleaned those Sonnets.
Hadrat Sulaiman (ﷺ) died in 933 BC, and Amsal-i-Sulaiman ( An Anthology of Soloman’s Proverbs) was compiled in the year 250 BC which also incorporated the maxims of several other sages.
In short, no book of the Bible bears an authentic connection with any Prophet to whom it is ascribed. Furthermore, even these books of the Jewish Bible perished at the second sack of Bait-ul-Maqdas in 70 AD, leaving only their Greek translation extant, a translation dating back to the period falling between 258 BC and the first century BC.
In the second century AD, the Jewish scholars prepared a Jewish Bible with the help of manuscripts which had survived the vicissitudes of time. The oldest copy of this Bible now extant dates back to 916 AD. Apart from this, no other Jewish manuscript exists anywhere today.
The Jewish scrolls discovered in the cave of Qumran on the Dead Sea are not older than the first and second century BC, and even those contain a few scattered fragments of the Bible.
The earliest manuscript comprising the first five books of the Bible current among the Samaritans was written in the eleventh century AD. The Greek translation prepared in the second and third century BC was marred by countless errors. A retranslation from Greek into Latin was done in the third century AD. By what standard can we judge this material as an authentic source of the life-histories and teachings of  Moses (ﷺ) and the later Prophets of the Jews?
Finally, there were certain unwritten legends known as oral law, current among the Jews. For a span of thirteen or fourteen centuries they remained unwritten until, in the later part of the second and the beginning of the third century AD, a priest known as Yahuda B. Sham’un committed them to writing under the title of ‘ Mishnah.’ Commentaries on this work by the Palestinian Jewish scholars under the name of  ‘ Halaka’ and by Babylonian scholars under the title ‘ Haggada ‘ appeared in the third and fifth century respectively. The ‘ Talmud’ is, in fact, an anthology of these three works. Significantly, authoritative evidence which may reveal the chain of transmission is lacking in the case of all traditions incorporated in these books.

 Christian Scriptures  

A similar state of affairs exists in the case of Hadrat Isa’s character and teachings. Jesus (ﷺ) conveyed orally to the people the Bible which God originally revealed to him. His disciples, too, propagated it among the people by the spoken word in such a manner that they presented an admixture of their Prophet’s life-story and the revealed verses of the Bible. None of this material was put into writing during the lifetime of Jesus (ﷺ) or even in the period following him. It fell to the lot of the Christians whose vernacular was Greek to transform these oral traditions into writing. It must be borne in mind that Christ’s native tongue was Syriac or Aramaic and his disciples spoke the same language as well.
Most Greek-speaking authors heard these traditions in the Aramaic vernacular and committed them to writing in Greek. None of these writings is dated prior to the year 70AD; there is not a single instance in these works where the author has cited an authority for an event or maxim attributed to Hadrat Isa (ﷺ) in order that we might construct a chain of transmission. Furthermore, even these works have not survived. Thousands of Greek manuscripts of the new Testament were collected, but none of them is older than the fourth century AD; the origin of most of them does not go beyond the period spanning the 11th to the 14th centuries.
Some scattered papyrus fragments found in Egypt can lay claim to no greater antiquity than the third century. We cannot say when the Bible was translated from Greek into Latin. Nor do we know the writer’s name.
In the fourth century AD, the Pope commissioned a review of the Latin translation. In the sixteenth century, this version was discarded and a fresh translation from Greek into Latin was prepared. The Four Bibles were most probably rendered into the Syriac language from Greek in  200 AD, but the oldest Syriac manuscript extant was written in the 4th century. A handwritten copy dated back to the 5th century AD contains, in frequent parts, a different version.
Among the Arabic translations made from the Syriac none is known to have been prepared before the 8th century AD. It is curious that some seventy different versions of the Bible were prepared, four of which were approved by the leaders of the Christian religion, while the rest was rejected. We have no information concerning the grounds for their approval or rejection. But can this material be credited to any extent with authenticity as regards the character and message (gospel ) of Jesus (peace be upon him)?
With regards to other leaders of religion the situation is not dissimilar. Take, for example, Zoroaster whose birth date is not shrouded in mystery. The most that can be said about him is that there is evidence of his existence some 250 years before the subjugation of Persia by Alexander. In other words, his life can be dated some five centuries before Christ (ﷺ). His book “Avasta,” in its original language, is extinct today; the language in which the book was originally written or orally propagated is dead.
In the 9th century AD, a translation of “Avasta” was published in nine volumes, out of which the first two volumes perished. The earliest surviving manuscripts of the book dates from the middle of the 13th century. Such is the condition of Zoroaster’s book. As for his character, our information does not extend beyond the detail that he began preaching his religion at the age of forty. Two years earlier, King Gustaph became his disciple and Zoroaster’s creed turned into a State religion. Zoroaster lived to be 77, and after his death, as time went on, legends were spun around his life, all of them apocryphal.
One of the renowned religious personalities of the world was Buddha. Like Zoroaster, he might have been a Prophet. Yet he left no boo, nor did his followers claim that he had given one. A hundred years after his death, a movement was started which lasted for several centuries to collect his maxims and the account for his life. But no compiler of the Buddhist scriptures produced during this period furnishes a chain of evidence for the maxims and teachings of Buddha. It is evident that even if we wished to turn for guidance to other Prophets (peace be upon them) and religious leaders, we could not come by a reliable source from which might be derived authentic and unassailable information on their history and teachings.
We are left with no alternative but to turn to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) who left a trustworthy Book free of any excisions or adulterations; the Prophet (ﷺ) whose detailed history, sayings and practices were transmitted to us by authoritative sources so that we would be guided by his example. In the entire course of history such a leader could only be found in the sublimely gifted person in Muhammad (ﷺ). The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) put forth a Book ( the Holy Qur’an) with the definite claim that it was the Word of God which had been revealed to him. On scrutiny, we positively feel that this Book is free of interpolations. The Book does not incorporate a single maxim of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) ; rather, the inclusion in this Book of any sayings of the Prophet(ﷺ) has been scrupulously avoided.
In this Book, the Holy Prophet’s life(ﷺ) , the history of the Arabs and the events which occurred during the period of the revelation of the Qur’an have not been mingled with the Divine verses, as is the case with the Bible. The Qur’an is the pure Word of God. Not one word therein is not divine. Not a single word has been deleted from its text. The Book has been handed down to our age in its complete and original form since the time of Muhammad(ﷺ). From the time the Book began to be revealed, the Holy Prophet(ﷺ) had dedicated its text to the scribes. Whenever some Divine Message was revealed, the Holy Prophet(ﷺ) would call a scribe and dictate its words to him. The written text was then read to the Holy Prophet(ﷺ), who having satisfied himself that the scribe had committed no error in recording, would put the manuscript in safe custody. The Holy Prophet(ﷺ) also used to instruct the scribe about the sequence in which a revealed message was to be placed in a particular Surah. In this manner, the Holy Prophet(ﷺ) continued to arrange the texts of the Qur’an in systematic order until the end of the chain of revelations. Again, it was ordained from the beginning of Islam that a recitation of the Holy Qur’an must form an integral part of worship. Hence the illustrious Companions (عليهم السلام) would commit the Divine verses to memory as soon as they were revealed. Many of them learned the entire text by heart and an even greater number memorized different portions of it.
Besides, those of the Companions(عليهم السلام) who were literate used to keep a written record of several portions of the Holy Qur’an. In this manner, the text of the Holy Qur’an was preserved in four different ways during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet(ﷺ):

1. The Holy Prophet(ﷺ)had the whole text of the Divine Messages from beginning to end committed to writing by the scribes of revelations.
2. Many of the Companions(عليهم السلام) learned the entire text of the Qur’an, syllable upon syllable, by heart.
3. All the illustrious Companions(عليهم السلام), without exception, had memorized at least some portion of the Holy Qur’an, for the simple reason that it was obligatory for them to recite it during worship. An estimate of the number of the illustrious Companions(عليهم السلام) may be obtained from the fact that one
hundred forty thousand Companions(عليهم السلام) participated in the Last Pilgrimage performed by the Holy
Prophet(ﷺ).
4. A considerable number of the literate Companions(عليهم السلام) kept a private record of the text of the Qur’an and satisfied themselves as to the purity of their record by reading it out to the Holy Prophet(ﷺ).

    It is an incontrovertible historical truth that the text of the Holy Qur’an extant today is, syllable for syllable exactly the same as the Holy Prophet(ﷺ) had offered to the world as the Word of God. After the demise of the Holy Prophet(ﷺ), the first caliph Hadrat Abu Baker(ﷺ) assembled all the  Huffaz (those who have memorized the Qur’an) and the written records of the Holy Qur’an and had the whole text written in Book form.In the time of Hadrat ‘ Uthman (ﷺ) copies of this original version were made and officially dispatched to the capitals of the Islamic world. Of these copies extant in the world today, one is in Istanbul and the other in Tashkent. Whoever is so inclined may compare any printed text of the Holy Qur’an with those two copies. He shall find no variation. And how can one expect any discrepancy, when there have been several million Huffaz in every generation since the time of the Holy Prophet(ﷺ) and in our own time? Should anyone alter one syllable of the original text of the Qur’an, these Huffaz would at once expose the mistake. In the last century, an Institute of Munich University in Germany collected forty-two thousand copies of the Holy Qur’an including manuscripts and printed texts produced in each period in the various of the Islamic world. Research was carried out on these texts for half a century, at the end of which the researchers concluded that apart from copying mistakes, there was no discrepancy in the text of these forty-two thousand copies, though they belonged to periods spanning the first century Hijrah to the 14th century Hijrah and had been procured from all parts of the world. This Institute, unfortunately was destroyed in the bombing raids on Germany during World War ll , but the findings of the research project survived. Another point that must be kept in view is that the word in which the Qur’an was revealed is a living language in our own time. It is still current as the mother tongue of some hundred million people from Iraq to Morocco.In the non-Arab world also hundreds of thousands of people study and teach this language.
The grammar of the Arabic language, its lexicon, its phonetic system and its phraseology, have remained in tact for fourteen hundred years.
A modern Arabic speaking person can comprehend the Holy Qur’an with as much proficiency as did the Arabs of fourteen centuries ago. This, then, is an important attribute of Muhammad(ﷺ), which is shared by no other Prophet or Leader of Religion. The Book which God revealed to him for the guidance of mankind today exists in its original language without the slightest alteration in its vocabulary.

Authenticity of the Character and Precedent of the Holy Prophet()  

Now take the second attribute of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) by which he stands unique among all Prophets(عليهم السلام) and leaders of religion. Just as the Book transmitted to him, amounts of his character have also been preserved to serve as a beacon for us in all walks of life. From early childhood to the close of his life, a large number of those who saw him, witnessed the events of his life and heard his conversation, addresses, exhortations or warnings, had retained them in memory and passed them onto their successors. Some of the research scholars believe that the number of those who had passed on to the next generation eyewitness accounts or reports of events that they had heard during the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) number a hundred thousand people. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) himself dictated some commands and handed or dispatched them to certain people. These were later bequeathed to the succeeding generations.
There were at least six Companions (عليهم السلام) who had recorded the Traditions of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) and tested the authenticity of their records by reading them out to the Holy Prophet(ﷺ). These writings were also inherited by posterity. After the death of the Holy Prophet(ﷺ), some fifty Companions (عليهم السلام) undertook to collect accounts of the circumstances and incidents of the Prophet’s life and his holy utterances. The material gathered from this source also came into the hands of those who later accomplished the task of collecting and compiling the Traditions of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ).
Besides, as I have mentioned earlier, the number of the Companions who transmitted orally their knowledge of the Holy Prophet’s character(ﷺ) runs to one hundred thousand, according to the estimate of some researchers. Little wonder, when we take into account the fact that the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) performed his last Hajj, known as the Farewell Pilgrimage, in the company of one hundred and forty thousand people! All these believers saw him at the time of Hajj, learned from him the rituals of Hajj and listened to the addresses which the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) delivered during this last Pilgrimage. It is improbable that when this assembly, who had attended such an important occasion as the Hajj, disperse to their own homes, their friends, relations and fellow-citizens should not have questioned them on the circumstances of their journey or failed to ascertain from them the injunctions about Hajj. One can well judge from this, after the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) had departed from the world, how eagerly the people must have questioned those who had seen him and listened to his speech, on the details of his life, his sacred utterances, commands and instructions.
The procedure that had been adopted from the beginning regarding the traditions bequeathed to the later generations by the illustrious Companions(عليهم السلام) was that whoever ascribed an event or saying to the Holy Prophet(ﷺ) had to state his source and furnish a chain of evidence. In this way, the sources of a particular tradition were traced through all connecting links back to the time of the Holy Prophet(ﷺ) in order to determine whether their connection with the person of the Prophet of God (ﷺ) was demonstrably true. If any links were found to be missing in the chain of transmission, the authenticity of the tradition fell into suspicion. When in the cast of a tradition, a complete line of evidence had been set up to the time of the Holy Prophet(ﷺ), and even one of the reporters along the line had been recognized as unreliable, the tradition was discarded. If you ponder this a while, you will realize that circumstances relating to no other man in history have been recorded with such rigorous scrutiny. It is the distinction of Muhammed (ﷺ) that no tradition ascribed to him has been accepted, save on authority. And while looking for the authority of a tradition, it was not considered sufficient to establish a chain of evidence up to the time of the Holy Prophet(ﷺ) , but each one of the successive transmitters was carefully scrutinized as well so as to determine his or her reliability. For this purpose, the circumstances of all the reporters were thoroughly investigated and full-scale books were compiled. Setting forth details as to who was trustworthy and who was not; what sort of character and personality each of them had; whose memory was sound and whose weak. Furthermore, the reporter who had actually met the source from whom he had derived the tradition was distinguished from the one who merely named the source without ever having met him. Information about all these reporters has been documented on such a comprehensive scale that today we can easily determine in the case of each tradition whether it has been derived from trustworthy or fake sources. Is there any other person in the history of mankind whose life story has been derived by such authentic means? Is there another single instance in which, while discovering the history of one individual person, comprehensive books were compiled on the life stories of thousands of reporters who had narrated some tradition about that person? The primary motive behind the vigorous campaign of the modern Christian and Jewish scholars is to cast doubt on the authenticity of the tradition is jealousy, for they know full well that the authority on the genuineness of their own Scriptures as well as for that of the histories of their Prophets is non-existent. It is owing to this jealousy that they have dispensed with all intellectual honesty in their criticisms on Islam, the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).

All Aspects of the Holy Prophet’s() Life Are Open and Fully Known

The authenticity of the sources for a reconstruction of this life and character is by no means the only distinction of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). Another factor which distinguishes him from all others is that we have access to far more details about each and every aspect of his life than we have with respect to other historical personages:His family background; the kind of life he led before the announcement of his Apostolic Mission; how he was invested with Prophethood; how the Divine Messages were transmitted to him; how he preached Islam; in what manner he faced opposition and resistance; how he prepared and trained his Companions; his domestic life; his conduct as a husband and father;his dealing with friends and foes; his precepts and practices, commands and warnings; the practices to which he did not object as well as the practices which he curbed- all these in their minute details may be read in the Books of Traditions and in the works on his pious life and character. The Holy Prophet(ﷺ) was an ideal military general and we possess detailed accounts of all the battles fought under his command. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) was the head of state, and a complete history of his reign is available to us. He (ﷺ) was a judge, and full proceedings of all the cases tried by him, along with the judgements awarded by him in those cases, are extant. The Holy Prophet(ﷺ) visited the markets and watched how the people conducted their business. He (ﷺ) forbade all he found to be unfair and fraudulent, while approving of all that was found to be just and equitable. In short, there is no sphere of life regarding which he did not lay down comprehensive guidelines. It is on this basis that we assert with full knowledge and conviction and without any prejudice that of all the Prophets(عليهم السلام) and religious leaders, it is the Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ)alone to whom humanity can turn for advice and guidance, because the Book as presented by him has been preserved in its original text in its pristine form and his character, with all such details as are needed for guidance, has been reported to us through the most authentic and reliable sources. We shall now see what message and instruction his pious character bears for us.

 The Message of the Holy Prophet () Is for All Mankind

The foremost feature we observe in his apostolic mission is that he (ﷺ) addresses man in his capacity as a human being, setting aside all distinctions of color, race, language or country. He (ﷺ) propounds tenets for the welfare of all mankind. Whoever has faith in these tenets is a Muslim and enters the fold of the universal brotherhood of Islam. Black or white, belonging to the East or the West,the Arab or the non-Arab, wherever a human being may be living, whatever the country, nation or race in which he is born;irrespective of the tongue he speaks or the color of his skin, the call of the Prophet (ﷺ) is addressed to everyone. Taboos, inequality, racial or class distinctions, linguistic, territorial or geographic bias-nothing that divides man from man has any place in the society of Islam.

The Best remedy for Racial Prejudice or Color Bar

On reflection, one comes to appreciate that this is a great blessing  vouchsafed to mankind through the Arabian Prophet, Muhammad (ﷺ). It has been this differentiation between man and man that has , more than anything else, ruined mankind. In some places, man was declared to be polluted and it was argued that since he was an untouchable he could not enjoy the same rights as the Brahmans. Then, according to some, man was considered to be good only for destruction, for he had the misfortune to be born in America, Australia, or Palestine in an age when the foreign immigrants badly wanted his eviction from the land. In places, man was hunted, enslaved and forced to work like an animal merely for the offense of being born in Africa and the color of his skin ,black. In other words, these distinctions of nationality, country, race, color and language have, from time immemorial, been highly detrimental to mankind. These differentiations have caused wars. They have served as the basis of aggression by one country against the other. They have provoked a people to plunder another people. Generations
of  human beings have been subjected to ruthless genocide for the satisfaction of these prejudices . The Holy Prophet (ﷺ)treated this malady so effectually that the enemies of Islam now admit that never were the problems of color distinction, racial prejudice and national bias so successfully solved as in the religion of Islam. When the famous leader of the African- born nationals of America, Malcolm X, who at one time led an extremist Black Nationalist Movement against the Whites, undertook Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) after embracing Islam, he saw people of all races, colors and nationalities speaking different languages and converging at one central place from the East and the West and from the North and the South. They all wore the same garment, the Ihram, all chanted Labbaik, in the same language; all mingled to perform circumambulation, and they all formed one compact congregation under the of one leader to offer worship. Malcolm X observed this and exclaimed that it was the only correct answer to the questions of race and color and that the measures hitherto adopted by his compatriots were wrong. Malcolm X was murdered, but his autobiography survives to bear witness to the profound impact Hajj had made on him.
Hajj is but one of the articles of worship in the Islamic faith. Whoever surveys the Islamic religion as a whole with open eyes will not find even the smallest point to which he can refer and say that here Islam has tilted the balance in favor of a particular nation, tribe, race or class. The entire code of Islam testifies to the fact that it is applicable to the whole of humanity. It affirms that all human beings who acknowledge the principles of Islam and enter the fold of the universal brotherhood of Islam are equal. nay, the conduct of Islam towards the non- Muslim presents a happy contrast to the treatment of the Blacks by the Whites, and highlights, by contrast, the conduct of the imperialists toward the slave peoples as well as the behavior of the Communists governments towards their non-Communist subjects or toward their own dissident party members.
Let us now turn to the rules for human welfare which the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) propagated through the teachings of Islam and the seizure of power to enable him not only to guarantee human well-being but to unite all human beings in one Ummah.

Widest Conception of the Oneness of God  

The foremost of these principles is the belief in the Oneness of God, not just in the sense that God exists, nor merely that there is only One God, but in the sense that the Creator, Master, and All-Wise Sovereign of this universe is Allah alone. There is no comparable authority in the whole universe which is sovereign and has the right to command or forbid; or has the power to make certain things lawful and others unlawful by decree. These powers are vested in no one, save Allah. It is the sole prerogative of the Creator and master to allow certain things in this world at Will and to prohibit certain things at Will. Islam preaches that the belief in Allah signifies the acknowledgement of all these Powers of God. The belief in Allah is tantamount to the affirmation that we owe allegiance to no one except Him and that no power on earth has the right to enact a law that is inimical to His Commandments. The belief in Allah implies that man’s head is made to bow to God alone and is consequently rendered incapable of bending down before anyone else. The belief in God carries the meaning that only Allah has the power to make or unmake our destiny; that He has absolute power in regard to life or death. He can take away our life whenever He pleases and He can keep us alive as long as it pleases Him. When he chooses to end our life, no power on earth can save us from death; when He chooses to give us life, no power on earth can put us to death. This, then, is the Islamic concept of God. According to this concept, the whole universe which stretches from the earth to the heavens operates under orders from Allah. It, therefore, behooves man, who subsists in this universe, to devote his life to carrying out the Will of God. Should man obtain a license to do what he likes or own obedience to some other power, his pattern of life would run counter to
the entire system of the universe. This may be expressed in other words better to grasp the point. That the whole universe functions under orders from God is an established fact which is unalterable by any power. Hence, if we carry out the behest of some authority other than Allah or follow an independent course of our own choice, our life would move in the direction opposite to the one the entire universe is taking. In this way, we shall be in a state of constant collision with the system of the universe.
Let us view this from another angle as well. The Islamic concept of God Affirms that the only valid way of life for man is to abide by the Will of Allah, for man is the creature and Allah is his Creator. As a creature, it is wrong on the part of the man to be independent of his Creator. It is also betrayal for him to offer worship to any other than the Creator. Either of these acts is opposed to reality. Whoever defies reality comes to grief. The reality stands inviolate.

The Call to Worship the Lord

  The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) calls for an end to this defiance. He (ﷺ) teaches that the rules and patterns of our life should conform to the system which governs the whole universe. A person should neither assume the right of legislation nor acknowledge the prerogative of any other person to enact laws for God’s creatures living on God’s earth. The only valid law is the law given by the Lord of the Universe.All other laws are false and void.

The Call For Rendering Obedience To the Holy Prophet ()

  We now come to the second point of the Holt Prophet’s (ﷺ) message. He (ﷺ) categorically declared: “I am the Messenger of Allah. Allah has sent His mandate for mankind through me. I, too, am subject to this mandate.I can make no alterations in it. I have been appointed to obey the mandate, not to introduce innovations into it. The Qur’an embodies the Law which Allah has revealed to me and my practice is the law which I promulgate by the order and sanction of Allah.I am the first render obedience to the Law of God, and having done so, I call upon all men to relinquish their allegiance to every other law and abide by the Law of God alone.”

Next to God, Obedience is due to the Messenger of God ()

  No one should feel cynical as regards the query: How could the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) be deemed to have obeyed and followed his own practice when it was really his personal precept or action? The truth of the matter is that just as the source of the Qur’an was God, so the source of all exhortations, prohibitions and regulations propagated by the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) was also God. This is denoted by the term ” Sunnah of the Prophet.” The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) himself followed the Sunnah in the same manner as it is obligatory for all the believers to follow it. This point was made abundantly clear on occasions when, in certain matters, the illustrious Companions (عليهم السلام) used to ask: “Allah’s messenger, are you conveying the Will of God or is this your personal view? ” The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) used to observe: ” No, this is not the Will of God; it is my opinion.” On such occasions, the illustrious Companions (عليهم السلام) differed with the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) and put forth their own way of thinking and the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) allowed their suggestions to supercede his own opinion. Similarly, this point also became obvious on occasions when the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) took counsel with his illustrious Companions (عليهم السلام). This consultation in itself was proof positive that Allah had revealed no mandate regarding the matter under consideration, for had the Divine Will been known in the matter, it could not have become subject for discussion. Such occasions, which have been elaborately recorded in the collections of Traditions, often arouse in the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). The illustrious Companions(عليهم السلام) themselves have reported: ” Never did we see a person who was engaged in councel more often than the Holy Prophet (ﷺ).” If you reflect on this point, you will realize that holding councel in matters which God had not revealed His Will was also the Sunnah (Traditions) of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). When the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) himself did not deem it proper to impose his personal opinion on the people as an inexorable law, what authority is there for another ruler to enforce his will upon the people? Thus did the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) teach his Ummah to conduct their affairs by consultation and instructed the people to render unqualified obedience to the Will of God in those matters in which the Lord had not manifested His Will, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) exhorted  the people to exercise their right of freedom of speech without fear.

True Charter of Freedom

  This is the ” Charter of Freedom” which only the true religion has conferred upon mankind. The creature of Allah should be the slave of Allah alone and owe service to none else, nay, not even as a servant of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ). This charter freed man from offering worship to all others, save One God; and it terminated the divinity of man over man once and for all. Simultaneously, the greatest blessing conferred by this mandate upon mankind is the Supremacy of the Law, the Law which no monarch, dictator, democratic parliament or assembly of believers in Islam is empowered to tamper with for the purpose of altering it. This law bestows on man permanent values of Good and Evil, and no one has the power to transmute these values with a view to changing Good into Evil or vice versa.
The third message which the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) preached to the servants of God was: ” You are all answerable to God. You have been given unchartered freedom to act as you deem fit and to forage whatever pasture you like without being answerable to anyone. Rather you shall be held accountable before your Creator for each act, each word, in fact, for the whole course of your life wherein you have been given limited autonomy. You will be raised after death and presented in the court of your Lord for reckoning.” When human conscience is permeated with such a stupendous moral force, it will be as if every human being were being guarded by a sentinel who challenges every evil thought that enters one’s mind and hinders all action that may arise from an evil thought. Irrespective of the existence or non-existence of a vigilant police force and a retributive government in the external world, a censor will always preside over the human soul, and fear of seizure will deter a person from transgressing the Will of God even in privacy, in darkness or in a deserted wasteland. No greater means than this can be devised for the moral degeneration of man and for the forging of a stable human character. All other means which purport to reform the moral aspects of human character do not go beyond the dicta that is in this world ” Good begets good and Evil begets Evil ” and ” Honesty is the Best Policy.” Carried to the logical conclusion it clearly implies that if evil and dishonesty be found profitable for policy reasons, these should be freely practiced without compunction. It is in consequence of this philosophy of life that the same person who behaves well in his private life turns to being faithless, deceptive, rapacious, callous and ruthless in the conduct of his public life-nay, even in their private life, such people are good only in certain respects and very wicked in many other ways. You will find that, on the one hand, these people are fair and courteous in their business dealings, while on the other hand they are the worst drunkards, fornicators and gamblers, being the most depraved and wicked of people. Their motto is that a man’s public life and his private life are two different spheres, distinct from each other. To one who accosts them on some faults in their private life, they offer a tailor-made answer, ” Mind your own business.” Contrary to this, there is the belief in Eternity which enjoins that evil remains evil in all circumstances, regardless of whether it proves profitable or disadvantageous in the world. The dichotomy between public and private spheres cannot exist in the life of a person who has a sense of accountability to God. This person does not adopt honesty just because it is the best policy, but because the person has cultivated honesty in his soul and nothing could be more distant from his thoughts than the practice of dishonesty. His belief teaches him that dishonesty must debase him to a level inferior to that of animals. As the Holy Qur’an observes: “We created Man in the finest form and then We turned him upside down and degraded him to a position lower than the lowest.” In this way, by the kindly favor of the Holy Prophet’s (ﷺ) guidance, man has not only obtained an immutable law embodying permanent moral values, but also an unshakable foundation on which to build individual and national moral character. Man, therefore, does not require the agency of a government, a police force or a court of law to deter him from crimes and keep him on the right path.

Practice of Morality in the Mundane Activities of Life:Monasticism Rejected

The Holy Prophet’s (ﷺ) call bears yet another important message for us, which is that morality is not the preserve of the monks, to be practiced in the monasteries, nor the privilege of the mystics, to be observed within the precincts of the shrines. Morality is meant for practical application in all spheres of life. The highest spiritual and moral standards which the world sought in monks, priests and the mystics were transferred to the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) to the seat of Government and the Judges’ bench. He (ﷺ) exhorted the businessmen to fear God and practice honesty in their dealings and transactions. He (ﷺ) taught the policemen and the soldiers the lesson of piety and restraint. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) dispelled man’s misconception that one who renounced the world and commemorated God in the wilderness was the friend of God.
He (ﷺ) denied that true fellowship with God consisted in being a hermit. On the contrary, true saintliness consisted in participating in the affairs of the world as a ruler, magistrate, army commander, police inspector, businessman, industrialist. In fact, displaying through all other activities of the temporal life, a pious and honest character whenever one’s faith is put to the test. In this way, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) retrieved morality and spirituality from the restrictions of monasticism and brought them into all spheres of practical life. He (ﷺ) enforced morality and spirituality in economic, social and political affairs and in the conduct of peace or war, establishing the supremacy of the righteous moral code in all these fields of life.

The Blessings of the Holy Prophet’s () Teaching

It was through this blessed guidance that those whom the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) had found to be thieves at the beginning of his Prophethood were transformed into trustworthy protectors of life, prospect and honor of the common people by the time the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) departed from the mortal world; those whom he had found usurpers of rights were remolded by him into upholders, protectors and champions of the rights of the people. Prior to his time, the world had known only rulers who issued
their “Divine Writs” from magnificent palaces and held their subjects down by repressive measures. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ)gave the world rulers who walked in the bazaars like ordinary people and held sway over the hearts of the people through an administration of justice and equity.Before him, the world had known armies penetrating into a country carrying fire and steel in all directions, raping the women of the prostrate people. The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) introduced the world to the armies which after a triumphant entry into a city molested none except the enemy troops; and after a departure from a captured city returned the very taxes already received from its inhabitants. Human history is replete with accounts of conquests and victories over cities and countries. But the conquest of Makkah has no parallel in history. The Holy Prophet’s (ﷺ)triumphant entry into the city whose inhabitants had persecuted him and his adherents for thirteen long years was marked by glorious humanity, his sacred forehead leaning on the saddle of his camel in a posture of bowing before God. In his demeanor there was no trace of pride and arrogance.When the same people who had tormented him for thirteen years and forced him to migrate from the city of his birth, and even after his migration, had fought battles against him for eight years, were brought before him as supplicants, they begged him for mercy. Instead of wreaking vengeance upon them, the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) observed: ” Today there is NO censure upon you, now go, you are free.”
Anyone who wishes to assess the impact of this precedent of the Holy Prophet(ﷺ) on the Muslims should look at the pages of history. He should compare the behavior of the Muslim conquerors as they entered Spain with the conduct of the Christians as they subjugated the Muslims; and he should observe the contrast between
the treatment meted out to the Muslims when the Christians sacked Bait-ul-maqdas during the Crusades and the dispensation which the Christians received when the Muslims recaptured Bait-ul-Maqdas from them.
Gentleman! The personality of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ) is a vast ocean of wisdom, and no work, however elaborate, can encompass it. A single address could hardly do justice to this subject. Nevertheless, I have endeavored to focus attention on some of the outstanding aspects of the Holy Prophet’s (ﷺ) personality. Fortunate, indeed, are those who follow the lead of this Supreme Guide.
In the end, we should say that all Praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Universe.