My brothers and sisters everywhere! With this essay, I am not singling out the adherents of Islam - to which I ascribe - but rather I am writing this essay to every man and woman throughout the whole world.
I ask Allah that He facilitates that this essay reaches every ear, falls under the sight of every eye, and is understood by every heart... Muhammad the son of `Abdullah is Allah's Prophet and the Final Messenger Sent by Allah to the Inhabitants of Earth. My brothers and sisters everywhere! You should know that the Messenger, Muhammad the son of`Abdullah (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him) is Allah's Messenger in reality and truth. The evidences that show his veracity are abundant. None but an infidel, who out of arrogance alone, could deny these signs.
Among these proofs:
1. Muhammad (may Allah's blessings
and 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. Revelation then came to Muhammad with theKoran
that we now have between our hands. This Koran 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 or Christians were able to believe him regarding
anything that he said.
2. Muhammad (may Allah's blessings
and peace be upon him) also foretold of everything that wouldoccur 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 ifhe was
reading the future from an open book.
3. Muhammad (may Allah's blessings
and peace be upon him) also brought an Arabic Koran that isthe peak of eloquence and clarity. The Koran challenged those eloquent
and fluent Arabs of his time, who initially belied him, to bring forth a single chapter like the Koran. The eloquent Arabs
of his day were unable to contest this Koran.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 Koran.
4. The life history of this Noble
Prophet 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. Allah instilled great love for
Muhammad (may Allah's blessings and 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 his (or her) self, mother or father for him. Till today,
those who believe in Muhammad honor and love him. Anyone of those who believe in him would ransom his own family and wealth
to see him, even if but once.
6. All of history has not preserved
the biography of any person in the manner it has preserved the life of Muhammad, who is the most influential human in history.
Nor has the entire earth known of anyone whom every morning and evening, and many times thereafter throughout the day, is
thought of by those who believe in him. Upon rememberingMuhammad, the believers in him will greet him and ask Allah to bless
him. They do such with full hearts and true love for him.
7. Nor has there every been a man on earth whom is still followed in all his doings by those whobelieve in him. Those who believe in Muhammad, sleep in the manner he slept; purify themselves (through ablutionand ritual washing) in the manner he purified himself; and adhere to his practice in the way they eat, drink, and clothe themselves.
Indeed in all aspects of their lives, the believers in Muhammad adhere to the teachings he spread among them and the path that he traveled upon during his life.
During every generation, from his day till our time, the believers in this Noble prophet have fullyadhered to his teachings. With some, this has reached the degree that they desire to follow and adhere to the Prophet's way in his personal matters regarding which Allah has not sought of them to adhere to in worship. For example, some will only eat those specific foods or only wear those specific garmentsthat the Messenger liked.
Let alone all that, all those who believe in Muhammad
repeat those praises of Allah, special prayers,and invocations that he would say during each of his actions during day and
night, like: what he would say when he greeted people, upon entering and leaving the house, entering and leaving the mosque,
entering and leaving the bathroom, going to sleep and awaking from sleep, observing the new crescent, observing the new fruit
on trees, eating, drinking, dressing, riding, traveling and returning from travel, etc. Let alone all that, all those who
believe in Muhammad fully perform-even to the minute detail-every act of worship-like prayer, fasting, charity, and pilgrimage-as
this Noble Messenger (may Allah's blessingsand peace be upon him) taught and as he himself performed.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 suchlove, respect, honor, and obedience in all matters-small
and large alike-as has this Noble Prophet.
9. Since his day, in every region
of the earth and during every period, this Noble Prophet has beenfollowed by individuals from all races, colors and peoples.
Many of those who followed him were previously Christians, Jews, pagans, idolaters, or without any religion. 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 after they witnessed the signs of his truthfulness and the evidences of his miracles. They did not
choose to follow Muhammad out of compulsion or coercion orbecause they had adopted the ways of their fathers and mothers.Indeed
many of the followers of this Prophet (may Allah's blessings 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 (may Allah's blessings and 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 as a result of followingthis Prophet.
Despite all this harm and persecution, this did not turn them back from his religion. My brethren! All of this clearly indicates
to anyone possessing any sense, that this Prophet was truly and really Allah's messenger and that he was not just a man who
claimed prophethood or spoke aboutAllah without knowledge.
10. With all this, Muhammad came
with a great religion in its credal and legal make-up. Muhammad described Allah with qualities of complete perfection, and
at the same time in a manner that is free of ascribing to Him any imperfection. Neither the philosophers or the wise could
ever describe Allah like such. Indeed it is impossible to imagine that any human mind could conceive of an existing being
that possesses such complete ability, knowledge, and greatness; Who has subdued thecreation; Who has encompassed everything
in the universe, small or large; and Who possesses such perfect mercy.Nor is it in the ability of any human being to place
a perfect law based upon justice, equality, mercy and objectivity for all human activity on earth like the laws that Muhammad
brought for all spheres of human activity - like buying and selling, marriage and divorce, renting, testimony, custody, and
all othercontracts that are necessary to uphold life and civilization on earth.
11. It is impossible that any person
conceive wisdom,, morals, good manners, nobleness of charactersas what this honorable Prophet (may Allah's blessings and peace
be upon him) brought. In a full and complete manner, Muhammad spread a teaching regarding character and manners towardone'
parents, relatives, fiends, family, humanity, animals, plants and inanimate objects. It is impossible for the human mind alone
to grasp all of that teaching or come with a similar teaching. All of that unequivocally indicates that this Messenger did
not bring an) of this religion from his own accord, but that it was rather a teaching and inspiration that he received from
the One Who created the earth and the high heavens above and created this universe in its miraculous architecture andperfection.
12. The legal and credal make-up of the religion that the Messenger, Muhammad, (may Allah'sblessings and peace be upon him) brought resembles 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 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 (may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him).
By Sh. `Abdur Rahman `Abdul Khaliq
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