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Muhammad: A Witness, Bearer of Glad-Tidings and a Warner

Explaining the Message that Muhammad brought to the world, in affirmation of the messages of the previous prophets.

  Source: The Reign of Islamic Da'wah Centre Source: TROID - Islamic information Pamphlet distributed in the 1990's [islaam.ca] Published: 1997

  

  He proved himself to be ideal of manhood, and to possess a spotless character. He was the most obliging to his compatriots, honest in his talk and mildest in temper. He was gentle-hearted, chaste, hospitable and always impressed people by his piety inspiring countenance. He was always truthful and the best to keep covenant. His fellow citizens by common consent gave him the title of Al Ameen (trustworthy).
The Reign of Islamic Da'wah (troid.ca), Toronto, Canada

 

In the Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful

"And (remember) when Jesus, son of Mary, said: "O Children of Israel! I am the Messenger of Allaah unto you, confirming the Torah (which came) before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad. But when he (Ahmad i.e. Muhammad) came to them with clear proofs, they said: "This is plain magic."

(The Noble Qur'an 61:6)

"We have not sent thee (O Muhammad) except as a universal (Messenger) to men giving them glad tidings and warning them (against sin) but most men understand not."

(The Noble Qur’an 34:28)

"Verily all praise is due to Allah, We praise Him, we seek His Help and ask for His Forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from all the evils in our souls and from our sinful deeds. Whosoever Allah guides, no one can mislead and whosoever Allaah leaves to stray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah, He is One and has no partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant ant Last Messenger. O you who believe, have fear and consciousness of Allah according to His right and die not except as Muslims. O mankind, have fear and consciousness of your Lord, the One Who created you from one soul and from it its mate and from them spread many men and women. And fear Allah from Whom you demand your mutual rights and do not cut off family relations. Surely, Allaah is Ever an All-Watcher over you. O you who believe, have fear and consciousness of Allah and always speak the truth. He will direct you to do righteous deeds and will forgive you of your sins. Whosoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed achieved a great achievement." These are the words Muhammad would say before addressing anyone.

 
Allaah says in the Qur’an: (References of the Qur’an are an English interpretation of the Arabic) "Verily, We have sent you (O Muhammad) as a witness, as a bearer of glad tidings and as a warner. In order that you (O mankind) may believe in Allaah and His Messenger and honor him and that you glorify (Allaah’s) Praises morning and afternoon." (The Noble Qur’an 48:8-9)

In a time when the earth was filled with chaos and confusion and man had once again strayed from the Guidance of Allah, a child was born from the line of the house of Ishmael in the city of Makkah as ordained by Allah. His grandfather named him Muhammad son of 'Abdullaah.

From childhood there was always something special about him that was recognized by all. He was always honest true and trustworthy. Born in the year 570 AD, the only child of his parents, he later became an orphan at the age of six years after the death of both parents.

Muhammad was in his youth, a combination of the best social attributes. His long silence helped him to meditate and deeply investigate the truth. His pure nature was helpful and instrumental in assimilating and comprehending ways of life and people, individual and collective. He shunned superstitious practices and took a part in constructive and useful dealings. He also kept himself from drinking wine, eating meat slaughtered on stone altars, or attending idolatrous festivals.

He proved himself to be ideal of manhood, and to possess a spotless character. He was the most obliging to his compatriots, honest in his talk and mildest in temper. He was gentle-hearted, chaste, hospitable and always impressed people by his piety inspiring countenance. He was always truthful and the best to keep covenant. His fellow citizens by common consent gave him the title of Al Ameen (trustworthy).

Allaah says in the Noble Qur’an:

"Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much." (The Noble Qur’an 33:21)

Muhammad used to pass long hours in retirement meditating and speculating over all aspects of creation around him. One of these in particular was his favorite resort – a cave named Hira’, in the Mount An Nour; where at the age of 40 years he was visited by the angel Gabriel, who was sent to reveal Allaah’s Guidance for all creation to him.

The angel Gabriel appeared to him Muhammad and said:

"Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created all that exists has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood.) Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous." (The Noble Qur’an 96:1-3)

And

"O you Muhammad enveloped (in garments)! Arise and warn! And your Lord (Allah) magnify! And your garments purify! And keep away from idols." (The Noble Qur’an 74:1-5)

Thus began the revelations and Muhammad received words of inspiration, of warning and glad tidings for all creation.

Allah says in the Glorious Qur’an:

"Verily, We have inspired you (O Muhammad) as We inspired Noah and the Prophets after him; We (also) inspired Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and Al-Asbat, (the twelve sons of Jacob), Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the Psalms. And Messengers We have mentioned to you before, and Messengers We have not mentioned to you, and to Moses, Allah spoke directly. Messengers as bearers of good news as well as warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allah after the Messengers. And Allah is Ever All-Powerful, All-Wise. But Allah bears witness to that which He has sent down (the Qur’an) unto you (O Muhammad), He has sent it down with His Knowledge, and the angels bear witness. And Allah is All-Sufficient as a Witness. Verily, those who disbelieve (by concealing the truth about Prophet Muhammad and his message of true Islamic Monotheism written with them in the Torah [Book given to Moses] and the Gospel) and prevent (mankind) from the Path of Allah, they have certainly strayed far away. Verily, those who disbelieve and did wrong (by concealing the truth about Prophet Muhammad and his message of true Islamic Monotheism written with them in the Torah and the Gospel) Allah will not forgive them, nor will He guide them to any way, Except the way of Hell, to dwell therein forever, and this is ever easy for Allah. O mankind! Verily, there has come to you the Messenger (Muhammad) with the truth from your Lord, so believe in him, it is better for you. But if you disbelieve, then certainly to Allaah belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. And Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All Wise. O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah anything but the truth. The Messiah Jesus, son of Mary, was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word, ("Be’’ and he was) which He bestowed on Mary and a spirit created by Him; so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not: "Three (trinity)!" Cease! (it is) better for you. For Allah is the only One God, Glory be to Him, (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is All-Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs." (The Noble Qur’an 4:163-172)

And

"O mankind! Verily, there has come to you a convincing proof (Prophet Muhammad) from your Lord, and We sent down to you a manifest light (this Qur’an). So, as for those who believed in Allah and held fast to Him, He will admit them to His Mercy and Grace and guide them to Himself by a Straight Path." (The Noble Qur’an 4:174-175)

And

"O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Now has come to you Our Messenger (Muhammad) explaining to you much of that which you used to hide from the Scripture and passing over much. Indeed, there has come to you from Allaah a light (Prophet Muhammad and a plain Book (this Qur’an). Wherewith Allah guides all those who seek His Good Pleasure to ways of peace, and He brings them out of darkness by His Will unto light and guides them to a Straight Way. Surely, in disbelief are they who say that Allaah is the Messiah, son of Mary. Say (O Muhammad): "Who then has the least power against Allah, if He were to destroy the Messiah, son of Mary, his mother and all those who are on the earth together?" And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them. He creates what He wills. And Allah is Able to do all things. And (both) the Jews and the Christians say: "We are the children of Allah and His loved ones." Say: "Why then does He punish you for your sins?" Nay, you are but human beings, of those He has created, He forgives whom He wills and He punishes whom He wills. And to Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, and to Him is the return of all. O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Now has come to you Our Messenger (Muhammad) making things clear unto you, after a break in (the series of) Messengers, lest you say: "There came unto us no bringer of glad tidings and no warner". But now has come unto you a bringer of glad tidings a warner. And Allah is Able to do all things." (The Noble Qur’an 5:15-19)

"O you who believe [in Moses (Jews) and Jesus (Christians)]! Fear Allah, and believe too in His Messenger (Muhammad), He will give you a double portion of His Mercy, and He will give you a light by which you shall walk straight, and He will forgive you. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. So that the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) may know that they have no power whatsoever over the Grace of Allah, and that His Grace is entirely in His Hand to bestow it on whomsoever He wills. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty." (The Noble Qur’an 57:28-29)

The heart of every Muslim is filled with the love of the last Prophet Muhammad and this love of the Messenger of Allah is an asset for him. Love and respect of a person depends on the benefits we get from him. As the Prophet is the greatest benefactor of humanity, every Muslim has deepest love for him. To prove that we love the Prophet we have to follow the Prophet Muhammad. Your Lord said:

"Say (O Muhammad to mankind): If you really love Allah then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (The Noble Qur’an 3:31)

Every deed of his life is to be followed by every Muslim. Highest love for the Prophet is made a test of faith. Allaah has described and explained the status of Muhammad in the Qur’an:

"Muhammad is not the father of any man among you, but (he is) the Messenger of Allaah, and the Last of the Prophets, And Allaah is Ever All-Aware of Everything." (The Noble Qur’an, 33:40)

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