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Thirty verses proofs – No crucifixion

Jesus Christ was neither killed nor was he crucified, as alleged by the Christians and the Jews, but that he was alive! because:

1. Jesus was reluctant to die! He had worked out a strategy of defence to repel the Jews. Because he wanted to remain alive!

2. He beseeched God for help. With strong crying and tears for God Almighty to keep him alive!

3. God ‘heard’ his prayers which means that God accepted his prayers to keep him alive!

4. An angel of God came to strengthen him: In the hope and belief that God will save him alive!

5. Pilate finds Jesus not guilty! Good reason to keep Jesus alive!

6. Pilates wife was  shown a dream in which she was told that – ‘No harm should come to this just man.’ In other words that he should be saved alive!

7. Supposed to be on the cross for only three hours. According to the system in vogue, no man could die by crucifixion in so short a time which means that even if he was fastened to the cross – he was alive!

8. The other two – his ‘crossmates’ on their respective crosses were alive. So Jesus too, for the same period of time must be alive!

9. Encyclopedia Biblica under article ‘cross’ – column 960 says: ‘When the spear was thrust – Jesus was alive!

10. ‘Forthwith’ came there out blood and water: ‘Forthwith’ means straightaway, immediately which was a sure sign that Jesus was alive!

11. Legs not broken – as a fulfilment of prophecy. ‘Legs’ can be of any use only if Jesus was alive!

12.Thunderstorm, earthquake, and darkening of the sun all within 3 hours! To disperse the sadistic mob to enable his ‘secret disciples’ to help, keep him alive!

13. Jews doubted his death: They suspected that he had escaped death on the cross – that he was alive!

14. Pilate ‘marvels’ to hear that Jesus was dead. He knew from experience that no man can die so soon by crucifixion. He suspected that Jesus was alive!

15. Big roomy chamber: Close at hand, and big and airy for willing hands to come to the rescue. Providence was out to keep Jesus alive!

16. Stone and ‘winding sheets’ had to be removed: Only necessary if Jesus was alive!

17. Report on winding sheets. German Scientists who carried out experiments on the ‘Shroud of Turin’ said that the heart of Jesus had not stopped functioning – that he was alive!

18. Ever in disguise! Disguise not necessary if Jesus was ‘resurrected’. Only necessary if he was alive!

19. Forbade Mary Magdalene to touch him ‘Touch me not’ for this reason that it would hurt; because he was alive!

20. ‘Not yet ascended unto my father’ In the language of the Jews, in the idiom of the Jews, he was saying, ‘I am not dead yet’, in other words, ‘I am alive!’

21. Mary Magdalene not afraid on recognising Jesus. Because she had seen signs of life before. She was looking for a Jesus who was alive!

22. Disciples petrified on seeing Jesus in the upper-room. All their knowledge about the ‘crucifixion’ was from hearsay, therefore, they could not believe that Jesus was alive!

23. Ate food again and again in his post ‘crucifixion’ appearances. Food only necessary if he was alive!

24. Never showed himself to his enemies. Because he had escaped death by the ‘skin of his teeth’. He was alive!

25. Took only short trips. Because he was not resurrected, not spiritualised, but alive!

26. Testimony of men around the tomb “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:4-5) That he is not dead, but alive!

27. Testimony of angels “angels who had said that he was alive!” (Luke 24:23) Did not say, ‘resurrected’ but the actual word uttered by the angels was ‘Alive!’

28. Mary Magdalene testifies “they heard that he was alive, and had been seen by her, they believed not” (Mark 16-11).

Mary did not vouch for a spook, or ghost or spirit of Jesus but a Live Jesus. What they could not believe was that the Master was alive!

29. Dr. primrose testifies: That the ‘water and the blood’, when Jesus was lanced on the side, was on account of an upset in the nervous vessels because of the scourging by staves. Which was a sure sign that Jesus was alive!

30. Jesus had himself foretold that his miracle will be the miracle of Jonah! According to the Book of Jonah, Jonah was alive, when we expected him to be dead; similarly when we expect Jesus to be dead, he should be alive!

Muhammad the Natural Successor to Christ

Successions are of many kinds like the birth right of the “first-born” as in Jewish law. Or the ascending of the eldest son or daughter to the kingly throne. Or by election, to select a candidate by the vote of the majority. Or Theologically, an appointment by Divine Decree of God’s chosen Messengers. Like the call of Abraham, Moses, Jesus or Muhammad who were appointed or “annointed” (“Annointed:” or appointed; Hebrew word “Messiah.”) in consecration to their office.

Muhammad’s Succession To Jesus Christ Is Multi-Faceted

1. Chronologically, in history as a sequence of event in time.
2. By being Chosen (“Chosen:” in Arabic it means Mustafa. A title of the Prophet of Islam.) by God.

3. In the fulfilment of the prophecies of his predecessors, and last but not least…

4. By bringing the Guidance of God to perfection – “For he will guide you into all Truth.” (said, Jesus Christ)

Historically
The Holy Prophet Moses preceded Jesus Christ by some 1300 years and Muhammad succeeded to that high office vacated by Jesus some six centuries later.

It was the 12th of Rabi I., in the year of the Elephant, or the 29th of August 570 of the Christian Era that Muhammad the Praiseworthy, on whom all praise is due, was born in the sacred city of Mecca in pagan Arabia. His people the Quraish remembered the year of his birth as the “Era of the Elephant”, because just two months before the birth of the child Abraha al-Ashram, the Abyssinian viceroy of Yemen had attacked the sacred sanctuary at Mecca at the head of his troops, riding a huge African elephant. A terrifying sight never to be erased from their memory and a still more shocking end to the invasion – the miraculous destruction of Abraha and his army as recorded in the Quran:

1. Seest thou not how thy Lord dealt with the Companions of the Elephant?
2. Did He not make their treacherous plan go astray?
3. And He sent against them flights of Birds,
4. Striking them with stones of baked clay.
5. Then did He make them like an empty field of stalks and straw, (of which the corn) has been eaten up. (Quran 105:1-5)

God’s own standards
God Almighty chooses His Own Messengers. He uses His Own Standards although we may not always understand the wisdom of it. Paul cries the anomaly – “For the Jews require a sign (miracles to convince) and the Greeks seek after wisdom:” (1 Corinthians 1:22)

But worldly wise as Paul was, he found that his wisdom was “a sturnbling-block” to the Jews and “foolishness” to the Greeks.

God chose Moses a man who was a fugitive from justice and a stutterer. The Holy Bible calls him a man with “uncircumcised lips.” (Exodus 6:12).

Despite his difficulties when commissioned to confront Pharaoh, the greatest tyrant of the age, Moses cries out to the God of Mercy –

“Moses said: O my Lord! expand me my breast; ease my task for me; and remove the impediment from my speech, so they may understand what I say: And give me a Minister from my family, Aaron, my brother; add to my strength through him and make him share my task: That we may celebrate Thy praise without stint, and remember Thee without stint. For Thou art He that (ever) regardeth us. Allah said: “Granted is thy prayer, O Moses!” (Quran 20:25-36)

Why ‘supposed’?
Then comes Jesus who was chosen by God. According to Christian teachings, he was a carpenter and the son of a carpenter, with a dubious genealogy as recorded in the Gospels “And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was Supposed) (The words you see here in brackets are the exact replica from the King James and the Roman Catholic Versions of the phrase “(as was Supposed)” brackets and all.) the son of Joseph” (Luke 3:23)

Acknowledged today by a thousand million Muslims that Jesus Christ was born miraculously without any male intervention; the followers of Christ created two separate genealogies for a man who had no genealogy. Between the Gospels of Matthew and Luke they give this mighty Messenger of God sixty-six fathers and grandfathers. And of these two separate lists only one name is common to these two lists and that is of Joseph the Carpenter, who does not fit in anywhere because, as Luke records above, he was only the “Supposed” father of Jesus. (read, “Is the Bible God’s Word?”)

Even bishops doubt
In a “Shock Survey of Anglican Bishops” in June 1984 it was revealed that 31 of their 39 Bishops thought that “Christ’s miracles, the virgin birth and the resurrection might not have happened exactly as described in the Bible.”

In deference to the Bishops of the Church of England (the “Anglicans”) the Church of Scotland most respectfully omitted any reference to the “Virgin Birth” from its most recent publication “A statement of faith.” The topic of the miraculous conception of Jesus is getting increasingly hotter for Western Christianity to handle.

Jesus Christ though spiritually rich in wisdom, light and truth; philosophised light-heartedly about the beggars of the world, when he said “There came unto him (Jesus) a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head”

“But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, to what purpose is this waste?”

“For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.”

“he (Jesus) said unto them … For ye have the poor always with you, but (poor) me ye have not always.” (Matthew 26:7-11)

But when destitution stared him in the face. When poverty, penury and need touched his own dear self; he cried pathetically:

“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests;

but the Son of man (referring to himself) hath not where to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20 also repeated in Luke 9:58)

And yet God chose him (Jesus): “Unique and inscrutable are Thy ways O Lord!”

Mustafa ‘the chosen one’
“It is He Who has sent amongst the Unlettered a messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, – although they had been, before, in manifest error;” (Quran 62:2).

Amazing as it may seem, I am not amazed anymore! For this is His way – He chooses an Ummi (Ummi: “Unlettered.” “One other circumstance we must not forget: that he had no school- learning; of the thing we call school-learning; none at all.” Thomas Carlyle) non-literate Prophet for an Ummi illiterate nation.

“A poor shepherd people, roaming unnoticed in its deserts since the creation of the World: A hero Prophet was sent down to them with a word they could believe: See, the unnoticed becomes world notable, the small has grown world-great; within one century afterwards, Arabia is at Grenada (Spain) on this hand, at Delhi (India) on that; – glancing in valour and splendor and the light of genius, Arabia shines through long ages over a great section of the World. Belief is great, life-giving. The history of a nation becomes fruitful, soul elevating, great, so soon as it believes. These Arabs, the man Mahomet, and that one century, – is it not as if a spark had fallen, one spark, on a world of what seemed black unnoticeable sand; but lo, the sand proves explosive powder, blazes heaven high from Delhi to Grenada! I said, the great man was always as lightning out of heaven; the rest of men waited for him like fuel and then they too would flame.”

Thus concluded the speech of Thomas Carlyle, one of the greatest thinkers of the past century. It was Friday, the 8th of May 1840. His theme – “The Hero as Prophet.” His audience: were Anglicans – English Christians.

The chosen people
God chooses His Messengers and God chooses His People. In the realm of the Spirit no nation was as favoured as the Jews and yet Moses is made to bewail against his own people – “Ye have been rebellious against the Lord from the day I knew you.” (Deuteronomy 9:24)

In this last will and testament of Moses the Israelites frustrate their “meek and gentle” Messenger who is forced to rail against their continual stubborn resistance and arrogant attitudes to God’s guidance “For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the lord; and how much more after my death?” (Deuteronomy 31:27)

Alas how true! I am not going to philosophise on God’s choice. But in the very next chapter the fire of God’s anger is kindled to a blaze and He decries the Jews – “They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they (the Jews) have provoked me to anger with their vanities: “And I will move them to jealousy with those which are Not A People; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish Nation.” (Deuteronomy 32:21)

Jews substituted
Anyone with a modicum of Scriptural knowledge will be able to guess who in the eyes of these arrogant, racist Jews is “not-a-people” – a non-entity and “a foolish nation” if not their Ishmaelite cousins – the Arabs who in the words of Thomas Carlyle have been “roaming unnoticed in its deserts since the creation of the world.”!?

The Arabs
Alexander the Great passed them by; the Persians passed them by; the Egyptians passed them by; and the Romans passed them by. It would have been an absolute liability for any nation to conquer and subdue them. But the Creator did not pass them by. He picked them up from the depths of darkness and transformed them into torch-bearers of light and learning to the world. “I will move them (the Jews) to jealousy.” (If the Romans or the Greeks had displaced the Jews as the “Chosen of God” then the envy would not have been as acute or as intolerable to the Jews.) This jealousy is a cultivated sickness. Remember, Sarah and Hagar the two wives of Abraham, the Friend of God? The jealousy of Sarah was bequeathed to her children and on to nations and tribes yet unborn.

Not so long ago I read a book on the discovery of medicine written by a Jewish medical man. I can unfortunately not remember the name of the author and failed to retrace the book. However, the wordings of the tribute paid by this Jewish author to his Semitic (Arab) cousins have made an indelible impression on my mind. And I quote from memory: “goatherds and camel drivers sitting on the throne of the Caesars.”

Full of spite, venom and sarcasm, but how true! This is what God did and always does. He honours whom He wills. This is what He does to show His Mighty Hand (Power)!

“If ye turn back (from the Path), He will substitute in your stead another people; then they would not be like you!” (Quran 47:38)

“It is surely one of the greatest miracles of history that from the backwater of Arabia there should have exploded a group of men, companions of a prophet, who within the space of a few brief decades were able to create a magnificent civilisation extending from the pyrenees to the gates of China.” (‘Islam Religion of Life’)

The last warning
The foregoing is the exact fulfilment of Jesus Christ’s, (the last of the great Jewish prophets) own prediction of the displacement of the Jewish race in the spiritual guidance of man. In the words of the Master himself “Therefore say I unto you (Jews), The kingdom of God (“Kingdom of God:” The honour, the privilege of being God’s chosen people to guide mankind – “Ye (Jews) shall be unto me (God) a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.” (Exodus 19:6)

This grand commission ended with Jesus “shall be taken from you (Jews), and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” (Matthew 21:43)

In the words of the master. Just one full prophecy – This article only expounds a single prophecy from the New Testament. Read:
“What the Bible says about Muhammad” for prophecies from the Old Testament-.

A common trait
Just a cursory glance, a rapid reading, a hurried look at the previous verse will satisfy the Muslim that Jesus Christ did indeed prophesy the advent of Muhammad, the Messenger of God. The Muslim is puzzled at the stubbornness, vanity and tunnel vision of the Christian which prevents him from seeing his own inner light and listening to his conscience so as not to recognise the obvious.

The Christian in turn is puzzled at the hard-hearted obstinacy of the Jews, a nation endowed with such creative genius, which, despite a thousand and one prophecies in their own Bible (the Old Testament) regarding the coming of the “Messiah,” are totally incapable of recognising their lord and “saviour.” Are they both somewhat blind?

No! Neither the Jews nor the Christians are necessarily impervious to truth. The trouble is that we all pick up our prejudices from childhood. The Americans call it being “programmed.”

Produce your proof!
Perhaps this is not the first time you are reading or might have heard about the prophecies in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures regarding the advent of the last and final Messenger of God – Muhammad the Mercy unto all mankind. And perhaps you have at times made some half-hearted and skimpy efforts at suggesting that Muhammad was prophecised in the Holy Bible. But when proof was demanded, you simply not able to, because you had not done any home work.

‘Al-moouzzi’ the comforter
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7)

We are told in the Quran that Jesus Christ had told his disciples “and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” (Quran 61:6)

Biblical confirmation
Remember, that in the sixth century of the Christian Era, when Muhammad was chanting God’s words which was systematically “put into his mouth,” the Arabic Bible had not yet been translated. He could never have known that he was fulfilling and confirming the utterances of his predecessor (Jesus) to the letter.

Only for the Israelites
1. Jesus for Jews only. “And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you,” (Quran 61:6)

These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them saying, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, (non-Jews) and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to The Lost Sheep Of The House of Israel.” (Matth 10:5-6)

“And behold a woman of Canaan (Mark 7:26 says that the woman was a Greek.) came … and cried unto him saying, Have mercy on me … my daughter is seriously possessed with a devil.

But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, Send her away: for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. But she came and knelt before him, saying, Lord, help me.

But he answered and said, it is not fair to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs (Meaning non-Jews.)”. (Matthew 15:22-26)

It goes to the credit of this Jewish prophet, that he practised what he preached. In his lifetime he never converted a single Gentile (non-Jew). And of his hand-picked elect (his twelve disciples), he made sure that they belonged to his tribe so that his other prophecy might find fulfilment: “when the son of man (Jesus  referring to himself) shall sit on the throne of his glory, ye (the disciples) also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Matthew 19:28).

No new religion
“confirming the Law (in Heb. Torah), (which came) before me” (Quran 61:6)

The Messiah was no mealy-mouthed Messenger among the Jews. Like his predecessors Amos and Ezekiel or Isaiah and Jeremiah, he was trenchant in his condemnation of Jewish formalism and hypocrisies. His novel approach and militant preaching had created certain misgivings amongst the religious hierarchy. The Scribes and the Pharisees came to him again and again to test him as to his bona fides. (His Genuineness.)

To allay their suspicions that he had brought no new fangled religion, and that his was the confirmation of all the teachings that had gone before him. He says “Think not that I am come to destroy the law (Hebrew – Torah), or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law (Torah), till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-19)

Compare this phrase “confirming the Law (which came) before me, with the three verses of Matthew above, and you will not fail to note that there is no wordiness in the Quranic diction. It conveys God’s Message concisely, with clarity and precision.

“The Father of truth chooses His own prophets, and he speaks to them in a voice stronger than the voice of thunder.” (The Spirit of Islam)

The use of the word “Father” in relation to God was cut out from Islam owing to the perversion of the idea among the Christians.

The Quran had come to Confirm, Correct and Complete Divine Revelation, or whatever was left of it in unworthy hands: “This Quran is not such as can be produced by other than Allah; on the contrary it is a confirmation of (revelations) that went before it, and a fuller explanation of the Book – wherein there is no doubt – from the Lord of the worlds.” (Quran 10:37)

The good news
“and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” (Quran 61:6)

I will not apologise, nor am I called upon to apologise for reproducing here verbatim (a word for word) commentary on the word “Ahmed,” from Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s English translation. But before I do that permit me to pay a fitting tribute to the King Fahd Quran Printing Complex in Al-Madina city which is turning out millions of Qurans in many different languages. Their reason for using Yusuf Ali as a base for their reproduction is summed up in these words:

“A number of individuals have in the past ventured to translate the Quran, but their works have generally been private attempts, greatly influenced by their own prejudices. in order to produce a reliable translation free from personal bias, a royal decree (No. 19888, dated 16/8/1400 AH) was issued by the custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Fahd ibn Abdul Aziz, at that time the deputy prime minister … the translation of the late Abdullah Yusuf Ali was consequently chosen for its distinguishing characteristics, such as a highly elegant style, a choice of words close to the meaning of the original text, accompanied by scholarly notes and commentaries.” (The Presidency of Islamic Researches, Ifta, Call and Guidance).

Out of over six thousand profound explanatory notes in Yusuf Ali’s translation, the following is just one of three explaining the prophecy in the words of Jesus regarding the advent of Muhammad the Messenger of God:

Note No: 5438:
“Ahmed”, or “Muhummed”, the Praised One, is almost a translation of the Greek word Periclytos. In the present Gospel of John 14:16, 15:26, and 16:7, the word “Comforter” in the English version for the Greek word “Paracletos”, which means “Advocate”, “one called to the help of another, a kind friend”, rather than “Comforter”. Our doctors contend that Paracletos is a corrupt reading for Periclytos, and that in the original saying of Jesus there was a prophecy of our holy Prophet Ahmed by name. Even if we read Paraclete, it would imply to the Holy Prophet, who is “a Mercy for all creatures” (Quran 21:107) and “most kind and merciful to the Believers” (Quran 9:128) See also note 416 to Quran 3:81.

”But when he came to them with clear signs, they said: this is evident sorcery!” (Quran 61:6)

Thus concludes verse 6 of chapter 61 under discussion. “The Prophet of Islam was foretold in many ways; and when he came he showed forth many Clear Signs, for his whole life from beginning to end was one vast miracle. He fought and won against odds. Without learning from men he taught the highest wisdom. He melted hearts that were hard, and he strengthened hearts that were tender and required support. In all his sayings and doings men of discernment could see the working of God’s hand;” yet the sceptics called it sorcery – jugglery – magic!

“Forger and juggler! no, no! this great fiery heart, seething, simmering like a great furnace of thoughts, was not a juggler’s.” (Thomas Carlyle, page 88 in his book –‘Heroes and Hero-worship’)

And they called his miraculous fulfilment of prophecy magic, jugglery, enchantment – that which became the most solid fact of human history – Islam!

Muhummed is the ‘Paraclete’
To the sincere seekers of truth it is obvious that Muhammad is the promised Paraclete or Comforter, alternatively called Helper, Advocate, Counsellor, etc of the prophecies of Jesus in the Gospel of St. John. There are millions of Christians – men and women who are hungry for this simple straightforward Message. But alas, we can only weep with Jesus for our utter ineptitude “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)

Language of Jesus In the Holy Quran God Almighty puts the name “Ahmed” which is another name for Muhummed in the mouth of Jesus. The Christian controversialist, Bible-thumper, Hot-Gospeller flippantly scoffs at the suggestion. The Christian missionary does not deny that Jesus did make a prophecy about someone coming after him. But “Ahmed” to him seems too far fectched.

The most commonly accepted name by Christendom is “Comforter.” It does not really matter. Comforter or any other equivalent term will do. We will settle for Comforter as used in the most popular Bible Translation the “King James Version”.

Ask your adversary, your disputant whether Jesus spoke the English language? ‘Most definitely not!’ any Christian will say. If you are sharing this with an Arab Christian then you can ask him whether his ‘lord’ used the word ‘Moouzzi’? (John 16:7 in Arabic) Surely not, because Arabic was not his language. Did Jesus prophesy ‘uMthokozisi’? (Comforter in Zulu) or ‘Trooster’ from the Afrikaans Bible? The answer again is a definite NO!

The Christians are rightfully boasting that they now have translated the complete Bible into hundreds of different languages, and the New Testament (in which this prophecy abounds) into more than two thousand different languages and dialects. So the Christian genius has invented more than 2000 different names in 2000 different languages for this one candidate – Comforter!

Pneuma: Ghost or spirit?
The Church fathers had developed a sickness by translating names of people, for which they had no right to do. For example like Esau to Jesus, Messiah to Christ, Cephas to Peter and so on. The closest one can ever get to the original utterance of Jesus in the Christian Scriptures is the Greek word “Paracletos,” which also has to be rejected because the Master did not speak Greek! But let’s not be difficult for the purpose of this discussion and accept the Greek word Paracletos and its English equivalent Comforter.

Ask any learned Christian man as to who the Comforter is? You will unmistakenly hear – “The Comforter is the Holy Ghost!” from John 14:26. This sentence is only part of verse twenty six. We will deal with the verse fully in due course. But first we must educate the Christian mind with regards to this misnomer – “Holy Ghost.” “Pneuma,” is the Greek root word for Spirit. There is no separate word for Ghost in the Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, and the Christians now boast 24,000 different manuscripts in their possession of which no two are identical!

The editors of the KJV (The King James Version) alternatively called AV (The Authorised Version) and the Douay (The Roman Catholic Version) of the Bibles gave preference to the word “Ghost” instead of the word Spirit when translating “pneuma.” The revisers of the RSV (Revised Standard Version), the most up-to-date version of the Bible, are going back, as claimed, to the Most Ancient manuscripts. These revisers, described as “thirty-two scholars of the highest eminence, backed by fifty co-operating denominations,” who courageously replaced the shady word “Ghost” with the word “Spirit.” Hence from now on you will read in all modern translations – “The Comforter which is the Holy Spirit”! However, the Christian crusaders and the televangelists stubbornly cling to the spooky (“Ghost”-ly) past. They will not opt for the Newer Versions. It’s better fishing with the old bait – the KJV and the RCV (Roman Catholic Version).

With the new change in Spirit, the verse under scrutiny will read: “But the Comforter, Which Is The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)

You do not have to be a Bible scholar of any calibre to sense that the expression “which is the Holy Spirit” is actually an interpolation. It ought to be in parenthesis, in brackets, like my words which have been interpolated in the quotation. Although the editors of the RSV have expunged dozens of interpolations from their boasted Revised Standard Version, they have retained this jarring phrase which contradicts other explicit predictions of Jesus on the subject of the Comforter itself.

‘Holy spirit’ is holy prophet 
It may be noted that no Biblical scholar of any standing has ever equated the “paracletos” of John in the original Greek with the Holy Ghost. Now we can say with one breath that if the Comforter is the “Holy Spirit” then that Holy Spirit is the Holy Prophet!

As Muslims we acknowledge that every prophet of God is Holy and without sin. But whenever the expression “The Holy Prophet” is used among Muslims it is universally accepted as referring to the Holy Prophet Muhammad. So even if we accept the above incongruous saying – “the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit,” as Gospel truth, even then this prophecy will fit Muhammad like a glove, without any stretching of its meaning. The same John, who is supposed to have authored the Gospel bearing his name, also penned three more Epistles which are also part of the Christian Bible. Amazingly he has used the same terminology of “Holy Spirit” for “Holy Prophet.”

“Beloved, believe not every Spirit, but try the Spirits whether they are of God; because many false Prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

You can observe that the word Spirit is used here synonymously with a prophet. A true Spirit is a true prophet, and a false Spirit is a false prophet. But for the so-called “born-again” Christians who see only with eyes of emotion, I recommend that they lay their hands on C.I. Scofield’s Authorized King James Version of the Bible who with an Editorial Committee of 9 D.D.’s adding their notes and comments. When they come to the first word “Spirit” in the above verse they should give a notation to compare it with Matthew 7: 15 which confirms that false prophets are false Spirits. So according to St. John the Holy Spirit is the Holy Prophet, and the Holy Prophet is Muhummed the Messenger of God.

A valid test
But St. John does not leave us in the air, guessing the true from the false. He gives us an acid test for recognising the true Prophet. He says – “Hereby know ye the Spirit (for Spirit, read prophet.) of God: Every Spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.” (1 John 4:2)

According to John’s own interpretation in verse one above the word “Spirit” is synonymous with the word prophet. So verse two “Spirit of God” would mean Prophet of God and “Every Spirit” would stand for every Prophet. You have a right to know as to what the Holy Prophet Muhummed says about “Jesus Christ.”

Jesus Christ is spoken by name no less than 25 times in the Holy Quran. He is honoured as:

      1. Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus, the son of Mary)
      2. Annabi (The Prophet)
      3. Assaaliheen (The Righteous)
      4. Kalimatullah (Word of God)
      5. Ruhullah (Spirit of God)
      6. Masihullah (Christ of God)

 

“Behold the angels said: “O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and The Hereafter and of (the Company of) those nearest to God.” (Quran 3:45)

Muhammad is the ‘other’ 
The Comforter in John 14:26 can never be the “Holy Ghost” because Jesus had already explained “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you Another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” (John 14:16)

The emphasis here is on the word “ANOTHER,” a different one, an additional one, but of the same kind, yet distinctly different from the first. Who is then the first Comforter? The Christian world is unanimous that in this case the speaker himself – Jesus Christ is the first Comforter; then the other, the one to follow must be of like nature, subject to the same conditions of hunger, thirst, fatigue, sorrow and death. But this promised Comforter was to “abide with you for ever!” No one lives for ever. Jesus was mortal so must the coming Comforter also be mortal. No son of man can ever be immortal! “Every soul shall have a taste of death.” (Quran 3:185)

Alive in their teachings
The soul does not really die, but when it separates from the body at the time of the death of the body, the soul will get a taste of death. But our Comforter was to “ABIDE,” continue, endure for ever. All Comforters abide with us for ever. Moses is here with us today in his teachings. Jesus is here with us today in his teachings and Muhummed also is here with us in his teachings today. (May the peace and blessings of God be upon them all). This is not my novel idea trying to justify the preposterous. I say this with conviction and on the authority of Jesus Christ himself.

In Luke, chapter sixteen, Jesus tells us the story of the “Rich Man, Poor Man.” At death both find themselves at opposite ends – one in Heaven and the other in Hell. The rich man (Dives) simmering in Hell cries to Father Abraham to send the beggar (Lazarus) to slake his thirst. But when every plea fails, he, as a last favour, requests that Father Abraham send the beggar back to earth to warn his living brothers against their impending doom if they heeded not the warnings of God.

But Abraham said, “If they (those still alive on earth) won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even though someone rises from the dead.” (to warn them) Jesus uttered the above parable centuries after the demise of the prophets of Israel like Jeremiah, Hosea, Zechariah, etc and over thirteen hundred years after Moses. The Pharisees at the time of Jesus and we today can still listen to “Moses and the prophets,” for they are still alive, and with us here today in their teachings.

‘You’ of the time
If it is said that the Comforter was promised to the immediate disciples of Jesus and not to a people six hundred years later “and he (God) shall give You another Comforter, that he may abide with You for ever.” (John 14:16)

Surprisingly, the Christian sees no difficulty in justifying the fulfilment of prophecies “since the world began,” (Acts 3:21) and after over a millennium when Peter in his second sermon to the Jews, reminds them “For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord Your God raise up unto You of Your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto You.” (Acts 3:22)

All these “YE, YOU and YOURS” are from the Book of Deuteronomy, chapter 18 (This prophecy also refers to the Holy Prophet. When Moses addressed his people and not the Jews at the time of Peter, thirteen hundred years later. The Gospel writers have put the same compromising words in the mouth of their Master which are begging for fulfilment for two thousand years. I think just one example will suffice “But when they persecute You in this city, flee Ye into another: for verily (most assuredly) I (Jesus) say unto You, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of man (Jesus) be come.” (Matthew 10:23)

These early followers of the Messiah, forever ran, forlornly fleeing persecution. They ran from one city to another in Israel, scanning every dark cloud for the descent of Jesus in his second coming. The missionaries see no anomaly in their millennium of unfulfilled prophecies. God Almighty did not keep them waiting for even a quarter of the time for the advent of the “paracletos,” – the Comforter or Ahmed which is another name for the Praised One. Let them show gratitude to God by accepting this Last and Final Messenger of God – Muhummed!

Advent of comforter conditional 
The Comforter is definitely not the “Holy Ghost” because the coming of the Comforter was conditional whereas that of the Holy Ghost was not as we observe in the prophecy – “Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go: for If I go Not Away, The Comforter Will Not Come unto you; but if depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7)

“If I don’t go he won’t come, but if I go, I will send him.” There are numerous instances in the Holy Bible about the coming and going of the Holy Ghost, before the birth and departure of the Messiah. Do yourself a favour, please verify these references in your Bible.

B.C. Before Christ’s birth
1. “and he (John the Baptist) shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.” (Luke 1:15)

  1. 2. “and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.” (Luke 1:41)
    3. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost.” (Luke 1:67)
  2. A.C. After Christ’s birth
    4. “and the Holy Ghost was upon him (Simeon)” (Luke 2:26)

    5. “And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him (Jesus).” (Luke 3:22)

    From the above quotations, before and after the birth of Jesus, one cannot help admiring St. Luke who appears to be a specialist on the Holy Ghost. We may well ask the Christians, after the descent of the “dove”, with whose help did Jesus perform his many miracles if not with the help of the Holy Ghost? Let the Master himself tell us. When accused by his own people, the Jews, that he was working in league with Beelzebub (the chief of the devils) to work his miracles, Jesus rhetorically questions them, “How can Satan cast out Satan?” The Jews imputed that this Spirit of holiness – the Spirit of God – which was helping him, was devilish. This was treason of the highest order. So he gives them a dire warning:

    “but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, it shall never be forgiven” to be a specialist on the Holy Ghost. We may well ask the Christians, after the descent of the “dove”, with whose help did Jesus perform his many miracles if not with the help of the Holy Ghost? Let the Master himself tell us. When accused by his own people, the Jews, that he was working in league with Beelzebub (the chief of the devils) to work his miracles, Jesus rhetorically questions them, “How can Satan cast out Satan?” The Jews imputed that this Spirit of holiness – the Spirit of God – which was helping him, was devilish. This was treason of the highest order. So he gives them a dire warning:

    “but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, it shall never be forgiven” (Matthew 12:31)

    This “Holy Ghost” is none other than what Matthew himself has described in three verses before quoting the Master “But if I (Jesus) cast out devils by the Spirit Of God, then the kingdom of God is come upon you.” (Matthew 12:28)

    Compare the same statement by another Gospel writer. Give a second glance at the two verses, and you cannot help concluding that they are almost identical. Why? The answer is in “Is the Bible God’s Word?”

    But if I (Jesus) by the Finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.” (Luke 11:20)

    You do not have to be a Bible scholar to understand that the expressions
    (a) “Finger of God”
    (b) “Spirit of God” and
    (c) “Holy Ghost” are all synonymous phrases. So the Holy Ghost was helping Jesus in his ministry.

    The Holy Ghost was also helping his disciples on their missions of preaching and healing. If there is still any doubt in your minds about the workings of the Holy Ghost, then please read:

    Empty promise ”as my Father hath sent me, even so I send you (the disciples of Jesus), and when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive Ye The Holy Ghost.” (John 20:21-22)

    This was surely no empty promise. The disciples must have received the gift of the Holy Ghost. So if the “Holy Ghost” was with (1) John the Baptist, (2) Elizabeth, (3) Zacharias, (4) Simeon, (5) Jesus and (6) the Disciples of Jesus; then all this makes nonsense of the saying that “if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you.” Therefore the Comforter is not the Holy Ghost!

    The verse under discussion is John 16:7. I remember the thrill and joy I got out of it when quoting it in Arabic to the Coptic Christian lady in the land of the Pharaohs. The pleasure is immense when expounding Biblical verses in the standard native language of a country or locality. I have done it in a dozen different vernaculars. Won’t you master the above verse in a language or two of your choice for the good of Islam?

    Afrikaans a unique language
    Of all the languages in which I have mastered the verse in question, I have derived the greatest excitement and benefit from Afrikaans. It is a language of the ruling race in South Africa. It is the youngest of the world’s languages. The language is unique. In fact every language is unique. But Afrikaans is in a class of its own. It also happens to be the mother tongue of half the Muslim population of South Africa who were brought here as prisoners of war and enslaved by the Christians; that is simply by force of circumstances. For their immediate benefit and for your information I reproduce the verse here:

    “Maar ek se julle die waarheid: dit is vir julle voordelig dat ek weggaan; want as ek Nie weggaan Nie, sal die Trooster (Trooster, now changed to ‘Voorspraak!’) Nie na julle kom Nie; maar as ek weggaan, sal ek hom na julle stuur.” (Johannes 16:7)

    Believe it or not! It is the genius of this language that it uses four negatives NIE, NIE, NIE, NIE, to prove a positive! The departure of Jesus is an absolute imperative for the coming of the “Trooster,” the Comforter, to come! This verse in this language has opened many doors for me, other than religious, and it locks the door against the idea of the “Comforter which is the Holy Ghost” (John 14:26).

    Disciples not fit
    We now come to the four most comprehensive and decisive verses in John, chapter sixteen to solve the enigma of the Successor to Christ. For Jesus did truly say: “I have yet Many Things to say unto you, but Ye Cannot Bear Them Now.” (John 16:12)

    We will later tie up the phrase “many things” from the above verse with “guide you into all truth” from the verse that follows, when discussing it. For now, let us discuss the phrase – “ye cannot bear them now”. The truth of this statement “ye cannot bear them now” is repeated monotonously throughout the pages of the New Testament:

    “And he (Jesus) saith unto them (the disciples), Why are ye fearful, O Ye Of Little Faith?” (Matthew 8:26)

    “And (Jesus) said unto him (Peter) O Thou Of Little Faith” (Matthew 14:31)

    “he (Jesus) said unto them (the disciples), O Ye Of Little faith, why reason among yourselves” (Matthew 16:8)

    “And he (Jesus) said unto them (his disciples), Where Is Your Faith?” (Luke 8:25)

    We must bear in mind that this is not the indictment of Jesus on the indecisiveness of the Jews, but on his very own elect. He stoops down to the level of little children to make things plain to his disciples but he is compelled to burst out in frustration – “And Jesus said, Are Ye Even Yet Without Understanding? (Matthew 15:16)

    And when he was provoked to breaking point, he rails against his chosen ones “O Faithless And Perverse Generation, how long shall I be with you, how long shall I bear with you?” (Luke 9:41)

    Own family thought him mad
    If Jesus would have been a Japanese instead of a Jew, he would happily have committed that honourable “harakiri” (suicide). Sadly, he was the most unfortunate of God’s Messengers. His family disbelieved him For neither did his (Jesus’) brethren believe in him (John 7:5). In fact they went to the extent of wanting to apprehend him, believing that he was mad.

    “And when his relatives heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him (Jesus); for they said, he is beside himself.” (Mark 3:21)

    Who were these friends and relatives of Jesus which had concern for his sanity? Let Rev. J.R. Dummelow, M.A. in his One Volume Bible Commentary tell us. On page 726 he says – “from V.31” (just 10 verses following the above quotation) “They appear to have been his mother and brethren… his family said ‘he is beside himself,’” (meaning that he is not right in his head); “the scribes said, ‘he is possessed by the devil himself.’ it is not, however, implied at all that his family was in sympathy with the scribes” (the learned men of the Jews), “their apprehension being simply that his mind was unsettled, and that he needed to be put under restraint.”

    Jesus – rejected by his nation
    That was the verdict of the close relations of Jesus. What then was the response of his own nation, the Jews, after all his beautiful preaching and mighty miracle workings? His disciple puts it very mildly “He came unto his own (the Jews) and his own received him (Jesus) not.” (John 1:11)

    Actually “his own” mocked him, scorned him and vehemently rejected him. To the extent of making an attempt to crucify him. Despite two thousand years of Christian persecutions and pogroms, and now their overweening love and infatuation for them, so as to salve their own conscience, the Jews as a people and as a whole can never accept Jesus as their Saviour, their Deliverer, their God, simply because of their one sound judgement – “That no Jew can ever accept another Jew as a God!”

    It is only in Islam that the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims can find accommodation – all believing in Jesus Christ for what he really was – one of the mightiest Messengers of God; and not as God or His son!

    Disciples deserted him 
    What was the response of the chosen twelve; of his own “mother and bretheren!” (Mark 3:34), as he called them? I will allow Professor Momerie to describe it in his own inimitable words “His immediate disciples were always misunderstanding him and his work: wanting him to call down fire from heaven; wanting him to declare himself king of the Jews; wanting to sit on his right hand and on his left hand in his kingdom; wanting him to show them the father, to make god visible to their bodily eyes; wanting him to do, and wanting to do themselves, anything and everything that was incompatible with his great plan. this was how they treated him until the end. (and) when that came, they all forsook him, and fled.” (Sayed Amir Ali in his ‘The Spirit of Islam’).

    It was most unfortunate that Jesus Christ had no real choice in selecting his disciples. They let him down as no other group of devotees had ever let down their prophet before. It was no fault of the Master. He bewailed his plight: “The Spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh (clay) is weak” (Matthew 26:41 ).

    Truly, this is not the clay out of which a new Adam could be made. He passes on that responsibility to his Successor, whom he calls here – “The Spirit of Truth,” ie the Prophet of Truth, the Prophet of Righteousness!

    ‘Spirit’ and ‘prophet’ synonymous
    “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13)

    It has already been established that, Biblically, the word “Spirit” is used synonymously for “Prophet,” by the same author in 1 John 4:1.

    Hence the “Spirit of Truth” would be the Prophet of Truth. A prophet in whom Truth is personified. He had walked through life so honourably and industriously that he had won for himself even from his pagan fellow countrymen the noble designation of The Truthful One, The Honest, The Upright and The Trustworthy; the Man of Faith who always kept his word. His life, his personality, his teachings are the veritable proof of Muhammad being the embodiment of Truth (al-Amin) – the Spirit of Truth!

    Total guidance!
    “Many” and “All”, we will now combine, “I have yet Many things to say unto you” from verse twelve, with “he will guide you into All truth.” From John 16:12 and 13.

    If the Christian still persists that the Spirit of Truth of this prophecy is the Holy Ghost then ask him or her whether in their language does “Many” means more than one? Also if “All” in the above verse means more than one? If you get a halting, wavering, hesitant “yes” then close the book, it is not worth pursuing dialogues with opinionated fools. But if you get the answer “yes!” with alacrity then proceed…

    The one prophesied by Jesus was to unravel Many things which he had left unsaid, as well as to guide humanity into All truth. There are Many problems facing mankind today, for which we are fumbling for answers. Can you please give me one new thing that the Alleged Holy Ghost gave to anybody in the past two thousand years, which Jesus Christ had not already given in so Many different words? I don’t want Many, I am looking for just one!

    No solution from Holy Ghost
    Believe me, in my forty years of questioning, I have not come across a single Christian with a single “new Truth” inspired by the Holy Ghost, yet the promise was that the coming Comforter – “he will guide you into All truth!” If the Spirit of Truth of this prophecy is the Holy Ghost then every Church and denomination, and every ‘born-again’ Christian is claiming the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Roman Catholics claim that they have the whole Truth because of the so called “indwelling” of the Holy Ghost.

    The Anglicans make the same claim, and the Methodists, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Seventh Day Adventists, the Baptists, the Christadelphians, etc, not forgetting the ‘born again’ who claim to be numbering over 70 million in the United States alone. You have the right to demand solutions from them, on the authority of the Holy Ghost, for the problems listed below:

    Alcohol, Gambling, Fortune Telling, Idol Worship, Racism and Problem of Surplus Women etc.

    Problem of alcohol
    The Republic of South Africa with a small “white” (Of European extraction) population of 4 million among its total population of 30 million, has over 300,000 Alcoholics. In neighbouring Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda calls such people “drunkards!” It is recorded that the “coloureds” (A mixture between the Black and White Races) in South Africa have five times the amount of Alcoholics as any other race in the country. For the Indians and the Africans no statistics are available for their respective drunkards.

    Jimmy Swaggart the televangelist records in his book “Alcohol” that the United States has 11 million Alcoholics (The Americans euphemistically call them “Problem Drinkers.”) and 44 million “heavy drinkers!”, and he, like a good Muslim, goes on to say that he sees no difference between the two. To him they are All drunkards! The rampant evil of drunkenness is universal. The Holy Ghost has not yet made its pronouncement on this evil through any Church. Christendom winks at drunkenness on three flimsy pretences based on the Bible.

    a) “Give strong drink (hard liquor) unto him that is perishing (one who is dying) And wine to those who are bitter of heart. Let him drink and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.” (Proverbs 31:6-7)

    A very good philosophy to keep the subject nations under subjugation, you will agree.

    His very first miracle 
    b) Jesus was no “killjoy,” the imbibers say, he turned water into wine in his very first recorded miracle in the Bible: “Jesus saith unto them, Fill the water pots with water.

    And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now…

    When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine…
    And saith… (why) thou hast kept the good wine until now.” (John 2:7-10)

    Since this Alleged miracle, wine continues to flow like water in Christendom.

    Sober advice 
    c) Saint Paul the thirteenth self-appointed disciple of Christ, the real founder of Christianity, advises his new convert protege – Timothy, born of a Greek father and a Jewish mother: “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” (1 Timothy 5:23)

    The Christians accept All the Bible quotations on stimulating and intoxicating drinks given above as the infallible word of God. They believe that the Holy Ghost inspired the authors to pen such dangerous advice. Rev. Dummelow (see page 37) seems to have some qualms about this verse. He says, “It teaches us that if the body needs the stimulant of wine, it is right to take it in moderation.”

    Abstinence the only answer
    There are thousands of Christian priests who have been lured into Alcoholism by sipping the so-called mild wine in the Church rite of the Holy Communion. Islam is the only religion on the face of the earth which prohibits intoxicants in total. The Prophet (Spirit) Muhummad had said, “Whatever intoxicates in greater quantity, is forbidden even in smaller quantity.” There is no excuse in the house of Islam for a nip or a tot. The Book of Truth one of the titles of the Quran condemned in the strongest terms not only the evil of Alcohol but also items 2, 3, and 4, namely “gambling,” “fortune telling” and “idol worship,” with just a single stroke –

    “O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan’s handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.” (Quran 5:90)

    When this verse was revealed, wine barrels were emptied in the streets of Madinah, never to be refilled. This simple straight-forward directive has created of the Muslim nation the biggest society of teetotallers in the world. (Teetotaller: A person who abstains completely from All Alcoholic drinks.)

    USA fails with ‘prohibition’
    The question arises: how is it that this Spirit of Truth – the Prophet Muhammad succeeded with one verse whereas mighty America with the brain power of the nation and the money power of the Government, supported by its powerful propaganda machinery, failed with “Prohibition,” the law outlawing Alcohol?

    Who coerced the American nation to enact prohibition? Which Arab nation threatened this mighty power with if you do not prohibit Alcohol in your country, we will not supply you with oil? Not the Arabs as there was no such thing as oil power in the hands of the Arabs during the twenties to egg the United States. It was an intellectual awareness among the American (founding) fathers, based on study and statistics which brought them to the conclusion that intoxicants must be banned.

    They failed, notwithstanding the fact that the overwhelming majority of the nation was Christian, and that it was they who had voted their Congressmen into power. It is rightly said that that which comes from the brain (intellectually) tickles the brain, but that which comes from the heart and soul of a man, will move the heart. The verse just quoted above from the Quran on prohibition, had and has the power for change; we will Allow Thomas Carlyle to reveal the source of that power:

    “If a book come from the heart, it will contrive to reach other hearts; All art and author craft are small amount to that. one would say the primary character of the Koran is this of its genuineness, of its being a bona-fide book.”

    High spirituality – A source of power
    All the beautiful thoughts, words and expressions, never mind how artistically constructed, remain like ringing bells or clanking cymbals unless they are backed up by a powerful personality charged with high spirituality. And that type of super spirituality comes only as Jesus put it through “fasting and prayer”(Matthew 17:21).

    Muhummed practised what he preached. After his demise someone asked his dear wife Aisha about the life-style of her husband. She said, “He was the Quran in action.” He was the walking Quran. He was the talking Quran. He was the living Quran.

    “If these men and women, noble, intelligent, and certainly not less educated than the fishermen of galilee, had perceived the slightest sign of earthliness, deception, or want of faith in the teacher himself, Muhammad’s hopes of moral regeneration and social reform would All have been crumbled to dust in a moment.” (“Spirit of Islam” by Sayed Amir Ali)

    Critic’s hero
    If it is said that these are the words of a devoted Believer about his beloved, then let us hear what a sympathetic Christian critic had to say about his “Hero Prophet!”:

    “A poor, hard-toiling, ill-provided man; careless of what vulgar men toil for. Not a bad man, I should say; something better in him than hunger of any sort, – or these wild Arab men, fighting and jostling three-and- twenty years at his hand, in close contact with him always, would not have reverenced him so!

    “they called him prophet, you say? why, he stood there face to face with them; bare. Not enshrined in any mystery; visibly clouting his own cloak, cobbling his own shoes; fighting, counselling, ordering in the midst of them: They must have seen what kind of a man he was, let him be called what you like! no emperor with his tiaras was obeyed as this man in a cloak of his own clouting. During three and twenty years of rough actual trial. I find something of a veritable hero necessary for that, of itself.” (by Thomas Carlyle, “Hero and Hero-worship”)

    Problem of racism “For he (the Spirit of Truth) will guide you into All truth!”

    Not without a system
    It is very easy for the followers of any religion to talk glibly about “The fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man” but how is this beautiful idea to be implemented? How to devise a system to bring mankind into a single brotherhood? Five times a day, every Muslim is obligated to gather together at the local mosque to strengthen himself spiritually. The black and the white; the rich and the poor; people of different nationalities, of varying hues are made to rub shoulders in the daily Salaat, the Muslim at Prayer. (visit a Mosque to watch the Muslims at prayer)

    Once a week, that is on Fridays, he has to congregate at the cathedral Mosque for a wider gathering from the surrounding districts. And twice a year during the two Eids at still a larger venue, preferably in the open air, for a vaster communion. A-n-d, at least once in a lifetime, at the Kaaba, the Central Mosque in Mecca, for an international gathering where one can witness the blonde-haired Turk, the Ethiopian, the Chinese, the Indian, the American and the African, All get levelled-up in the same pilgrim’s garb of two unsown sheets. Is there such a leveller in the religious rites of other faiths?

    The infallible precept as enunciated in the Book of God is that the only standard recognised by God is on the basis of one’s conduct, one’s behaviour towards one’s fellow human beings and not because of one’s race or riches. These are the only true bases on which the “Kingdom of God” can be established. All this does not mean that the Muslim is immaculate, that he is altogether free from this sickness of racism, but you will find the Muslim the least racist of All the religious groupings in the world today.

    Problem of surplus women
    Nature seems to be at war with mankind. It appears that it wants to take revenge for his cleverness. Man will not listen to the healthy, practical solution to his problems, which a Beneficial, Benevolent Providence offers him. So it says, “go simmer in your SOUP!” (in a manner of speaking).

    It is an accepted fact that at birth the ratio of male and female is about equal everywhere. But in child mortality more males die than females. Amazing! The “weaker sex”? At any given time there are more widows in the world than widowers. Every civilized nation has a surplus of women. Great Britain, 4 million. Germany, 5 million. Soviet Russia, 7 million, etc. But a solution acceptable to the problem of the mighty United States of America, will be a solution acceptable to nations everywhere. The statistics of this most sophisticated nation on earth is more readily verifiable.

    America, O America!
    We learn that the USA has a surplus of 7,8 million women. It means that if every man in America got married, there would still be 7 800 000 women left over, women who would be unable to get a husband. One thing we do know, and that is that every man will never get married for so Many different reasons. Man gets cold feet and finds Many excuses. A woman, even if frigid, would not mind getting married. She would marry, even if it is just for shelter and protection.

    But the American problem of surplus women is compounded. Ninety-eight percent of its prison population is male. Then they have 25 million sodomites. Euphemistically they call them “gays” a once beautiful word meaning – happy and joyous – now perverted!

    America does everything in a big way. She produces everything mighty. Mighty in promoting God and also mighty in promoting the Devil. Let us for once, join the mighty televangelist (now fallen) Jimmy Swaggart, in his prayer. In his well- researched book – “Homosexuality,” he cries, “America – God will judge you (meaning that God will destroy you), for if He does not judge you (destroy you), He (God) might have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah” for their hasty, utter destruction because of their practice of homosexuality or their wanton gratification of unnatural lust.

    New York as an example
    The City of New York has one million more women than men. Even if the total male population in this city mustered enough courage to unite with the opposite sex in matrimony; there would still remain 1 000 000 women without husbands. But to make things worse, it is reputed that one third of the male population in this city is “gay” (homosexuals/sodomites). The Jews, a very vociferous lot in every controversy, remain quiet as mice, for fear of being labelled backward Easterners. The Church, with their millions of born again votaries claiming to be the dwelling houses of the Holy Ghost, are also silent on this topic.

    The founders of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, claiming a new revelation in 1830 preached and practised unlimited polygamy to solve the problem of surplus women. The present day prophets of Mormonism (the Mormons believe in an unbroken chain of living prophets in their Church.) have abrogated the teaching of their Church fathers to placate American prejudice on the subject of polygamy. What is the poor American/Western/European surplus women to do? They have literally gone to the dogs. (Consult “The life of the American Female,” by Dr. Alfred Kinsey and the latest on the subject by Masters and Johnson.).

    Only solution – restricted and regulated polygamy 
    ‘Al-Amin’, the Prophet of Truth, the Spirit of Truth, under inspiration of God supplies the solution to their unfortunate plight. God ordains – “Marry women of your choice, two, or three, or four; but if you fear that you will not be able to deal justly (with them) Then (marry) only one”. (Quran 4:3)

    The Western world feigns tolerance towards the millions of sodomites and lesbians in their midst. It is a joking matter in the West for a man to keep a dozen mistresses, and beget a dozen bastard (Bastard: is Biblical. The Bible has used it three times: Deut. 23:2, Zech. 9:6 and Heb. 12:8) children every year.

    Such lecherous creatures are proudly labelled as “studs.” (a slang used for a man considered to be excessively virile. The term usually reserved for animal husbandry.) “Let him sow his wild oats, but don’t hold him responsible!” says the West.

    Islam says: “make man responsible for his pleasures.” There is a type of man who is prepared to take on extra responsibility, and there is a type of woman who is prepared to share a husband. Why place obstacles in their way? You mock at (polygamy), which was practised by the prophets of God as recorded in the Holy Bible, you forget that Solomon The Wise had a thousand wives and concubines as recorded in the Good Book (1 Kings 11:3), a healthy solution to your momentous problem, and yet smugly wink at the gratification of unnatural lusts by sodomites and lesbians! What a perversion? Polygamy was practised by the Jews and the pagans in the time of Jesus. He did not say a single word against it. Not his fault. The Jews gave him no peace to propound solutions. His was a natural cry, “when he the Spirit of Truth is come, he will guide you into All truth” (John 16:13).

    Comforter to be a man
    If I take the liberty of quoting the prophecy under discussion, with an emphasis on the pronouns, you will agree without any persuasion that the coming Comforter was to be a man and not a ghost.

    “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into All truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” (John 16:13)

    Please count the number of he’s in the above verse. There are seven! Seven masculine pronouns in a single verse! There is not another verse in the 66 books of the Protestant Bible or in the 73 Books of the Catholic Bible with seven masculine pronouns, or seven feminine pronouns, or with seven neuter genders. You will agree that so Many masculine pronouns in one verse ill befits a Ghost, holy or not!

    Non-stop interpolations
    When this point of the seven masculine pronouns in a single verse of the Bible was mooted by the Muslims in India in their debates with the Christian missionaries, the Urdu version of the Bible had the pronouns presently changed to SHE, SHE, SHE! so that the Muslims could not claim that this prophecy referred to Muhummed – a man! This Christian deception I have seen in the Urdu Bible myself. This is a common trickery by the missionaries, more specially in the vernacular. The very latest ruse I have sturnbled across is in the Afrikaans Bible, on the very verse under discussion; they have changed the word “Trooster” (Comforter), to “Voorspraak” (Mediator), and interpolated the phrase – “die Heilige Gees” – meaning The Holy Ghost, which phrase no Bible Scholar has ever dared to interpolate into any of the multifarious English Versions. No, not even the Jehovah’s Witnesses. (A Christian sect which has contrived its own Bible translation.) This is how the Christians manufacture God’s word!

    Nine masculine pronouns
    The only other place an author has unknowingly used so Many masculine pronouns for this mighty Messenger Muhummed is given below:

    “His gentle disposition, his austerity of conduct, the severe purity of his life, his scrupulous refinement, his ever-ready helpfulness towards the poor and the weak, his noble sense of honour, his unflinching fidelity, his stern sense of duty had won him, among his compatriots, the high and enviable designation of ‘Al-Amin’, the trusty.” (by Sayed Amir Ali, “Spirit of Islam,”).

    Al-Amin the Faithful, the Trustworthy, “even the Spirit of Truth” (As-Saadiq) (John 14:17).

    This expression is a figurative way of saying that speaking truth would be so characteristic of him that people would regard him as truth personified: exactly as Jesus said about himself, “I am the way, the truth and the life…” (John 14:6), that these noble qualities are personified in me. Follow me! But ‘when he the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into All truth” (John 16:13), then you must follow him! But prejudices die hard, therefore we must work harder. But believe me, with the laser truth that Allah has given us, we can change the world with only a fraction of the energy that the Christian is expending.

    Source of revelation
    “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into All truth! for He Shall Not Speak from Himself; But Whatsoever He Shall Hear, That shall He Speak.” (John 16:13)

    I have consistently been using the King James Version in my Biblical quotations, but for greater clarity, I give below, alternate renderings from some different versions of the above emphasised sentence:

    1. “for he will not speak on his Own Authority, but will tell only what he hears.” The New English Bible.

    2. “He will not speak On His Own; He will Speak Only What He Hears.” New International Version.

    3. “for he will not be presenting His Own Ideas, But He Will Be Passing On To You What He Has Heard.” The Living Bible.

    This “Spirit of Truth,” this Prophet of Truth, “Al-Amin,” will not be speaking spiritual truths on his own impulse, but he will speak on the same basis as his previous Comforter – Jesus had spoken:

    “For I speak not from myself; but the Father that sent me, he hath given me the commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak … even as the Father hath saith unto me, so I speak.” (John 12:49-50)

    In an identical manner God Almighty testifies His revelation to His Messenger Muhammad.

    “Nor does he say (aught) of (His own) desire. It is no less than inspiration sent down to Him. He was taught by one mighty in power.” (Quran 53:3-5)

    This is how God communicated with All His chosen Messengers, whether Abraham, Moses or Jesus. It would be absurd to think that this “Spirit of Truth” is the Holy Ghost, because we are told that “he will not speak from himself, but what he hears,” surely not from himself?

    God – A Trinity?
    It is universally accepted in Christendom, All orthodox Christians who believe in what they call the Holy Trinity; that the Father is God, the son is God and the Holy Ghost is God, but they are not three Gods but one God (?).

    Let an erudite Christian theologian, like the Rev. Dummelow tell us of this indivisibility, indissolubility of the Christian’s “triune” God. Commenting on “We will come” of John 14:23 he says – “Where the son is, there of necessity is the Father also, as well as the Spirit, for the three are one, being different forms of the subsistence and manifestation of the same divine being. This passage illustrates that the persons of the holy trinity are inseparable, and contain one another.”

    Please don’t worry. You are not really expected to understand the above verbiage. In short the Christian believes that the “THREE” (I beg your pardon, the Christian says, “ONE!”), All the three are supposed to be Omnipresent and Omniscient and as such leads us to an amusing and ridiculous conclusion. Jesus according to the Christians agonized on the cross at Calvary. Being “Inseparable,” the Father and the Holy Ghost also must have agonized with the Son, and when he died, the other two died with him! Little wonder we hear the cry in the West – “God is Dead!” Don’t laugh. All this imposes on us a more sombre responsibility of extricating our Christian brethren from the spiritual quagmire into which they are Allowing.

    Fulfilled prophecies 
    “And he will show you things to come.” (John 16:13)

    The Christians put great weight on the fulfilment of prophecies. Muhammad fulfilled many prophecies of the Old (read “What the Bible says about Muhammad) and the New Testaments. To them, the prediction of events is considered to be the function of true prophecy – true prophethood.

    The Prophet of Islam uttered many prophecies which are recorded for posterity in the Quran. Here are a few taken at random. “Verily He Who (God) ordained the Quran for thee, (He) will bring thee back to the Place of Return…” (Quran 28:85)

    “Place of Return,” is a title of the Holy City of Mecca. The Migration was when the Prophet was fleeing from Mecca to Madinah. It was a hopeless situation. Most of his followers had already migrated to Madinah. Now it was his turn. Together with Abu Bakr Assiddeeq he had reached a place called Juhfa, when this assurance was given by God that once again he will return to his birth-place Mecca, and so he did.

    He migrated as a refugee and God returns him as a conqueror, fulfilling yet another prophecy. “And he (Moses) said, The Lord came from Sinai, and rose from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran (that is in Arabia), and he (Muhammad) came with Ten Thousand Saints (the Prophet was accompanied by 10 000 companions – veritable saints) at the conquest of Mecca) from his right hand went a fiery law for them.” (Deuteronomy 33:2)

    Super-powers in conflict
    “The Roman Empire has been defeated in a land close by; but they, (even) after (this) defeat of theirs, will soon be victorious within a few years. With God is the Decision, in the Past and in the Future: on that day shall the Believers rejoice”. (Quran 30:2-4)

    The above prophecy was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad in the year 615/16 of the Christian era. The Christian Empire of Rome had lost Jerusalem to the Persians, and Christianity had been humbled in the dust. In this holocaust between two of the Superpowers of the day, the polytheists of Mecca derived vicarious pleasure in the discomfiture of the Romans by the pagan Persians.

    “The pagan Arabs naturally sided with the Persians in their destructive zeal, and thought that the destruction of the Christian’ power of Rome would also mean a setback to the message of the Prophet, ‘the true successor to Christ’… while the whole world believed that the roman empire was being killed by Persia, it was revealed to him that the Persian victory was short-lived and that within a period of a few years the romans would conquer again and deal a deadly blow at the Persians” (Abdullah Yusuf Ali)

    Within ten years of the revelation of this Divine prediction, the prophecy was fulfilled!

    Challenge of the Quran
    The Prophet claimed that the Quran was from God Almighty, and that it was revealed to him by inspiration. The proof of its Divine authorship is its own beauty and nature, and the circumstances in which it was promulgated. To prove the veracity of his claim, he has placed before you many Chapters. Can the unbeliever produce one like it? This is a standing challenge! An eternal prophecy of mankind’s inability to equal or excel, or to rival successfully any of its chapters.

    Your plea, “I don’t know Arabic,” is useless. There are millions of Christian Arabs living today. The Christians boast that there are at least 10-15 million Coptic Christians in Egypt alone and these are not all ‘fellaheens’ (A peasant or agricultural labourer in Arab countries.). Here is the challenge of God in His Own words: “This Quran is not such as can be produced by other than Allah”. (Quran 10:37)

    Allah: A proper noun for God Almighty in the Semitic languages. read:
    What is His name?’

    “Say: 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.” (Quran 17:88)

    “Or do they say, “He forged it”? Say: “Bring then a Chapter like unto it, and call (to your aid) anyone you can, besides Allah, if it be that ye speak the truth!” (Quran 10:38)

    “And if ye are in doubt as to what We have revealed from ‘TIME’ to ‘TIME’ to Our servant, then produce a Chapter like thereunto; and call your witnesses or helpers (If there are any) besides Allah, if your (doubts) are true. But if ye cannot – And of a surety ye cannot, Then fear the Fire whose fuel is men and stones, – which is prepared for those who reject Faith.” (Quran 2:23-24)

    It is now fourteen hundred years since the above challenges, but mankind has singularly failed to produce anything similar or something better. This is an Eternal Testimony of the Divine Origin of the Quran.

    Christian Arabs had a try!
    The Arab Christians in the Middle East, not to be outwitted, launched a sixteen-year project lately and produced selected portions of the New Testament in Arabic, with a wholesale borrowing (“He who goes a borrowing, goes a sorrowing!”) of words and phrases verbatim from the Arabic Quran. It is an ignoble attempt! In this un-ashamed plagiarism, (the act of stealing and using the ideas or writings of another as one’s own. Stealing in literature.) every chapter of this new Arabic New Testament of theirs begin with the first verse of the Quran -”In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful” (Quran 1:1)

    Can you beat that? There are many more challenges and prophecies in the Quran and in the Ahadeeth (traditions of the Prophet) which can be expounded. It is a neglected field. Perhaps books can be written on the subject. I trust that Muslim scholars will take up the challenge. But let me end this theme of prophecy with one last reference from the book of God.

    Islam to prevail
    It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth. That he may proclaim it over all religion. Even though the associators may detest (it).” (Quran 61:9)

    Within decades the above promise became true. Islam prevailed. The two superpowers of the day, the Persian and the Roman Empires crumbled at the hands of the Muslims. And for centuries the power of Islam predominated – from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

    Alas, the Muslims are in the doldrums today. But fear not, the world of Islam is arising. There is hope. Even non-Muslim Visionaries in the West have predicted its destiny to be in the skies.

    “Africa is a fair field for all religions, but the religion which the African will accept, is a religion which best suits his needs: And that religion, everyone who has a right to speak on the subject says, is Islam.” (by H.G. Wells in ‘The Shape of Things to Come’.)

    “If any religion has a chance of conquering England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, that religion is Islam.” (George Bernard Shaw.)

    Without any real effort on the part of the Muslims, we are told by the Westerners themselves that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world today. I hope, this pleasant news does not lull us into euphoria. The promise of God is true, the destiny is there, only a little exertion is required on our part. Allah can transform nations and peoples by His Own Will, but He has given us the privilege of serving His Religion by personal self-sacrifice. To be an effective soldier in this battle, arm yourself with John 16:7 in one or more languages, and watch how Allah fills you with more knowledge. It is our destiny to master, supersede and bulldoze every ism, never mind how much the unbeliever may be averse to the Message of Islam.

    Glorifying Jesus
    “He (the Spirit of truth) shall Glorify Me (Jesus): for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (John 16:14)

    “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the father, he shall Testify Of Me.” (John 15:26)

    This promised Comforter, even the Spirit of Truth in whom Truth is personified, when he comes, will bear witness to the truthfulness of the Messiah and absolve him from the calumnies of his enemies. This, Muhammad, ‘Al-Amin’, the Prophet of Truth, eminently succeeded in doing. He made it possible that today, a thousand million Muslims believe in Jesus Christ as one of the mightiest Messengers of God. They believe in him as the Messiah. They believe in his miraculous birth, which many modern day Christians, even Bishops do not believe. And they also believe in his many miracles, including those of giving life to the dead by God’s leave; and healing those born blind and the lepers by God’s leave. What a mighty testimony! Listen to the especially moving terms of the story of his Annunciation:

    Miraculous conception “And mention in the Book, the story of Mary, when she withdrew from her people to a place in the East. She placed a screen to screen herself from them; Then We sent her Our Spirit, that appeared to her as a man in all respects. She said, I take refuge in the All-Merciful from you. If you fear Allah…

    He said, I am but a messenger come from your Lord, to announce to you the gift of a holy son. She said, How can I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?

    He said, Even so your Lord has said: ‘Easy is that for Me, and that We may appoint him a sign unto men and a Mercy from Us; It is a thing decreed’. So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a distant place…” (Quran 19:16-22)

    At the present moment a billion Muslims throughout the world accept the Immaculate Conception of Jesus on the authority of Muhammad alone. Jesus, his mother Mary and the whole Christian world can never thank Al-Amin – the Spirit of Truth, enough.

    Jewish response to Jesus
    “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I (Jesus) have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, but ye would not let me!” (Matthew 23:37)

    That mighty Messenger of God went after the Jews like a hen after her chickens, but they turned on him like vultures to tear him into pieces. Not satisfied with their relentless assaults and harassment and the eventual attempt on his life (read ‘Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction’); they charged his mother for having begotten him in sin.

    “That they (the Jews) rejected Faith; and they uttered against Mary a grave false charge.” (Quran 4:156)

    What was that “grave false charge”? – The nearest to uttering the actual calumny, Muhammad the true “Glorifier” of Jesus (John 16:14) is made to record.

    “O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!” (Quran 19:28)

    What say the Talmudists
    The Jewish charge of the illegitimacy of Jesus and the adultery of Mary is referred to here as an insinuation of the Jews, questioning Mary’s chastity. The Quran does not stoop down to even reproducing the actual monstrous slander. Now compare this Quranic terminology with what the erudite and famous Rev. Dummelow, backed by no less than a team of sixteen Christian divines, all Reverends and D.D.s; as to their choice of words in recording the calumny of the enemies of Christ:

    The Jewish Talmudists said, ‘the son of the adulteress’ (i.e. of the virgin Mary) ‘brought magic out of Egypt, by cuttings which he had made in his flesh.’ ‘Jesus practised magic and deceived, and drove Israel to idolatry.’ It is interesting to notice that Mahomet indignantly repudiated these Jewish calumnies.” (Dummelow’s Bible Commentary page 668)

    Evangelist dittos Jews
    Josh Mc Dowell, described as a graduate of Wheaton College and magna cum laude graduate of Talbot Theological Seminary, and who is reputed to have spoken to more than five million students and faculty at over 550 universities in 53 countries, seems to have done more research than the whole galaxy of Biblical scholars mentioned above, on the subject of the Jewish Talmud regarding the birth of his “Lord.”

    In his book – “Evidence that Demands a Verdict,” just to prove that Jesus was not a myth but a historical person, he quotes extensively from the Jewish Talmud without any inhibitions. I give you below a few brief excerpts from pages 85/86 of his book:

    “Tol’doth Yeshu. Jesus is referred to as ‘ben pandera.’” (son of Pandera. A Roman soldier alleged by the Jews to have raped Mary to produce her illegitimate offspring. (God forbid!) May He forgive us for even reproducing such blasphemies.)

    Yeb. IV 3; 49a: 
    “R. Shimeon ben Azzai said (concerning Jesus): ‘I found a genealogical roll in Jerusalem wherein was recorded, such-an-one is a bastard of an adulteress.’”

    Joseph Klausner adds to the above: “Current editions of the Mishnah, add: ‘to support the words of R. Yehoshua’ (who in the same Mishnah, says: What is a bastard? everyone whose parents are liable to death by the beth din), that Jesus is here referred to seems to be beyond doubt…” 5/35

    Missionary lolls his tongue 
    Josh McDowell, the great evangelist, “born-again” Christian; worshipper of Christ, filled with the Holy Ghost (?) lolls his tongue when quoting calumnies of the enemies against his Lord and God – Jesus! And the Christian world laps it up. His books are best sellers in Christendom. A taste for filth and insults has been created in the votaries of Christ. I refuse to quote further from that filthy narration. If Jesus has such devoted friends (?), what need is there for him to have enemies?

    Muhammad really was the true Friend, the Comforter, the Helper, the Advocate, the Glorifier, the Testifier of these prophecies in John chapters 14, 15 and 16. Let me repeat the ungrudging tribute of his enemies to this Benefactor of Jesus, his mother Mary and humanity at large: “It is interesting to notice that Mahomet indignantly repudiated these Jewish calumnies.” (Rev. Dummelow and his associates).

    Extremism condemned
    We will now allow the Spirit of Truth to lay the Ghost of Jewish and Christian extremism, and put the records straight regarding their controversies about the Messiah. The Jews said that Jesus was the illegitimate son of Mary because he could not point a finger to a father. The Christians for the same reason made him into a God and the “begotten” son of God. Just one verse to debunk this lie!

    “O People of the Book! Do not go to extremes in your religion: Nor say of Allah anything but the truth. Verily, Christ Jesus the son of Mary was no more than a messenger of Allah, and His Word which he bestowed upon Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from Him: So believe in Allah and his messengers. Say not “Trinity”: desist: it will be better for you: For your Allah is one God: Glory be to Him: Far Exalted is He, above having a son. To Him belongs all things in the heavens and the earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.” (Quran 4:171)

    Christ: In the Arabic text of the Quran the word is ‘Masih’, which is the same as the Hebrew word ‘Messiah’.

    Note on the above verse:
    Just as a foolish servant may go wrong by excess of zeal for his master, so in religion, people’s excesses may lead them to blasphemy or a spirit the very opposite of religion.

    The Jewish excesses in the direction of formalism, racialism, exclusiveness, and rejection of Christ Jesus have been denounced in many places in the Quran.

    Here the Christian attitude is condemned, which raises Jesus to an equality with God; in some cases venerates Mary almost to idolatory; attributes a physical son to God; and invents the doctrine of the Trinity, opposed to all reason, which according to the Athenians Creed, unless a man believes, he is doomed to hell for ever.”

    The attributes of Christ are mentioned here:
    1. That he was the son of a woman, Mary, and therefore a man.
    2. But an apostle, a man with a mission from God, and therefore entitled to honour.

    3. A Word bestowed on Mary, for he was created by God’s word “Be” (kun) and he was. (Quran 3:59.)

    4. A spirit proceeding from God, but not God: his life and his mission were more limited than in the case of some other apostles, though we must pay equal honour to him as a man of God.

    The doctrines of Trinity, equality with God, and sonship, are repudiated as blasphemies. God is independent of all needs and has no need of a son to manage His affairs.” (Note 675/6 Quran English translation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali)

    Nothing from self
    You give this Spirit of Truth (Muhammad) too much credit, when you allege that he wrote the preceding verses and further authored more than six thousand other verses of the Noble Quran.

    He cries to us again and again in the Book of God, that this is not my handiwork “It is no less than an inspiration sent down to him (Muhammad)” (Quran 53:4).

    Exactly as it was prophesied by Jesus – “for he shall not speak from himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak…” (John 16:13)

    Christian ‘Trilemma’ 
    All the testification and glorification by this “another Comforter,” does not placate the Christians. Because Muhammad did not pander to their prejudices. To them glorification meant to deify Jesus – to make him into a God. Instead of solving their dilemma (A situation that requires one to choose between two equally balanced and often equally unpleasant alternatives.) whether Jesus “died” on the cross as a man, or as a God? They have now invented a trilemma. A word not to be found in any dictionary in the world. Josh McDowell the Travelling Representative for Campus Crusade for Christ International, in his book – “Evidence that Demands a Verdict,” actually uses his new inspired (by the “Holy Ghost”?) conundrum (Conundrum: A puzzling problem or question admitting of no satisfactory solution.) for his chapter 7:

    “Trilemma – Lord, Liar or Lunatic?” You have now guessed it! The three L’s! He wants his readers to answer whether Jesus Christ is your Lord (God), or was he a LIAR, or a Lunatic? Very ingenious, you will agree! No Muslim could utter that Jesus Christ was a liar or a Lunatic: Then what? It’s more than any dilemma! It is actually blasphemy of the highest degree. But he is blinded by his preconceived notions. Roger Bacon, the philosopher who was born too soon, rightly said: “It is easier for a man to burn down his own house than to get rid of his prejudices.”

    Wisdom of the child
    To say of any man that he is God, the “begotten” son of God, or that his father is God; is not an honour but an insult. A French peasant understood this distinction better than the millions of erudite Christian scholars walking the earth today.

    It is reputed that Louis XV, King of France was a very lecherous person. No woman was safe from his debaucheries. After his death, when his son was well settled on the throne, a rumour spread around Paris that an exact duplicate of the young king was seen roaming about the capital. The King was naturally intrigued to see his double. It did not take the King’s men long to have the rustic from the countryside presented before the King. The King was amused by the stark resemblance to himself and his late father. He was tickled to have a dig at the poor farmer. He politely asked, “Did your mother ever visit Paris during my father’s reign?” “No!” the rustic replied, “But my father did!” This was a death-knell for the King, but he had asked for it!

    Don’t go to extremes
    The rank hatred of the Jews which lead them to slander Jesus and his mother is bad, and the over infatuation of the Christians for Christ is also bad. Muhammad the Messenger of God condemned both these extremes, and elevated Jesus to his true status, as the Messiah, a great prophet and reformer. Love him, respect him, revere him, follow him; but do not worship him! For worship is due to God alone, the Father in heaven: Allah! This is true glorification – for, “He shall glorify me!” (John 16:14)

    Historically, morally and prophetically, Muhammad the last and final Messenger of God, “The Spirit of Truth,” is the only one to guide mankind into all truth. He is preeminently the Natural Successor to Christ.

    Epilogue
    Dear reader, it has been suggested that some Christian propagandists might lure you from your exposition of the preceding paragraphs, by dangling before you the “Pentecostal” experience. ‘Pentecost’ was a Jewish festival day, celebrated on the fiftieth day after the beginning of corn harvesting. The Jews gathered in Jerusalem from far and wide for the feast. Peter with “the Eleven,” together with others were in one place, when suddenly they heard the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them where they were sitting. This electrified the people and they began to “speak in tongues,” in dialects and languages foreign to themselves. Some marvelled while others mocked, saying, “They’re drunk, that’s all!” It reminded them of the “babbling” at Babel (Genesis 11:9).

    The Christian missionaries contend that that was the fulfilment of what Jesus had prophecised in John chapters 14, 15 and 16. Astounding as the whole drama may sound, Peter, the one, the Master had appointed to “Feed my lambs… feed my sheep” (John 21:15-16), rose to defend the disciples, saying, “These men are not drunk! It’s much too early for that! People don’t get drunk so early in the morning!”

    But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel…” (Acts 2:16)

    Pentecost was the fulfilment of the prophecy of the prophet Joel and not of any predictions of Jesus. Christendom believes that Peter was inspired to record the same. Both obviously tickled by the Holy Ghost! Not a single word is recorded anywhere as to what these apostles of Christ had babbled or murmured on Pentecost day, yet as to the Comforter, he was to guide mankind “into all Truth!” Proving once again that the Comforter is not the Holy Ghost!

    Please note: 
    1. “The Eleven” (Acts 2:14). No Bible commentator dare discuss as to who these eleven were, because Judas the traitor was long since dead. The Holy Ghost failed to inform Luke. That at best there could only be ten beside Peter and not eleven!

    2. “Prophet Joel:” In “The New English Bible,” published by The Bible Societies in association with the Oxford University Press in their fourteenth impression of 1984, expunged the name JOEL, without an apology. He was too insignificant(?) a prophet, having written only two pages in a thousand of the Bible. If Christendom can edit out names of their own prophets, what will they not do to names like Ishmael and Ahmed?

    3. On the contrary, hear what Muhammad the Comforter uttered in his trances in fulfilment of the prophecies. Get your “Future World Constitution” today! See inside back cover.

    ‘Time’ couldn’t stomach it! The advert on the opposite page was arbitrarily refused for publication by ‘TIME’ magazine. Why do they fear the universal message of Islam?

    Only ‘Time’ can tell!
    ‘TIME’ magazine will not divulge the real reason for their refusal and cowardly hide behind their policy of “‘TIME’ reserves the right to reject or cancel any advertising”. What is the ulterior motive behind this cowardice?

    Future world constitution or confrontation!
    Believe it or not! In their reply they referred to our advertisement as “The future world Confrontation.” Is this not perhaps a reflection of ‘TIME’ magazine’s prejudicial attitude towards the Quran?

    So the next time you see a Time magazine on the news-stand, remember they will not publish an advertisement on the Quran.

Prophet Muhammad: the Greatest

Muhammad

Normally, it is quiet, natural for anyone to love, praise, idolize or hero-worship one’s leader, be it a guru, saint or prophet: and very often we do. However, if I were to reproduce here what great Muslims have said or written about our illustrious prophet, it could be played down as exaggeration, fancy or idolization by the skeptics and the opponents of Islam.

Therefore, allow me to quote unbiased historians, friendly critics and even avowed enemies of that mighty Messenger of God – Muhammad. If the tributes of the non-Muslims do not touch your hearts, then you are in the wrong faith. Opt out of Islam! There is already too much deadwood on the “ship” of Islam.

In recent times, a book has been published in America titled “The 100,” or the Top One hundred, or the Greatest Hundred in History. A certain Michael H. Hart described as a historian, mathematician and astronomer have written this novel book.

He has searched history, seeking for men who had the greatest influence on mankind. In this book, he gives us The hundred most influential men, including Asoka, Aristotle, Buddha, Confucius, Hitler, Plato, and Zoroaster. He does not give us a mere chart of the topmost “one hundred” from the point of view of their influence on people, but he evaluates the degree of their influence and rates them in order of their excellence from No. 1, through to No. 100. He gives us his reasons for the placing of his candidates. We are not asked to agree with him, but we cannot help admire the man’s research and honesty.

The most amazing thing about his selection is that he has put the Holy Prophet Muhammad as No. 1, the first of his “100!” Thus confirming, unknowingly, God’s Own testimony in His Final Revelation to the World:
“Most certainly, you have in the messenger of Allah an excellent pattern of behavior” (Quran 33:21)

Jesus No. 3!

Hart placing the Prophet Muhammad as No. 1, has naturally pleased the Muslims. But his choice as shocked the Non-Muslims, more especially the Jews and the Christians, who consider this as an affront. What? Jesus No. 3 and Moses No. 40! This is for them very difficult to stomach, but what says, Hart?

Let us hear his arguments – “since there are roughly twice (The latest estimate is that there are more than one thousand million Muslims in the world and one thousand two hundred million Christians) as many Christians in the world, it may initially seem strange that Muhammad has been ranked higher than Jesus. there are two principal reasons for that decision.

First, Muhammad played a far more important role in the development of Islam than Jesus did in the development of Christianity. Although Jesus was responsible for the main ethical and moral precepts of Christianity (insofar as these differed from Judaism), St. Paul was the main developer of Christian Theology, its principal Proselytizer, and the author of a large portion of the New Testament.

Muhammad, however, was responsible for both the theology of Islam and its main ethical and moral principles. In addition, he played the key role in proselytizing the new faith, and in establishing the religious practices of Islam.” (Michael H. Hart in his book – “The 100”-pages 38/39)

Paul the founder of Christianity

According to Hart, the honor for founding Christianity is to be shared between Jesus and St. Paul. The latter he believes to be the real founder of Christianity. I cannot help agreeing with Hart. Out of the total of 27 Books of the New Testament, more than half is authored by Paul.

As opposed to Paul, the Master has not written a single word of the twenty-seven books. If you can lay your hands on what is called “’A Red Letter Bible,” you will find every word alleged to have been uttered by Jesus – in red ink and the rest in normal black ink. Don’t be shocked to find that in this so-called the Gospel of Jesus, over ninety percent of the 27 Books of the New Testament is printed in black ink!

This is the candid Christian confession on what they call the Bible. In actual any confrontation with Christian missionaries, you will find them quoting one hundred percent from Paul. No one follows Jesus. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

He said further, Whosoever, therefore, shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19)

Every Christian controversialist you question, “Do you keep the laws and the commandments?” will answer, “No!” If you ask further, “Why don’t you?” He will if he is a Bible-thumper, invariably reply, “The law is nailed to the cross!” Meaning the law is done away with. “We are now living under grace!”
Every time you prod him with what his Lord and Master had said, he will confront you with something from Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, etc. If you ask, “Who are they?” You will hear, ‘Paul, Paul, Paul!” “Who is your master?” you question, and he will say, “Jesus!” But he will ever and anon contradict his own Jesus by his Paul!

No learned Christian will ever dispute the fact that the real founder of Christianity is St. Paul. Therefore, Michael H. Hart to be fair, had to place Jesus, in slot number three. Why provoke your customer? This placing of Christ in the number three spot by Michael H. Hart poses a very serious question for us. Why would an American publish a book of 572 pages in America and selling in America for $15 each, go out of his way to provoke his potential readers?

Who will buy his books? Surely, not the Pakistanis and the Bangladeshis, neither the Arabs nor the Turks! Except for a few copies here and there, the overwhelming number of his customers will be from the 250 million Christians and the 6 million Jews of America. Then why did he provoke his customers? Did he not hear the dictum – “the customer is always right!” Of course, he did. Then why his daring choice. But before I close this episode of Hart, I will allow him to make his one last apology for his “temerity.”

“My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the World’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.” Michael H. Hart “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History”, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, p.33.

Who were history’s great leaders

Time, July 15, 1974 – The world famous “Time” carried the above rubicon its front cover. Inside the magazine were numerous essays as to ‘What makes a great leader?’ ‘Throughout history, who qualifies?’ TIME asked a variety of historians, writers, military men, businessmen and others for their selections. Each gave his candidate according to his “light” as objectively as is humanly possible, depending on one’s own awareness and prejudice.

Who knows Dr. Salazar?

It is my habit and pleasurable duty to take non-Muslims on a guided tour of the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere – “The Jumma Masjid” Durban.

On one occasion I was hosting a Portuguese couple, a husband and wife team. At some stage during the discussion, the Portuguese gentleman said that “Dr. Salazar was the greatest man in the world!” I did not debate the point with him as I personally knew little about Dr. Salazar except that he was a one time dictator of Portugal albeit to many a great benefactor to his nation. My poor visitor was, however, speaking according to his own knowledge, a point of view and prejudice.

Muhammad cannot be ignored!

Among the contributors to the “Time,” it seems that none could ignore Muhammad.

William McNeill, a United States historian, of the University of Chicago, records: “If you measure leadership by impact, then you would have to name Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, the great prophets of the world …”
McNeill does not go into details, nor does he give us any explanation as to why he placed Jesus first and Muhammad number three. Perhaps it was by force of habit. It is very likely that McNeill is a Christian. However, we will not argue with him. Then comes – James Gavin, described as a United States army man, a retired lieutenant general. He says – “Among leaders who have made the greatest impact through ages, I would consider Mohammed, Jesus Christ, maybe Lenin, possibly Mao. as for a leader whose qualities we could most use now, I would choose John F. Kennedy.”

The General does not say much more, yet we have to salute him. It calls for tremendous fortitude to pen the name Muhammad before that of Christ (peace be upon them both). It surely, was no slip of the pen.

Jules Masserman, United States psychoanalyst and professor of the Chicago University, gives us, unlike the other contributors, the basis for making his selection. He gives us his reason for choosing his greatest leader of all times. He wants us to find out, what we are really looking for in the man, the qualities that set him apart. We may be looking for any sets of qualities. As in the case of Michael H. Hart, he was looking for a person wielding the most Influence.

However, Masserman does not want us to depend on our fancies or prejudices: he wants to establish objective standards for judging before we confer greatness upon anybody. He says that “Leaders must fulfill three functions”

1. The leader must provide for the well-being of the lead… The leader, whoever he is, must be interested in your welfare:

“He must not be looking for milking cows for his own greed like the Rev. Jim Jones of Jonestown, Guyana, of the “Suicide Cult” fame. You will remember him as the man who committed suicide together with 910 of his followers, all at the same time En Masse!”

The United States Government was on his trail and he was on the verge of being caught for certain felonies. But before they could apprehend him, he thought it wise to eliminate himself, together with all his followers, so that no one would be left to testify against him. He laced lemonade with cyanide and inspired his devotees to drink it, and so they did and they all died in disgrace! In the meantime, it was discovered that the Rev. Jim Jones had salted away fifteen million dollars and stacked it in his own account in banks throughout the world. All his victims were his milking cows and he was exploiting them to satisfy his own lust and greed. Masserman’s hero must be found to benefit his sheep, his flock, and not himself.

2. The leader or would-be leader must provide a social organization in which people feel relatively secure …

Unlike the Marxist, the Fascist, the Nazi, the Neo-Nazi the Ashkenazi, (The Jews from Germany, Central Europe, and Eastern Europe, mostly from Russia who are in unlawful occupation of Palestine. There is something prophetic in the name itself – the Jews are doing to the people of the occupied territories exactly what the Nazis did to them. What an irony!) the Zionist, and their fellow-travelers, Professor Masserman, in his brief essay in the TIME magazine, did not spell this out. But his beliefs and feelings are abundantly clear.

He is in search of a Leader who will provide a social order free of self, and greed and racism: for all these “isms” carry within them the seeds of their own destruction.

There’s still with us much sorrow and sin, Injustice, Oppression, wrong and hate. Still does Arrogance deaden Conscience Rob struggling souls of even the crumbs Of Pity, and make, of loathsome flesh And crumbling dust, fair-seeming Idols For worship. Still does Ignorance blow A mighty Horn and try to shame True Wisdom. Still, do men drive Slaves,

– Protesting smoothly the end of Slavery! Still, does Greed devour the substance Of helpless ones within her power. Nay, more, the fine Individual Voice Is smothered in the raucous din Of groups and Crowds that madly shout What they call Slogans New, Old Falsehoods long discredited … Abdullah Yusuf Ali

3. That this leader must provide his people with one set of beliefs:

It is easy to talk of the Fellowship of Faith and the Brotherhood of Man, but in South Africa today, there are a thousand different sects and denominations among the Whites (people of European descent) and three thousand among the Blacks (of African descent). The White Churches in my country are Spawning “Black” Bishops, fast, but in the first three hundred years of European conquest, they did not produce a single Black Bishop. Even now, the Black, the White, the Colored, and the Indian cannot pray together in most of the Dutch Reformed Churches.

The hatred between the Christian sects was aptly described by the Christian Emperor Julian, who said: “No wild beasts are so hostile to man as Christian sects in general are to one another.” Sayed Amir Ali in his Spirit of lslam.

With the foregoing three standards, Masserman searches history and analyses Louis Pasteur, Salk, Gandhi, Confucius, Alexander the Great, Caesar, Hitler, Buddha, Jesus and the rest; finally coming to the conclusion that – “Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Muhammed, who combined all three functions. (and) to a lesser degree, Moses did the same”.

We cannot help marveling at Masserman, that as a Jew he condescends to scrutinize even Adolf Hitler, the arch-enemy of his people. He considers Hitler to be a great leader. His race, the mighty German nation of 90 million people, was ready to march to destiny or destruction at his behest. Alas, he leads them to ruin. Hitler is not the question. The question is why would Masserman, as an American Jew, a paid servant of the Government proclaim to his countrymen of over two hundred million Jews and Christians that not Jesus, not Moses but Muhummed was “The greatest Leader of all times!” account for that!

What say the skeptics?

Michael H. Hart put Muhammad No. 1 on his list and his own Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ No. 3. Why? -”He was bribed!”(?)

William McNeill considers Muhammad as worthy of honour in his list of the first three names of his. Why? – “He was bribed!”(?)

James Gavin puts Muhammad before Christ. Why? – “He was bribed!”(?)

James Masserman adjudges Muhammad No. 1 and his own hero Moses a close second.  Why? – “He was bribed!” (?)

“Are we to suppose that all the glowing adulation of Muhammad was a miserable piece of intellectual legerdemain, hocus pocus … I, for my part, cannot form any such supposition … one would be entirely at a loss what to think of mankind at all if quackery so grew and flourished in the world.”

Yet the scoffers bemoan anyone who has anything good to say about Muhammad or Islam as having been bribed by the Arabs! They are giving too much credit to my brethren. I repeat: “It is possible, but it is improbable!”

During the Second World War, Norway produced only one “Quisling.” He was tried for treason and executed. It is unlikely that America and the Western world have just reached puberty to spawn a breed of Quislings nurtured by hot petrodollars from the Middle East. Please do not demean your honest, courageous men, who without fear or favor are prepared to suffer obloquy for their convictions. We must all admire them! We can now justifiably conclude that the God of Mercy, Who forever recognizes the sincere efforts of His servants, is only fulfilling His Promise to Muhammad, His Chosen Messenger – “And have we not raised high the esteem in which thou are held” (Quran 94:4)

Alternative renderings:

(a) Have We not exalted thy fame?
(b) And have We not raised thy name for thee?
(c) Have We not given you high renown?

Friends and foes alike, as if by some secret compulsion are made to pay unsolicited tributes to this mighty Messenger of God. But the Almighty commanders even the devil into His service, as He had done in the time of Jesus, (Matthew 4:1 -11).

Even the devil sometimes speaks Gospel truths. Professor K. S. Ramakrishna Rao, a Hindu philosopher in his book “Muhammad – The Prophet of lslam”, quotes the archdevil himself, yes, Adolf Hitler, to prove the unique greatness of Muhammad. The Professor, like Jules Masserman who had evaluated the Prophet of Islam on three grounds:

“Leaders must fulfill three functions … provide for the well-being of the led, provide a social organization in which people feel relatively secure, and provide them with one set of beliefs. People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi and Confucius, on one hand, and Alexander, Caesar, and Hitler on the other are leaders in the second and perhaps the third sense. Jesus and Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Mohammed, who combined all three functions. To a lesser degree, Moses did the same.”

also saw in Hitler’s “Mein Kamp!” a three-faceted jewel, a rare commodity which he found in our hero under discussion. Quoting Hitler, he says:

“A great theorist is seldom a great leader. an agitator is far more likely to possess these qualities. he will always be a better leader. for, leadership means the ability to move masses of men. the talent to produce ideas has nothing in common with the capacity for leadership.” Hitler continues, “the union of the theorist, organizer, and leader in one man is the rarest phenomenon on this earth; therein consists of greatness.”

professor rao concludes, in his own words, “in the person of the Prophet of Islam the world has seen this rarest phenomenon on earth, walking in flesh and blood.”

Before anyone assails the Professor of undue bias and “bribery,” let me give them a few more names of admirers of Muhammad:

1. “Muhummad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him.” (A Hindu scholar – Diwan Chand Sharma in his “The Prophets of the East,” Calcutta 1935, p. 122.)

2. “Four years after the death of Justinian, a.d. 569, was born at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia the man who, of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race … Mohammed” (John William Draper, M.D., LLD., in his “A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe”,- London 1875.)

3. “I doubt whether any man whose external conditions changed so much ever changed himself less to meet them.” (R. V. C. Bodley in “The Messenger,”- London 1946, p.9.)

4. “I have studied him – the wonderful man – and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the saviour of humanity.” (George Bernard Shaw, in “The Genuine Islam,- Vol. 1, No. 81936.)

5. “By a fortune absolutely unique in history, Mohammed is a threefold founder of a nation, of an empire, and of a religion.” (R. Bosworth-Smith in “Mohammed and Mohammedanism”.- 1946.)

6. “Mohammed was the most successful of all religious personalities.” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th Edition)

From the historical past
It is not difficult to reproduce a further dozen or more eulogies by the admirers and critics of Muhammad. Despite all their objectivity, jaundiced minds can always conjure up some aspersions. Let me take my readers deep down in past history.

It was Friday the 8th of May, 1840, that is about a hundred and seventy years ago, at a time when it was a sacrilege to say anything good about Muhammad and the Christian West was rained to hate the man Muhammad and his religion, the same way as dogs were at one stage-trained in my country to hate all black people. At that time in history, Thomas Carlyle, one of the greatest thinkers of the past century delivered a series of lectures under the theme. (“Heroes and Hero-worship.”)

Developed sickness

Carlyle exposed this blind prejudice of his people at the beginning of his talk. He made reference to one of the literary giants a Dutch scholar and statesman, by the name of Hugo Grotius, (From page 57 of the book – “On Heroes Hero-worship and the Heroic in History” by Thomas Carlyle, London 1959.) who had written a bitter and abusive invective against the prophet of Islam. He had falsely charged that the Prophet had trained pigeons to pick out peas from his ears so that he could by this trick bluff his people that the Holy Ghost in the shape of a dove was revealing God’s Revelation to him, which he then had them recorded in his Bible the Quran. Perhaps Grotius was inspired into this fairy-tale from his reading of his own Holy Scriptures:

“Then, Jesus, when he had been baptized (by John the Baptist in the Jordan River), came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God Descending Like A Dove and alighting upon him.” (Matthew 3:16)

Where’s the authority

Pococke, another respected intellectual of the time, like “doubting Thomas” (John 20:25), wanted proof about Muhammad, the pigeons, and the peas? Grotius answered, “That there was no proof!” He just felt like inventing this story for his audience. To him and his audience, the “pigeons and peas” theory was more plausible than that of the Archangel dictating to Muhammad. These falsities wrung the heart of Carlyle. He cried: “The lies, which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man, are disgraceful to ourselves only.” (Thomas Carlyle)

The hero Prophet

Carlyle was a man of genius and God gifted him with the art of articulation. In his own way, he wanted to put the records straight. He planned to deliver a lecture and he chose a very provocative topic “The Hero as Prophet” and he chose this hero-prophet to be the most maligned man of his time, “Muhammad” Not Moses, David, Solomon, or Jesus but Muhammad! To placate his overwhelming Anglican (belonging to the Church of England) fellow countrymen, he apologised – “As there is no danger of our becoming, any of us, Mahometans, I mean to say all the good of him I justly can.”

In other words, he, as well as his elite audience were free from the fear of converting to Islam and could take a chance in paying some compliments to Muhammad. If he had any fears regarding the strength of their faith, he would not have taken that chance. In an era of hatred and spite towards everything Islamic and to an audience full of skepticism and cynicism, Carlyle unfolded many a glowing truth about his hero – Muhammad. To the praiseworthy,” indeed be praise. For that is what the very name Muhammad means – the Praised One – the Praiseworthy. There are times when Carlyle uses words and expressions, which might not be too pleasing to the believing Muslim, but one has to forgive him as he was walking a cultural tightrope, and he succeeded eminently. He Paid our hero many ardent and enthusiastic tribute, and defended him from the false charges and calumnies of his enemies, exactly as the Prophet had done in the case of Jesus and his mother.

His sincerity

a) “The great man’s sincerity is of the kind he cannot speak of nay, I suppose, he is conscious rather of insincerity; for what man can walk accurately by the law of truth for one day? no, the great man does not boast himself sincere, far from that; perhaps does not ask himself if he is so; I would say rather, his sincerity does not depend on himself; he cannot help being sincere!” (Heros and Hero-Worship, p.59)

b) “a silent great soul, he was one of those who cannot but be in earnest, whom nature herself has appointed to be sincere. while others walk in formulas and hearsays, contented enough to dwell there, this man could not screen himself in formulas; he was alone with his own soul and the reality of things… such sincerity, as we named it, has in very truth something of the divine. the word of such a man is a voice direct from nature’s own heart. men do and must listen to that as to nothing else, – all else is wind in comparison.” (Heros and Hero-Worship, p.71)

In his lengthy speech, Carlyle did not have the opportunity to inform his audience about the sources of his inferences. I may furnish just one incident from the life of the Prophet. An incidence which reflects the highest degree of his sincerity in recording a Revelation in the Quran even if it seems to reprove him for some natural and human zeal.

Admonition as revealed

It was in the early days of his mission in Mecca. Muhammad was deeply engrossed in trying to wean the leaders of the pagan Quraish to his teachings. Apparently one of them was giving him an attentive hearing when a poor blind man by the name Of Abdullah son of Om-Maktoom tried to barge in into the discussion and wanting to draw attention to himself. The blessed Prophet said nothing, but a thought went through his mind (why don’t you have a little patience, can’t you see (sense) that because of your impatience I might lose these customers). I believe that lesser men, sinners, and saints, will not be questioned for such lapses, but not so for Muhammad. Did not God choose him and honour him with that lofty status as recorded? “And Most Certainly Thou (O Muhammad) Are of Most sublime And Exalted Character”. (Quran 68:4)

He frowned

Whilst in the midst of the conversation with his pagan fellow tribesmen, God Almighty sends Gabriel, the Angel of Revelation, with this admonition:

“(The Prophet) frowned and turned away, because there came to him he blind man (interrupting). but what could tell thee that perchance he might grow (in spiritual understanding)? or that he might receive admonition, and the teaching might prort him?” (Quran 80:1-4)

The Prophet had naturally disliked the interruption. Perhaps the poor man’s feelings were hurt. But he whose gentle heart ever sympathized with the poor and the afflicted got new Light (Revelation) from his Lord, and without the least hesitation, he immediately published it for all eternity! Subsequently, every time he met this blind man, he received him graciously and thanked him that on his account the Lord had remembered him. During Muhammad’s absences from Madinah, the blind man was made the Governor of the City twice. Such was the sincerity and gratitude of Carlyle’s Hero Prophet.

His fidelity

“It is a boundless favour. He never forgot this good Khadijah. Long afterward, Ayesha his young favourite wife, a woman who indeed distinguished herself among the Muslims, by all manner of qualities, through her whole long life; this young brilliant Ayesha was, one day, questioning him. ’now am not I better than Khadijah? she was a widow; old, and had lost her looks: you love me better than you did her?’ ‘no, by Allah!’ answered Muhammad: ‘no, by Allah! she believed in me when none else would believe. In the whole world I had but one friend, and she was that! (Heros and Hero-Worship, p. 76)

It would have been easier to repel the temptation of the devil than to succumb to the ego of a young, loving, brilliant and beautiful wife like lady Ayesha. Why not let her hear the soft soothing balm of flattery-, it will not harm anyone. Even the soul of Khadija, the mother of the Faithful, would look light-heartedly at the ruse. There is no shamming, no innocent “white lies” with Muhammad.

Traits of this kind show us the genuine man, brother of us all, brought visible through fourteen centuries, – the veritable son of our common mother.

The faithful 

a) “A man of truth and fidelity; true in what he did, in what he spoke and thought, they noted that he always meant something. A man rather taciturn in speech; silent when there was nothing to be said; but pertinent wise, sincere, when he did speak; always throwing light on the matter. this is the only sort of speech worth speaking!” (Heros and Hero-Worship, p. 69)

b) “Muhammad naturally gave offense to the Quraish, keepers of the Kabah, superintendents of the idols. One or two men of influence had joined him:

“the thing spread slowly, but it was spreading, naturally he gave offense to everybody.” The Jews hated the Prophet: the Christians hated the Prophet: the Polytheists hated the Prophet, and the hypocrites hated the Prophet. It is the nature of Falsehood to hate the Truth. Light dismisses Darkness, but darkness does not take kindly to light. (Heros and Hero-Worship, p. 77)

“Not a mealy-mouthed man! a candid ferocity, if the case calls for it, is in him; he does not mince matrers! the war of Tabook is a thing he often speaks of: his men refused, many of them, to march on that occasion; pleaded the heat of the weather, the harvest, and so forth; he can never forget that. Your harvest? it lasts for a day. what will become of your harvest through all eternity? hot weather? yes, it was hot; ‘but hell will be hotter!’ sometimes a rough sarcasm turns up: He says to the unbelievers, you shall not have short weight!” (Heros and Hero- Worship, p. 95/6)

Remember, Thomas Carlyle uttered these words, and many more to a shocked and bewildered Christian audience in England, a hundred and seventy years ago. History did not record for us the lively arguments and debates which his lecture must naturally have caused. He kept to his promise: “I mean to say all the good of him (his Hero Prophet) I justly can’” and he went on in his talk to I defend Muhammad against the false charges, slander, and calumnies of his enemies:

Charge of falsity

a) “A false man found a religion? Why a false man cannot build a brick house! if he does not know and follow truly the properties of mortar, burnt clay and what else he works in, it is no house that he makes, but a rubbish heap. It will not stand for twelve centuries,(today is, fourteen centuries) to lodge a hundred-and eighty millions; (a thousand million today.) it will fall straightaway. Speciosities are specious… it is like a forged bank note; they get it passed out of their worthless hands: others, not they, have to smart for it. Nature bursts-up in fire-flames, French revolutions and such-like, proclaiming with the terrible veracity that forged notes are forged.” (Heros and Hero-Worship, p.58)

b) ”It goes greatly against the impostor theory, the fact that he lived in this entirely unexceptionable, entirely quiet and commonplace way, till the heat of his years was done. he was forty before he talked of any mission from heaven.. all his ‘ambition,’ seemingly, had been, hitherto, to live an honest life; his ‘fame,’ the mere good opinion of neighbours that knew him…” (Heros and Hero-Worship, p. 70)

“Ambition? what could all Arabia do for this man; with the crown of Greek Heraclius, of Persian Chosroes, and all the crowns in the earth; – what could they all do for him? it was not of the heaven above and of the hell beneath. All crowns and sovereignties what so ever, where would they in a few brief years be? to be sheik of Mecca or Arabia, and have a bit of gilt wood put into your hand – will that be one’s salvation?

I decidedly think, not, we will leave it altogether, this imposter hypothesis, as not credible: Not very tolerable even, worthy chiefly of dismissal by us.” (Heros and Hero-Worship, p. 72/3)

Charge of sinning

“Faults? the greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. Readers of the Bible above all, one would think, might know better. Who is called there ‘the man according to God’s own heart’? David, the Hebrew king had fallen into sins enough; Blackest crimes; there was no want of sins. (this is the Jewish and Christian concept of God’s Prophets. They charge their prophets with incest, adultery and even murder. They impure horrendous crimes to them on the authority of the Holy Bible.) and thereupon the unbelievers sneer and ask, is this your man according to God’s heart? the sneer, I must say, seems to me but a shallow one. What are faults, what are the outward details of a life; if the inner secret of it, the remorse, temptations, true, often- baffled, never ended the struggle of it be forgotten? ‘it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.’ of all acts, is not, for a man, repentance the most divine? the deadliest sin, I say, were the same supercilious consciousness of no sin; that is death; the heart so conscious is divorced from sincerity, humility, and fact; is dead: it is ‘pure’ as dead dry sand is pure.” (Heros and Hero-Worship. p. 61)

A charge of “the sword”

The greatest crime, the greatest “sin” of Muhammad in the eyes of the Christian West is that he did not allow himself to be slaughtered, to be “crucified” by his enemies. He ably defended himself, his family and his followers; and finally vanquished his enemies. Muhammad’s success is the Christians’ gall of disappointment:

He did not believe in any vicarious sacrifice for the sins of others. He believed and behaved naturally: “in the state of nature, everyone has a right to defend his person and possessions, and extend his hostilities to a reasonable amount of satisfaction and retaliation,” says Gibbon, the master historian in his “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” His struggle and victory over the forces of unbelief and evil made the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica to exclaim, Muhammad to be “The most successful of all religious personalities.” How can the enemies of Islam account for Muhammad’s phenomenal achievements except to decry that he spread his religion at the point of the sword? He forced Islam down peoples’ throats!?

“History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.” (De Lacy O’Leary in “Islam at the Crossroads’’ London, 1923)

You do not have to be a historian like O’Leary to know that the Muslims ruled Spain for 736 years. The longest the Christians ever ruled over Muslims was 500 years in Mozambique, a territory captured from an Arab governor by the name of Musa-bin-baique, a name they could not properly pronounce, hence the name Mozambique. Even today, after five centuries of Christian overlordship the country is still 60% Muslim. However, after eight centuries in Spain, the Muslims were totally eliminated from that country so that not even one man was left to give the Azan (the Muslim call to prayer). If the Muslims had used force, military or economic there would not have been any Christian left in Spain to have kicked the Muslims out.

One can blame the Muslims for exploitation if you like but one cannot charge them with using the sword to convert Spaniards to the Islamic religion. Today, Islam is still spreading all over the world and Muslims have no sword!! The Muslims were also the masters of India for a thousand years, but eventually, when the sub-continent received independence in 1947, the Hindus obtained three-quarters of the country and the Muslims the balance of the one-quarter. Why? Because the Muslims did not force Islam down the Hindus’ throats! In Spain and in India, the Muslims were no paragons of virtue, yet they obeyed the Quranic injunction to the letter:

“Let there be no compulsion in religion: for truth stands out distinct from error. (Quran 2:256)

The Muslim conquerors understood from this command that “compulsion” was incompatible with true religion because:

(a) Religion depends on faith and will, and these would be meaningless if induced by force. Force can conquer but cannot convert.

(b) Truth and error have been so clearly shown up by the Mercy of God that there should be no doubt in the minds of any person of goodwill as to the fundamentals of the faith.

(c) God’s protection is continuous and His Plan is always to lead us from the depths of darkness into the clearest light.

Except for some eccentrics here and there, the Muslims as a whole adhered to the commandment of God in the lands over which they held sway. But what can you say about countries where no single Muslim soldier had set foot?

Indonesia

It is a fact that about two hundred million Indonesians are Muslim, yet no conquering Muslim army ever landed on any of it’s over two thousand islands.

Malaysia
The overwhelming number of its people in this country are Muslims yet no Muslim soldier had landed there either.

Africa
The majority of the people on the East coast of Africa as far down as Mozambique, as well as the bulk of the inhabitants on the West coast of the continent, are Muslims, but history does not record any invading hoards of Muslims from anywhere. What sword? Where was the sword? The Muslim trader did the job. The Prophet good conduct and moral rectitude achieved the miracle of conversion. “All that you say seems incontrovertible, Mr. Deedat,” says the Christian controversialist, “but we are talking about Islam at its very beginning, the way in which your prophet converted the pagans to his faith! How did he do it if not with the sword?”

One against all?

We can do no better than to allow Thomas Carlyle himself to defend his Hero Prophet against this false charge;

“The sword indeed, but where will you get your sword! every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one. In one man’s head alone, there it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it; there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and try to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must first get your sword! on the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can. We do not find, of the Christian religion either, that it always disdained the sword, when once it had got one. Charlemagne’s conversion of the Saxons was not by preaching.” (Heroes and Hero-Worship. p. 80)

At the age of forty when Muhammad declared his mission from heaven, there was no political party, or royalty, and certainly no family or tribe to back him up. His people – the Arabs, immersed in idol-worship and Fetishism were not by any means a docile people, they were no easy meat. They were very volatile people. Given to internecine and fratricidal wars, subject to “all kinds of fierce sincerities” (Carlyle). One man, single-handed, to wean such a people required nothing short of a miracle. A miracle did happen. God alone could have made Islam and Muhammad to triumph through with flimsy, gossamer support. God fulfilling His promise:

“And have We not raised high the esteem in which thou O Muhammad are held?” (Quran 94:4)

The sword of the intellect

The enemy, the sceptic, the missionary and their passive camp followers will not stop bleating that “Islam was spread at the point of the sword!” but they will not venture to answer our question -“Who bribed Carlyle!?”

In 1840 when Carlyle defended Muhammad and refuted the allegation about the sword, there was nobody around to bribe. The whole Muslim world was in the gutters. The countries of Islam were all under subjugation by the Christians, except for a few like Persia, Afghanistan and Turkey who were only nominally independent. There were no riches to flaunt and no petro-dollars to bribe with!

That was yesterday and many yesterdays ago, but what about today, in modern times? It is claimed that “Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world.” The overall increase of all the sects and denominations of Christianity was a staggering 138% with the incredible increase of Islam by 235% in the same period of time of half-a-century.

It is further affirmed that in Britain and the United States of America, Islam is the fastest growing faith. It is said that in Britain “There are more Muslims than Methodists in the country.” You have a right to ask, “What sword?” The answer is, “The sword indeed!” (Thomas Carlyle) It is the sword of intellect? It is the fulfillment of yet another prophecy: “It is he (God Almighty) Who Has sent His Messenger (Muhammad) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam) that he may make it prevail over all religions, and enough is God for a witness.” (Quran 48:28)

The destiny of Islam is spelt out here in the clearest terms. Islam is to master, overcome and supersede every other faith – That He, God Almighty make  Islam prevail over all religions … to supersede all, whether it be Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianism, (In the time of Thomas Carlyle this was the team applied to Christianity.) Judaism, Communism or any other “ism.” This is the destiny of Allah’s religion. The same Quranic Verse is repeated in chapter 61 verse 9 which ends with this slight variation – Never mind, though the unbelievers might be averse to Islam.

Triumph of Islam

Islam will prevail. It is the promise of God, and His Promise is true. But how? With the sword? Not even if we had a laser gun! Could we use it? The Holy Quran forbids us to use force as a means of converting! Yet the verse prophesies that Islam would be the most dominant of religions. The triumphs of its doctrines have already started and is gaining hold over the religious ideology and doctrines of the various schools of thought in the world. Though not in the name of Islam, but in the name of reformation and amendments, the doctrines of Islam are being fastly grafted into the various religious orders.

Many things which are exclusively Islamic and which were formerly unknown, or which were being opposed before with tooth and nail by the other creeds, are now part of their beliefs. The Brotherhood of man The abolition of the Caste system and untouchability The right of women to inherit Opening the places of worship to all. Prohibition of all intoxicants The true concept of the Unity of God etc. etc.

Just one word on the last subject above, before we proceed further. Ask any theist, polytheist, (. Polytheist: One who believes in many gods) pantheist, (Pantheist: The one who believes that everything is god. Of course the “trinitarian,’’ you already know) or trinitarian: how many Gods he believes in? He will shudder to say anything other than one! This is the effect of the strict monotheism of Islam.

“The creed of Mohamed is free from the suspicions of ambiguity and the Quran is a glorious testimony to the unity of God.” Gibbon in his “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.’’

The verdict of non-Muslim Orientals

Almost all the defenders of Muhammad who spoke out against the false theory that he spread his religion at the point of the sword, were Westerners. Let us now hear what some non-Muslim Easterners have to say on the subject:

1) “The more I study the more I discover that the strength of Islam does not lie in the sword.” (Mahatma Gandhi – the father of modern India, in “Young India.”)

2) “They (Muhammad’s critics) see fire instead of light, ugliness instead of good. they distort and present every good quality as a great vice. It reflects their own depravity… the critics are blind. They cannot see that the only ‘sword’ Muhammad wielded was the sword of mercy, compassion, friendship and forgiveness – the sword that conquers enemies and purifies their hearts. His sword was sharper than the sword of steel.” (Pandit Gyanandra Dev Sharma Shastri, at a meeting in Gorakhpur lndia. 1928)

3) “He preferred migration to fighting his own people, but when oppression went beyond the pale of tolerance he took up his sword in self-defence. Those who believe religion can be spread by force are fools who neither know the ways of religion nor the ways of the world. They are proud of this belief because they are a long, long way away from the truth.” (A Sikh journalist in “Nawan Hindustan,” Delhi, 17 November 1947)

It was Rudyard Kipling who said, “East is East and West Is West, never the twain shall meet!” He was wrong! In the defence of Muhammad, all, who are not blinded by prejudice will converge.

Three other standards

Fourteen years after Thomas Carlyle had delivered his lecture on his Hero Prophet, a Frenchman by the name of Lamartine wrote the history of the Turks. Incidentally, the Turks being Muslims, Lamartine touched on some aspects of Islam and its founder. Like our Jules Wasserman of current times, who had conceived three objective standards for discovering the greatness of leadership; Lamartine had over 2 century ago thought of three other objective standards for conferring “Greatness”. We must give credit to the Westemer for this type of insight. Lamartine opines:

“If greatness of purpose, the smallness of means and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhummed?” (lamartine ends his lengthy segment of literary masterpiece with the words):

“…philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational beliefs, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhummed. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater then he?” (Lamartine, “Historie de la Turquie,” Paris 1854)

The answer to his question, “Is there any man greater than he?” is reposed in the question itself. By implication, he is saying … “there is no man greater than Muhammad. Muhammad is the greatest man that ever lived!”

“And have We not raised high the esteem (in which) thou (O Muhammad are held)? most certainly thou hast, O my lord!” (Quran 94:4)

Before we absolve Lamartine of any favouritism, partiality, or of the charge of being bribed, we will scrutinize his three standards, and whether they can be justified in the case of Muhammad.

a) Greatness of purpose

History of the time will tell you that it was the darkest period in the history of mankind when Muhammad was commanded to declare his mission. The need was for the raising of prophets in every corner of the world, or the sending of one Master Messenger for the whole of mankind, to deliver them from falsehood, superstition, selfishness, polytheism, wrong and oppression. It was to be the reclamation of the whole of humanity. And God Almighty in His wisdom chose His prophet from the backwaters of Arabia as His universal Messenger. Thus He records in His Noble Book: “And we sent thee not (o Muhammad), but as a mercy unto the worlds.” (Quran 21:107)

“There is no question now of race or nation, of a “chosen people” or the “seed of Abraham,” or the “seed of David”: or of Hindu Arya varta; of Jew or Gentile. Arab or Persian, Turk or Tajik, European or Asiatic, White or Coloured; Aryan, Semitic, Mongolian, or African: or American, Australian, or Polynesian. To all men and creatures who have any spiritual responsibility, the principles universally apply.” (Abdulbh Yusut Ali – The English Meaning of the Quran.)

Jesus discriminates

Muhammad’s immediate predecessor advised his disciples, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs” (meaning non-Jews), “Neither cast ye your pearls before swine” (meaning non-Jews, Matthew 7:6). The Gospel writers are unanimous in recording that Christ lived by the precepts which he preached. In his lifetime he did not preach to a single non-Jew. In fact, he spurned a gentile woman who sought his spiritual blessings (“the woman was a Greek’’ Mark 7:26).

Then during the “Passover” season in Jerusalem when the master with his disciples had congregated for the occasion, certain Greeks hearing of his reputation sought an audience with him for spiritual enlightenment, but Jesus gave them the “cold shoulder’’ (Means a deliberately unkind or unfriendly treatment; a slight; a snub.) as narrated by St. John: “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip … and desired him saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.” (John 12:20-22)

Self-Glorification

The verses that follow do not even record the courtesy of “Yea, yea;” or “Nay, nay;” (Yes, yes or no, no of Matthew 5:37). They continue with his own praise “And Jesus answered them (Andrew and Philip), saying, The hour is come, that the son of man (referring to himself) should be glorified.” (John 12:23)

Highest Standards

Muhammad could never afford any such latitudes. Remember, how the Almighty reminded him of the highest etiquette required from him. Even the thought of being ruffled by the untimely intrusion of a blind man was not accepted from him (‘He frowned’). As a universal Messenger, God set for him the loftiest standards: “And Most Certainly, Thou (O Muhammad) Are of most sublime And Exalted Character.” (Quran 68:4)

And his diocese, his field of mission? The whole of mankind! “And We sent thee not (O Muhammad), but as a mercy unto all the worlds.” (Quran 21:107)

Universal messenger

These are not mere platitudes; beautiful sentiments bereft of action. Muhammad practised what he preached. Among his first companions and converts, besides the Arabs can be counted Bilal the Abyssinian, Salman the Persian and Abdullah Bin-Salaam the Jew. The sceptics may say that his outreach was simply incidental but what can they say about the historical fact that before his demise, he sent out five epistles, one to each of the five surrounding countries, inviting them to accept the religion of Islam:

1. The Emperor of Persia
2. The King of Egypt
3. The Negus of Abyssinia
4. The Emperor Hiraclius at Constantinople, and
5. The King of Yemen

Thus he set the example for the fulfilment of his impelling mission, his “greatness of purpose,” the reclamation of the whole of humanity into the Master’s fold. Is there another example of such universality in another religion? Muhammad was not out to set or to break any records, he was simply carrying out the trust that was reposed in him by the Lord of Creation!

b) Smallness of means

Muhammad was born with no silver spoon in his mouth. His life begins with infinitesimal support. His father had died before he was born. His mother dies by the time he was six years old. He was doubly- orphaned at this tender age, his grandfather Abdul-Muttalib takes charge of the child, but within three years he also died. As soon as he was able, he began to look after his uncle Abu-Talib’s sheep and goats for his keep. Contrast this poor, double-orphaned Arab child with some of the great religious personalities that preceded him, and you must marvel at what Destiny had in store for him!

Abraham the spiritual father of Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (May the peace of God be upon them all), was the son of a very successful businessman of his time. Moses was reared in the house of Pharaoh. Jesus though described as “a carpenter and the son of a carpenter,” was well endowed with learning as well as material means.

Peter, Philip, Andrew, etc. all downed tools and followed him to be at his beck and call, not because he had any halo (Halo.- An imaginary luminous ring or disc surrounding the head of saintly men and women in religious paintings.) on his head; there was no such thing, but because of his affluent attire and princely bearing. He could command mansions in Jerusalem for himself and his disciples even during the height of the festive season; and have sumptuous suppers arranged; and you could hear him reproach the materialistic Jews – And when they found him (Jesus) on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered them and said, “most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the signs, (The veracity of the Messiah’s message and his mission.) but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.” (John 6:25-26)

Nothing to offer

Muhammad had no bread nor meat to offer, no sugar-plums of any kind, in this world or the next! The only thing he could offer his bedraggled, poor shepherd people was trial and tribulations and the strait- jacketing of their lives here on earth and the good pleasures of God in the Hereafter. The life of the Prophet was an open book before them. He had shown them as to what he was; the nobility of his character, his integrity of purpose, his earnestness and fiery enthusiasm for the truth he had come to preach revealed the hero; and they followed him.

Mr. Stanley Lane Poole’s estimate of our hero is so beautiful and yet so truthful that I cannot resist the temptation of quoting it here:

“He was an enthusiast in that noblest sense when enthusiasm becomes the salt of the earth, the one thing that keeps men from rotting whilst they live. Enthusiasm is often used despitefully, because it is joined to an unworthy cause, or falls upon barren ground and bears no fruit. so was it not with Mohammed. he was an enthusiast when enthusiasm was the one thing needed to set the world aflame, and his enthusiasm was noble for a noble cause. he was one of those happy few who have attained the supreme joy of making one great truth their very life spring.

He was the messenger of the one god, and never to his life’s end did he forget who he was, or the message which was the marrow of his being. he brought his tidings to his people with a grand dignity sprung from the consciousness of his high office, together with a most sweet humility, whose roots lay in the know-ledge of his own weakness.”

It may easily be conceded that Muhammad was blessed with the flimsiest of human resources. In fact the odds were loaded against him. But what about his fortune towards the end of his earthly sojourn? He was the overlord of the whole of Arabia! What about the endless means at his disposal then? We will allow a Christian missionary to answer that:

He was caesar and pope in one, but he was pope without the pope’s pretentions, and caesar without the legions of caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Mohammad, for he had all the powers without its instruments and without its supports.” (R. Bosworth Smith -Mohammad and Mohammadanism”, London 1874, p. 92)

His handicaps

His “weakness” was his strength. The very fact that he had no material means of support made him to put his entire trust in God, and God the Merciful did not forsake him. His success was all the more staggering. May not the Muslims justly say, the entire work was the work of God? And Muhammad his Instrument?

c) Outstanding results

In the words of Thomas Carlyle – “One man against all men,” to a hundred and twenty-four thousand at the Farewell pilgrimage alone. How many were left behind of men, women and children, believers all?

On the 12th of Rabi I., in the 11th year after the Hijra, (Hijra literally means Migration.) approximating to the 8th of June 632 of the Christian Era, whilst praying earnestly in whisper, the spirit of the great Prophet took flight to the “blessed companion-ship on high” (Ibn Hisham).

Omar al Farooq (second khalif), on receiving the sad news of the demise of the Holy Prophet, lost his bearings. He was so shocked that he blurted out “if anyone says that Muhammad is dead, I will chop off his head!” Abu Bakr (The first Khalif) presently verified that the Master had indeed departed from this world; and coming out from the Prophet’s apartment announced to the gathering throng outside, that, “Muhammad had indeed passed away. Those that worshipped Muhammad,” he said, “’Let them know that Muhammad is dead, but those who worship Allah, let them know that Allah lives for ever!”

This brought Omar al Farooq back to his senses. Could this man who was to become the second great Khalif of Islam at this moment imagine that fourteen hundred years later there would be more than thousand million followers of Muhammad at one time? Could he have visualized that the religion of the Prophet would be the fastest growing religion in the world?

Christianity had a 600-year start on Islam. Numerically the Christians claim to outnumber the followers of any other faith; this is true but let us look at the picture in its true perspective:

There are more professing Christians in the world than professing Muslims, but there are more practicing Muslims in the world than practicing Christians.  (R.V.C. Bodley (the American) in “The Messenger: The Life of Mohammed.” U.S.A. 1969)

I understand from the above that Mr. Bodley is trying to tell us that there are people in the world who, when filling their census forms, will tick off the term Christian under “Religion.” It is not necessarily that they believe in the dogmas of Christianity. They could actually be atheists or bush-Baptists, (Bush-Baptist: There are forty different Baptist Churches in the United States of America. But bush-Baptists are people with strong religious feelings yet will not go to any Church; and will not affiliate with any sect or denomination.)as opposed to being a Jew or Hindu or Muslim; coming from a Christian background they would for the purpose of convenience label themselves “Christian.” From that point of view, and from the point of view that a person who practises what he believes, there would be more Muslims in the world than Christians.

Chronologically, Islam is six hundred years behind Christianity, but amazingly it is at least a very close second and is catching up fast – the fastest growing religion in the world today. “One Billion!” The figure is outstanding and the sincerity and practice of the Believers astonishing!

Taking into account his own three objective standards: a. The greatness of purpose; b. The smallness of means and c. Outstanding results. Does Lamartine dare to produce another candidate greater than Muhammad? He further awes his readers with the multifarious roles of Muhammad in which he excelled, ie. Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Warrior, Conqueror of Ideas, the Restorer of Rational Beliefs, of a Cult without Images, the Founder of twenty Terrestrial Empires and of one Spiritual Empire, that Is Muhammad.

As regards all standards (I repeat “all”) by which Human Greatness may be measured, we may well ask, “Is there any man greater than he?” .

No! Muhammad was the greatest man that ever lived! According to Lamartine the French historian. And God Almighty questions – “And Have We not raised high the esteem (in which) thou (O Muhammad) are held? Most assuredly thou hast, O my Lord!” (Quran 94:4)

The quality of mercy

The Christian propagandists make the wild boast that there is nothing in the history of mankind to compare with the merciful and forgiving cry of Jesus on the cross … “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Amazing as it may sound, of the four writers of the Canonical Gospels, only St. Luke was inspired by the Holy ghost (?) to pen these words. The other three – Matthew, Mark, and John never heard these words or they felt them to be too insipid or not important enough for recording. St. Luke was not even one of the twelve disciples selected by Jesus. According to the revisers of the Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible, these words are not in the most ancient manuscripts which by implication means that they are an interpolation.

In “The New King James Version,” (Copyrighted by the Thomas Nelson Publishers Inc 1984), we are told that these words are “not in the original text” of the Greek manuscripts of St. Luke. In other words, they have been fabricated by some pious gentleman. Although the quotation is unauthentic, we will still entertain it because it demonstrates great piety of loving one’s enemies and of unsurpassed forgiveness as preached by the Master himself.

For forgiveness to be of any worth, the forgiver must be in a position to forgive. If the victim of injustice is still in the clutches of his enemies; in that helpless position and he would cry out, “I forgive you!” it would be meaningless. But if the aggrieved party had turned the tables on his enemies and was in a position of taking revenge or exact retribution, and yet say “I forgive you!”, only then would it mean something!

Muhammad’s Clemency

Contrast the alleged forgiveness from the “cross” with the historical bloodless conquest of Mecca by Muhammad at the head of ten thousand “saints” (A fulfillment of another prophecy in Muhammad. “…He came from mount Paran (that is in Arabia), and he came with ten thousand saints…” Deuteronomy 33:2.) (his companions).

“The city which had treated him so cruelly, driven him and his faithful band for refuge amongst strangers, which had sworn his life and the lives of his devoted disciples, lay at his feet. His old persecutors relentless and ruthless, who had disgraced humanity by inflicting cruel outrages upon inoffensive men and women, and even upon the lifeless dead, were now completely at his mercy. But in the hour of his triumph every evil suffered was forgotten, every injury inflicted was forgiven, and a general amnesty was extended to the population of Mecca” (Sayed Amir Ali in “The Spirit of Islam”).

Calling before him the populace of the vanquished city, he addressed them with “What do you expect at my hands today?” His people had known him too well, even from his childhood so they replied, “Mercy, O generous brother and nephew!” Tears came into the eyes of the Prophet, and he said, “I will speak to you as Joseph spoke unto his brethren, I will not reproach you today: go you are free!”

And now a scene was enacted of which there is really no parallel in the history of the world. Hosts upon hosts came forward and adopted the religion of Islam. God Almighty testifies as to the lofty and exalted behaviour of His Messenger: “Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern of conduct” (Quran 33:21)

How well has Lamartine unknowingly echoed these sentiments – “As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”

In reply, we too can say once more, “No! there is no man greater than Muhammad. Muhammad was the greatest man that ever lived!”

So far, our hero has earned the unsolicited and ungrudging tributes from many non-Muslims of different religious persuasions and from varying intellectual fields of endeavour. But all this still remains incomplete without the Master’s verdict; Muhammad’s predecessor – Jesus Christ,. We will now apply his own standard for evaluating greatness.

John the Baptist

John the Baptist, (“John- not to be confused with John the disciple of Jesus) a very common name among the Jews and Arab was a contemporary prophet of the Messiah. They were also cousins. Here is what the Master has to say of him: “Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11)

Every son of man is “born of women.” By this very fact, John the Baptist is greater than Moses, David, Solomon, Abraham or Isaiah; none of the Israelite prophets excluded. What gives John this ascendancy over every other prophet? It could not be any miracle, because the Bible records none to his credit. It could not be his teachings, because he brought no new laws or regulations. Then what makes him the greatest? Simply because he was the heralder, a pre-cursor, a harbinger of the happy news of the coming of the Messiah. This is what made John the greatest, but Jesus claims that he himself was even greater than the greatest (ie. John). Why?

But I have greater witness than that of John (the Baptist): “For The Works which the Father hath given me to finish” (John 5:36)

It is the “witness,” the commission which God Almighty had entrusted him with, which makes Jesus greater than even John. Applying these very standards as enunciated by the Master, we find that:

1. John the Baptist was the greatest of all the Israelite prophets because he heralded the mighty Messiah (Jesus). Similarly, Jesus would be greater than even John because he heralded “The Spirit of Truth, the Comforter,” who was to guide mankind into all Truth (of the Gospel of St. John, chapter 16).

For a detailed explanation about this prophecy, read: “Muhammad the Natural Successor to Christ”.

2. The diocese, the mission of Jesus, or “the works which God had given him to accomplish,” was limited to the Lost sheep of the House of Israel (Matthew 15:24), whereas the mission of Muhammad was universal. He had been told – “And we have sent thee not (O Muhammad), but as a Mercy unto the worlds.” (Quran 21:107)

In keeping with his grand commission, Muhammad consistently delivered his Message to one and all who would hear, irrespective of race, class or creed, He welcomed them all in the religion of God, without any discrimination. He had no thought of dividing the creatures of God into “dogs and pigs” (Matthew 7:6) or into “sheep and goats” (Matthew 25:32). He was the Messenger of the One True God, who was sent as a Mercy unto all mankind, nay, unto the whole universe. And, he never forgot this mission even right up to his dying day.

Towards the end of his earthly sojourn, when he could look back to a hectic and dangerous past, now crowned with success; he now feels that he could sit back and enjoy the fruits of his toil; he dreams of a life free from turmoil and full of satisfaction and relaxation. Not for him! There is no time to rest or relax. There is work still to be done. God Almighty reminds him: “We have not sent thee (O Muhammad) but to the whole of mankind. As a giver of glad tidings and as a warner, but most of mankind still do not know.” (Quran 34:28)

How was he to respond to this new challenge in his ripening old age? There were no electronic gadgets of modern communication methods at his disposal; there were no telex and fax machines which he could exploit. What could he do? Being unlettered, he called the scribes and dictated five letters, one each to the Emperor at Constantinople, the King of Egypt, the Negus of Abyssinia, the King of Yemen and to the Emperor in Persia. He called forth five of his companions with five Arab steeds and set them out in five different directions inviting the nations of the world to the universal religion of God.

I had the good fortune of seeing one of those holy epistles in the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul (old Constantinople) Turkey. That letter is collecting dust! Materially the Turks have preserved the parchment. But the Message is collecting dust, as I have said. The letter begins, “From Muhammad the Messenger of God to Heraclius the Emperor at Constantinople: Accept Islam and be benefited.” followed by this exhortation from the Book of God:

“Say: O people of the book! (“people of the book,” stands for the Jews and the Christians) come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, lords and patrons other than God.” if then they turn back, say ye: “bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to God’s will)” (Quran 3:64)

After the above Quranic insertion in the letter, it is concluded with felicitation in the Prophet’s own words, ending with a seal on which is inscribed – “There is no other object of worship but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger.”

The letter in Turkey arouses our curiosity, and interest with regards to its preservation, but the preservation itself is lost upon the sightseer. The same Quranic Message is in almost every Muslim home; being read and re-read a thousand times over without the reader being moved to deliver its Message to the addressees!

Glance once more at the above verse. It is addressed to the People of the Book, the Jews and the Christians. But, for over a thousand years we have utterly ignored that great directive at our own peril. We are sitting on that Message like a cobra on a pile of wealth, keeping the rightful heirs at bay. This utter neglect will continue to inflict untold suffering to the Muslim nation for generations to come.

After over fourteen hundred years of our reading, and chanting the Quran in every rhythmic style, we still hear this poignant cry: “But Most of mankind still do not know.” (Quran 34:28)

This is the concluding phrase of the verse revealed fourteen hundred years ago. It was the factual situation of the then religious world. The question which must be asked is if it is any different today? Not at all! There are today more disbelievers in the world than there are believers in the One True God.

Prophet Muhammad’s character

Many people today are wanting to know about Prophet Muhammad especially in America and Europe. Who was he exactly? What did he teach? What his character was? And why was he loved and followed by millions of people?

The following is facts about Prophet Muhammad. To shorten the article we took all reference to historians and writers. However, should you want to read more about Prophet Muhammad indepth click here Muhammad’s Biography

He was born

to a noble tribe to the lineage of the leaders of Mecca.

His name comes

from the Arabic root “hamd” and literally means ‘praised one’. People at his time and until this very moment, praise him many times per day, peace be upon him.

He never fell

into the common practice of his tribesmen to worship statues, idols or man-made gods.

He required his

followers to engage only in lawful marriage relationships with women, and forbade sex outside of Almighty God’s Ordinance.

He insisted on

giving women their proper rights, dowries, inheritance and property.

He never committed

adultery, and he forbade others from doing it.

He never lied

and never broke a trust never bore false witness, and he was famous with all the tribes in Mecca and was known as: “The Truthful” (Al-Ameen).

He taught that

Killing any innocent life was forbidden.

He believed that

God was truly One God, and as such, He was to be worshipped alone, without any other god beside Him.

He held God

in the highest of reverence and never took God’s Name in vain or for any vain glorious purpose.

He despised false

worship and all of the complexities and degradation to which it leads.

His patience and

humble attitude were exemplary and all who knew him had to admit to these virtues.

He never once

engaged in sex outside of marriage, nor did he ever approve of it, even though it was very common at the time.

He adhered to

the Commandments of Almighty God, just as prophets of old had done in the past.

He forbade usury

and interest on money lending, as Jesus, peace be upon him, had done centuries before him.

He never gambled

and did not allow it under any circumstances.

He never drank

alcohol or strong drink; even though it was a very normal thing for people of his time and place.

He did not

engage in gossip and used to turn away from hearing anything related to it.

He fasted for

days at a time to be closer to Almighty God and away from the narrowness of worldly attractions.

He taught that

Jesus was the immaculate conception and miracle birth of Mary, and that she was among the best creation of Almighty God.

He insisted even

to the Jews of Medina, that Jesus was the Messiah, the Christ, the one predicted to come in their Torah (Old Testament).

He said Jesus

did many miracles by the permission of Almighty God, curing the lepers, restoring sight to the blind and even bringing a dead man back to life.

He stated clearly

that Jesus, was not dead, rather Almighty God had raised him up.

He foretold that

Jesus, is going to return again in the Last Days to lead the true believers in a victory over the evil and unrighteous people, and he will destroy the Anti-Christ.

He commanded the

payment of charity to the poor and he was the defender and protector of widows, orphans and the wayfarers.

He ordered people

to unite with their families and honor the ties of kinship and he restored relationships between family members.

His only relationships

with women were in legitimate, contractual marriages with proper witnesses according to law.

His relationship to

Ayesha was only that of marriage. Their relationship is described in every detail by Ayesha herself in the most loving and respectful manner as a match truly made in heaven. Ayesha is considered as one of the highest scholars of Islam and lived out her entire life only having been married to Muhammad. She never desired any other man, nor did she ever utter a single negative statement against Muhammad.

Muhammad forbade any

killing until the orders came from Allah. Even then the limits were clearly spelled out and only those engaged in active combat against the Muslims or Islam were to be fought in combat. And even then, only according to very strict rules from Allah.

There was no

genocide of Jews. He offered mutual protection and forgiveness to the Jews even after they broke their covenants with him many times. They were not attacked until it was clearly proven they were traitors during time of war and tried to bring down the prophet, and the Muslims at any cost. Retaliation was only to those Jews who had turned traitor and not others.

Slaves were common

in those days for all nations and tribes. It was Islam that encouraged freeing of the slaves and the great reward from Allah for those who did so. Prophet, gave the example of this by freeing slaves and encouraging all of his followers to do the same. Examples include his own servant (who was actually considered like a son to him) Zaid ibn Al Haritha and Bilal the slave who was bought by Abu-Bakr only for the purpose of freeing him.

While there were

many attempts of assassination made on Muhammad, (most famous was the night that Ali took his place in bed while he and Abu-Bakr escaped to Madinah), he did not allow his companions to slaughter any of those who had been involved in these attempts. Proof for this is when they entered Mecca triumphantly and his first words were to command his followers not to harm such and such tribes and so and so families. This was one of the most famous of his acts of forgiveness and humbleness.

Military combat was

forbidden for the first thirteen years of prophethood. The desert Arabs did not need anyone to tell them how to fight or do combat. They were experts in this area and held feuds amongst tribes that lasted for decades. It was not until the proper method of warfare was instituted by Allah in the Quran, with proper rights and limitations according His Commandments, that any retaliation or combat was sanctioned. Orders from Allah made it clear who was to be attacked, how and when and to what extent fighting could take place.

Destruction of infrastructures

is absolutely forbidden except when it is ordained by Allah in certain instances and then only according to His Commands.

Cursing and invoking

evil actually came to the prophet, from his enemies, while he would be praying for their guidance. Classic example is that of his journey to At-Taif where the leaders would not even hear him out nor offer so much as the normal courtesy called for and instead they set the children of the street against him, throwing rocks and stones at him until his body was bleeding so much, blood filled his sandals.

He was offered revenge by the angel Gabriel, if he would give the command, Allah would cause the surrounding mountains to fall down upon them destroying them all. Instead of cursing them or asking for their destruction, he prayed for them to be guided to worship their Lord alone, without any partners.

Prophet Muhammad, claimed

every person who is born is born in a state of submission to God, i.e. submits to God’s Will and obeys His Commandments. Then as they grow older they begin to distort their faith according to the influence of the prevailing society and their own prejudices.

Muhammad, taught his

followers to believe in the God of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus, and to believe in them as true prophets, messengers and slaves of Almighty Allah. He insisted on ranking all the prophets up at the highest level without any distinction between them.

He also taught

that The original Old Testament, Psalms and The New Testament were originally from the very same source as the Quran, from Allah.

He prophesied and

foretold of events to come and they happened as he had said. He even predicted something from the past that would come true in the future, and it has. The Quran states pharaoh was drowned in the Red Sea while chasing after Moses and Allah said He would preserve Pharaoh as a sign for the future. Dr. Maurice Bucaille in his book, “Bible, Quran and Science” makes it clear this has happened and the very person of Pharaoh has been discovered in Egypt and is now on display for all to see. This event took place thousands of years before Muhammad and it came true in the last few decades, many centuries after Muhammad’s death.

There has been

More has been written about the prophet Muhammad, than any other person on earth. He has been praised very high even by famous non-Muslims for centuries. One of the first examples we quote from is from the Encyclopedia Britannica, as it confirms (regarding Muhammad) “…a mass of detail in the early sources shows that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were likewise honest and upright men.” (Vol. 12)

People do not hesitate to raise to divinity and even make ‘gods’ out of other individuals whose lives and missions have been lost in legend. Historically speaking, none of these legends achieved even a fraction of what Muhammad, accomplished. And all his striving was for the sole purpose of uniting mankind for the worship of One God on the codes of moral excellence. Muhammad, or his followers never at any time claimed that he was a son of God or the God-incarnate or a man with divinity but he always was and is even today considered as only a Messenger chosen by God.

Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries, the life and teachings of Muhammad; have survived without the slightest loss, alteration or interpolation. They offer the same undying hope for treating mankind’s many ills, which they did when he was alive. This is not a claim of Muhammad’s, followers, but the inescapable conclusion forced upon by a critical and unbiased history.

By now you should already be asking, could these extraordinary, revolutionary and amazing statements, all about this one man, really be true? And What if this is all true? The answer to these questions and many other more are in The Holey Quran which was reveled to Muhammad. Read the Quran and be fair to yourself and ignore others, what matter is you not anyone alse.

Prophet Muhammad’s first marriage

Muhammad had now passed his twentieth year, and as time went on he received more and more invitations to join one or another of his kinsmen on their travels abroad. Finally, the day came when he was asked to take charge of the goods of a merchant who was unable to travel himself, and his success in this capacity led to other similar engagements. He was thus able to earn a better livelihood, and marriage became a possibility.

His uncle and guardian Abu-Talib had at that time three sons: the eldest, Talib, was about the same age as Muhammad himself; Aqil was thirteen or fourteen, and Jafar was a boy of four. Muhammad was fond of children and liked to play with them, and he grew especially attached to Jafar who was a beautiful and intelligent child, and who responded to his cousin’s love with a devotion that proved to be lasting.

Abu-Talib also had daughters, and one of these was already of marriageable age. Her name was Fakhitah, but later she was called Umm Hani’, and it is by that name that she is always known. A great affection had grown up between her and Muhammad, who now asked his uncle to let him marry her. But Abu-Talib had other plans for his daughter: his cousin Hubayrah, the son of his mother’s brother, of the clan of Makhziim, had likewise asked for the hand of Umm Hani; and Hubayrah was not only a man of some substance but he was also, like Abu-Talib himself, a gifted poet. Moreover, the Power of Makhziim in Mecca was as much on the increase as that of Hashim was on the wane; and it was to Hubayrah that Abu-Talib married Umm Hani’. When his nephew mildly reproached him, he simply replied:

“They have given us their daughters in marriage” – no doubt referring to his own mother- “and a generous man must requite generosity.” The answer was unconvincing inasmuch as Abd-Al-Muttalib had already more than repaid the debt in question by marrying two of his daughters, Atikah and Barrah, to men of Makhziim. Muhammad no doubt took his uncle’s words as a courteous and kindly substitute for telling him plainly that he was not yet in a position to marry. That, at any rate, is what he now decided for himself; but unexpected circumstances were soon to induce him to change his mind.

One of the richer merchants of Mecca was a woman – Khadijah, daughter of Khuwaylid, of the clan of Asad. She was the first cousin to Waraqah, the Christian, and his sister Qutaylah, and like them, she was a distant cousin to the sons of Hashim. She had already been married twice, and since the death of her second husband, it had been her custom to hire men to trade on her behalf. Now Muhammad had come to be known throughout Mecca as al-Arnin, the Reliable, the Trustworthy, the Honest, and this was initially owing to the reports of those who had entrusted their merchandise to him on various occasions. Khadijah had also heard much good of him from family sources; and one day she sent word to him, asking him to take some of her merchandise to Syria.

His fee would be the double of the highest she had ever paid to a man of Quraysh; and she offered him, for the journey, the services of a lad of hers named Maysarah. He accepted what she proposed and accompanied by the lad he set off with her goods for the north.

When they reached Bosra in the South of Syria, Muhammad took shelter beneath the shadow of a tree not far from the cell of a monk named Nestor. Since travelers’ halts often remain unchanged, it could have been the selfsame tree under which he had sheltered some fifteen years previously on his way through Bosra with his uncle. Perhaps Buhaira had died and been replaced by Nestor. However, that may be – for we only know what Maysarah reported – the monk came out of his cell and asked the lad: “Who is the man beneath that tree?” “He is a man of Quraysh,” said Maysarah, adding by way of explanation: “of the people who have guardianship of the Sanctuary.” “None other than a Prophet is sitting beneath that tree,” said Nestor.’

As they went on further into Syria, the words of Nestor sank deep into the soul of Maysarah, but they did not greatly surprise him, for he had become aware throughout the journey that he was in the company of a man unlike any other he had ever met. This was still further confirmed by something he saw on his way home: he had often noticed that the heat was strangely unoppressive, and one day towards noon it was given to him to have a brief but clear vision of two Angels shading Muhammad from the sun’s rays.

On reaching Mecca they went to Khadijah’s house with the goods they had bought in the markets of Syria for the price of what they had sold. Khadijah sat listening to Muhammad as he described the journey and told her of the transactions he had made. These proved to be very profitable, for she was able to sell her newly acquired assets for almost the double of what had been paid for them. But such considerations were far from her thoughts, for all her attention was concentrated on the speaker himself.

Muhammad was twenty-five years old. He was of medium stature, inclined to slimness, with a large head, broad shoulders and the rest of his body perfectly proportioned. His hair and beard were thick and black, not altogether straight but slightly curled. His hair reached midway between the lobes of his ears and his shoulders, and his beard was of a length to match.

He had a noble breadth of a forehead and the ovals of his large eyes were wide, with exceptionally long lashes and extensive brows, slightly arched but not joined. In most of the earliest descriptions his eyes are said to have been black, but according to one or two of these, they were brown or even light brown. His nose was aquiline and his mouth was wide and finely shaped – a comeliness always visible for although he let his beard grow, he never allowed the hair of his mustache to protrude over his upper lip. His skin was white but tanned by the sun.

In addition to his natural beauty there was a light on his face – the same which had shone from his father, but in the son it was more powerful- and this light was especially apparent on his broad forehead, and in his eyes, which were remarkably luminous. Khadijah knew that she herself was still beautiful, but she was fifteen years his elder. Would he none the less be prepared to marry her?

As soon as he had gone, she consulted a woman friend of hers named Nufaysah, who offered to approach him on her behalf and, if possible, to arrange a marriage between them. Maysarah now came to his mistress and told her about the two Angels, and what the monk had said, whereupon she went to her cousin Waraqah and repeated these things to him. “If this be true, Khadijah,” he said, “then is Muhammad the prophet of our people. Long have I known that a prophet is to be expected, and his time hath now come.”!

Meanwhile, Nufaysah came to Muhammad and asked him why he did not marry. “I have not the means to marry,” he answered. “But if thou wert given the means,” she said, “and if thou wert bidden to an alliance where there is beauty and property and nobility and abundance, wouldst thou not consent?” “Who is she?” he said. “Khadijah,” said Nufaysah. “And how could such a marriage be mine?” he said. “Leave that to me!” was her answer. “For my part,” he said, “I am willing.”?

Nufaysah returned with these tidings to Khadijah, who then sent word to Muhammad asking him to come to her; and when he came she said to him: “Son of mine uncle, I love thee for thy kinship with me, and for that thou art ever in the center, not being a partisan amongst the people for this or for that; and I love thee for thy trustworthiness and for the beauty of thy character and the truth of thy speech.”? Then she offered herself in marriage to him, and they agreed that he should speak to his uncles and she would speak to her uncle Amr, the son of Asad, for Khuwaylid her father had died. It was Hamzah, despite his relative youth, whom the Hashimites delegated to represent them on this occasion, no doubt, because he was the most closely connected of them with the clan of Asad, for his full sister Safiyyah, had recently married Khadijah’s brother Awwarn, So Hamzah went with his nephew to Amr and asked for the hand of Khadijah; and it was agreed between them that Muhammad should give her twenty she-camels as dowry.

The household

The bridegroom left his uncle’s house and went to live in the house of his bride. As well as being a wife, Khadijah was also a friend to her husband, the sharer of his inclinations and ideas to a remarkable degree. Their marriage was wondrously blessed, and fraught with great happiness, though not without sorrows of bereavement. She bore him six children, two sons, and four daughters. Their eldest child was a son named Qasim, and Muhammad came to be known as Abulqasim, the father of Qasim; but the boy died before his second birthday. The next child was a daughter whom they named Zaynab; and she was followed by three other daughters, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthiim, and Fatimah, and finally by another short-lived son.

On the day of his marriage, Muhammad set free Barakah, the faithful slave he had inherited from his father; and on the same day Khadijah made him a gift of one of her own slaves, a youth of fifteen named Zayd. As to Barakah, they married her to a man of Yathrib to whom she bore a son, after whom she came to be known as Umm Ayman, the mother of Ayman. As to Zayd, he and some other youths had recently been bought at the great fair of Ukaz by Khadijah’s nephew Hakim, the son of her brother Hizam, and the next time his aunt visited him Hakim had sent for his newly acquired slaves and invited her to choose one of them for herself. It was Zayd that she had chosen.

Zayd was proud of his ancestry: his father Harithah was of the great northern tribe of Kalb whose territory lay on the plains between Syria and Iraq: his mother was a woman of the no less illustrious neighboring tribe of Tayy, one of whose chieftains at that time was the poet-knight Hatim, famous throughout Arabia for his chivalry and his fabulous generosity.

Several years had now passed since Zayd had been taken by his mother to visit her family, and the village where they were staying had been raided by some horsemen of the Bani Qayn, who had carried the boy off and sold him into slavery. Harithah, his father, had searched for him in vain; nor had Zayd seen any travelers from Kalb who could take a message from him to his parents. But the Ka’bah drew pilgrims from all parts of Arabia, and one day during the holy season, several months after he had become Muhammad’s slave, he saw some men and women of his own tribe and clan in the streets of Mecca.

If he had seen them the previous year, his feelings would have been very different. He had yearned for such an encounter; yet now that it had, at last, come it placed him in a quandary. He could not deliberately leave his family in ignorance of his whereabouts. But what message could he send them? Whatever its gist, he knew, as a son of the desert, that nothing less than a poem would be adequate for such an occasion. He composed some verses which expressed something of his mind but implied more than they expressed. Then he accosted the Kalbite pilgrims and, having told them who he was, he said: “Speak unto my family these lines, for well I know that they have sorrowed for me: Though I myself be far, yet take my words Unto my people: at the Holy House I dwell, amidst the places God hath hallowed. Set then aside from the sorrows ye have grieved, Weary not camels, scouring the earth for me, For I, praise be to God, am in the best Of noble families, great in all its line.”

When the pilgrims returned home with their tidings, Harithah at once set off for Mecca with his brother, Kab; and going to Muhammad they begged him to allow them to ransom Zayd, for as high a price as he might ask. “Let him choose,” said Muhammad, “and if he chooses you, he is yours without ransom; and if he chooses me, I am not the man to set any other above him who chooseth me.” Then he called Zayd and asked him if he knew the two men.

“This is my father,” said the youth, “and this is mine uncle.” “Me thou knowest,” said Muhammad, “and thou hast seen my companionship unto thee, so choose thou between me and them.” But Zayd’s choice was already made and he said at once: “I would not choose any man in preference to thee. Thou art unto me as my father and my mother.” “Out upon thee, a Zayd!” exclaimed the men of Kalb. “Wilt thou choose slavery above freedom, and above thy father and thine uncle and thy family?” “It is even so,” said Zayd, “for I have seen from this man such things that I could never choose another above him.”

All further talk was cut short by Muhammad, who now bade them come with him to the Ka’bah; and, standing in the Hijr, he said in a loud voice: “All ye who are present, bear witness that Zayd is my son; I am his heir and he is mine.”!

The father and the uncle had thus to return with their purpose un­ achieved. But the tale they had to tell their tribe, of the deep mutual love which had brought about this adoption, was not an inglorious one; and when they saw that Zayd was free, and established in honor, with what promised to be a high standing amongst the people of the Sanctuary such as might benefit his brothers and other kinsmen in years to come, they were reconciled and went their way without bitterness. From that day the new Hashimite was known in Mecca as Zayd ibn Muhammad.

Among the most frequent visitors to the house was Safiyyah, now Khadljah’s sister-in-law, the youngest of Muhammad’s aunts, younger even than himself; and with her, she would bring her little son Zubayr, whom she had named after her elder brother. Zubayr was thus well acquainted with his cousins, the daughters of Muhammad, from his earliest years. With Safiyyah came also her faithful retainer Salmi, who had delivered Khadijah of all her children, and who considered herself to be one of the households.

As the years passed there were occasional visits from Halimah, Muhammad’s foster-mother, and Khadijah was always generous to her. One of these visits was at a time of severe and widespread drought through which Halimah’s flocks had been seriously depleted, and Khadijah made her a gift of forty sheep and a howdah camel.’ This same drought, which produced something like a famine in the Hijaz, was the cause of a very important addition to the household.

Abu-Talib had more children than he could easily support, and the famine weighed heavily upon him. Muhammad noticed this and felt that something should be done. The wealthiest of his uncles was Abu-Lahab but he was somewhat remote from the rest of the family, partly no doubt because he had never had any full brothers or sisters amongst them, being the only child of his mother.

Muhammad preferred to ask for the help of ‘Abbas, who could well afford it, being a successful merchant, and who was close to him because they had been brought up together. Equally close, or even closer, was ‘Abbas’s wife, Um-albadl, who loved him dearly and who always made him welcome at their house. So he went to them now.. and suggested that each of their two households should take charge of one of Abu-Talib’s sons until his circumstances improved.

They readily agreed, and the two men went to Abu-Talib, who said when he heard their proposal: “Do what ye will but leave me Aqil and Talib.” Jafar was now about fifteen, and he was no longer the youngest of the family. His mother Fatimah had borne yet another son to Abu-Talib, some ten years younger, and they had named him Ali. ‘Abbas said he would take charge of Jafar, whereupon Muhammad agreed to do the same for Ali.

It was about this time that Khadijah had borne her last child, a son named ‘Abd Allah, but the babe had died at an even earlier age than Qasim. In a sense he was replaced by Ali, who was brought up as a brother to his four girl cousins, being about the same age as Ruqayyah and Umm Kulthum, somewhat younger than Zaynab and somewhat older than Fatimah. These five, together with Zayd, formed the immediate family of Muhammad and Khadijah. But there were many other relatives for whom he felt a deep attachment, and who have a part to play, large or small, in the history which here is chronicled.

Muhammad’s eldest uncle, Harith, who was now dead, had left many children, and one of the sons, his cousin Abu Sufyan, was also his foster-brother, having been nursed by Halimah amongst the Bani Sa’d a few years after himself. People would say that Abu-Sufyan was of those who bore the closest family likeness to Muhammad, and amongst the characteristics they had in common was eloquence. But Abu-Sufyan was a gifted poet – perhaps more gifted than his uncles Zubayr and Abu-Talib­ whereas Muhammad had never shown any inclination to compose a poem, though he was unsurpassed in his mastery of Arabic, and in the beauty of his speech.

In Abu-Sufyan, who was more or less his own age, he had something of a friend and a companion. A little closer by blood kinship were the numerous children of his father’s full sisters, that is, of Abd-Al-Muttalib’s five eldest daughters. Amongst the eldest of these cousins were the children of his aunt Umaymah who had married a man named Jahsh, of the North Arabian tribe of Asad.’ He had a house in Mecca, and it was possible for a man who lived amongst a tribe other than his own to become, by mutual alliance, the confederate of a member of that tribe, into which he thus became partly integrated, sharing up to a point its responsibilities and its privileges. Harb, now chief of the Umayyad’ branch of the clan of Abdu Shams, had made Jahsh his confederate so that by marrying him Umaymah could almost be said to have married a Shamsite.

Their eldest son, named after her brother Abdullah, was some twelve years younger than Muhammad, and the two cousins had a great affection for each other. Umaymah’s daughter Zaynab, several years younger than her brother, a girl of outstanding beauty, was included in this bond. Muhammad had known and loved them both from their earliest childhood; and the same was true of others, in particular of Abu Salamah, the son of his aunt Barrah.

The powerful attraction which centered on al-Amin – as he was so often called – went far beyond his own family; and Khadijah was with him at that center, loved and honored by all who came within the wide circle of their radiance, a circle which also included many of her own relations. Particularly close to her was her sister Halah whose son, Abu-Alas, was a frequent visitor to the house. Khadijah loved this nephew as if he had been her own son, and in due course – for she was continually sought after for help and advice – Halah asked her to find a wife for him. When Khadijah consulted her husband, he suggested their daughter Zaynab, who would soon be of marriageable age; and when the time came they were married.

The hopes of Hashim and Muttalib – the two clans counted politically as one – were set upon Muhammad for the recovery of their waning influence. But beyond all question of clan, he had come to be considered by the chiefs of Quraysh as one of the most capable men of the generation which would succeed them and which would have, after them, the task of maintaining the honor and the power of the tribe throughout Arabia. The praise of al-Amin was continually upon men’s lips, and it was perhaps because of this that Abu Lahab now came to his nephew with the proposal that Ruqayyah and Umm Kulthoom should be betrothed to his sons Utbah and Utaybah. Muhammad agreed for he thought well of these two cousins, and the betrothals took place.

It was about this time that Om-Ayman became once more a member of the household. It is not recorded whether she returned as a widow, or whether her husband had divorced her. But she had no doubt that her place was there, and for his part, Muhammad would sometimes address her as “mother”, and would say of her to others: “She is all that is left me of the people of my house.”

The message of false religions

There are so many sects, cults, religions, philosophies, and movements in the world, all of which claim to be the right way or the only true path of God How can one determine which one is correct or whether, in fact, all are correct?

One method by which the answer can be found is to clear away the superficial differences in the teachings of the various claimants to the ultimate truth and identifies the central object of worship upon which they call, directly or indirectly. False religions all have in common one basic concept with regard to God they either claim that all men are gods, or that specific men were God, or that nature is God, or that God is a figment of man’s imagination.

Thus, it may be stated that the basic message of false religion is that God may be worshipped in the form of His creation. False religions invite mankind to the worship of creation by calling the creation or some aspect of it God. For example, prophet Jesus invited his followers to worship God, but those who claim to be Jesus’ followers today call people to worship Jesus, claiming that he was God.

Buddha was a reformer who introduced a number of humanistic principles in the religion of India. He did not claim to be God, nor did he suggest to his followers that he be an object of worship. Yet today most Buddhists who are to be found outside of India have taken him to be God and they prostrate themselves to idols made in their perception of his likeness.

By using the principle of identifying the object of worship, we can easily detect false religions and the contrived nature of their origin. As God said in the Quran:

“That which you worship besides Him are only names and you and your forefathers have invented for which Allah has sent down no authority: the command belongs only to Allah He has commanded that you worship Him; that is the right religion, but most men do not understand.” (Quran 12:40)

It may be argued that all religions teach good things, so why should it matter which one we follow? The reply is that all false religions teach the greatest evil the worship of creation. Creation-worship is the greatest sin that man can commit because it contradicts the very purpose of his creation. Man was created to worship God alone as Allah has explicitly stated in the Quran:

“I have only created jinns and men, that they may worship Me” (Quran 51:56)

Consequently, the worship of creation, which is the essence of idolatry is the only unforgivable sin. One who dies in this state of idolatry has sealed his fate in the next life. This is not an opinion, but a revealed fact stated by God in his final revelation to man:

“Verily Allah will not forgive the joining of partners with Him, but He may forgive (sins) less than that for whomsoever He wishes.” (Quran 4:48 and 116)

The universality of God’s religion

Since the consequences of following a false religion are so grave, the true religion of God must have been universally understandable and universally attainable in the past and it must continue eternally to be understandable and attainable throughout the entire world. In other words, the true religion of God cannot be confined to any one people, place, or period of time. Nor is it logical that such a religion should impose conditions that have nothing to do with the relationship of men with God, such as baptism, or belief in man as a savior, or an intermediary. Within the central principle of Islam and its definition (the surrender of one’s will to God) lie the roots of Islam’s universality.

Whenever man comes to the realization that God is one and distinct from His creation, and submits himself to God, he becomes a Muslim in body and spirit and is eligible for paradise.

Consequently, anyone at any time in the most remote regions of the world can become Muslim, a follower of God’s religion, Islam, by merely rejecting the worship of creation and turning to God alone. It should be noted, however, that in order to actually submit to God’s will, one must continually choose between right and wrong.

Indeed, man is endowed by God with the power not only to distinguish right from wrong but also to choose between them. These God-given powers carry with them an important responsibility, namely, that man is answerable to God for the choices he makes. It follows, then, that man should try his utmost to do good and avoid evil. These concepts are expressed in the final revelation as follows:

“Verily, those who believe (in the Quran), and those who follow the Jewish faith, and the Christians, and the Sabians (angel-and-star-worshippers) any of those who believe in Allah and the Last Day and work righteousness shall have their reward with their Lord. They will not be overcome by fear or grief.” (Quran 2:62)

If, for whatever reason, they fail to accept the final message after it has been clearly explained to them, they will be in grave danger. The last Prophet said:

“Whoever among the Christians and Jews hears of me but does not affirm his belief in what I brought and dies in this state will be among the inhabitants of hell.”

Recognition of God

The question which arises here is: How can all people be expected to believe in the one true God, given their varying backgrounds, societies, and cultures? For people to be held responsible for worshipping the one true God, they all need to have access to knowledge of Him. The final revelation teaches that all humans being have the recognition of the one true God imprinted on their souls as a part of their very nature with which they are created.

In the seventh chapter of the Quran verses 172-173, God explained that when He created Adam He caused all of Adam’s descendants to come into existence and He took a pledge from them saying “‘Am I not your Lord?’ To which they all replied, ‘Yes, we testify to it’” (Quran 172-173)

Allah then explained why He had all of mankind bear witness that He is their creator and the only true God worthy of worship. He said “That was in case you (mankind) should say on the day of Resurrection, ‘Verily we were unaware of all this’” (Quran 7:172)

That is to say, we cannot claim on that day that we had no idea that Allah, was our God and that no one told us that we were only supposed to worship Allah alone. Allah went on to further explain that: “It was also in case you should say, ‘Certainly it was our ancestors who made partners (with Allah) and we are only their descendants; will you then destroy us for what those liars did?’” (Quran 7:173)

Thus, every child is born with a natural belief in God and an inborn inclination to worship Him alone. This inborn belief and inclination is called in Arabic the “Fitrah“.

The Prophet Muhammad reported that Allah said, “I created my servants in the right religion, but devils made them go astray.” The Prophet also said, “Each child is born in a state of Fitrah. Then his parents make him a Jew, Christian or a Zoroastrian.” If the child were left alone, he would worship God in his own way, but all children are affected by the environment. So, just as the child submits to the physical laws, which Allah has imposed on nature, in the same way, his soul also submits naturally to the fact that Allah is his Lord and Creator.

But, if his parents try to make him follow a different path, the child is not strong enough in the early stages of his life to resist or oppose the will of his parents. In such cases, the religion, which the child follows, is one of custom and upbringing, and God does not hold him to account or punish him for his religion up to a certain stage of his life.

The signs of God

Throughout people’s lives, from childhood until the time they die, signs of the one and only true God are shown to them in all regions of the earth and in their own souls, until it becomes clear that there is only one true God (Allah). God says in the Quran:

“We will show them our signs In the furthest regions (of the earth) and in their souls until it becomes clear to them that this is the truth.” (Quran 41:53)

The following is an example of God revealing by a sign to one man the error of his idol-worship. In the south-eastern region of the Amazon jungle in Brazil, South America, a primitive tribe erected a new hut to house their man-idol Skwatch, representing the supreme God of all creation. The following day a young man entered the hut to pay homage to the God, and while he was in prostration to what he had been taught was his Creator and Sustainer, a mangy old flea-ridden dog slunk into the hut. The young man looked up in time to see the dog lift his hind leg and pass urine on the idol.

Outraged, the youth chased the dog out of the temple, but when his rage died down he realized that the idol could not be the Lord of the Universe. God must be elsewhere, he concluded. As strange as it may seem, the dog urinated on the idol was a sign from God for that young man. This sign contained the divine message that what he was worshipping was false. It liberated from slavishly following his traditionally learned worship of a false god. As a result, this man was given a choice: either to seek the true god or to continue in the error of his ways.

Allah mentions Prophet Abraham’s quest for God as an example of how those who follow His signs will be rightly guided:

“So also did we show Abraham the power and the Laws of the heavens and the earth that he might (with understanding) have certitude. When the night covered him over, he saw a star. He said: ‘This is my Lord.’ But when it set, he said: ‘I love not those that set’ When he saw the moon rising in splendor, he said: ‘This is my Lord.’ But when the moon set, he said: ‘Unless my Lord guides me, I shall surely be among those who go astray.’ When he saw the rising sun in splendor, he said: ‘This is my Lord this is the greatest (of all).’ But when the sunset, he said; ‘O my people I am indeed free from your (guilt) of giving partners to Allah. For me, I have set my face, firmly and truly, towards Him who created the heavens and the earth, and never shall I give partners to Allah” (Quran 6:75-79)

As was mentioned earlier, prophets have been sent to every nation and tribe to support man’s natural belief in God and man’s inborn inclination to worship Him, as well as to reinforce the divine truth in the daily signs revealed by God. Although much of these prophets’ teachings became distorted, portions revealing their God-inspired messages have remained untainted and have served to guide mankind in the choice between right and wrong. The influence of God-inspired messages down through the ages can be seen in the “Ten Commandments” of Judaism’s Torah which were later adopted into Christianity’s teachings, as well as in the existence of laws against murder, stealing and adultery in most societies throughout the ancient and modern world.

As a result of God’s signs to mankind through the ages combined with His revelation through His prophets, all mankind has been given a chance to recognize the one only true God.

Consequently, every soul will be held accountable for its belief in God and its acceptance of the true religion of God, namely Islam, which means total submission to the will of Allah.

His name was unusual and incomplete. Julaybib means “small gown” being the diminuitive form of the word jalbab. The name is an indication that Julaybib was small and short, even of dwarf-like stature. More than that, he is described as being damim which means ugly, deformed, or of repulsive appearance.

Even more disturbing, for the society in which he lived, Julaybib’s lineage was not know. There is no record of who his mother or his fatehr was or to what tribe he belonged. This was a grave disability in the society in which he lived. Julaybib could not expect any compassion or help, any protection or support from a society that placed a freat deal of importanceon family and tribal connections. In this regard, all that was known of him was that he was an Arab and that, as far as the new community of Islam was concerned, he was one of the Ansar. Perhaps he belonged to one of the outlying tribes beyond Madinah and had drifted into the city or he could even have been from among the Ansar of the city itself.

The disabilities under which Julaybib lived who have been enough to have him ridiculed and shunned in any society and in fact he was prohibited by one person, a certain Abu Barzah of the Aslam tribe, from entering his home. He (Abu Barzah) once told his wife, “Do not let Julaybib enter among you. If he does, I shall certainly do (something terrible to him.” Probably because he was teased and scoffed at in the company of men, Julaybib used to take refuge in the company of women.

Was there any hope of Julaybib being treated with respect and consideration? Was there any hope of his finding emotional satisfaction as an individual and as a man? Was there any hope of his enjoying the relationships which others take for granted? And in the new society emerging under the guidance of the Prophet, was he so insignificant as to be overlooked in the preoccupation with the great affairs or state and the in supreme issues of life and survival which constantly engaged the attention of the Prophet?

Just as he was aware of the great issues of life and destiny, the Prophet of Mercy was also aware of the needs and sensibilities of his most humble companions. With Julaybib in mind, the Prophet went to the Ansar and said, “I want to have your daughter married.”

“How wonderful and blessed, O Messenger of God and what a delight to the eye (this would be),” replied the Ansari man with obvious joy and happiness.

“I do not want her for myself, ” added the Prophet.

“Then for whom, O Messenger of God?” asked the man, obviously somewhat let down.

“For Julaybib,” said the Prophet.

The Ansari man must have been too shocked to give his own reaction and merely said, “I will consult with her mother,” and off he went to his wife. “The Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, wants to have your daugther married,” he said to her.

She too was thrilled. “What a wonderful idea and what a delight to the eye (this would be),” she said.

“He doesn’t want to marry her himself but he wants to marry her to Julaybib,” he added. She was flabbergasted. “To Julaybib! No, never to Julaybib! No, by the living God, we shall not marry (her) to him,” she protested.

As the Ansari was about to return to the Prophet to inform him of what his wife had said, the daugther who had her mother’s protestations asked, “Who has asked you to marry me?” Her mother told her of the Prophet’s request for her hand in marriage to Julaybib. When she heard that the request had come from the Prophet and that her mother was absolutely opposed to the idea, she was greatly perturbed and said, “Do you refuse the request of the Messenger of God? Send me to him for he shall certainly not bring ruin to me.” [Ibn Kathir mentions this event in his tafsir of verse 33:36 (below) and states that this is how it was recorded by Imam Ahmad, in full]

This was the reply of a truly great person who had a clear understanding of what was required for her as a Muslim. What greater satisfaction and fulfilment can a Muslim find than in responding willingly to the requests and commands of the Messenger of God?! No doubt, this companion of the Prophet, who name we do not even know had heard the verse of the Qur’an:

“Now whenever God and His Apostle have decided a matter, it is not for a belieiving man or believing woman to claim freedom of choice in so far as they themselves are concerned. And he who disobeys God and His Prophet had already, most obviously, gone astray.”

Al-Qur’an 33:36

This verse was revealed in connection with the marriage of Zaynab bint Jahsh and Zayd ibn Al-Harithah which was arranged by the Prophet to show the egalitarian spirit of Islam. Zaynab at first was highly offended at the thought of marrying Zayd, a former slave, and refused to do so. The Prophet prevalied upon them both and they were married. The marriage however ended in divorce and Zaynab eventually married to the Prophet himself.

It is said that the Ansari girl read the verse to her parents and said, “I am satisfied and submit myself to whatever the Messenger of God deems good for me.” The Prophet heard of her reaction and prayed for her:

“O Lord, bestow good on her in abundance and make not her life one of toil and trouble.”

Among the Ansar it is said there was not a more eligble bridge than she. She was married by the Prophet to Julaybib and they together until he died.

Any how did Julaybib die? He went on an expedition with the Prophet, peace be upon him, and an encounter with some mushrikin ensued. When the battle was over, the Prophet asked his companions, “Have you lost anyone?” They replied giving the names of close friends who were killed. He put the same questions to other companions and they also named the ones they had lost in the battle. Another group answereed they had lost no close relative whereupon the Prophet said, “But I have lost Julaybib. Search from him in the battlefield.”

They searched and found him beside seven mushrikin whom he had struck before meeting his end. The Prophet stood up and went to the spot where Julaybib, his short and deformed companion, lay. He stood over him and said:

“This (man) is of me and I am of him.”

Sahih Muslim 31/6045 (part of a longer hadith concerning Julaybib)

He repeated this two or three times. The Prophet then took him in his arms and it is said that he had no better bed than the forearms of the Messenger of God. The Prophet then dug for a him a grave and himself placed him in it. He did not wash him for martyrs are not washed before burial.

Julaybib and his wife and not usually among the companions of the Prophet whose deeds are sung and whose exploits are recounted with reverence and admiration as they should be. But in the meagre facts that are known about them and which have here been recounted we see how humble human beings were given hope and dignity by the Prophet where once there was only despair and self-debasement.

The attitude of the unknown and unnamed Ansari girl who readily agreed to be the wife of a physically unattractive man was an attitude which reflected a profound understanding of Islam. It reflected on her part the effacement of personal desires and preferences even when she could have counted on the support of her parents. It reflected on her part a total disregard for social pressures. It reflected above all a ready and implicit confidence in the wisdom and authority of the Prophet in submitting herself to whatever he deemed good. This is the attitude of the true believer.

In Julaybib there is the example of a person who was almost regarded as a social outcast because of his appearance. Given help, confidence and encouragement by the noble Prophet, he was able to perform acts of courage and make the supreme sacrifice and deserve the commendation of the Prophet:

“This (man) is of me and I am of him.”

 From Companions of the Prophet (volume 1) by Abdul-Wahid Hamid, published by MELS, London 1995 with additional references by this website. This book is available for sale at Amazon UK and Amazon US.

He was born on Monday 4th Jumâdal-ûlà 1343 Hegira which fell on 23rd April of 1923. He grew up in a pious and Islamic environment. His father Sheikh Nuhu Bin Mohammed Sharabutu may his soul rest in peace; saw the great potentials in his young son Osman, so he wasted no time to instilling in him the right Islamic upbringing personally him the correct pronunciation of the Arabic Alphabets, so as to facilitate the easy reading of the Holy Quran.

Later, he trained him in essay writing and correct intonation of the Holy Quran till he was well verse in the recital and the composition of the excellent essays in Arabic. This paved the way of young Osman to master the recital of the Quran which he completed at the tender age of twelve (12).

Since his childhood days, he rarely had time to play because he was completely devoted to his books, which helped him tremendously to commit to memory various Al-hadiths of the Holy Prophet, Islamic texts, Islamic Jurisprudence and Islamic literature.
His mother, Hajja Ayishatu Abbass popularly known as Mma Tasidi, may her soul rest in peace, in perfect bliss, also contributed immensely to the moral and psychological developpement of her son by ensuring that he had the proper Islamic upbringing to go side with Islamic Education, so that he grew up to be a truly Islamic Model and a Unique Islamic heavyweight in knowledge and wisdom worthy emulation.

HIS JOURNEY TO KUMASI

When his farther saw the true devotion and love for books and knowledge, he decided to send Osman to a new learning environment. It was later decided that the Garden City and the Capital of Ashanti Region become his new learning destination.

The prominent Islamic Scholar Sheikh Abdoullah Dan Tano became his next teacher. That was where he undergone a highly advanced course in Aravic Grammar, Arabic Literature and Texts, the Origin of Islamic Jurisprudence and Al-Hadiths of the Holy Prophet. He remainded there until he graduated with distinction from Kumasi.

THE AFTERMATH OF HIS JOURNEY TO KUMASI

After from Kumasi, Mallam Ousman became a completely changed and reformed personality, due to deep knowledge he acquired outside his original environment, so after a careful contemplation, he made decision of devoting his time to teaching the Moslem youth who are keen in learning to become Islamic Scholars, thinkers and Sheikhs in future.

He continued in the teaching profession, and due to his keen love for knowledge, anytime he heard of an Islamic Sheikh, he rushed to him as a student in order to learn and benefit from that scholar.

Among the illustrious scholars and Sheikhs who taught Mallam Ousman are Sheikh Alhadi popularly known as Baraw, may he rest in peace. Sheikh Baraw taught the interpretation of the Holy Quran, Classic Arabic Language, Literature and Texts. Another famous Sheikh who served as a tutor and instructor to Mallam Osman was Sheikh Abubakar Fulaaty Al Kanawy who hailed from Nigeria. It was this Sheikh who taught him Arabic Culture, Al-Hadith of the Holy Prophet, Arabic Texts as Fundamentals of Sufism.

MEETING ALHAJI SHEIKH IBRAHIMA NIASS QUTBU ZAMAN Mallam Osman continued in research on Sufism, and often devoted his leisure time in mosque to listen the preachers of the Tijjaniyya movement and Sufism, and when his maternal uncle Sheikh Imam Alhadji Mohammed Abbas Mazawaje, who was the National Chief Imam of Ghana saw the devotion, interest and handwork in Osman, he introduced the Tijjaniyya Movement Special Meditation to him, which he readily embraced. He pursued the Tijjaniyya Meditation till the arrival of the grand pioneer of the movement, the touch and supreme commander of the Tijjaniyya of the 20th century, Grand Sheikh Alhadji Ibrahim Nyass from Kaolack in Sénégal.

HIS APPOINTMENT AS NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM
Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass taught Mallam Osmam the deeper spiritual aspect of Sufism and rudiments of mysticism and eserotics which smoothly paved the way for Mallam Osmam to become a truly leader in the Tijjaniyya Movement in Ghana.

Interestingly in 1974, after a lengthy debate among the traditional and tribal chiefs, academic scholars, and religious personalities came to consensus that Sheikh Osman should be appointed as the Deputy National Chief Imam of Ghana, considering the unique qualities and exemplary lifestyle in him, but he turned down their request which they persisted by asking him to give it a serious thought, for it could be a divine call to serve God.

It was there that Sheikh Osman realized that it was a divine call for him to serve Islam and Moslem communities, so he finally accepted the position as the National Chief Imam until 1993, when he was ceremoniously appointed as the National Chief Imam of Ghana to head the Ghana Moslem Communities.

HIS APPOINTMENT AS NATIONAL CHIEF IMAM Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass taught Mallam Osmam the deeper spiritual aspect of Sufism and rudiments of mysticism and eserotics which smoothly paved the way for Mallam Osmam to become a truly leader in the Tijjaniyya Movement in Ghana.

It was there that Sheikh Osman realized that it was a divine call for him to serve Islam and Moslem communities, so he finally accepted the position as the National Chief Imam until 1993, when he was ceremoniously appointed as the National Chief Imam of Ghana to head the Ghana Moslem Communities.

HIS ISLAMIC ACTIVITIES
Sheikh Osman was well known for his exemplary lifestyle and generosity to people who face him with their personal problems. He also built many Arabic Schools, Islamic Centers and Mosques, and normally he spends huge sums money in Organizing conferences, seminars and symposia on thorny Islamic issues prevailing in the Islamic societies and the country as a whole.

Sheikh Ousman deserved to be honoured with a Doctorate Degree from any Islamic University or Higher Institution of learning; also he really deserved to be a great Moslem leader due to his immense contribution and maintaining peace and development in Ghana. He is also contributing to the revival and reform in the Moslem youth, Islamic faith and the Moslem communities.

Nevertheless, Sheikh Osman also taught Islamic scholars and Sheikhs. Among his student are Sheikh Yahya El-Ameen, Mallam Adam Attah, Mallam Saeed, Alhadji Jibril Madaha, Mallam Ibrahima Nyass, Mohammed Muniru “Dan Alfah”, and last but not the least Mallam Zurkanain, to mention just few.

To sum up, Sheikh Osman ranks high among the erudite and prominent Islamic Scholars Ghana has ever produced, among his contemporaries are Kamâludeen who is currently serving as the Deputy National Chief Imam of Ghana and the late Sheikh Alhadji Haroun Rasheed.

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*The ascension of the Prophet through the skies.*
*المعراج الى السموات*

? *Know that what was intended by al-Mi^raj, the ascension, was to honor the Prophet by showing him the wonders of the upper world and to glorify his status. It is not as some claim that what was meant was for him to reach a place in which Allah resides. The Prophet did not meet with Allah.*
? Creations meet with each other. Allah is clear of being in a place or a direction because He is not a body.
? *Having boundaries and being in places are among the attributes of creations and Allah is not similar to His creations, as He said in surat ash-Shuraa:*
*{ليس كمثله شىء وهو السميع البصير}*
The Verse means:
*Allah does not resemble anything and He is attributed with Hearing and Sight.*
? *Hence, it is not permissible to pay any attention to the lies mentioned in some books that Allah came as close as a cubit or closer to the Prophet. This is blasphemy (kufur) and misguidance. It is not permissible to interpret the saying of Allah*:
*{ثم دنا فتدلى فكان قاب قوسين أو أدنى}*
that Prophet came close to Allah in distance. ? Rather, these Verses refer to angel Jibril as Lady ^A’ishah indicated when asked about the Verses 13 and 14 of surat an-Najm:
*{ولقد رءاه نزلة أخرى عند سدرة المنتهى}*
She said Jibril drew near to the Prophet by two cubits or less because of longing for him.
? It is not permissible to attribute closeness in distance to Allah since this is an attribute of the creations who have volumes that occupy spaces and take up directions. Allah is clear of being in places and directions. This is a matter upon which there is consensus among all Muslims. Allah existed eternally before places and directions without being in a direction or a place, and after creating place and direction, He still exists without a place and direction.
And know that the Speech of Allah is not like the creation’s speech. We speak with letters, sounds and languages. Allah’s Speech is not a sound, a letter, or a language.

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