By: Haya Muhammad Ahmed Eid


Al-Azhar Al-Sharif Authorization for the Book
Introducing the Prophet of Mercy
A Word Picture
Why Muhammadr?
Mercy upon Mankind
Arise and Warn!
Psychological Warfare
1. A sorcerer! A madman! A liar! Rather, he is a poet!
2. Never will we show belief until we have a share of your prophethood
3. Shall we believe in you while you are followed by the lowest of people?
4. We will make you our king
5. Prostrate before our gods to prostrate before your God!
6. Turn Mount As-Safa into gold for us to believe you!
7. After dying and becoming dust, shall we then be resurrected?
8. Allah did not reveal anything to a human being
9. You are not a Messenger!
10. Is this the one whom Allah has sent as a Messenger?
11. Has Allah sent a human Messenger?
12. It is only a human being who teaches you
13. Do not listen to this Qur'an!
14. If we wish we can say the like of this Qur'an
15. Bring us a Qur'an other than this or change it!
16. If this is the truth, rain down upon us stones from the sky!
17. Your God has forsaken you
Power of the Word "la illaha ella Allah"
I Am the Prophet, No Lying
Bestowed Mercy
Tolerance Together With Mercy
On the Road of Hijrah
A New World
To Those Who Are Being Fought
Full Moon Has Shone
Building the City of Light
Cornerstones
First Cornerstone: Return of Mankind to Allah
Second Cornerstone: Binding Muslims to One Another
Third Cornerstone: Binding Muslims to Non-Muslims
On One Ship
Free People
Plant It
Writing to Kings
Hindering the Path
Divine Victory
Back to Homeland
Straight Path
Followers of the Path
Verdant Shade
REFERENCES

Islambasics Library: Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy

Introducing
the Prophet of Mercy

For mercy there was sent a Prophet.

Not only to show it, preach it, and teach it, but to be it:

(We have only sent you as a mercy to the worlds.)1

In him mercy talked, mercy walked, mercy lived on the earth at one time.

That time began on Monday, the ninth of Rabi‘ I, in Makkah Al-Mukarramah [Makkah, the Honored]. This mercy was born of the noblest and purest lineage, from the best family among the Arabs whose pedigree is traced back to Ismail (Ishmael r2), son of Ibrahim (Abraham r), the father of all the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah3 be upon them).

Muhammad bin ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abdul-Mutalib bin Hashim bin ‘Abd-Manaf bin Qusai bin Kilab bin Murrah bin Ka‘b bin Luaiy bin Ghalib bin Fahr bin Malik bin An-Nadr bin Kinanah bin Khuzaimah bin Mudrikah bin Ilyas bin Mudar bin Nizar bin Ma‘d bin ‘Adnan, and ‘Adnan is from the children of Isma‘il, son of Ibrahim (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them both).

With Prophet Muhammad r came the birth of the light that guides to the way of peace, mercy, and happiness.

(There has come to you from Allah a light and a plain Book wherewith Allah guides those who seek His Good Pleasure to the ways of peace, and He brings them out of darkness by His Will unto light, and guides them to a Straight Path.)4

It is not possible to gather all the rays of this light in hands for humanity to read; but this book will try to draw closer to this most nobly-mannered man r, to his Message and mercy, begging help and support only from Allah U5.

Turning the pages of his noble, faith-filled, and faith-building life, and hearing the depiction given by a close eyewitness, Ja‘far bin Abu Talib t6, to the Christian Emperor of Abyssinia (Ethiopia), nothing better can introduce the Prophet of Mercy r and the greatest aspect of this mercy, the bringing of humanity from darkness into light.

The light that shines from within through worshiping Allah Alone and being Muslim7. The light of the three Heavenly Messages – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam8 – calling to the one true religion. One light sent by the One God.

We will sail backwards to hear Ja‘far’s words narrating the defeat of evil by the rebirth of good that Prophet Muhammad r makes happen in souls, and live with the first Muslims in the critical moment after they embraced Islam.

A group of persecuted Muslims left for Abyssinia where they sought asylum with its fair Christian king, who never wronged any of his subjects, just as the Prophet r had depicted him. The Quraish could not tolerate the prospect of a haven for the Muslims in Abyssinia, so they dispatched two sturdy envoys to demand their extradition on the grounds that they had abandoned the religion of their forefathers, and that their leader was preaching a religion different from theirs and that of the king.

The Negus summoned the Muslims to his royal court and asked:

The Negus: What is this religion for which you have parted with your people, and you entered into neither my religion nor the religion of any of these nations?

Ja‘far bin Abu Talib: O king! We were ignorant people who worshiped idols, ate dead meat, committed obscenities, severed the ties of the womb (kinship), ill-treated the neighbors, and allowed the strong among us to devour the weak.

We remained so until Allah sent us a Messenger from among ourselves. We know his descent, his truthfulness, his honesty, and his chastity.

He invited us to Allah, to believe in His Oneness and worship Him Alone, and cast off the stones and idols that our forefathers and we used to worship besides Him. He ordered us to speak the truth, render back the trust, join the ties of the womb, treat the neighbors kindly, and refrain from bloodshed and things forbidden.

He forbade us from immoralities, making forged statements, devouring the property of orphans, and calumniating chaste women. He ordered us to worship Allah Alone, associating nothing with Him, and to offer Salah9, pay Zakah10, and fast (Ramadan) [Ja‘far recounted to him the precepts of Islam].

We trusted him, believed him, and followed that with which he came. We worshiped Allah, Alone, and associated nothing with Him. We considered forbidden that which he declared forbidden to us and we considered permissible that which he declared permissible for us. But, our people transgressed against us.

They tortured us and tempted us away from our religion, to turn us from the worship of Allah back to the worship of idols, and to make us deem as lawful the abominations that (in the past) we used to deem lawful.

When they oppressed us, wronged us, tyrannized us, and came between our religion and us, we immigrated to your country. We chose you over others and sought your protection, and hope not to be treated unjustly under you, O king.

The Negus: Do you have any of what (the revelations) he brought from Allah?

Ja‘far bin Abu Talib: Yes.

The Negus: Recite it to me.

Ja‘far recited to him the beginning of Surat Maryam (Mary: 19). On hearing the recited Ayat (Qur’anic verses), the Negus cried until his tears wet his beard, and the bishops of his realm cried until their tears wet their books.

The Negus: This, by Allah, and what Musa (Moses r) came with emanate from the same lamp (source). Go, by Allah, I will never hand them over to you.

Yet, ‘Amr bin Al-‘As, one of the two envoys, swore to come the next day and censure them before the Negus, and tell him that they claim that ‘Isa (Jesus r) was no more than a Servant of Allah.

‘Amr bin Al-‘As: O king! They say about ‘Isa, son of Maryam, a grave saying. Send for them and ask them about what they say regarding him.

On entering

The Negus: What do you say about ‘Isa, son of Maryam?

Ja‘far bin Abu Talib: We say about him what our Prophet r told us: that he is the Servant of Allah, His Messenger, His soul (created by Him) and His Word (“Be!” – and he was), which He bestowed on Maryam, the virgin, the chaste.

The Negus struck the ground with his hand, picked from it a straw and said:

The Negus: ‘Isa, son of Maryam, does not exceed what you have said about this straw.11

Welcome to you and to the one from whom you came. I testify that he is the Messenger of Allah. He is the one (whose description) we find in the Gospel, and the Messenger whose coming was heralded by ‘Isa, son of Maryam. Stay wherever you please. By Allah, were it not for holding sovereignty, I would have gone to him to be the one who carries his shoes and serves his ablution.12

 

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(My punishment – I afflict with it whom I will, but My mercy embraces all things. I will decree it for those who fear (Me) and give Zakah and those who believe in Our Ayat.13 Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find written in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. They, who have believed in him, honored him, supported him, and followed the light that has been sent down with him – it is they who will be successful. Say (O Muhammad), “O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, (from Him) to whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. There is no god except Him; He gives life and causes death.” So believe in Allah and His Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, who believes in Allah and His Words, and follow him that you may be guided.)14

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1 Translated meanings of Al-Anbiya’ 21: 107.

2 May peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.

3 The Name indicative and all-inclusive of every Divine Name and Attribute of Absolute Perfection: the One God, the Maker, the Almighty, the All-Merciful, etc.; in Arabic it means: The One exclusively worthy of deification and worship.

4 Translated meanings of Al-Ma’idah 5: 15-16.

5 Glorified and Exalted be He.

6 May Allah be pleased with him.

7 It means submitting oneself to Allah Alone. Bilal Philips defines “Islam” and “Muslims” as: “Islam” means submission or surrender of one’s will to Allah, the only true God worthy of worship; anyone who does this is termed a “Muslim”. The word also implies “peace”, which is the natural consequence of total submission to the Will of Allah.

8 Literally: submission and resignation to Allah Alone.

9 Salah (Prayer), the second Pillar of Islam, is a fixed obligatory form of worship performed five times a day at prescribed times. Salah consists of Rak‘ahs (singular: Rak‘ah). Rak‘ah represents a unit of Salah and consists of one standing while reciting the Qur’an (Surat Al-Fatihah in every Rak‘ah and a portion of the Qur’an), one bowing, and two prostrations with a sitting in between for testifying to the Oneness of Allah and supplication.

10 Zakah (purifying, wealth-increasing obligatory charity) means both “Purification” and “Growth.” It purifies the soul and increases wealth.

11 This dialogue is excerpted from a long Hadith narrated by Umm Salamah about the emigration of a group of persecuted Muslims to Abyssinia. Reported in Musnad Ahmad, Book of Ahlul Bait (the Household of the Prophet r), Hadith no. 1649; a similar version of the Hadith is also reported by Ahmad (21460) and Ibn Hisham, As-Sirah An-Nabawiyyah: The Quraish Dispatching of Envoys to Abyssinia for the Extradition of Emigrants, vol. 1, Al-Maktabah Al-Qaiyamah.

12 Narrated by ‘Abdullah bin Mas‘ud: Musnad Ahmad, Book of Al-Mukthrin min As-Sahabh (Companions who narrated more than one thousand Hadiths), Hadith no. 4168; a similar version of the Hadith is also reported by Abu Dawud (2790).

13 Proofs, evidence, lessons, signs, revelations.

14 Translated meanings of Al-A‘raf 7: 156-158.


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