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
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

Islambasics Library: Muhammad the Prophet of Mercy

On One Ship

Those abiding by Allah’s Laws in comparison to those who violate them are like people who drew lots for their seats on a ship. Some of them got seats on the upper deck and some on the lower. When the ones below needed water, they had to go to the upper deck to get it (which troubled those on the upper deck), so they said, “Let us make a hole in our part of the ship to get water and save those above us from trouble.” If the people on the upper deck allow them to do what they have suggested, everyone on the ship will drown; but if they prevent them, all the people will be safe.1

The whole community, as the Prophet r depicts it, is this one ship on board which are the good and the evil, the heedful and the heedless, and it is carrying them all towards one destination. Its safety and stability amid the restless waves are bound by the awareness of every person to their own and others’ duties and the consequences of their own and others’ actions.

Most people forget this reality… the ship of life or community. They imagine that they stand firm on a stable land that nothing can shake or cause them to perish, and therefore they sin and transgress.

The Prophet r, fully aware of their heedlessness, warns them using this analogy of a ship that is affected by its passengers, who must pay attention to every step taken on board for their own safety and the safety of others.

Everything one does as an individual affects the whole. An individual is not just one person free to do as they please without legal or moral authority – just a drop in the ocean – for a drop of poison can cause the death of the body. 2

The upper deck passengers, the righteous who live within the bounds of Allahs Law, will go down with the lower deck passengers, the sinners who violate Allah’s Law, if they sit idly by while they are being violated. That is, if they allow them to make a hole and do not prevent it. The ship with a hole will drown them all. (And fear a trial which will not strike those of you who do wrong exclusively (but it may afflict all – the good and the bad), and know that Allah is Severe in punishment.)3

The law of the Prophet’s new righteous world forbids passivity and inaction. Evil is to be resisted; injustice is to be removed; and truth is to be spoken. Anyone of you who sees something evil, let them change it with their hand (by taking action); if they cannot, then with their tongue (by speaking out); and if they cannot, then with their heart (by hating it and feeling that it is wrong); and that is the weakest of faith.4 Anything less is no faith.

By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, you will enjoin righteousness and forbid evil, or Allah is on the verge of sending a punishment upon you from Him, then you will supplicate to Him, but He will not answer your supplication.5


1 Narrated by An-Numan bin Bashir: Sahih Al-Bukhary, Book of Partnership, Hadith no. 2313; similar versions of the Hadith are also reported by Al-Bukhary (2489), At-Tirmidhy (2099), and Ahmad (17638, 17647, 17653, 17685).

2 Adapted from Muhammad Qutb, Qabasat min Ar-Rasul (Gleams from the Messenger r), chapter of Ship of Community, Dar Al-Shorouk.

3 Translated meanings of Al-Anfal 8: 25.

4 Narrated by Abu Sa‘id Al-Khudri: Sahih Muslim, Book of Iman, Hadith no. 70.

5 Narrated by Hudhaifah bin Al-Yaman: Sunnan At-Tirmidhy, Book of Al-Fitan (Trials), Hadith no. 2095.  

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