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What happened on the day of Mab’ath?

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Certainly (the Almighty) has conferred a benefit upon the faithful when he appointed among them a prophet from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them, and teaching them the Book and the wisdom, although they were surely in manifest error before that.
(The holy Quran, 3:164)

What happened on the day of Mab’ath?

over a millennium and four centuries ago, the Archangel, Gabriel, descended by God’s command on Mount Noor on the outskirts of the then obscure town of Mecca in the Arabian Peninsula with the following divine message to the 40-year old person popularly known as as-Sadeq or the Truthful, and al-Amin or the Trustworthy:    

Read in the Name of your Lord Who Created; Created man from a clot; Read and your Lord is Most Honourable; Who taught (to write) with the pen; Taught man what he knew not?
(The holy Quran, 96:1-5)

The moment Archangel Gabriel brought these ayahs to the person whose light was the first thing created by God Almighty, Prophet Muhammad (SAWA), as calm and confident as ever, recited them as if he knew it more perfectly than the conveyor of the message. What transpired on the 27th of Rajab at Cave Hera, exactly 1447 lunar years ago, was that glorious moment which would change the destiny of the world. This was the start of the gradual revelation for the next 23 years of the holy Qur’an, which remains till this day as the Immortal Miracle of Islam.

Why did Allah send Different Prophets and Different Religions?

-22930 (1)The way of Allah is one, and because the final messenger, Prophet Muhammad (S), has come, there should be no dispute as to what is the right way to follow. However, throughout history, different messengers with slightly different messages were sent to different peoples because the religious needs of humanity were growing and developing just as the human race was itself growing and developing, and also because different civilizations needed different types of guidance. Nevertheless, the source and basic message behind them was the same – namely, Allah the Exalted and Glorious.

Allah sent Moses (peace be upon him) with the Torah as a light and guidance for the Children of Israel (the Jews) along with many other prophets such as David, Solomon, and so on (peace be upon them). 1,500 years after Moses, Allah sent Jesus (peace be upon him), the son of Mary (peace be upon her), confirming the Torah and bringing the Gospel which has also been likened to guidance and light. Finally, 600 years after Jesus (peace be upon him), Allah sent Prophet Muhammad (S) with the Qur’an to confirm all the messages before him and to complete the revelation of religion to mankind.

Since all the Judeo-Christian-Islamic prophets were sent sequentially, the question arises as to why Judaism, Christianity, and Islam now exist as separate religions. The answer is that the followers of these religions, particularly Judaism and Christianity, corrupted the original teachings given to them and ended up making sects of their own rather than following the pure word of God. But as the Qur’an says:

For each of you, We have made a Law and a clear way. If Allah had willed, He would have made you one nation but that He may test you in what He has given you. So strive as a race in good deeds. Your return is to Allah; then He will inform you about that which you used to differ. (5:48)

The Outstanding Merit of the Prophet

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 [dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Outstanding Merit of the Prophet, May Allah bless him and his family:
Abu Khanis al-Kufi said:

“I attended the meeting of al-Sadiq, peace be on him, and a group of the Christians was in his presence. They (the Christians) said:

‘The outstanding merit of Musa, ‘Isa, and Mohammed is the same, for they, peace be on them, are the Owners of the Laws and the Books.’ Al- Sadiq, peace be on him, said:

‘Mohammed is the best and the most knowledgeable of them, peace be on them. Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, has granted him knowledge of which He has granted none.’ They (the Christians) said:

‘Has any verse of the Koran been revealed in this respect?’ Al- Sadiq, peace be on him, said: ‘Yes.’ These verse of Allah, the Exalted: ‘And we ordained for him in the tablets admonition of every kind.'(7:145) His words to ‘Isa: ‘and that I may make clear to you part of what you differ in.'(43:63)

Allah, the Exalted, said to Mohammed, may Allah bless him and his family: ‘And We will bring you as a witness against these- and We have revealed the Book to you explaining clearly everything.’ (16:89) So that He may know that they have truly delivered the messages of their Lord, and He encompasses what is with them, and He records the number of all things.'(72:28)

Then, by Allah, he (Mohammed) is the most knowledgeable of them. If Musa and ‘Isa attended in my presence and asked me, I would answer them, and I asked them, they would not answer.

“‘(Bihar al- Anwar, V.10, P.215)

Did the people of Medina receive the prophet warmly?part 19

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