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The Struggle Of The Prophet
Channel: Bilal Philips
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All praise is due to alignment laws Peace and blessings beyond the last prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and all those who follow the paths of righteousness until the last day.
the struggle of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam
is one which addresses
What is it, that Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam left behind.
In the Muslim world today,
the legacy of Prophet Muhammad sallahu wa sallam
may be looked at as heresy.
You will find some parts of the Muslim world where people claim to have a hair from the head or the beard of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. in Kashmir, they even have a mosque, the biggest mosque in Kashmir, a shrine to one of the hairs from the head of Prophet Mohammed Salim, it's called 100 Baal mosque.
the fact of the matter whether it is actually a hear from his head or from his beard or not, there's another issue altogether.
You will also find in different parts of the Muslim world,
the tooth, which was knocked out of the province, asylums mouth in the Battle of odd,
one of his teeth was knocked out.
And in Pakistan, they claim to have the tooth. In Morocco, they claim to have the tooth in, in Turkey, they claim to have the tooth and a number of other countries, he only lost one tooth, but
this is the legacy.
And you will also find
his sandals, and the Topkapi Museum in
Istanbul, you will also find the clothes that he wore his sword and a variety of other artifacts,
which are attached to Prophet Mohammed salah and people go there, you know, and will rub the cases in which these artifacts are and rub it on themselves believing that the Baraka
of these artifacts will be transferred to themselves.
So the legacy in the minds of many ignorant
Muslims is the artifacts and bits and pieces that were left behind which people claim were from Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. However, none of these artifacts, not a single one of them can be authentically attributed to Rasulullah, sallAllahu wasallam, none of them
because we have a principle for verification of the authenticity of any Islamic principle, law,
that principle is the principle known as centered.
Meaning if somebody says I have the hair of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam today, we say, okay, where did you get that hair from? I got it from so and so. Okay, where did he get it from? From so until then you have to be able to trace all the way back to that person who got the comb of the prophet SAW Selim and took the hair out. This is a hobby.
What was his name? Who did he give it to?
And who he gave it to? And that has to be an authentic chain of reliable narrators. If you don't have that, then you don't have anything as just a here.
So Islam was never concerned with this.
You don't hear the leading scholars of Islam are concerned with these artifacts which are now found in the Muslim world.
is that the legacy which Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam left behind was the legacy of dollar
of conveying the message of Islam to the world. This was his legacy.
That legacy is embodied in the struggle that he went through.
He left in his struggle, a blueprint,
which we can see mirrored in our day to day lives today, what is happening currently in the Muslim world,
in relationship to the rest of the world, we can see parallels between it. And what Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam went through.
I would imagine that the vast majority of us here
this afternoon, have already read the life of Prophet Muhammad.
They know, you know,
what he went through.
So I'm not going to spend a lot of time in this presentation going over those details.
I will mention the highlights, in the sense that the beginning of this struggle,
was at the time of the announcement,
when he called his people together
and announced to them that he was the Messenger of Allah.
After asking them,
who he was relative to themselves, and they said, You are the truthful, reliable, honest, best amongst us, etc.
After reiterating that, then he told them now if I tell you that I am the messenger of a law, what is your thought? You are the biggest liar, you're the total opposite of everything, they just finished saying, Okay. This was the rejection.
With his announcement, the consequence was rejection,
from the main
relatives, leaders of the Society of the time.
Then, the struggle shifted to modes of persuasion.
They sought to persuade him to stop, stop this message.
They tried to put pressure on his uncle who raised them, I will call him, talk to this young man, get him to stop this call. This invitation of people to the worship of one god
making slaves equal to their masters. Stop this.
That trailed obatala knew who Muhammad Salam was, and there was no way he could get the prophet SAW Selim to give up conveying that message. So then they shifted
to worldly persuasion.
worldly persuasion, meaning
he must be after something
he must have a hidden agenda.
He's shaking up our society creating havoc. He must have a hidden agenda. What are the usual hidden agendas?
usual hidden agendas is based on what? wealth? Money is after money. Okay, let's offer him
we'll make him the richest man in Makkah. Everybody will put some money together and make him the richest.
That didn't work. Okay. What is the next hidden agenda? Women? Okay, let's offer him the most beautiful of our women. As many as he desires.
That didn't work.
Couldn't sabotage the message.
Then it must be what? power
power control to be the king the ruler. So let's offer him that. That position that status.
still didn't work.
What next? Next step is the boycott. Okay, let's starve them into submission. starve him. Of course. His. his clan supported him the Hashemite clan. They said, if you do it to him, we have to be with him. He's from us.
So the whole clan came under economic boycotts, to try to bring him to his knees to stop this message, but even that didn't work.
Instead, it ended with a miracle, which reinforce in the minds of those who wanted to think that he must have been a must be a prophet of God. The pact which they had made, and then hung in the Kaaba
was eaten up, except for Bismillahi Rahmani Raheem.
Bismillah everything was Islam, even though the Kaaba was closed. He couldn't possibly know what took place. He informed them that this happened. And they went and confirmed that it had taken place. These are the evidences.
The next step, escalating step by step. Next thing is what what's left, we have to kill him. assassination.
This is the only thing that's going to stop this man. We just have to finish him off.
no one clan is going to take the responsibility. So we all take the responsibility we get young men from all of our clans. And in one blow, they kill him. But a lot told him to make him
thwarted their efforts.
After he left wasn't enough,
they put a bounty on him and sent bounty hunters after him.
And they almost got him
Soraka Malik it caught up to him. But by a miracle
from Allah, Allah he was unable to get ahold of him.
Then after going to Medina,
allies of the mccanns also tried to assassinate him there
from Jewish clans,
but they failed.
And then came
the major stage the last major stage that of what open warfare.
Bader offered hunda.
They tried and failed.
So what was left
a truce which they worked out to their advantage as far as they could see it. They thought it was to their advantage. However, that truth
during the period of the truth, more people came into Islam than it ever come before.
And the 13 years in Makkah, only 300 plus people accepted Islam.
After the truth, truth of the day BIA
you had 300 people, whole clans coming to Islam on them one day,
coming and giving allegiance to Prophet Mohammed Salam in one day.
So, the truth did not benefit those who
sought to utilize it in their favor.
they return ombre Prophet Muhammad wa sallam came to Mecca
Sahaba made Amara and finally the conquest of Mecca. These were the stages of the struggle of Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
in that struggle.
As I mentioned, there are parallels that we can see today.
In the case of the announcement,
there was rejection and slander problems as salam is declared to be a magician,
and a fortune teller and a variety of other things. Today, we have him declared a pedophile by the
fundamentalist Christian groups, they promote this argument that he was a pedophile. And you have others like the Danish cartoonists making cartoons of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam. No, so the slander
It hasn't changed.
You know, we get shocked we get worked up and we jump up and down and we demonstrate and we ended up killing ourselves over something with
instead of developing strategies to deal with these things systematically, we are reactionaries.
And we die in the process. How many people lost their lives in the demonstrations against the cartoons around the Muslim world, shameful.
they are ongoing, and they're not gonna stop.
After pedophile they'll find something else.
It is a continual process. It wasn't new to Prophet Mohammed Salam existed in the times of all of the earlier prophets, they all suffered
Then, the dissuasion,
the efforts to persuade him not to convey the message. This we can see paralleled in many Muslim countries where giving Dawa is not allowed.
This is like Tunisia. If you go to the masjid, you know, regularly Your name is put on a list
the Muslim country, but the idea of trying to convey Islam is out, and so on and so forth. Different countries around the Muslim world.
They are attempting to stop the dour.
And, of course, the worldly persuasion we can see in Muslim rulers, accepting the offerings of the West for their protection, etc. You know, and they're busy trying to keep their seats,
their thrones, their positions. They want to look after it. So we see that happening.
The difference is of course, in the time of problems, our salami rejected it. But in our times, our leaders have embraced it is the difference.
And in terms of the economic blockade,
whenever the word Shetty comes up,
you'll find the West keen on blockading, you know, surrounding this and crushing it Sudan is a classic classical example.
When Sudan declared shadia back in 1984,
America put an economic blockade on Sudan,
which lasts till today, the longest blockade in history, with the exception of Cuba
longest blockade in history with the exception of Cuba to try to bring them to their knees and get them to give up this Shetty. I think, this idea of Sharia
because they don't want it to spread like a disease. They're afraid that if it spreads, it will affect what their own economic well being.
In terms of
the assassination attempts, we know, assassination are happening around the world. One of the earliest assassinations was that of King Faisal,
of Saudi Arabia ruler, who stood up to the west and said, Okay, I'm shutting the taps.
You know, because what you guys are doing in Israel, etc. to the Palestinians, I'm shutting the taps.
We are ready to go back and live on the desert as we lived before, no problem.
There was a man of principle.
And the only way
to overcome that was to eliminate him. So he was assassinated,
And when we look at
the next stage is
the stage of open warfare.
What is what happened to Iraq, but open warfare?
This is open warfare,
to try to stop
the spread of Islam. Of course, they may make issues binladin weapons of mass destruction, they take up different points to
glorify and to beautify what they're engaged in, but their program is simply
undermine the Muslim Ummah, keep it down, keep it under control to keep regular and, and easy access to the wealth of the oma.
And of course, the truth is we know, after all that they have said about the Taliban, they're now in truth, negotiation negotiating truce with the Taliban, after saying they would never speak to the Taliban, and these guys are this and that, and the other will never come to the table with them. They're now at the table, working things out.
So this cycle
It is a cycle, which all of the earlier profits went through.
Most documented in the life of Prophet Muhammad wa salam, because he was the last of the messengers, we don't have the details
in the struggles of the earlier prophets, like what we have in the case of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam, because he was to be the last of the prophets of God.
So we have that blueprint, on one hand, to keep us aware of what we are living, why we are living this. And the issue is, most of the Muslim world
is unaware of what is going on. These are all separate events happening to them here, there and everywhere. But when we look at the life of the Prophet, Mohammed Salah, we can see this is a chain of events, all linked, following a familiar pattern, that if Muslims are not conscious of it, then they are unable to benefit from that knowledge. They learn the history of the prophet SAW Salaam, like they learn fairy tales. You know, everybody knows the details of this stuff and the other but what it all means
virtually nothing in our lives. There's no way of benefiting from it practically, in our day to day lives. However, Alhamdulillah
the return and the conquest, the reconquest of our Muslim lands, is coming.
The Sahaba or the awakening in the Muslim world today, Israel is happening. Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, the other countries that are going through changes.
This is all a part and parcel of that return.
But we shouldn't be fooled
at the same time, with orchestrated changes, because the West is very skilled
in manipulating movements, struggles, etc. So what may look to be truly Islam coming to the forefront,
we can find signs that it's not truly Islam, there is some Islam there. But it's what will be tolerated. You know, so the struggle isn't over, we still have a long way to go.
However, in this struggle of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam, is another message for us. Another sign
an awakening point, for many of us, who have lost contact with the Quran.
proof of the prophethood of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam.
As he said, All prophets were given something which would cause people to believe in them. The thing which I was given, is none other than the Revelation the Quran, which Allah revealed to me. So I hope that I will have the most followers among them on the Day of Judgment.
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gave the profits, miracles to convince their people that they were in fact, prophets of God.
Because if somebody stands up and says, I'm a prophet of God itself, what's your proof? How do we know you're a prophet of God? You have so many false prophets around so the miracles were given to them
Prove to the people, those who are willing to open their hearts that they were, in fact, prophets of God. And what our Lord did is that he chose miracles, which were in the areas that the people excelled so that the miracles would have a greater impact on them. So for example,
Allah Islam, who was raised up in Egypt, Egypt was known for sorcery.
So he was given a miracle, which was like, what the magicians were doing, but it was greater.
His staff when he threw it, on the ground, became a snake. Now, the magicians of Egypt could do that too. But the thing is that they were doing
a trick on the people. They were mesmerizing. The people people thought thought they saw
sticks as snakes, but they really weren't, they just appeared to be moving, they throw them on the ground, and it appeared that way to them. whereas in the case, when Musa alayhis salam, when he threw the stick, it really became a snake. And it ate up the
false snakes of the other magicians, which is why they submitted
they prostrated to a last month Allah immediately.
They knew the truth when they saw it.
In the case of Prophet Jesus, la Salam
who was sent amongst the Jews, the Jews were known and are given to him today, they are known for medicine, the top medical experts around the world, if you look and see who they are,
Being the top medical experts put you in a critical position.
If you are a president,
who is working against them,
operations can easily fail. Accidents happen.
Very, very crucial position to be in so they make sure the top height surgeons the top, you know, medical experts are from amongst themselves crucial.
in those days, of course, the medical
doctors were able to heal people who broke their arms, you know, who had diseases, you know, etc. They're able to do what appear to the people who had no knowledge of the medicines and the techniques and something almost miraculous. So properties I was given a miracle in the same area, except on another level.
Instead of just fixing a broken bone, somebody who was born crippled,
will have birth defect, he fixed something which the Jewish doctors could not people who are born blind.
He made them see, Jewish doctors couldn't do that.
So he was on a whole nother level, he even brought the dead back to life that something definitely was not in their hands.
People got sick, they got them well, but not somebody who's dead is declared dead dead, coming back to life again.
Prophet Muhammad SAW them, being the last messengers of Allah. He was also given miracles, to prove to the people that he was a prophet of God.
However, his miracle had to be on yet another level, he had miracles which are on the similar level of the other prophets.
When the Quraysh asked him to show them, show them a sign, he pointed to the moon and the moon split in front of them
was a miracle.
But that type of miracle was not the main miracle the prophet SAW seldom.
Why because he was to be the last of the messengers. If somebody asked you
prove to me that Prophet Moses,
staff, his staff turned into a snake. Do we have the staff of Prophet Moses in a museum somewhere
turning into steak and back into a
Anywhere. You heard about that? No.
Nowhere. Somebody said, okay, prove to me that he split the Red Sea.
Do we have a marker somewhere in the Red Sea where you can see a split till today?
Okay, somebody says, okay, prove to me that Prophet Jesus made the dead. Come back to life. Do we have the dead man who we call back to life around because he died? And here he is?
Or the blind who saw
all the birds that he made from clay blue on it, and it flew away? Do we have any of those things? These are things that we believe in. Similarly, we believe in the moon. Yes, there is somebody who said, Yeah, you know, when the first moon lander landed on the moon for the Americans, and they were walking around, they did find the crack in the middle of the moon. It's not true. is Muslim fairytales. Right, we're looking for, you know, or the story about
one of the astronauts hearing the man on the moon, fairytale. Then he went to Egypt, and he heard the same amount again, he became a Muslim. Not true. What was his name again?
Neil Armstrong? Yes, because they called me allowance and he's still a Christian. He doesn't. He'd never heard any of that. And it's not true. Widespread, you know, like all these fishes that we find with scale saying a lot. And, you know, we're famous for this stuff, right? But May Allah protect us? Anyway, the point is that these miracles are not tangible. We can't hold them now. They happened at the time, and they serve that purpose. But Prophet Mohammed Salim was to be the Prophet, till the end of the world, he was the prophet to all humankind to the end of the world. So you had to have a miracle, which would last, which people could say today show me the miracle is here it is.
You have to have that.
That was unique.
So that miracle, his main miracle, as he said, it was the crime. Because what were the Arabs known for? What they're known for medicine know what they're known for? Magic? No.
Technology? No, they're not known for any of these things. The only thing they were known for was poetry, prose, and the quince. They love their literature.
And they had taken it up to such a height. They used to have yearly competitions, where people come from all over Arabia, you know, like rap artists, right? rap artists, this one raps. And that one wraps it like this. They were saying, huge, long poem, people would memorize these forms hearing at one time. They're heavy into this
eloquence, they love the word, the literary word. So Allah gave them
the miracle right where they love the most.
And he took the letters that they use to make up their lovely poetry and prose. And he stuck at the beginning of 14 of the chapters of the crime. I live.
Watch this, something that the Arabs never did. This was something outside of the normal. They never did this before. But it was the challenge then see the same I live la meme that you make all those poems that you love so much, so much that 10 of them, you've written on gold
bars and hung it on the Kaaba, you worship it, the monocot they worship them worship their fortune. So Allah gave them off
and blew their minds. Wow.
Something which they could not
Literary eloquence at a level which was beyond their comprehension, it mesmerizing. That's what they said he's a magician. When you go by his house, put your finger in your ears. Otherwise it'll just catch you in your shadow Allah Allah Allah Allah.
Put your finger in your ears.
The point is that
this literary miracle
was so real. That our last month Allah challenged the
three levels of challenge first level if you don't believe this is from Allah produce a Koran like it
They couldn't do it. Okay? You don't believe this, this whole lot produce 10 chapters like it.
Okay? still couldn't do it. Okay, you don't believe it's from Allah produce one chapter like it and he repeated this verse in Makkah and Medina, produce one chapter like it, smallest chapter counselor is only three lines.
They still couldn't do it. And they try it.
But they couldn't do it.
Now, some people might say, well,
magical or so miraculous about these three lines of poetry? Why? Because
we look at it, most of us look at it from our various languages. When we read the Quran, we read the Quran, in our languages, translated translated meanings. So we read and we see, you know, I read this, this
chapter of the Quran, and I know other English writers who have written much better, you know, literary works, then this mediocre stuff, I don't see anything magical about it.
Why? Because the miracle of the Quran is not in English, or or do or Bengali, or Somali, it is in Arabic,
in Arabic, but even the Arabs today
might not be able to grasp it, the common Arabs today because they have lost touch with the language of the time when it was at its peak.
So if, for example,
a missionary and some brothers came to me and asked me about this, a missionary says to you, if I produce a chapter, like the Koran, will you convert to Christianity?
most Muslims say, Whoa,
I don't think I can do that.
We should say yes.
I'm ready to convert to Christianity. If you produce one chapter, like a law says you cannot you produce one. I'm ready. Right now.
Most of us wouldn't do that. If that's put in front of us, we say oh, I'll have to think about that one.
Why, because we doubt we doubt
the miraculous literary nature of the Quran without it.
And as I said,
the average Arab
he or she may not be able to grasp that miraculous nature. So if the
missionaries put together something, and they did,
they put together a religious book called al Furqan.
Yeah, call al Furqan.
And just as we begin with Bismillah R Rahman Rahim, they have it beginning with this bismi dismay, Salma, Xia heptathletes.
And the story of Genesis is put into Arabic grind
poetry. And if you were to read this to the average Arab, who didn't know maybe this, this may sound Mercia, you know, Illa who leave our cave, they might catch that one. But if you the rest of it, where God is replaced with a law, Justice in the Arabs in the Arabic translation of the Bible, they use a law
they may hear some of these and say others Koran.
And they may say yes, well, I this is crime.
Because you're out of touch with that language.
So the missionary will say, well, then
we are able to do it.
But how do we judge whether somebody has successfully imitated the Quran or not? Do it give it to the average person and ask him?
What do you think?
Somebody who has some background in English literature, I could write a sonnet in the style of Shakespeare
and show it to the average person was read a few Shakespeare things and they say I love Shakespeare.
sounds just like him Shakespeare.
But if you gave it to a Shakespeare expert, they would say right away, no, that's not Shakespeare, they could spot the mistakes. So means that the only way that you could judge this would be to give it to an Arabic
literature expert, who is of necessity, in most cases, an Arab. And in most cases, Arab, Arabic literary experts are Muslims. biased?
How can we depend? If your people are going to be judging whether we did it or not? You just got accepted anyway, it's bias.
What else to do?
If we are the experts, who else can judge? The point is that the expert will tell you, this is not of that standard. Why? Because here are the weaknesses in it. Here they are, they're there. It's weak from this point, they will identify it. So they'll do it academically. They're not just gonna say no, it's not because we don't feel like it is no, no, they will give you the points.
The non Arab Arab
Arabic experts, they will tell you, for example, in the Quran, there are mistakes, grammatical mistakes.
the founder of the beis he had a book called Al Kitab. And aka
the holiest of books, right? This was his book of revelation in Arabic.
knowledgeable Arabs looked at his writings, it's a it's filled with grammatical mistakes, because he was not Arab. He was a Persian right, you know, so, he wrote he made mistakes.
So, they said no, this is a new divine grammar.
When the non Muslim Arabic there are mistakes in the crime that say chilka Russell
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this, everybody knows you pick up any book of Arabic grammar, it tells you that
if you have a demonstrative pronoun,
there are different forms, which much match the noun that it is governing
in gender and number.
you only use tilka when you're referring to feminine nouns.
You will not say till Calcutta I will say Valley Calcutta
and when you're dealing with plural you have hotline and Leica
so what you're supposed to have here is oola aka Russell, Russell.
Okay, this is maybe above some of your heads. But the point is that
Arabic grammar came from the Quran
so you can't go back to the crowd and said the crowd made mistakes.
You know, those people who are experts in grammar will tell you yes, you can use tilaka it is used was used in ancient Arabic poetry, it was used in the Quran. It is
a use for special emphasis, but it not became it was no longer in common use. After Time passed people focused on one element of the grammar and they left the other elements for classical literature. That's all there is no grammatical mistake in the grand
not like Bala Bala was telling something else. So
when bahala said in his Kitab lockless if you don't believe that this is from Allah, produce one word like it Hey, come on.
is a joke
as a joke, nobody had to produce one word like it because we all know you know words or you can pick the dictionary up and produce how many words like it is just a joke.
Or like when Elijah Muhammad in America we had a false prophet there right name of Elijah Muhammad, who taught that white people were devils and black.
People were a laws
nonsense. Of course.
any white person to come up and prove that he isn't the devil.
Um, of course, no white person went up into Chicago, you know, challenged him and said, Okay, here I'm prove you I'm not a devil, just to see, none of them has come. They are devils.
So the challenge of the Quran is not like that.
Challenge of the Quran is not like that. We just looked at that struggle of the prophet SAW his struggle,
what he went through what the corporation did, to try to stop him, all of that, what they offered him
the there lots of their lives and their wealth, all of this to try to stop him. And all they needed to do was to produce three lines of poetry like Kalfa salsa, that's all they have to do. You think practically logically, that they would if they were able to do it, they would do this,
go through all that struggle, instead of doing this so much simpler thing.
So in the struggle of the sooner loss or Lysander
is the sign
that the Quran
is a miracle
and literary miracle, that though we cannot grasp it, due to our weakness of our language, etc, we can't grasp it on that level where we can read it and say, Wow,
we can understand it.
In the struggle of Rasulullah sallallahu Sallam a struggle which overcame all odds,
a struggle which would not have taken place.
If there was a way out,
the call of Rasulullah saw
to tell him that shook the whole of Mexican society, the socio economic order was being challenged.
The religious center of Arabia was being demolished.
They had every reason to meet that challenge.
So, in that struggle, inshallah we can see, we can learn, we can appreciate the Quran,
which is the true legacy which performs or Salam is left for us, tangible in our hands. And the message of the Quran is
to worship Allah alone, and that is the total legacy that we have to carry to the people of British Columbia, to the people of Canada, to the people of the world. This was the legacy from the struggle of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam barakallahu li comb, is that long hair for listening, and I hope that whatever I said was a benefit. And what ever errors are there from me? barnacle Africans that I want to come around