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read in the name of your Lord
who has created all that exists, created man from a clot.
Read and your Lord is the most generous.
Who has taught the writing by the pen
has taught man that which he knew not.
Nay verily men does transgress all bounds,
because he considers himself self sufficient.
Surely until your Lord is the return
Have you seen him who prevents a slave when he prays?
Tell me, if he is on the guidance of Allah
or enjoins piety.
Tell me, if he denies the truth and turns away,
knows he not that Allah does see.
Nay, if he sees is not, we will catch him by the for lock,
a line sinful for lock.
Then let him call upon his counsel.
We will call the guards of hell.
Nay, do not obey Him,
fall prostrate, and draw near to Allah.
hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was salam, ala rasulillah.
All praises due to realize peace and blessings be on the last messenger of Allah.
This evening's presentation is the first of a two part presentation on the prophets Prophethood and the prophets
and in this segment, we'll be looking at the issues
of prophethood and the prophets in general. And in the second segment, tomorrow, we'll be looking at
aspect of the final Prophethood, Prophet Mohammed may God's peace and blessings be upon him and the relevance of his prophethood to us today.
This talk on Prophethood is an extension from the previous talk on
God, God's existence, who is God,
because having understood who God is,
then we said that it is logical to assume that God has conveyed his message to us. And as such, we should find out what that message is, in order for our lives, to be in accordance with the will of God.
when God created human beings,
from the time that he created, Adam, the first of the human beings,
he took from Adams descendants, the Adam and his descendants, all of the descendants of human beings
in the spiritual form
and took from them a covenant
in accordance with
wherein we find in Surah Al are off the seventh chapter of the Quran verses 172 173
where God says there is what is alpha darbuka Benny Adam in him, the reata homework wash had a Humala fusi him alleged to be Rob become callooh Bella hidden.
When your Lord drew forth from the loins of the children of Adam, their descendants and made them testify concerning themselves saying, I might not your Lord. They replied, Yes, we testify to it. That is before
human beings appeared on this earth
in the form of both a body and spirit together, they were already aware of God's existence. And they testified to that existence. In the Quran. God goes on to explain why this was done.
He said, and Taku Yeoman qiyamah in Kona and has officially been out of Hulu in NEMA, Ashoka, Abba una, in Kabul. Baku, Nazareth m embody him, alpha tau Luna Bhima, Fallon moobs de Lune.
in case that you human beings would say on the Day of Judgment, we were unaware of all of this.
Or in case that you may say, it was our ancestors who made partners with a law, and we are only their descendants, will you then destroy us for what those liars did?
So a lot took the descendants of Adams descendants out in the spiritual form and gave them the consciousness of himself so that no one would have an excuse for not
adjusting to God, God's existence in this life. And of course, as we said, attesting to God's existence means
whatever is necessitated by knowledge of that existence.
Prophet Muhammad may God's peace and blessings be upon him,
had given us another aspect of this consciousness, which he referred to as the fitrah. Saying that our law said, I created my servants in the right religion,
but the devils made them go astray.
And Prophet Mohammed may God's peace and blessings be upon him himself said, each child is born in a state of fitrah. This is the natural religion, but his parents make him a Jew or a Christian. It is like the way an animal gives birth to a normal offspring. Have you noticed any young animal born mutilated, before you mutilate them? That is, every child is born
in a natural state of Islam a natural state of submission to God
natural state, which if the environment around him or her, doesn't deviate them from that natural state, they would worship God. They would be conscious of God
going up on their own.
Not only that, Allah, God has created in us an awareness of right and wrong, so that it is not only that we are aware of God, God's existence
and the natural desire to worship would be directed towards him.
But we also have a consciousness of what is right and wrong, which is inborn. And this is expressed in the chapter, the 91st chapter known as a shrimps, in which Allah said,
when I've seen one So why have a llama Fujiwara, taqwa
and the soul.
This is a lot of swearing by the soul, and himself who created it.
And who inspired it to an understanding of corruption
as well as piety
that this is a part of human consciousness. No matter what circumstance a person is born in, they're born with that awareness.
And technically speaking,
that inborn consciousness of God, and sense of righteousness and corruption should be enough for a person to live a righteous life.
God in His mercy,
knowing that human beings
they tend to follow their emotions and their desires.
And then there would be forces in this world, which he had permitted to exist,
which would sway most human beings from the correct path
and lead them into corruption.
on the basis of His mercy,
his love for mankind
his generosity and kindness,
he didn't leave them alone, to find their way.
But he sent prophets and Revelation,
he revealed his will,
in the form of scriptures,
and through the prophets, that he sent, who would demonstrate for people,
how that righteous life should be lived.
And how the will of God should be implemented in all aspects of their lives.
God Almighty chose from among mankind, certain individuals
who he blessed with revelation, and the responsibility of conveying that revelation to those around them.
Allah chose them they were chosen in the Quran, the term
estafa is used
as puffer choosing,
choosing the cream of the crop.
Allah says in the law has stopped them our new Han will Allah Ibrahim will Allah Emraan Allah Allah Nene.
Indeed, Allah chose Adam knew the family of Abraham and the family of Emraan
above the rest of mankind.
prophets were special individuals chosen from among mankind, because there were to be examples,
examples of righteousness.
This is the fundamental
principle which is clarified in the Quran with regards to the profits.
And the last stresses using this term is buffer throughout the plan, in reference to the profits to clarify a mistake
Inception which had developed in the remnants of the previous revelations,
the stories of the prophets in the Old Testament,
the Old Testament, collection of books attributed to the prophets and others,
stories which are
best described as corrupt, and pornographic.
Where profit no profit Noah is described as becoming drunk and falling down, stumbling in his drunkenness falling down naked, and his son seeing him in his nakedness, ham, any curses his son, curses him and all of his descendants.
is made drunk by his daughters, they feed him drink, he drinks, he gets intoxicated, and he commits incest. He has sexual relations with his own daughters and they bear children.
This is the stories in the Old Testament.
sees a man's wife
commits adultery with her, then sends the man to the frontlines of the battle so he would be killed so he could have demands wireframe.
in his old age,
encouraged by his wives, to worship idols, which he does.
These are the stories of the prophets of old in the Old Testament, and these are without any shadow of a doubt lies, fabrications, the worst of lies.
why Muslims get upset
when people like salmaan Rushdie
insult the Prophet Muhammad may God's peace be upon him.
They're being upset, is not merely because he has insulted Prophet Muhammad sallahu wa sallam, but anyone who insults the prophets, Muslims would be upset about
Muslims are upset about the insulting of Jesus Christ.
The Christian world has become silent. They made movies about Jesus where Jesus is portrayed as a homosexual.
Well, they are the villa and the
Christian world is silent.
But for Muslims,
prophets were specially chosen
to guide mankind.
And as I said, this was a blessing from Allah. And as such,
Muslims believers, thank Allah for having sent these prophets
and with them revelation and guidance
and they honor them
and they oppose anyone
or any scripture, which would
Allah goes on to say
for those who would ask,
considering that there were many prophets sent,
and Allah has said, In surah,
verse 36, welaka, bass nafi, Coolio Mateen Rasulullah, who have sent to every nation,
There is a narration that says that there are 124,000 prophets sent amongst them 315
messengers who carried with them revelation of course this narration is not authentic. However, the number of prophets sent were many.
Only 25 names are mentioned in the Quran.
But Allah at the same time stresses that those mentioned
do not represent all of the prophets.
in Surah kafir the 14th chapter verse 78.
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we have sent messengers before you Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
We have told you stories about their lives.
And among them, those whom we haven't related stories about.
a huge number of prophets were sent
and a lot of promises
in Surah, and Esra, the 17th chapter, verse 15, omaka nammo as livina hotton avasarala, and we will not punish it people we have not punished any people,
until after we had sent a messenger to them.
So many messengers were sent,
they were chosen by Allah,
to reinforce the fitrah, which Allah has created each and every human being with
why no female prophets, some may ask, because all of the 25 names are in reference to males.
And whenever the terms are used, male term seem to be used.
Allah says in Surah Al Anam, the sixth chapter 124, Allahu Allah, mo hydrea jewelleries Allah.
Allah knows best, where he puts his message
he chose, as far as we know, mail messengers,
because they were best suited to carry that message. As all of the messengers and prophets that God chose, we believe, are fundamentally the best choice. We do not question why it is that our Lord chose this group or that group.
in ignorance, some people think that all of the most of the profits were sent to the Middle East, you know, to the area of Palestine, Syria, Arabia, they seem to be concentrated there. However, the fact of the matter is that profits were sent to the whole world.
The last group were sent to the Middle East,
and references made to them, but profits were sent as a law set to all nations, and tribes.
From an Islamic perspective, the profits may be divided into two basic categories.
Those who are referred to as
which is translated as profit,
and those are referred to as Rasool or messenger.
In general, the term prophet is used for both
meaning that they were chosen by God
and received revelation.
However, a distinction is made
between those who received revelation
and did not receive a scripture.
And those who did, those who received revelation and the Scripture, are referred to generally as the messengers. They are a special group among the prophets in general who all receive revelation.
Now, those who didn't receive books that revelation confirmed scriptures which came before them,
or their particular circumstance was one in which
their job was only to convey the message to a small
group among mankind.
Now the revelation which came
came in three
Basic different ways, Allah identifies how revelation came.
And this is the key point for determining who is a prophet and who is not.
In other systems are in common beliefs.
A prophet is one
So somebody like Nostradamus,
you know prophesied a number of events, only a very small percentage of them turned out to be accurate, sometimes referred to as a prophet.
And you have another individual, Edgar Casey, who used to relay information from his dreams or in a dream state, and he is referred to as the sleeping Prophet, and many people who follow and believe in him.
But from the Islamic perspective,
the prophets are those who truly received revelation they were not 50% accurate in their prophecies, or 5%, or 10%.
They were men of God
in their private lives, and the lives their public lives.
And they carried 100% correct information.
Allah describes the way that revelation came
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is not fitting for a man that our law should speak to him, except by inspiration,
or from behind the veil, or by sending a messenger to reveal with the laws permission, what a law wills, for he is most high and wise, this is from the chapter known as assura, the 42nd chapter, verse 51.
The first method
translated as inspiration.
Why there are law conveys, by way, His Word or his guidance, by way of why or inspiration. Now what this refers to
As Ayesha reported, in Sahih, Muslim has collected in Sahih Muslim, that the first form of revelation
came to Allah's Messenger
as true dreams.
During his sleep,
whenever he had a dream that would come through clearly like the daybreak. This is how revelation began.
we know from the story of Prophet Abraham,
when a law revealed to him in a dream, that he was to sacrifice his son, Prophet Abraham, acted on that dream, knowing that what he received in the dream was revelation.
So for profits,
one of the modes of Revelation is in their dreams.
Prophet Mohammed, may God's peace and blessings be upon him, had said regarding true dreams, that as the final hour approaches, this is in Sahih al Bukhari
the dreams of the believer will hardly fail to come true. That is, true believers will experience more and more true dreams, what is the true dream, where one dreams of something
and it comes to pass in their daily life?
This is a true dream. And this is from Allah. It is a sign which Allah has left with mankind, to show those who would deny God's existence the atheist or whatever,
that there are powers beyond himself or herself.
Showing them things
of the future because true dreams are not limited only to believers.
non believers, non Muslims
experienced this in their lives also. And it is a sign Allah leaves within them as individuals to know to let them be certain
that God is real.
how does one no one has a true dream, when the dream comes true?
for profits, the distinction between the true gems of profits and our true dreams is that the true gems of profits all came true, whatever they dreamt were true dreams and it all came true. They could depend on it as revelation from Allah. But for the rest of mankind, we cannot depend that we have a dream and we assume this the true dream? No, we don't know that it is a true dream, until it actually comes true.
So one cannot, having had one true dream,
then start to assume that any dreams that they have are also true dreams and start to inform people and tell them look out, watch out for this, this is going to happen, that's going to happen No. Can I do this? If one does that, then one is taking upon oneself, the mantle of fortune telling.
We don't know that a dream is true, until it comes true.
The second category of dreams.
Prophet Mohammed Salim referred to as being from Satan.
And he described these dreams as bad dreams,
as fearful dreams, dreams which cause fear, where you are terrorized in your dream, etc. And these dreams
represent the interference of the world of the jinn, the evil spirits in our dream state.
Such dreams, the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, instructed us that we should not narrate them to others good dreams, true dreams. We're allowed to narrate to others
because of the positive information that is there. And they remember the fact that they will remind others of God, but the evil dreams that we have Prophet Mohammed may God's peace and blessings be upon him, instructed us not to convey to others is very important because a lot of people get caught up into dream interpretation. They want to get interpretations of their dreams. And they have some very horrible and hideous dreams. And they come telling people you know this happened. What does this mean? What does that mean? Apart from Hamza Salim said that we should not relay it to others. He said
in a narration found inside a Muslim.
A good dream comes from Allah and a bad dream from the devil. So when one of you sees in a dream where he does not like he should spit on his left side three times and seek refuge in a law from its evil, then it will not harm him.
And he said
that, as I said, we should not narrate this to others. In another narration
conveyed by Abu Seidel Audrey,
found in Sahih al Bukhari, he said, If any one of you has a dream that he likes, then it is from Allah, he should thank Allah for it and narrated to others. If he has a dream that he dislikes, then it is from Satan, he should seek refuge in a law from its evil, and he should not mention it to anybody, then it will not harm him.
It's very important principle. Because people have neglected this, everybody's having dreams, and wants to know what their dreams mean. We have to follow the principles which the Prophet sallallahu Sallam has outlined to us in this regard.
The third category we said was that of the ramblings of the mind.
And again, there is no need to narrate this because it is meaningless. It represents things that were important to us in our day to day lives are things that from our personal experiences, which come back to us in the dream form, usually jumbled up, you know, in an incoherent pattern, and way, we don't need to try to find meaning and sense from it.
So this is the first way by which
revelation came. Now there is a narration from Prophet Mohammed Salim, in which he referred to this form of true dreams as being a portion of Revelation.
One for the sixth part of revelation
this is an aspect of the prophethood, which came to the prophets before not that anyone who receives
a true dream must now start to think that he is a prophet or she is a prophet.
it was an aspect of prophethood for the prophets, for other than the prophets, it is not. It represents a portion of Revelation, which remains as problems as elements said.
Nothing is left of profit to it except glad tidings. When they asked his companions asked what are glad tidings, he said, Good dreams.
But not profits add meaning left of profit, meaning that we can have still profits. But that knowledge, which was a part of the knowledge of prophethood, still remains until the last day in the form of true dreams. But as I said, we cannot judge any dream to be a true dream, until it has actually come true.
The second category of revelation was from behind the veil.
This veil is the veil of light
which protects or veils a law from his creatures.
When Prophet Mohammed may God's peace and blessings be upon him,
went into the heavens was taken into the heavens.
And he communicated with a lot
and returned and convey that information to his companions. They asked him
whether he saw Allah
and His response was
how could I see him?
All I saw was light.
And in another narration by Abu Musa, these are in Sahih Muslim Muslim
he quote Sparkman Salim is saying,
Verily, Allah does not sleep, noise it befitting for him to sleep is the one who lowers the scales of deeds and raises them and his veil is light.
So Allah is veiled in light.
But from behind that veil, Allah has communicated with his prophets,
Mohammed Salim, related to us
that he was referred to as Kalima law, the one to whom Allah spoke.
And the law says, What can lemon law who said
that a law spoke, actually spoke to Prophet Moses, may God's peace and blessings be upon him.
Allah also spoke to Prophet Mohammed may God's peace and blessings be upon him during the night journey, and revealed to him
the last two verses of Surah Al Baqarah. This is recorded inside Buhari as well as a Muslim.
So this was one mode by which Allah communicated with his prophets.
Whether Allah spoke to other prophets or not, we cannot say Prophet Musa,
Prophet Mohammed may God's peace and blessing be and both of them are specifically mentioned.
This does not mean that no other prophets were spoken to.
But on a regular basis, Allah communicated with Prophet Musa and on and on occasion, one occasion, Allah spoke directly to Prophet Muhammad, may God's peace and blessings be upon them.
The third way, which is the most common way, that revelation came to the prophets,
after that of true dreams,
was by the agency of a messenger and that messenger referred to in the Quran is Angel jabril Gabriel
and according to the explanations given to us by Prophet Mohammed, may God's peace and blessings be upon him.
Angel Gabriel appeared and communicated with him allows message on two occasions in his natural form,
which is a form so huge
and majestic that it filled the whole horizon in all directions in which he looked, profit, or sorry, Angel Gabriel filled the whole horizon. In the more common way in which revelation came to him, it was in the form where he took the form of a man.
And sometimes when he took the form of a man and came with revelations, on a few occasion, he came visible to the companions, prophets, companions, and we know the Hadith known as the Hadith jabril. The occasion and Prophet Muhammad peace, be upon him was sitting with his companions, and he had asked them to ask him something about Islam. They were silent, they were shy to ask them anything. And a man came walking in off the desert, with extremely white clothes, very black hair, showing no signs of journey, walked into the middle, sat up right next to the Prophet, may God's peace be upon him and began to ask him, what is Islam? What is a man faith? What is your son or righteous
And after this particular incident, Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam informed his companions, that that was Angel Gabriel, coming to teach them their religion. So we know that on some occasions, not often, but on some occasions, the angel came in the form of a man and was visible to the prophets companions.
However, on most occasions when the angel came, he was not visible.
And Prophet Mohammed, so I sent them described how the revelation came to him. at some times, when it came, it came in the form of something sounding like
bells, ringing sort of chain being drawn on a rock or
something. Sometimes, it came in a form which was so heavy, that he would start to sweat in a winter's day.
At any rate,
revelation came to the profits in these three basic forms.
Inspiration through true dreams, direct communication from a law, from behind the veil of light, and by the agency of the messengers, the prophet the angels, who carried revelation particular Angel, the angel Gabriel.
Now, with regards to
the Prophet, and the prophets as human beings,
we do not look at them as being infallible.
As human beings, prior to Revelation, they may have committed some mistakes.
We know Prophet Adam was considered to be the first of the prophets
ate from the tree,
before Prophethood was granted to him.
once prophets were chosen,
their message was protected from any error.
Because there were to be guidance to mankind. So the message had to be protected
in order to protect the people from any form of misguidance. Now, even when revelation came, the prophets did commit some errors, errors of judgment
between what may be considered good and what is better, not sins, and major acts of disobedience, but errors of judgment and we know in the Quran, their verses and chapters, which address some of the errors which Prophet Muhammad may God's peace be upon him made.
In the case of the verse, or the chapter Abba, we find
Prophet Mohammed Salim being corrected by a law for turning away from the blind men, bureau Maktoum, who came and asked them to teach him something of Islam, but he delayed explaining to him
put him aside because he was in the process of meeting with the heads of Quraysh an expert explaining Islam to them. And so he saw that as being a priority, and delayed explaining to a better mark to however long
corrects him, that it was better for him to explain to him, to him also and so on and file. We also find in the 67th chat verse, where a lot of style tells the prophet may God's peace invest be upon him that it was not befitting of him to take prisoners after the Battle of mother, before establishing Islam in the land.
Because the Prophet, having taken prisoners after the first battle against the pagans, had chosen to rant have them ransom themselves and freed some of them, after having taught 10 Muslims how to read and write. And some of them he just freed because they had no other means.
He was supposed to have
because they are executed Muslims
in Mecca, and they were continuing to torture and kill Muslims who were not able to leave Mecca. So in order to put fear into the hearts of these pagans, the proper choice would have been to execute them, as some of his companions had suggested.
But at any case,
Miss judgment on the part of the Prophet because it was out of his own mercy and kindness, which he sought to release them rather than execute them.
But, as I said, with regards to the message, whatever error took place, on the part of the judgments of the prophets, these errors were clarified for the people so that even their errors and judgment became a means of guidance to the people, but the errors in judgment, we do not consider as having ever reached the level attributed to them in the Old Testament stories.
Now, Prophet Mohammed may God's peace and blessings be upon him, had said that the last day would not come
until 40, that Giles false Christs would appear amongst
his nation, each one claiming that he was a prophet of Allah.
And this is he or she understood.
So for those who are concerned,
women have been left out here.
Within a couple of years after the death of Prophet Mohammed, mega peace and blessings be upon him.
There was masala from the tribe of hanifa, in yamamah, in the Niger area, the eastern part of Arabia, who claimed Prophethood actually, during the prophets lifetime, he had sent a letter offering to divide up
Arabia between himself and the Prophet, may God's peace be upon him. But the prophet may God's peace be upon him rejected his suggestion and refer to him as a liar, a false prophet
in the north of Arabia,
from among the Tamim tribe, found in Iraq and northern Arabia today, Saudi Arabia, we had a prophetess sajha.
She claimed to receive revelation and had a band of followers
succeed in their initial struggles. Many of them were defeated in their battles. So she joined forces with masala married him, and the two carried on the
claim and call to Prophethood.
Until they were ultimately defeated, Hussein was killed, Sasha
left Arabia and repented and came back to Islam and died in Basra.
In the south, from Yemen, we had another prophet and asked what lancy from the UN's tribe.
He and his followers captured in a drawn for period and were subsequently defeated.
And since that time, there have been over the centuries, more than one individual who has claimed Prophethood in more recent times in the 19th century had bow law, who died around a night at 92, who his followers created a new religion from out of the Shiite schism,
which came to be known as the Bohai religion. We have Mirza Ghulam Ahmed, who died in the early 1900s. His claim to Prophethood game in the late 1800s and his
followers are known as the comedies or the potty are nice today. They are found in Pakistan in India.
We had Elijah Muhammad in America. Not to be outdone, Americans had to have their own Prophet, Elijah Muhammad in 1932. He claimed that God came in the form of a man and taught him and declared him to be a prophet. He died in 1975.
And in the Sudan, in the 80s, there was an individual by the name of Muhammad,
who also claimed Prophethood and he was executed by the state hamdulillah.
claim to fame claim to Prophethood is not limited to Muslims. We have many examples. You know, amongst the Christian sects, many of the major Christian sects which are around today, their founders were prophets claimed to be prophets. We had the female prophetess Mrs. White, who founded the seven Day Adventists the Mormons Prophet Joseph Smith, Jehovah's Witness, you know, we had the Russell and
the claim to profit today will continue until the last day even the Zhao the famous antichrist will come. Part of his claim will be that he is a prophet, that is Jesus is a prophet is the renewer eventually claims that he is God.
We also had in America, another individual who was of Egyptian origin, who claimed Prophethood his name was Rashad Khalifa, claimed that his miracle was discovering the 19, the miraculous number, which governs the Quran.
Fortunately, he was assassinated, after shortly after claiming Prophethood in the round in 1989.
prophets represent a blessing from Allah to mankind.
The mercy and the love of God is manifest in the roles that they played.
And we are obliged as believers to give thanks to God for them, to respect them, and to follow them.
They came as guides, from ignorance, from idolatry, from
pagan beliefs, to the light and the guidance of Revelation,
bringing with them, the true religion of God, Islam submission to God
serravalle Kumara de la de Vaca
hamdu Lillah wa salatu salam ala rasulillah.
How did prophets prove their Prophethood
the miracles which are given by a law by God to the prophets was the method method by which they convince the people to whom they were sent, that they were prophets.
were specifically designed for the people of their own time. Because one who reads of the miracles or hears of the miracles of the people of the past,
cannot necessarily be convinced simply because of information given to them. These miracles are really demonstrations of the power of God, to the people to whom the prophets were sent.
the message which they brought in terms of the way of life, was also evidence that they were bringing
revelation from God
is a combination of both miracles and the correctness of the message correctness in the sense that we said that each person is born with this natural belief in God and having a consciousness of right and wrong. So if somebody brings
a system, which consistently agrees with all of one's natural understanding of what is good, and these are amongst the signs that this system is from God
Can you tell us some of the proofs of the existence of profits for example, I've heard of exhibitions displaying such things as profit yahia and profit John's head and arm, profit use of turn turban, can we be sure such things are true?
This is something that we cannot depend on, though, in many parts of the Muslim world, you will find artifacts, which are attributed back to Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu wasallam and his companions, you know, as is well established in Catholic tradition, you will find in many cathedrals, bones of the saints and you know earlier prophets or whatever, and these bones are supposed to be capable of, you know, performing miracles even till now.
And they have shown that in believe it is in Italy, where they have the bones of
Prophet john supposedly, that when they added up all the bones, it was enough to make three skeletons and not just one.
And, we have in our, in the Muslim world, you know, similar examples of
ridiculousness, you will find in the Topkapi Museum in Turkey, a display of the tooth,
which Prophet Mohammed Salah Salaam last was knocked out during the Battle of Orford.
Now, this tooth can also be found in Pakistan
and in Egypt,
and over in North Africa, believe it Tunisia or someplace they also have the tooth. Now we know there was only one tooth which was lost. So it raises a big question mark as to these other teeth.
And there are other artifacts, turbans, swords, etc, etc. The point is that we cannot accept these things as being authentic, unless there is an authentic chain of narrators back to that particular object meaning the name of the companion who picked up the tooth
you know, from the battlefield of art, who he gave it to what his name was, and everybody right down to the point that they put it in the museum. If we don't have that, then we reject it.
This is something fabricated
In any case, you know, this has become like a fetish amongst Muslims. You know, the hairs of from the province or salad head supposedly or find many places they will have, you know, the hair on certain special occasions, you know, once or twice a year, they will bring out the here, people will come and touch the hair. Some people say the hair keeps growing, they cut off pieces and pass it around. And you even have a whole Masjid you know, a big shrine there in the biggest Masjid you know, about which there was so much uproar when it was burned down in Kashmir. This is a shrine to the hair of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam supposedly there was a hair in there, and they built a
huge trying to this here.
This is a part and parcel of the deviation
of Muslims where they have strayed from the message from the message of Islam and, you know, have become engrossed in magical or
you know, yeah, I guess you call it just magical, magical and miraculous
objects or incidents, which have taken on in their lives much more meaning than understanding what the law has instructed them in the Koran. Understanding what the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him has conveyed to us in his authentic narrations, traditions, you know, instead of living their lives in accordance with this, they live lives which are culturally focused and get their spiritual inspiration from these fabricated objects, which are attributed back to the prophets.
And I know in Palestine, they have what is supposed to be the rock on which mom's asylum, you know, from which he ascended into heaven, and they have it suspended. So you can go on to under, you know, underneath and you'll see it, it's not sitting on anything, of course, I mean, they give you the impression that it's floating right, you know, magically till now miraculously floating above
The ground. I mean, they've got props at the side holding it up, right but it's all delusion, you know. And same thing when you go to the Kaaba, you know, macabre him, you know the rock on which Prophet Abraham stood when he was built building the Kaaba, they've put a cap on top of it, you know, which is made out of silver, and with impressions of footprints. So it sits on top of the rock and give you the impression that he actually when he stood his foot sank into the rock to the point where there's impressions in the rock, but it's and it's unfortunate Muslims, you know, today, I mean, they
they've lost a sense of reality, you know, and have been caught up in in these kinds of things and, and so, you will find them attaching so much religious significance to things like for example, even when I was in Medina, studying, I would see people coming from different parts of the world, you know, who would whenever it rained, you know, they would have these bottles catching the rainwater, which float off the top of the profits mask, right, they would catch it in these bottles and take it back home to their to their countries and distribute it and sell it and, you know, use it for you know, anything if you're guessing if you're being buried, you know, I dropped a few drops on it, you
know, and this was shot, this should assure you're going to paradise, you know, because these were drops of water which came off the roof of the Prophet's mosque, right, it is holy, so it must carry you to a holy place to paradise. But
the fact of the matter is that, you know, when I used to sit in the Prophet's mosque, and study there,
I lived in Medina while studying in Medina University. So we used to, in after us, and we'd sit and study in, in the Prophet's mosque. So I sell them. And in the area, which used to be gravel, now it's been covered in marble, it's a gravel area between the old part of the mosque and the new part. We sit there, you know, and study, and the birds would fly over pigeons, right. Many pigeons, and of course, again, people are into holy pigeons. So you have people who sell, you know, sell seeds, you know, and people, you know, make a big thing about buying these seeds to feed the holy pigeons, right, because there are pigeons, which perched on the roof of the mosque, they must be holy, so you
should feed them, you'll get special blessings, you know, anyway, these birds would fly over.
And, of course, when you're reading, you know, sometimes we see the birds coming in after duck because, you know, when they fly, they would drop things, right.
And these same birds, of course, they're flying over the top of the mosque, you know, they're sitting on top of the monster defecating on the top of the mosque. So this rainwater these people are collecting, which they think is so holy, is a mixture of, you know, bird feces, you know, are they taking this off to the countries, you know, believing this type of thing? is very, very, very unfortunate. And
it's really something if a person you know, didn't know Islam before coming and seeing them do these things, it would really, you know, make one question, could this possibly be the religion of God?
But Alhamdulillah, you know, I was blessed to know Islam before seeing these things.
Could Buddha and Confucius be considered prophets? Well,
we couldn't say yes or no. In the case of Confucius, we don't know what his original teachings were, you know, they've been distorted over time.
Buddha, if what has been attributed to him is correct, then we'd have to say no, he wasn't a prophet. He was a reformer, a Hindu reformer, he reformed Hindu beliefs. But if what has been attributed to him is, in fact false. You know that the good part of his teachings which confirm or conform with Islamic teachings, were only a part of the true message which he brought, then he might have been a prophet. And Allah knows we cannot say he was, nor can we say ultimately, he wasn't somebody like Zarathustra of Iran who have the area known as Persia, you know, who is the founder, so called founder of the Zoroastrian religion or they call the Parsis.
The teachings which are attributed back to him in their book is much closer to the revealed books, you know, to the Quran, and what is authentic of the Old Testament books that are found in the Old Testament, and some things attributed to Prophet Jesus. We find in their books of Revelation,
or called books of Revelation, talk about heaven.
And how the angels bridge over hell, etc, etc. You know so much in there so much so that Omar California already Allahu anhu had instructed his companions when they went into that area to treat them as people of the book.
There's a question concerning a couple of questions concerning
Alma de the Maddie
who is referred to amongst Shiites as Imam and Maddie who is supposed to be the 12th Imam And
is he to be considered a false prophet or not? Well, there are authentic narrations from Prophet Mohammed Salah salam to confirm that, you know, as one of the signs of the last day,
there would be an individual from his oma, whom Allah would change overnight, in terms of his character and faith, etc. And who would be a renewer of the religion to the degree that he would establish Islam over the earth, and he would rule the earth with Islam.
And after his time, towards the ending of his rule, the jaal the false Christ, the major antichrist would appear.
Now that individual about whom performs as salaam spoke is true, we as Muslims cannot deny him is mentioned in authentic traditions.
Now, the Imam Mahdi Imam Al Mahdi, who the Shiites refer to, you know, they have taken something of the traditions concerning the MA the mid and made him an individual amongst among the in their hierarchy of imams. And they attribute to him certain acts that when he comes, you know, he is going to go to where the graves of Abu Bakr, Omar are, and he will cause them to be resurrected, they will come back to their graves and he will beat them and all kinds of foolishness. We don't this Mr. Modi is fictitious, that they have the Shiites have?
What is the status of the Gospel of Barnabas?
The Gospel of Barnabas has in it some correct information. But it is
no more authentic in its general and in the historical sense, then the other so called gospels of Jesus, we cannot take it as being the gospel of Jesus because it has no information which is offensive things which will never accept also
just that it does contain some mention of Prophet Mohammed may God's peace be upon him, and seems to confirm, you know, the true message of Jesus in terms of inviting people to the worship of God and not in inviting people to worship himself. But we do not consider it to be the authentic gospel of Jesus.
Do jinns have their own profits? is Mohamed Salah Salem the last message for the jinn as well as all people? Well, there is clear evidence from the statement of the problems I send them that he was sent to both the gym and to mankind.
Whether they had their own profits or not, this is something people have discussed and debated.
I'm not at liberty to say yay or nay Allah knows.
Instead of sending messengers, why didn't the law show himself to his people? Well,
the messengers came
as a part of a test, they brought the truth, people were involved in falsehood, and people had to choose whether to follow the messengers or not. If Allah appeared,
no one would disbelieve
the issue of this belief the issue of choice of belief will be
So in order to retain
value, in freewill which God had given human beings, he did not show himself to human beings directly. We are aware of God through His creation.
The signs which point in his creation to him
From the time of our creation,
through the Scriptures, and through the messages, messages and examples of the prophets, that is sufficient.
If there is a nation of people on earth to whom no prophet has come, or messenger, how would they be judged on the day of judgment? Well, Prophet Muhammad may God's peace and blessings be upon him, and related to us in authentic tradition found in Ahmed and some of the other obscure books, that
for those people who didn't receive the message,
children, those who are mad, insane, that is, you know, who had no means of understanding the message and to be held accountable.
On the Day of Resurrection,
a prophet will be sent to them, and they will be instructed to follow Him and to follow him into paradise.
The paradise will appear to them reversed, but they will be instructed to follow Him, those who follow Him will go to Paradise, and those who reject Him will go to hell. So, everyone will have an opportunity, before the final judgement, to choose between following the prophets and the messages which came from them or not. Because one may not see a prophet directly. But if the message has been preserved and conveyed that is sufficient, doesn't mean every single person has to have seen the messenger because otherwise, from the time of Prophet Mohammed, may God's peace be upon him and all the prophets onwards, there are no more profits coming in all the those who appeared are classified
as false prophets. So we are obliged to believe in him and in the prophets, based on the revelation which has been preserved and shown to us, not based on having seen him.
Why were there only 25 mentioned messengers mentioned in the Quran? That is a question that we should ask a lot in in Paradise, if you wish to ask him that you can if you make it there in sha Allah, you know, you can ask him then why only 25 he chose dimension 25 and we just say, Mashallah, that is what a lot.
What movie were you referring to when you said Jesus was indicated as a homosexual? It's
actually a Broadway play. It was done throughout Europe and in America was called jesus christ superstar. You know, they made a movie out of it also.
People say that no matter what religion you are, if you are if you have a good heart, you will still go to heaven. Is that true? That or people say, what about Mother Teresa?
You know, as Muslims, how can we believe that Mother Teresa is going to help? Here's a woman who has devoted her life to righteousness and goodness, etc, doing good deeds and all this? How can we say she's going to help? Well, we can't say she is going to help if she dies in the state that she is. That is believing that God became a man
and worshiping God as a man, Jesus, then she will go to hell.
Let us pray that she find Islam the true belief before she dies, find it meaning finding it in her heart, but she doesn't know. She has been exposed to Islam.
You know, let's not fool ourselves. That is not thing that she doesn't. She's not been exposed to Islam she has been, but she has chosen not to believe. Now, the question one would ask why Mother Teresa. Why, how why punishment and she's been so good. Prophet Muhammad may God's peace and blessings be upon him informed us that his own uncle, his own uncle Abu Talib, who raised him, as a child raised them looked after him when he became a prophet, and the people wanted to harm him, protected him looked after him, etc. all the way to this deathbed.
When Abu Talib was on his deathbed Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, invited him to Islam. This Abu Talib, who had seen the science who knew in his art that Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam was a prophet of God.
But his other relatives were telling him, are you going to degrade our family? Are you going to be smirking
The name of our forefathers.
This was the issue in front of him,
shall I do something which would bring
back a bad name to my forefathers? Because my father, my grandfather, my great grandfather, all these people were pagan idol worshipers. If I declare Islam, then I have somehow you know, degraded them said they're all wrong, or should I follow what I know in my heart to be true Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam accept that religion, he chose to go the way of his forefathers. And Prophet Mohammed Salim said that he would be in hell,
he would have the least punishment in hell, because of the role that he played in terms of protecting the prophethood, etc, etc. He would have the least punishment, and that would be one in which only his feet up to his ankles were actually in the Hellfire, but that would be sufficient for his brains to boil eternally.
So if the prophet may God's peace and blessings be upon him, as informed that us that information about his own uncle, who was so dear to him, who did so much righteousness?
Then why would we then hesitate to accept that Mother Teresa, who, though she is doing good,
God only knows what her intention is. We cannot speak of her intention.
We don't know what is going on inside of her mind, why she's doing it, she may be doing it for show. So that she will be known as a holy person, so that she will be considered a saint after she dies. You know, the way people are doing, you know, for her right now. She's like a virtual saint walking on Earth. You know, New York City, she is allowed to park cars she under people anywhere, no problem of parking, etc. Now, Muslims have been begging on Juma because so many people are going to pray didn't have the right to park their cars, you know, outside of the parking places just for the period of prayer, right? This is Muslims.
They have been denied this. Mother Teresa comes along. And she has,
you know, a free open
invitation to park her car anywhere. No one will give her a ticket. She and her people are all you know, entourage. Okay, so she has it.
She got it. If that is what she thought, then she's getting it. But in terms of the next life, the greatest possible sin is to worship other than God.
I know when we tend to think of the scale of sins, we say adultery, fornication, drinking alcohol, taking drugs, you know, all of these, these type of sins, you know, murder. These are major sins, they're horrible evil deeds.
But in the sight of God as evil as these are.
There is nothing more evil than worshiping other than God. That is the worst, the greatest possible evil.
And the punishment for that if a person dies in that state without repentance is eternal damnation. Hell,
that's the bottom line. That is the decision of God.
It is a just and merciful decision.
Some people have more dreams than others. Why?
Again, Allah Who created people, you know best we ask him, you know, I try life we make it to fire that so you can ask that question.
What do we have to say about people who believe in God but are uncertain about religion?
Who do you not think it's necessary to pick a religion?
if one doesn't choose the religion of God,
when the information about it is available to them,
then they have chosen to follow their own desires.
As Allah said in the Quran, Have you not seen the one who has taken his own or her own desires as his God?
Then that is what the God is now, if one is following one's own desires, they want to do their own thing.
You know, they don't want to follow revelation. They want to be good when they feel like being good. And being bad when they feel like being bad. You know, it's up to them. I mean, that's the kind of life
They want to live a life following one's desires, what the religion does, is to put one in a system,
which makes one obliged to reflect and to think about what one is doing,
where what is good is defined
and known, what is evil is clear, and also known. And one is reminded not only by the principles of the religion, the teachings, the scriptures, etc, but also by members of that religion, they will help and support the individual in practicing the religion which God has prescribed for mankind, if people choose to be on their own, then they cannot avail themselves of the help of other human beings. Because who is to tell them that No, you shouldn't do this, because they believe in God and they can do as they wish, there is no defining principles for their lives. And and this is such an ignorant kind of approach, really, I mean, in the sense that the human being knows that in all other
aspects of his or her life, they
recognize the importance of system of organization,
you know, whether it is on the job,
there is organization, you have to be there at the time, you have break lunch break at a time you leave at a particular time you get paid at the end of the job, you know,
you have a particular job to do there, you know, specifications there for you
driving a car, if the system, you don't jump in the car and start pumping the gas and expect the car to go, No, no, you have to turn on the ignition, there's our system here. Recognize that if you don't follow the system, you can't drive or you're going to crash the car.
In all of the various aspects of life, we see the importance of system within our own homes. We tried to organize systems, times to get up times to wake up the children, foods to eat. In all this, we study the different kinds of foods, what are the best foods? And also
how can we recognize the importance of systems in all of the aspects of our lives? And then when it comes to the spiritual aspect, we say no need for a system?
is the spiritual aspect of our lives not more important than the physical aspects?
Is our need for discipline in our physical life greater than our need for discipline in our spiritual life?
I think any thinking person will recognize that our need for spiritual discipline is far greater than our need for physical discipline.
So I don't accept, you know the argument, you know, that
one would believe in God and not choose the correct way to worship God and to live one's life.
A question Could you please tell me how the prophets prayed to Allah?
What we have
in terms of evidences from the Old Testament, there is a series of them, which I've mentioned here in a book called The true message of Jesus Christ, which is available.
It is mentioned there that Jesus
in Matthew 2639, it said there and going a little farther he Jesus fell on his face and prayed.
And there is also mentioned in the Old Testament in genesis of Prophet Abraham, falling on his face in prayer.
In Numbers 1622 and 20, verse six, both Moses and Aaron are recorded as falling on their faces in worship. In Joshua five, verse 14, seven verse six, Joshua falls on his face on the earth worshiped in First Kings, 18, verse 42, Elijah about down on the ground, put his face between his knees, you know, and there are so many examples there. And in general, this method of prostration is a fundamental part of the acts of worship, which were practiced, we believe by the prophets, from the time of Adam, till the last of the prophets. It is the sign of submission, the ultimate sign of submission. And this is what we should realize when we're talking about the different modes of
prayer. When we stand in prayer, when we bow, and when we prostrate that these are the modes
by which people in this world, extract from people from the rest of the society, submission, showing their allegiance or obedience. When the ruler or the judge or whatever comes into the court, you know, everybody stands rise in honor of the honorable