Prophet Muhammad
 

Who was Prophet Muhammad? What was he actually? Is Prophet Muhammad a true prophet? Is there any foretell about him? Why he married more than one? Why he fought? To know about the answers of these important questions, read this article below… Prophet Muhammad was the last Prophet from Almighty Creator who came a long time ago with the Final Revelation for mankind. Although a lot of people believe Prophet Muhammad as a Messenger from Allah, but there are still a lot of other people who disbelieve him. In this chapter, we will discuss about Prophet Muhammad, what he was actually, and the proof his Prophethood according to the Holy Book.


Necessity of the coming of Prophet Muhammad

There are surely some necessities behind the coming of any Prophet on this earth. Surely it is nothing rather than the Plan of Allah. Now we will learn about the necessities of the coming of Prophet Muhammad.


– Case 1 –

Prophet Isa came with the Second Revelation of Allah in the race of Prophet Ishaķ. But the maximum Jewish people of the race of Ishaķ disbelieved him. They neither accepted Prophet Isa nor his teachings. In this way, the disbelievers illegally rebuked Prophet Isa and totally rejected him. Still such people are present in this earth who disbelieves Prophet Isa as a Messenger of Allah. For this reason, Allah raised up a Prophet not from the race of Ishaķ so that he can bring proof about Prophet Isa, being a non eyewitness and being a man of other race.Thus Allah established the truth of Prophet Isa by the last Prophet Muhammad.


– Case 2 –

After the First and the Second Revelation Allah decided to bring His Final Revelation for mankind to fulfill the Way of Life (Standard set of Laws for a Standard Life) for mankind. To bring this Final Revelation, Allah chose Prophet Muhammad so that he can bring the Final Messages of Allah and can be the Last Mediator between Allah and Mankind.


– Case 3 –

Allah blessed the family of Îbrahîm, and decided to create two races from Îbrahîm’s two sons: Ishaķ and Ishmaîl, so that He can send His Revelations in these two races. Allah sent his First and Second Revelation among the race of Ishaķ. For this reason, those people began to think that: The race of Ishaķ is only blessed and Prophethood is only for them. Again, the people of the race of Ishaķ thought that: The Religion of Allah is only for the race of Ishaķ. Thus the people of the race of Ishaķ became boastful. And, to make these blind beliefs false and to fulfill the Revelation, Allah decided to raise a Prophet who is not from the race of Ishaķ. So, Allah chose Muhammad as His Prophet from the race of Ishmaîl.   Now let us learn from Quran that what it says about the necessity of the coming of Prophet Muhammad:

“… Now has come to you Our Messenger (Muhammad) explaining to you much of that which you used to hide from the Scripture and pass over much (for your own benefit) …”

(Quran, Al Ma’idah 5:15)

“… this Quran is not such as could ever be produced by other than Allah, but it is a confirmation of which was before it (like Tâẃrah, Zabur, Kitabun Anbiya, Injeel), and a complete explanation of the Book (of Laws for mankind) – wherein there is no doubt – from the Lord of the universe.”

(Quran, Yunus 10:37)

(O Muhammad) “Verily, We have sent you as witness, and a bearer of glad tidings (of Eternal Life), and a warner (of Future Torment)”

(Quran, Al Fath 48:8)

So about the necessity of the coming of Prophet Muhammad it is written that:

  • Prophet Muhammad came as a witness of Allah and His Revelation.
  • He came to prove the old Revelations and to fulfill the Laws of Allah for mankind.
  • He came as a barer of glad tiding for those who believe and follow Allah, and as a warner for those who don’t.
  • He came to explain everything that people used to forget or pass over or hide consciously or unconsciously.


False thoughts about Prophet Muhammad


Marriage of Prophet Muhammad:

When people hear that the prophet had many wives they conclude without much thought that the Prophet was a sensuous man. However, a quick historical review of his marriages surely will prove it false.

When Prophet Muhammad was twenty-five years old he married Khadijah, who was the first wife of Prophet. She remained the only wife of the Prophet for the next twenty-five years, until she died. Prophet Muhammad kept the holiness of his relationship for his first and true wife until his death. Only after the death of the first wife, Khadijah, Prophet Muhammad married other women, while already Prophet passed his age of fifty. Now, it is obvious that if the Prophet was after physical pleasure he did not have to wait until he was more than fifty years old to start marrying more wives. He lived in such a society in which it was quite acceptable to have many wives. But the Prophet remained devoted to his first and only true wife for twenty-five years until her death, and later he married others.

His later marriages were not having physical pleasure, but for various reasons. Some marriages were with the view to help the women whose husbands had been killed while they were defending their faith on Allah and their Prophet. Others were with a view to cement relationships with devoted followers like Abu Bakr. Yet others were to build bridges with various tribes who were otherwise at war with the Muslims. When the Prophet became their relative through marriage, their hostilities calmed down, much bloodshed was averted, and many became Muslim. This increased the scope of the spreading of Islam.

So, surely we can say that, Prophet Muhammad’s later marriages were mainly for the spreading of Islam, surely not for any other purpose.

But still people criticize and disbelieve Prophet Muhammad for his marriages, although these people believe such previous Pious People and Prophets who had more than one wife in their life; although some of them did it against the Will of Allah. It is written in the Old Scriptures that:

“Îbrahîm took another wife, whose name was Keturah (after Sarah and Hagar).”

(Bible, Genesis 25:1)

“After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.”

(Bible, 2 Samuel 5:13)

“He (King Solomon) had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines …”

(Bible, 1 Kings 11:3)

Actually, Allah allowed Multi-Marriage at the ancient era, mainly for the Prophets and the Anointed Pious People, because:

  • If the families of the Prophets and the Anointed Pious People increase, then the chance of the spreading of Allah’s Teaching will also increase through the members of those families.
  • At the ancient era it was necessary to increase the population of this world, because the population of this world was limited then.

Some people misunderstand and say, “As Prophets married more than once, so we can also”. These people can’t understand that, Prophets married after their first marriage only for the Cause of Allah, not for their desire of flesh, or for any worldly purpose. Actually, one man is for one woman, as Allah created Adam and Hawa for each other. Prophet Muhammad also remained devoted to his first and true wife until her death. As Allah taught through Quran that:

“… a believing woman – if she offers herself (as a wife) to the Prophet, and (if) the Prophet wishes to marry her – (O Prophet), a privilege for you onlynot for the (other) believers …”

(Quran, Al Ahzab 33:50)

So, it is surely clear that, Prophet Muhammad married legally, not against the will of Allah Almighty.


War and Prophet Muhammad:

Some people arise questions about the wars Prophet Muhammad participated. Their saying is: “Prophets are from Allah. As Allah is peaceful and fight is not a peaceful act, they why Prophet Muhammad fought?”

We get the answer of this question from the Stories of the previous Prophets. We find that:

  • Prophet Mûsâ and the Children of Israîl fought a lot of times against different pagan countries to establish the Kingdom of Israîl in Canaan.
  • The Children of Israîl joined wars against the pagan countries a lot of times by the inspiration of GOD to save their existence.

Actually, Allah taught His people to love, but also commanded to protest evil works and devilish attack of others. As we try to protest diseases, mad animals’ attacks, natural disasters; similarly we should protest the evil activities of people. And for this reason, Allah supported His anointed people different times in different wars.

The circumstance of the region where Prophet Muhammad lived was really unsuitable for establishing the Law and Peace of Allah because of paganism. The pagan people would neither let the believers to follow Allah nor to preach the religion of Allah, and the existence of believers would face a great risk if Prophet Muhammad wouldn’t join the fights against them. He never fought to be a worldly king or to be a rich person; as we see that, he lived a very simple life. If his would just try to be a king or a rich person, then he would try to fight more and more to win other countries, but he never did that. In fact, the wars that Prophet Muhammad joined were so much necessary at that moment to establish the Spiritual Kingdomof Almighty Creator on earth, which are just similar to the wars of Prophet Mûsâ and the Children of Israîl which were necessary to establish the Kingdom of Israîl in Canaan.

There is no doubt that, Prophet Muhammad joined the wars not for any worldly benefit but for the Cause of Allah.


Foretells about Prophet Muhammad

It is foretold in the previous Revelations about the coming of Prophet Muhammad which became true later. Let us check those verses now:

– Case 1 –

“… Unless I go awaythe Counselor will not come to you …”

(Bible, John 16:7)

“O people of the Scripture! Now has come to you Our Messenger (Muhammad) making (things) clear unto youafter a break in (the series of) Messengers …”

(Quran, Al Ma’idah 5:19)

Note: Here in the first verse, if the term Counselor would refer to Angel or Holy Spirit, then it would mean that, Angel or Holy Spirit never came before Prophet Isa, which is false. So surely in this verse the term Counselor is talking about the coming of any Human Being.

In the second verse, we find that, Prophet Muhammad was the only and the last Prophet who came after Prophet Isa. So it is clear that, the term Counselor of first verse is telling about Prophet Muhammad in the second verse.

 

– Case 2 –

“When he comes, he will expose the guilt of the world in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me“.

(Bible, John 16:8-9)

“… there has come to you from Allah a light (that will expose the guilt of darkness) …”

(Quran, Al Ma’idah 5:15)

Note: The first verse says that, a Male Person will come to expose the guilt of the world, and in the second verse, Prophet Muhammad is compared as a light from Allah. There is no doubt that, a light from Allah is something that exposes the guilt of world. So there is no doubt that, both the verses are talking about Prophet Muhammad.

 

– Case 3 –

I have much more to say to youmore than you can now bear … and he will tell you what is yet to come.”

(Bible, John 16:12-13)

(O Muhammad) “Verily, We have sent you as witness, and a bearer of glad tidings (of Eternal Life), and warner (of Future Torment)”

(Quran, Al Ahzab 33:45)

Note: The first verse says about a Male Person, who will come and teach about the future and some more teachings of Allah. And, the second verse is talking about Prophet Muhammad who taught about future and brought a new and the final Revelation from Allah. There is no doubt that both verses are talking about Prophet Muhammad.


– Case 4 –

“… He will not speak on his ownhe will speak only what he hears …”

(Bible, John 16:13)

“Therein descend the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees

(Quran, Al Qadr 97:4)

“… nor did you (Muhammad) write any Book (of Allah) with your right hand …”

(Quran, Al Ankabut 29:48)

Note: The first verse says about a Male Person, who will receive the Teachings of Allah, but the Teachings will not be any creation of his own. He will teach what he will hear from someone. The second and the third verse say that, Prophet Muhammad was the person who received the Teachings of Allah after Prophet Isa, which were not any creation of his own.

So we find that, in this way, the earlier Revelations foretold about Prophet Muhammad, and the Final Revelation verified those earlier verses.


How Prophet Muhammad Was Actually

Prophet Muhammad had a great Character. It is no one else, but Allah, who said about Prophet Muhammad in Quran that:

“(O Muhammad), Verily, you are on an exalted character.”

(Quran, Al Qalam 68:4)

“(O people), he (Muhammad) is anxious over you; for the believers (Muhammad is) full of pitykind, and merciful.”

(Quran, At Taubah 9:128)

“And by the Mercy of Allah, you (Muhammad) dealt with them gently …”

(Quran, Al Imran 3:159)

Moreover, if we look at the history we will get a lot about the character of Prophet Muhammad. There is no doubt that he had an exemplary character.


What Allah taught Prophet Muhammad

Allah taught Prophet Muhammad that:

“(O Muhammad,) I (Allah) inspired you to follow the religion (Islam) of Îbrahîm. He never was a disbeliever.”

(Quran, An Nahl 16:123)

“Verily, I have sent you as a witness (of the truth of Allah) …”

(Quran, Al Fath 48:8)

(O Muhammad,) I have sent down to you the Book (Quran) in truth, confirming the Scriptures (Tâẃrah, Zabur, Kitabun Anbiya & Injeel) that came before it and witness over it (old Scriptures). So, judge among them (Tâẃrah, Zabur, Kitabun Anbiya, Injeel & Quran) by what Allah has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you …”

(Quran, Al Maedah 5:48)

“… I have made this (Final Revelation, Quran) easy in your own tongue, only that you may give glad tidings to the Pious, and warn with it the People who Quarrels (with the Words of Allah).”

(Quran, Maryam 19:97)

You can only warn him who follows the Reminder (Quran), and fears the Most Gracious (Allah)unseen. Bear you to such one the glad tidings of forgiveness, and a generous reward.”

(Quran, YaSin 36:11)

In the above verses, Quran teaches that:

  • Allah taught Prophet Muhammad to accept the religion of Îbrahîm. So, surely Prophet Muhammad was neither an Atheist nor an Idol Worshiper, but a true Submitter to Allah.
  • Prophet Muhammad believed and accepted the Revelations of Allah, and also followed them.
  • Prophet Muhammad became a witness of the Truth of Allah, a Warner and a Messenger of Peace from Allah.


What Allah told Prophet Muhammad to Teach

Allah told Prophet Muhammad to teach the mankind thus:

“… Say (O Muhammad): “I am commanded only to worship Allah (Alone) and not to join partners with Him. To Him (Alone) I call and to Him is my return”.”

(Quran, Ar Ra’d 13:36)

“(O Muhammad) say: “I possess no power over benefit or harm to myself except as Allah wills”.”

(Quran, Al A’raf 7:188)

“Say: “I warn you (people) only by the Revelation (of Allah, not anything else). But the deaf (who follow the misguided religious scholars and traditional activities blindly) will not hear the call, (even) when they are warned”.”

(Quran, Al Anbiya 21:45)

“They (people) ask you about the (Last) Hour: “When will be its appointed time?” (O Muhammad), say: “The knowledge of that is with my LORD (only). None can reveal its time but He. Heavy is its burden through the heavens and the earth. It shall not come upon you except all of a sudden.” …”

(Quran, Al A’raf 7:187)

“Say (O Muhammad): “Whatever wage I might have asked of you is yoursMy wage is from Allah only …”.”

(Quran, Saba 34:47)

So, from the above verses we learn that:

  • Prophet Muhammad was a Submitter to One Almighty Creator, Allah.
  • He never enjoined any false god beside Allah.
  • He warned the mankind by only the Revelation of Allah, not anything else.
  • Prophet Muhammad worked for the Cause of Allah not to get worldly gifts from people, but to get the spiritual gifts from Allah.
  • He had no power to know about Future. He taught mankind that much what Allah informed him.
  • He had no power to do any good or bad for his own. He believed on Allah for everything.


Who and What Prophet Muhammad Was Actually

Now we will learn about who and what Prophet Muhammad was actually. People have different faith about him, and it is best to learn from Quran. So, let us see what Quran says:

“O people of the Scripture! Now has come to you My Messenger (Muhammad) … … now has come unto you a bringer of glad tidings and a Warner (for them who doesn’t know Allah truly)”

(Quran, Al Ma’idah 5:19)

So, Allah said about Prophet Muhammad in the Quran that:

  • Muhammad was a Messenger of Allah who came as a Warner for the people who were in the wrong way. He brought the good news of Heaven for those people who are true submitters to Allah.

 

Who and What Prophet Muhammad Wasn’t

Now let us learn from Quran that who and what Prophet Muhammad wasn’t:

“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men …”

(Quran, Al Ahzab 33:40)

“(O Muhammad) you are only a warner (until your death)”

(Quran, Fatir 35:23)

“… (surely) you are not a dictator over them (among whom you have come) …”

(Quran, Al Ghashiyah 88:22)

“… I have not made you a watcher over them nor are you a guardian over them.”

(Quran, Al An’am 6:107)

“… (O Muhammad), Verily you will die (after finishing your job for Allah) …”

(QuranAz Zumar 39:30)

So, Quran is teaching us that:

  • Prophet Muhammad died as a man; therefore, he is neither Allah nor any Divine Spirit, but a human being.
  • He was not a Father of any nation, or race.
  • He was not any guardian, watcher or dictator over mankind.

Some more facts we can understand from the verses of Quran. These are:

  • If Quran would be a creation of Prophet Muhammad, then he could write a lot to glorify himself through writing false verses. He would expose himself as a Father of Nation, or as a divine being, or could introduce himself as a Son of Almighty Creator.  But such nothing is written in the Quran. Surely this proves that, Quran is not a writing of Prophet Muhammad, but a revelation of Allah.
  • All the verses of Quran are from Allah, about Allah, and to glorify Allah; not Prophet Muhammad, or anyone else. This again proves that, surely it is not a writing of any human being.

Now, let’s check some questions:

  • Was Prophet Muhammad an Atheist or an Idol Worshipper?
  • Did Prophet Muhammad teach to worship and pray to any other than the Almighty Allah?
  • Did Prophet Muhammad disbelieve any previous Prophet?
  • Did Prophet Muhammad create any new religion or accepted the Religion of Allah?
  • Did Prophet Muhammad preach to glorify himself or for any of his personal benefit?

It is sure that the answer of these questions are, NO.


Remember Some Facts

Prophet Muhammad accepted the Religion of Allah.

Prophet Muhammad devoted his worship and prayer to Allah.

Prophet Muhammad brought the Final Revelation of Allah for mankind to bring the misguided people back to the right Path of Allah.

Prophet Muhammad brought the Final Revelation of Allah for mankind.

– By Preacher Abdullah N. A.