Some Core Concepts in Islam
– Part III
Allah Is the Beginning and the End
For everything in creation, there is only one beginning and only one end. And that is Allah.
The problem with people – Muslims included – is that most people just don’t get it. They don’t realize that this is Allah’s world and that it is he who runs it – at all times and in every way. They don’t understand that it is from him that everything comes and it is on account of him that everything exists.
Most people don’t understand that as a result of this the best option for them is to make peace with the maker and master of this world and live the best life on earth that they possibly can. Nor do they grasp the fact that the best and the most successful way to live on earth is to conform as closely to the Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as possible.
And the key to all this is to clearly see and firmly believe that it is God Almighty who is in charge of this world as well as our life at all times and in every conceivable way. That one little fact makes the biggest difference in the way we live our life and in the way we deal with our world.
How easily we get in the habit of saying “Ultimately”! As if in the beginning it was we who did things, but later, at a more convenient or propitious time, we let Allah step in and complete what we started. Just think about it: how naïve and foolish it sounds.
And if you ask me, really, how Kaafir it sounds. No believer would talk like that. But we do. All the time.
Therefore, in the beginning as well as in the end it is Allah’s decision. It does not matter what it is that you are talking about. Because, all time is Allah’s time and all the time it is Allah that is in charge.
That means that everything that happens, happens because Allah makes it happen. And it happens precisely how and when and where Allah makes it happen. It is all Allah’s work all the way: in the beginning, in the end and in the middle.
Therefore, it is Allah, Allah, Allah all the way. And nothing and no one but Allah.
The point is we think we are in charge. The fact is we are not. Allah is. And no one but Allah is in charge: in everything and of everything, from beginning to end. That means Allah has his own plan for everyone and for everything. And it is his plan that prevails: in the beginning; in the middle; and, as we say, “ultimately.”
Who but Allah Would You Want to Control Your Life?
And who would want it otherwise? Who, in their right mind, would want to live by someone else’s plan? I for one certainly don’t. I don’t want my life and destiny controlled, or even guided or deeply influenced, by anyone else.
If, someone other than Allah, let us say a human source were to control and shape my destiny, I would rather it would be me than anyone else. As for Muslims, I have seen the Muslims, and I know what they are capable of or not capable of doing. So I have trained myself to approach and deal with the Muslims only warily.
The irony of ironies is that, of all things, Muslims seem to be challenged in the department of truth – in their ability and skill to speak the truth – Haqq – which all too many of them have lost, especially in a place like America, where Allah has opened for them the floodgates of Dunya.
Allahu Akbar, what an idea: that someone other than Allah should be in charge of my life! The very thought sends a chill down my spine. The thought that my life and destiny would be under the control of a human being just like myself makes me break into a cold sweat.
If you want me to be even more frank, let me put it this way. The thought of people brought up in Pakistani or Egyptian or some other similar culture being in charge of my life and destiny sends shockwaves dancing all around me.
Proof about Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam
I have devoted a considerable amount of my writings to discussing the miracles that are in the Qur’an. And the miracles that are associated with the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
To me Aayats of the Qur’an considered separately or all of them taken together constitute clinching and unimpeachable proof that this Qur’an can only be from God and that it could not possibly be a human creation.
These miracles also constitute powerful argument and clear evidence that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is not only God Almighty’s messenger to humanity but that he is also the last of the glorious chain of prophets and messengers that God sent to help humanity in this world.
The Qur’an deals in detail with skeptics’ claims and counter-claims. And it challenges them to a verbal and intellectual duel of the kind unmatched in the annals of human discourse. The Qur’an says if you do not believe that this Qur’an is from God, then match it either in full or in part. That challenge has gone unanswered for the past 1400 years.
Did anyone hear what I said? That challenge has gone unanswered for the past 1400 years. How come no one seems to pay any attention to this fact?
This is how simple this matter is. This challenge by the Qur’an is either true or it is false. If it is false, then expose it to be false. Show that it is false. If on the other hand it is true then repent and accept that this Qur’an is indeed from God and that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is indeed a messenger from God.
This is whole thing is as simple as that.
Anyone would think that this will be the end of the story and the skeptics will either put up or, what is the expression, shut up, as they say somewhat colloquially in America. But no, evidently not. Apparently, every generation, and multiple waves of naysayers in each generation, seek to beat that same dead horse and see if somehow it comes back to life.
As a result, maybe each new generation of skeptics needs to be responded to with new alacrity and vigor and using whatever new and additional proof, argument or evidence that may be available.
But in the meantime Muslim pain is very much real – and pervasive. All the attacks, all the insults, all the lies and all the propaganda, Muslims are hurting and smarting under the pain of this deluge of harassment and persecution from every side. Those who can reach out to them and say some soothing words to them are few and far between.
Of late I have been running into conversations about miracles. People want proof that Islam is really from God. And that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is really God’s messenger to the world and that he is the last in a long chain of messengers and prophets.
People want to see proof. And, in a sense, I don’t really blame them. When there is a new chorus coming every day from every side saying “This is wrong with Islam” and “That is wrong with the Qur’an,” or “The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is not really a prophet but an imposter,” then people really begin to feel terrible and they hanker for someone to say something nice to and about them.
There is a collective sense of anxiety, confusion and stress among Muslims that needs to be addressed not only at religious and cultural levels but also at more personal, intimate and psychological levels. I understand that and I have been saying that for I don’t know how long.
So I understand why and how Muslims feel a need for a continual and ongoing validation of their faith and way of life – and ultimately of themselves and of who they are as individuals and as people. They want their identity to be affirmed and supported. This is a basic human need that they have.
Any human being that lives under a constant barrage of attacks and insults about themselves and about their culture, identity and faith cannot be faulted for feeling the need for continual psychological and cultural counseling, comfort and validation. It is perhaps fair to say that no people have been facing a more persistent or virulent questioning of who they are or what they believe and stand for as Muslims.
In modern times, to be a Muslim is to be suspect, and to be guilty, of who knows what – of whatever whoever gets to say: in person; in newspaper columns; in magazine pages; on radio and television; and on the Internet. Often, no one even knows who these people are: who they speak for; who they represent; and who it is that is paying them to not only to sell their souls and lie and malign Muslims and Islam but also to sell their own grandmothers in the process.
These ideological fanatics and their mercenary cohorts crawl from every woodwork everywhere and go after the Muslims, with Most Muslims acting like deer caught in the headlights: totally clueless about what to do or how to react.
The Muslim pain is real, ongoing and unfathomable. It is almost without parallel over the past several decades. Not since Hitler and his Nazi hordes went after the European Jews with bared fangs and sharpened claws has anyone gone after any ethnic, religious and national grouping as the modern-day successors of Hitler and Nazis everywhere have gone after the Muslims and after everything that is dear and sacred to them.
Ivy-League Professors and Students
All kinds of people are crawling out of the woodwork and raising all kinds of doubts and questions about Islam and Muslims. And there is a clamor for clarity and a demand for proof from all sides. Poor Muslims are as befogged and clueless as ever. Enemies smell blood and they are licking their lips.
And this is happening on the campuses of some of the best and priciest universities in the world, where best of the best students from around the world congregate, including Muslims.
There are professors in some of these prestigious Ivy-League universities who are pursuing that theme avidly and producing what they say is lifelong research to make and support their case that Islam cannot be from God; Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, cannot be God’s messenger or prophet; and Qur’an cannot be a revealed book.
And there are students, from good Muslim homes, who used to pray and fast but no longer do. They now drink and malign Islam, including Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. They have fallen prey to all kinds of anti-Islam influences and propaganda on campus, including powerful and highly organized and abundantly resourced proselytizing efforts by Christian evangelical groups who work aggressively to convert Muslims to Christianity.
Last night I saw a text message from a former super-good Muslim young man, who now not only drinks but also blasts Islam for banning alcohol. In that text, this young man says to his friend, a wonderful young Muslim, may Allah bless and protect him, what kind of religion is it that would forbid its followers from drinking alcoholic beverages whereas the whole medical science “proves” the health benefits of consuming red wine.
The use of that expression “proves” alone shows how ignorant and misguided that young man is, his protracted presence on an Ivy-League campus notwithstanding. Those who know science know and understand how little if anything science “proves” least of all positive health outcomes as a result of consuming this or that food. If I had time I would nail that nonsense right here and bury it 10 feet deep, but I must move on as time and energy are on a premium.
Allahu Akbar! What else can I say? No, I did not cry when I saw that e-mail from this misguided young man from this pricy and prestigious university. I have been without tears for years and decades now. Yes, I still cry, almost all the time, but no tears come out. Just an endless flow of pain at what Muslims and the world are putting Islam through. My eyes are tearless now.
I was not angry or upset or numb when I was shown that text message. I was just plain indifferent, well almost indifferent, to the extent it is possible for someone like me to be indifferent to news and evidence like this.
So what? A little voice seemed to be whispering inside me. How long has this been going on with the Muslims? In one form or another? In one place or another? And on one front or another? And who is doing what about it? Muslims move on.
Muslims are episodic thinkers at best and reactionary for the most part. Their brains work like a kaleidoscope changing colors and focus almost in tune with newspaper, radio and television news and reports.
When the media report something Muslims jump, demand action and make noise. And when the media move on to some other juicier event, Muslims forget whatever it was that had them interested or agitated only a little while ago and go back to their dominant ways: inaction; indifference to reality; useless and at times destructive gossip; indolence; self-indulgence; stupor of cluelessness; and morbid myopia and self-centeredness.
Rolling the Tasbeeh
Evidence of the disaster that is overtaken American Muslim youth, while their super-good Muslim elders wrangle over the number of virtues or rewards they will get for this or that act, and while Muslim leadership has consistently slipped, over the past 30 years, into the hands of those who can’t write or speak or lead or whose primary qualifications center on their race – White or Black for example – and place of birth, not to say outward appearance and clothes. For how many decades now has American Muslim leadership become a matter of personal power-grab, just like anyone else?
While American Muslim youth burns, and turns away from Islam in increasing numbers, American super-Muslim adults roll their Tasbeeh in a trance-like state and continue to hold their conventions and conferences. They can’t fiddle like Nero did when Rome burned because being good Muslims I suppose they feel fiddling is a non-Muslim thing. So, instead, they finger-roll the Subhah, if not in actual practice, at least mentally, and go about their ways.
Jum’ah Khutbahs (speeches) that used to be thoughtful, analytical, educational, challenging and absolutely gripping and inspirational throughout America and Canada during the 1970s gave way, starting with the early 1980s, to ramblings by an increasingly professionalized and salaried class of so-called imams and prayer-leaders who stood on the Mimbar and endlessly enumerated the virtues of this or that act of piety.
Gone were the days when Khutbahs (Jum’ah speeches) used to be delivered systematically and consistently by some of the best-educated and thoughtful young Muslims around who had discovered Islam through personal search. Those were the days when Muslims in America prayed in droves in the basement of churches. God bless the people who offered their premises to us in our hour of need.
Those were also the days when there weren’t too many worldly perks of wealth and power for Muslim congregants to fight over.
So, I did not cry upon seeing that text message by that renegade young Muslim. But as I said earlier, I cry every day over the condition of Muslims, young and old, on the one hand and on the state of Islam on the other hand. I cry over the condition to which Muslims have reduced Islam, this divine way that came from God to rescue humanity from its miserable existence on earth.
Crying for Humanity
And I also cry at what we human beings – Muslim and non-Muslim alike – have done to God’s world and to his creation (Khalqullah): all that poverty; all that disease; all that hunger; and all that ignorance. And as if these things were not enough, there is all that fighting; all that cruelty; and all that blood and burning and barbarity everywhere.
And again as if these issues were not blood-curdling enough in and of themselves, there are all those lies, deceptions, half-truths and outright fabrications at the level of interpersonal interaction; at the level of business, finance and commerce; at the level of the mass media such as radio, newspaper and television; and at the level of the governments and their institutions.
Yes, my tearless eyes never stop crying for humanity and for my world. Innal insaana lafee khusr, I keep repeating to myself as the Qur’an puts it. “What a terrible, terrible shape human life is in!”
Everyone Wants Proof
So, once again, everyone nowadays wants proof that Islam is really a divinely inspired system and not something Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, quickly made up in a cave.
Yes, that is what Muslims want too.
They want someone – preferably a White American convert, no matter what his qualifications and background and no matter what his views and beliefs – constantly telling them how great Islam is. Not seeing, believing and preaching that truth themselves, but someone, preferably a White voice sporting an American accent like I said before, telling and reassuring them that it is so.
It is that constant reassurance that Muslims want.
Iqbal had, a long time ago, pointed to this perversity in our thinking and way of life. He said: Yeh farangi ki taraqqi hai Musalman ki nahin! Paraphrase: If it is validation from the West that sustains our faith in ourselves and our way of life, then it is an achievement for the West, not for us.
It is also a bit of latter-day Muslim convergence perhaps with Rudyard Kipling’s Ganga Din character. Muslims had their Frontier Gandhi during the 1940s, so why not their own latter-day Ganga Din complex during the 1980s and 1990s?
You can’t quite call it the spirit of the nationalist-Islamic revolt of 1857 against Britain’s colonial occupation and enslavement of India and its people. But it certainly looks like a pervasive hankering for the comfort of continued tutelage and overlordship by White colonial masters, Sahibs and their progeny, even if it is in the name of Islam.
Bengal and Daccan gave Indian – now Indo-Pak-Bangla – Muslims their Mir Ja’fars and Mir Sadiqs. These were British stooges and Indian traitors with Muslim names and backgrounds who betrayed their own people and helped England conquer and subdue Muslim India. But Muslims of Indo-Pak India maybe did not have too many real and authentic Muslim Ganga Dins. Maybe now is the time to make up for all that lost opportunity. So, on any given day, a convert Sahib Muslim is better than a native generational Muslim, irrespective of the intrinsic merits or demerits of either.
Back to Proof
Therefore, let us take up that theme one more time if you will: the theme of miracles in Islam and the theme of the proof of prophethood in Islam. Because what else is Islam if not one huge miracle — from beginning to end? And what is it if not one huge proof – or a constellation of a million proofs and miracles – in and of itself of its own divine origin and nature?
For, everything about Islam cries out that it could have come only from God and that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is really and truly what he says he is: God’s messenger to the world.
Thus Islam is a collection of a million miracles of all kinds in every aspect and detail of it. And so is the Qur’an. And so are the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, that we collectively refer to as Hadith.
Some of them — these miracles — are known and understood by some people. But most, remain unknown, unrecognized and unappreciated by much of the world. But these miracles will continue to unfold as Allah’s world changes, evolves and moves toward the end he has decreed for it.
As someone once said, and as my mother, Allah bless her, always used to read: Aankh Waalaa Teyri Qudrat Kaa Tamaasha DeyKhey! Paraphrase: if only you had the eyes to behold the spectacle of God’s wonders.
May Allah, Rabbul Izzat, open our eyes and hearts to the wonders of his Deen. For, it is, as the Qur’an says, the heart that truly beholds and comprehends these wonders, not the eyes, even though the miracles of Islam and the miracles of the life of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as well as the Qur’an, are plain enough for anyone to see with naked eyes.
Miracles of Allah’s Beautiful Names
For anyone seriously looking for miracles and proofs, 99 of them should be sufficient, wouldn’t you say? But apparently that is not how these things work. Apparently, it is all fun and games for a whole lot of us, albeit some very good, clean and, should I say, holy or sacred fun.
But to me this is serious business. So I am going to put all of us to work.
So, here is what I want us to do. With every argument I make and with every proof or piece of evidence I point out, let us clearly say yes or no. Let us not just keep on reading and moving on without making a personal determination and commitment with regard to each one of the proofs I present.
And then I want us to count, tabulate and document these points and these miracles and proofs. And then go out and ask ourselves who else has got them or who can match or surpass them. That is the work I want you to do: every one of you who is reading these words.
Is that fair? Yes or no? Ask and answer that question.
That means no more business as usual for us. So, ladies and gentlemen, get up on your toes and do some homework, some hard work if you can.
Let us then begin by talking, one more time, about the miracles of Allah’s most beautiful names. For, to me, no matter where I look in Islam, what I find is a cornucopia of splendors, wonders and miracles. And proofs that this whole thing could only have come from God Almighty. And there is no way any human agency – either an individual or a committee – could have invented any of this.
Al-Asmaa’ Al-Husnaa — Allah’s most beautiful names — is how the Qur’an refers to God’s beautiful names.
What a beautiful, miraculous expression, in and of itself: Al-Asmaa’ Al-Husnaa — the most beautiful names! Yes or no? And this expression has come to be associated — almost exclusively — with the names of Almighty Allah. Is this not a most amazing and wonderful miracle in and of itself?
Yes or no? What do you think?
The Qur’an gives these names to us. And it does so through the mouth of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. Those who do not believe Qur’an is God’s word have to then accept that it is the word of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
If God is not the one performing these wonders and miracles then Muhammad is: Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. No reasonable person denies or disputes that.
Either way it is a strong argument – it is proof in a probabilistic sense – of their very special and most likely – and evidently and absolutely if you ask me – divine nature and origin.
And thereafter we can marvel at the individual miracles that those individual names contain — each one of them separately — if they could be separated at all. All ninety-nine of them by some official counts, including some Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And more by some counts. But beyond all count in reality and truth.
For, to God, and to God alone, belong all beautiful names. For, how could it be otherwise? How could any or all of those glorious names belong to anyone else? For, then that person would be God, wouldn’t he? That is how reasonable and rational, and if you ask me perfectly scientific, systematic and logical, Islam is.
How could anything of any kind, including perfection, belong to anyone else, when he is the one — the only one — who made and owns everything? And when no one else made or can make anything, and therefore can really lay claim to nothing? When he alone is perfect and no one else is?
This is not a matter of so-called faith or belief I am talking about. But a simple and directly observable reality about the world in which we live.
Nothing at all — not a thing, big or small, not one iota – belongs to or is made by anyone else. Not a grain of sand; not a blade of grass; not a drop of water. Not, as the Qur’an taught us to realize 1400 years ago, even an atom’s worth or something even smaller and tinier than an atom!
Just consider that. The Qur’anic miracle of the atom.
And then ponder over the miracle of there being an atomic theory in the Qur’an? An atom — Dharrah — or a part thereof! That is right. That is what the Qur’an talks about: an atom or something tinier and smaller than an atom. Atom split into particles and each particle taken and spoken about in the Qur’an in its own right.
Fourteen hundred years ago. That is when it happened on this earth. That is when the Qur’an reached our hands in this world. If this is not a miracle then what is it?
Tell me if it is or it is not a miracle. Yes or no.
Qur’an’s Atomic Theory
Does anyone even realize what is being said here? And this was hundreds of years before the world realized there were atoms in this world. Or that an individual atom itself could be split and divided into its many component parts — protons, neutrons, and whatever else it is that an atom is supposed to be made up of.
Talk about miracles — in the Qur’an! And in Islam! Propounding an atomic theory before a millennium and a half before the world came around to thinking about it?
And all those living and ongoing miracles in the everyday life of Muslims themselves — such as the Muslims are — if only I had the time to explain each one of them separately.
Key to True Happiness
It is therefore in the understanding and acceptance of these miracles that human happiness really lies. Nor just for ourselves but also for others. Not just for this or that group, but for all human beings.
Key to true happiness, therefore, is to realize and to believe that it is to Allah that everything belongs. And it is Allah, therefore, that owns, plans, runs and manages everything.
To know this, and to accept it with the fullness of one’s heart, is where true happiness and success really lie — both here and in the hereafter. To deny and turn away from it is the sure path to a miserable existence — both here and in the hereafter.
These miracles and these proofs then are our pathway to success and happiness, not only in this world, but also in the next world. To turn a blind eye to them is to invite disaster for ourselves and for others.
As the Qur’an says: Wa Man A’arada ‘An Dhikree, Fa-Inna Lahoo Ma’eeshatan Dankaa. Paraphrase: those who turn away from me, what a miserable existence awaits them.
Is One Name More Equal than Others?
It is a most glorious and overpowering star-burst of Allah’s beautiful names, in the midst of which I am trying — unsuccessfully — to hold myself back from talking about Ar–Rahmaan Ar-Raheem specifically.
But how can I stop talking about Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem when Allah’s own book won’t stop talking about them? When Allah’s own book begins with Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem, and when every chapter of Allah’s book thereafter begins with Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem — except for Surah Taubah?
Ar-Rahmaan! It is an attributive name of Allah but is it the same as all the other names or is it somehow first among equals? But suffice it to say there is nothing, and no one, in this world, or anywhere, nicknamed Ar-Rahmaan. Isn’t that miracle enough for you, yes, no?
And there is no one whose second name is Ar-Rahmaan, is there? There is no one the first among whose 98 attributive names is Ar-Rahmaan — Allah being his first and proper name – is there?
Except of course Allah, the Most Merciful — Ar-Rahmaan — master of the worlds and God of Rahmah. One whose mercy, love, compassion and caring know no bounds or limits.
Laa Ilaaha Illaa Huw! It is only right, fair and proper that he — and he alone — should be our lord, God and master!
It was he who sent his messenger as mercy to the worlds — Rahmatul Lil ‘Aalameen!
Rahmaan for all, Raheem for some? Could it be that? Allahu akbar! Limiting and channeling his mercy? A-Hum Yaqsimoona Rahmata Rabbik? Are they the ones doling out the mercy and love of your master? How could they? And how dare they?
Could it be that he is Rahmaan here and now and he is Raheem then, there and later?
Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! But does the difference matter? However, there is one distinction that does seem to hold: Rahmaan in himself, Raheem in his outreach to his creation — Khalq. But who is to say?
What he says is that he is both Ar-Rahmaan (and) Ar-Raheem. And he says it without the help or intermediacy of “and.” The implication is that he is the most merciful, loving, caring, compassionate, gracious and beneficent. And that again he is the most merciful, loving, caring, compassionate, gracious and beneficent.
And the same all over again — one more time. Eternally and endlessly, no matter how you look at it.
Not just once but twice over, Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem — which is a standing miracle in itself, which encompasses the miracle of the missing “Wau“! Did anyone notice that these two names, the way he uses them in his book are not separated by an “and” — or the letter “Wau” in Arabic language?
It is not Ar-Rahmaan “War” Raheem. It is Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem! Did anyone notice that? Right there is another miracle for you, as big and glaring a miracle as you can possibly have or handle.
Not once does the Qur’an use a “Wau.” Did anyone notice that? Do you want a bigger miracle or proof than that? I certainly don’t.
Not once — not twice, but every time the Qur’an uses those expressions — all 114 times of them. What amazing model of consistency coming out of the mouth of an unlettered man — a man who could neither read nor write, that God Almighty raised up in a culture of unlettered people, most of whom could themselves neither read nor write.
This level of precision in editing at a time when there were no computers or printing presses and when books and libraries were most uncommon? It is nothing short of another stupendous and lustrous miracle that the Qur’an is so full of.
This is another proof, all by itself, that the Qur’an is from God and that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God’s true messenger to humanity.
What Does It Mean?
But what does it mean — this case of the missing “Wau” between Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem? I don’t know, except that it leaves me speechless and wonder-struck. The fact that nothing separates the two: Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem!
Does it mean, among whatever else it means, nothing comes between the eternal and boundless fount of that love and mercy and its eternal and timeless and limitless flow to his creation?
Not even an “and” — a tiny little “Wau”? I don’t know! I don’t understand.
Except, of course, to say what the Qur’an itself says: Rahmatee Wasi’at Kulla Shai’! It is just one, uninterrupted, unstoppable flood of divine mercy, love, compassion, tenderness, caring, beneficence, munificence and the rest that envelops everything.
You think about that and you go and figure that out, as someone I know put it recently — may Allah bless him! I certainly don’t understand it.
The man has a Ph.D. in engineering. But that did not stop him, Alhamdulillah, from using his brainpower, and his training and education, to “think” and to try to “figure out” the marvels and miracles of Allah’s Deen.
Nor did it stop him from inviting his fellow-Muslims and fellow-humans to do likewise: To Think.
It is Allah’s kingdom. He guides whom he wants, how and when he wants. As for those whom Allah misleads, you will find neither helper nor guide for them. Wa Many-Yudlil, Fa-lan Tajida Lahu Waliyyam Murshida, is how the Qur’an puts it.
But what is inescapable is the overflow of Allah’s mercy from every direction that envelops his creation in every way. And who could better say it than Allah himself:
Rahmatee Wasi’at Kulla Shai? Paraphrase: My mercy, love, tenderness, kindness, caring, beneficence, compassion and grace extend to everything.
Or his angels whom he taught and made to say: Rabbanaa Wasi’ta Kulla Shai-in Rahmatan wa Ilmaa! Paraphrase: Our Lord, your love and your knowledge cover everything.
And then did you ever take time out to “think” about those ninety-nine lovely names of Allah? How so many of them actually talk about his infinite caring, giving, love, generosity and kindness in different ways and under different headings?
Rahmaan had to be coupled with Raheem, as if one was not enough! And as if all this was not enough, these two most glorious names and attributes had to be further highlighted by other names and attributes — such as Ghafoor and Ghaffaar!
What can I say? I am speechless and wonderstruck. You want proof? Go find it on your own. This to me is proof enough for a million lifetimes if I had them.
While so many of us are so busy fighting one another over so many issues, most of them so trivial and inconsequential, I feel all I want to do is to lose myself in the beauty of these two most beautiful names of Allah — and let my whole being, let every cell in my body, be dazzled and lit up by the power, majesty, radiance and glory of these two names and attributes of Allah – Ar-Rahmaan Ar-Raheem!
And then move on to do what little I can to let the rest of the world know about them and share their glory, light, majesty, power and brilliance!
And now, after all this, we are saying there is more? There are things beyond even Ar-Raheem, just as Ar-Raheem follows, impossibly as it seems to us, Ar-Rahmaan? How is it possible? But clearly it is. And it is one of those most amazing miracles of the Deen of Islam — and of the most glorious Al-Qur’an.
And of Allah’s most wonderful and beloved Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Al-Asmaa’ Al-Husnaa! All those most, most beautiful and wonderful names of Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’aala! Let us take a look at some of them.
Another Miracle, another Proof
And while we do that, let us pick up another miracle along the way: the most wonderful miracle of the divine expression “Subhanahu wa Ta’aala.”
You know you find yourself saying it all the time if you are a Muslim, right? Every time you say Allah, you would also tend to say “Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.” Or just say “Ta’ala” as in “Allah Ta’ala.” Right?
You also know that most Muslims in most parts of the world would do that too: say it exactly the way you say it — “Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala” or simply “Allah Ta’ala.”
Ever wonder what an amazing thing this is? Same common expression, being used in precisely the same context, by hundreds of millions of people around the world — a veritable united nations and united colors of humanity: from India to Indonesia; from Japan to Jordan; from Malaysia to Morocco; from America to Australia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean?
How this single common expression unites and binds over a billion and a half people together? Allahu Akbar! If you are looking for miracles, look no more, for, this is a miracle that is staring you right in the face. It is as good or big a miracle you are ever going to find in this world.
So grab hold of this miracle. Understand and cherish it and share it with the rest of the world.
All this is part of the rope of Allah, about which Allah gave the guarantee that it will never snap — Lan-fisaama lahaa! It is your bridge to Allah, Shbhanahu wa Ta’ala.
And it is, on this earth, 1400 years old — going back to the time of our beloved Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
If it is a miracle you want, look no more. And if it is proof you want whether or not this book is from Allah and if this man Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God Almighty’s true and last messenger, then look no farther. You are holding that miracle in your hands and you have that proof right here at your fingertips.
Directly from the Qur’an
Did you ever wonder where we Muslims got these expressions from: Subhaanahu and Ta’ala individually or together? And how we got into the habit of saying them so mechanically and routinely and so uniformly without the slightest variation over the ages or across the globe?
Did you ever ask yourself how this level of constancy came about in practice over 1400 years and all over the world, when quite probably there isn’t another expression like that in any other culture, religion, lore, literature or practice?
Well, that is what I am calling a miracle and a proof of the divine origin of the Qur’an for, that is where those expressions came from: directly from the Qur’an! Nothing less.
They came to us directly out of the pages of the Qur’an — and in saying them the way we do, we are directly applying the Qur’an to and in our life.
That means one simple and clear thing: Every time we say Shbhanahu wa Ta’ala, we are practicing the Qur’an — yes, practicing the Qur’an, nothing less – in our daily life. That is what it means.
Did you see the kind of miracles you are swimming in – if only you opened your heart and mind and saw them and accepted and embraced them?
Not even Hadith, mind you, but the Qur’an itself — directly. All this came to you directly from the Qur’an. Even though Hadith would have been good enough, and it would have been wonderful — like a lot of things that we Muslims do that come from Hadith — and even though these are expressions that Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, used himself and taught his followers whom he called his Companions.
So, in that way, they automatically become part of Hadith.
But the fact remains that this thing is directly from the Qur’an. Like a lot of other things that we have been talking about in these pages. That is where we got those expressions from: the Qur’an.
That means, these expressions are all parts of different Aayats of the Qur’an, including this one: Subhanahu wa Ta’aala ‘Ammaa Yushrikoon.
Therefore, the story of these divine expressions in the Qur’an is most instructive and exciting. Let us follow it step by step.
First, there is “Ta’ala,” all by itself (7:190; 23:92; 27:63). Then, there is “Subhanahu,” all by itself (9:31). And then the two come together in the form of “Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.”
Not just once, but twice (10:18; 39:67).
Will someone please check these references and make sure they are all correct. And then will you all tell me if this is not a miracle then just what it is. How in the world could an unlettered man sitting in a cave 1400 years ago have possibly put together such fine and sophisticated piece of editing together? Could you even believe such a thing is possible?
Could you tell me that? But clearly, it is not only possible, it is real. It is right there in your hands and you can see it with your own eyes.
Another interesting and to me absolutely overpowering miracle in the Qur’an. That is exactly what it is. That is what a miracle is: something that you cannot even think is possible becomes real. And that is part of the proof for the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Qur’an in Practice
And what do the Muslims do? They take those parts of the Aayats of the Qur’an and put them in practice by repeating those divine expressions every time they mention the name of Allah: Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. Ironclad divine guarantee that the Qur’an will never atrophy and will never suffer from disuse, no matter how much the Muslims may try to neglect it.
That is what the Muslims learned from the Qur’an. And that is part of how the Muslims practice the Qur’an.
That is right: Muslims, thus, put the Qur’an into practice. Just as Allah’s beloved Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, taught them to do. And the way the entire generation of the noble companions of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and their followers put these things into practice.
And the way every single great generation after them did thereafter — for the past 1400 years — till it came down to our generation, in our own time and place, wherever we live today — in a firm and unshakable chain of narration, practice, teaching and continuity.
Do you think any other example of this kind exists anywhere? If it does, go find it and embrace it. If it does not, then know that this could only have come from God. And also understand full well that only he could have preserved and safeguarded it, as he promised and undertook he would.
So there, that is your evidence; that is your proof; and that is your miracle. You have it all in your hands. What else do you want and what more are you looking or waiting for?
The question is not whether the miracle and proof is there, the question is whether you have the mental clarity, personal integrity and moral courage to believe and accept the evidence of your own eyes.
A Simple Explanation
And there is a simple explanation for this phenomenon: That which is from us humans tends to atrophy, wither away, obsolesce and die, whereas that which is from God stays forever. That means man-made things as we call them — human inventions, if you will — become prey to the ravages of time and space. As they must.
They get trampled upon and brushed aside by the winds of change that sweep human societies, since they are flimsy and transient by their very nature.
But that which comes down from God Almighty, and is taught and illustrated by his Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, goes on forever. Those things are robust and permanent. And they live on.
That is the miracle of the teachings of Islam, better and more powerful than which no miracle can be imagined or found. Islamic teachings last and last and last, while everything else morphs, atrophies and dissolves in the mist of time and the dust of human civilization on the march.
Not only does the Qur’an exist in original form in our age, but it also is read in the original and practiced to this day. What bigger miracle do you want?
Here, take some of these simple but powerful examples. We (Islam) invented Ghusl (bathing as a requirement), it continues.
We (Islam) proposed Wudu (washing up as a requirement), it finds new validation every day.
We (Islam) proposed marriage, and that today is the norm.
We (Islam) suggested divorce, the world swears by it today.
We (Islam) mandated reading, today that is the key that unlocks the doors of success in this world.
The story is endless. Shouldn’t someone somewhere say: Thank You Muslims, and Thank You Islam, for all the wonderful things you have given us!
Muslim Ummah in Compliance
And what a wonderful proof all this is of the truth and validity of the Qur’an and of the mission and message of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. These simple expressions of “Subhanahu wa Ta’ala” as Muslims practice them, so quietly and so unobtrusively, throughout the world — and throughout their history — often unbeknownst even to themselves.
It is Allah’s mercy — Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem that he is — that he makes these things happen that way and makes them clear and visible to those who have eyes to see.
This puts the Muslim Ummat in compliance. Did you even realize that?
That is why in the midst of all the gloom and all the bad news that so many people seem to direct at Muslims, much of it rightly and deservedly, I am so tempted to change the tune and cry out: “Rejoice Ummat of Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam! You are in compliance! You shall not fail. You shall not disappear from the face of this earth. You are in compliance. You have not failed. Not on this count.”
I want to say to the Muslims: In spite of all the things you have done wrong historically — and they are legion — and in spite of all the things you continue to do wrong — and they are countless — you are still in compliance with the basic commandments of Allah, in his own book, revealed and taught through his own beloved Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
These are commandments and teachings that you have practiced without break or letup, throughout history, generation after generation, for the past 1400 years. Allahu Akbar!
You are a living nation. And you shall live on forever.
What a Place to Be!
What a place to be!
That is the place your God — the Rahmaan, the Raheem — has chosen to keep you all throughout your history through the barakat and blessing of his beloved Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, mercy to the worlds — Rahmatul Lil ‘Aalameen.
Threfore, don’t underestimate the glory and power of this divine expression “Subhanahu wa Ta’aala.”
Allah used it in the Qur’an. Allah’s Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, used it in his daily speech and taught it to his companions.
The companions then used it in their daily speech and taught it to those who came after them — the Tabi’een, who then used it in their daily speech and taught it to the generations upon generations that came after them.
And so on down the ages, till it came down to us — you and me in our own generation and time period and in whatever part of the world we are located — through continuous and unbroken practice.
Unbroken, continuous and universal mass practice — that is what I said it was and that precisely is what it is. There is nothing like it in the world. Go look for something like this if you want and go find it if you can. Or just take it from me, there isn’t and you cannot and will not.
So, this is what a proof is made of. And this is what a miracle is.
And this time it is not just something about the Qur’an. It is not something that is just in the Qur’an. It is something that the Muslims are and do, non-stop, round the clock. So, this time, it is the Muslims themselves that are the miracle. Such as they are: poor, ignorant, ill-informed, naïve, divided.
How little do Muslims realize that they themselves are among God Almighty’s biggest and most clear and powerful miracles and proofs on the face of this earth of his. If for no other reason then just for practicing this timeless chant of “Subhanahu wa Ta’ala” nonstop through the ages.
Would someone please tell the Muslims that? Tell them that they are OK the way they are, such as they are, if for no other reason than just for chorusing throughout the world the immemorial celestial chant of “Subhanahu wa Ta’aala” every time they say Allah.
Tell them that as an Ummat or people they are a living miracle and proof of God on earth.
That is part of the story of the little miracle of “Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.” I thought I would share it with you.
A Perspective on Miracles
I am saying “little” because I want to put it in some kind of perspective in comparison to some other what you may think are “larger” miracles that you may have in mind. But to me, I have not the slightest doubt that this “little” miracle is bigger than the entire universe combined.
Nor do I have any doubt in my mind that every one of God Almighty’s miracles is as large and powerful as any other miracle that may exist or might ever have existed in this world.
And do you know what all this makes the Ummah of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, in every time and place, right down to our own time, in our respective habitats? A standing, walking, talking, breathing, living miracle of the beloved Rasul of Allah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam: a perpetual and conclusive proof in all ages and times of the prophethood of Rasulullah, Sallallahu Aaihi wa Sallam
In saying this I am reversing the whole argument that Muslims are in violation of the Qur’an and Sunnah and in part that is why they are subject to Allah’s punishment of Dhillat and Maskanat – humiliation in this world. Here, I am not backing away from that position.
But at the same time, I am also making quite the opposite argument based on a different set of facts about Muslim life and reality. I am saying that, even though Muslims have brought upon themselves the wrath of God for not doing what they should be doing, they are nevertheless doing some small things right. And they are doing that almost instinctively – without even realizing what they are doing.
And I am arguing that it is because of these small acts of compliance that Muslims are still around and about in this world. And because of that the world of Allah gets fed, clothed and has its thirst quenched. Muslims, through their countless acts of compliance, keep the world of Allah going. Otherwise, this world would have disappeared a billion times over if Muslims weren’t around, doing what they do.
So, I am making these two opposite arguments both in the same breath. One argument says that Muslims are responsible for what is wrong with the world. The other argument suggests that Muslims are the saviors of the world. And both arguments are valid, because they approach the issue from two opposite ends using two different sets of data and facts. One says Muslims are right while the other says Muslims are at fault.
I have documented all this at different times at varying levels of detail, but here is a quick synopsis of some of what I have said elsewhere.
(A) First question: What is wrong with the Muslims? Answer: Many things!
Here are some examples of what is wrong with Muslims:
- Educationally speaking, Allah commands Muslims to read and to be a reading and education people. All you need to do is to analyze the literacy and education data in Muslim societies.
- Economically and financially speaking, Allah made Zakaat the number two priority in the Qur’an after Salaah or Namaz. Muslims substituted Rozah or Siyaam for Zakaat both in their speech and in their practice as the number two priority in their lives.
- Socially and culturally speaking, Allah commands Muslims to invite others to Islam and Muslims turned their back on that responsibility.
- Politically speaking, Islam asked Muslims to live under a participatory democratic-republican representative political system, but Muslims replaced that in many instances with various forms of dictatorship and tyranny including hereditary monarchy, fiefdom and feudal overlordship.
- The list goes on. Readers can add their own items to the list.
(B) Next question: What is right with the Muslims? Answer: The list is endless.
Here are some examples of some of the big and small things Muslims may be doing right:
- Muslims pray five times a day – just as they were told to do.
- Muslims fast during Ramadan – just as they were told to do.
- Muslims perform Hajj – just as they were told to do.
- Muslims make Wudu and call Adhan – just as they were told to do.
- Muslims say things like Assalamu Alaikum, Subhanallah and Alhamdulillah – just as they were told to do.
- Muslims still say “Subhanahu wa Ta’ala” when they mention Allah’s name – at least many of them do, at least quite frequently.
- Muslims bathe and bury their dead – just as they were told to do.
- Muslim males still undergo circumcision – just as they were told to do.
These two lists produce two different data sets that point in two opposite directions. That is why I say that Muslims are at the same time doing things both right and wrong. This divergence of Muslim life in two opposite directions explains why the world is both such a mess and yet such a nice place in so many ways, all at the same time.
For, as Muslims are so shall the world be.
That is why I say that we Muslims — such as we are — are a standing proof and a living miracle of the mission and message of Rasulullah, Sallallahu Aaihi wa Sallam. In every age and place!
Saying exactly the same words that he brought from Allah, and saying them, after 1400 long years, exactly the same way he said them and taught them to his followers — whom in a miraculous display of human equality and personal humility he called his companions: Ashaab. What he taught his Ashaab or Companions 1400 years ago we say and do exactly the same thing today.
If this is not a miracle, and if this is not a proof of his prophethood, I don’t know what kind of a miracle or a proof you are looking for. I once gave a Jum’ah Khutbah, around 1980 I think, in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, in which I said if Islam came and tapped us on the shoulder we would not recognize it. I am almost tempted to say the same thing again today.
Miracle of the Expression “Ashaab”
Here is another miracle of Islam for you. I have said this also in some other place, but let me say it again. Just think about it for one moment.
All kinds of people in this world have all kinds of “followers.” However, no one in the entire history of the human race — to the extent we know that history — had more devoted and dedicated followers than Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Is it fair to say that? Yes or no?
You are looking for proof and miracles and I am giving you proof after proof and miracle after miracle. So give me a clear answer, at least in your own head say yes or no. Is what I am saying correct or is it not correct?
Did anyone else have a larger following in his own lifetime? Did anyone else teach and train as many of his followers as personally, directly and one-on-one as did Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?
Were anyone else’s followers more devoted and loyal to him than were the followers of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?
The eye-witness testimony of the unbelievers of Makkah, at the height of their hate and hostility toward him, was that they had never in their entire life, and throughout their experiences at the royal courts of the East and the West, seen a more devoted, obedient, respectful or loyal following than the companions of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
Am I right or wrong in that?
Muslim Obsession with the White Race
The sheer magnitude of the following of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, during his own lifetime, that is not proof enough for you, Muslims? And beyond sheer numbers, the quality of the people who became his followers, is that not big enough of a miracle for you?
If it is not, then no miracle or proof in the world will convince, impress or satisfy you. For, in that case, what you want is not proof or miracle but something else.
In that case, maybe what you are really looking for is for the White people of the West, and in particular the American and the British White people, to leap out of their chairs and cry in unison, “Wow, what a miracle!”
Once that happens, maybe you will then go back to your homes and live happily ever after quoting and repeating to yourself and others “Look what the White folks say about Islam. They say Islam is right. Isn’t that amazing? And if they say Islam is a miracle, then it must be a miracle, right?”
I suspect Muslims that is what many of you are really after. You don’t seem to be in this for proof or miracle for yourself. It is the White people you want to make happy. I have had a lot of people come up to me and ask what to say when non-Muslim Whites and others say this or that about Islam.
Come on, let us face it.
You are not in this out of personal curiosity. You are not looking for personal satisfaction. You are just looking for ways to please, placate or shut up the White folks who may be critical of your Deen, or Qur’an or Prophet.
Once the White Western critics are silenced, you will go your merry way till such time as some other White person jolts you out of your slumber with a new set of attacks or slander against Islam, Muslims, the Qur’an and the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?
Isn’t that what is going on here?
More on the Miracle of the “Ashaab”
Wait, wait, wait, I am not done. I did not finish analyzing the supernatural phenomenon of the Ashaab of Sayyidina Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. So, help me to do that by answering some questions.
Were the men, women and children who responded to the call of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, just plain ordinary people? Yes, there were men among them, which is no big surprise. But there were also women – that is right women – among them, which many people probably never seriously thought about.
And there were also children among them. And there were slaves as well as free people among them. That is how broad the appeal and impact of the message of Islam was.
But you know what the common factor was that united them all? They were all lions, and lionesses and lion cubs, each one of them. That is right. That is who they were before they embraced Islam and that is who they turned out to be after they entered the noble fold of Islam.
They were the kind of people no one could trifle with. Their courage and confidence and their manhood and womanhood were beyond legendary. They were the only example of its kind in human history and no one at any time or in any culture, “religion” or place comes anywhere near them.
If you think that an Umar, or a Khalid or an Abu Bakr or an Ali or an Uthman or a Talhah or a Zubabair would listen to anyone or do their bidding just to make them feel good, then you don’t even begin to know or understand anything. Or if you think a Bilal or a Sumayyah or a Khadijah or an Umm Salmah or a Mus’ab were the kind of people you can push around, then, I really feel sorry for you.
These were men, women – yes, there were plenty of women among them – and children, slave and free, that mountains could not move and tigers could not scare. And yet words of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, moved and melted their hearts so profoundly that they jumped to carry out his slightest wish and command.
And the only reason they did not throw themselves at his feet in devotion and prayer was because he would not let them.
This is not the star-eyed musing of a naïve believer, this is the rock-solid evidence provided by history – the only true and genuinely authentic history of a period or people that exists in this world today.
So, don’t forget that it is people like these that became his “followers” – more loving, loyal, devoted and obedient than the followers of any other leader of any kind before or since.
No Other Leader Had Followers like These
And, as I indicated earlier, these were no ordinary men and women.
Before Islam, they were all proud, self-respecting, fierce and free children of the desert, for most of whom their sword was their final arbiter and point of reference. And yet when they embraced Islam, they became such faithful followers of Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, that his merest wish became their most sacred and urgent command.
So complete was their personal devotion to him that not even a drop of water did they allow to fall to the ground when he washed his feet or face as he performed Wudu or ablution. They scooped it up and rubbed it on their faces and bodies.
When he read the Qur’an to them, they sat frozen as if birds were perched on their heads.
Just like I said before, some of the best of them seemed heartbroken that he would not permit them to throw themselves at his feet in prostration and prayer. Others readily fell to their knees in front of him — not a popular custom among the wild warriors of the endless deserts of Arabia – saying if a camel can do it, so can we.
Can’t we, they pleaded. No, he said firmly and sweetly as only he could.
Their devotion to him was so complete, so profound and so deep that when the enemy invaded them and they were forced to defend themselves, they defended him with their own bodies and warded off incoming enemy arrows with their bare hands.
And, in addition to all that, every single thing that they did in their lives, they did exactly the way he had either told them or shown them. He called the way he did things his Sunnat — his way — and they followed his way — his Sunnah — to the letter as well as in spirit.
So, who in history had more devoted followers or had more of them purely in terms of numbers during his own lifetime? No human being ever followed another human being so devoutly, so completely and so faithfully, either in form or in spirit or both, as the Companions of Muhammad, Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, followed him.
Is that miracle enough for you? Is that proof enough? Yes or no?
And yet what does he call them? Does he call them his “followers”? No, he simply refers to them as his “Companions.” Even though Almighty Allah in the Qur’an calls them his followers — Alladheenat-Taba-‘oohu — and tells him to tell them to follow him — Qul in Kuntum Tuhibboonallaha Fat-tabi-‘oonee — he himself tends to refer to them as “My Companions” — Ashaabee.
Here, take this proof, if it is really proof you want. If it is something else you want, then, may Allah help you. Those who came after his Companions, history and practice refer to as Taabi’een and Tab’taabi’een: meaning “followers” and “followers of followers.”
But for his own contemporaries, for those who were his most ardent and devoted followers in his own lifetime, history and practice use the most unique expression of its kind in the world, “Companions.” For, that is what he called them when he was among them.
Again, don’t forget that they were not just a few or a fistful of individuals — but a veritable mass of humanity that was the cream of the neighboring Arab populations of the day: tens of thousands of men and women of all ages and social status of a living, tumultuous and virulent Arabia.
Miracle of Human Equality
These were the men, women and children whose lives he had profoundly reshaped and remade throughout the length and breadth of Arabia. He accomplished all this at a time when there were no newspapers, no radio, no television, no film and no Internet!
Nor did he spend millions or billions of money to entice and bribe them. Nor did he hire armies of professionals to do propaganda, public relations or advertising for him.
The way he lived was so simple that his house did not even have a guard. The noble concept of human equality never saw a more glorious day under the sun than when Muhammad moved among his Companions — Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
When he sat down in a group among his so-called “followers” — his Ashaab or companions as he called them — he became such a complete part of them, and he was so indistinguishable from the least prominent among them, that an onlooker could not tell the difference.
Visitors and strangers, who did not know him from before, almost invariably ended up asking: “Which one of you is Muhammad,” Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam?
What a living miracle and what a practical proof of human equality this was — and continues to be to this day. For, even after the passage of 1400 years, that is how the Muslims of the world — this blessed and beautiful Ummah of Allah’s beloved Rasul, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam — refers to them: The Sahaabah!
Sahaabah Kiraam: the noble Companions.
Radiyallahu ‘Anhum! That is how Allah put it in the Qur’an talking about them and that is exactly what the Muslim Ummat says about them to this day. If that is not a validation of the Qur’an in real life, what is?
This is yet another miracle. And this is yet another proof that this Qur’an is from God; that Islam is from God; and that this man Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is indeed the true and final messenger of God.
Not only that, Muslims themselves, to the extent they keep referring to the followers of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as “Sahaabah” or “Companions,” become part of that ongoing miracle.
Muslims themselves become part of the living proof, in their own respective ages and places, of the truth of the mission and message of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam and the Qur’an and the Deen of Islam.
Revised: January 28, 2010
May Allah accept it!
December 7, 2009
© 2009 Syed Husain Pasha
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