Prophet Muhammad , the Messenger of Allah. introduction and Terminology used in this Book
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Terminology used in this Book
(Taken from Sheik Mahmoud’s Book “a ‘Common mistakes in Translation)
1. Rubb: Some prefer to translate the term ‘Rubb’ into ‘Lord.’
Beside the fact that the latter is a Biblical term referring to the alleged lordship of the slave of Allatu Prophet Jesus,
the word ‘lord’ which is limited to ‘master’, ‘chief’, ‘proprietor’, or ‘ruler’,
can never convey the comprehensive declaration of the term ‘Rubb’.
Among other signage, the term ‘Rubb’ means, the Creator, the Fashioner, the Provider,
the One upon Whom all creatures depend for their means of subsistence, and the One Who gives life and causes death.
2. Deen: The word translated as religion is ‘Deen’,
which in Arabic commonly refers to a way of life,
which is both private and public.
It is an inclusive term meaning: acts of worship, political practice,
and a detailed code of conduct, including hygiene or etiquette matters.
3. Sal’lal’laahu a’Iaihi ws sal’lam. Some translate it as ‘peace be upon him’.
This translation is incorrect; the correct translation is, ‘may Allah exalt his mention,
and render him and his household safe and secure from every derogatory thing’.
All praise is due to Allah, the Rubb of the worlds,
and may Allah exalt the mention of His Prophet,
and render him and his household safe and secure from all derogatory things.
When talking about Prophet Muhammad Sal’lal’laahu a’Iaihi ws sal’lam
one should keep in mind that he is talking about the greatest individual in history.
This is not a baseless claim; for the one who reads his biography,
and learns of his mannerisms and ethics,
while keeping aside all preconceived notions would certainly reach this conclusion.
Some fair and just non-Muslims have reached this conclusion as well.
Professor Hasan Ali, may Allah have mercy on him, said in his magazine ‘Noor al-Islam’
that a Brahmins colleague of his once told him:
‘I recognize and believe that the Messenger of Islam is the greatest and most mature man in history.’
Professor Hasan Ali, may Allah have merry on him, asked him:
‘Why do you consider him as the greatest and most mature man?’
He answered: ‘No man possessed the characteristics, mannerisms and ethics that he possessed at one time.
He was humble
Prophet Mohammad was a king under whom the entire peninsula was unified; yet he was humble.
He believed that the dominion belonged to his God alone.
Great riches would come to him, and yet he lived in a state of poverty;
fire would not be lit in his house for many days and he would stay hungry.
He was a great leader; he led small numbers into battle against thousands,
and yet he would decisively defeat them.
He loved peace agreements, and would agree to them with a firm heart;
even though he had thousands of his brave and courageous Companions by his side.
Each Companion was very brave and could confront a thousand enemies alone,
while not feeling the least bit intimidated.
Yet, the Prophet was kind-hearted, merciful, and did not want to shed a drop of blood.
He was deeply concerned about the affairs of the Arabian Peninsula,
yet he did not neglect the affairs of his family, household, or the poor and needy.
He was keen to disseminate Islam amongst those who had gone astray.
In general, he was a man concerned with the betterment and wellbeing of mankind,
yet he did not indulge in amassing worldly fortune.
He busied himself with the worship of Allah and loved doings deeds which pleased Allah.
never avenged himself on account of personal reasons.
even prayed for his enemies’ wellbeing, and would wam them of the punishment of Allah.
was an ascetic regarding worldly affairs and would worship Allah throughout the night.
Brave and courageous soldier
He was the brave and courageous soldier who fought with the sword – and the infallible Prophet –
the conqueror who conquered nations and countries.
He slept on a mat of hay, and a pillow filled with coarse fibers.
People crowned him as the Sultan over Arabs, or King of the Arabian Peninsula, yet his family lived a simple life,
even after they received great fortunes; the riches were piled in the Masjid.
Fatima complained to him about the strenuous work she did, the grinding stone and water hug which she used to carry –
how they had left marks on her body.
The Messenger at that time was dividing the female and male slaves amongst the Muslims.
He did not give her a portion of that wealth;
instead, the Prophet taught her a few words and supplications.
His Companion, Umar came to his house and looked in his room,
and saw nothing but a hay mat which the Prophet was sitting on, which had left marks on body.
The only provisions in the house were half.
a Saa’ (measure of weight) of barley in a container, and a water skin that hung on the wall –
this is all the Messenger of Allah owned at a time half the Arabs were under his control.
When Umar saw this, he could not control himself and wept.
The Messenger of Allah Sal’lal’laahu a’Iaihi ws sal’lam said: ‘Why are you weeping O Umar?’
He replied: ‘Why shouldn’t I weep – Khosrau and Caesar enjoy themselves in this world and the Messenger of Allah Sal’lal’laahu a’Iaihi ws sal’lam only owns what I see!’
He responded: ‘O Umar, wouldn’t it please you that this is the share of Khosrau and Caesar in this life,
and in the Hereafter this pleasure would be for us alone?’
Not a king but a Prophet
When the Prophet examined his troops prior to the occupation of Makkah,
Abu Sufyan stood beside al-Ab’bas, the uncle of the Prophet Sal’lal’laahu a’Iaihi ws sal’lam
and they looked at the banners of the Muslim army.
Abu Sufyan at that time was not a Muslim.
He was amazed by the vast number of Muslims;
they advanced towards Makkah like a torrent of water.
No one could stop them and nothing stood in their way.
Abu Sufyan then said to al-Ab’bas: ‘O Ab’bas, your nephew has become a grand King!’
Ab’bas responded saying: ‘This is not kingship, rather prophethood, and the Message of Islam.’
Ad’ee at-Ta’ee the son of Ha’tim at-Ta’ee who is the paradigm of generosity,
attended the assembly of the Prophet Sal’lal’laahu a’Iaihi ws sal’lam while he was still a Christian.
When he saw how the Companions aggrandized and respected the Prophet,
he was confused – was he a Prophet or a king?
He asked himself, ‘is this a king or a Messenger of the Messengers of Allah?’
While he was pondering over this, a destitute woman came to the Prophet Sal’lal’laahu a’Iaihi ws sal’lam
and said: ‘l wish to tell you a secret.’
He said to her: ‘which road in Madinah do you want me to meet you in?’
The Prophet Sal’lal’laahu a’Iaihi ws sal’lam left with the destitute maid, and took care of her needs.
When Ad’ee became a Muslim
When Ad’ee saw the humbleness of the Prophet,
he realized the truth and discarded the crosses that he was wearing and became a Muslim.
We will mention some statements of the Orientalist concerning Muhammad .
as Muslims We believe in the Prophet Sal’lal’laahu a’Iaihi ws sal’lam and his Message.
We are mentioning these statements for the following two reasons:
a. To serve as a reminder and admonition for name-sake Muslims who abandoned their Prophet,
so that they would heed and retum to their Deen.
b. So that non-Muslims would know who the Prophet is from the statements of their own people,
so that they would be guided to Islam.
I ask these people to not hold any Preconceived notions when searching for the truth,
when reading this or any other Islamic material.
I ask Allah to oPen their hearts and chests to accept the truth,
and to show them the right path and inspire them to follow it.
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Table of Contents
01. Terminology used in this book
03. Who is the Messenger?
04. His lineage
05. Place of birth and childhood
05. The description of the Prophet e
07. Some of the Prophet’s manners & Characteristics
08. Some of the Prophet’s ethical manners
09. Statements of justice and equity
10. The wives of the ProphetJil
11. Textual proofs which support the prophethood
12. Proofs from the Quran
13. Proofs from the Sunnah
14. Previous Scriptures
15. From the Gospel
16. Intellectual proofs which support the prophethood
17. What the Testimony of Faith entails
Muhammad The Mesenger
Written by : Abdurrahman al-Sheha