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 Throughout history, our Lord has sent many prophets to all parts of the world. Prophets of Islam are human beings who were chosen by God to spread the message of God. The Prophets and Messengers of Allah are the greatest human beings that ever lived, and are the greatest role models for us all. They should be revered and respected by all human beings. The prophets of Allah are the most pious, devote, humble and caring human beings that the world has ever seen. Their devotion and love for Allah is far greater than anything we can imagine or emulate. They were willing to sacrifice their own lives, children and wealth for the sake of Allah. They are the highest of human beings, yet they lived very humble, modest and simple lives, full of obedience and devotion to Allah. They got down on their knees and fell on their faces onto the ground in submission and obedience to the Almighty. The prophets went through the greatest of tests and hardship. What we go through is very little compared to the pain and suffering they went through, yet they still kept their faith even in the most deadly and dire situations. Bukhari and Abu Dawud quote Habbab ibn Arat who said: Once, during the days of trouble and torture in Makkah, I went to God’s Messenger, who was sitting in the shade of the Ka‘bah. I was still a slave in the hands of the Makkans then. They inflicted on me severe tortures. Unable to endure those tortures any more, I requested God’s Messenger to pray to God for help and salvation. But he turned towards me and said:

 "By God, previous communities had to endure more pitiless tortures. Some of them were made to lie in ditches and cut in two with saws but this did not make them forsake their faith. They were skinned alive but they never became weak against the enemy. Surely God will perfect this religion, but you display undue haste. A day will come when a woman will travel alone by herself from San’a to Hadramawt fearing nothing but wild beasts. However, you show impatience."

 All prophets preached the same message; to believe that there is one God, not to commit idolatry, to follow the word of God and to warn of not to commit sin, etc. They all came to preach Islam and to tell of the coming of the last and final prophet and messenger of God; Muhammad S.A.W. They were however different in Sharia (or the practice of religion) that they taught to their nations. Unlike Judaism and Christianity, Islam distinguishes between a direct Messenger of God (rasul) and a prophet (nabi). Both are divinely inspired recipients of God's revelation. However, the Almighty elevated some Nabis to a higher position called 'Rasul'. The Qur’an makes a clear distinction between the two; some nabis are given a divine message or revelation for a community in the form of a book. While every Rasul is a Nabi, not every Nabi is a Rasul. Almighty Allah has sent over 124,000 messengers all over the world. They range from the first, Prophet Adam pbuh to the last, Prophet Muhammad pbuh. Five are also accorded the highest reverence for their perseverance and unusually strong commitment to God in the face of great suffering. These five are Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), Isa (Jesus), and Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Them All. Out of the thousands and thousands of prophets Allah has sent, only 25 are mentioned by name in the Holy Qur'an, they are:

  • Muhammad, Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses),
  • 'Isa (Jesus), Nuh (Noah), Adam, Ya'qub (Jacob),
  • Yousef (Joseph), Sulaiman (Solomon),
  • Dawud (David), Harun (Aaron), Yahya (John),
  • Ayyub (Job), Yunus (Jonah), Isma'il (Ishmael),
  • Ishaq (Isaac), Dhu'l-kifl (Ezekiel), Idris (Enoch),
  • Zakariyya (Zechariah), Al-Yasa (Elisha),
  • Ilias (Elias), Lut (Lot), Shu'aib, Hud, Saleh 

              MAY THE PEACE, MERCY AND BLESSINGS OF                                                                                ALMIGHTY ALLAH BE UPON THEM ALL    

Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

Name: Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

Birth: 571; Makkah, Saudi Arabia                        Death: 632; Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Father: Abd Allah ibn Abd al-Muṭṭalib                Mother: Aminah bint Wahb

Early Career: Shepherd, Commercial Trader & Merchant

Late Career: Last & final Messenger of Allah. Active as a diplomat, merchant, philosopher, orator, legislator, reformer, military general, statesman, administrator, judge and an agent of divine action

Wives: Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, Sawda bint Zama, Aisha bint Abi Bakr, Hafsa bint Umar, Zaynab bint Khuzayma, Hind bint Abi Umayya, Zaynab bint Jahsh, Juwayriya bint al-Harith, Ramlah bint Abi Sufyan, Rayhana bint Zayd, Safiyya bint Huyayy, Maymuna bint al-Harith, Maria al-Qibtiyya (رضي الله عنه‎)

Children: Male: Qasim ibn Muhammad, Abd-Allah ibn Muhammad, Ibrahim ibn Muhammad.  (رضي الله عنه‎)

Female: Ruqayyah bint Muhammad, Umm Kulthum bint Muhammad, Zainab bint Muhammad, Fatimah Zahra (رضي الله عنه‎)

 Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is said to have been a fast walker, of sturdy build, with a prominent forehead, a hooked nose, large black eyes and a pleasant smile. He showed great charm in his dealings with people and, when appropriate, gentleness and even tenderness. He was neither very tall nor short, but was a man of medium height. He had a round face, fair skinned with wide eyes and long eyelashes. His hair was black and wavy (neither curly nor straight) and hung to between his ear lobes and shoulders and parted it in the middle. He dyed it red as he grew older and kept a thick beard. The palms of his large hands and his feet were cool. Between his shoulders was a large seal of Prophethood.  He smiled a lot and laughed aloud little. Our beloved leader faced many trials, tests and tribulations during His time on earth. There are many fascinating stories of Him and the immense hardship that He went through to deliver to us the divine message. We must not forget this and realise how fortunate we are to be able to practice Islam as easily as we can and not take it for granted and waste the opportunity to do so.

 Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is the most honest, righteous, pious, kind, sincere, beautiful, handsome, humble, just, merciful, and honourable person and creation of Allah’s. He is by far the greatest (human) example of love, compassion, intellect, open-mindedness, and reasoning. Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم is the enemy of hypocrisy, lies, oppression, violence, anger, theft, war, murder and injustice. He spent his whole life giving and receiving little. Truly the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم is Allah’s mercy to mankind. His beauty cannot be displayed in any form of art, as no mere painting would do justice to such a beautiful figure. Glorify him by talking about the immaculate actions and deeds that he performed throughout his life.

Most Influential Person in History

Thomas Carlyle:

 "how one man single-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades."       (Heroes and Hero Worship)

George Bernard Shaw:

 "He must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness." (The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936)

Michael H. Hart:

 "My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels." (M.H. Hart, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, New York, 1978, p. 33)

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi:

 "I wanted to know the best of one who holds today's undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind....I became more than convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to this friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the 2nd volume (of the Prophet's biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of the great life."  (Young India)

Alphonse de Lamartine:

 "If greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislation, empires, peoples and dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and souls....his forbearance in victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in no manner striving for an empire; his endless prayers, his mystic conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death; all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was two-fold, the unity of God and the immateriality of God; the former telling what God is, the latter telling what God is not; the one overthrowing false gods with the sword, the other starting an idea with the words."

 "Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is MUHAMMAD. As regards all the standards by which Human Greatness may be measured, we may well ask, IS THERE ANY MAN GREATER THAN HE?" (Lamartine, Histoire de la Turquie, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, pp 276-277)

Battle of Badr

 The Battle of Badr, fought in 624 CE in the Hejaz of western Arabia, was a key battle in the early days of Islam and a turning point in Muhammad's صلى الله عليه وسلم struggle with His opponents among the Quraish of Makkah. The battle has been passed down in Islamic history as a decisive victory attributable to divine intervention and the genius of Muhammad (pbuh). Although it is one of the few battles specifically mentioned in the Qur'an, virtually all contemporary knowledge of the battle at Badr comes from traditional Islamic accounts, both hadiths and biographies of Muhammad pbuh, written decades after the battle. Prior to the battle, the Muslims and Makkans had fought several smaller skirmishes in late 623 and early 624. Badr, however was the first large-scale engagement between the two opposing forces.

 Advancing to a strong defensive position, Muhammad's صلى الله عليه وسلم well-disciplined men managed to shatter the Makkan lines, killing several important Quraishi leaders including Muhammad's صلى الله عليه وسلم chief antagonist, 'Amr ibn Hisham. For the early Muslims, the battle was extremely significant because it was the first sign that they might eventually defeat their enemies in Makkah. Makkah at that time was one of the richest and most powerful pagan cities in Arabia, which fielded an army three times larger than that of the Muslims. The Muslim victory also signalled other tribes that a new power had arisen in Arabia and strengthened Muhammad’s صلى الله عليه وسلم authority as leader of the community in Madinah. Local Arab tribes began to convert to Islam and ally themselves with the Muslims of Madinah, leading to the further the expansion of Islam.

Battle of Badr

Part of the Muslim-Quraish Wars

Date

Saturday, March 13, 624 AD/17 Ramadan, 2 AH

Location

At the wells of Badr, 80 miles (130 km) southwest of Medina

Result

Decisive Muslim victory

Belligerents

Muslims of Madinah

Quraish of Makkah

Commanders and leaders

Muhammad
Hamza ibn Abd al-Muttalib
Ali ibn Abi Talib

Abu Jahl
Utba ibn Rabi'ah
Umayyah ibn Khalaf
Hind al-Hunnud

Strength

313 Infantry & Cavalry: 2 Horses and 70 camels

900 Infantry & Cavalry: 100 Horses and 170 Camels

Casualties and losses

14 killed

70 killed
43-70 captured

 

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