Muhammad: The Prophet of Mercy

Muhammad: The Prophet of Mercy

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Please allow me to briefly present to you my book “MUHAMMAD, THE PROPHET OF MERCY” (255 pages), a planned (five years of work) response to the offensive cartoons.

It mainly addresses readers who are misinformed or know nothing about Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with the purpose of providing them with principle information about the Prophet and his message, relying on the most authentic Islamic books and most eminent Imams, and using an interesting style of narration – strong, fast and lucid – through a successive flow of pictures from his life to keep the reader’s attention engaged and win respect and admiration.

The book first introduces Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to the reader as a prophet, not just a great or good man, but as the last of Prophets to all mankind, using the simple yet profoundly powerful words of Ja‘far to the Negus that focus on the Prophet’s invincible power of turning evil into good by the Message of Islam.

After hopefully attracting the attention of reader, the book tries to attract the hearts to him also through the next chapter “A Word Picture” that depicts the superbly admirable character of Prophet Muhammad through the beautiful testimonies of his Companions, starting with the elegant words of Sheikh Al-Ghazali that give vividness and richness to this picture by depicting him at the summit of human goodness, impossible for any other to reach. This chapter ends also with his words that liken his kindness towards people to the sun “that sends its rays and warmth so that each person profits and has a share without feeling that others are sharing in or rivals for its warmth.”

The book then draws the reader closer through the chapter “Why Muhammad?” which declares that the goodness of his heart is the answer, and thus the universality of his message. It illustrates the essence of his message capable of solving all the miseries from which humanity is now suffering.

After discussing his message to all, the next chapter “Mercy upon Mankind” discusses his mercy to all that is manifested in the Hadith: “My similitude is that of a man who has kindled a fire…” which then displays examples of his mercy at peak level when shown to enemies, disbelievers, and hypocrites. The chapter then ends with a concise summary – to be detailed in the next chapters – of his striving to preach Islam in order for the reader to understand the greatness of this bestowed mercy to mankind and the high hurdles Prophet Muhammad had to surmount to convey Islam. These chapters are as follows:

1-Arise and Warn

2-Psychological Warfare (one of the most important parts of the book, analyzing 17 points of attack against the Prophet and his message and powerfully refuting them)

3-Power of the Word لا إله إلا لله (explaining the essence of Tawhid)

4-I Am the Prophet, No Lying

5-Bestowed Mercy

6- Tolerance Together With Mercy

7-On the Road of Hijrah

The book then takes the reader to the ideal, beautiful New World that Prophet Muhammad built, exhibiting how he built it, what were its foundations, policies and administration, and the new things he achieved there and in the life of people (past and present). “Free People”, “On One Ship,” and “Plant it” then present three teachings of the Prophet that were – and still are – capable of building a successful Muslim Ummah.

Having established the new Muslim State the Prophet began the process of expanding Islam by inviting the kings. The approach and its important outcomes are covered in “Writing to Kings”, “Hindering the Path,” and “Divine Victory.”

The book is concluded with broad outlines that help the reader feel connected and directly involved – this message is for you, will you embrace it?

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The book is made available by kind permission from the author.

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Prophet Muhammad: The Man Who Educated Humanity

Prophet Muhammad: The Man Who Educated Humanity

“Seek knowledge form the cradle to the grave.” What does this saying of the Prophet imply? What is Islam’s take on education? How does the Prophet inspire Muslims to seek knowledge? How does acquiring knowledge help a person?

The Prophet (peace be on him) also said: “He who travels in search of knowledge, to him Allah shows the way to Paradise”. (Al-Bukhari)

In Islam learning is a duty for all Muslim men, women and children that by Knowledge we have the ability to learn about and reflect on God, His signs and perfect creation, differentiate between right and wrong, contribute to humanity, what help keep us on the right path.

In this show of ‘Inspired by Muhammad’ campaign, Akram Khan-Cheema, an outstanding inspiring Islamic lecturer and teacher trainer, who describes Islamic schools as “one of the most important factors which protect Muslim children from the onslaught of Euro-centrism, homosexuality, racism, and secular traditions”.

Watch him reflect on the great emphasis Prophet Muhammad placed on education and how this inspires him to contribute to society, help educate Muslims.

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Prophet Muhammad: The Greatest Revolutionary Ever

Prophet Muhammad: The Greatest Revolutionary Ever

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Prophet Muhammad’s great contribution to history lies in his being a philosopher and a seer as well as a living embodiment of his own teachings.

In the cavalcade of world history the sublime figure of this wonderful person towers so high above all others that they appear to be dwarfs when contrasted with him. None of them possessed a genius capable of making a deep impression on more than one or two aspects of human life. Some are brilliant theoreticians but are lacking when it comes to practical action. Some are men of action but with little knowledge. Some are renowned as statesmen only, others are masters of strategy.

Others again have devoted their energies to ethical and spiritual problems but have ignored economics and politics. In short, one comes across heroes who are expert in one walk of life only.

His is the only example where all the excellences have been blended into one personality. He is a philosopher and a seer as well as a living embodiment of his own teachings. He is a great statesman as well as a military genius. He is a legislator and also a teacher of morals.

He is a spiritual luminary as well as a religious guide. His vision penetrates every aspect of life. His orders and commandments cover a vast field from the regulation of international relations down to the habits of everyday life like eating, drinking and personal hygiene.

On the foundations of philosophy he established a civilization and a culture without the slightest trace of a flaw, deficiency or incompleteness. Can anyone point to another example of such a perfect and all round-personality?

Why that Unique?

Most of the famous personalities of the world are said to be the products of their environment. But his case is unique. His environment seems to have played no part in the making of his personality. At most one might accept in the light of Hegel’s philosophy of history or Marx’s historical materialism that the time and environment demanded the emergence of a leader who could create a nation and build an empire.

But Hegelian or Marxist philosophy cannot explain how such an environment could produce a man whose mission was to teach the highest morals, to purify humanity and to wipe out prejudice and superstition, who looked beyond the artificial compartments of race and nation-state, who laid the foundations of a moral, spiritual, cultural and political superstructure for the good of the whole world, who practically, not theoretically, placed business transactions, civics, politics and international relations on moral grounds and produced such a balanced synthesis between worldly life and spiritual advancement that even to this day it is considered to be a masterpiece of wisdom and foresight.

Can anyone honestly call such a person a product of all-pervading darkness of Arabia?

He does not only appear to be independent of his environment. When we look at his achievements we are irresistibly drawn to the conclusion that he actually transcends the limitations of time and space. His vision breaks through all temporal and physical barriers, passes beyond centuries and millenniums and encompasses within itself the whole of human history.

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He is not one of those whom history has cast into oblivion, and he is not praised only because he was a good leader in his own time. He is that unique and incomparable leader of humanity who marches with time, who is modern in every age and in every era.

Those whom people style ‘makers of history’ are only ‘creatures of history’. In fact, in the whole of history of mankind, he is the unique example of a ‘maker of history’.

One may scan the lives and circumstances of the great leaders of the world who brought about revolutions and one will find that on such occasions the forces of revolution were gathering momentum for the destined upheaval, were taking their course in certain directions and were only waiting for the right moment.

In harnessing these forces the revolutionary leader played the part of an actor for whom the stage and the role is set beforehand. On the other hand the Prophet is only a person who had to genuinely create a revolution; he had to mold and produce the kind of men he wanted because the spirit of revolution and its necessary conditions were nonexistent.

He made an indelible impression on the hearts of thousands of his disciples by his forceful personality and molded them to his way of thinking. By his iron will he prepared the ground for revolution and directed events into the channels he wanted. Can anyone cite another example of a maker of history of such distinction, another revolutionary of such brilliance and splendor?

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The article is an excerpt from the book “Towards Understanding Islam” by Abul A`la Al-Mawdudi.

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Muhammad: You Must Know This Man

Muhammad: You Must Know This Man

By Editorial Staff

 

Who was Muhammad? What is so special about him? Why is he loved by Muslims? What is the truth about him? Was he really a prophet of God? Was he a holy man? What did he teach? What do non-Muslims say about him? What are the benefits of following him? What were his driving motives? What did he teach his followers?

We present this Special Folder to our readers to know more about the most remarkable man that ever walked on the face of this earth, prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Who Was Muhammad?Who Was Muhammad?Prophet Muhammad was the final prophet sent to all of humanity and for all times. With an everlasting miracle, the Qur’an, he led his people from the darkest of darkness to light. Many great figures over the centuries — Muslim and non-Muslim – pondered his life to derive lessons that had great impact on their lives.

Muhammad: The Prophet of MercyThis book mainly addresses readers who are misinformed or know nothing about Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) with the purpose of providing them with principle information about the Prophet and his message, relying on the most authentic Islamic books and most eminent Imams, and using an interesting style of narration – strong, fast and lucid – through a successive flow of pictures from his life to keep the reader’s attention engaged and win respect and admiration.

Manners of Prophet MuhammadManners of Prophet MuhammadThis clip is to show how our Prophet Muhammad really was, and not what media, etc. may say.

What Do Non-Muslims Say About Muhammad?What Do Non-Muslims Say About Muhammad?Here is a few of the many quotes from 15 non-Muslim scholars and intellectuals about the last prophet of God, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

Muhammad A to Z (+2)Muhammad A to Z (+2)In this lecture, Sheikh Yusuf Estes deals with well established facts about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Muhammad: The Seal of ProphetsMuhammad: The Seal of ProphetsThis video introduces various characteristics of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), by showing the superior features and qualities a society may enjoy when it adopts such a morality, thus encouraging others to adopt that same morality.

Prophet Muhammad’s Marriage to `A’ishah
Prophet Muhammad’s Marriage to `A’ishah Sheikh Yusuf Estes addresses a question about prophet Muhammad’s marriage to his wife `A’ishah.

Muhammad: Legacy of a ProphetMuhammad: Legacy of a ProphetThis documentary tells the story of the seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shapes the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. The film takes viewers not only to ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammad’s story unfolds, but into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America’s estimated seven million Muslim to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad’s example.

Mohammed: The Mercy for All MankindMuhammad: The Mercy for All Mankind Prophet Muhammad was sent a mercy for all mankind. He called people to the worship of the One and Only God: Allah. Watch this video by Sheikh Yusuf Estes to know his story.

Prophet Muhammad’s MiraclesAProphet Muhammad’s MiraclesA number of miracles were bestowed upon and performed by Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) to establish the proof of his prophethood. The greatest miracle bestowed upon him was the revelation of the Qur’an.

Inspired by Muhammad
Inspired by Muhammad The Inspired by Muhammad campaign was designed to improve the public understanding of Islam and Muslims. It showcased Britons demonstrating how Muhammad inspired them to contribute to society, with a focus on women’s rights, social justice and the environment.Inspired By Muhammad – EnvironmentInspired By Muhammad – Social JusticeInspired By Muhammad – HealthcareInspired By Muhammad – Women’s Rights

Love for the Prophet MuhammadLove for the Prophet MuhammadShaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The reason why it is obligatory to love the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and venerate him more than any other person is that we cannot attain the greatest good in this world or in the Hereafter except at the hands of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), by believing in him and following him.

Muhammad: The Seal of Prophets
Muslim Response to “Innocence of MuslimsInnocence of Muslims, a 14-minute clip, shows the Prophet Muhammad as a homosexual who endorses extramarital sex and pedophilia. Muhammad’s followers are portrayed as savage killers hungry for wealth and bent on killing women and children.Before delving into the Muslims’ take on the issues raised in the film, it should be remembered that all the misconceptions contained in the film are based on wrong information and there is no single reference in the Islamic literature to support them.Let’s agree also that Islam condemns all the acts of violence that are made under the name of Islam and under the excuse of defending the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). Islam is about peace, tolerance, justice, and love.In this series of videos, the Electronic Da`wah Committee in Kuwait, will try to address some of the issues raised in this movie.Prophet Muhammad’s Marriage to `A’ishah
Who Is the Author of the Qur’an?
The Prophet’s Marriage to Zaynab bint Jahsh
Is Islam a Religion of Violence?
The Prophet Muhammad’s Compassion
Why Muslims Love Prophet Muhammad

 

Have a Question About Islam?Have a Question About Islam?If you have a question about Islam and Muslims, please click the above link to submit it.

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The Prophet, New Muslims and Us

The Prophet, New Muslims and Us

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How will the Muslim community welcome that new Muslim? What advice(s) will be given to them?

We all like this moment, when a brother or sister enters the masjid on a Friday, and announces the Shahadah (Declaration of Faith), and the whole masjid start saying “Takbir, Allahu Akbar”; I cannot deny that this is such an amazing moment, to witness someone who just found the right path, and took that extra step closer to God.

The bitter question is: What is next? How will the Muslim community welcome that new Muslim? What advice(s) will be given to them and how are they going to start their long journey in learning the deen of Allah.

I tried to search the life of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to examine what approach he used with newly converted companions after they became Muslims. Sometimes this aspect is overlooked when we focus on the event itself (saying the Shahadah) and consider it to be the ultimate goal of da`wah (Islamic outreach), and we neglect – or consider it to be less important – the post-Shahadah advice or curriculum given to new Muslims.

1- Recognizing New Muslims Talents

“The best among you in the days of ignorance are  the best in the days after accepting Islam, provided that they acquire true knowledge and understanding of Islam (fiqh; jurisprudence)”, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said. (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Every human being has their unique sets of talents and skills, and the Prophet recognized that fact and motivated people from the moment they accepted Islam. Two legends of the Muslim history, Khalid ibn Al-Waleed and `Amr ibn Al-`As, embraced Islam at the same day and gave a huge boost to this deen.

Khalid was the one who led the Muslim army to conquer `Iraq, Persia (Iran), Armenia, and Shaam (Syria & Lebanon). `Amr ibn Al-`As was the one who spread Islam in Palestine and Egypt.

Imagine the huge impact that these two men gave to Islam, and how many people were introduced to Islam and later on contributed to it and to humanity. All that was influenced by those new (and in comparison to other companions, late) converts.

It is interesting to note that both fought the Prophet and the Muslims fiercely in their early days; both had Muslim blood on their hands, especially Khalid ibn Al-Waleed, who was a main reason behind the defeat of the Muslims in the battle of Uhud. Despite all that, look at how the prophet welcomed the two new additions to the Muslim family:

– “O Allah, he (Khalid) is one of your swords, so support him”. From that time on, Khalid used to be called ‘the Sword of Allah’. (Al-Albani)

– “All people became Muslims, but as for `Amr ibn Al-`As he became a believer” (indicating that he immediately entered into a higher rank of faith than other new Muslims. (At-Tirmidhi and Al-Albani)

Khalid was given the leadership of the Muslim army in many battles, without this being a concern to those Companions who knew more Qur’an than him and embraced Islam years and years before him.

The seerah (Prophet’s biography) tells us about some battles where Khalid did take a wrong decision, due to his lack of knowledge; this did not discredit him or let the Prophet overshadow his talents and potential contribution to the Muslim nation.

2- Giving New Muslims Special Attention

`Amr ibn Al-`As was amazed by the special attention that the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave him. He actually thought that he is the most beloved Companion to the Messenger of Allah, and asked him a direct question one day: “Oh Prophet of Allah, who is the most beloved person to you” and the Prophet said: “`A’ishah (the Prophet’s wife)”;

– From the men?

– Her father (Abu Bakr As-Siddiq)

– Then who?

– Then `Umar, ..

In `Amr’s words: “After that, the Prophet started listing names and names of people, and this made me remain silent, fearing that he will place me at the end of the list…” (Al-Bukhari)

The Messenger of Allah had this gentle effect on all those around him, especially the new comers to Islam that made `Amr seriously think he is the best Companion in the eyes of the Prophet.

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We note his wisdom in recognizing the weaknesses in people and dealing with them based on that.

3- Da`wah Mission from Day One

Some Companions were commissioned to preach Islam from day one, and were given “ad-hoc” da`wah courses for that purpose. At-Tufail ibn `Amr Ad-Dawsi accepted Islam in the early days of Makkah, and immediately went back to his tribe to deliver the message of truth. He had a tough way of preaching Islam where he tells people: you either follow Islam or I will never talk to you again!

While this method may not work in year 2013 in downtown Manhattan or Paris, apparently it worked for some members of his tribe but not to all of them.

He came back to the Prophet (literally this was his second meeting with the Messenger after accepting Islam) and complained about his people. The Prophet made du`aa’ for Daws (his tribe) and told him: “Go back to your people, call them to Allah and be lenient with them”. (Ibn Ishaq)

4- Gradual Change in People’s Behavior

People might accept the idea of submitting to the one God, but they might have problems in some of the commandments (such as hijab, fasting the long days of Ramadan, etc…). The tribe of Thaqif agreed to embrace Islam but told the Prophet: “We will not give out any charity, and we will not fight in the way of Allah (jihad)”.

The Prophet accepted that from them, and he told his Companion: “They will (willingly) pay charity and perform jihad when they embrace Islam” (Abu Dawud and Al-Albani).

Again, we note his wisdom in recognizing the weaknesses in people and dealing with them based on that.

Other Companions had certain demands, such as praying with sujud (prostration) but no ruku`(bowing) (Ibn Rajab, Jami` Al-`Ulum Wal-Hikam), and others requested permission to pray only two prayers a day instead of five.

It is really important here to note that the Prophet did not ‘customize’ the religious teachings for those individuals; he rather considered that to be an introductory stage that was given to a particular person in their new journey in Islam.

Such exceptions were not given during a Friday sermon, for example, and were not taught and spread by other Companions; all those incidents and others teach us how the messengers of the Messenger of Allah (i.e. us) should have wisdom in inviting people to this great deen.

Sometimes and in certain situations with certain people, raising the bar and challenging people will produce the best out of them. In other occasions, we have to understand the human weaknesses and give people a gradual plan while they get up to speed, of course without compromising the basics and essentials of our deen.

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Source:  mohakeem.com

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Prophet Muhammad & Environment

Prophet Muhammad & Environment

In times past when there were no environmental rights or laws and no such thing of awareness of environment Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) declared 30 km area around Madinah Prophet Muhammad declared 30 km area around Medina  a protected grove and prohibited the cutting down of trees within its borders. Why did the Prophet do that?

How does Islam view the sanctity of earth? What is Islam’s take in ecological issues?

To know the answer to these questions, watch this show of Inspired by Muhammad campaign in which Timothy J Winters focuses on the environment…

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