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Monday, April 19, 2004  

Background to the Beginning It has been a common trait of mankind since time immemorial that whenever a Guide from God appeared to redirect man into the Will and Plan of his Maker, instead of accepting the Message on its own merit, mankind demanded supernatural proofs from these men of God. For example, when Jesus Christ began to preach to his people – ‘The Children of Israel’ – to mend their ways, to refrain from mere legalistic formalism and imbibe the true spirit of the Laws and Commandments of God, his ‘people’ demanded Miracles from him to prove his bona fides, as recorded in the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 12, verses 38 & 39 – “Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would have a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, an evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign: and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:” Though on the face of this, he refused to accede to their request, but we learn from the Gospel narratives that he did perform many miracles. The Bible is replete with supernatural events accredited to the Prophets from their Lord. In reality all those ‘signs’ and ‘wonders’ and ‘miracles’ were acts of God, but since they were worked through His human agents, we describe them as the Miracles of Moses or Jesus by whose hands they were wrought. Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) the Prophet of God was born some six hundred years after Jesus, in Makkah in Arabia. When he proclaimed his Mission at the age of forty, his fellow countrymen made an identical request for Miracles as had the people of Jesus from their promised Messiah. Yet they say; ‘Why are not signs sent down to him from his Lord?’ … (29:50) This is the general trend of their demand. In specific terms they asked that he – Muhammad – ‘put a ladder up to heaven and bring down a Book from God in their very sight’ – “Then we would believe,” they said. Or ‘you see the mountain yonder, turn it into gold’ – “Then we would believe.” Or ‘make streams gush out in the desert’ – “Then we would believe.” Listen to the soft, sweet pleadings of Muhammad against the unreasonable skeptical demands – “Do I say to you, verily I am an angel? Do I say to you, verily in my hands are the treasures of God? Only, what is revealed to me do I follow.” Listen further to the most dignified reply he is commanded to give the unbelievers from his Lord: … Say: ‘Indeed the signs (miracles) are with God: and verily I am a clear-cut warner.” (29:50) In the following verse the Holy Prophet is made to point to the Qur’an as an answer to their hypocritical demand for some special kind of ‘sign’ or ‘miracle’ for which their foolish, pagan mentality craved. Look at the Qur’an! Is it not enough for them that we have sent down to thee (O Muhammad!) the Book (Al-Qur’an) which is rehearsed to them? Verily, in it (This Perspicuous Book) is a mercy and reminder to those who believe. (29:51) As proof of the Divine Authorship and the Miraculous nature of the Holy Qur’an, two arguments are advanced here. 1. ‘That We (God Almighty) have revealed to YOU the Book,’ ‘YOU’ who art an absolutely unlearned person. An ‘ummi’ Prophet; one who cannot read or write. One who cannot sign his own name. Let Thomas Carlyle testify regarding the educational qualifications of Muhammad – “One other circumstance we must not forget: that he had no school learning; of the thing we call school-learning none at all.” Let the Divine Author (God Almighty) testify to the veracity of Muhammad’s claim that he could never have composed the Holy Qur’an; he could not have been its author: And thou (O Muhammad!) was not (able) to recite a book before this (Book came), nor art thou (able) to transcribe it with thy right hands: In that case, indeed, would the talkers of vanities have doubted. (29:48) Had Muhammad been a learned man; had he been able to read or write; then the babblers in the market places might have had some reason to doubt his claim that the Qur’an is God’s Word. In the event of him being a literate person, the insinuations of his enemies that he had probably copied his Book (Al-Qur’an) from the Jews and the Christians, or that perhaps he had been studying Aristotle and Plato and must have browsed through the ‘Torat,’ the ‘Zabur’ and the ‘Injeel’ and had re-hashed it all in a beautiful language, might have carried some weight. Then ‘the talkers of vanity’ – might have had a point. But even this flimsy point has been denied the unbeliever and the cynic: a point hardly big enough to hang a fly upon! 2. ‘The Book?’ Yes, the ‘Book’ itself, carries its own testimony that it is from God. Study it from any angle. Scrutinize it. Its author (God) challenges the doubters: Do they not consider the Qur’an (with care)? Had it been from other than God, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy. (4:82) No human author can ever remain consistent in his teachings for twenty three years. Passing through the most conflicting vicissitudes of life, a man must somewhere along the line make compromises, must contradict himself. No man can ever be the same always in his preachings as the Message of the Holy Qur’an is: consistent with itself, throughout. Or is it that the unbelievers’ objections are merely argumentative and refractory against their own better light and judgment? Again and again when Miracles are demanded from Muhammad the Prophet of God, he is made to point to the Qur’an – Message from on High – as ‘The Miracle.’ The Miracle of Miracles! And men of knowledge, people with literary and spiritual insight, who were honest enough to themselves, recognized and accepted Al-Qur’an as a genuine Miracle. Says the Holy Qur’an: Nay, here are signs self-evident in the hearts of those endowed with knowledge: And none but the unjust reject Our Signs. (29:49) - Ahmed Deedat, Al-Qur’an the Ultimate Miracle

posted by SuFiSTiC | 4/19/2004 05:22:00 PM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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