Allah has promised to believers, men and women, Gardens beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide, and delightful dwelling places in Gardens of Eternity. And the pleasure of Allah is the greatest of all. That is the supreme triumph.
(Chapter 9, verse 72)
In Chapter 9 verse 72 of the Holy Qur’an, Allah explains that both women and men have equal spiritual status. The first time these words were heard was 1500 years ago in Arabia where women were second class citizens. Now, suddenly, eternal paradise was promised to women, as equals to men. And who brought this message to the world? It was the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) the liberator of women.
What does this mean for us today?
For ladies, instead of buying the bread and milk on the shopping list, they may decide to buy the pair of shoes they had had their eye on in the shop window.
Secondary school students may enjoy a certain subject that they wish to choose for their GCSE’s.
Younger Nasirat may enjoy spending time with their friends, enjoying their childhood before they take on the big responsibilities of adulthood.
We thank Allah for the little things in our lives, which are normal for us to experience and enjoy. But not all women had these opportunities. Because before the time of the Holy Prophet (sa) a woman’s life was not a life you would want to live. Imagine it like this:
Ladies would not have been able to buy those shoes because their husband would have used their money.
Students would not have been able to go to school as an education was not something to be ‘wasted’ on girls. They would have been treated as a slave as this was seen as their job.
Nasirat may not be alive to enjoy any kind of childhood because some Arabs killed baby girls.
This was until Allah sent the Holy Prophet (saw) to reverse these harmful and unfair customs and grant women respect. But with rights and freedoms also comes responsibilities. The Liberator of women, our beloved Prophet (saw) wanted us to be righteous, so that we can earn the paradise promised to us.
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) stated at the National Ijtema in 2009:
“The Holy Prophet (saw) gave a most beautiful explanation of the status of women. He said that the world is a provision for this life , that is, the world is a means for this life; and there is no better provision in the world, than a virtuous woman”.
By Mariam Orchard
Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra)
This is one of a series of books aimed at educating the younger children about prominent figures in Islam. In this particular book, you will learn about the closest friend of our Beloved Master the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) and the first Khalifa of Islam. You will be taken on a journey back in time to help you understand the type of society the Holy Prophet (sa) lived in and the powerful contribution that his beloved friend made to Islam. Discover how he helped our Beloved Prophet (sa) bring the light of faith to the world.
His steadfastness after the demise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) kept the Muslims united at a time of the greatest threat to Islam and set them on the path of success. All Muslims owe a debt of gratitude to Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) for his life-long devotion and services to Islam, and due to the fact it was through him that Allah established Khilafat in Islam.
The Promised Messiah (as) says, “Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) put on the garment of poverty and humility. He had a deep love for his master, Muhammad Mustafa (sa) and his soul was in complete unison with the soul of the Holy Prophet (sa).”
Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) is very highly regarded in the Muslim world as having an exceptional character. This book states many incidents which explore more about his virtuous and courageous nature. His love for the Holy Prophet (sa) was very well-known along with his humility and service to others.
Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was born in the ancient city of Mecca, home to the Ka‘bah (the first house of worship of Allah). Both the Holy Prophet (sa) and Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) belonged to the Quraish tribe. Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) was about two-and-a-half to three years younger than the Holy Prophet (sa).
When the Holy Prophet (sa) announced that Allah the Almighty had raised him as a Prophet, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) happened to be away from Mecca. Upon his return, a group of Meccan chiefs came to visit him and told him scornfully that Abu Talib’s nephew had claimed that he was a Prophet. After the chiefs left, Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) went straight to the Holy Prophet (sa) and asked him whether he had claimed to be a Prophet from God. The Holy Prophet (sa) started to explain, but Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) interrupted him and asked once more if he had declared himself to be a Prophet sent by God. The Holy Prophet (sa) responded that, yes, he had. Whereupon Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) immediately said, “Then I bear witness that you are a Messenger from God.”
This book beautifully describes the life of Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) touching upon interesting events and incidents that signify his love for Allah and his devotion towards his faith. There were many occasions where his faith was put to the test however, he maintained steadfast and was able to overcome all hurdles especially ones which Muslims faced at the beginning of Islam.
This book is highly recommended for a read in order to get some faithful inspiration and it encourages one to evaluate our actions to ensure a life of being righteous Muslims and follow the path followed by Hazrat Abu Bakr (ra) and the other companions of the Holy Prophet (sa).
Review by: Aalia and Aafia Mazhar, Birmingham South
Book Title: A Man of God
Author: Ian Adamson
This book is about Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad (ra), the fourth Khalifa of the Promised Messiah (as). The book talks of his childhood as well as his Khilafat. We learned of his hobbies, such as writing poetry and playing kabaddi, a traditional game played in Pakistan. It includes many great incidences from his life including the guidance he was given by his father, Hazrat Mirza Bashir-ud-deen Mahmood Ahmad (Hazrat Musl-e-Maud (ra)). It has amazing moral stories that can be a lesson for us all. This book includes funny stories, but also those that tell us of the difficulties that were faced by Huzoor (ra) and the Jamaat at the time of the partition and afterwards.
One of my favourite part is, after migration to the newly-made Pakistan: once Huzoor (rh) started to settle in Rabwah, Huzoor (rh) recited a dramatic poem to keep up the spirits of the members of the community. Hazrat Musleh-Maud (ra) listened to it and said ”That’s the kind of poem we need at a time like this. I wonder who it is reciting this poem. ”He didn’t recognise that this was his son, and when one of his wives told him who it was, he made a noise in his throat and went away. Hazrat Musl-e-Maud (ra) was known to keep his emotions in control for all of his children.
I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading biographies and learning about the difficulties and amazing progress of the Jamaat that led it to be what it is today.
‘Our God’ is an English translation of ‘Hamara Khuda’. It is an excellent Book written by Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra), which highlights outstanding and supreme points, concerning the belief in God. It also proclaims comprehensive explanations of how reason, science and human nature itself are all evident to the Existence of God. This book awakens one’s spirituality and makes one question their personal belief and connection with God. Furthermore, ‘Our God’ refutes several arguments that are put forward by atheists or people with frail faith and belief in the existence of God.
The author asks those who already believe in God to reflect: Whether or not they actually feel the love of God in their hearts and fear His displeasure and whether, in all matters they put their utmost trust in God and not in the material means?
Hazrat Mirza Bashir Ahmad (ra) further deals with advantages of belief in God; it manifests about unity, discourages evil, encourages to do good, helps to understand the nature of things and talks about true satisfaction and contentment once one starts believing in the true teachings of God the Almighty.
I would highly recommend this book to those people who are determined in reflecting and testing their belief in God and also to those who are or would like to do tabligh, as this book answers all the questions and makes a compelling argument related to the existence of a Supreme Divine Being. This book can have an impact on someone’s life or can even change someone as a whole! Huzoor – e –Anwar (aba) has also emphasised and encouraged Ahmadis, especially Waqf e Nau to read Books that increase their knowledge and allows them to understand their God and religion more, so that they can preach the astounding teachings of Islam and Ahmadiyyat to the World.
I would urge everyone to read this book as it allows one to recognise their weaknesses and helps them establish and develop a secure bond and connection with Allah the Almighty.
Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) was a female companion of the Holy Prophet (sa) who was renowned for her un-paralleled bravery in protecting the Holy Prophet (sa) and the name of Islam. Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) was born in Medina, about 40 years before Hijrah (the migration of the Holy Prophet (sa) from Mecca to Medina). She belonged to a very respectable tribe in Medina called Najjaar, the same tribe to which the Holy Prophet’s (sa) great-grandmother belonged.
Acceptance of Islam
Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) had four children and accepted Islam alongside her husband, three months before Hijrah when a delegation of believers including Hazrat Mus’ab bin Umair (ra) travelled from Mecca to Medinah and gathered in the valley of Aqabah. She was one of only two females in that group to accept Islam. The Holy Prophet (sa) took bai’at from both women without holding their hands out of modesty and respect – the Holy Prophet (sa) considered a woman’s oral oath sufficient for bai’at.
Hazrat Umme Ummaarah’s (ra) bravery
Three years after Hijrah, the battle of Uhud occurred when an enemy of Islam called Abu Sufyaan approached the city of Medina for war against the Muslims. When women came to know about the war, a group of them including Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) requested permission to join the battle by tending to the wounded soldiers and giving them water.
Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) fought in the battle of Uhud alongside her husband and two sons. She was running between wounded soldiers to give them water when she saw that the Holy Prophet (sa) became surrounded by danger as there were less than 10 men left to protect him. She threw down her water pot and ran to stand in front of the Holy Prophet (sa) to defend him against the enemy. In this difficult moment when the Muslims were overpowered and were closing in on the Holy Prophet (sa), some brave men panicked and ran away, however Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) stood her ground and defended the Holy Prophet (sa). She picked up the shield of one of the men who had run away and defended the enemy’s blows. At one point, she swung her sword with such force at the feet of a horse that both the horse and the rider fell to the ground.
During this same battle, Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) saw her son Abdullah (ra) get injured. She put a bandage on her son’s wound and said “Son! Go fight till your last breath!” When the Holy Prophet (sa) witnessed her sacrifice, he said “O Umme Ummaaraah! No one has the strength you possess!” The same attacker who had injured her son returned and Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) launched her sword at the attacker with such vigour, she cut him into two pieces.
At another moment in the battle, the enemies of Islam started throwing stones at the Holy Prophet (sa), which broke his teeth and pierced his armour. As Muslim soldiers became distracted tending to the injured Holy Prophet (sa), an enemy of Islam swung his sword at the Holy Prophet (sa). Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) was standing close by and took the attack, ensuring the Holy Prophet (sa) was not reached. This resulted in a deep wound in her shoulder.
At the end of the Battle of Uhud, Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) had wounds in twelve places and was bleeding heavily. The Holy Prophet (sa) supervised to ensure she was bandaged properly and did not return home until he was informed that Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) was doing well. At the end of the battle, the Holy Prophet (sa) listed the names of many brave Muslim men and then said: “By God! Today Umme Ummaarah (ra) has preceded all those men in courage!” The Holy Prophet (sa) used to say, “On the day of Uhud, wherever I looked, I saw Umme Ummaarah (ra) fighting.”
Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) fought in all the battles in the lifetime of the Holy Prophet (sa). After his death she took part in the battle of Yamama against a false claimant of prophethood. Hazrat Umme Ummaarah (ra) is thought to have passed away during the Caliphate of Hazrat Umar (ra).
May Allah increase Hazrat Umme Ummaarah’s (ra) status in Heaven as she increased the status of Muslim women by displaying immense courage in battle. May we all have the courage to defend the name of Islam in the same selfless, fearless manner. Ameen
By Mashel Maliha Chaudhry
“And we have sent thee not but as a mercy for all peoples”
(The Holy Quran 21:108)
The Holy Prophet (sa) was sent by Allah the Almighty as a mercy to all mankind. Children were no exception. He taught parents to respect their children and to pray for them.
“Respect your children and cultivate (raise, care) in them the best of manners.” (Ibn Mājah)
He taught Muslims to treat their children equally and with justice. At the time of the Holy Prophet (sa) the Arabs would kill their daughters, sometimes burying them alive at birth because they thought they were a source of disgrace. This was because women at that time had no rights and were treated as if they were nothing more than slaves. The Holy Prophet (sa) abolished this cruel custom and gave women rights of inheritance which was unheard of.
“Anyone who has a daughter, does not bury her alive, does not humiliate her or give preference to the son over her, God Almighty will enter him in paradise.” This clearly shows how the Holy Prophet (sa) laid great value upon girls.
Regarding orphans, the Holy Prophet (sa) instructed his followers to look after the needs of orphans. He is reported to have said,
“Anyone who looks after the needs of an orphan and brings him or her up in the best possible manner, will be together in heaven like two fingers of a hand”.
TRAINING CHILDREN WITH KINDNESS
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) set excellent examples for training children. Huzoor (sa) trained them in such a way so they would flourish in God’s love as this would make them independent of everything except God. He always trained them with love and by offering prayers for them. He used to pray for them in the words, “O Allah, I love these children, so You love them too.”
He showed extreme consideration towards mothers and young children and would even shorten his prayer if he heard a child cry.
KEEP YOUR PROMISES
Once the Holy Prophet (saw) went to the house of one of his Companions. The woman of the house called her son, who was playing outside, in order to present him before the Holy Prophet (sa) to seek his blessings. She said ‘Come here, I will give you something to eat.’ (in order for her child to come and listen to her.) The Holy Prophet (saw) enquired, ‘what are you promising to give him?’ She replied, ‘A dried date.’ The Holy Prophet (sa) remarked, ‘If you promise something to a child and you do not keep your promise, you commit the same sin as the one who tells a lie.” This teaches how important it is for parents to always keep their promises to children as they’ll also do so in future.
AFFECTION FOR HIS OWN CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
Hazrat Anas bin Malik(ra) said that he had not seen anyone more loving and affectionate towards children than the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) Once Huzoor (saw) was kissing his children with love, a Bedouin chief was watching and remarked on this saying, “I have ten children but I have never kissed them.” The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) said with sadness, “If God has deprived your heart of love, there is nothing I can do about that.”
It is related that very often when he was riding a horse or a camel, he would carry his grandson on the horse either on his back or his front and sometimes upon his shoulders. Very often the Companions of the Holy Prophet (sa) would see Hasan, his grandson, seated on his right thigh while Usama, the son of his freed slave Hazrat Zaid (ra), seated on his left thigh. He would embrace both of them lovingly and pray, ‘O Lord! Shower Thy Mercy and Grace, on both of them.’
Hazrat Abu Qatadah (ra) relates that once “We were waiting for Salat. The Holy Prophet (sa) appeared with his granddaughter, Umama on his shoulder. Umama stayed on Huzoor’s (sa) shoulder. He started the Salat and we followed him. When Huzoor (sa) prostrated, he put Umama down and when he stood, he carried her again.
Hazrat Ya‘la ‘Amari (ra) relates, “I was accompanying the Holy Prophet (sa) to a feast, when we saw young Husain who was the Holy Prophet’s grandson, playing with other children. Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) engaged in playing with him and tried to catch him. Husain started to run around. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) made him laugh and in the end caught him. He then placed his one hand at the back of his head the other hand under his chin and by bringing his face near to his own, started to kiss him. He said, “Husain is from me and I am from Husain whosoever loves Husain, Allah will love him. Husain is our progeny.”
LOVE FOR THE CHILDREN OF COMPANIONS
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) when visiting the homes of the Ansar, would caress their children and pray for them. When a child was born he would give them a bit of a date as blessing.
Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin Harithra (ra) relates; “The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) used to make Hazrat ‘Abbas’s (ra) children, ‘Abdullah and ‘Ubaidullah and other children stand in a row and would tell them to race towards him. He told them that whoever raced to him first would get a reward. The children would race towards him and if one climbed up on his back the other would be riding on his chest. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) would kiss them and embrace them.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) used to say humorous things to children and kept them close to himself. Once he visited his attendant, Anas’s house. He enquired from his younger brother as to why he was so sad. Huzoor (sa) was told that his pet starling had died. Later on whenever Huzoor (sa) visited his house, he would lovingly tease him saying, “O Abu ‘Umair, tell me about your starling.” Imagine how the child must have enjoyed talking about his pet with the holy Prophet (sa) by feeling the importance that was given to him.
Children loved his company. Seeing him in the street the children would come to him jumping with joy. He would pick them up one by one, cuddle them, kiss them and pray for them. Sometimes it so happened that a mother handed him over her baby to seek his blessing. Once while he was holding a baby in his arms, the baby wetted. The Holy Prophet (sa) did not mind. Instead he immediately got his clothes washed.
Hazrat Abu Hurairah (ra) relates, “Whenever a new fruit of the season was brought to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) he would pray for blessings from the fruit and would then offer the fruit to the youngest child present in that gathering.
LOVE FOR THE CHILDREN OF MARTYRS.
Hazrat Ja‘far (ra) was martyred in the battle of Mu’tah. His wife Asma relates, “The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) visited our house and asked for our children to be brought to him. He embraced them and cuddled them. His eyes were brimming with tears. Asma enquired ‘Why are you crying. Is there any news about Ja‘far’? He replied, “Yes, he has been martyred in the way of Allah”.
Huzoor (sa) particularly had felt great love and concern for orphans. This shows how much the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) cared and loved children. He was a model for mankind in order that we follow his actions by cherishing all children whether they be their own or not.
Allah humma Salle Ala Muhammadin wa Aalay Muhammad
Hazrat Khalifatul Masih V (aba) often mentions the financial sacrifice made by young Ahmadis towards the blessed schemes of Tehrike Jadid and Waqfe Jadid.
We have set out below extracts of some of Huzur (aba)’s sermons where these sacrifices are mentioned.
6th November 2020
Huzoor (aba) narrated the story of a young girl from India. She was an eight year old girl, who would take spare change from her father every day and collect it in her money box. Upon learning about financial sacrifice, she presented her money box which had a total of more than eight hundred rupees which she had gathered over many months. Huzoor (aba) commented that even children present such sincere sacrifices.
8th November 2019
Huzoor (aba) gave the magnificent examples of two pre-teen children, who took jobs to raise funds for Chanda. One of them went to the woods to collect firewood. This sort of sacrifice in which one has to work or go to the jungle to collect wood and then sell it, is a concept which the children here are unable to relate to as the conditions here are better. Undoubtedly there are excellent examples of sacrifice here as well; there are some children who gave their entire pocket money or that they were saving money to buy something, but instead they gave away that amount. Nonetheless, we find examples of sincerity and loyalty everywhere, each sacrificing according to their own situations. May Allah the Almighty continue to increase them in their sincerity and loyalty.
9th November 2018
A missionary in Ivory Coast writes that he went to a place to collect Tahrik-e-Jadid, where there was a community of new converts. Only a year ago they took the Bai’at and became a part of the Jama’at. He says, “I delivered a speech to these people with regards to the importance of Tahrik-e-Jadid and its purpose. I further explained that Hazrat Khalifatul Masih said that all members should participate and partake of this blessing. The following day, after the morning-prayer some members of the community began donating according to their own means and the Imam of the mosque participated in this, also paying on behalf of his family towards Tehrik-e-Jadid. Later on, his 6 year-old son brought 100 CFA Francs from his father saying this was his contribution.” He further says, “We were delighted by the extent of this young child’s desire to make financial sacrifices.”
A missionary in the Ivory Coast writes: “There was a tifl in the city San-Pedro who was 14 years old. The boy’s father says that he asked him to perform an errand for the house on a Sunday, to which his son replied that he is finance secretary in the Atfal Amila and he collects Chanda from other people, however he has been unable to pay his own Chanda. Since he has to attend school on the other days, on that day he intended to go and work on a farm, and through this labour he would be able to earn some money and pay his Chanda. His father said that he would pay the money on his behalf, however the son replied that the Missionary had said that children should pay the Chanda from their pocket money. Since he was unable to give any Chanda from his pocket money, he was adamant that he would go and earn some money to pay for the Chanda. He completed his work and gave the money he earnt as part of Chanda.”
Thus is the thinking of children, living in distant places and of those who have recently joined the community – this is something only God Almighty can instil in a person.
3rd November 2017
The missionary of Nakuru, Kenya writes that the current President of the community, Abu Bakr Kibi Sahib who is a very sincere Ahmadi and serves as a Sergeant in the Kenya Defence Forces, despite living far from the mosque in cantonment area, he always travels a long journey to attend the Friday prayers and brings his three daughters with him. A few days ago after the Friday prayers he told the missionary that my daughters also listen to this sermon and during the month a guest visited his house. When leaving they gave twenty-five Shillings in the hand of my youngest daughter who was five years old at the time. When the guest had gone this girl approached her father and whilst handing over twenty Shillings said give this for Tahrik-e-Jadid from myself and the remaining five Shillings I shall spend on something to eat.
Thus, such examples of sacrifices can only be the hallmark of an Ahmadi, both young and old and living anywhere in the world. The sacrifices offered by children is in fact a resonance of their pious nature. May God Almighty enable the Jama’at to continue producing such children and elders who are instilled with the passion and zeal to offer sacrifices for the sake of God Almighty and they continue to fulfil their pledges that they have made.
4th January 2019
The finance secretary from India writes, “A refresher course was held in the Karnataka province which I attended along with the Naib Nazim Mal [assistant finance secretary] and Waqf-e-Jadid secretary. There, the Naib Nazim Mal mentioned in the house of a local Muallim that there were severe rains in Kerala causing terrible destruction, and for this reason there had been difficulty in receiving the donations for Waqf-e-Jadid in that area.” As he was leaving the house, the Naib Nazim Mal gifted 100 rupees to each of the children of the Muallim. He says, “Later on I returned to that Jamaat on tour and the children of the Muallim donated the 100 rupees towards Waqf-e-Jadid which was gifted to them saying that due to the flood, the situation in Kerala was not so good, therefore they desired that they accept the Chanda from them.” Despite their young age, they had understood the significance of giving Chanda.
It was another miserable and sad day. Ash woke up once again dreading to go to school, she hated being judged and stared at for her disability. After finally sulking, she decided to get ready. Walking to school was always the worst, all the snickering and backbiting purposely made to make her feel horrible. She really wished she could tell her parents, but she didn’t want to worry them. No one was there for Ash and she could tell that people felt embarrassed to be around someone with a disability. Whenever, she was partnered up with someone for projects, they treated her like dirt. She didn’t blame them though. She would love to blend in and not be the odd one out. However, she was the odd one out and there was nothing she could do to change it.
Sitting in the last lesson of the day, Ash felt overjoyed that no one had bothered her that day . Not one single person! It was a miracle. Counting down the seconds 5,4,3,2,1.. the school bell rang. ” Don’t forget to take your books!” the teacher yelled, as all the students dashed out of class. ” Have a good day miss” I said.
It was still shocking to Ash that no one had said anything to her. Maybe they were starting to get used to her? Maybe she was starting to blend in! With a spring in her step, Ash stepped out of the school gates only to hear a group of girls calling her horrible name’s. She couldn’t hold back her tears, they streamed down her face. She felt her cheeks burn red. Ash longed to be normal. She was startled to feel a comforting hand on her shoulder. She looked up to see Ruby; one of the popular girls who had never once spoken to Ash. . Ruby felt disgusted at her friends behaviour. She had always felt so sorry for Ash but was scared of being made fun of if she supported her. Ruby’s friends saw her comforting Ash and realised their mistake. They apologised to Ash and they all became good friends. Ash felt tears filling her eyes again, but this time they were tears of happiness and went to hug Ruby so tight.
After this, Ruby and her friends became inseparable from Ash. They all realised that it was so wrong to make fun of someone. We should embrace each other’s differences and wish the best for everyone. Ash had never felt so eager to start her school day, as soon as she entered the gates she was greeted with a warm embrace by her friends. This is all she ever wanted, all she ever wanted were friends who she could rely on and feel safe with.
By Ghazala Bajwa (Cheam Jamaat)
Once, there was a girl named Maariya who didn’t like to say her prayers. All she wanted to do was play on her iPad.
“Maariya wake up for your prayers, I won’t say it again,” demanded her mum.
“Noooo, I hardly had any sleep last night,” she moaned.
“Maariya, did you offer prayers when you woke up?”
But Maariya didn’t offer her prayers. She was not telling the truth.
The next morning, while on her iPad, Maariya found something that she really wanted: the trainers of her dreams! She couldn’t contain her excitement and begged her parents to get them for her. Her mum told her that if you are genuine in your prayers and ask Allah for them, He won’t turn you away empty handed. Maariya realised that she wasn’t saying her prayers and was not telling the truth about it. She sat down with her mum on the sofa and told her the truth.
“Maariya saying your prayers is important because Allah can protect us from evil, provide us with what we need and help us whenever we need Him”, explained Maariya’s mum. “You obtain great benefit from prayers and build a great connection and relationship with Allah the Almighty. Once you have Him as your friend then you have everything and nothing to fear”.
Maariya was determined to change her ways after talking with her mum and decided to not only start saying her prayers regularly but also sincerely too.
It was only a short while later that Maariya got her trainers. She was so happy! She knew Allah had rewarded her as she had started being more honest about her prayers. Moreover, she had discovered that prayers were the formula for success! Maariya always sought forgiveness from Allah for all her mistakes and never missed a prayer again.
Written by, Zaina Ahmad (Worcester Park Jamaat)
After the birth of Hazrat Ismail (as), God desired to test his father by means of a difficult trial. Allah said: “Ibrahim! Take the child and his mother to the bleak and barren desert of Arabia and leave them there.” The child had been born after great longing and prayer. Abandoning him in such desolate place would surely mean his painful death. Hazrat Hajra (as) had been brought up in a palace surrounded by riches. To abandon her in the isolated wilderness would also mean to condemn her to death within days.
Hazrat Ibrahim (as) knew these dangers, but his devotion to God was stronger than his love for his wife and son. With minimal water and a few dates, Hazrat Ibrahim (as) left them in this land. He put his complete trust in God and prayed:
‘Our Lord, I have settled some of my children in an uncultivable valley near Thy Sacred House — our Lord — that they may observe Prayer. So make men’s hearts incline towards them and provide them with fruits, that they may be thankful. (Surah Ibrahim verse 38)
‘Our Lord, certainly, Thou knowest what we conceal and what we make known. And nothing whatsoever is hidden from Allah, whether in the earth or in the heaven. (Surah Ibrahim verse 39)
Hazrat Hajra (as) followed with her innocent child clasped to her bosom. When this small group arrived in the desolate valley where the city of Makkah is situated today, Hazrat Ibrahim (as) stopped. He placed the small leather bag of water upon the ground and handed over the bag of dates to his wife. When Hazrat Hajra saw him leave, she ran after him and asked him: “Are you leaving us here?”. He did not answer. Then she asked him again saying: “Are you leaving us here by the command of God?”. Hazrat Ibrahim (as) was unable to speak and just pointed towards the sky. She understood this and said: “Then God will not waste us”, and returned to the baby.
After the departure of her husband, Hazrat Hajra (as) began to wonder how she would survive with a little child in a place like that. There was no tree visible, nor any other form of shelter. She had no means of protecting her son from the heat of the blazing sun. She had to put Hazrat Ismail (as), on the stony ground.
When the water in the small leather bag ran out, the little child became agitated due to thirst. The mother’s heart was torn to pieces and she looked around in desperation for water. In her state of anxiety, she climbed the hill in front of her, hoping to perhaps find a spring of water, but it was useless. She came down and climbed another hill opposite the first one to look for water but here too, she met with failure. Then she thought to herself that maybe the child had passed away and ran down the hill to check on him. The child was still alive but had grown weaker. She thought to herself: Let me climb the hill one more time- maybe I’ll find some sign of water. She climbed the hill a second time and looked far and wide but did not find any water. Heartbroken, she came down and ran up the second hill one more time. In this way she made seven circuits of the two hills, which are named Safa and Marwah. She would come back each time to check on her precious child and then climb the hill yet again in great anxiety.
Certain incidents seem ordinary at first, but they often have a magnificent impact later on. The running of Hazrat Hajra (as) for instance between the two hills became an unparalleled event in history. To this day, when Muslims gather in Makkah for the observance of Hajj, they run between the hills of Safa and Marwah in memory of this incident.
Later in history, our Holy Master (sa) climbed these historical mountains and made the first proclamation of prophethood.
When Hazrat Hajra (as) returned for the seventh time, she saw that the ground was moist at the place where the child was striking his heels. She moved forward quickly and began to scrape the earth. Her joy knew no bounds when water began coming out. As she continued dig deeper, the flow of water increased until it began flowing freely. The disappointed mother’s heart began to burst with joy! Quickly, she lifted the child and gave him a drink by taking the water in the palm of her hand. The child was thus revived, and he opened his eyes. Hazrat Hajra (as) was overjoyed upon seeing this and immediately fell down into prostration before God who, with His divine power, had caused a spring to come out of the rocky land. The water was still flowing and increasing in its quantity. Seeing this, she quickly collected stones and formed a raised boundary around the spring to save the water.
The water soon reached up to the edge of the stones and a sort of reservoir basin was formed. There was always a shortage of water in Arabia. Various tribes used to wander this way and that, carrying their camps with them. They would settle down wherever they found water and when the water dried out, they would move on in search of another spring. Soon, a tribe called Jurhum passed through this area. They were surprised to see a woman and a child living alone in that desolate valley. They asked Hazrat Hajra (as): “Who are you and where have you come from?”. On hearing her story they said to her that: “If you allow us, we will settle down in the area around the spring. In this way we’ll get water and you will not have to live alone.”
Hazrat Hajra (as)was amazed at the miraculous plan of God. She told the tribe that they could settle next to the spring. In exchange for water she asked them to take care of food supplies for herself and her child. She also asked them to accept her son as their chief when he grew up.
The people of the tribe accepted both these conditions and settled there. this is how the foundation of Makkah was laid, the city where The Holy Prophet (saw) was born. It is the religious centre of all Muslims today. Millions of Muslims travel to Makka every year to perform Hajj. The spring still exists in the form of a well. It is known as Zam Zam.
At that time there was no sign of life and no means of sustenance at that place. However God had so designed that this place should become the scene of the activities of God’s last message for mankind. Hazrat Hajra (as) and Hazrat Ismail (as) were chosen as the vehicles for the implementation of this divine plan.
https://www.alislam.org/holyprophet/Our-Beloved-Master.pdf – A difficult trial
This book, written by Rashid Ahmad Chaudhry, is about the immense love, kindness and forgiveness that the Holy Prophet (saw) had for children especially. Each small section of the book tells us about all the different ways in which the Holy Prophet (saw) taught the people of Arabia about the correct treatment and upbringing of children.
At the time of the Holy Prophet (saw), the people of Arabia practiced unfair customs and did not abide by a proper system of justice. The book details how the Holy Prophet (saw) changed this and granted proper rights to children too, especially girls and orphans who were most overlooked at that time!
The book narrates different points that the Holy Prophet (saw) taught us. For example, the Holy Prophet (saw) said: ‘One who has no compassion for our young ones and does not recognize the rights of our elders is not of us.”
It is evident from all the different stories about the life of the Holy Prophet (saw) that he led by example in the treatment of children. He was often seen picking them up, cuddling them, kissing them and praying for them!
This short and informative book is a must-read for everybody to remind us just how many favours the Holy Prophet (saw) bestowed upon us. Both children and adults have so much to learn from the life of the Holy Prophet (saw) to ensure we always live in a healthy, happy society! We should always remember to send salutations to our Holy Prophet (saw) by reciting Durood, if Allah had not bestowed with the Holy Prophet (saw) to guide and teach us the Islamic way of living, we would still be practicing the unfair customs that were the norm in Arabia in the time of the Holy Prophet (saw).
Think of your childhood. What have been the blessings? Can you remember your first home? Can you remember family times? Some of us have to pass through difficulties yet many of us have care-free childhoods filled with toys, laughter and love. How would you have felt if things had been different?
The Holy Prophet (SA) had a very different childhood to many of us. He had to overcome many challenges and changes. First, before he was born, his father had passed away. He was the first child of his parents so had no brothers or sisters to share this loss with. His mother, as was the custom of many families of the time, sent him to live in the countryside with a wet-nurse. It was thought that the countryside had fewer illnesses and a better lifestyle than Makkah, where his respected mother, Hazrat Amina (ra) lived. His wet-nurse was called Hazrat Halima (ra) and she cared lovingly for the young infant until he was summoned back to his hometown.
From the age of two, the Holy Prophet (SA) lived with his mother in Makkah. His family were noblemen from the Quraish tribe and were well known and influential in the city. Sadly, at the age of six, his mother suddenly passed away and the young boy became an orphan with neither mother, father nor siblings. He was taken into the care of his grandfather, Hazrat Abdul Muttalib (ra), a person who had always loved and cared for him since birth. But the young Prophet (SA) was dealt another challenge to face when his grandfather also passed away.
So many losses, in such a young life can often shape personalities and develop difficulties but, the Holy Prophet (SA) grew up to be a king, honest and patient person. He was known to be fair in all his dealings and to have impeccable manners. He was taken into the care of his uncle and his wife, but he was not always treated equally to his cousins. Sometimes he was not given the gifts and treats they received yet he never showed anger or frustration. He managed to find a job in a trading company where he was entrusted with goods and money as a result of his honest reputation.
Throughout his life, the Holy Prophet (SA) showed love and care to so many people regardless of their status or wealth. He cared for orphans, slaves, widows and divorced people. He was forgiving, generous and polite. He maintained a simple lifestyle and never boasted of riches or power.
Such a wonderful example for mankind came from tragedy and loss experiences at an early age. He overcame all his struggles to earn the love and blessings of Allah. He showed respect and care for Hazrat Halima (ra) throughout his life and always treated anyone of her tribe with warmth and love. A real life example for all of us.
Hazrat Musa (as) is mentioned more in the Holy Qur’an than any other Prophet. He was sent to the Israelites who lived in Egypt, the land of the pyramids. Egypt was ruled by Pharaoh, a cruel and vicious leader who oppressed the Israelites. Allah says in the Holy Quran:
“…Pharaoh behaved arrogantly in the earth, and divided the people thereof into sections; he sought to weaken one section of them, slaughtering their sons and sparing there women… ” (28:5)
It was to be Hazrat Musa’s (as) role to set the Israelite people free from Pharaoh’s rule and make them leaders and the inheritors of Allah’s favours as we shall see.
The Israelites were an enslaved minority that were growing in number. Pharaoh feared that they might ally with Egypt’s enemies and thus become a threat to his rule. Accordingly, Pharaoh decided to take drastic measures. He ordered that every male child born to an Israelite family was to be killed/drowned in the Nile.
Naturally, Hazrat Musa’s (as) mother must have been fearful for her newborn son. However, she was a very sincere believer and had a strong relationship with Allah. Hazrat Musa’s (as) mother was given revelation from Allah:
“… You suckle him; and when thou fearest for him, then cast him into the river and fear not, nor grieve; for we shall restore him to thee, and shall make him one of the messengers.” (28:8)
In accordance to Allah’s will, Hazrat Musa (as) was breastfed and when his mother felt it was time, she lovingly placed her son in a basket into the river while her daughter followed it. It was Allah’s plan that the basket Hazrat Musa (as) was in was picked up by a member of Pharaoh’s family. Hazrat Musa (as) was brought to Pharaoh’s wife who fell in love with him and pleaded with her husband to keep the boy.
“… He will be a joy for my eyes and for you also, slay him not, hopefully he may prove to be useful for us or we may adopt him as a son.” (28:10)
Pharaoh accepted his wife’s request and this is how Hazrat Musa (as) was raised in the royal family. But what of Hazrat Musa’s (as) mother? After casting her son into the river, did she ever see him again? Allah works in wonderous ways! Pharaoh’s wife tried to have Hazrat Musa (as) breastfed but he refused the milk given to him. His sister was close by and managed to solve the problem.
“… Shall I direct you to a people of a household who will bring him up for you and will be his sincere well-wishers?” (28:13)
Pharaoh approached Hazrat Musa’s (as) mother to breast feed the child and bring him up. Hazrat Musa’s (as) mother was overjoyed to be reunited with her son in accordance to Allah’s promise. This, of course, strengthened the faith of an already pious and devout lady. Hazrat Musa (as) was fortunate enough to have the upbringing of both worlds. From the palace he learnt qualities of power, bravery and etiquette and from his mother he learnt good manners and self-control.
As Hazrat Musa (as) grew up he witnessed how the Israelites were oppressed by the Egyptians. He was against such cruel treatment and often tried to help the Israelites. One such incident is documented in the Holy Qura’an.
“… One day he entered the city at a time when its inhabitants were in a state of heedlessness; and he found therein two men fighting—one of his own party and the other from enemies. And he who was of his party sought his help against him who was of his enemies. So Moses struck the latter with his fist; and thereby caused his death. Then Moses said, ‘This is of Satan’s doing, he is indeed an enemy, a manifest misleader.’ ” (28:16)
While trying to help the Israelite who was caught up in the fight, Hazrat Musa (as) accidentally killed the Egyptian with a single blow. He was sorry for his mistake and immediately asked forgiveness from Allah. The next day, the same Israelite who was involved in the fight, was again involved in another dispute with an Egyptian. When he saw Hazrat Musa (as) he called for help. Hazrat Musa (as) had learned from his mistake and said to the Israelite, “You are definitely a misguided person”. (28:19) When Hazrat Musa (as) grabbed hold of the Egyptian he said, “O Moses, dost thou intend to kill me even as thou didst kill a person yesterday?” (28:20) The cry of the Egyptian was dangerous as the authorities were in search of the murdered Egyptian. Hazrat Musa (as) was informed that the authorities were planning to kill him and so, thought it best to leave Egypt, thus starting a new chapter in his life.
Hazrat Musa (as) decided to head towards Midian (modern day northern Saudi Arabia). As he approached the outskirts of Midian, he saw shepherds watering their animals but two women among them were holding back their flock. When Hazrat Musa (as) enquired what the matter was they replied, “We cannot water our flocks until the shepherds depart with their flocks, and our father is a very old man” (28:24). So Hazrat Musa (as) watered the animals that belonged to the women and then went to rest under the shade of a tree and recited a beautiful prayer:
“My Lord, I stand in need of whatever good Thou mayest send down to me”. (28:25)
Allah Almighty never lets the prayers of His sincere believers go unheard and answered Hazrat Musa’s (as) prayer for help and guidance. Meanwhile, the two women who Hazrat Musa (as) had helped, went, and told their father, Hazrat Shuaib (as) what had happened. He sent one of his daughters back to Hazrat Musa (as). She shyly approached him and said,
‘“My father calls thee that he may reward thee for they having watered our flocks for us”. So when he came to them and told him the story, he said, “Fear not; thou hast escaped from the unjust people’” (28:26).
On hearing Hazrat Musa’s (as) story, Hazrat Shuaib (as), who was a righteous man, believed in Hazrat Musa’s (as) story and ensured him that the Egyptians were an unjust people that he had managed to escape from. On the request of his daughter, Hazrat Shuaib (as) took Hazrat Musa (as) into his service as a servant. Seeing he was an honourable man, Hazrat Shuaib (as) offered to marry his daughter to Hazrat Musa (as) on the condition that Hazrat Musa (as) stay with him for eight to ten years. In this way, Hazrat Musa (as) was able to benefit further from the righteous company of his father in law.
After the eight to ten-year time had elapsed, Hazrat Musa (as) was with his family when, in the distance near a mountain, he saw a fire, which was a manifestation of Allah. He told his family to wait for him while he went up the mountain to be blessed with Divine communion. When Hazrat Musa (as) approached the fire, Allah Almighty spoke to him.
“’O Moses, verily I am Allah, the Lord of the worlds. Throw down thy rod.’ And when he saw it move as though it were a serpent, he turned back retreating and did not look back. ‘O Moses’ said the voice, ‘Come forward and fear not; surely, thou art of those who are safe. Insert thy hand into they bosom; it will come forth white without evil effect, and draw back they arm toward thyself in order to still thy fear. So these will be two proofs from the thy Lord to Pharaoh and his chiefs. Surely, they are a rebellious people”. (28:32-33)
With these words Allah Almighty commissioned Hazrat Musa (as) as His Prophet. His job was to go to Pharaoh and free the Israelites from this cruel and repressive leader. Allah had strengthened Hazrat Musa (as) with two signs that he could show Pharaoh and his people. One; when his stick would be thrown down, it would appear to onlookers as if it were a wriggling serpent and two; Hazrat Musa’s (as) hand would become white when he would draw it from his chest. Look at Allah Almighty’s wonderful plan. Hazrat Musa (as) who was an Israelite, the very people Pharaoh was trying to suppress, was brought up in the royal household as a brother to Pharaoh. After learning a great deal in the company of his pious father in law, Allah sends him back to put an end to Pharaoh’s tyrannical rule. After all, who would be the best person to deal with Pharaoh besides his own stepbrother Hazrat Musa (as)?
Feeling the burden of Prophethood upon him, Hazrat Musa (as) requests Allah to send his brother Hazrat Haaroon (as) with him as he is a better speaker. Allah Almighty accepts this request and Hazrat Musa (as) and Hazrat Haaroon (as) set off back to Egypt to confront Pharaoh.
Charged with the assurance of victory from Allah, Hazrat Musa (as) and Hazrat Haaroon (as) enter the court of Pharaoh and conveyed to him the message:
“… And torment them not. We have, indeed, brought thee a great sign from thy Lord; and peace shall be on him who follows the guidance. It has, indeed, been revealed to us that punishment shall come upon him who rejects the message of God and turns away.” (20:48-49)
On hearing this an interesting conversation ensues between Hazrat Musa (as) and Pharaoh.
Pharaoh: Who then is the Lord of you two, O Moses?
Hazrat Musa (as): Our Lord is He who gave unto everything its proper form and then guided it to its proper function.
Pharaoh: What will be the fate of the former generations?
Hazrat Musa (as): The knowledge thereof is with my Lord preserved in a Book. My Lord neither errs nor forgets. (20:50-53)
The conversation between the two continues and Pharaoh asks Hazrat Musa (as) for a sign.
‘…So he (Moses) flung down his rod and behold! It was a serpent plainly visible. And he drew forth his hand, and lo! it appeared white to beholders.” (7:107-109)
The same signs shown to Hazrat Musa (as) by Allah at the mountain are now shown to Pharaoh. Everyone in Pharaoh’s court is left amazed at the miracle and have no way of explaining it. Pharaoh’s advisors quickly come to his aid saying that Hazrat Musa (as) is a skilful sorcerer who wants to turn the people out of their land. They suggest that Hazrat Musa (as) and his brother be put off for a while. In this time, they call the most skilful magicians that they may challenge Hazrat Musa (as) and show that his magic is inferior to theirs. Hazrat Musa (as) is asked for the date of this contest. He says:
“Your appointment shall be the day of the festival and let the people be assembled when the sun is risen high.” (20:60)
Hazrat Musa (as) chooses the day of the festival for the contest to ensure that everyone is present to see who the winner will be. An account of the contest is recorded in the Holy Qura’an. Said the magicians:
O Moses, either do thou cast first, or we shall be the first to cast.
Moses said, Nay, cast ye, then lo! their cords and their staves appeared to him, by their magic, as though they ran about.
And Moses conceived a fear in his mind.
We said, Fear not, for thou wilt have upper hand;
And cast that which is in thy right hand; it will swallow that which they have wrought, for that which they have wrought is only a sorcerer’s trick. And a sorcerer shall not thrive, contrive what he may!” (20:66-70)
When the magicians first displayed their magic tricks, Hazrat Musa (as) became scared. Not because he thought he would loose. Prophet’s of God always have full faith in Allah and are sure that Allah will leave them without hope. Hazrat Musa (as) feared that the people watching the tricks would be impressed with the magician’s magic and would not believe in Hazrat Musa’s (as) message. With Allah’s assurance, Hazrat Musa (as) threw down his rod on Allah’s command. Hazrat Musa (as) was victorious not only to the onlookers but to the magicians themselves who had been especially summoned by Pharaoh as his most skilful sorcerers. What the magicians did next is a beautiful example of humility and righteousness. It is recorded in the Holy Qura’an:
And the sorcerers were impelled to fall down prostrate. And they said, ‘We believe in the Lord of the worlds, The Lord of Moses and Aaron. (7:21-23)
The magicians recognised that Hazrat Musa (as) was no ordinary magician like them but he had Divine help. Without fear of Pharaoh and ignoring what the gathered crowd would think of them, they fell down in prostration to Allah in complete humility.
Pharaoh said, ‘You have believed in him before I gave you leave. Surely, this is a plot that you have plotted in the city, that you may turn out therefrom its inhabitants, but you shall soon know the consequences. (7:124)
Furious that the magicians professed their faith in Allah without his permission, Pharaoh accuses them of plotting against him. He goes on to threaten them:
Most surely will I cut off your hands and your feet on alternate sides. Then will I surely crucify you all together. (7:125)
The reply of the magicians in the face of this painful and humiliating death is beautiful:
They answered, ‘To our Lord then shall we return. (7:126)
At this point, the magicians no longer fear Pharaoh and are keen to meet with their Lord.
After the contest, Pharaoh intensified in his persecution of the Israelites and Hazrat Musa (as) continued to preach to the Israelites the promise of freedom from Pharaoh’s brutal rule. He reminded his people to bear the cruel treatment with patience and steadfastness. In total, Pharaoh’s people were shown nine signs from Allah Almighty. Some of these were drought, the storm, locusts and frogs. These were shown that his people may recognise Allah, give up their evil ways and repent, but they refused to believe.
‘…And whatever Sign thou mayest bring us to bewitch us with, we will not submit to thee.’ (7:133)
The people of Pharaoh had sealed their own fate. Hazrat Musa (as) had a small Israelite following and when the command came from Allah, they were ready to migrate.
“Take away My servants by night, and strike for them a dry path through the sea. Thou wilt not be afraid of being overtaken, nor wilt thou have any other fear.” (20:78)
Hazrat Musa (as) left with the Israelites at night and headed towards the Red sea. Pharaoh, refusing to give up, came after them.
“And when the two hosts came in sight of each other the companions of Moses said, ‘We are surely overtaken’ … Then we revealed to Moses saying, ‘Strike the sea with thy rod.’ Whereupon it parted and every part was like a huge sand-hill.” (26:62-64)
When Hazrat Musa (as) arrived at the Red sea it was low tide. This allowed the Israelites to cross the sea safely. However, when Pharaoh and his forces arrived at the same spot and saw the low tide, they too began to cross the sea in pursuit of the Israelites. As they were crossing the tide began to come in again and Pharaoh and his people were not able to make it across. As he was drowning, Pharaoh cried out to Allah:
…’I believe that there is no god but He in Whom the children of Israel believe, and I am of those who submit to Him’. (10:91)
‘What! Now! While thou wast disobedient before this and wast of the mischief makers. So this day We will save thee in thy body alone that thou mayest be a Sign to those who come after thee, And surely many of mankind are heedless of Our signs’. (10:92-93)
Pharaoh was shown sign after sign from Allah but he was arrogant and refused to believe. Allah decided to make an example of him and promised him that He would preserve his body alone. In 1898, roughly 3000 years after he was drowned, Pharaoh’s body was discovered and is now preserved in Cairo Museum in Egypt. It is important to note that no religious scripture or book made mention of Pharaoh’s body apart from the Holy Qura’an. The preservation of Pharaoh’s body is just one of the many proofs of its Divine origin.
After safely crossing the Red sea, Hazrat Musa (as) led the Israelites out of Egypt and into Sinai. The Israelites witnessed how the powerful enemy had been defeated and were thankful to Allah. Hazrat Musa (as) then left the Israelites under the care of his brother, Hazrat Haaroon (as) while he went to Mount Tur for special communion with Allah. It was here that Hazrat Musa (as) asked Allah if he was able to see a manifestation of Him. Allah replied:
‘…”Thou shalt not see Me. But look at the mountain; and if it remains in its place, then shalt thou see Me’. And when his Lord manifested Himself on the mountain, He broke it into pieces and Moses fell down unconscious. And when he recovered, he said, ‘Holy art thou, I turn to Thee and I am the first to believe.’ (7:144)
Shaken by this experience, Hazrat Musa (as) fell unconscious and when he awoke, he professed his faith in Allah once again. Hazrat Musa (as) was given the Ten Commandments by Allah for the Israelites. These were a set of rules that the Israelites were to live by. The Commandments given to Hazrat Musa (as) are what make him a law bearing Prophet. They contained rules such as worshipping no God beside Allah, not stealing and not killing, to name just a few. These commandments can be found in the Bible today.
Meanwhile, the Israelites, being weak in faith, had gone back to their old habit of worshipping the calf, despite Hazrat Haaroon’s (as) efforts to try and stop them. The Israelites were so bold as to say to Hazrat Haaroon (as):
‘…”We shall not cease to worship it until Moses return to us.”
Hazrat Musa (as) was furious at what the Israelites had stooped down to in his absence. He reminded the Israelites that they were to worship Allah and Allah alone. Hazrat Musa (as) introduced to them the Ten Commandments and told the Israelites that they were to follow these set of rules if they wanted to be successful and go to the Promised Land of Canaan. The Israelites replied:
“O Moses (peace be upon him), there is in that land an unruly and powerful people, and we shall not enter it until they go forth from it. But if they go forth from it, then we will enter it. … Go thou and thy Lord and fight the enemy, we sit here and wait for the victory.” (5:23, 25)
Having lived under Egyptian rule for so long, the Israelites had become cowardly and dependent. Allah desired to make them strong, brave and noble. To do this it was necessary that they stay in the wilderness, hunting their own food and making their own shelter, thus making them resourceful and independent. This was to be their training so that they would be able to conquer the Promised Land but the verse above shows that they feared the people living in Canaan and had no desire to fight them. The Israelites were used to a life of ease and insisted on living in a town as they had done on Egypt.
Despite Hazrat Musa (as) and Hazrat Haaroon (as) encouraging the Israelites and assuring them of a great victory, they refused to step up to the standard expected of them. Thus, Allah decreed that they were to wander in the wilderness for fourty years. This was so that they may acquire strength from the harsh desert conditions. It was also so that a new generation may be born among the Israelites, a generation who were not born into slavery but who knew only the harsh and tough conditions of desert life. This new generation would lead the way to victory to the Promised Land.
Hazrat Musa (as) was successful in bringing the Israelites out of Egypt and into Sinai. He brought them the Ten Commandments, by which they were to live by. He had freed an enslaved nation and gave them the glad tidings of the Promised Land, which was theirs to inherit. However, it was decreed that Hazrat Musa (as) would not see the Israelites enter the Promised Land victorious. Allah Almighty desired to call His servant to Himself, thus Hazrat Musa (as) passed away in Sinai.
By Sajeela Ahmad
The Holy Qur’an is the compilation of the revelations given to the Holy Prophet (saw) 15,000 years ago. The Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Holy Prophet (saw) over a period of 23 years and is also known by many other names, including al Burhan (The Argument), al Haqq (The Truth) and al Tanzil (The Revelation).
Not only is the Holy Qur’an a holy book of guidance for all Muslims, but the existence of the Holy Qur’an itself is also a powerful proof for the very existence of an ever-living God.
The text of the Holy Qur’an is unchanged to this day
Millions of copies of the Holy Qur’an exist across the world today. Every copy to have ever existed is identical and completely unchanged, word for word, from the text that was revealed 15,000 years ago. This perfect preservation of the Holy Quran is no coincident; rather Allah himself promised that the Holy Qur’an would be safeguarded in its original form. Allah says:
Verily, We Ourselves have sent down this Exhortation, and most surely We will be its Guardian. (Al-Hijr, 15:10)
This verse is powerful proof that only a divine creator could have written this holy scripture, meaning the existence of the Qur’an itself is testament to the legitimacy of its origin. No mere mortal could claim such a strong prediction about the preservation of a book.
The Holy Qur’an contains true and accurate prophecies about the future
Not only is the Holy Qur’an a book of guidance, providing moral and social codes for Muslims to live by, but it also contains prophecies about the future, some of which have been fulfilled already. Examples of a few such prophecies include:
“Corruption has spread on land and sea because of what men’s hands have wrought”
This verse signifies the environmental pollution that is currently widespread and has been caused by the action of humans. Both the land and the sea have been affected, from oil spills in the sea to deforestation of trees and chemical fumes in the air from factories.
“They will alter Allah’s creation.” (4:120)
This verse so simply predicted modern day science of genetic engineering and cloning, as well as plastic surgery.
Roads in Mountains
“And when the mountains are made to move.” (81:4)
At the time of the revelation of the Holy Qur’an, travelling across mountains was an impossible task. After the invention of dynamite, humans were able to make tunnels through mountains to travel across them, as if the mountains had been ‘moved out of the way’ as this verse prophesied.
New Transport Systems
“And He has created horses and mules and asses that you may ride them, and as a source of beauty. And He will create what you do not yet know.” (16:9)
This prophecy has been continuously fulfilled since its revelation, as modes of transport have been completely revolutionised and newer, faster modes of transport continue to be developed to this day.
Air Traffic Systems
“And by the heaven full of tracks” (51:8)
The Holy Qur’an specifically foretold the invention of air travel in this simple verse, a thought that was unimaginable some 15,000 years ago.
Modern Communication Systems
“And when various people are brought together.” (81:8)
There was a time when humans did not realise that civilisations were spread across the world or how to reach them once they did. Now, a 10 hour plane journey can enable us to cross the Atlantic ocean and unite us with humans living in Canada. Furthermore, the invention of telephones and the internet has enabled us to almost instantaneously connect with people across the globe.
“Their skins will bear witness against them as to what they have been doing.” (41:21)
This verse of the Quran talks about the discovery of DNA and fingerprinting. Now, fingerprints are used as identification as well as evidence in crime scenes to find the perpetrator.
“And among His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and of whatever living creatures He has spread forth in both. And He has the power to gather them together whenever He pleases.” (42:30)
It is only recently that the presence of extra-terrestrial life has been proven by scientists. We have still not been able to make contact with or see them. Allah has hinted about this scientific progress that is yet to occur!
The existence of the Holy Qur’an stands as proof to the existence of a divine Creator. Even if there was no other proof of the existence of God, the preservation of its each and every word 15,000 years later alone is sufficient to establish the divine origin of the Holy Qur’an. Furthermore, the countless prophecies in the Holy Qur’an that have been fulfilled to this day and will continue to be proved true in the future are not possible by mere chance.
The Promised Messiah (as) says:
“I can confidently claim that anyone who endeavours to write in defence of the Being and existence of Allah Almighty will ultimately have no choice but to accept the God presented by Islam. For every page of the Book of Nature testifies to His Being and man naturally bears the impress of the very same God in his person.” (Malfoozat Volume 1, page 80)
By Mashel Maliha Chaudhry
“In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful. Ha Mim. By this perspicuous Book, We have made it a Qur’an in clear, eloquent language that you may understand. And surely, it is safe with Us in the Mother of the Book, exalted and full of wisdom.”
(The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 43: Az-Zukhruf, Verse 1-5)
The Holy Qur’an is the Holy Scripture of Muslims and a compilation of the verbal revelations given to The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) over a period of 23 years. The language of the Holy Qur’an is Arabic. It is divided into 114 Chapters with each Chapter containing individual verses which lay down the law, commandments and the codes for social and moral behaviour. In a nutshell, it is a complete guidance for mankind. The Holy Qur’an expounds on the subject of God, His attributes and man’s relationship with Him. It also explicitly states the rights that are due to God and the rights due to mankind so that man is aware of his or her duties in the life of this world in preparation of the hereafter. Moreover, the Holy Qur’an warns mankind and makes the wrongdoers aware of an impending punishment unless they repent and take heed as well as giving the believers and the doers of good, glad tidings of the ultimate reward. In doing so, it demonstrates a very crisp and clear picture of the philosophies of religion for all times.
For instance, in the verse mentioned above, God Almighty describes the Holy Qur’an as a book which is “exalted” and “full of wisdom”. The word “exalted” signifies its status of being at the top of all revealed scriptures which God had ever granted mankind. This proves the Holy Qur’an to be the Final Law as it is the ultimate in rank. Moreover, the expression, “full of wisdom” means that the Holy Qur’an is complete, in that it leaves out nothing which is relevant. Thus, God Almighty explains the Holy Qur’an to be the complete and final law for all of mankind.
The Holy Qur’an can also be viewed as the final and complete law because it has been delivered for all of mankind. This can be seen by the way it addresses its readers. Its audience is universal in that it addresses all of mankind and does not discriminate by race, colour or creed. For example, Allah the Almighty states,
“And, surely, We have explained in various ways in this Qur’an, for the good of mankind, all kinds of similitudes, but of all things man is most contentious.” (The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 18: Al-Kahf, Verse 55)
In contrast, the Holy Scriptures revealed before the Holy Qur’an were geographically limited and delivered the revelations contained within them to specific communities. For instance, one finds that God has been described in these earlier Scriptures as, “Lord, The God of Israel” (The Holy Bible, 1 Kings 8:23) or “God of the Armies of Israel” (The Holy Bible, 1 Samuel 17:45). This shows that the audience for these scriptures is not universal.
Additionally, unlike other former Holy Scriptures which have had their texts interpolated by men, God Almighty promises to keep the Holy Qur’an safeguarded against all forms of interpolations or changes until the end of time by stating,
“Verily, We Ourself have sent down this Exhortation, and most surely We will be its Guardian.” (The Holy Quran, Chapter 15: Al-Hijr, Verse 10)
God Almighty also states whilst referring to the Holy Qur’an,
“The Spirit, Faithful to the Trust, has descended with it.” (The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 26: Ash-Shu’ara, Verse 194)
Meaning that the arch-angel Gabriel (as), the spirit which is faithful to the Trust, has descended with the Holy Qur’an. Therefore, the text of the Holy Qur’an will forever be under Divine protection, with no gaps or interpolations to be found within it until the end of time. This yet again proves the Holy Qur’an as the final law. Indeed, the text of the Holy Qur’an has remained unchanged over the past 1500 years; each and every single copy of the Holy Qur’an that has been published and circulated in the world today is identical to a single letter and thus proves its authenticity by itself.
The Holy Qur’an contains explanations of “all kinds of similitudes” for people when it addresses a specific claim or guidance. In doing so, it provides its own arguments to substantiate its claims and does not rely on another resource to provide any sort of proof.
The former Holy Scriptures also mention the Qur’an as God Almighty states,
“And it is surely mentioned in the Scriptures of the former peoples.” (The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 26: Ash-Shuara, Verse 197)
For instance, it states in the Torah (Deuteronomy, 18:18) that, “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in his mouth and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” The word, “all” refers to a whole or complete revelation which has been beautifully compiled in the Holy Qur’an. Moreover, Jesus (as) said in the New Testament (John, 16:12:13) that, “I have many more things to say to you but you cannot bear them now but when he, the spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” The “spirit of truth” refers to The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and again the word, “all” refers to the complete and final law, the Holy Qur’an.
Another way in which the Holy Qur’an proves itself as the complete and final law is by explicitly explaining the truth which can be seen in history, past, present and future. For example, the case of the Pharaoh, Rameses the second, the man who persecuted Moses (as) and his followers, has been described in both the Bible and the Holy Qur’an. The Bible states, “Then the waters returned and covered the chariots and the army of Pharaoh was drowned… not so much as one of them remained.” Thus, the Bible purports to say that all men drowned, including Pharaoh. However, the facts do not align with this. God Almighty states in the Holy Qur’an,
“So this day We will save thee in thy body alone that thou mayest be a Sign to those who come after thee. And surely, many of mankind are heedless of Our Signs.” (The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 10: Yunus, Verse 93)
The extraordinary expression, “We will save thee in thy body”, clearly makes a reference to mummification and indeed, that is how Pharaoh has been preserved and can be viewed in the Royal Museum of Cairo, to this date. Interestingly, the French Scientist who conducted research on Pharaoh’s mummy, found that Pharaoh did not actually drown to death but was rather left as a lifeless and bed ridden object which the remains of the salt stuck in his body evidently revealed. This French Scientist, Professor Maurice Bucaille, even converted from Christianity to Islam because of this groundbreaking discovery as he was startled about how the Holy Qur’an had revealed the historic incident of the mummification of Pharaoh’s body 1500 years ago, when the mummy was only discovered and presented to the public in 1898. Most surely, it is the words of Allah that have proven to come true as a great prophecy yet again in the final and complete law.
The above-mentioned comparisons of the Torah and the Bible to the Holy Qur’an demonstrate that the jewels of knowledge contained in previous revealed Scriptures find perfection and completion in the complete and final law which is the Holy Qur’an.
Written by Ghazala Abbasi