Jun
5
2012

Tidings of the Prophet’s coming in the Torah and the Bible

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

He is the honest and the trustworthy:

Dear brothers, the Prophet, peace be upon him, dealt very wisely with the Black Stone placement issue. After that he was recognized among his people as the truthful and the trustworthy. What is notable is that when the Negus asked master Jaafar about Islam, the latter answered:

O king, we were people living in ignorance, worshipping idols, eating carrions, indulged in fornication, ignoring the ties of kinship, and were bad neighbors (here’s now the point) until Allah sent among us a man whom we knew as trustworthy, truthful, virtuous, and of good lineage

[Ahmad from Oum Salama]

This means that truthfulness, trustworthiness and virtuousness were the pillars of moral values. When such a man tells you, he tells the truth, when he deals with you he is worthy of trust, and he is chaste when his desires are aroused, ‘a man whom we knew to be trustworthy, truthful, virtuous’. As for lineage, it is a crown for believers, but without faith it is worthless, and the proof is:

(Perdition overtake both hands of Abu Lahab, and he will perish. His wealth and what he earns will not avail him)

[Al Masad 1-2]

The Prophet’s merits, peace be upon him, were the highest, and his traits were noble, he had flawless reasoning and a sound judgment, he was truthful and trustworthy, his perfections reached the utmost, and Allah praised him saying:

(And verily, you (are placed) on an exalted standard of character)

[Surat Al Qalam, 4]

Someone can have a good character, but to have the best character is difficult. A person with good character when provoked and a conflict emerge might fall into a conflict within him or herself. Should I seek revenge or not, should I forgive or not. However the person with the best character has no internal conflicts. Always does the right thing in every situation and that is how our prophet was.

Quraish acknowledged the prophet’s excellent morals:

The Prophet, peace be upon him, was known to be truthful, trustworthy, to maintain the relations of kin, to help the weak, to give freely, thus Quraish called him the Trustworthy.
People, by the way, have three sides. The first is apparent to all: he is the son of so-and-so, he is tall, strong, educated, a doctor, an engineer, a merchant, a farmer… The second side is only known to his close relations and intimate companions, like his partner, his wife, those who accompany him day and night. The third side only Allah knows, and this is the problematic side; we judge by what is apparent and Allah will be the judge of the inner self.
Lady Khadeeja was the Prophet’s wife and the closest person to him. When the revelations began, the Prophet, peace be upon him, confided his fears to her, she said: ‘By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you’.

Prophet’s friends PBUH before revelation:

Who were the friends of the Prophet, peace be upon him, before the Mission?
It is said that a man is known by the company he keeps. People always befriend similar people. The perfect is drawn to the perfect, the truthful is drawn to the truthful, the trustworthy is drawn to the trustworthy, and the chaste to the chaste.
It is a rule of thumb, if a person has a thousand traits and another person a thousand traits, the more traits they have in common, the greater the fondness and intimacy. You may spend hours with a fellow believer and not be weary, because you share many common qualities.
Dear brothers, some of the friends of the Prophet, peace be upon him, before the Revelation were Abu Bakr Al Siddiq, Othman Ibn Affan and Talhat Ibn Al Zubair.
I say, only take a believer for friend, share your food only with the pious, only befriend those whose conduct inspires you to seek Allah, and whose words guide you to Allah. Take great care choosing your friends for they affirm you on the path of faith.
On Doomsday Allah said describing some people:

(oh If only I had taken a (straight) path with the Messenger! Ah! I am (now in) misery! If only I had never taken such an (Evil) one as a friend!.)

[Surat Al Furqan, 27-28]

(If only I had never taken such an (Evil) one as a friend!.)

[Surat Al Furqan, 27-28]

This is why it is most important to have a brother in Allah, for he counsels you and you counsel him, he guides you and you guide him, he assists you and you assist him.
So it is that those three men were noble of character, far from vice, sound of judgment, well versed in genealogy. They were also hospitable and generous. These qualities drew them closer to the Prophet, peace be upon him, and they became his friends before the Mission.
I tell you from the bottom of my heart: take care of your friend. Take a friend you can learn from, who brings you closer to Allah.
To the fathers and mothers I say, keep an eye on your children’s friends. Psychological studies have shown that a child or young man is influenced by his teachers, parents, etc. all together at the rate of 40 %, and 60 % by his friends. Good fathers and mothers will scrutinize their children’s friends, because friends can influence the course of the children’s life: to perdition, or to success.

Some texts of the Bible about the prophet’s coming:

Dear brothers, the tidings (news) of the Prophet’s coming in the Bible, the Samaritan Bible and the Gospel of Barnabas, are clear. In these two sacred books, there are explicit texts announcing the coming of the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him. In the Gospel of Barnabas, there is clear mention of the Mission of Mohammad, peace be upon him. For example, in chapter 41, speaking of the fall of Adam and Eve from paradise, there’s the following text:

God hid Himself, and the angel Michael drove them forth from paradise. Then, Adam, turning around, saw written above the gate: There is only one God, and Muhammad is Messenger of God

This is in the Gospel of Barnabas.
This is in the Gospel of Barnabas. And the recently discovered Dead Sea scrolls confirm these texts.
When the Jesus, peace be upon him, spoke to his disciples about our Prophet, peace be upon him, and announced his coming to the world, they asked him:

O master who might this man be coming to this world? He answered with joyful countenance: ‘It is Mohammad, the Prophet of Allah

The Gospel of Barnabas is full of tidings like these.
In the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke we find:

Glory to God the highest and peace on earth, and to men Ahmad

(Translator’s note: from the root ‘Hamada’, to praise, root common to Semitic languages, which is also one of the Prophet’s names; here in Syriac, the language of the shepherds mentioned in the verse)’.
In the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus says:

‘…for if I do not go away

the Al-far Qleet will come to you. Al-far is a Syriac word derived from Paran, meaning Mecca, mount Paran being Mount Hira’, and Qleet means the devout, the adorer, and it can mean the praiser or the much praised (Ahmad). As for the Holy Quran Allah said:

(And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: “O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving good news of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.” But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, “this is evident sorcery”)

[Al Saf, 6]

Before going on, I will stop at this Ayah:

(Those whom We have given the Book recognize him as they recognize their sons, and a party of them most surely conceal the truth while they know (it))

[Surat Al Baqara, 146]

I ask you, is there knowledge deeper, stronger, more genuine and natural than a father’s knowledge of his son? Is there a father on the face of the earth who asks his son who he is?
I ask you, is there knowledge deeper, stronger, more genuine and natural than a father’s knowledge of his son? Is there a father on the face of the earth who asks his son who he is?
﴾ … recognize him as they recognize their sons﴿
As for the distinctive qualities of the Prophet, peace be upon him, they are clearly mentioned in both the Bible and the Gospels, as Allah tells us in the Holy Quran:

(Those who follow the messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write, whom they will find described in the Torah and the Gospel (which are) with them. He will commands them that which is right…)

[Al Araf, 157]

Meaning the Prophet, peace be upon him,

(He will commands them that which is right and prohibit for them only the foul; and he will relieve them of their burden and the fetters that they used to wear. Then those who believe in him, and honor him, and help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him: they are the successful)

[Surat Al Aaraf, 157]

The texts in the Bible and the Gospels, and the two explicit Ayahs of the Holy Quran confirm the attributes of the Prophet, peace be upon him, and that this knowledge was available to the people of the scriptures, as Allah says:

(And when there come to them a scripture from Allah, confirming what in their possession – though before that they were asking for a signal triumph over those who disbelieved – and when there came to them that which they know (to be the truth) they disbelieve therein. The curse of Allah is on disbelievers)

[Surat Al Baqara, 89]

Dear brothers, there is a subtle meaning in the words of this Ansari man, reported by Ibn Ishaq:

What drew us to Islam, after Allah’s mercy and guidance, is something we used to hear from the Jews. We were pagans and they had the Scriptures, they had knowledge that we did not have, and there was animosity between us. When we would have the upper hand, they would say: ‘The time is near where a Prophet will be sent, and with him we shall slay you like A’ad and Iram were slain

There is no doubt that the Jews of Medina knew that the appearance of the Prophet, peace be upon him, drew near, but they imagined that he would be one of their own people, and they so maintained, menacing the Arabs. Allah Exalted and Almighty has shown that they knew him by his attributes, only to deny his Prophethood and refuse it when it was clear that he was from the Arabs. Allah Almighty says:

(… and prohibit for them only the foul; and he will relieve them of their burden and the fetters that they used to wear. Then those who believe in him, and honor him, and help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him: they are the successful And when there come to them a scripture from Allah, confirming what in their possession – though before that they were asking for a signal triumph over those who disbelieved – and when there came to them that which they know (to be the truth) they disbelieve therein. The curse of Allah is on disbelievers)

[Surat Al Baqara, 89]

When he received the message of the Prophet, peace be upon him, Heracles the roman king said: ‘I knew he would appear, but I did not think he would be one of you’, meaning I knew of his coming but I did know he will be one of you Arabs.

Allah in His Glory guarded the Prophet

Dear brothers, some prophetic scholars said: Allah in His Glory guarded the Prophet, peace be upon him and protected him from the ignorance of pre-Islam. And every one of us is the subject of this Divine Providence; I can even say that man is the object of the intensive care of the bountiful Lord who looks after him in His perfect way. The tough part is that you be satisfied with Him in bad times as you are in good times. The true nature of a man shows through his actions; studying, working, trading, traveling and when he marries. He studies for exams or he cheats, he is an honest merchant or a dishonest liar.
A man is tried in everything he does.

(We are ever putting (mankind) to the test)

[Surat Al Mou’menoun, 30]

But the Prophet, peace be upon him, says:

For each is eased towards the purpose of his creation

[Muslim and Bukhari]

This means that everyone without exception is so created as to accomplish the purpose of his creation. And why was man created, or for what purpose? He was created to dwell in a paradise as wide as the heavens and the earth, the proof is:

(except those on whom your Lord has granted His Mercy: And for this did He created them)

[Surat Hud, 119]

So each man and woman is created for paradise, to find happiness in this life and the hereafter. And Allah Almighty, knowing best the true nature of men and their peculiarities, paves the way ahead for every individual in order to lead him to the aim of his creation: paradise. This may require that you be born to a specific father, a specific mother, in a specific era, in a specific place. It could require that you be a male, a female, that you have a specific countenance. Every single detail, starting with your gender, your parents, the time and place of your birth, your special name, your capacities, your inclinations, all this is designed by Allah, to help you accomplish your life purpose. Allah Almighty surrounds us with divine providence, and draws to each one of us the way that suits him best and which will eventually lead him to paradise.
This is a common truth:
So each man and woman is created for paradise, to find happiness in this life and the hereafter. And Allah Almighty, knowing best the true nature of men and their peculiarities, paves the way ahead for every individual in order to lead him to the aim of his creation: paradise. This may require that you be born to a specific father, a specific mother, in a specific era, in a specific place. It could require that you be a male, a female, that you have a specific countenance. Every single detail, starting with your gender, your parents, the time and place of your birth, your special name, your capacities, your inclinations, all this is designed by Allah, to help you accomplish your life purpose. Allah Almighty surrounds us with divine providence, and draws to each one of us the way that suits him best and which will eventually lead him to paradise.
This is a common truth:
‘For each is eased towards the purpose of his creation’
You are created for paradise, and what gets you there, is who you are, there is no better way: so-and-so, of so-and-so father, of so-and-so mother, of specific traits, handsome or homely, smart or not so bright…all this serves the purpose you were created for: to enter paradise. The deeper your faith is, the more you are satisfied with Allah Almighty.

(Allah is well pleased with them and they are well pleased with Him)

[Surat Al Bayyinah,8]

The Prophet, peace be upon him, was once a trader, and it was said that his partner before the advent of Islam was Al Saib Ibn Abi Al Saib. On the Day of Victory, when Mecca was captured, Al Saib came to him and said:

Welcome my brother and partner who never privileged or wrangled’

[Reported by Ahmad and Tabarani from Abi Saib]

Meaning that he never argued or took positions, describing his partner the Prophet, peace be upon him. This is what I mean when I tell you that the Prophet, peace be upon him, is an ideal to us. He had a trade and a partner, was a managing partner in Khadeejah’s investments, herded sheep, tasted the sweetness and the bitterness of life, victory and defeat, wealth and poverty, health and sickness, the loss of a son, the divorce of his daughters, all that befalls man in life; in all those situations he set the perfect example.

Dear brothers, listen carefully to this rule: the perfect win is not overcoming a problem, a misfortune, an affliction or a trial; it is to have a perfect stand in all these situations. A man may be tried with a bad wife. Bravery is not to have a good wife, but to have the perfect attitude towards a bad wife, to bear and endure, and Allah Almighty will elevate him.
A man may be tried with a difficult son, a neighbor, a friend, he may be tried with poverty, illness … The perfect win is to face all with the perfect attitude.
What is noteworthy is that Allah Almighty protected the Prophet, peace be upon him, from disbelief and from worshiping the idols before the Revelation. He never worshipped idols, nor did he make them offerings. He never ate from what was sacrificed for the idols, and he followed Abraham’s tradition.
The Prophet, peace be upon him, used to circumambulate the Holy Kaabah. One time he was accompanied by Zaid Ibn Haritha his servant who touched one of the idols, the Prophet, peace be upon him, told him not to touch the idols. Zaid, may Allah be pleased with him, swears that the Prophet, peace be upon him, never touched an idol till Allah Almighty honored him with the Revelation.
Circumambulating nude was common practice before the Revelation, and the Prophet, peace be upon him, was protected from that, clinging to the traditions of Abraham, father of the prophets.
Once he hired a worker. One day this worker took his clothes off to bathe in front of everyone, so the Prophet, peace be upon him, said:

I see that you are not embarrassed with your Lord, take your pay, we have no need for you’

[Narrated by Abd Al Razzak from Ibn Juraij]

So before the Mission, and before the Revelation the Prophet, peace be upon him, was the pinnacle of decency, bashfulness and piety.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds

Prepared by: Noora Al Sharabi

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