From his high heaven, God Almighty, sent down a book. He called it a "Book." In fact, he called it "The Book." Or "That Book." He said, in that Book: Kitaab! Kitaabun Unzila Ilayika. And he...
The Hadith is simple and clear. And it is timeless. The Hadith says, what I am paraphrasing here, when a certain place is known to be affected by an epidemic of some kind, no one...
People always wonder. People always ask. And people always talk about: Who are the best people in the world?
The Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, has a very simple definition:
"The Best People are those who are best to their womenfolk!"
In the original words of the Hadith Sharif, it reads like this:
Khayirukum, Khayirukum Li-Ahlihi!
So simple, and yet, so profound!
Isn't this proof enough that this Islam is from Allah?
And Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is indeed the Messenger of Allah?
It really hit me hard, and not too long ago, how clear it is. The obvious and simple fact that this world does not have anything like Laa Ilaaha Illallaah or Muhammadur Rasoolullah.
Not separately. Not both of them taken together in the form of the Kalimah:
Laa Ilaaha Illallaah, Muhammadur Rasoolullah!
What more proof does the world want, or do the Muslims want, for the fact that this Deen is directly from Allah Almighty. And that there is no way on earth or in heaven this could have been a human creation.
If it were, would't there be more of things like this around? And wouldn't everybody be flaunting their ware and bragging about it?
Muslims, think! Come out of your stupor and ignorance and think!
Non-Muslims, think! Put away your prejudices and fears and think!
For, your creator wants you all to think. And think freely -- and without holds.
Don't be slow like me on the uptake, as they used to say in England, that it took me so long to see this blazing glory of light right in front of my eyes.
Humans can rise to the most astonishing levels of (so-called) spiritual excellence, greatness and exaltation. Above the angels, if you wish, to the extent God Almighty required of the angels to pay homage and perform Sajdah or special prostration and salutation to them on the day of their creation.
So much so, some of them, humans I mean, are sometimes taken to possess super-human powers and capabilities.
They do not.
All they are doing is rising to the higher levels of their own human potential. And in the process fulfilling what is written in the Qur'an for them as members of the human species:
Laqwad Khalaqnal Insaana Fee Ahsani Taqweem!
We indeed created the human being in the finest mould and formation.
And when I say "humans," I mean all human beings – male as well as female; Muslim as well as non-Muslim.
Except that Muslims are, by the very nature of things, a cut above.
That is why all the Muslim saints – Awuliyaa Allah – always place, and perform, above their counterpart saints of other faiths and persuasions.
Some of the categories of Muslim “saints” include the following: The Swahaabah Kiraam, Radiyallahu 'Anhum, and Tabi’een.
And all the Siddeeqween, Shuhadaa’ and Swaaliheen.
And then all the prophets and messengers of Allah, all the Rasuls and Anbiyaa’, 'alaihimus salam, rank above all the rest of the human beings, no matter how learned, saintly and exalted they may be.
And the Rasuls and Anbiyaa’, 'alaihimus salam, possess over and above their highest human potential, the special and unique gift of having been chosen as God’s emissaries to other human beings.
They all receive Wahy or what people call in English Divine Revelation from God Almighty above.
So, all the Rasuls and Anbiyaa’, 'alaihimus salam, are above all the rest of the human beings.
And above them all comes Sayyidina Rasulullah, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, greater than whom there is no one other than God Almighty himself.
As someone said:
Ba’ad az khoda buzorg tu-ee, qwissa mukhtaswar.
After God, you are the greatest, end of story.
Or as someone else said, in a different language:
Da’a madda’athun naswaaraa fee nabiyyihimi
Wahkum bimaa shi’ata madhan feehi wah-takimi.
Just leave what Christians say about their prophet. After that, heap on him whatever praise and exaltation you wish.
Meaning how Christians call Jesus, alaihis salaam, God and son of God, Ma’adhallah.
So, the poet is saying:
Avoid that one thing. Just don’t say that one thing – that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God or son of God.
After that, say in his praise whatever else you wish.
And how true!
I am saying miraculous because I have no other word in the English language to describe it. It is so amazing, what I am about to talk about, and stupendous and so absolutely unbelievable that I don’t know what else to call it.
I am talking about the human face.
As for using the expression design, that is simple. Because, design is what it is no matter how you look at it. [...]
"Just imagine how much the educated world of today owes Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
And yet how ignorant and ill-informed and uncaring that world is about him.
Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, came into this world in early Seventh Century.
That was when reading and writing were generally forbidden for everyone except members of the royal family, the rich landlords and the most privileged few.
Many people were put to the sword for daring to teach themselves or others how to read and write.
In such a climate, Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, came and offered the world a “Book” – Al-Kitaab.
And he called that book The Reading – Al-Qur’an.
And he issued a common command to the whole world – to all of humanity – saying: “Read!”
Then he said if any man or woman taught himself or herself one single passage of that Book, Al-Kitaab, big or small, that would be more than 200 times better than worshipping God in other ways.
And he said that to Hazrat Abu Zarr, a companion of his, who was a most devout and God-fearing individual, given to worship a great deal.
He didn’t say “200 times better,” he said “More than 200 times better.”
Does the world of today know anything about this man?
And does the educated world of today know anything about this most amazing of miracles that he gave the world: the Miracle of Universal Education?
Do the Muslims know about this fact?
Do the non-Muslims know about this most miraculous fact?
What would it take for the Muslims to get out and share this fact with the rest of the world?
And what would it take for the non-Muslims of this world to inquire and find out about it?" (Dr. Pasha)