The Pope and the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam!

Nov 4, 2006

That means he did all this at two levels:

a. At the individual and micro levels.
b. At the collective and macro levels.

If you want, you can throw in a third level with it, which is at the macro-macro level or the level of the entire world or humanity as a whole - for all times to come.

Know the Truth and Acknowledge It Openly

The world must know, and clearly and openly acknowledge, that the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is the only man in all of human history who gave the world any or all of these things.

Whether or not the world thereafter accepts or rejects his teachings is an entirely different matter. For, God Almighty himself has granted human beings the right to reject his message, should they choose to do it. But the important thing the world must come to terms with is the sheer fact of what the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, accomplished in this world.

Because, part of the problem with the world has been:

a. Its failure to know some of these things, and/or,
b. Its failure to acknowledge them openly.

Why Fear Truth?

So, here is what I am saying: Either I am right or I am wrong. If I am right, then accept what I am saying and correct your ways. If, on the other hand, I am the one who is wrong, show me how and I will stand corrected.

That is what Islam teaches us: Go with the truth - wherever it takes you. And that is why Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, makes it clear that no one has a greater claim to truth than a believer.

And here is the most basic reality or test everyone needs to face, whether it is the Pope and his followers, or the followers of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, or anyone else:

If God is truth, then what do you have to fear from truth?

And if you have anything to do with God, shouldn't truth be your best friend at all times and in all circumstances?

Now do we understand why the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, told us to be unafraid of truth at all times and in all circumstances?

And that is why the world gave him the title of "Man of Truth," before he even became a Rasul or a prophet or messenger of God.

A Complete, Open and Closed System,
All at the Same Time

When he was done preaching and practicing his message, the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, declared his system to be complete. And he forbade anyone to tamper with it.

Evidently, nothing good could come out of tampering with a system that was ab initio so thorough, so complete - and so perfect. Made so by God Almighty himself.

No system of thought, belief and behavior so complete and comprehensive has ever been self-consciously conceived, designed, practiced, implemented and left behind as a full package for posterity by any one human being in the entire history of the world.

Permanence and Change in Systems
of Human Authorship

Life in any form is by definition change and transition and growth. Human life is no exception. As a result, no system of thought or belief or behavior designed by any human source can hold or be valid and relevant for all time or for all places.

That means all systems of human authorship - whether individual or multiple, whether old or new - are by definition and by their very nature stuck between the rock of permanence and a hard place of change. They simply cannot survive this challenge forever.

Yet, that is precisely what Islam is and does. Islam is a self-sustaining set of beliefs and behaviors, given out and shown to work during the lifetime of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, during the early part of the 7th Century and yet fresh and true and contemporary now and at all times and relevant and valid in all places.

How is that possible? How can such a contradiction be true? The answer lies in the authorship of the system of Islam and the Qur'an - the book that embodies that system.

It is part of the living miracle of Islam and the Qur'an.

Islam's Divine Authorship

There has never been any question or doubt that the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, alone, and no other human being, was the sole earthly source of what he produced. It was not a committee of experts that later codified his teachings.

But it was he, and he alone, who did it, all by himself, in his own lifetime.

The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, however, denied that he was the author of anything he did or said. He claimed that God Almighty taught him what he knew, told him to do what he did, and ordered him to convey the same to all human beings - in the form in which he received it from God.

Those who accepted his message and claims and submitted themselves to God as their master and to the practice of God's system in a disciplined way, he called Muslims and Mu'mins.

Those who rejected the message were called rejecters or deniers or the ungrateful ones - Kafirs.

Those who took the message and mixed it up with all kinds of other messages and claimed to worship God but also worshipped all kinds of other pet gods besides were called Mixers - Mushriks.

Those who were neither here nor there, and who lied saying that they were with the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, and the believers, when in fact theirs hearts were really elsewhere, were referred to as Munaafiqs - the Two-Faced ones.

The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam,
Also Gave the World a Comprehensive Book

The Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, also gave the world a perfect book - a manual as it were - that contains his major teachings. He claimed it was God's direct word revealed to him through an angel.

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