Birth Of The Prophet (sws)

We have heard this thing many times but I want to clear it that some people say that Prophet Muhammad (sws) was born before Hazrat Adam (sws). Is it true? Please explain it in the light of Quran and Ḥadīth.

Answer:

We all know that the Prophet (sws) was born in the second half of the six century AD and being a historical figure there is no dispute regarding his person and era. Those who believe that he was born before Adam present no sounder than that of a man of our age who claims to have down on earth before Adam (sws). Mind stops working and reason abandons when we hear about this type of…

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The Semitic Prophets

Why do we know about maximum 30-40 Prophets whereas we know that the world had seen 124,000 Prophets since its inception. Even Quran is silent about rest of the Prophets?

Second, an automatic question of why all Prophets came in an around a particular geographical area, I mean Arab peninsula. Why not in China, Canada or South America?

Answer:

I believe that there is no authentic information about the number of all the divine messengers. The Qur'an only names a few.

As for the question that why all the Prophets mentioned in the Holy Qur’an were of Semitic origin.

First of all I would like to assert that it would not be very accurate to say that all the Prophets and Messengers of Allah were of Semitic origin appearing in Arabia. Prophets and Messengers before…

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Throne Of Saba

When Solomon (sws) asked his followers to bring the throne of sheba (bilqees), an ifreet told him he would bring before he (Solomon) leaves but a human being brought it to him in the blink of an eye. I paraphrased what I could recall, can you email me details of how the man did this, the actual verses, translation and interpretations of the event and of Lawh' Mahfuz?

Answer:

I am afraid I will not be able to present the explanations offered by all the authorities on the issue. I will restrict myself to the most plausible and well-argued stance in this regard.

A simple translation of the verse is produced below:
He (Solomon) said: O courtiers! Which of you will bring me her throne before they present themselves humbly before me? An Ifrît (strong) from the Jinn said: I will bring it before you…

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Why Invoke Allah’s Blessings Upon The Prophets?

We pray for safety and security of Prophets in durood and salam. I have a confusion that they have passed away they don’t have any thing to do with this world any more. Neither they have any danger so why should we pray for their safety and security i.e, Hazrat Esa (Peace be upon him) etc.

Answer:

In the supplications which are called by the people in our lands as durood is nothing but a prayer for the Prophets. We invoke Allah's blessings upon them. This is due to the fact that the Prophets were chosen by God for the guidance of mankind. We owe them gratitude and the best form of gratitude is to invoke Allah's blessings upon them. We also pray for all of our dear ones. The Prophet's status…

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Reaction To Blasphemous Remarks

One of my acquaintances said something blasphemous regarding Hazrat Izrael (naudubi Allah). He said that while pointing to his parents. He said "there are Izraels (he referred his parents) in our house" (naudubillah). Everyone present there laughed at this and as a human nature a little laughter also came down my face but i immediately stopped when I realized it was not good. I controlled myself. The same happened today someone said something that can be included in kufr and as a human my nafs again pushed me to smile at it but immediately I controlled my smile. What should I do? How do I avoid it? It is obvious that you ultimately laugh being a human. Please guide me. What if a person gets influenced by his nafs in these situations and then controls himself? Does he also fall into kufr like the others?

Answer:

We believe that the behavior you have adopted is really commendable. We have not full control over our impulses. When we realize the issue we try to control ourselves. This is not kufr or punishable but a person who immediately controls himself should repent for what escaped him and hope to be forgiven and also rewarded.



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Status Of The Prophet Muhammad (sws)

What is the factual position when people say that Muhammad (sws) is the beloved of Allah and the leader of the Prophets and Messengers?

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We believe that the Prophet (sws) enjoys great status. God Almighty loves all the pious people. The position of the Prophet (sws) can be imagined from this fact alone. The Qur'an says that all the Messengers were equal as their status of the Messengers of God. We need to respect all of them democratically. However, some of them were given excellence not enjoyed by the others. In this regard, for example, Moses (sws) was addressed…

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Declaration Of Faith

My parents taught me the kalimah shahadah as follows: la ilaha illAllah Muhammad ur rasulullah. Why do I have to add that Prophet Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah while there were so many prophets and all of them taught the same religion? Would it matter if I just said la ilaha illallah?

Why do we mention the name of the Prophet Muhammad (sws) and the Prophet Ibrahim (sws) in the tashahhud (sitting position in the prayer)? Also please tell me who authored the supplication to be made in this position?

Answer:

We add the second part of shahadah specifically mentioning the name of the Prophet Muhammad (sws) because we happen to live in the time when his message and the book he brought is the source of guidance for us. We are addressees of the Prophet Muhammad (sws). It is our position as his addressee that makes it necessary to acknowledge his status and the Messenger of Allah. When we declare belief in his prophethood we…

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Salvation And Belief In The Prophet Muhammad

According to verse sixty-two of sura al-Baqara can we say that anyone who believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds shall be given his reward in hereafter and shall have no fear or grief irrespective of his or her religion? Can non-Muslims of today enjoy aforesaid reward while some religious scholars say that it is only privilege of Muslims?

Answer:

In of my earlier responses to a similar question I wrote:

A short explanation of this verse seems necessary here since some people argue on its basis that belief in the Prophethood of Muhammad (sws) is not a requirement of salvation. Suffice to say that the verse does not mention the Prophethood of Muhammad (sws) for the simple reason that it is not a basic requirement of salvation. It should be kept in mind…

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Belief In Miracles

In how many Miracles should we have belief that cannot be interpreted? Does not the Holy Qur’ān confirm that no Miracles were conferred on Muhammad (sws)? Which verse of the Holy Qur’ān indicates that Miracles were given to the Holy Prophet (sws)?

Answer:

The Holy Qur’ān mentions certain demands of unbelievers and the Jews from the Holy Prophet (sws) to present some supernatural things but, in response, Allah Almighty has always presented the Holy Qur’ān. This indicates that as a proof of the truthfulness of his Prophethood, the Holy Prophet (sws) had not been bestowed with any observable Miracles. However, it does not implicate that the life of the Holy Prophet (sws) is empty of any unusual events.…

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The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ

Is Jesus alive or dead? If he is dead, then who are we waiting for? If he is alive, then when will he return from the heaven?

Answer:

The second arrival of Jesus has nothing to do with his life or death. The Almighty who created him the first time can give him another life. The Lord who created him fatherless has enough power to recreate him and send him to earth. Therefore, we should think about his Second Advent leaving the question of his life or death. Anyway, he has secured the life of a martyr.

Firstly, it is clear that the…

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Going Against The Holy Prophet (sws)

Is it allowable to differ with the opinion, thinking and advice of the Prophet (sws) in minor religious matters?

Answer:

The religion does not allow us going against the Prophet (sws) in any condition. Contrarily, such an attitude negates one's faith. It can waste one's good deeds. However one can go against a statement ascribed to the Holy Prophet (sws) following the principles of dirāyat (textual analysis). This means he is actually going against the narrators. He does not in fact go against the Holy Prophet (sws).

Translated By: Abid Mahmood Hashmi



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Divinity Of Jesus

My question is about the Prophet Jesus. Doesn't the fact that he was born without a father and indeed from Allah's Holy Spirit make him special? May Allah forgive me but when Christians argue that he is the son of God, they rely on this fact! We also know that Allah Almighty sent Gabriel to Mary and she had Jesus. Should we Muslims regard this as just being one of Jesus's miracles? Or does it really make him more special than other Prophets who were born normally and were then made Prophets at some point in their lives?

Answer:

The Holy Qur’an has referred to the fact that Jesus Christ was created in an unusual way. It also gives reason of abandoning the usual course of reproduction. The Holy Qur’an says:

وَإِنَّهُ لَعِلْمٌ لِّلسَّاعَةِ فَلَا تَمْتَرُنَّ بِهَا وَاتَّبِعُونِ هَذَا صِرَاطٌ مُّسْتَقِيمٌ وَلَا يَصُدَّنَّكُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِنَّهُ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ

[Say Oh Muhammad] And lo! verily he [Jesus Christ] is the sign of the Hereafter. So doubt not concerning it, but follow me. This is the right…

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Birth Of Jesus And Adam (sws)

The Quran seems to hold that Jesus (sws) and Adam (sws) were created through a similar process. Does Adam, in the relevant verse, signify the whole mankind or only the first man?

Answer:

The referred to verse of the Holy Qur’an reads:


Surely the case of Jesus is like the case of Adam. He created him out of dust, then he said to him, "Be', and he was. (3:59)

God Almighty has only negated the views of the Christians. They believed Jesus to be son of God. The basis of their views was his miraculous birth. God says that he was given birth suspending the natural…

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Revelation To The Non-Prophetic Figures

Are there any individuals other than the Prophets who received the Divine guidence?

Answer:

The Holy Qur'an has called the Holy Prophet (sws) 'Khātam al-Nabiyyīn' i.e. 'the last of the Prophets'. It entails that Allah has closed down the process of direct revelaion of the religious guidance. It implies that no further religious guidance through revelation can be expected after the demie of the Holy Prophet (sws). Those who claim of receiving the divine revelations are liars deflected by Satan. The Holy Prophet (sws), clarifying this reality, has been…

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Noah’s (sws) Age

The Holy Qur'an states that Noah (sws) preached for almost nine and a half centuries. I believe that average life and physical body traits of mankind has always been the same. A difference of five to ten years is understandable. But what the traditions report about the body structure of Awj b. Aunuq seems far beyond the reality. We can deny it because it has not been affirmed by the Holy Qur'an. But the life span of Noah (sws) has been recorded by the Holy Qur'an which cannot be questioned in any condition. Did all of his disciples live such a long life? Were they like us in their heights or was there some difference? I think that Noah (sws) lived almost five thousand years ago. Four or five thousand years have no significance in the long history of the world and the universe. It does not seem reasonable that five thousand years ago man lived as long as one thousand years. The Holy Qur'an does not say any such thing about any other Messenger of God.

Answer:

The Noachian time is the prehistoric period. Mawlana Hamid ul Din Farahi holds that gauging the time of Adam to Noah from the pedigrees given in the Bible would not be right. This family tree carries the names of the famous figures only, leaving out many generations in the middle. He believes that these are the names of great leaders of the past. We may find great distance counting to more than hundreds of years…

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Allah’s Blessing For His Creatures

The Holy Qur'an says: "Allah and His angels send blessings on the Holy Prophet (sws)" (Q 33:56) My question is that what does it mean that Allah sends blessings on His creatures, like for example the Holy Prophet (sws), given the fact that He is the Creator and the Absolute?

Answer:

In Arabic in particular and in other languages in general the relationship of the verb to the subject determines and modifies its meanings. The best example of this alteration in Urdu is muhabbat (affection). Mother's affection for her son is totally different from that between a husband and his wife. Yet the same word is used to connote both the relations. When the word 'sallā' is ascribed to mankind, it carries the meaning of praying…

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Finality Of The Holy Prophet (sws)

A friend of mine is was insisting that Jesus Christ (sws) died and will never come again. Although it doesn't disturb my belief but his second question of course crosses the belief line. He said that the last Prophet is Jesus Christ (sws) and not Hazrat Muhammad (sws). Please provide enough verses from Qur'an to prove that Hazrat Muhammad (sws) is the last Prophet and no Prophet (nabi and rasool) will come after him.

Answer:

For our view on the finality of the Prophet (sws) please refer to: Finality of Prophethood

That the Prophet (sws) is the last of the Prophets is not only dependent on the Qur'anic verses. The belief was taught by the Prophet (sws) to the entire generation of the Companions (rta) and was transferred to the next generation by the consensus of the Companion (sws). The successors too received and believed in it with their…

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Regarding The ‘Sins’ Of Mohammad (sws)

I have always read that all the prophets of Allah are perfect people who do not sin. While I do not believe in the Torah version of events, I thought, all prophets were people who must have committed mistakes and misjudgments (political, religious or social) here and there, which God corrected immediately and forgave them for.

Now, I searched the quran for sins of the perfection or humanness of our beloved Mohammad SWS and found the following verses which not only testify that he might have committed errors in political or social decisions but sins. a sin "zanb" is much graver than a mistake and I believe it relates to breaking a religious law.
God confirms he has forgiven Mohammad SWS all his sins the past and the future but it still remains that unlike what many Moslems claim, the quran's ayas are evidence that our prophet was not a perfect human being and he committed sins.
40:55
So be patient (O Muhammad SAW). Verily, the Promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your fault, and glorify the praises of your Lord in the Ashi (i.e. the time period after the midnoon till sunset) and in the Ibkar (i.e. the time period from early morning or sunrise till before midnoon) [it is said that, that means the five compulsory congregational Salat (prayers) or the 'Asr and Fajr prayers].
47:19
So know (O Muhammad SAW) that La ilaha ill-Allah (none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and ask forgiveness for your sin, and also for (the sin of) believing men and believing women. And Allah knows well your moving about, and your place of rest (in your homes).
48:2-3
That Allah may forgive you your sins of the past and the future and complete his favour on you and guide you on the straight path.

What do you think, and if I a completely wrong in my conclusion then how would I make sense of the quranic ayas?

Answer:

Apparently, the verses you have quoted seem to communicate that the Holy Prophet (sws) committed sins. A deep deliberation on the verses considering the history of the life of the Prophet (sws) and other prophets of God, however, shows that the sins referred to here are not of the kind we generally take the word for. The prophets of God do not sin in pursuance of their self-centered ends as other human beings; however, these…

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Was Maryam A Hermaphrodite?

A Sheikh has mentioned that according to his understanding, Maryam, the mother of Jesus, was a "hermaphrodite" (a rare form of living organism, plant or animal that has both male and female reproductive organs, inside or outside of body). He made this verse of Quran a base of his approach to this matter:

Then when she delivered her child Maryam (Mary), she said: "O my Lord! I have delivered a female child," - and Allah knew better what she delivered, - "And the male is not like the female, and I have named her Maryam (Mary), and I seek refuge with You (Allah) for her and for her offspring from Shaitan (Satan), the outcast. (Q. 3:36)
The part of the verse saying (Allah knew better what she delivered), according to him, is reference, to establish such theory on this matter. What is your point of view of this?

Answer:

As for the argument presented by the said scholar it is not tenable. There is nothing in the words of the Qur’an which can take us to that conclusion. We believe that the first part of the verse expresses the unexpected surprise of the mother of Hazrat Maryam who was expecting a male child who could be devoted to the service of God. When she says that she had delivered a girl she was somewhat…

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Chanting Durood For Mundane Purposes

I watch your program "Deen-o-Danish" and I learn a lot from it. I wish that all the people can learn Islam in the right way. I have a question, if someone reads drood shariff 100 times or more to get their wishes, is it allowed in Islam?

Answer:

We cannot state that it is forbidden for one to recite the durood a hundred or more or less times and seek God’s blessings and hope from Him that his wish will be granted. However, we can say that there is no guarantee from God to grant a wish on reciting the durood any number of times. We do not find any sound basis in the sources of the religious to the fact that God…

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