RFPOU-PROPHETS AND THE PEOPLE

Allah (SWT) sent Prophets among all the nations to provide them guidance. An-Nahl # 36

And verily, we have sent among every nation a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allah (Alone) and do not worship all false deities.”

Similarly in Fatir # 24

And there never was a nation but a warner had passed among them.

And in Ar-Raad # 7

And to every people there is a guide.

We know some of these Prophets from Quran and many others are not known to us.

These Prophets guided people to live a pious, peaceful and honorable life. The Prophets did not ask for any kind of reward from the people for this sincere service to the mankind .

For example, Prophet Lout (AS) said: Ash-Shuara # 164

No reward do I ask of you for it. My reward is only from the Lord of all universes.

The selfless service and commitment of the Prophets is amazing while the typical response of the people is very stunning. For example, Nuh (AS) lived among his people for nine hundred and fifty years. The scene of his continuous preaching for nine hundred and ten years is described in Nuh # 5-12

He said: “O my Lord! Verily, I have called to my people night and day. But all my calling added nothing but to (their) flight (from the truth). And verily, every time I called unto them that You might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, and persisted (in their refusal), and magnified themselves in pride. Then verily, I called to them openly (aloud). Then verily, I proclaimed to them in public, and I have appealed to them in private. I said (to them): “Ask forgiveness from your Lord. Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance. And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.”

We notice that Prophet Nuh (AS) invited his people during day and during night, secretly and openly, sometimes loudly and sometimes quietly. All he was saying to them was to ask forgiveness from Allah (SWT) for their sins since He is extremely forgiving and merciful. For example when people ask for forgiveness from Allah (SWT), He sends down rain for them as a token of His mercy for them. Rain brings forth crops and abundance of wealth and prosperity.

People, however, acted very funny to the call of Nuh (AS). They thrust their fingers in their ears signaling Nuh (AS) that they did not want to listen to him whatever he had to say. Some people covered themselves fully with clothes as if they did not wish to have anything to do with Nuh (AS). Putting it in a blunt way they were telling their prophet to get lost and not to bother them with whatever he had to say. People were very arrogant and mean to Nuh (AS). As described by Dhihak ,Ibn Abbas (RU) narrated that people used to beat Prophet Nuh (AS) till he collapsed. They wrapped him in a blanket and dumped him in a house hoping that he was dead. As Prophet Nuh (AS) revived, he prayed to Allah (SWT) to forgive his people since they did not understand. In this way he preached his people for three generations since he was granted a very long life as a miracle from Allah (SWT). Nuh (AS) hoped that the new generation would pay more heed to his message. Unfortunately every new generation turned out worse than its predecessor. In nine hundred and fifty years very few people accepted the guidance.

It is also typical that often the poor people accept the guidance more readily. This annoys the rich since they do not want to be in the company of the poor people. Ash-Shuara # 111-115

They said: “Shall we believe in you, when the meanest (of the people) follow you?” He said: “And what knowledge have I of what they used to do? Their account is only with my Lord, if you could (but) know. And I am not going to drive away the believers. I am only a plain warner.”

 It is interesting to note that when King of Habsha asked Jaffer (RU), “What kind of people have accepted guidance of Prophet Mohammad (SAS)?” Jaffer (RU) said, “Mostly they are poor people”. King of Habsha concluded that Prophet Mohammad (SAS) was definitely a truly guided messenger of Allah (SWT) since this was the case with all the previous Prophets.

Typical response of rich people to their Prophets is described in Quran. Saba # 34-35

And We did not send a warner to a township but those who were given the worldly wealth and luxuries among them said: “We believe not in the (Message) with which you have been sent.” And they say: “We are more in wealth and in children, and we are not going to be punished.”

Allah (SWT) says to these rich people. Saba # 37

And it is not your wealth, nor your children that bring you nearer to Us (i.e. please Allah), but only he who believes (in the Islamic Monotheism), and does righteous deeds (will please Us); as for such, there will be twofold reward for what they did, and they will reside in the high dwellings (Paradise) in peace and security.

People consider it a great disrespect to their forefathers if they followed a different way of life than that of their forefathers. This is the biggest obstacle in accepting the guidance of Allah (SWT). Al-Baqarah # 170

When it is said to them: “Follow what Allah has sent down.” They say: “Nay! We shall follow What we found our fathers following.” (Would they do that!) even though their fathers did not understand anything nor were they guided?

Those who are seeking the truth sincerely casting away all forms of prejudices and hang ups, Allah (SWT) will surely show them the ‘Right Path.’ Al-Ankabut # 69

As for those who strive hard in Us (Our Cause), We will surely guide them to Our Paths. And verily Allah is with the Muhsinin (good doers).”

May Allah (SWT) give us the courage and strength to search for the real truth.

Most of the Prophets were sent to one nation or a territory. However, Prophet Mohammad (SAS) was sent to all the mankind. Saba #28

And We have not sent you (O Muhammad (SAS)) except as a giver of glad tidings and a warner to all mankind, but most of men know not.

 Prophet Mohammad (SAS) is not only the prophet for all mankind but also the message of Allah (SWT) sent through him, will remain in the original form till ‘The day of Judgement.’ Al-Hijr # 9

Verily, it is We Who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’an) and surely, We will guard it (from corruption).

Hence there is no need for another prophet.  Prophet Mohammad (SAS) is the last prophet.

As narrated by Jabar, Prophet Muhammed (SAS) said, “ Allah has granted me five gifts which were not given to any prophet before me.

1.      Allah (SWT) helped me in such a manner that the enemy remains afraid of me for a period of time equivalent to a journey of one month.

2.      Allah (SWT) allowed my followers to pray on any part of clean land and use clean dust for ablution if water is not available.

3.      My Ummah is permitted to make use of spoils of war or booty.

4.      Allah (SWT) will very kindly permit only me to make the major recommendations for others on the day of Judgement.

5.      Other Prophets were sent to a particular nation or territory. I am sent as a messenger to mankind, Jinn and to all the universes.                                                               (Bukhari and Muslim)

How fortunate we are since Allah (SWT) has raised us among the followers of Prophet Mohammad (SAS). Mussab bin Saeed (RU) said that we must make the following supplication in order to be an integral part of Ummah of Mohammad (SAS). Al-Hashr # 10

And those who came after them say: “Our Lord! Forgive us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith, and put not in our hearts any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of Kindness, Most Merciful.”

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