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Islam means "submission to God in peace". Islam teaches there is only One God, whose primary name is "Allah" in the Arabic language. Islam is the same essential message given to all the prophets, from Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and finally to the Last Prophet, Muhammad, (peace be upon them all). They all proclaimed the same basic Divine message: worship only God, stop worshipping human beings and other created things There's a different between Islam and Muslims!! What's the purpose of life? What Do You Know About Islam? Not what you have heard about Islam, not what you have seen in the actions of some Muslims, but what do you really know about Islam?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Muhammed (peace be upon him) – a brief description

You may be a christian protestant, catholic, jew, an atheist or an agnostic; or you may belong to any of many different religious denominations existing in today's world. You might even be a communist or believe in man's democracy as the rule on earth.

Whoever you are and whatever ideological or political beliefs, social habits you may hold, there is no doubt - You must know this Man - Muhammad (peace be upon him).

He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this Earth. He preached a religion, founded a state, built a nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numerous social and political reforms, established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent his teachings and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and behavior for all times to come.

"His Name is Muhammad" (peace be upon him).

He was born in Arabia in the year 570 c.e. (common era), started his mission of preaching the religion of truth, Islam (submission to one God at the age of forty and departed from this world at the age of sixty-three.

During this short period of 23 years of his Prophethood, he changed the complete Arabian peninsula from paganism and idolatry to worship of one God, from tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and cohesion, from drunkenness and debauchery to sobriety and piety, from lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living, from utter bankruptcy to the highest standards of moral excellence. Human history has never known such a complete transformation of a people or a place before or since - and imagine all these unbelievable wonders in just over two decades.

The world has had its share of great personalities. But these were one sided figures who distinguished themselves in but one or two field, such as religious thought or military leadership. The lives and teachings of these great personalities of the world are shrouded in the mist of time. There is so much speculation about the time and place their birth, the mode and style of their life, the nature and detail of their teachings and the degree and measure of their success or failure that is impossible for humanity to reconstruct accurately the lives and teachings of these men.

Not so this man. Muhammad (peace be upon him) accomplished so much in such diverse fields of human thought and behavior in the fullest blaze of human history. Every detail of his private life and public utterances has been accurately documented and faithfully preserved to our day. The authenticity of the records so preserved are vouched for not only by the faithful followers but even by his prejudiced critics.

Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a religious teacher, a social reformer, a moral guide, an administrative colossus, a faithful friend, a wonderful companion, a devoted husband, a loving father - all in one. no other man in history ever excelled or equaled him in any of these different aspects of life - but it was only for the selfless personality of Muhammad (peace be upon him) to achieve such incredible perfection.

Muhammad (peace be upon him) was nothing more or less than a human being. But he was a man with a noble mission, which was to unite humanity on the worship of one and only one god and to teach them the way to honest and upright living based on the commands of god. he always described himself as, 'a servant and messenger of god' and so indeed every action of his proclaimed to be.

Today after a lapse of fourteen centuries, the life and teachings of Muhammad (peace be upon him) have survived without the slightest loss, alteration or interpolation. They offer the same undying hope for treating mankind's many ills, which they did when he was alive. This is not a claim of Mohammed's (peace be upon him) followers, but the inescapable conclusion forced upon by a critical and unbiased history. 

The least you can do as a thinking and concerned human being is to stop for a moment and ask your self: could these statements sounding so extraordinary and revolutionary really be true? and supposing they really are true and you did not know this man Muhammad (peace be upon him) or hear about him, isn't it time you responded to this tremendous challenge and put in some effort to know him? 

It will cost you nothing, but it may prove to be the beginning of a completely new era in your life. 

We invite you to make a discovery of this wonderful man, Muhammad (peace be upon him), the like of whom never walked on the face of this earth.

"Are you that Prophet" [bible, john 1:20]

That Prophet?

Who was he?

Comparing Jesus & Mmuhammad

"The comforter, the spirit of truth, whom the father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that i said unto you."
[Bible - john 14:26]

Jesus, the son of Mary, said, "a Messenger will come after me, named Ahmad."
[Noble Quran 61:6]

the chief priests and levites asked john the baptist, "if you are not the christ (messiah), and not elijah - are you that prophet?"
[bible - john 1:20]

When the chief priests and levites asked john the baptist who he was, they asked him in a very strange way. First they questioned him as to whether or not he was the anticipated "Messiah" [christ in koine greek]. he was not the "Messiah" that had hoped for. next they asked if he was the Prophet Elijah and again he tells them, "no." now comes the really strange part. finally, they asked him if he is "that prophet?"

 Are you christ? - [no]
 Are you Elijah? - [no]
 Are you that Prophet? - [no]

What did they mean by "that Prophet?" we of course, know who the "Christ" is. After all, christians should know that "Christ" is merely a shortened form of the koine greek word "christos," intended to mean the hebrew word "Messiah."

The Jews of two thousand years ago were definitely looking for the Messiah, who it was foretold in their books, would come and lead them to victory over their oppressors and thus gain for them mastery over this world. They were much oppressed under roman domination and even their own jewish kings were seen as nothing more than puppets or agents for the disbelievers. certainly, they would have been most happy to see someone come on the scene who would defeat their roman masters and slave drivers.

Then the priests and levites asked john the baptist if he might be the prophet elijah, returning back after hundreds of years being away. There was the notion amongst them that elijah would come back. but again, john the baptist is denying he is elijah.

Then, who is he? they wonder at this man living out in the desert and forsaking wealth and luxury and fasting, avoiding the material attractions of life.

Again, they ask john the baptist who he is. "are you that Prophet?" and one more time he denies being "that Prophet," but then he does tell them about someone who will come after him soon, whom he claims he is not worthy to even unlace his shoes.

However, this does not answer the question, "who were they expecting besides the Messiah?" could it be they were looking for someone like Muhammad? (could be)

Who is that Prophet? 

Keep reading and learn who "that Prophet" is and what other proofs can be discovered within the holy texts to support this idea.

For centuries Muslims have believed Jesus (peace be upon him) was "that Prophet" mentioned in these words of the gospel of john. The Quran states one of the important features of Jesus' mission was to give the "bashir" or 'glad tidings' of the coming of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. During his short missionary career that lasted not more than three years, and which was overshadowed by the hostile attitude of his own people, Jesus gave them the good news of Ahmad, (one of the forms of "Muhammad") the last Messenger of God, who would perfect the divine teaching both in theory and in practice. The Quran mentions that, jesus says:

"O children of israel! I am the Messenger of Allah {almighty god} (sent) to you, confirming the law (torah or old testament) before me, and giving glad tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad."

[Noble Quran 61:6]

The Quran gives the name as Ahmad, one of several ways to say Muhammad's name. Just as we have in english the name joseph, and often use a shorter form such as "joe" or the familiar form, "joey," and other names like "jonathan" which becomes "john"; "jack" or "johnny", so in the same way we find arabic has similar forms for a name. Muhammad, Ahmad and Hamad are a few of the names originating from the root word, "Hamd" (meaning 'praise) in Arabic, and can be understood as "the one who praises (God)"; "the praised one"; "praising"; etc.

Abdullah Yusuf Ali in his translation of the meanings of the Quran to English, he states, "Ahmad or Muhammad, the praised one is a translation of the koine greek word periclytos. In the present gospel of john 14:16, 15:26 and 16:7, the greek word paracletos is translated in the niv as comforter. paracletos can mean an advocate, or "one called to the help of another", "a kind friend." Muhammad (peace be upon him) was known from birth as one who brought comfort and reconciliation to family, friends and strangers alike, especially in bringing together the ties of kinship and brotherly love.

Another nick name of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) mentioned in the bible (or at least what is left of it in the English language) is "the spirit of truth." As-Sddiq means exactly that and it is was another name given to Muhammad (peace be upon him) by those who knew his proclivity for honesty and integrity.

The new testament gospel according to john, jesus (peace be upon him) promises them the paracletos will come four times (john 14:16; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7). naturally, jesus (peace be upon him) did not return in their lifetime nor did any other Prophet for that matter, so later thinkers came up with the notion that it was not jesus "in person" but rather, jesus coming back in "spirit form." This led some Christians to assert, this was to be the holy spirit, who would descend upon the disciples on the day of the pentecost (acts 2), to witness christ and lead them into the whole truth and to be with the believers forever, and they would not die (john 3:16), but have everlasting life. also, some added verses later (see footnotes to revised standard version of the bible) to the very last chapter of mark (16), wherein, they have the spirit coming upon them in such a way they imagined themselves going to be able to speak with new languages; pick up snakes, lay hands on the sick to cure them and even drink poison and nothing would hurt them. [Luke 23:17-18]

Another point is, the paracletos, comforter or the spirit of truth, was going to dwell with us from now on. Certainly anyone could see Muhammad's influence and his Message of worshipping only one God without any partners has prevailed long after his earthly life.  

Yusuf Estes

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