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This Is Muhammad _ English.pdf

This Is Muhammad _ English.pdf

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How It All Began
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early four thousand years ago, in the Sumerian town of Urin the valley of the river Euphrates, lived a young man namedAbraham. The people of Ur had once worshipped Allah but astime passed they forgot the true religion and started prayingto idols, statues made of wood or clay and sometimes even of precious stones. Even as a small child Abraham could notunderstand how his people, and especially his father, couldmake these images with their own hands, call them gods, andthen worship them. He had always refused to join his peoplewhen they paid respect to these statues. Instead he wouldleave the town and sit alone, thinking about the heavens andthe world about him. He was sure his people were doing wrongand so alone he searched for the right way. One clear night ashe sat staring at the sky he saw a beautiful shining star, sobeautiful that he cried out: ‘This must be Allah!' He looked at itin awe for some time, until suddenly it began to fade and thenit disappeared. He turned away in disappointment saying: Ilove not things that set. (Koran vi.77)On another night Abraham was again looking at the sky andhe saw the rising moon, so big and bright that he felt he couldalmost touch it. He thought to himself: This is my Lord. (Koranvi.78) But it was not long before the moon set as well. Then hesaid, Unless my Lord guide me, I surely shall become one of the folk who are astray. (Koran vi.78) Abraham then saw thebeauty and splendor of the sunrise and decided that the sunmust be the biggest and most powerful thing in the universe.But for the third time he was wrong, for the sun set at the endof the day. It was then that he realized that Allah is the MostPowerful, the Creator of the stars, the moon, the sun, theearth and of all living things. Suddenly he felt himself totally atpeace, because he knew that he had found the Truth.
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When he said unto his father and his folk: What do youworship? They said: We worship idols, and are ever devoted tothem. He said: Do they hear you when you cry? Or do theybenefit or harm you? They said: Nay, but we found our fathersacting in this manner.He said: See now that which you worship, You and yourforefathers! Lo! they are (all) an enemy to me, except theLord of the Worlds. Who created me, and He guides me, AndWho feeds me and waters me. And when I sicken, then Heheals me. And Who causes me to die, then gives me lift(again) And Who, I ardently hope, will forgive me my sin onthe Day of judgement. (Koran xxvi.70-82)One day, while all the townspeople were out, Abrahamangrily smashed all the idols with his right hand except for onewhich was very large. When the people returned they werefurious.They remembered the things Abraham had said about theidols. They had him brought forth before everyone anddemanded, 'Is it you who did this to our gods, 0 Abraham?'Abraham replied, But this their chief did it. Ask them, if theyare able to speak.' The people exclaimed, 'You know they donot speak.' 'Do you worship what you yourselves have carvedwhen Allah created you and what you make?' Abrahamcontinued, 'Do you worship instead of Allah that which cannotprofit you at all, nor harm you?' (Koran xxxvii.95-6)(Koranxxi.66)Finally, Abraham warned them, Serve Allah, and keep yourduty unto Him; that is better for you if you did but know. Youserve instead of Allah only idols, and you only invent a lie. Lo!those whom you serve instead of Allah own no provision foryou. So seek your provision from Allah, and serve Him, andgive thanks unto Him, (for) unto Him you will be broughtback.(Koran xxix. 16-17)
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