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Islam and the Prophet of Peace

Islam and the Prophet of Peace

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Published by Mir Mahboob Ali
A translation by Mir Mahboob Ali from Bengali "Shantir Nabi" of Fazlur Rahman Khan











INTRODUCTION
THE MESSENGER OF PEACE
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH MOST GRACIOUS MOST MERCIFUL
Praise be to Almighty Allah who through His Benevolence sent His beloved Messenger (Peace be upon him) as Rahmatullil Al-Amin (Mercy of the Worlds). May eternal felicity be the lot of those who devotedly follow “Traditions and Sayings” (sunnats) of the holy Prophet (PUBH).
‘Islam’ is an Arabic word meaning submission and obedience to Almighty Allah’s commands as in the Holy Qur’än. It is a complete way of life for humankind from birth to death. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) before asking his followers to act according to the Qurän fully practiced Qur’änic ordinances himself. Thus, a person who accepts Islamic way of life and acts according to the practices of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a Muslim.
Islam, sometimes, is erroneously called Mohammedanism and Muslims as Mohammedans. This error, perhaps, is a reflection of the fact that some religions are named after their founders and others are known by the identity of the community in which those prospered. For example, Christianity is named after Jesus Christ (Alaihe Wassallam), Buddhism after its founder Buddha and Judaism after the tribe of Judah. Islam has not been named after Muhammad (PBUH), as, it is the religion of Lord of the Worlds (Alallah, Rabbul Alamin), revealed for the guidance of humankind through all the prophets, right from Adam (AS) to the last prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Therefore, it is ‘Islam’ and ‘NOT’ Mohammedanism, which is a misnomer.
Muslims worship Allah and only Allah, while Christians worship God, though Jesus Christ (AS) called Him Ely, while he was being taken for crucifixion as per Old Testament. Hindus worship one Ishwar or Bhagawan but various deities like Durga, Shiva, Kali, etc. are worshipped as sharers of powers with the Supreme Lord. Followers of other religion worship Jehovah, Zahuramazda etc. Unlike Christians and Hindus, the cardinal basis of faith in Islam is the ‘Oneness of Allah’. A Muslim declares his faith by reciting ‘La Ilaha Illallahu Muhammadur Rasulullah’ (There is no god, but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger).
Whenever, humankind had deviated from the path of truth, indulged in evil acts, and defied the Commands of Allah contained in His Books, the Torah, the Bible and Al-Qur’än, Allah sent Prophets or Messengers, from time to time, calling them back to the ‘Path of the Truth’, according to the Qur’än. Allah sent about one hundred twenty four thousand prophets to this world and Muhammad (PBUH) is the last of His Prophets and the book revealed to him Al-Qur’än names twenty-five of them.
“Adhering to the tenets of Islam as practiced and propagated by Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), the earlier Muslims accomplished astonishing achievements, material and spiritual and attained supreme bliss (Silme Kaffa). That as urged by the Holy Qur’än, ought to be the cherished goal of every believing heart, but alas! The later Muslims deviated from the real path of Islam and got them increasingly absorbed in temporal enjoyments, ultimately, degrading into the present material and spiritual backwardness. The flame of love of Allah no longer glows in its majestic brilliance, in the hearts of the Muslims now as it did before. “The sterling qualities, resignation to His Will, love of His creatures and feelings of universal brotherhood, of the blissful days of Islam, are almost absent in the present day Muslims”, says, Hazrat Shah Sufi Azangachi (R), a renowned Sufi Saint of the Indian subcontinent.
He further said, “The life of Islamic education has become so deem that the right path leading to nearness of Almighty Allah can hardly be seen by its glow. There are learned men but a very few of them live like true Muslims. Though the glory of spirit of Islam is trumpeted loudly, a very few Muslim care about establishing the absolute truth (haqqaniat) and trus
A translation by Mir Mahboob Ali from Bengali "Shantir Nabi" of Fazlur Rahman Khan











INTRODUCTION
THE MESSENGER OF PEACE
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH MOST GRACIOUS MOST MERCIFUL
Praise be to Almighty Allah who through His Benevolence sent His beloved Messenger (Peace be upon him) as Rahmatullil Al-Amin (Mercy of the Worlds). May eternal felicity be the lot of those who devotedly follow “Traditions and Sayings” (sunnats) of the holy Prophet (PUBH).
‘Islam’ is an Arabic word meaning submission and obedience to Almighty Allah’s commands as in the Holy Qur’än. It is a complete way of life for humankind from birth to death. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) before asking his followers to act according to the Qurän fully practiced Qur’änic ordinances himself. Thus, a person who accepts Islamic way of life and acts according to the practices of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is a Muslim.
Islam, sometimes, is erroneously called Mohammedanism and Muslims as Mohammedans. This error, perhaps, is a reflection of the fact that some religions are named after their founders and others are known by the identity of the community in which those prospered. For example, Christianity is named after Jesus Christ (Alaihe Wassallam), Buddhism after its founder Buddha and Judaism after the tribe of Judah. Islam has not been named after Muhammad (PBUH), as, it is the religion of Lord of the Worlds (Alallah, Rabbul Alamin), revealed for the guidance of humankind through all the prophets, right from Adam (AS) to the last prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Therefore, it is ‘Islam’ and ‘NOT’ Mohammedanism, which is a misnomer.
Muslims worship Allah and only Allah, while Christians worship God, though Jesus Christ (AS) called Him Ely, while he was being taken for crucifixion as per Old Testament. Hindus worship one Ishwar or Bhagawan but various deities like Durga, Shiva, Kali, etc. are worshipped as sharers of powers with the Supreme Lord. Followers of other religion worship Jehovah, Zahuramazda etc. Unlike Christians and Hindus, the cardinal basis of faith in Islam is the ‘Oneness of Allah’. A Muslim declares his faith by reciting ‘La Ilaha Illallahu Muhammadur Rasulullah’ (There is no god, but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger).
Whenever, humankind had deviated from the path of truth, indulged in evil acts, and defied the Commands of Allah contained in His Books, the Torah, the Bible and Al-Qur’än, Allah sent Prophets or Messengers, from time to time, calling them back to the ‘Path of the Truth’, according to the Qur’än. Allah sent about one hundred twenty four thousand prophets to this world and Muhammad (PBUH) is the last of His Prophets and the book revealed to him Al-Qur’än names twenty-five of them.
“Adhering to the tenets of Islam as practiced and propagated by Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), the earlier Muslims accomplished astonishing achievements, material and spiritual and attained supreme bliss (Silme Kaffa). That as urged by the Holy Qur’än, ought to be the cherished goal of every believing heart, but alas! The later Muslims deviated from the real path of Islam and got them increasingly absorbed in temporal enjoyments, ultimately, degrading into the present material and spiritual backwardness. The flame of love of Allah no longer glows in its majestic brilliance, in the hearts of the Muslims now as it did before. “The sterling qualities, resignation to His Will, love of His creatures and feelings of universal brotherhood, of the blissful days of Islam, are almost absent in the present day Muslims”, says, Hazrat Shah Sufi Azangachi (R), a renowned Sufi Saint of the Indian subcontinent.
He further said, “The life of Islamic education has become so deem that the right path leading to nearness of Almighty Allah can hardly be seen by its glow. There are learned men but a very few of them live like true Muslims. Though the glory of spirit of Islam is trumpeted loudly, a very few Muslim care about establishing the absolute truth (haqqaniat) and trus

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Islam and the Prophet of PeaceByFazlur Rahman KhanTranslated: Mir Mahboob Ali
 
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1.
 
Say, ‘O men! I am sent Unto you all, as the Apostle Of God,’ (Al  
-
Qur’än 
 
7: 158).
2.
 
 God hath chosen him above you, and hath gifted him abundantly with  knowledge and bodily prowess: (Al-
Qur’än 
- 2: 247).
3.
 
We sent thee not, but as a Mercy for all creatures (Al-
Qur’än 
- 21: 107).
4.
 
You have indeed in the Apostle of God a beautiful pattern (of conduct)   for any one whose hope is in God and the Final Day, and who engages  much in pthe raise of God (Al-
Qur’än 
- 33: 21).
5.
 
And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character (Al-
Qur’än 
-68: 4).
6.
 
There hath come to you From God a (new) light And a perspicuous Book (Al-
Qur’än 
- 5:17).
7.
 
Verily thou art one of the Apostles (Al-
Qur’än 
- 2: 252).
8.
 
O Prophet! Truly We have sent thee as a Witness, a Bearer of Glad  Tidings, and a Warner, -
 and as one who invites To God’s (Grace) by 
 His leave, and as a Lamp spreading Light. (Al-
Qur’än 
- 33: 45-46).
9.
 
 God and His Angels Send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe!  Send ye blessings on him, And salute him With all respect (Al-
Qur’än 
 - 33:56).
10.
 
Say : If ye do love God Follow me: God will love you And forgive  you your sins: (Al-
Qur’än 
- 3: 31).
T
HE
P
ROPHET
(PBUH)
SAYS
:
My words are laws for you, my examples are your ideals,and my life is the expression of the Truth.

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