A very insightful
person once said that if we want to establish the truth of the religion
Muhammad bought to all humankind , we should first gather all the reliable
sources, namely the Quran and then authentic traditions; after a thorough study
and evaluation what is left, is Islam. In our series of articles we have so
far learned that asking logical questions leads us to logical answers. By
doing this we have discovered the miraculous nature of the Quran, including the
advanced scientific knowledge contained therein and the sublime linguistic
nature of Quran. We also discovered that the words of Quran have remained
unchanged, from the moment they were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad almost
1500 years ago, until now. Thus logic tells us that Quran, one of the two
primary sources of Islam was written by no earthly source. We will now look
at the other primary source of Islam, the Sunnah, or the authentic traditions
of Prophet Muhammad.
The first question that needs careful
contemplation is whether or not Prophet Muhammad was a prophet of God. More
than 1.5 billion Muslims, believe without doubt that he
was, however those searching for evidence of the truth of Islam may need proof.
The most obvious place to find proof is in the authentic traditions of Prophet
Muhammad, known as the Sunnah. The sayings, actions, habits and silent
approvals of one of history’s most observed men.
Many people have claimed that Muhammad
declared himself a Prophet for fame and glory. If we look into the authentic
traditions, meticulously recorded for posterity, we find that Prophet
Muhammad’s call to Islam actually stripped him of the fame and glory he already
possessed. Before the Quran was revealed to him, and before he became God’s
messenger Muhammad was a member of the most influential tribe in Mecca. In
his own right he was known in Mecca and surrounds as the most trustworthy man
among all the tribes. After announcing his Prophethood Muhammad and his
followers became social outcasts.
In authentic traditions and biographies we
learn that Prophet Muhammad and the new Muslim community were persecuted and
even tortured. Sanctions were enforced and families disowned their own sons
and daughters, leaving many to be beaten and starved by the more aggressive
members of Meccan society. Muhammad’s followers came from all social ranks,
from slaves to wealthy traders and entrepreneurs. Within a short space of time
many people including Prophet Muhammad, had lost respect, status and wealth. Muhammad’s
claim to Prophethood was not for fame or glory. Prophet Muhammad said, “By
God, if they place the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand to
leave this matter i would not leave it, until God makes it apparent or until I
am killed calling people to it”.
Nor was it for status or wealth. The Meccan
elders offered Prophet Muhammad money and prestige to renounce his call to
Islam. They even offered to make him the leader of all the tribes and clans
yet he consistently refused even when they said, “If you are doing all this
with a view to getting wealth, we will join together to give you greater riches
than any Quraishite has possessed. If ambition moves you, we will make you our
chief. If you desire kingship we will readily offer you that”. Muhammad’s
claim to prophet hood was not for wealth or status. The traditions of
Prophet Muhammad give us an insight into his life. We are
able to see and understand the life of a man of God. Every moment of his life
was a preparation for his coming prophet hood and this is obvious to all those
who believe in God.
Researching the miracles of Prophet
Muhammad in both the traditions and the Quran, is a logical step that often convinces
those from a Christian or Jewish background of the truth of Islam. Prophet
Muhammad is the last in a long line of recognisable prophets. Noah, Abraham
Moses, and Jesus are all Prophets of Islam and a Muslim is required to believe
in all of them. God gave Prophet Muhammad to the world to complete His message
not destroy it. For many Islam fills in the gaps and reawakens faith.
“I am the nearest of all the people to
the son of Mary, and all the prophets are paternal brothers, and there has been
no prophet between me and him (Jesus).” Prophet Muhammad.
“Those to whom We gave the Scripture (Jews and Christians)
recognise him (Muhammad) as they recognise their sons.” (Quran 2:146)
God supported His Prophets with miracles
that are observable and they serve as a sign of a true Prophet. At the time of Jesus, the Israelites were very knowledgeable in the
field of medicine. Consequently, the miracles Jesus performed (by the
permission of God) were of this nature and included returning sight to the
blind, healing lepers and raising the dead. Prophet Muhammad’s major miracle
was the Quran. As mentioned earlier, even those who did not believe in Muhammad’s
message knew the Quran to be literature beyond compare. The traditions of Prophet
Muhammad contain many other miracles including water flowing from his fingers
and trees deliberating shading him. Researching these events is certainly one
way to confirm the truth of Islam.
Perhaps, finding clear evidence is not
quite so easy for those from non monotheistic faiths or with no religious
inclinations at all. However, following our suggested methodology, asking
logical questions, and expecting and searching for logical answers may reveal
some unexpected truths. The Quran invites humankind to ponder and contemplate.
God invites all of humankind, those with and without religious or spiritual
convictions, to search for the truth. One should read,
research, ponder and question, then reach a logical conclusion. God’s message
to humankind is not hidden. It is out there within everybody’s grasp.
“(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent
down to you, full of blessings, that they may ponder over its Verses, and that
men of understanding may remember.” (Quran 38:29)