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He Came with Something Strange: Pt 1

Allah, Glorious is He, sent His Messenger (SAW) at a time when the whole world was steeped in the depths of ignorance; knowledge of the truth had been lost and nowhere was it being established and lived by as was deserving. People would unduly adopt the practices they found their forefathers upon, practices that their predecessors had themselves invented and regarded to be commendable: matters that were no more than superstition, concocted belief and innovation.

When he (SAW) stood amongst them,

“…a bringer of good tidings and a warner, and a caller to Allah by His permission and a light giving lamp,”[1]

quickly did they meet the good he brought with open rejection and opposition; countering the truth he brought with lies, throwing absurd accusations at him simply because he opposed their beliefs and practices, and claiming that he was a liar, even though he was known by them to be truthful and trustworthy. They claimed he was a magician while knowing full well that he did not possess the qualities and traits of one and, moreover, had never claimed to be one. They claimed he was possessed while knowing full well that his intellect was intact and that he had no satanic symptoms.

When he (SAW) called them to worship the only One who deserved to be worshipped, the One who has no partner, they responded by saying,

“…this is a lying magician. Has he turned all the gods into One God? This is truly astonishing!”[2]

this, even though they, in their hearts, acknowledged the truth of what he said,

“When they embark in ships, they call on Allah, making their religion sincerely His…”[3]

When he warned them about the severity of the Day of Judgment, swift were they to reject all the evidences they witnessed of the possibility of its occurrence and said,

“What an extraordinary thing! When we are dead and turned to dust…? That would be a most unlikely return!”[4]

When he (SAW) tried to inculcate the fear of Allah’s punishment in them, they said,

“Allah! If this is really the truth from You, rain down stones on us from heaven or send a painful punishment down on us.”[5]

When he (SAW) performed miracles, quick were they to deny them. All of this was done by them by way of calling to what they were upon, that they be followed in their ways and beliefs, and by way of stubbornly resisting anything that opposed them. This is why Allah, Most High, said concerning the dispute of Ibrahim with his people,

“…when he said to his father and his people, ‘What do you worship?’ They said, ‘We worship idols and will cling to them.’ He said, ‘Do they hear you when you call or do they help you or do you harm?’ They said, ‘No, but this is what we found our fathers doing.’”[6]

So the only response they had in the face of these damning questions was that they were doing what they found their fathers doing. Allah, Most High, says,

“Or did We give them a Book before which they are holding to? No, in fact they say, ‘We found our fathers following a religion and we are simply guided in their footsteps.’”[7]

Again they could only recourse to their blind following of their fathers, so Allah, Most High, says,

“Say, ‘What if I have come with better guidance than what you found your fathers following?’”[8]

and their only response was open rejection, being unable to answer the question.

Dreading that they would lose what they had, they had the same attitude towards the Prophet (SAW) because he had come with something outside of what they were accustomed to, something different to their disbelief and misguidance. This dread led them to make certain political decisions that would effectuate, in their view, some level of agreement and unity between them and him (SAW). They attempted to convince him to liberalise his call and share power with them, he having it sometimes and they at other times. They tried their hardest to prevent their feeble house from collapsing. However, he (SAW) was inexorable in his call to the truth and upholding what was correct in its pristine purity. Allah, Most High, revealed,

“Say, ‘O disbelievers! I do not worship what you worship and you do not worship what I worship. Nor will I worship what you worship and nor will you worship what I worship. You have your religion and I have my religion.’”[9]

Upon hearing this they erected the war of enmity: they boycotted him, the people of authority and power set their will against him, those who had the closest lineage to him, such as Abu Jahl, were the most severe and harshest against him, and to befriend him was to be painfully punished.

What strangeness is there that can compare to this?

 

 


Notes: Translated from Shatibi, al-I`tisam, vol. 1, pp. 5-15
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[1] al-Ahzab (33): 45-46 
[2] Sad (38): 5 
[3] al-`Ankabut (29): 65 
[4] Qaf (50): 3 
[5] al-Anfal (8): 32 
[6] al-Shu`ara´ (26): 70-74 
[7] al-Zukhruf (43): 21-22 
[8] al-Zukhruf (43): 24 
[9] al-Kafirun (109): 1-6

 

 

 

About Shaikh Abu Rumaysah Refi Shafi

Ustadh Abu Rumaysah Refi Shaafi was born and brought up in High Wycombe. He studies with Shaykh Haitham Al-Haddad and Shaykh Abu AbdiRahman Al-Libee. He graduated from Imperial College from the faculty of Computer Sciences. He is currently a Java Programmer Manager. He is the chairman for the WISE (Wycombe Islamic Society). He is very active in his local community especially with his Masjid and working with youth via Islamic Scouts He has translated a number of books such as The criterion between the friends of Allah and the friends of shaytan, The relief from distress (the dua of Yunus Alayhisalam, both by Ibn Taymiyyah and many others. He has also written an explanation of Surah Al-Faatiha called ‘The spiritual cure.’ He currently gives weekly circles in High Wycombe and Watford. He is also a Lecturer for MRDF.

6 comments

  1. “..a time when the whole world was steeped in the depths of ignorance; knowledge of the truth had been lost and nowhere was it being established and lived by as was deserving. People would unduly adopt the practices they found their forefathers upon, practices that their predecessors had themselves invented and regarded to be commendable: matters that were no more than superstition, concocted belief and innovation.”

    Sounds more like 21st century Islam to me.
    Ignorance, superstition and concocted, blind beliefs.
    None of which can be questioned because obviously they are the word of Allah.

    • Then indeed you have not understood Islam…

      The word of Allah indeed can’t be challenged, you can though, until proof to the contrary has been established, challenge whether or not something of what today different people call Islam is Allah’s word or command or not (Islam is submission to the will of Allah, all the prophets called to it, and to submit to the will of Allah in full submission)… But if you have a problem with that as well then indeed that is a sign of ignorance, may we both be protected from it

  2. JazaAllah…keep up the good work.

  3. Unable to open Pt 1
    Please check link below title for Pt 1. I am eager to read this article from start.

  4. Masha’Allah, brilliant article
    Salamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,

    Amazingly inspiring masha’Allah, really enjoy reading the articles posted on this site. May Allah reward you all abundantly and grant you the tawfiq to do more. Ameen.

    I hope more Muslims would be as active as this site.

  5. “..a time when the whole world was steeped in the depths of ignorance; knowledge of the truth had been lost and nowhere was it being established and lived by as was deserving. People would unduly adopt the practices they found their forefathers upon, practices that their predecessors had themselves invented and regarded to be commendable: matters that were no more than superstition, concocted belief and innovation.”

    SubHanAllah, sounds like the 21st century.

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