Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 29th 2014 Contents We often say Ash-hadu anla ilaha illal-
laah Wa Ash-hasu anna Muhammadar
Rasuulullaah; I testify that there is no
god but Allah and I testify that Muham-
mad (pboh) is Allah's Messenger.
In order to testify definitely that there is
no God but Allah we rely upon the testi-
mony of Prophet Muhammad (pboh), be-
cause he was taken up in the Divine
Presence of Allah. And Allah says in His
There is no god but He: that is the wit-
ness of Allah, His angels, and those en-
dued with knowledge, (3:18)
So whether we can conceptualis this
fact or not we accept it because Prophet
Muhammad (pboh); that one who never
spoke a lie and who is the most trusted
said so. So we accept it wholeheartedly.
The next part of the declaration of faith
is the testimony that Muhammad (pboh)
is Allah's last Messenger. How can we ver-
ify this statement?
Firstly, Allah tells us this; so we accept it.
It is also necessary for us to experience
and to gain knowledge about whatever
Allah tells us. That is why He says;
Men who celebrate the praises of Allah,
standing, sitting, and lying down on their
sides, and contemplate the (wonders of)
creation in the heavens and the earth,
(with the thought): "Our Lord! not for
naught hast Thou created (all) this! Glory
to Thee! Give us salvation from the
penalty of the Fire. 3:191
What then about the finality of the Mes-
senger? Every Messenger who came be-
fore brought something about the mes-
senger, but they never brought the
comprehensive message. How then can
we say with certainty that Muhammad
(pboh) is the last Messenger?
Allah says in Qur'an 'take note that
amongst you is the Messenger of Allah'.
And the Qur'an contains the message for
all times, not just during the life of Prophet
(pboh). Some scholars interpret this ayat
to mean that it is his sunnah that is with
us. They also say the recitation of Al
Qur'an is another way that he is with us
because he taught us its recitation.
Whilst these are all true the ayat re-
flects more than that. For example he is
reported to have said: "Whoever sees me
in a dream actually sees me". What does
In other narrations we see that when a
person is being questioned in the grave he
visits them while the angels are question-
ing the person. Physically he is not with us
but he still maintains a connection with us.
This is possible why Allah says 'amongst
you is the Messenger of Allah'
Understand that you don't have to wait
until the time of death comes in order for
you to have vision of the Beloved Prophet
(pboh). If you purify yourself and connect
to him, insha Allah you can achieve it in
May Allah bless us and enable us to con-
nect and attach ourselves to His Beloved
(pboh) in this world and the next.
After Allah created the entire uni-
verse and He had perfected the earth,
then He created man, with the capa-
bility and capacity of becoming His
representative on earth. Because of
the fact that man was a new species
in creation, the angels and jinn were
unable to assess his capacity and ca-
pability. When it was announced to
them that Adam was to be Allah's
representative on earth, they were
shocked and surprised.
Adam was specially blessed by Allah
in many ways. On one hand, he was to
manifest the Divine Attributes in the
dealing with the rest of the creatures;
and on the other hand, he was given
some knowledge which was unknown
to the others.
In addition to all these blessings, it
was made possible for him and his
progeny to meet his Lord as a human
being with both body and soul. This
was made evident by Prophet Muham-
mad (pboh) on the night of Miraj.
Although the names of all created
things were impressed in the knowl-
edge of Adam it is left for his progeny
to discover and use them as they see
fit. Perhaps, that is one of the reasons
why it is believed that science discov-
ers names of things as each name
gives a concept of something that is
New discoveries of things in nature
confirm the Message of the Qur'anic
verse in which Allah says that every
day He is manifesting Himself in some
form of Glory (55:29).
At the beginning Adam was not fully
aware of the effect that prohibited
things were to have on a person. It
was only when he tasted the tree that
he realised the reason for remembering
the Commands to uphold the do's and
avoid the don'ts.
With the coming of Prophet Muham-
mad (pboh) Allah gave clear and com-
plete guidance regarding believers'
indulgence in permissible and avoid-
ance of prohibited. Allah re-enforced
the message with examples of events,
etc. of bygone times to help us compre-
hend the message in a more meaning-
Satan does not like the status of
man in the universe and his capability
of ascent back to the Creator. As a re-
sult, he vowed to prevent this from
happening by making man forget the
commands, and by decorating the evil
in order to divert him from the Right
As indulgence in evil creates a weight
on the doer of the act, he or she will
Lord. Such actions will also restrict the
penetration of the light of the soul in
the cells of the body, so that the person
will be resurrected without any light in
the body and will ultimately be con-
fined to hell.
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