Thursday, 14 December 2006

Imaan 104


The Prophets

Prophets are men of great piety chosen by Allah Almighty to deliver His message to mankind. They were sent at various times of history to various nations. They were all human beings, who were protected from sin and falling prey to their lust.

The Holy Qur'an states:

"We (Muslims) believe in the Almighty and the revelation given to us and to Ibrahim, Ishaq, Yaqub and the tribes ...we make no distinction between any of them."

Some of the Prophets mentioned in the Qur'an are: Adam AS, Nuh AS (Noah), Lut AS (Lot), Ibrahim AS (Abraham), Isma'il AS(Ishmael), Dawud AS (David), Musa AS (Moses), Yunus AS (Jonah), Îsa AS (Jesus) and Muhammad SAW.

Muhammad SAW was the Last Prophet, who is regarded as the "Seal of Prophethood". The details of his life are carefully preserved in what is known as "Hadith".

The Qur'an states:

"We did not send you (Muhammad), but as a mercy unto mankind."

The Prophethood of Isa AS (Jesus)

Muslims do not believe that Isa AS (Jesus) was the begotten son of Allah Almighty, nor that he died for the sins of mankind. In fact he is a chosen messenger of Allah and he was born miraculously. He was bestowed with super natural powers and was not crucified but physically lifted to the heavens. He will return to this world once again by permission and order of Allah Almighty.

The Holy Qur'an mentions:

"Behold the angel said: "O, Maryam - Allah gives you glad tidings of a word from Him, His name will be Masih - Isa the son of Maryam, held in honour in this World and the Hereafter ..... and Allah will teach him the book of wisdom - the Taurat and the Injil and appoint him messenger to the children of Israel. His message will be: "I have come to you with a sign from the Lord. In that I make for you - out of clay - as if it were the figure of a bird, I breath into it and it becomes a bird, by Allah’s permission, and I heal those born blind and the lepers - and I bring the dead to life - by Allah’s permission, and I will inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses - therein is a sign for you - if you believe."

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