Belief in Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

August 6, 2007

Believing in Prophet Muhammad’s Prophethood

Saying Muhammad Rasool Allah is the second part of the testification

  • Believing that he is Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abdul Muttalib al-Qurashee, who was born in Makkah and passed away in Madeenah
    • The name Muhammad was not a common name at the time
    • Now it is one of the most common names in the world
    • Means one who is grateful, thankful and praised by the people of the world
    • His names are descriptions: Jabayr ibn Mut’im said, “I heard Allah’s Messenger (SAW) saying, ‘I have various names: I am Muhammad, and I am Ahmad, and I am Al-Mahi with whom Allah obliterates disbelief, and I am al-Hashir at whose feet people will be gathered, and I am Al-‘Aqib, and Al-‘Aqib is the one whom there is no prophet after him.” [Al-Bukharee, Muslim]
  • He (SAW) was sent to ALL humankind and Jinn.
    • And We have not sent you (O Muhammad (SAW)) except as a giver of glad tidings and a Warner to all mankind, but most of men know not. [34:28]
    • [Surah 7, Verse 158]
  • We believe in the truth of everything he informed us, fulfill his Sunnah by following what he commanded, and leaving that which he forbade.
    • And when the believers saw Al-Ahzab (the Confederates), they said: “This is what Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad (SAW)) had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad) had spoken the truth.” And it only added to their faith and to their submissiveness (to Allah). [33:22]
    • Say (O Muhammad): “Obey Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad (SAW)).” But if they turn away, then Allah does not like the disbelievers.” [3:32]
    • More than 30 times in the Qur’an it says we must obey the Prophet
  • We love the Prophet (SAW)
    • Say: “If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, yoru wives, your kindred, the wealth you have gained, the commerece in which you fear a decline, and the dwelligs in which you delight…are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment).” And Allah guides not the people who are Al-Fasiqoon (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah). [9:24]
      • Anas reported, “None of you believes until I am more beloved to him than his parents, children and all people.” [Al-Bukharee, Muslim]
  • We honor, respect him and support him and his Sunnah.
    • In order that you (O Mankind) may believe in Allah and His Messenger (SAW), and that you assist and honor him, and (that you) glorify (Allah’s) praise morning and afternoon. [48:9]
    • Abu Bakr said if I die and do not leave anything from the Sunnah of the Prophet, I fear my faith will not be correct.
    • When the Prophet commanded them Sahaba to do something, they did it.
    • Anas bin Malik said his father was drinking Alcohol and right before his cup was at his lips, he put it down immediately after hearing it
    • We deal with the statements of the Prophet as if they are ordinary statements.  We should show respect to what he said by following what he said.
    • Ibn Sa’d reported that the people used to teach the history of the Prophet as they used to teach the Qur’an
    • In 82 Hijri, the first book ever written was the life of the Prophet
  • We take him as our role mode.
    • Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad (SAW)) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes in (the Meeting with) Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much. [33:21]
  • He is the seal of the Prophets.
    • Muhammad (SAW) is not the father of any man amongst you, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the last (end) of the Prophets.  And Allah is Ever All-Aware of everything. [33:40]
    • There are no Prophets after Muhammad (SAW)
    • Isa will follow the Shari’ah of Muhammad (SAW) when he comes.
    • Isa will not accept Jiziyyah
  • We study his life and affairs (Seerah).
  • We love his family and companions.

Nullifies of Belief in Prophet

  1. Believing that he has lied or that something which he said is not true.
    1. And if they belie you (O Muhammad (SAW)), so were Messengers belied before you.  And to Allah return all matters (for decision). [35:4]
      1. If someone does not believe in one Hadith, question:
        1. If they say it is fabricated, nothing wrong
        2. If they say they know for sure Muhammad (SAW) said that, and they still reject it, they are Kafir
  2. Turning from his guidance and changing his religion.
    1. They (hypocrites) say: “We have believed in Allah and in the Messenger (Muhamamd (SAW)), and we obey,” then a party of them turn away thereafter, such are not believers. [24:47]
  3. Doubting in him or his religion
    1. Only those are the believers who have believed in Allah and His Messenger (SAW), and afterward doubt not but strive with their wealth and their lives for the Cause of Allah.  Those!  They are the truthful. [49:15]
  4. Hating him or what he brought.
    1. Whether you (O Muhammad (SAW)) ask forgiveness for them (hypocrites) or ask not forgiveness for them… (and even) if you ask seventy times for forgiveness…Allah will not forgive them, because they have disbelieved in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad (SAW)).  And Allah guides not those people who are Fasiqoon (rebellious, disobedient to Allah) Those who stayed away (from Tabuk expedition) rejoiced in their staying behind the Messenger of Allah; they hated to strive and fight with their properties and their lives in the Cause of Allah, and they said March not forth in the light.” Say: “The Fire of Hell is more intnse in heat”, if only they could understand! [9:80-81]
  5. Criticizing him and mocking him or his Sunnah.
    1. Verily, those who annoy Allah and His Messenger (SAW), Allah has cursed them in this world, and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating torment. [33:57]
  6. Loving his enemies
    1. You (O Muhammad (SAW)) will not find any people who believe in Allah and the Last Day, making friendship with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad (SAW))… [58:22]
  7. Enmity towards him and fighting against his Sunnah
    1. That is because they opposed Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad (SAW)).  And whosoever opposes Allah, then verily, Allah is Sever in punishment. [59:4]

Evidence for Prophet Muhammad’s Prophethood

  • The Eternal Miracle: The Qur’an
    • The Prophet (SAW) said, “Every Prophet was given miracles, and these miracles led people to believe in him.  And what I was given was a relevation which was revealed to him from Allah, so I hope to be the one with the most followers on the Day of Resurrection.” [Al-Bukharee]
  • The Prophet’s message is similar to the message of the Prophets before him.
    • He (Allah) has ordained for you the same religion (Islam) which He ordained for Nooh, and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad (SAW)), and that which We ordained for Ibraheem, Moosa and Eesa saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically), and make no division in it (religion) (i.e. various sects in religion)… [42:13]
    • All of the Prophets brought the same message
    • The ultimate goal is the same between them all: command the good and forbid the evil.
    • Muhammad (SAW)’s law is not different than the others, so why not obey and follow the laws?
    • Islam will add to your life, which is a good Dawah technique
    • Heraclius asked who the Prophet’s followers were, rich or poor?  They were poor.  When he heard the poor and weak are following him, he knew that he was not trying to gain position.
  • His Sharee’ah
    • Say (to them O Muhammad (SAW)): “I exhort you on one (thing) only: that you stand up for Allah’s sake in pairs and singly, and reflect (within yourself the life history of the Prophet): there is no madness in your companion (Muhammad (SAW)), he is only a Warner to you in face of a severe torment.” [34:46]
    • He did not compromise.  He stood upon Islam until the very end, because his goal was not to gain power, but to spread Islam and save souls
    • He taught how to treat women in a respectful ways
    • Surah Takweer says from the beginning if little girls should be buried alive
    • At that time in France, they were debating if women were the devil or humans: they debating they are devils in human bodies
  • Knowledge on some matters of the Unseen despite being illiterate
  • Prophecies of his coming in previous scriptures.
    • No one after Muhammad (SAW) was able to claim to be a Prophet as Allah exposed those who did.
  • His characteristics and manner of living
    • He used to live in very little poor conditions.
  • His miracles
    • A dead tree cried when a mimbar (podium) was built for the Prophet (SAW), because he used to stand on it.  The Prophet (SAW) had to go and hug it so it would stop crying. He said if I did not hug this tree, it would keep crying until the Day of Judgment.  Allah brought life to a dead tree to show how much it loved the Prophet (SAW).

Note:  I did not type these notes up, rather a really good brother I know did.  He truly is an awesome guy.  May Allah (SWT) bless him.


One Response to “Belief in Prophet Muhammad (SAW)”

  1. ummu muslim uk Says:

    maashaaAllaah, this is an excellent article. I only hoped that you put the authors name on it and the source which he got it from! I wanted to teach it to my kids but I’ll have to look for something that has references to back up all the points.

    well done bro, u got nice stuff on here.
    jazakaAllaahu khair
    assalaamu alaykum

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