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“O Allah’s Messenger! Tell us about yourself” (commentary on Qur’an 61:6).

(…continues from part seven…)

8)            The commentary on Qur’an 61:6 records Muhammad’s answer to “O Allah’s Messenger! Tell us about yourself.” The narration – coming centuries after his death, ergo, quite unsubstantiated – says, “I am the (result of the) invocation made to Allah from my father Ibrahim and the good news `Isa delivered. When my mother was pregnant with me, she had a dream in which she saw a light emanating from her that radiated the palaces of Basra in Ash-Sham.” He added that, “The mothers of all Prophets see similar dreams.” Is this claim an impossibility? Definitely, it is not. Does the Scripture sit in attestation to it? Definitely, it does not, at all. The prophet of Allah was merely seeking a puerile contest with the reality of the Christ.

                The Jews, taking pride in being the covenant children of Abraham before Jesus, the Christ, told them who is greater by the asseverative, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58). Why would Muhammad claim that his Islamic missionary prophetic office predates the creation of Abraham? Again I turn to the Bible for the answer – for Scripture must explain Scripture. John 17:24 “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” Before the creation of anything at all, the Son had fellowship with the Father; which Muhammad could not lay claim to.

Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest (1Peter 1:21)

                Ephesians 1:4 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” and 1Peter 1:18-21 18) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.” Muhammad did not say anything new. His utterances had had scriptural credibility long before he breathed the version of Islamism, ergo, lacks divine incontrovertibility.

                Al-Hadid 57:27 Then We sent following their footsteps [i.e., traditions] Our messengers and followed [them] with Jesus, the son of Mary, and gave him the Gospel. And We placed in the hearts of those who followed him compassion and mercy and monasticism, which they innovated; We did not prescribe it for them except [that they did so] seeking the approval of Allah. But they did not observe it with due observance. So We gave the ones who believed among them their reward, but many of them are defiantly disobedient.

Tafsir: Then, We sent after them Our Messengers, and We sent ‘Isa the son of Maryam, and gave him the Injil. Referring to the Injil that Allah revealed to him, And We ordained in the hearts of those who followed him, i.e., the disciples, Compassion (and tenderness), And mercy. (toward the creatures).

Allah’s statement, But the monasticism which they invented for themselves, Refers to the monasticism that the Christian nation invented, We did not prescribe for them, `We – Allah – did not ordain it for them, but they chose it on their own.’

There are two opinions about the meaning of, Only to please Allah therewith,

The first is that they wanted to please Allah by inventing monasticism. Sa`id bin Jubayr and Qatadah said this.

The second meaning is: “We did not ordain them to practice that but, rather, We ordained them only to seek what pleases Allah.” ….An-Nasa’I – and this is his wording – recorded that Ibn Abbas said, “There were kings after `Isa who changed the Tawrah and the Injil when there were still believers who recited Tawrah and the Injil. Their kings were told, `We were never confronted by more severe criticism and abuse than of these people.’ – ….The king summoned them and gathered them and threatened them with death if they did not revert from reciting the original Tawrah and Injil to using the corrupted version only. They said, `Why do you want us to do that, let us be.’ Some of them said, `Build a narrow elevated tower for us and let us ascend it, and then give us the means to elevate food and drink to us. This way, you will save yourselves from hearing us.’

Another group among them said, `Let us go about in the land and eat and drink like beasts do, and if you find us in your own land, then kill us.’ Another group among them said, `Build homes (monasteries) for us in the deserts and secluded areas, where we can dig wells and plant vegetables. Then, we will not refute you and will not even pass by you.’ These groups said this, even though they all had supporters among their tribes. It is about this that Allah the Exalted and Most Honored sent down this Ayah,

(But the monasticism which they invented for themselves, We did not prescribe for them, but (they sought it) only to please Allah therewith, but that they did not observe it with the right observance.) “’

Then Allah says, So, We gave those among them who believed, their (due) reward; but many of them are rebellious. Imam Ahmad recorded that Anas bin Malik said that the Prophet said, Every Prophet has Rahbaniyyah (monasticism); Jihad in the cause of Allah, the Exalted and Most Honored, is the Rahbaniyyah of this Ummah. Al-Hafiz Abu Ya`la collected this Hadith and in this narration, the Prophet said, Every Ummah has Rahbaniyyah; Jihad in the cause of Allah is the Rahbaniyyah of this Ummah.   

Who is the “We” of Al-Hadid 57:27? Is Allah more than one?

                Methinks Allah is just one individual. Where, I need to ask, cometh the plurality of Allah to be accorded the plural pronoun of “We”? Islamism will claim, “It’s in reverence to, La hawla wa la quwwata illa Billah”! I do not see any reverential sense in it. Study older manuscripts of the Qur’an, and you will not miss out on the plurality of the deities of Islam. Find out things about one of Petra’s earliest chief among the gods of old Islam called Dushara. Dushara’s temple stood more imposing before the first and old Kaaba. The Meccan Kaaba is not the original; it is about the fourth or so. Therefore, I ask, “Why would Islam teach that the Meccan Kaaba is the handwork of Abraham and Ishmael?” The answer is simply cheap propagandist recognition of Islam.

                Getting born again is a conscious effort on the part of an individual. Get born again. You were born in sin. Say this sinner’s prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!” 

(…to be concluded…)

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My name is H.O. Ojewale. I was born in 17th March, 1955, in the then Gold Coast, now Ghana, Greater Accra. My parents are Nigerians. I am married with three wonderful children.


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