[qadianism] Rasul: What It Means
By Umar Aadil Abdul Rahman McKloskey @mailcity.com
5:35am
Sun
14
Feb

source: http://www.alharamain.org  (Newsletter)

All praise is due to Allah peace and blessing on his servant and Messenger Muhammad and
            on his household and all of his Companions.  

            The Meaning of Rusul 

            Ar-Rusul is the plural of Rasool which means Mursal: The one dispatched to proclaim
            something. What is intended (according to the Judicial meaning) is that ArRasool is the man
            who receives a Shar’a (A Divine code of law) and is commanded by Allah to convey it.
            Every messenger (rasool) of Allah was a prophet (nabiyy - one who receives revelation),
            however not all prophets were messengers. The first of Ar-Rusul (The Messengers) was Noah
            and the last one was Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam). Allah, subhaanahu wa
            ta'aala said: 

            Verily We have inspired you (O Muhammad) as We have inspired Noah and the prophets after
            him. (Soorah An-Nisaa 4:163) 

            In Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree it is narrated on the authority of Anas bin Maalik (radiallahu 'anhu)
            in the hadeeth of Ash-Shafaa‘ah (The Intercession), that the Prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa
            sallam) describes the distress people will go through on the Day of Resurrection. They will
            go for intercession to Adam asking him to intercede for them with Allah, he apologizes and
            says: Go to Noah, the first of Allah’s Messengers to the people of the earth. They will then go
            to Noah, Ibraaheem, ‘Eesaa, and then to Musa ('alaihimus salaam) and they will all decline
            according to his own reason. Musa ('alaihi salaam) will direct them to go to Muhammad
            (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and Allah will permit him to intercede. See Saheeh
            Al-Bukhaaree Vol. 6, Hadeeth # 236. 

            Muhammed is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah, and the
            seal of the prophets. [Al-Ahzaab 33:40] 

            A MESSENGER FOR EVERY NATION 

            There never was a nation without a Messenger whom Allah sent with a particular Sharee‘ah
            to his people, or without a prophet receiving the revelation of the Sharee'ah of his
            predecessor in order to revive it. Allah said: 

            And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger
            (proclaiming): Worship Allah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taaghoot. [Soorah
            An-Nahl 16:36] Taaghoot refers to all forms of false deities.  

            Allah also said: 

            There was no Ummah but a warner had passed among them. (Qur’aan 35:24) 

            MUSLIMS BELIEVE THAT ALL MESSENGERS OF ALLAH WERE INSPIRED 

            Muslims believe that all messengers of Allah were inspired by Him to liberate people from
            the tyranny of their fellow man and to help them lead a better life through acknowledging
            the basic principle of tawheed. In this regard, all messengers are held in the highest respect
            by Muslims with the understanding that their missions differed widely according to their
            circumstances and times. This respect for all messengers is so much an element of a
            Muslim’s faith that one who does not accept the messengers mentioned in the Qur’aan is
            deficient in faith, and is considered an unbeliever: 

            The Messenger (Muhammad) believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, as do
            (other) men of faith. Each one (of them) believes in God, His angels, His books, His
            Messengers. We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His Messengers.
            [Soorah Al-Baqarah 2:285] 

            No one shall maintain perfect belief unless the love he holds for the Messenger of Allah
            (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) is greater then the love he holds for his parent, children, and
            himself and he then honors, reveres and follows his message and places obedience to him
            above his obedience to any other creature. It is narrated by Anas (radiallahu ‘anhu) that the
            Prophet (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said: None of you shall have faith until he loves me
            more than his father, children, and all mankind [Al-Bukhaaree Vol 6, pg. 19]. 

            BELIEF IN THE MESSENGERS COMPRISES FOUR MATTERS 

            First: To believe that their Message is a true one from Allah. Therefore, whoever
            disbelieves in the message of anyone of them then He disbelieves in all of them, as Allah
            said: 

            The people of Noah belied the Messengers. (Qur’aan 26: 105) 

            Allah made them belie all the Messengers although there was not any Messenger besides
            Noah when they belied him. Accordingly, the Christians who belied Prophet Muhammad
            (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) and didn’t follow him, themselves belied the Messiah bin
            Maryam (Jesus - 'alaihi salaam) and consequently are not his followers, especially when he
            brought them the good news about Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam). The glad
            tiding would not mean anything unless he (Muhammad, sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) is a
            Messenger to them through who Allah will save them from going astray and guide them to
            the Straight Path. 

            Second: To believe in those of them whose names we know, each according to his name:
            Example, Muhammad, Ibraaheem, Musa, ‘Eesaa, and Noah, the Salaat and Salaam of Allah
            be upon them. Allah mentioned them in two places in the Qur’aan, in His saying (in Soorah
            Al-Ahzaab): 

            And (remember) when we took from the prophets their  covenant, and from you (O
            Muhammad), and from Noah, Ibraaheem, Musa, and ‘Eesaa Ibn Maryam. [Soorah Al-Ahzaab
            33:7) 

            And in His saying in Soorah Ash-Shura: 

            He (Allah) has ordained for you from the same Deen (Islam) which He ordained for Noah, and
            that which We have revealed to you (O Muhammad) and that which We ordained for
            Ibraaheem, Musa, and ‘Eesaa saying you should establish the Deen and make no divisions in
            it. (42: 13) 

            With regards to those whose names we don’t know, we believe in them on the whole as
            true Messengers from Allah. He said: 

            Indeed We have sent Messengers before you (O Muhammad ): of them there are some whose
            story We have told you, and some whose story We have not told you. (Soorah Ghaafir 40:78) 

            Third: To believe in what is authentically reported from their news. 

            Fourth: To act upon the Sharee‘ah of the Messenger who is sent to us from amongst them,
            and he is Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam), the last (end) of the Messengers (and
            Prophets) who is sent to mankind. Allah said: 

            But no, by your Rabb, they can have no faith until they take you (Muhammad) as a judge in
            all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and
            accept (them) with full submission. [An-Nisaa 4:65] 

            In a hadeeth narrated by Abu Hurairah (radiallahu 'anhu): 

            Allah's Apostle said, "My similitude in comparison with the other prophets before me, is that
            of a man who has built a house nicely and beautifully, except for a place of one brick in a
            corner. The people go about it and wonder at its beauty, but say: 'Would that this brick be put
            in its place!' So I am that brick, and I am the last of the Prophets." [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari
            Hadith 4.735] 

            All of the messengers are protected from attributing to Allah something of their own
            invention, judging according to their own desires, falling into major sins and adding to or
            diminishing from the religion. They were directed by Allah to be upright in the disposition
            of their affairs. As they were human, they could make mistakes in matters not pertaining to
            religion, but Allah did not endorse any erroneous judgment they may have made. 

            He protects them. till He sees that htey have conveyed the messages of their Rabb, and He
            surrounds all that which is with them, and He keeps count of all things. [Soorah Al-Jinn 72:28]

            The messengers were human beings like we are. None of them was made of the light of
            Allah or of the light of His 'Arsh, as some apostates among Muslims allege with regards to
            the nature of Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam). Allah clearly states: 

            Say (O Muhammad) I am but a man like yourselves: the revelation has come to me that your
            Lord is One. [Soorah Al-Fussilat 41:6] 

            Nor were they made of the word of Allah, as the Nasaara (Christians) allege with regards to
            'Eesaa (Jesus). The Christians subscribe to the belief that the word of Allah was made flesh
            and dwelt among them. 

            In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
            Gospel of John 1:1. 

            They experienced sickness, pain and death just like their fellow human beings. Allah
            states: 

            Muhammad is no more than a Messenger, and indeed many Messengers have passed away
            before him. If he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels as disbelievers?
            [Soorah Ale 'Imraan 3:144] 

            BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF IGNORANCE 

            It is absolutely imperative that Muslims know and understand this aspect of Eemaan.
            Crucial is the understanding that Muhammad’s (sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) message was
            made the last of the long line of revealed messages.  

            Muhammed is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah, and the
            seal of the prophets. [Al-Ahzaab 33:40] 

            There have been in the recent past those charlatans and their misguided followers who
            have claimed to be prophets or messengers of Allah. Most notable among them are: 

             ·Mirza Ghulam Ahmed who appeared in the Indo-Pakistan Sub-Continent. He died an appropriate
            humiliating death but is still believed to be a prophet of Allah by the Ahmadiyyah and Qadiani sects. (Read
            'Qadianiyat An Analytical Survey' by Ehsan Elahi Zaheer) 

             ·Elijah Poole Muhammad who claimed to be the Messenger of Allah in the 1920's in the United States and
            additionally claimed that Fard Muhammad (Wallace Dodd Ford) was Allah in person! This grave liar died in
            1975 but many of his false teachings and beliefs are still followed and held to by the Nation Of Islam headed
            by Louis Farrakhan. He, i.e. Farrakhan, does not hide this belief (see the Nation of Islam's periodical 'The
            Final Call') and has never retracted his statements of loyalty and love for Elijah Muhammad and his
            teachings, yet he is still "billed" as an American Muslim leader who is invited by dignitaries and others to
            Muslim countries around the world who turn a blind eye to what could not be more opposed to Islam! (Read
            The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and currently refer to The Final Call if one doubts they still hold these
            beliefs). 

             ·Rashad Khalifah who was murdered in the United States and claimed to be a prophet. He made inroads with
            a book claiming to have scientifically discovered the mathematical miracle of the number 19 in the Noble
            Qur'aan but was proven to be false and contrived. He rejected the sunnah and claimed only to follow the
            Qur'aan, of course according to his own interpretation. His teachings and false claim to Prophethood is
            unfortunately still adhered to by a misguided few who call themselves the Submitters. What it is they submit
            to is the question.

            Each of these people and their followers are far outside the fold of Islam as agreed upon by
            the unanimous consensus of Muslim scholars no matter how much they may protest to the
            contrary. Muslims must be on guard and aware of their sophistry and deviance. Lack of
            knowledge was one of the chief factors that any of these men could have made any
            progress or gained any followers in the first place. Their claims are tantamount to a denial
            of the Words of Allah or attributing a lie to Him and Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa
            sallam) not to mention to all of the Muslims from the time of Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi
            wa sallam) up to now! It is not permitted to support, assist or honor any person or group
            who does this nor is it permissible to keep their company unless it is to call them to the
            truth. 

            Allah clearly states: And who can be more unjust than the one who invents a lie against
            Allah, or says: "A revelation has come to me" whereas no revelation has come to him in
            anything; and who says, "I will reveal the like of what Allah has revealed." And if you could
            but see when the Thaalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers) are in the agonies of death, while
            the angels are stretching forth their hands saying: "Deliver your souls! This day you shall be
            recompensed with the torment of degradation because of what you used to utter against Allah
            other than the truth. And you used to reject his signs with disrespect! [Soorah al-An'aam 6:93]

            Allah also states: They wish that you should reject faith as they have rejected faith, and thus
            that you all become equal (like one another). So take not Awliyaa (protectors or friends) from
            them, till they emigrate in the way of Allah. [Soorah An-Nisaa 4:89] 

            Also: O you who believe! Take not for awliyaa (protectors or helpers or friends) disbelievers
            instead of believers. Do you wish to offer Allah a manifest proof against yourselves? [An-Nisaa
            144] 

            May Allah save us from the deception of Shaitaan and keep us upon the Right Path of the
            pure and pristine religion of Islam as revealed to and practiced by Muhammad (sallallahu
            'alaihi wa sallam), his companions (radiallahu 'anhum ajma'een), and the righteous
            generations to follow who are our predecessors (as-salaf). Aameen.


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