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What was the “Message of Islam”?…i.e. The True Message of Islam? What was the purpose of the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) on this earth regarding that ‘Message’? And why was there a necessity for a religion like Islam?

Is there a clear-cut answer to all these questions?

However to try and answer some, or all of the above, one cannot do otherwise but to trace back and look at what we have discussed so far.

We have spoken of how Islam began: the Prophet’s(pbuh) meditation in the “Cave of Hira” on the “Mountain of Light”; his inner turmoil at trying to understand why he was not like the majority of the Arabs of Mecca who believed in idols and ill-treated their women-folk, even to the extent of burying their female off-spring, alive! And how he encountered the Archangel Gabriel who had commanded him to ‘Read!’

We have discussed (at length!) how the Archangel had persisted that he “Read!” and, when he couldn’t, how the Angel had embraced him and the “First Revelation of Al-Quran” was manifested.

Then there were the trials of Islam and how the Prophet(pbuh) endured endless ridicule and scorn at the hands of not only the clansmen of Mecca, but his own family as he went on his mission of preaching Islam.

We spoke of how the Prophet’s (pbuh) uncle, Abu Lahab, went around telling people that Muhammed (pbuh) was a mad man and that nobody should listen to his rantings of the One true God, Allah, and that he, Muhammed (pbuh) was the Messenger of Allah! Even Bilal, a black Abyssinian slave, was placed in the hot desert sun with a huge stone on his chest for embracing the religion of Islam and proclaiming the sovereignty of God.

History taught us that when the clansmen of Qureish (the ruling clan of Mecca) had had enough of Muhammed (pbuh) and his rebellious ways (as they put it) they banished the Prophet(pbuh) and 40 of his followers to a valley outside Mecca, where they were forbidden to have any contact with anyone, or re-enter Mecca for any reason whatsoever. There in that valley the Muslims were cut off from the rest of society—no trade, no food, nothing—just their companionship and their infallible belief in the One Allah, which was being tested to its ultimate limit!

And, as the weeks turned into months and months into years, Qureish grew confident that the Muslims weren’t going to last for very long, some even partying late into the night, offering extra rations of food to their idols, for the imminent demise of Islam!

We learnt of how the parchment—on which the injunction of the ban had been written—got eaten by white ants (even though it had been closely guarded) and the ban was lifted—after two years!

It was during the fifth year of Prophet-hood that Muhammed(pbuh) decided to send some of his followers—about 80 of them—to Abyssinia (today known as Ethiopia) because conditions in Mecca were becoming very alarming indeed.

In the streets of the City, women and children were being flogged openly for proclaiming their belief in the One God of Muhammed(pbuh); children were separated from their mothers while the latter were taken into the desert to be defiled and tortured.

One woman was tied to a stake while a red-hot poker was driven through her body—and all the while she kept mumbling the sovereignty of Allah, over and over, as her life blood oozed from her. Qureish was beside themselves with exasperation.

When Qureish learnt about the Muslims’ sojourn to Abysinnia, they quickly dispatched a deputation to that country and tried to get the Muslims back.

The Negus (Christian king) of Abyssinia found it strange that the Muslims, with whose religion he wasn’t very familiar, could revere the Prophet Jesus and all the other Prophets that the Bible spoke about—this after the deputation of Qureish had been laying it on thick that Islam did not recognize any other religion except Islam and that it did not accept Jesus as the ‘Son of God’.

One of the Muslims explained to the Negus what Islam really stood for—that it did away with oppression; that it gave women the right to decide for themselves, to be recognized as worthy human beings and not to be treated like animals by their husbands; that all men were equal in the sight of God. And, after listening to what was being explained, the King granted the Muslims permission to stay as long as they wanted to and the deputation of Qureish had to leave empty-handed.

Thus a vital part of the ‘Message of Islam’ unfolded.

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  • Glenn Contrarian

    Ismail –

    I am happy to see a Muslim on BC. I should mention right away that I am a Christian – but the Church of which I am a member does not hold with trinitarianism. We believe – as is believed by Muslims and Jews – that there is only one God, and that the idea of God being comprised of more than one being is, frankly, base heresy.

    So I ask you to please not be offended by my questions, for I personally hold Muslims and Jews to have a better understanding of the nature of God than the vast majority of mainstream “Christianity”. Besides, I’ve posted several times how historically speaking, the Jews have been in far greater danger among trinitarians than among the Muslims.

    I’ve read a bit of the Qur’an, and one thing intrigues me – didn’t Muhammed say that after he passed, that no one was to write anything about what he said or did? And do the Hadiths and Sunna not contain several contradictions to the Qur’an, most notably several strictures of Shar’ia law that conflict directly with commands in the Qur’an?

    Please let me know what you think, and what the Islamic viewpoint on this is. Again, please don’t be offended by my questions – I ask purely out of curiosity. After all, is not the salvation of one’s soul the most serious of all possible subjects?

    P.S. I am guessing that since you are writing about Muhammed and the very earliest days of Islam, and since you included nothing about anyone in high religious authority since then, that you are Sunni. Am I correct?

  • Jeff

    Hi, it’s good to see an article on Islam on this site. Thank you.
    I see you have a scientific background which is interesting as the Qur’an seems to contain a whole host of scientific stuff that makes its claim to be the miracle of Islam work for me. I had no idea what was in this book and had very little information about it (being from the west)but once I looked at it I just couldn’t see how this came out of a man living in the desert – around the year 632 – who couldn’t read or write – it defies my attempts at logic at least ! In the end I converted and since then I have met countless wonderful, balanced, caring Muslims who are as horrified as the next at some of the things that go down in the name of Islam.
    So thank you for giving them a voice and thank you for helping people gain a bit more understanding and maybe help them to seperate themselves from some of the misconceptions (however understandable recent history has made them.)
    The vast majority (the all too silent majority) of Muslims are God loving, peaceful people but of course that doesn’t make the news does it?
    I think that people really need to try and seperate all religions and faiths (including Islam) from culture and of course politics…..We all seek the same answers after all.
    To Glen:- hey sounds like your church is an interesting place…

  • Jeff

    Sorry Glenn – I left an ‘n’ off !

  • Ruvy

    The vast majority (the all too silent majority) of Muslims are God loving, peaceful people but of course that doesn’t make the news does it?

    Agreed, 100%!

  • Jeff

    Ruvy – your irony didn’t escape me – but let’s just say that you’ve got your own thread of comments on your own articles so I’m not going there on this one.
    My comment was to applaud this writer for introducing the message of Islam to a world that is often misinformed…..

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Jeff –

    Yes, it is. As with most religions, we’ve been through persecution – though not as much as the Muslims or especially the Jews, I must add. But if you’ll think about it, which religion has committed the worst persecution of other religions? “Mainstream” Christianity, i.e. trinitarians. To date, they were the worst persecutors of Muslims, of Jews, and to the Church of which I am a member (though what we went through does not compare to what Muslims and especially Jews have suffered over the years).

    Now here’s a little something that might interest you – remember “Ba’al”, the god of the Babylonians in the Bible? According to the entry under Babylon (or Babylonia, I forget which), the Catholic Encyclopedia (NOT the “New Catholic Encyclopedia”, but the old one (see newadvent.com)) states that Ba’al was part of a “Trinity” (with a capital ‘T’). Not only that, but the Greek historian Herodotus states that the priests of Ba’al used to keep chaste women at the temple “should Ba’al have come and wanted to take his pleasure”.

    So…hm – a trinitarian god whose priests kept chaste women at the temple to act as his wives. Sound familiar? Did you know that part of becoming a nun is a ‘marriage ceremony’ to Christ? AND did you know that as far as I’ve been able to find, until the coming of Muhammed, there was NO nation or culture from the Indus to the Mediterranean that did not worship some form of a trinity…except for the Hebrews?

    That’s why I, as a member of the Church of Christ, hold trinitarianism as a greater heresy than anything taught by Islam or Judaism. That’s also why, of the religions of the world, the only three which hold any possibility of credence before God are Islam, Judaism…and the Church of Christ of which I am a member. I choose the Church of Christ because of certain prophecies that have been fulfilled to a degree that I cannot deny…and like you, I am a scientific man. If I can’t somehow prove a belief using available facts, then I certainly won’t risk my soul to that belief!

    But it is good to enjoy courteous conversations with others on salvation – and I’ve enjoyed such conversations with Ruvy on Judaism, as well. It’s just sad that Ruvy is unable to see how literally accurate his comment #4 is.

  • Ruvy

    Ruvy – your irony didn’t escape me

    There was no irony meant. I was agreeing with your statement. Is that a problem for you?

  • Ruvy

    And Glenn, it’s a shame you insist on putting a preconceived spin on someone else’s words. I meant exactly what I said. Don’t presume I said other than that till you have evidence.

  • Jordan Richardson

    That’s also why, of the religions of the world, the only three which hold any possibility of credence before God are Islam, Judaism…and the Church of Christ of which I am a member.

    Yeah, that’s not divisive rhetoric at all.

    If I can’t somehow prove a belief using available facts, then I certainly won’t risk my soul to that belief!

    Are you being intentionally ironic?

    While I certainly respect your right to have beliefs and to chase whatever dragon of faith you wish to chase, Glenn, I’m hard-pressed to square the idea of “true faiths” at the foot of God with any available facts. The fact is that you’re attempting to speak for God and attempting to calculate which faith(s) adhere to God’s will best/better/supremely.

    There’s no question that the modern Christian doctrine of the trinity is fuzzy at best, but it isn’t just offshoots and stragglers that reject it outright.

    Whether it’s the nontrinitarians who reject the trinity as an invention of Constantine and the political Nicene Creed or whether it’s some strands of Pentecostals who subscribe to “Oneness” or whether Sabellianism, there are many strands of Christians who discard elements or the entirety of the trinity doctrine.

    Even Southern Baptists sometimes consider the idea of the trinity to be meant more as a symbolic consideration, as in Frank Stagg’s reference to the fact that the apostles were attempting to “compel” the idea of the triune deity without actually mentioning it or elaborating on it. Of course, absence of the trinity doctrine in scripture ought to be a good first clue to its nonexistence as a component of the faith, but what are you gonna do?

    As a “liberal Christian” who subscribes to the idea that we ought to discard all theistic notions and all religious notions in favour of chasing the real humanity of the figure of Christ and the real humanity of one another, I guess I quibble instantly with anyone who claims to have priority access to God. Now naturally I don’t believe in the conception of God boxed into and limited by religious understanding necessarily, although I agree it can be a useful concept at times. But I do believe in the value of humanity and, as such, struggle with the idea of someone considering the notion of limitations to “credence before God.”

    Sorry for the rant.

  • Jeff

    Hey Ruvy thanks, I have no problem with you argreeing with my statement at all – of course not – I’m just not used to it !! I apologise if I need to. My only point is to welcome the article.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Ruvy –

    I echo Jeff’s #10 comment – because after all the rhetoric I’ve seen you post against the Muslims, I certainly didn’t expect for you to refer to them as generally peaceful people…and to give you credit, you’ve usually differentiated between the Wahhabis and the rest of the Muslims.

    So please accept my apology for mistaking your sincerity for sarcasm.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Jordan –

    No time right now, but I’ll get back to you. Check back tomorrow at latest.

  • The notion of “true faith” is a misnomer – a means by organized religions to set themselves apart from “the heretics.”

  • randy anderton

    I am simply fascinated that 1,500yrs later the vast majority of humans still claim to believe in any “GOD.If the vast majority of muslims are god fearing kind, loving people Why is it that they sit back in fear apparently and let people slaughter women children innocent men neighbors relatives etc etc…What charity do they do? Where are the voices the love? Is it disguised by fear? or perhaps it is indifference Muslims are as big of a problem as the christians and jews YOU ARE ALL GOING TO GET US ALL SLAUGHTERED and some of us do not believe in any of the amazing stories told by primitive man>Heres a tip live a good life love and embrace life.Suffer laugh cry struggle and triumph.When you take your last breath you will find out if your beliefs are true or not. Keep it to yourself and save mankind from mankinds Obsession with being right PLEASE!!Ancient stories of creation are fascinating but that IS what they are. God seems alot like a father Would your father let you slaughter people in his name neither would a GOD

  • Ismail

    May Allah bless you. Wa Salam…..