The Last Splendour of Islam

The ummah, however, - Insha Allah - will shortly come back to the right course, because it has always happened so in history that, whenever this ummah deviated from its path, the soundless divine staff, driving it from all the four sides, brought it to the right track. Now, Insha Allah, that day is not far off when the spiritual power of Islam will again radiate and the vernal air of Islam will again blow, and the whole world, particularly the religion-weary inhabitants of the modern world will humbly bow their heads to its truth or seek comfort with those who bow their heads. With the advent of this auspicious period, Islam and the followers of Islam, Insha Allah, will successfully thrive till the Day of judgement and all the religions having come to an end, the religion of Islam alone will remain supreme.

The Chief of all the Truthful Ones whose truthfulness has had a divine seal on it, that is, the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him has given this information which is inevitable and in which there is no possibility of any change. There is prediction of a great war which will put an end to all the religions except Islam and then Allah alone will be worshipped, as it says in one Hadith -"The Word of Unity (Kalima-e Tauhid) alone will remain; then Allah Alone will be worshipped."

We also pray that Allah's help may accompany this ummah in this period and give it supreme success in the world and may also give understanding to all the people of the ummah that neither they may worship anyone but Allah nor obey anyone else besides Muhammad the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him.

Urdu Half-verse:

"The claim of love is there alright,
but where is its proof?"

The divine statement in the Holy-Quran is: -

"Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. Say: Obey Allah and the messenger. But if they turn away, lo! Allah loveth not the disbelievers (in His guidance)(III:3 1-2).

It says in a tradition that when the Jews boasted that "We are sons of Allah and His loved ones" (V: 18), the aforesaid verse Allah Most High revealed that "if ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you," But when the Holy Prophet sallallahu alaihe wasallam presented this verse before the Jews, they refused to accept it.

Allamah Ibn Kathir, commenting upon this verse, writes that the man who claims to love but his actions, words and beliefs are not in accordance with the Muhammadan Law and the prophetic commandments and he does not act according to the Muhammadan method, then he is false in his claim. It says in an authentic tradition that the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him says that "the man who does an action for which we have not ordered, it is rejectable".

Hence here too it is stated that "If you are true in your claim of having love for Allah, then live according to my way of life. For this Allah will give you more than your longing". That is, He will Himself become your lover, as some divine scholars and wise men have written that your loving Him is nothing; the true joy is when Allah may begin to love you. In short, the token of love for Allah is that one keep conformance to the Sunnah in theory and practice.

Ibn Abi Hatim reports from Hazrat Ayesha (radiyallahu anha) in an unsustained hadith - but its contents are true - that the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him has said that "religion consist only in love for the sake of Allah and enmity for the sake of Allah" Then he recited the verse: "and Allah will forgive you your sins"(III: 3l). That is, Allah Most High will forgive the sins of all if they conform to the prophetic Sunnah. Then the order is given to all the high and the low that they carry on complying with the divine and the prophetic orders. Those who retreat from it (order), that is those who turn away from obeying Allah and His Apostle, they are the unbelievers and Allah does not love them. (Tafsir-e Ibn Kathir, vol.1, p.358). It becomes clear and explicit from this that opposition to the Allah's Apostle's way is blasphemy (kufr).

These opponents cannot be the friends of Allah; they may orally claim love but unless they do not comply with and follow Allah's true Prophet, (the Apostle of the Mankind and the Genii and the Last of the Messengers) and do not conform to his sunnahs, they are false in their claim. (No Prophet or Apostle could help but conform to the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him.

Allah Most High has conferred such a high station on the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him. Arabic Couplets:-

Other friends depart and their substitutes are found but there is no substitute for the Illustrious Master,
though he is not before our eyes, his merits cannot be far from ours.

Allah Most High hath conferred such a high station on the Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him that had other prophets and resolute apostles been alive today, they too could not have helped but act according to his shari'ah (law). The One and Peerless Allah had taken a covenant for this from all the other holy prophets: - When Allah made (His) covenant with the Prophets, (He said);

"Behold that which I have given you of the Scriptures and knowledge. And afterward there will come unto you a messenger affirming that which you possess. You shall believe in him and ye will help him. He said: Do you agree to it and take this my covenant as binding upon you! They answered: We agree. He said: Then bear ye witness. I will be a witness with you. Then whosoever after this shall turn away: they will be miscreants" (III: 81-82).

Commenting upon these verses Allamah Ibn Kathir writes that Allah Most High had taken a covenant from all the prophets, right from Prophet Adam to Prophet Jesus, that whenever anyone of them would be given the Scripture and knowledge and he reached a high position, and if the last of the prophets of Allah happened to come during his time, it would be obligatory upon the former to believe in him and help him; and not that in view of his own knowledge and prophethood he might stop helping and conforming to the prophet coming later. Allah asked all of them if they were making a covenant and a firm promise with Him. When all the prophets said that they did make a covenant, Allah asked them to bear witness as He too would be a witness, and also warned them that whoever would recant from this promise and covenant, he would be absolutely sinful, immoral, refractory and a wrongdoer.

Hazrat Ali and Hazrat Ibn Abbas (radiyallah anhum) say that Allah Most High had taken a covenant from every prophet that, if Allah sent His Chosen Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him during any prophet's lifetime, it would be a duty of the covenanting prophet to believe in him and help him, and also inculcate his own ummah to believe in him and obey him.

Proceeding further, Allamah Ibn Kathir has quoted a tradition from Musnad e Imam Ahmed that Hazrat Umar (radiyallah anhu) said: - "0 Apostle of Allah! I had asked a Jewish friend of mine who belonged to the Banu Quraizah to write down for me the comprehensive things of the Torah. If you permit me I may present them to you." The Holy Prophet's peace and blessings be upon him luminous face changed. Hazrat Abdullah bin Thabit said to Hazrat Umar: "Don't you see what is the expression on the holy face"? Perceiving the situation, Hazrat Umar at once uttered: "I'm pleased at Allah's being the Lord, at Islam's being the religion and at Muhammad's being the messenger (Tafsir lbn Kathir, ii, p.467). Then the Holy Prophet's peace and blessings be upon him anger subsided and he said: "I swear by Him in Whose charge is my life that should Moses come amongst you, and you start complying with him and give up following me, you will go astray. From amongst all those ummahs you are among the ummah that has been allotted to me and from amongst all the prophets I am the prophet who hath been assigned to you."

There is a tradition from Musnad-e Abu Y'ala to the effect: "Don't ask anything from the scriptures (Ahl-e kitab). They are themselves astray. Nor will they show you the right path? On the contrary, it is just possible that you might confirm something false or might falsify something true. By Allah! Even if Moses were alive amongst you, he would have had no other way but to conform to me."

So it is proved that our Holy Prophet peace and blessings be upon him is the Last of the Messengers and the Chief of the Prophets. Conformance to him was obligatory when he was commissioned as a prophet and to believe in and confirm him and follow and obey him is as much obligatory for all the human beings, till the last day, as it was then.

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