see also: Biography of the Last Prophet:
The era between the uplifting to the heavens of Hadhrat Isa (A.S) and
the birth of the final Messenger Hadhrat Muhammed ()
was approximately 570 years. The religions that existed were such
that if their Prophets returned and saw their condition, they would deny
it being brought by them and they would express their disgust at it.
The religion brought by Hadhrat Musa (Prophet Moses - peace be upon him) had now only become mere customs
and traditions. Nothing was left of the true worship of Allah s.w.t.
This religion was a family religion which could not carry a message for
the world and nor could it carry a call for other nations.
No one could become a jew; only those born a jew.
This religion had been repeatedly changed and tampered with by those
people who had exaggerated in their belief and love for Hadhrat Isa (Prophet Jesus - peace and blessing be upon him)
and Hadhrat Maryam (Virgin Mary - peace be upon her) and it had been played about with by those people
who wanted it to suit their desires. This religion had become a pile
of rubble under which the simple teachings of Hadhrat Isa (peace be upon him) were buried,
and the light of Tawheed had been hidden behind these clouds.
The people of this religion worshipped fire and they made places of
sacrifices and temples for it. However, outside these temples they
were free and they would act according to there desires, there was no difference
between these people and those people who did not have a religion, in terms
of deeds and actions.
This was spread in India and Central Asia. It had become an idol worshipping religion and its people used to carry idols with them wherever they went. They also made temples for these idols.
This was the original religion of India. This religion became
famous due to three reasons:- 1. The many Gods and idols they worshipped,
the number of these reached to a million! 2. The cruel difference established
between the class system and 3. The differing between one human and
another. The class system was so bad that even if the shadow of a
low caste hindu (known as untouchables) would fall on a higher class hindu
then he would go and bathe himself!
No example could be found worse then the Arabs in idol worshipping. These people set up partners with Allah and worshipped them in the worst form. For every tribe, house and city their were idols and even in the Holy Ka'ba their were 360 idols.
THE ARABIAN PENINSULA:
The characteristics of the Arab people were very bad. They loved
wine and gambling, and their state of heard-heartedness and false dignity
would lead them to burying their daughters alive. Rampid among them
was high-way robbery and theft. The status of women amongst them
had fallen, she was given in inheritance just as other possessions and
animals were given. Amongst these Arabs were also those who would
kill their children for fear of deprivation and poverty. These people
also loved war, they would easily shed blood of one another and these wars
would be sparked off by ordinary events, and they would last for many years
in which thousands would die.
Overall mankind was on a suicide path, he had forgotten his Creator, he had forgotten himself and he had forgotten the consequences he would have to face and in the midst of all this he had lost the ability to differentiate between right and wrong.
WHY A MESSENGER WAS SENT TO THE ARABS?
Allah (S.W.T) chose from amongst all mankind the Arab nation to accept
Islam and spread it all over the world. This was so because the slates
of their hearts were clean, their were no complicated writings on it which
were not easy to remove and erase, such as the Romans, the Persians and
the Indian people, who used to boast a lot due to their knowledge and culture.
However, the Arabs, nothing was written on the slate of their hearts but
simple writing which was written by the hand of ignorance and desert life.
This would be very easy to erase, and in its place to write something new.
The Arabs were on nature, when something became difficult for them to understand
they would fight against it (this was witnessed many times in the life
of the Sahaba's before they embraced Islam), but when the curtains of ignorance
were lifted from their eyes they would begin to love the truth, they would
fully embrace it and be ready to die for it. They were truthful people
and for a person to lie from amongst them was unacceptable and he would
become unfit to become a leader. The Arabs were strong, firm people
and they lived hard lives, they were also warriors and very brave people.
One of the special reasons for the preference given to the Arabs was that in Makkah stood the Holy Ka'ba, which was made by Hadhrat Ibrahim (Prophet Abraham - peace be upon him) and his son Hadhrat Ismail (peace be upon him) for the worship of Allah (S.W.T) alone and so that it would become a centre of monotheism forever.
With all the above mentioned conditions prevailing over the world and
with mankind lost in utter confusion and darkness, Allah (S.W.T).a had
mercy on humanity and on Monday 12th Rabi-ul-awwal the Holy Prophet Mohammed
() was born.