The final Messenger
Successions are of many
kinds like the birthright of the "first-born" as in Jewish law.
Or the ascending of the eldest son or daughter to the kingly throne.
Or by election, to select a candidate by the vote of the majority. Or
Theologically, an appointment by Divine Decree of God's chosen
Messengers. Like the call of Abraham, Moses, Jesus or Muhummed (May the
Peace and Blessings of God be upon them all) who were appointed or "anointed"2 in consecration to their office.
Muhummed's (pbuh) succession
to Jesus Christ (pbuh) is multifaceted.
1. Chronologically, in
history as a sequence of event in time.
2. By being Chosen3 by God.
3. In the fulfilment of the
prophecies of his predecessors, and but not in the least...
4. By bringing the Guidance
of God to perfection ' "For he will Guide you into all Truth."
said. Jesus Christ
1. In this book as well as in
my other publications, I quote extensively from the Arabic Qur’an not
only for blessings or adornment. It presents a golden opportunity for
my learned brethren to memorize these quotations with its meaning
and to share their knowledge with others.
"ANOINTED:" or appointed; Hebrew word "Messiah." See my book - "Christ in Islam,"
for fuller explanation.
3. "CHOSEN:" Arabic – Mustafa. A
title of the Prophet of Islam.
The Holy Prophet Moses
preceded Jesus Christ (pbuh) by some 1300 years and Muhummed (pbuh)
succeeded to that high office vacated by Jesus some six centuries later.
It was the 12 of Rabi I.,
in the year of the Elephant, or the 29th of August 570 of the Christian
Era1 that Muhummed the
Praiseworthy, to whom all praise is due, was born in the sacred city of
Makkah in pagan Arabia. His people the Quraish remembered the year of
his birth as the "Era of the Elephant", because just two months
before the birth of the child Abraha al-Ashram, the Abyssinian viceroy
of Yemen had attacked the sacred sanctuary at Makkah at the head of his
troops riding a huge African elephant. A terrifying sight never to be
erased from their memory and a still more shocking end to the invasion
— the miraculous destruction of Abraha and his army as recorded in
Sura Fil or the Elephant —
Seest thou not how thy Lord dealt with the
Companions of the Elephant?
Did He not make their treacherous plan go
And He sent against them flights of Birds,
Striking them with stones of baked clay.
Then did He make them like an empty field of
stalks and straw,(of which the corn) has been eaten up
(SURA FIL) Holy Quran
1. Always use A.C. (After
Christ) or C.E. (Christian Era) and not A.D. as Muslims often do
GOD'S OWN STANDARDS
Almighty chooses His Own Messengers, He uses His Own Standards although
we may not always understand the wisdom of it. Paul cries the anomaly -
For the Jews
require a sign (miracles to convince) and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
BIBLE) I Corinthians 1: 22
But worldly wise as Paul
was, he found that his wisdom was "a stumbling-block" to the
Jews and "foolishness" to the Greeks.
God chose Moses (pbuh) a
man who was a fugitive from justice and a stutterer. The Holy Bible
calls him a man with "uncircumcised lips." (Exodus 6:
Despite his difficulties
when commissioned to confront Pharaoh, the greatest tyrant of the age,
Moses (pbuh) cries out to the God of Mercy —
(Moses) said: "O my
Lord! expand for me my breast;" 1
Make my task easy for me;
"And remove the impediment from my speech,
"So that they may understand what I have to
"And give me a Minister from my family,
"Aaron, my brother; "Add to my strength
through him, "And make him share my task:
"That we may celebrate Thy praise without
"And remember Thee without stint:
'For Thou art He that (ever) regardeth us.
(God) said: "Granted is thy prayer, 0 Moses!"
(SURA TA'HA) Holy Qur'an
1. Meaning – give me courage,
make me bold.
Then comes Jesus (pbuh) who
was chosen by God. According to Christian teachings, he was a carpenter
and the son of a carpenter, with a dubious genealogy as
recorded in the Gospels —
himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed)1 the son of
(HOLY BIBLE) Luke 3:
Acknowledged today by a
thousand million Muslims that Jesus Christ (pbuh) was born miraculously
— without any male intervention; the followers of Christ created two
separate genealogies for a man who had no genealogy. Between the
Gospels of Matthew and Luke they give this mighty Messenger of God
sixty-six fathers and grandfathers. And of these two separate lists
only one name is common to these two lists and that is of Joseph the
Carpenter, who does not Fit in anywhere because, as Luke records above,
he was only the "SUPPOSED" father of Jesus. 2
1. The words you see here in
brackets are the exact replica from the King James and the Roman
Catholic Versions of the phrase – "(as was supposed)" brackets
Consult – <!a href="??">"Is the Bible God’s
Word?"<!/a> for a fuller explanation of these anomalies.
EVEN BISHOPS DOUBT
In a "SHOCK SURVEY OF
ANGLICAN BISHOPS" in June 1984 it was revealed that 31 of their 39
Bishops thought that "Christ's miracles, the virgin birth and the
resurrection might not have happened exactly as described in the Bible."
In deference to the Bishops
of the Church of England (the "Anglicans") the Church of Scotland most
respectfully omitted any reference to the "Virgin Birth" from
its most recent publication "A STATEMENT OF FAITH." The topic of
the miraculous conception of Jesus (pbuh) is getting increasingly
hotter for Western Christianity to handle as you see here:
AND GOD CHOSE JESUS (PBUH)
Christ (pbuh) though spiritually rich in wisdom, light and truth;
philosophised light-heartedly about the beggars of the world, when he
There came unto him (Jesus) a woman
having an albaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his
But when his
disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this
ointment might have been sold For much, and given to the poor.
... he (Jesus) said unto
them ... For ye have the poor always with you, but (poor)
me ye have not always.
(HOLY BIBLE) Matthew 26: 7-11
But when destitution stared
him in the face. When poverty, penury and need touched his own dear
self; he cried pathetically:
And Jesus saith unto him,
The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the son
of man (referring to himself) hath not where
to lay his head.
(HOLY BIBLE) Matthew 8: 20
also repeated in Luke 9: 58
And yet God chose him (Jesus pbuh): Unique and inscrutable are
Thy ways O Lord!
M-U-S-T-A-F-A THE CHOSEN ONE
It is He Who sent amongst the unlettered a
messenger from among themselves, to rehearse to them His Signs, to
sanctify them, and to instruct them in Scripture and Wisdom, — although
they had been, before, in manifest error;-
(SURA JUMUA) Holy Qur'an
Amazing as it may seem, I am
not amazed anymore! For this is His way — He chooses an Ummi 1 non-literate Prophet for an
Ummi illiterate nation.
"A POOR SHEPHERD PEOPLE,
ROAMING UNNOTICED IN ITS DESERTS SINCE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD: A
HERO-PROPHET WAS SENT DOWN TO THEM WITH A WORD THEY COULD BELIEVE: SEE,
THE UNNOTICED BECOMES WORLD-NOTABLE, THE SMALL HAS GROWN WORLD-GREAT;
WITHIN ONE CENTURY AFTERWARDS, ARABIA IS AT GRENADA (Spain) ON THIS
HAND, AT DELHI (India) ON THAT; -GLANCING
IN VALOUR AND SPLENDOUR AND THE LIGHT OF GENIUS, ARABIA SHINES THROUGH
LONG AGES OVER A GREAT SECTION OF THE WORLD. BELIEF IS GREAT,
LIFE-GIVING. THE HISTORY OF A NATION BECOMES FRUITFUL, SOUL ELEVATING,
GREAT, SO SOON AS IT BELIEVES. THESE ARABS, THE MAN MAHOMET, AND THAT
ONE CENTURY, -IS IT NOT AS IF A SPARK HAD FALLEN, ONE SPARK, ON A WORLD
OF WHAT SEEMED BLACK UNNOTICEABLE SAND; BUT LO, THE SAND PROVES
EXPLOSIVE POWDER, BLAZES HEAVEN HIGH FROM DELHI TO GRENADA! I SAID, THE
GREAT MAN WAS ALWAYS AS LIGHTNING OUT OF HEAVEN; THE REST OF MEN WAITED
FOR HIM LIKE FUEL, AND THEN THEY TOO WOULD FLAME."
Thus concluded the speech of
Thomas Carlyle, one of the greatest thinkers of the past century. It
was Friday, the 8th of May 1840. His theme — "The Hero as Prophet"
His audience: were Anglicans — English Christians.
1. UMMI: "Unlettered." "One other
circumstance we must not forget: that he had no school-learning; of the
thing we call school-learning; none at all." Thomas Carlyle in his
"HEROES AND HERO-WORSHIP"
THE CHOSEN PEOPLE
God chooses His Messengers
and God chooses His People, In the realm of the Spirit no nation was as
favoured as the Jews and yet Moses (pbuh) is made to bewail against his
own people —
Ye have been
rebellious against the Lord from the day I knew you.
(HOLY BIBLE) Deutronomy 9: 24
In this last will and
testament of Moses (pbuh) the Israelites frustrate their "meek and
gentle" Messenger who is forced to rail against their continual
stubborn resistance and arrogant attitudes to God's guidance —
For I knew
thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with
you this day, ye have been rebellious against the lord; and how much
more after my death?
(HOLY BIBLE) Deutronomy
Alas how true! I am not
going to philosophise on God's choice. But in the very next chapter the
fire of God's anger is kindled to a blaze and He decries the Jews -
They have moved me to
jealousy with that which is not God; they (the Jews) have
provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to
jealousy with those which are Not A People; I will provoke them
to anger with a Foolish Nation.
(HOLY BIBLE) Deutronomy 32:211
1. Emphasis are mine.
Anyone with a modicum of
Scriptural knowledge will be able i guess who in the eyes of these
arrogant, racist Jews is "not-a people" — a non-entity and "a
foolish nation" if not the Ishmaelite cousins — the Arabs who in
the words of Thomas Carlyle have been "ROAMING UNNOTICED IN ITS
DESERT SINCE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD."!?
THE ARABS. Alexander
the Great passed them by: the Persian. passed them by; the Egyptians
passed them by; and the Roman; passed them by. It would have been an
absolute liability for any nation to conquer and colonise them. But the
Creator did not pass them by. He picked them up from the depths of
darkness and transformed them into torch-bearers of light and learning
to the world. "I will move them "I will move them
(the Jews) to Jealousy"1 This jealousy is a
cultivated sickness. Remember, Sarah and Hagar the two wives of Abraham
(pbuh) — the Friend of God. The jealousy of Sarah was bequeathed to her
children and on to nations and tribes yet unborn.
1. If the Romans or the Greeks
had displaced the Jews as the "Chosen of God" then the envy would not
have been as acute or as intolerable to the Jews.
Not so long ago I read a
book on the discovery of medicine written by a Jewish medical man. I
can unfortunately not remember the name of the author and failed to
retrace the book. However, the wordings of the tribute paid by this
Jewish author to his Semetic (Arab) cousins have made an indelible
impression on my mind. And I quote from memory:
"GOATHERDS AND CAMEL DRIVERS SITTING ON THE THRONE OF THE CAESARS"
Full of spite, venom and sarcasm, but how true! This is what God
did and always does. He honours whom He wills. This is what He does to
show His Mighty Hand (Power)?
IT IS SURELY ONE OF THE
GREATEST MIRACLES OF HISTORY THAT FROM THE BACKWATER OF ARABIA THERE
SHOULD HAVE EXPLODED A GROUP OF MEN, COMPANIONS OF A PROPHET, WHO
WITHIN THE SPACE OF A FEW BRIEF DECADES WERE ABLE TO CREATE A
MAGNIFICENT CIVILISATION EXTENDING FROM THE PYRENEES TO THE GATES OF
Abdul Wadod Shalabi in "Islam
Religion of Life:"
THE LAST WARNING
The foregoing is the exact
fulfilment of Jesus Christ's (pbuh), (the last of the great Jewish
prophets) own prediction of the displacement of the Jewish race in the
spiritual guidance of man. In the words of the Master himself —
Therefore I say unto you (Jews), The
Kingdom of God shall be taken away from you (Jews), and
shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
(HOLY BIBLE) Matthew 21: 45 1
"Kingdom of God:" The honour, the privilege of being God’s chosen
people to guide mankind – "Ye (Jews) shall be unto me (God
Almighty) a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation." (Exodus
19:6) This grand commission ended with Jesus (pbuh).