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Every day of our lives, we are being tested as to our endurance in Faith, Deeds, Beliefs, and Actions. True Believers are expected to gain correct and accurate knowledge that can be applicable in their lives as they go step by step. This means that they can find something that they can actually do (practice, implement, memorize while they advance by measured increments).

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.”   Isaiah (28:10)

This knowledge is of the practical kind and not the hypothetical kind! And it is of the essential kind. That means there is a priority for this knowledge, behavior and attitude.

Other kinds of knowledge, can only be considered beneficial if it opens up new avenues of useful inquiry or renders a help or a service for mankind, for example, as in the medical or religious profession. However, it is Practical knowledge that sets the stage for human activity within society and within ourselves!

It is so important that it is given special emphasis, for example, in the New Testament (especially in the peculiar way this Testament was set up). The ONE GOD knew of the final compilation of the New Testament before it was even put into existence so HE allowed things to progress according to HIS Plan.

The New Testament, unlike the Quran and the extensive Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbh), is a super, condensed version of what that type of believer should be aware of but it is not in such a noticeable clarity. Being such, it will be highly explosive to certain peoples who have ‘mischief’ in their hearts as is even reported in this Testament. In other words, nothing catches HIM off guard!

Naturally, care and consideration should be taken when undergoing such studies as it is only logical to believe, for example, that Jesus (pbh) spoke a lot more than 1,200 words of instructions to his Disciples over a three year period! Furthermore, it is only logical to assume that the 7 or so recognized letters of Paul needed to be ‘discussed’ in an intelligent way by making use of instruction over a period of months and not hours especially due to the highly ethereal nature of its contents.

Hence, the entrance of the priest-class (leaders of the spiritual community) and its responsibility or the lack thereof leading to salvation or destruction depending upon the beliefs that they will foster upon the worshipers and how these same worshipers react to these teachings.

In every religion there has appeared ‘snakes’ who have twisted things around to bring in falsehood as truth (see the writings concerning The Problem with Shi’ahism).

So, we are given ‘rewards’ for our intentions as well as for our applications of the ‘Faith’. In the past, some cases showed that a person who has never prayed and a person who killed many people out of anger are going to receive salvation. Of course, those people had that total desire for true belief placed in their hearts.

These two people (one who testified to the Prophet (pbh) during a battle and went out with conviction and got martyred before he could say even one prayer) and the other (who journeyed to find salvation and met several people who told him he would not be forgiven for murdering people, and he killed those people, until he was finally told to travel to a certain place which he did but did not reach that place due to his death but completed just a tiny, little bit more than half of his journey to finish his quest as measured by the Angels sent by ALLAH) did in fact find salvation!

It’s (FAITH) that is found in the HEART not in the tongue. The crowning jewel of any true FAITH is the complete and tenacious adherence to the Greatest Rule and that is that THERE IS BUT ONE GOD AND ONLY ONE GOD WHO HAS NO PARTNERS OR OFFSPRING! AND THAT WE NEED TO BRING TO THE TABLE A WILLINGNESS TO BE OBEDIENT TO HIS COMMANDS DELIVERED BY THE PROPHETS!

That basically means ‘follow HIS GUIDANCE and DIRECTION without putting it on the shelf to gather dust. We only get these instructions transmitted directly to us through the office of prophethood. And they get their knowledge from the auspices of the Angel of Revelation – Gabriel.

We find in the religion of Islam THE TRUE BELIEF that the greatest book ever to grace this planet is the Quran. And the Quran talks about itself as to take it and the blessed sayings (directions) of Muhammad (pbh) to heart as much as we are able.

In doing just that (acceptable Faith and Deeds) a person has been given an ironclad guarantee of Paradise. Extra or worldly knowledge, though desirable, is not needed for Hell will be filled with clever though corrupt people and Jinn!

However:

Narrated Abu Hurairah: that the Messenger of ALLAH (pbh) said: “Whoever takes a path upon which to obtain knowledge, ALLAH makes the path to Paradise easy for him.” (Tirmidhi)

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH (pbh) said: “When a person dies, his deeds are cut off except for three {areas}: Continuing charity (like an endowment), knowledge that others benefited from, and a righteous son who supplicates for him. (Tirmidhi)

Abu Darda reported: The Messenger of ALLAH (pbh) said: Verily, the angels lower their wings for the seeker of knowledge. The inhabitants of the heavens and earth, even the fish in the depths of the water, seek forgiveness for the scholar. The virtue of the scholar over the worshiper is like the superiority of the moon over the stars. The scholars are the inheritors of the Prophets. They do not leave behind gold or silver coins, but rather they leave behind knowledge. Whoever has taken hold of it has been given an abundant share. (Sunan Abu Dawud)

All this is true but:

Now as Jesus passed by, he saw a man who was blind from birth.

And his disciples asked him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned {such that he was born blind}, but {in this case} that the works of GOD {as a miracle performed by me as a sign as to who I lawfully am} should be revealed in him {and he will reveal it to others as the message will spread that a new type of ‘Rabbi’ is amongst the people}.     John (9:1-3)

All this is true but:

“We must WORK THE WORKS of HIM {GOD} who sent me as long as it is day {pay attention to the importance of serving THE ONE GOD (OUR DAILY DUTIES) and not get caught up so much in philosophical and many times useless and worldly discussions and distractions from our worship}; {because} night is coming when no one can work {so as to gain salvation}.     John (9:4)

In order to get the truer picture of what is taking place, one has to slow down and picture the true realities in his head about the previous dialogue found above. Jesus (pbh) had been with his Disciples for a while teaching them the finer points of religion as Jews. His followers were not ignorant men having undergone religious instructions of some type previously even before they met Jesus (pbh).

Point #1: Notice that they address Jesus as ‘Rabbi’ (a religious teacher) because that was what he was to them – a marvelous, miracle working MAN of GOD who knew the Old Testament better than any Rabbi that they had ever met.

Point #2: They asked what today might be considered a ‘dangerous question’ but one in which they showed some understanding or else they were just ‘blowing smoke’ like buffoons wasting everyone’s time including Jesus’ time.

Point #3: Jesus (pbh) does not rebuke them because the question was indeed provocative such that they had some knowledge of these events instead of making things up (found in Jewish mysticism for what it is worth). Because Jesus does NOT rebuke them but provides ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE, he is stressing some action related to himself.

The mere fact that he (Jesus) doesn’t rebuke them for making a ‘general’ concept being represented here means that Jesus (pbh), if he is doing his job of ‘moral teaching’ correctly, considers that that would be the NORMAL CASE if that occurred without this being a SIGN to the people that a blessed prophet was in their midst.

In other words, if it were some paganist invention the Disciples were talking about, he would have lectured them on the corruption of their thinking or the falsehood of that religious quackery. Many of the Disciples of Jesus (pbh) were knowledgeable Jews and not regular street urchins, vagabonds or pagan leaning hypocrites. So, they had some type of knowledge.

Jesus’ reply was that (in this case) this blind man will act as a sign that a real prophet and blessed man, being approved by GOD, is present amongst the population and this will be a test for those who truly see and believe versus those who will be blinded in their real contempt for the truth.

Point #4: This is the most important point to the whole lesson. Having accepted that there are 3 true possibilities and having pointed out the one that directly applies to the current situation, Jesus (pbh) gets straight to the point of what can be called man’s primary duty to GOD!

This can be expressed as a question. Which is MORE IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMON MAN’S SALVATION: A TYPE OF KNOWLEDGE THAT IS NOT EASILY OR READILY VARIFIABLE OR GOOD DEEDS IN ACTION THAT WILL COUNT TOWARDS SALVATION?

Obviously, death/a limited lifetime and nearing the end times of this AGE where Judgment will come (all of these facets are applicable in this explanation) will bring AN END to our wonderful Grace Period given to us by our LORD. Hence, the old saying of ‘make hay while the sun shines’ is applicable here or:

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH (pbh) said: “When a person dies, HIS DEEDS ARE CUT OFF {FROM BENEFITING THE DEAD PERSON} except for three: Continuing charity {in a program that keeps on giving after the person’s death}, knowledge that others benefited from, and a righteous son who supplicates for him. (Tirmidhi) or:

Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world. But the good righteous deeds that last are better with your LORD for rewards and better in respect of hope {on the Last Day}. Quran (18:46) or:

And your LORD is Most Forgiving, Owner of Mercy. Were HE to call them (the people) to account {immediately} for what they have earned, then surely, HE would have hastened their punishment. But they have their appointed time {from ALLAH’s Grace and Mercy to change their ways for as long as ALLAH has determined}, beyond which they will find NO {WAY TO} ESCAPE.    Quran (18:58)

Some people who want to make mischief, as the Internet is a good example of this, would like to place Muhammad (pbh) in the same category as the Christ-soul in that if Jesus (pbh) declared:

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me {Jesus/the Christ-soul}.     John (5:39)

Then what about Muhammad (pbh)? It is true that every snowflake is composed of the same substance but no two snowflakes are alike.

That is Muhammad (pbh) was no more than a man and he too had to eat his daily food but the Quran differentiates his duty in passages that contain Mutashabihat verses or verses of possible supernatural meanings which are dangerous to go into simply because the one who does it invariably is working in the dark as opposed to the LIGHT.

Man travels a very narrow path to salvation and on each side of this path are doors of knowledge. Yet these doors lay in darkness such that the vast majority of those who attempt to open them by force will find that their very souls are in danger of falling into corruption and disrepute.

That is not a good thing for anyone to do. So for the vast majority of the human race, it is best to leave well enough alone!

We know something about Muhammad (pbh) and what it boils down to is that he is an Archetype that was looked upon by all the prophets and explained by Jesus (pbh) as the one who will come into the world as a ‘cleansing spirit’ (Dead Sea Scrolls). BUT HE IS ONLY A MAN!

Such an Archetype is typified by the following:

WE sent you {O Muhammad} not, but as a Mercy for all creatures.  Quran (21:107)

Say {OH! BELIEVERS}: “We believe in ALLAH, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their LORD: We make no distinction between one and another among them {for Truth is Truth and all Judgments belong to ALLAH}, and to ALLAH do we bow our will (in Islam).”                        Quran (3:84)

 

We know that the honest heart will not find ‘stupid or nonsensical sayings’ in the Quran. So, when we come upon sayings like:

This is part of the tidings of the things unseen, which WE reveal unto you (O Messenger!) by inspiration: You were not with them when they cast lots with arrows, as to which of them should be charged with the care of Mary: Nor were you with them when they disputed (the point).  Quran (3:44) and;

And thus have WE, by OUR Command, sent inspiration to you: you didn’t know (beforehand) what was Revelation, and what was {true revealed} Faith; but WE have made the (Qur’an) a Light, wherewith WE guide such of OUR servants as WE will; {for WE are EVER IN CONTROL} and verily you {O Prophet} do guide (men) to the Straight Way, –   Quran (42:52) and;

 

Muhammad is NOT the father of (any) one of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of ALLAH and last of the prophets. And ALLAH KNOWS ALL THINGS {Hidden and Revealed}.                   Quran (33:40)

Had Muhammad (pbh) been on this Earth before his birth in Makkah then it is very likely that he would have been the father of some male children carrying his high lineage. And since he didn’t even know what Revelation was before receiving the Quran, it is a sure thing that since the entrance of (our) adam (pbh), he stayed in heaven in the Spiritual Realm.

And definitely it would be simply foolish to state that Muhammad (pbh) was somehow not present with certain people who were casting lots with arrows several centuries before he was actually born in the flesh in Arabia!

The Quran does not present such foolish simple minded notions! So, its true depth of meaning lies with ALLAH ALONE and we are not permitted to go beyond our station so as to avoid making mischief!

Muhammad’s (pbh) entrance into the Earthly Realm must be prepared as a Sign of the coming of the Last Hour according to the words of Jesus concerning the Spirit of truth in the Gospel of John.

As the ‘court’ (getting ready for Judgment) is put in order for the arrival of the Master (the second coming of Jesus) so also did Jesus (pbh) function as a ‘pathfinder’ for the completion of the religion as brought by Muhammad (pbh).

We can get this notion from several sources but it is very clear from the words of Jesus in John (16:14) that: “He {Muhammad} will glorify {honor me {Jesus} and validate my mission}, for he will take of what is mine and declare it to you”.

Jesus was born without stain and kept that way by angels guarding him as we get from the New Testament. Muhammad (pbh) was not born without stain but was made to take on this aspect from his ‘brother prophet’s previous work’:

Satan said to him {Jesus}, “If You are the Son of GOD {High servant of GOD – the Chosen ONE}, throw yourself down {from this mountain}. For it is written: ‘HE {GOD} shall give HIS angels charge over you,’ and, ‘in their hands they shall bear you up {protect you}, lest {at any time} you {should} dash your foot against a stone {meaning falter/sin}.’ ”       Matthew (4:6)

Anas b. Malik: Gabriel came to the Prophet Muhammad while he was playing with two boys. The angel took him, lifted him up, opened his chest, and removed his heart. Then he opened his heart and removed a blemish from it.  Gabriel said: “This is your portion of Satan.” Then Gabriel washed it in a basin made of gold with water from the well of Zamzam. He bandaged him up and was returned to his place. The two boys ran off to his mother that is his wet-nurse and said: “Muhammad has been killed.” They came back and found him alive and infused with color.   (Muslim)

So, one can see how Muhammad (pbh) was washed clean and took from what was accomplished by the Christ-soul in his incarnations and presented that facet to mankind such that:

 

Muhammad (pbh) has taken the chain of events from the Christ-soul as one who presented a finished product before the king who is leader of the brotherhood of Prophets – Muhammad.

 

This is verified in the Dead Sea Scrolls in the saying that the ‘priest’ has to bless the food (accomplish his task as the Christ-soul) before all the prophets can partake of the food {on the Day of Judgment} even the king. So, we find the ‘king’ (Muhammad) entered into the world, time-wise, AFTER Jesus left the Earth. Such is the explanation found in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

 

We also have the disreputable Gospel of Barnabas which contains a mixture of truths with a mixture of falsehoods at it seems to be an altered text. Therefore, what is stated about Prophet Muhammad (pbh) cannot be verified with any positive certainty. Perhaps, the statement of “Wait Muhammed…” found in this alleged Gospel is accurate but one doesn’t base one’s facts on ‘iffy’ probabilities.

 

We do, however, have a few true hadiths especially the ones that declare that Prophet Muhammad (pbh) has many names:

The Prophet (pbh) said: “I have many names: I am Muhammad, I am Ahmad, I am al-Mahi through whom ALLAH obliterates unbelief, and I am Hashir (the gatherer) at whose feet people will be gathered {on THE LAST DAY}, and I am ‘Aqib (after whom there would be no prophet after me), and ALLAH has named him as compassionate and merciful.”   (Muslim)

So, if we respect this man (pbh) we should follow him in FAITH and BELIEF!

Narrated ‘Umar bin Khattab:

I heard the Prophet (pbh) saying, “Do not waist {your time} in praising me as the Christians {overly} praised the son of Mary, for I am only a Slave {of ALLAH}. So, call me the Slave of ALLAH and His Apostle.”    (Bukhari)

 

This is the safe way on the highway to Paradise!!!

 

Now more than ever before, the Muslim world is facing a crisis of dynamic proportions. All over the globe, Muslims are being put under pressure from various sources including, believe it or not, their own governments.

 

As the pressure of daily life builds, the durability of real faith and how to behave in the best of ways is coming under a threat. In order to win out from this world-wide deterioration of character, faith and endurance and to prove worthy of those who are to enter Paradise, a person should remember the words of his Prophet (pbh) concerning these days of sorrow and act upon them in the ways that WILL PLEASE THE LORD OF ALL THE WORLDS.

 

So seek HIS PROTECTION in the ways that were taught by that blessed Spirit of truth, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).