The Belief in Prophet Muhammad: an overview for fresh converts

Muslims believe that Muhammad (son of Abdullah, the son of Abdul Muttalib, the son of Hashim, the son of Abdu Manaaf, of the noblest Arab tribe: Quraysh) was God’s last Prophet and Messenger. He was sent to both Jinn (invisible beings that God created from fire- the non-Muslims among them are called devils) and all mankind. He was born in Makkah, but immigrated to Madinah where he is buried. May Allah raise his rank.

A prophet is someone who receives a revelation to teach Islam, whereas a messenger is a Prophet that brings new rules that his followers must follow. Muslims must believe in all prophets, such as Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Noah and Adam (the first prophet) and that they all taught the same belief; that there is no god but God, the Creator of everything. Muslims must also believe in the books Allah sent to them, such as the Quran to Prophet Muhammad and Injeel to Jesus.

Allah created the Prophets with attractive attributes so that people would believe them when they taught Islam, such as: honesty, trustworthiness, intelligence, courage, beauty and good manners. Muslims must accordingly believe that the prophets never (even as children) lie, cheat, steal, betray or do anything indicating meanness or low character, such as committing adultery or even intending it. They are all born Muslims and never commit blasphemy, such as believing that Allah has a partner or a son, or worshiping celestial bodies, or believing that Allah resembles His creation or that He has created attributes, or doubting Allah’s existence, or hesitating about any of these blasphemies. The prophets never commit large sins or small sins that indicate meanness, such as stealing a grape. They are truthful about everything they say about this life and the next, as well as about what happened in the past. The best human beings are the Prophets (may Allah increase their honor), and the best Prophet is our beloved prophet Muhammad.

A prophet supports his claim of prophethood by miracles. A miracle is an (1) extraordinary event that (2) happens in support of a Prophet’s claim to Prophethood. It cannot be duplicated by his opponents. Prophet Muhammad claimed prophethood and taught that the Quran would never be perverted; 1400 years later there is still only one version of the Quran. For a book to remain preserved for that long is extraordinary, even without the assertion of it being protected by the Creator. The Prophet also taught that no one would ever be able to compose something as eloquent as even the shortest of its suurahs (no more than a single line of writing). No one has ever met this challenge, even among the eloquent Arabs of the Prophet’s time; this is why they chose to fight him instead.

Believing in Prophet Muhammad entails believing in his teachings. Among these are what is to come in the future, such as: torture in the grave for non-Muslims and sinful Muslims; pleasure in the grave for good Muslims; the questioning of two Angels in the grave (except for Prophets, martyrs, and children); the Resurrection of all people, Jinn and animals from their graves; the gathering of all people on the Plain on the Day of Judgment; the weighing of deeds on the Scale with pans and a fulcrum; the Bridge which connects the Plain to Paradise and extends over Hell; the endless suffering of non-Muslims in Hell because they did not believe in Islam; the temporary suffering in Hell for Muslims that Allah did not forgive; the Basins from which the followers of each particular Prophet will drink and quench their thirst forever before entering Paradise; the intercession of prophets, angels and great Muslims (by the Will of Allah) by which some Muslims benefit by being forgiven or suffering less; everlasting pleasure of the body and soul in Paradise. The Day of Judgment begins with the resurrection and ends when all those who will be in Heaven for eternity are in Heaven, and all those who will be in Hell for eternity are in Hell. The greatest pleasure in Heaven will be to see Allah without Him being in a place, direction, at a distance or having a shape (this cannot be imagined, because it is not seeing as we know it). All Muslims will eventually enter Paradise and remain there forever, but some will go to Hell before entering it.

Muslims are further required to believe that Angels are beings Allah created from light to worship Him, are completely obedient to Him, and never sin; Angels are neither male nor female, and they do not eat, sleep or drink. Another teaching of the Prophet that Muslims must believe is that all things both good and evil happen according to God’s will.

Obligatory Practices that all Muslims must believe in include the five daily prayers that must be prayed within their specified times; fasting in Ramadan; paying Zakat alms to eligible Muslims as prescribed; and performing the Hajj Pilgrimage to Makkah if able.

Author: Shaykh Abu Adam al Naruiji

5 Responses to The Belief in Prophet Muhammad: an overview for fresh converts

  1. hossam bokhari says:

    dear brother

    how to answer the kuffaar who say that we moslem cannot show that prophet muhammad salalahu alihiwasalam was the BEST PROPHET and the BEST HUMAN BEING ever. how to show this to them?

    hossam bokhari

  2. I would not attempt this with non-Muslims, because if they are not convinced that Aļļaah is one and does not resemble His creation, then how would convince them of something that is not as obvious. In general you should avoid discussing anything but tawĥiid with non-Muslims, and even that should be avoided unless you are qualified to debate such an issue. Tawĥiid is the most obvious issue in the religion, and the most important. If they do not accept it, they won’t accept anything else, and they will still be non-Muslims even if you could convince them of other issues than tawĥiid.

  3. Salam Alaykum,

    Some people argue that the miracles of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) are flimsy at best. They say:

    1. When it comes to grand matters such as the splitting of the moon, why didn’t everyone witness this miracle around the world and why is this event not written in all history books and recollections of all people?

    2. When it comes to the Qur’an and its protection and immitability, they say that this is a subjective matter, and it can never be shown conclusively that the Qur’an is really miraculous, since non-Muslim Arabs (for example) would say that its style is easily reproduced without problems.

    So they say the situation is not as easy as getting someone to accept that 2+2=4 and positing anything else is insanity.

    • > Some people argue that the miracles of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) are flimsy at best. They say:
      >
      > 1. When it comes to grand matters such as the splitting of the moon, why didn’t everyone witness this miracle around the world and why is this event not written in all history books and recollections of all people?

      The miracle was observed by Quraysh, they did not deny its occurrence, they stubbornly claimed that it was a magic trick. It was only for a moment, so it is not necessary that it would be observed in other places.

      > 2. When it comes to the Qur’an and its protection and immitability, they say that this is a subjective matter, and it can never be shown conclusively that the Qur’an is really miraculous, since non-Muslim Arabs (for example) would say that its style is easily reproduced without problems.

      How could they reasonably claim that it can easily be reproduced if they don’t know Arabic? If they cared for the truth they should make an honest investigation for themselves.

      > So they say the situation is not as easy as getting someone to accept that 2+2=4 and positing anything else is insanity.

      You should never argue with people who argue for the sake of argument.

      Prophetic miracles as a proof rest on a number of prerequisites. Without getting agreement on those first, you will never have a meaningful debate. Among those are the absolute certainty of:
      -Allaah’s existence,
      -that everything happens by His will and creating
      -that Allaah has no judge, and has the right to torture whomsoever he chooses and has no obligations
      -that what Muslims teach about Allaah’s attributes is the truth.

      In general, people who argue against the proofs of Islam are just being argumentative, and have no interest in getting to the truth. Arguing with them is pointless, and even harmful unless you are knowledgeable and experienced enough to force them into the corner and silence or embarrass them.

      Now, for example, if the person saying this was a christian, or the follower of any other blasphemous belief system, he is shooting himself in the foot, because what kind of proofs does he have for what he is saying? None. This shows that he is just being argumentative. If he is an atheist, then how do you hope to succeed in convincing a person that believes that his so called laws of nature cannot be contradicted any more than 2+2=4? You have to attack his assumptions first.

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