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Ibn Abbass RA once asked Salman al-Farsi RA about his story and Salman narrated his story to him. He was a Persian man from village where is located in present day Iran. He said he was taking pain in the religion of fire worshiping. He became high in status and became the guardian of the fire. Salman al-Farsi RA said one day he was walking and saw a church and went in to investigate. He said he was impressed by their method of prayer. Salman al-Farsi RA told his father he thinks that Christianity was a better religion than fire worshiping, his father chained Salman al Farsi. Then Salman al-Farsi ran away all the way to Shaam(The greater area surrounding Damascus including Syria, Lebenon, Palestine, and Jordan). He arrived in Syria. Salman al-Farsi said he lived with the best bishop and the bishop used to collect money for charity but then keep it for himself. Salman al-Farsi RA hated this man, and told everyone he was evil. The next person who took leadership in place of the bishop after he died was a very pious man who was loved by Salman al-Farsi. Then Salman al-Farsi RA travels to Iraq for studying. He then traveled to Musabeen to learn. The then went to Amaria (today’s Turkey area) to study. The scholar he was studying under told him, that a new prophet shall come soon from the Arabs,his signs will be undeniable, he will take refuge in a place with date palms located between rocky tracks, he will eat food given to him as gifts but not from charity, he will have a seal of prophet hood between his shoulders. Salman al-Farsi RA offered everything he owned if people could take him to Arabia. A group of people agreed, but they betrayed him by selling him as a slave to a Jewish man. That Jewish man sold him to another Jewish man. His owner took him to Yathrib(Madinah) and when he saw Madinah, Salman al-Farsi RA immediately realized this is where the Prophet PBUH shall take refuge, he realized this is the city his teacher was speaking of. Madinah is a place of date palms, and is between two rocky tracks. Salman al-Farsi RA said one day his master had him climb to pick dates. While he was up there, his masters cousin came to his master angry and said there is someone coming from Makkah claiming to be a Prophet taking refuge here. Salman al-Farsi said when he heard this chills went down his spine and he almost fell out of the tree and onto his master. Salman al-Farsi RA said he left that night to visit Muhammad PBUH, and brought food for him and said it was from charity. The Prophet PBUH told his companions to eat but did not eat from the food of charity. That confirmed one of the signs told to Salman al-Farsi RA. He then went back. Then Salman brought food again and told the food that he gave last time was for charity this is now as a gift, this time the prophet ate the food with the companions. Then Salman al-Farsi RA went to Muhammad SAWS and went around him and the prophet noticed that Salman was looking for something so the Prophet took off the cloth to show him what is between his shoulder blades. When Salman saw the mark between his shoulders, he knew it was the Seal of Prophet hood, and Salman RA said when he saw it fell down in tears and began to kiss the prophets feet and made Sajood to him. Rasulullah SAWS immediately told him to stand up and asked Salman his story, and then told him to tell his companions the same story. Salman al-Farsi RA because of being a slave did not fight in battle of Uhud or Badr. The prophet and the sahabas (companions of Muhammad PBUH) helped free Salman al-Farsi RA.


Some lessons we can get from the life from Salman al-Farsi RA is:

  • You have to put effort into searching for the truth. If you take one step towards Allah, Allah will take 10 steps near you. You have to take the first step.
  • We should not be turned down, by seeing someone not doing the right thing. The truth is not always represented by its followers.  Like Salman and the first bishop he met.
  • The Muslim community must be helpful to their new members. Dawaah is not just speaking, it is helping it could be financial help, they need social gatherings to attend.  Sometimes converts don’t just need an adviser, but they just need a friend.

Now, these people (Submitters and Modernist) who reject the Sunnah, they will try to rationalize for their rejecting of the Sunnah by two things.  One that the Qur’an is complete, and two that the Sunnah has not been preserved.  When quoting a hadith to these people they might say “well that’s not in the Qur’an, why should I believe you? The Qur’an is complete, everything you need to know is in the Qur’an.”  They might even try to quote you the verses of the Qur’an that show that the Qur’an is complete.  Guess what? The Qur’an is complete, no one is arguing against that.  If shown the evidence from the Qur’an, they would backtrack and say that the Sunnah has not been preserved.  Saying the Sunnah does not need to be followed is Kufr.  Saying the Sunnah has not been preserved is not Kufr, but it leads to Kufr.  They say, “well Bukhari lived 300 years after the Prophet PBUH,” or “these Ahadith are like the gospels of Christianity.”

These two doubts can easily be refuted.  Is the Qur’an complete? Yes it is.  Is it sufficient in and of it self? Yes it is, but it orders us to go back to the Sunnah.  The second doubt that they bring is that the Sunnah has not been preserved.  The first way is to explain the long, detailed, dry, science of Hadith (Uloom ul Hadith).  You explain how the Sunnah was preserved, how the Sahaba preserved it, how the Tabioon preserved it, how the Taba Tabioon preserved it, the history of this process.  This is not something that can be explained in two minutes, this explanation will take quite some time.  The second way to prove the preservation of the Sunnah is the short cut.  This is a circular argument; it is full proof, and something that these people can NEVER refute.  The fact that the Sunnah is part of the religion necessitates that it will be preserved; it is sufficient proof that Allah will preserve it.

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“Verily We: it is we who have sent down the Dhikr (i.e. the Qur’ân and Sunnah) and surely, we will Guard it (from corruption)”

The fact that Allah SWT orders us to follow the Sunnah proves that Allah has protected the Sunnah.  Allah says

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“Allâh burdens not a person beyond his scope”

Allah says he does not burden a soul, with something it cannot handle.  Allah would not order us to obey the Sunnah if he had not preserved it.

Introduction

Part 1

In the last post, I was categorizing verses from the Qur’an which point to the proof that Prophet Muhammad PBUH, must be obeyed.  I will continue from where I left off.

The third categories of verses are the ones, where Allah says he revealed to Prophet Muhammad something along with the Qur’an.  Allah has revealed something other than just the Qur’an”.  Allah mentions this other thing as “Hikma” wisdom.  When you read the Qur’an and read about this other revelation called “Hikma” nothing will come to mind except the Sunnah.

13“Our Lord! send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them In the Book (this Qur’ân) and Al-Hikmah (i.e. Sunnah), and sanctify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.”

21 “ Similarly (to complete My Blessings on you) we have sent among You a Messenger (Muhammad) of Your own, reciting to You Our Verses (the Qur’ân) and sanctifying you, and teaching You the Book (the Qur’ân) and the Hikmah (i.e. Sunnah), and teaching You that which You used not to know.”

The fourth categories of verses are the ones, which number about 50, which explicitly and clearly mention that obedience to the Messenger is obligatory.

31“ but no, by Your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make You (O Muhammad ) judge In All disputes between them, and find In themselves no resistance against Your decisions, and Accept (them) with full submission.”

In this verse, from Surah An Nisaa’, Allah says they have no Iman, unless they come back to Muhammad PBUH for any of their disputes, and they must not have resistance against the decision of Prophet Muhammad PBUH, or they have no Iman (faith).

41 “and obey Allâh and the Messenger (Muhammad) that You may obtain Mercy.”

51 “ These are the limits (set by) Allâh (or ordainments as regards laws of inheritance), and Whosoever obeys Allâh and his Messenger (Muhammad) will be admitted to Gardens under which rivers flow (in Paradise), to abide therein, and that will be the great success.

And Whosoever disobeys Allâh and his Messenger (Muhammad), and transgresses his limits, He will cast Him into the Fire, to abide therein; and He shall have a disgraceful torment.”

This verse says who obeys Allah and his Messenger, will be admitted to Jannah (Gardens).  More importantly, the following verse says whoever disobeys Allah and his messenger, will be thrown in to the fire (naar).

The fifth categories of verses are the ones that say obedience to Prophet Muhammad PBUH is a sign of loving Allah.

61 “Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If You (really) love Allâh Then follow Me, Allâh will love You and forgive You of Your sins. and Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Say (O Muhammad ): “Obey Allâh and the Messenger (Muhammad).” but if they turn away, Then Allâh does not like the disbelievers.”

If you truly love Allah, then you would follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad PBUH, those who don’t are not loved by Allah.

The sixth categories of verses are those who show the status of the Prophet PBUH, and how he should be treated.

71 “ O You who believe! do not put (yourselves) forward before Allâh and his Messenger (Sal-Allaahu ‘alayhe Wa Sallam), and fear Allâh. Verily! Allâh is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.”

This verse means, as Ibn Abbas (RA) has explained it as, you do not put your opinion above that of Allah or his Messenger PBUH.

The seventh and final category of verses, are miscellaneous verses, that you really can’t categories.

8 “And Certainly, You (O Muhammad ) call them to a Straight Path”

More to Come Soon, InshAllah.


IMPORTANT:Before I start with evidence from the bible, about the glad tiding of Muhammad.  I must make the everyone aware, that Muslims do not believe that the bible is in tact to as it was originally put together.  Muslims believe that the bible has been corrupted, as history also tells us(see council of nicea).  Although we do not put trust in the bible, some parts of the bible remain in its original form.  Some of the evidences I will be sharing could be some of the verses that have been altered, or maybe the verses that I will post are actually the few unaltered verses of the bible.

Narrated by Ibn Ishaq, Salama bin Salaam bin Waqsh, said a Jewish neighbor in Medinah told his family about the Resurrection, the day of judgement, the reckoning, and heaven and hell.  He said that to polytheist who did not believe him.  They asked him “what proof is there?”, the Jew told them that a prophet will come from these lands(Arabia)  and he pointed toward Makkah and Yemen.  They asked when he will come, the Jew pointed at Salama who was the youngest and said if he lives a natural life he will see him.  Salama lived to see Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

Even though the bible has changed through out the years, there are still Glad Tidings of the coming of Muhammad PBUH left in the bible.  In Deuteronomy verse 18:18  this verse says
“18.   I(God) will raise up for them(Israelies) a prophet like you(Moses PBUH) from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him”
This verse fits Muhammad PBUH like a glove, and fits no one else.  Christian say this verse refers to Jesus PBUH.  But Muhammad PBUH resembles Moses PBUH.  Moses and Muhammad PBUT, both had parents while Jesus PBUH only had a mother.  Both Moses and Muhammad PBUT had children, Jesus PBUH did not.  Moses PBUH was born in a natural way so was Muhammad PBUH, while Jesus PBUH was born in a miraculous fashion.  Moses and Muhammad PBUT were both accepted by their nation, but Jesus PBUH was not accepted by his nation(as stated in the bible “He Jesus came to his nation, and he was accepted not”).  Moses and Muhammad PBUT were rulers on earth, they in forced punishment, Jesus PBUH did not rule.  Muhammad and Moses PBUT came with a new law(The Quran, and The Torah), Jesus PBUH came to follow the law of Moses PBUH.  Moses PBUH has led his people on hijra(migration)(from Egypt to the Holy Land) so has Muhammad PBUH(from Makkah to Medinah), Jesus PBUH did not.  Both Moses and Muhammad PBUT both won battles against their enemies, while Jesus PBUH did not fight.  Both Moses and Muhammad PBUT died a natural death, while Jesus PBUH was elevated(or as Christians think he was killed).  Both Moses and Muhammad PBUH are buried in the ground, while Jesus PBUH was not.  Muhammad and Moses PBUT both became prophets at the age of 40, while Jesus PBUH became a prophet at the age of 30.  No one came after Moses PBUH that has resembled him like Muhammad PBUH.  This verse does not speak of an Jewish prophet because of Deuteronomy verse 18:34 says no one from among the Jews is like Moses PBUH.  There is only one nation that are the brothers of the Jews, and it is the Arabs.  The Prophecy in Deuteronomy which says “I will put my words in his mouth”  The Qur’an says the same thing about Muhammad PBUH, while the bible was written by many different people.  They say it was inspired by god.

There is another Isaiah 29:11-18 which says.
“11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.”
That is just like the first in counter of revelation Muhammad PBUH had with Gabriel.  Gabriel told Muhammad to “Read” and Muhammad who did not know how to read responded with “I cannot read”.  In Hebrew the word for “Read this” is Qarah, the first word revealed from the Qur’an to Muhammad PBUH was “Iqra” which means “Read”.  The prophecy says that before the revelation, the law of god will be replaced by the law of the land.  That is what happened with the Law of Israel changed because of Saint Paul.

The Hijra (Migration from Makkah to Madinah) was prophesied in Habakkuk verse 3:3
“3.  God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.”
This verse refers to, two places Teman and Paran.  Teman is an oasis just north of Madinah.  That is referring to Madinah.  Paran is a name for Makkah, because the bible says Hagar and Ismael PBUH were left in Paran.  Which is what is known as Makkah.  Muhammad means praised, he is the most praised one on earth.  This verse is all about Muhammad PBUH.

In Deuteronomy verse 18:21-22:
“21 You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?’
22  If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.”
Meaning if a prophet claims “this is from God” than it is from God, if not it is not from god.  The Qur’an is showing everyday the miracles of the Qur’an.  There is nothing in the Qur’an has been disproved yet.  Never has a book been compared to it.

In Isaiah 21:7 it states:
“When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention.”
Christians would say the group of donkeys is referring to Jesus PBUH because he rode a donkey, but Muhammad PBUH is the only Prophet to ride on a Camel.  This verse refers to both Jesus and Muhammad PBUT.

In Isaiah 21:9 it states:
“Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs.” And one said, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon; And all the images of her gods are shattered on the ground.”
Babylon is referring to present day Iraq.  This prophecy is saying that the army will destroy the idol worshiping of Iraq.  This army is referring to the Army of Umar ibn Al Khattab, whose army destroyed the idol worshiping in Iraq.

In Isaiah 21:14-15 it states:
“14 The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled.
15 For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war.”
This Prophecy is referring to the Hijra(migration) and the answar(helpers in Madina) who brought food and water to the Muslims of Makkah.

In Isaiah 21:16-17 it states:
“16  For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail:
17 And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken [it].”
Who are the children of Kedar?  The bible speaks of Kedar in Genesis verse 25:14:
“14  These are the names of Ishmael’s sons, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth (Ishmael’s firstborn), Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam.”
Kedar is one of the sons of Ishmael PBUH.  This is referring to Arabs, since the people of Quraish are decedents of Kedar.
The original verse 16 and 17 of Isaiah chapter 21, is referring too the Battle of Badr.  The battle of Badr happened a year after Hijrah, just like this verse follows the verse referring to Hijrah.  In the Battle of Badr most of the leaders of the Quraish died.

In Isaiah 11:1-2 it states:
“1 But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
2 The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD”
Who is Jesse? Jesse is referring to Ishmael PBUH.  Jesse is an abbreviation for Ismael AS.  This verse means that someone will come from the descendants of Ismael.  This prophecy can not fit anyone but Muhammad PBUH because he was the most prominent decedent of Ismael.

In Deuteronomy verse 33:1-2 it states:
“1 This is the blessing which Moses, the man of God, pronounced upon the Israelites before he died.
2  And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.”
Sinai is where Moses PBUH came from, Seir are mountains in Philistin, which is referring to Jesus PBUH, mount Paran is again referring to Makkah, and of Muhammad PBUH.  The ten thousand saints is referring to the ten thousand Sahabas(companions of Muhammad) who with Muhammad opened Makkah.

In John verses 16:7-14 it states”
“7But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
8When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt[a] in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:
9in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me;
10in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;
11and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
12″I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.
13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.
14He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.”
This is also referring to the coming of Muhammad (PBUH).