Friday, July 30, 2010

We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers

The Messenger (Muhammad ﷺ) believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, "We make no distinction between one another of His Messengers" - and they say, "We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all)." (Al-Baqara 285)

The first seven words of this verse admire the Holy Prophet SAW . It may by noted that the verse does not address him by his name, but, by calling him ‘Rasul’, his honour and dignity have been made clear. The word, ‘the believers’ follows immediately after that. It means that just as the Holy Prophet SAW firmly believes in the revelation (Wahy) from Allah, so do the true Muslims in general. The style chosen for this sentence is also word consideration. The major part has been used to describe the state of th e’iman’ (belief) of the Holy Prophet SAW, then, the ‘iman’ (belief) of the general Muslims has been described separately. This indicates that, although the Holy Prophet SAW and all Muslims share in the wealth of ‘iman’ as such, still there is a great difference between the two in terms of the relative degrees of ‘iman’. The knowledge of the Holy Prophet SAW is based on seeing and hearing while the knowledge of other Muslims takes the form of ‘iman’ bi l’ghayb or ‘believing without seeing’ as based on the ‘ru’yat’ or ‘seeing’ of the Holy Prophet SAW.

After that some details of the ‘iman’ (belief) which was common between the Holy Prophet SAW and the Muslims in general. This ‘iman’ consisted of the belief that Allah Almighty does exist and that He is One and that He is endued with all the perfect attributes, and that there are angels, and that all Scriptures and all Messengers send by Allah are true.

After that it was clearly stressed that the ‘believers’ of this ummah (Muslim community) will do nothing was done by past communities accepting some as prophets and by denying that status to others.

Praised here is the distinction of this ummah which is made of people who do not reject any prophet. This is followed by word of admiration for what the noble companions had sad when so directed by the Holy Prophet.

“We have listened, and obeyed. Our Lord, Your pardon! And to You is the return.” (Maarif ul Quran by Mufti Muhammad Shafi RA)

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