Facts about prophecy and the message

Facts about prophecy and the message

Facts about prophecy and the message

Every messenger was from the nation he was sent to and he spoke the same language as them

Of the wisdoms of Allah the Almighty, is that every messenger sent by Him is of the same kind as those who will receive that message, Allah says: }And We sent not (as Our Messengers) before you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) any but men, whom We sent Revelation, (to preach and invite mankind to believe in the Oneness of Allâh).{ (an-Nahl:43)

Moreover, another wisdom is that the messenger speaks the same language as the people he is sent to, so that they understand his words and their meanings. The Almighty says: }And We sent not a Messenger except with the language of his people, in order that he might make (the Message) clear for them. Then Allâh misleads whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.{(Ibrahîm:4)

The infallibility and perfection of the prophets and messengers

Allah’s prophets and messengers are characterized by a perfect mind, sound natural disposition, honesty and by being free of any bodily deformations that are repugnant to the sight or repel sound senses. Allah has purified their souls and morals. They are, therefore, the most perfect of mankind ethically, own the purest of souls and are the most generous in their benevolence. Allah gathered and placed perfect morals, the highest of manners, insight, knowledge, forgiveness, generosity, courage and justice in all of them. Consequently, they excelled in these morals among their people. prophets and messengers are the finest of Allah’s creation, chosen and picked by Him to transmit the message and convey the trust. Allah says: }Allâh knows best with whom to place His Message.{(Al-An’âm:124) He also says: }Allâh chose Adam, Nûh (Noah), the family of Ibrâhîm (Abraham) and the family of ‘Imrân above the ‘آlamîn (mankind and jinn) (of their times).{(Âl-’Imrân:33)

Allah Almighty says the following about Jesus, (pbuh): }45. (Remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allâh gives you the glad tidings of a Word [“Be!” –and he was! i.e. ‘Iesa (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary)] from Him, his name will be the Messiah ‘Iesa (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allâh.” 46.”He will speak to the people in the cradle and in manhood, and he will be one of the righteous.{(Âl-’Imrân:45-46)

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was known among his people as As-Sadiqul Ameen (the honest and trustworthy one) even before the message was revealed to him, and thus His Lord described him as: }And verily, you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) are on an exalted (standard of) character.{(al-Qalam :4)

The prophets and messengers were humans

Those prophets and messengers, despite being described as having sublime characteristics given by Allah, were still humans affected by what affects other human beings. They grew hungry and sick and they slept, ate, married and died. Allah says: }And indeed We sent Messengers before you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]), and made for them wives and offspring.{(ar-Ra’d:38)

He also says: }Verily, you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) will die, and verily, they (too) will die){(az-Zumar:30)

He said to His prophet and messenger Muhammad (pbuh): }But you did hide in yourself (i.e. what Allâh has already made known to you){(Al¬Ahzâb:37)

That is perhaps why they were persecuted, killed or driven out of their homes. Allah says: }And (remember) when the disbelievers plotted against you (O Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) to imprison you, or to kill you, or to get you out (from your home, i.e. Makkah); they were plotting and Allâh too was planning; and Allâh is the Best of those who plan.{(Al-Anfâl:30)

Yet the outcome, victory and assumption of power are for them in this world and the Hereafter.