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A History Of The Prophets - Important Observations
By:*Dr Shabbir
Date: Wednesday, 3 February 2010, 7:21 pm


ONE - Rituals & Prayers: Reading through the entire Qur’an, we find that no nation ever suffered harm, destruction or annihilation for a deficiency of rituals, worship or prayers. Invariably, the reason of decline and fall of nations has been moral vices, particularly VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.

14:8 And Moses said, “If you deny the truth and show ingratitude, you and all on earth together, know that God is absolutely Free of want, Worthy of all praise.” [He is in no need of your worship]

TWO - No Miracles: Proper understanding of the Qur’an reveals that all Prophets refused to give in to the demands of the opponents to show them miracles. Allah does not will people to believe under compulsion, coercion or by stunning their intellect by showing them supernatural phenomena. Therefore, all Prophets appealed to reason and kept repeating that they were only mortals like them who were conveying to them God’s messages. Then, the universe itself is the most evident miracle of God if people would use their sense.

Taken literally, miracles or supernatural phenomena would defy the Unchangeable Divine Laws. Allah makes His laws in the World of Command (Amr) as He wills. Then, He implements them in the World of Creation i.e. the Universe and never changes them. If these laws were to keep changing, no science would be possible. Just one example should suffice. If the force of gravity pulled objects one day and repelled them another day, our existence on earth would become impossible. Imagine people floating in the air today and falling down from great heights tomorrow.

[In the World of command He makes laws as He wills. Then He implements these laws in the World of Creation - the Universe (7:54). And then He neither changes them, nor makes any exceptions. 17:77, 33:38, 33:62, 35:43, 40:85, 48:23. His Rule is the Rule of law and not of haphazard tantrums]
Therefore, any semblance of miracles in the Qur’anic text must be taken allegorically.

3:7 (The Book He has sent down, bears an important Principle.) He is the One Who has revealed to you (O Prophet) the scripture. In it some verses are literal, while some verses are allegorical. The verses that pertain to Permanent Values have been presented literally. These verses, Muhkamat, are the essence of the Divine law. But abstract phenomena, some historical events, and the World of the Unseen are described in similes, metaphors and allegories (Mutashaabihaat) for your understanding. But those who are given to crookedness in their hearts pursue the allegories and try to give them literal meanings, thus creating dissension of thought. None encompasses their final meaning (of such as the Essence of God, His Throne, His Hand, His Book of Decrees, the exact mode of revelation on the heart of the Messengers, the Eternity) but God. Those who are well founded in knowledge understand why the allegories have been used and they keep learning from them. They proclaim the belief that the entire Book is from their Lord. As the human knowledge evolves, more and more allegories will unfold their literal meaning. But only the men and women of understanding will bear this fact in mind.

THREE – Diagnosis & Treatment: Studying the history of the Prophets in the Qur’an tells us about every single vice a society may have today or ever. Nothing seems to be left out. In addition, we also learn about how God’s Messengers strove to reform their respective societies. This treasure of knowledge can serve as a beacon of light for people and leaders anywhere in the world. Through their histories, we get the diagnosis and treatment of all evils that a community might be inflicted with.

FOUR – Biblical Inaccuracies: We will have to include in this book a chapter on the Biblical inaccuracies and errors that the Qur’an so competently and rationally heals. This chapter will be important to avoid confusion in our readers’ mind that arise from numerous famous narratives in the Bible such as Prophet Lot being made to commit incest with his two daughters.

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A History Of The Prophets - Important Observations
*Dr Shabbir -- Wednesday, 3 February 2010, 7:21 pm
Re: A History Of The Prophets - Important Observat
Jawaid Ahmed -- Thursday, 4 February 2010, 9:44 am