In the name of the Most High
IIC Prophet Muhammad
Nature of the Prophethood P.2
Noah History’s Longest Last Miracle P.3
Historians on Muhammad P.4
The Prophet’s Role P.5
Frequently Asked Questions about Islam P.8
Muhammad: The Last Messenger of God
The two most common names in the other, making the world a better
world today are Muhammad and Ali. place, and worshipping the Almighty.
Who is Muhammad (Peace Be Upon The word “Prophet” is used to indi‐
him)? Why is he revered? What is his cate that a person is a messenger of
role in history, and how does he im‐ God, that he is God’s representative
Jesus pact modern society? on Earth, and that the individual can
The answers to these questions will be trusted in all matters, without any
help give a clearer picture of one of fear of corruption, malice, or ill‐
Muhammad the world’s largest religions: Islam. advisement. Historically, Prophets
Understanding the importance of have lead or saved nations, redefined
Fatima Ali Muhammad to a significant portion history, and been the moral compass
of the worlds population can help by which philosophers have theo‐
Hasan Husain build bridges of understanding, and rized. Prophet Muhammad, then, was
replace mistrust with friendship. the last in this ancient line of Proph‐
The Ahlul Bayt The story begins with the creation ets. His mission was clear: he was to
Muhammad of Adam and his arrival on this Earth. bring the final message of God, to
Fatima Adam would be the father to all hu‐ clear matters of confusion, to restore
Ali manity, and God bestowed another the truth about religion, and guide
blessing upon him: He would be the humanity back to its noble origin:
Hasan first of a long line of Prophets, or worship of God.
Husain messengers of God. Their responsibil‐ Muhammad, joined by his daugh‐
Prophet Muhammad and his ity would be to teach humanity, to ter, Fatima (AS), her husband, Ali
immediate family members uplift them, to bring them the beauti‐ (AS), and their grandchildren, Hasan
are referred to as the “Ahlul ful message of God. This would be and Husain, embarked on a journey
Bayt” and hold a special done in the hopes of helping human‐ to bring peace, harmony, and friend‐
place in the hearts of all ity fulfill its ultimate potential of true ship to the world. Their actions
Muslims. Their role in Is- service to God, in helping one an‐ changed the world forever.
lamic history is remembered
* AS - “Alayhis Salaam” or “Peace be Upon Them”
with great pride.
What is the Page 2
The Islamic Infor‐ The mausoleum
mation Center is a of Prophet
ganization that has Muhammad in
been formed for modern day
the purpose of in‐ Medina, Saudi
forming the public,
mainly through the
media, about the
real image of Islam
Muhammad’s Prophethood: A Divine Mission
Who is A “Prophet” is what is Muhammad was of him.
running the used to describe a born a Prophet, yet Others immediately
IIC? messenger of God. maintained his mission opposed him, seeing
The IIC is run by Prophets, throughout as a close secret for the him as a threat to the
our chairman, history have been sent majority of his life. He status quo.
Imam Syed Naqvi, by God, to represent worked quietly, behind The next few dec‐
our committees, His affairs on Earth. the scenes, cultivating ades saw Arabia going
and supported by They include such fig‐ diplomacy, establishing through an amazing
our volunteers. As ures as Adam, Noah, ties, and preparing for change. Gone was the
of now, we have 50 Abraham, Moses, and the final stage of warlike society that
‐75 people working Jesus. Prophets are Prophethood. When he pervaded ancient
in these active considered to be was forty years old, times. In its place,
committees. brothers to one an‐ God sent an angel, Prophet Muhammad
other, and all members Gabriel, to tell him that left a new lifestyle. One
Inside: of the same true relig‐ it was finally time to that enjoined daily
Read quotes on ion of God, passing on spread the message of prayer, a month of
what Mahatma the same message Islam. fasting, a spiritual pil‐
Ghandi, famous throughout history. When announced grimage, charity, and a
historians, and While the Prophets that Muhammad was profound emphasis on
leaders of others acted as messengers of the final Prophet of Haqq, or righteous‐
religions have to God and leaders to hu‐ God, he immediately ness.
say about manity, t h e gained followers in Muhammad contin‐
Prophet Prophethood ended droves. Many of the ued the message of his
Muhammad. with Prophet Muham‐ residents of Mecca brother Prophets,
mad. After him, how‐ and Medina (in mod‐ Adam, Noah, Abraham,
Read more about ever, God continued to ern day Saudi Arabia) Moses, and Jesus. He
why Muhammad leave just and pious had heard the ancient showed the world that
was ranked as #1 leaders on the earth, sayings that the final humanity, by value of
in Michael Hart’s each one called Prophet would come to its noble characteris‐
Top 100 Most Influ‐ “Imam” (literally: them in Arabia, and tics, could over come
ential People in “Leader”). moved there in search any obstacle.
History’s longest lasting miracle: The Holy Qur’an Mohammed
Whether it’s the news, the movies, mislead and seeking to give it (their own) Muhammad
or coffee table discussions, the interpretation. but none knows its inter‐ Muhamad
world’s most talked about book is pretation except God and those who are Mohamed
the Quran. What’s written between firmly rooted in knowledge… (Chapter 3, Mohamet
its covers has been foundational to
what Muslims have
believed ever since
detractors of Ali
mad. Muhammad both Aly
The Quran was re‐ seized upon this Aley
vealed, piece by book, scrutinizing
piece, to Prophet its contents, Fatima
looking for any
Muhammad over the
course of his
Prophethood. In it,
Muslims found the What they
divine word of God, found was a Hasan
guiding and enlightening humanity. book that contained more than they Hassan
The Quran was different from could have ever imagined. The Qur’an
other historical narratives. It was not taught philosophy alongside secular Husain
a collection of other stories, but matters. It taught interpersonal rela‐ Hussain
tions and in the same book explained
God’s direct words to humanity.
Heaven and Hell. It was a comprehen‐
God discusses the reason for the
sive guide to humanity and its words Husein
were quickly disseminated through‐ Hosein
This is the Book; in it is sure guidance, out the world. What was even more Hussein
without doubt, to those who fear God miraculous, was that Prophet Mu‐ Hosain
(Chapter 2, Verse 2) hammad not only knew everything in Hosayn
And also discusses how to read and
the book, he seemed to have the Hossain
same divine teachings in his day to
understand the Quran, and warns day life as well. The Quran, being an
against those who seek to improperly obviously divine book, was exempli‐ Why are there so many
subvert the peaceful teachings in its fied by the actions of Prophet Mu‐ ways to spell the same
chapters: hammad, providing further proof that name?
he was no ordinary man. 1400 years In the Arabic language,
He it is Who has revealed the Book to later, Quranic verses still seem to the spelling and pronun-
you; some of its verses are decisive, they amaze and astonish the world. ciation of these names is
are the basis of the Book, and others are
The relationship born is that study‐ quite clear, however,
allegorical; then as for those in whose when transliterated into
ing the Prophet leads to studying the
hearts there is perversity they follow the the English alphabet,
part of it which is allegorical, seeking to
Quran, and studying the Quran leads
to studying the Prophet. various differences arise
based upon the conver-
sion method used.
Literary Analysis: What have historians
written about Muhammad?
Edward Gibbon and Simon Oakley in ‘History world’s most influential persons may surprise
of the Saracen Empire,’ London, 1870 some readers and may be questioned by others,
but he was the only man in history who was su‐
"The greatest success of premely successful
Mohammad’s life was ef‐ on both the secular
fected by sheer moral and religious level.
force." ...It is probable that
“It is not the propagation the relative influ‐
but the permanency of his ence of Muhammad
religion that deserves our on Islam has been
wonder, the same pure larger than the com‐
and perfect impression bined influence of
which he engraved at Jesus Christ and St.
Mecca and Medina is pre‐ Paul on Christianity.
served after the revolu‐ ...It is this unparal‐
tions of twelve centuries leled combination of
by the Indian, the African secular and religious
and the Turkish proselytes influence which I
of the Koran....The Maho‐ feel entitles Mu‐
metans have uniformly hammad to be con‐
withstood the temptation sidered the most in‐
of reducing the object of fluential single fig‐
their faith and devotion to a level with the ure in human history.
senses and imagination of man. ‘I believe in One
God and Mahomet the Apostle of God’ is the Arthur Glyn Leonard in 'Islam, Her Moral and
simple and invariable profession of Islam. The Spiritual Values'
intellectual image of the Deity has never been
degraded by any visible idol; the honors of the It was the genius of Muhammad, the spirit that
prophet have never transgressed the measure he breathed into the Arabs through the soul of
of human virtue, and his living precepts have Islam that exalted them. That raised them out of
restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the lethargy and low level of tribal stagnation up
the bounds of reason and religion.” to the high watermark of national unity and em‐
pire. It was in the sublimity of Muhammad's de‐
Michael Hart in 'The 100, A Ranking of the ism, the simplicity, the sobriety and purity it in‐
Most Influential Persons In History,' New culcated the fidelity of its founder to his own
York, 1978. tenets, that acted on their moral and intellectual
My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the fiber with all the magnetism of true inspiration.
Above: “Muhammad” written in Arabic Calligraphy
Understanding the Role of Prophet Muhammad
How one man changed the world forever God?
Whenever his name is
fully referenced, a
short prayer immedi‐
ately follows: “May
God bless Muhammad,
and the family of Mu‐
times other previous
Prophets are miscon‐
strued as being only
concerned with spiri‐
Prophet Muhammad from the standpoint of tual matters, while ig‐
In the Arabic lan-
a Muslim. One must try noring any details of
occupies a very special guage, “God” is
to discover the place regular, Prophet Mu‐
place in the hearts of simply pro-
he holds in the hearts hammad is known to
Muslims. Not only was nounced “Allah”.
of all Muslims, how he been intricately en‐
he God’s final messen‐ In fact, the Arabic
is thought of, how he is grossed in the social,
ger to humanity, he is version of the Bi-
referred to, and why political, economical
the supreme inter‐ ble uses “Allah”
he is so readily fol‐ matters of his nation.
preter of the Quran,
lowed. At the same time, he
as the word for
the Book of God, and
Islam has many continued to serve as
God. Its simply a
God’s other edicts. In
Prophets, in fact the the spiritual role model
difference in lan-
fact, his sayings and
Quran mentions ap‐ for all those that sur‐
guage, not a dif-
actions are some of the
proximately twenty rounded him.
ference in belief.
most i m p o r t a n t
five by name alone. It is in this way the
sources of Islamic tra‐
Countless others are Prophet of Islam is a
referred to, but when‐ dynamic figure in his‐
and Jews wor-
ever a Muslim men‐ tory. Other figures in
ship “Allah” just
To truly understand
tions the “Prophet” history have focused as their counter-
the Prophet, one can‐
not simply examine without any name, it is either entirely on spiri‐ parts in other
him in the strictest aca‐ widely understood that tual matters or entirely countries wor-
demic sense, but one Prophet Muhammad is on secular ones, and ship the same
must understand him being referred to. only Prophet Muham‐ God, however
His name is pro-
The green dome is aligned with the location of Prophet Muhammad’s grave in Medina, Saudi Arabia nounced.
Reverend Bosworth Smith in
'Muhammad and Muhamma-
danism,' London, 1874.
I wanted to know the best of the life of one
"Head of the State as well who holds today an undisputed sway over the
as the Church, he was hearts of millions of mankind.... I became
Caesar and Pope in one; more than ever convinced that it was not the
but he was Pope without sword that won a place for Islam in those days
the Pope's pretensions, in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity,
and Caesar without the
the utter self-effacement of the Prophet the
legions of Caesar, without
a standing army, without a
scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense de-
bodyguard, without a po- votion to his friends and followers, his intrepid-
lice force, without a fixed ity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God
revenue. If ever a man and in his own mission. These and not the
ruled by a right divine, it sword carried everything before them and sur-
was Muhammad, for he mounted every obstacle. When I closed the
had all the powers without second volume (of the Prophet's biography), I
their supports. He cared was sorry there was not more for me to read
not for the dressings of of that great life.
power. The simplicity of
his private life was in Mahatma Ghandi
keeping with his public
mad struck an appro‐ type is extremely rare tions. At one point, it
Edward Montet, 'La Propagande priate balance. While it even in modern ac‐ was common in olden
Chretienne et ses Adversaries
Musulmans,' Paris 1890. (Also is clear to non Muslim counts. “Real life” has Arabia for individuals
in T.W. Arnold in 'The Preach-
ing of Islam,' London 1913.) observers that the been so ardently sepa‐ to throw garbage at
Prophet excelled in the rated from “religious” the Prophet for es‐
"Islam is a religion that is
essentially rationalistic in political sciences, had life, that most leaders pousing his views.
the widest sense of this great adeptness at in Western cultures In one particular
term considered etymol-
ogically and histori- statesmanship, and have aspired to master story, an elderly
cally....the teachings of was a proliferative ora‐ one domain, leaving woman made it a point
the Prophet, the Qur'an
tor, often the deeper the other behind al‐ of her daily routine to
has invariably kept its
place as the fundamental character of Prophet most entirely. throw garbage at the
starting point, and the Muhammad is ignored. The Prophet partici‐ Prophet every day
dogma of unity of God has
always been proclaimed One thousand and four pated in normal life as from her window. One
therein with a grandeur a hundred years later, much as any other man day, as the Prophet
majesty, an invariable pu-
rity and with a note of sure Muhammad is the reli‐ or woman does today. passed by, she failed to
conviction, which it is hard gious and spiritual He married, he do so. The Prophet
to find surpassed outside
the pale of Islam....A
guide to more than 1/5 worked, and he had went to her home to
creed so precise, so of the world’s popula‐ children. At the same inquire what had hap‐
stripped of all theological
tion . time, he delivered ser‐ pened, and upon learn‐
complexities and conse-
quently so accessible to The type of man mons, he was a ruler, ing she had fallen ill,
the ordinary understand- that the Prophet was, and he was a guide to expended significant
ing might be expected to
possess and does indeed is extremely rare in his‐ the entire Muslim na‐ resources to help her
possess a marvelous torical accounts. In tion. He underwent and ensure her health.
power of winning its way
into the consciences of fact, the personality many trials and tribula‐ This is just one exam‐
ple of the nature of the Prophet, and agenda. Whether its portraying him Prophet
his practice of limitless kindness— as a product of society, or just as an
even in the face of adversity. ordinary man ‐ few discussions of Muhammad
Muhammad had no aspirations for Prophet Muhammad in western lit‐
power or gain. According to most ac‐ erature do justice to who he really
counts, he was in fact focused on was. He who travels in the
meditation and prayer. Before God Over the centuries, countless Mus‐ search of knowledge,
enjoined him to preach the message lims have not being fixated on a to him God shows the
of Islam to his surrounding commu‐ “product of society”, nor is it logical way of Paradise.
nity, he would spent days and weeks to assert that today’s 1.3 billion Mus‐
praying in solitude. lims are devoted to an “ordinary
Enemies and supporters alike man”. Instead, the Prophet was a Deal gently with a
marked the Prophet as a man de‐ profoundly noble, philosophical, people, and be not
voted to the love of God and the love champion of God. He lead the Arab harsh; cheer them and
of his family. The Prophet was known world from an age of ignorance, to condemn not.
to have repeatedly prayed to God, discovering and expanding the sci‐
asking ences of math, medical surgery,
“'O Lord, grant to me the love of chemistry, to a golden age of human‐ The best of friends is
Thee. Grant that I love those ity. Every word the Prophet uttered, he who is best in be‐
every sermon he delivered, every havior and character.
that love Thee. Grant that I may
speech he gave showed the world
do the deed that wins Thy love.
that the Prophet was extraordinary.
Make Thy love dear to me more He is the personification of nobility, Whoever loves to
than my self, family and wealth.” of honor, and he represents hope. meet God, God loves
In fact, dozens upon dozens of books To many people living in the world to meet him.
show similar prayers from the today, and countless individuals
Prophet, praying with love, to God. throughout history, the image of the
As such it is undeniable, that while a God is not merciful to
Prophet is that of a man with the
family man, while a leader of a na‐ strongest character, the highest ex‐ him who is not so to
tion, Muhammad was also a man of pectations for himself, and the great‐ humankind. He who is
God, anchored in the love of the Al‐est hope for the world. It is an image not kind to God's crea‐
mighty. Such is the nature of a the of a man who embodies righteous‐ tion and to his own
Prophet. ness, a man who shows the world
children, God will not
The Prophet symbolizes perfection what a true man of God is.
in humanity. He symbolizes perfec‐ Muhammad, then, truly was the be kind to him.
tion in society. Many modern works final messenger of God.
are focused on promoting a particular
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