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Messengers of Strong Will

All the prophets while being equal in key qualities, some of them were superior to others. Some of them faced too much difficulties and troubles in the way of calling to Allah (Ta’ala) which they faced bravely and upheld their position with determination and courage. They withstood the troubles wholeheartedly and struggled in the cause of Allah (Ta’ala). Such messengers have been named Messengers of strong will. Allah (Ta’ala) says:

 فَٱصۡبِرۡ كَمَا صَبَرَ أُوْلُواْ ٱلۡعَزۡمِ مِنَ ٱلرُّسُلِ (الأحقاف : ٣٥)

Translation of Meaning: Therefore be patient (O Muhammad SAW) as did the Messengers of strong will. (Al-Ahqaf)

Messengers of strong will were as under:

Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam), Hadhrat Ibrahim (Alaihis Salam), Hadhrat Nooh (Alaihis Salam), Hadhrat Moosa (Alaihis Salam) and Hadhrat Eisa (Alaihis Salam).

It is a key requirement of the belief in the prophets that we should believe them to have possessed all those characters and qualities that are deemed necessary to render the duties of prophet hood, and that we should believe that they were free from all defects and deficiencies with which they would not have become an ideal for the people. A person who tells a lie in his worldly dealings, resort to false statements, whose words does not match with his deeds and who can retreat from what he had said, how can he be expected as not telling a lie about Allah (Ta’ala) and not fabricating false statements? There is a story mentioned in books of hadith about a case of Hercules of Rome related to Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam). When Hercules came to know that a prophet has emerged in the Arabian land, he called on the Arab traders. Hadhrat Abu Sufyan (RadhiAllahu Anhu) who till then was a disbeliever was available there. Hercules asked Abu Sufyan (RadhiAllahu Anhu) Does he tells lie to people? Abu Sufyan (RadhiAllahu Anhu) replied in negative. Hercules said a person who does not tell lie to people how he can fabricate a lie about Allah (Ta’ala). A prophet in fact used to be a representative of Allah (Ta’ala) not a self-styled leader or commander. He instead used to be a follower of the orders of Allah (Ta’ala). His sayings and deeds were criteria to distinguish between right and wrong and he was a yardstick to differentiate between good and evil. Entry into paradise or hellfire depended on his obedience or disobedience. It is worth pondering that a person with whom such far reaching results for the mankind were associated how grave is to attribute to him the least degree of deficiency? We can understand well the belief in a prophet and his qualities by this event which happened with Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RadhiAllahu Anhu). When Allah’s Messenger (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) said to people of Makkah that he went to Jerusalem from Makkah and returned back to Makkah within a single night, people went to Hadhrat Abu  Bakr (RadhiAllahu Anhu). They thought that since Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RadhiAllahu Anhu) had travelled to Jerusalem and knew that a round trip journey from Makkah to Jerusalem would take one month in going and one month in coming back, he would not believe in such a claim made by Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam). They went rejoicing to Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RadhiAllahu Anhu) thinking that today Muhammad would be belied by his own companion. They narrated the whole story to Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RadhiAllahu Anhu) and asked “Is it possible?”  Hadhrat Abu Bakr (RadhiAllahu Anhu) replied without the least hesitation “If Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) says then it is true”. To refute the realities beyond the capacity of the mind of a human being or doubting in their soundness provided that they are proven to have been said by the prophet is contrary to belief in prophet hood.

To believe that the prophets had told some things to specific persons or there are some sciences confined to some individuals transferred from chest to chest is not correct. In fact such claim is a false claim against a prophet. It is impossible for a prophet to conceal the right. Such things have nothing to do with our religion. Allah’s Messenger (SallAllahu Alaihi Wasallam) asked at the occasion of Hajjatul Weda’a (Farewell pilgrimage) saying:

‏أَلاَ هَلْ بَلَّغْتُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا نَعَمْ ‏.‏ قَالَ ‏”‏ اللَّهُمَّ اشْهَدْ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ (‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏

Translation of Meaning: “Behold, have I not conveyed (the Message of Allah)? They said: Yes. He said: O Allah, bear witness.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)

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