When Almighty Allah created Prophet Adam عليه السلام, it was for the purpose of sending a vicegerent on the Earth who would remind people of God, to ensure that humanity would become subservient to Him and would spend their days and nights in awe of the Magnificent Creator, praising no-one but Him and turning to no-one but His Divine Light. However, after the physical departure of Prophet Adam عليه السلام from this world, it soon became apparent that the religion and the teachings of Prophet Adam عليه السلام began to fade. Who was to revive the Islamic teachings once again, to enjoin good and forbid evil? Thus the chain of Prophethood began; with each Prophet, there came a nation who would be divided in loyalty to him whilst there would remain a group steadfast in the acceptance of the religion of the Prophet. Hardships were suffered and each nation was a trial and a tribulation for the Prophet of that time; some were ridiculed, others were shunned, and some were mercilessly martyred. After Prophet Isa عليه السلام no Prophet had appeared for approximately 400 years, according to both Biblical and Prophetic traditions. This gap was enough to make mankind fall from grace; the worst society was undoubtedly that of the Arabs and even the People of the Book had distanced themselves from them, staying firm on the path of monotheism.
It was inevitably expected that a Prophet would appear unlike any before, whose Eminence would be sufficient to enlighten mankind until the end of time and whose Prophethood would have the power to turn even the most rejected of beings towards God. The Jews were certain that the final Prophet would be from amongst them, of the Ishaqi lineage of Prophet Ibrahim عليه السلام as all previous Prophets had belonged to the Bani Israeel. The Holy Qur’an, when later revealed, states that the people of the Book, in particular the Jews, recognised the Messenger of God ﷺ as they had recognised their own sons:
“And those to whom We have given the Book recognize (the Final) Messenger (the Venerable Muhammad [blessings and peace be upon him] and his glory and majesty) as they doubtlessly identify their own sons.”
This was because the Torah had many signs which depicted precise attributes matched only to the Final Messenger ﷺ. However, various Christian scholars, had seen the degradation of the Arab Society and there were many wise men who believed that the final Prophet was to come from amongst the Arabs. Which other nation was more in need of guidance from God than a society which buried their daughters alive? Gambled aimlessly and drowned themselves in alcohol? Worshipped stones which could neither speak nor answer their intercession? Who had no respect for women or men? Whose morals would put animals to shame? Who had forgotten the Abrahamic teachings despite being overlords of the Ka’bah?
In such destitute times, Almighty Allah graced mankind with the spiritual and physical presence of the Final Prophet ﷺ, known to the residents of the Earth as Muhammad ﷺ and the residents of Heaven, Ahmad ﷺ.
Amongst the Christian scholars who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, one such scholar was Bahira; a monk who lived in a monarchy in Busrah, on the way to Syria. On one of his endless trips to Syria for trade, Sayyidina Abu Talib (Radhia’Allahu ‘Anhu) took his orphaned nephew, Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ with him. Upon seeing a piece of a cloud giving shelter to a member of the caravan, Bahira began to suspect that the awaited Prophet was amongst them. Upon further inspection and discussion, he realised that the child who he spoke to was well beyond his years in his intellect and mannerisms and, unable to resist, Bahira asked to see the seal of the Prophethood marked in the upper right back of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. Bahira knew for sure this was the promised Messenger and warned Sayyidina Abu Talib (Radhia’Allahu ‘Anhu) not to let the people, particularly the Jews, know of who this blessed child was, for his enemies would be vast and the Jews would do their best to put an end to Him ﷺ. Another Christian scholar who recognised the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was the cousin of Sayyida Khadija (Radhia’Allahu ‘Anha), Warqa bin Nawfal, who attested that God spoke to His Messengers the way Sayyidina Jibraeel عليه السلام spoke to Him ﷺ in the Cave of Hira when the first revelation was revealed. He also said that were he to live when Prophethood was announced, he would be amongst the believers as he knew that Islam would be in need of as many supporters as possible, particularly battling against the enmity of the pagan Arabs and the arrogant Jews. Had the signs not been made so apparent by Almighty Allah, how would the scholars and the people of the Book know exactly who the Holy Prophet ﷺ was? It is clear that the obvious signs would be given to ensure that the saviour would be recognised by the people. However, the people purposely chose to ignore His ﷺ message:
“But certainly, a party of them is deliberately concealing the truth.”
The Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ is therefore referred to in the Holy Qur’an as a mercy for the worlds:
“And, (O Esteemed Messenger,) We have not sent you but as a mercy for all the worlds”
This was because it was due to Almighty Allah’s mercy that He decided to take mankind out of chaos and into guidance through the blessed presence of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. He ﷺ took people out of the darkness of immorality, establishing a society of morals and values, developing a system of justice and democracy. He ﷺ emphasised the importance of knowledge in order to overcome ignorance and made the people aware of their rights as freed men, not belonging to anyone but God. Furthermore, the political system of Madinah became the only one of its kind throughout history, and soon a constitution was developed which would ensure political and religious freedom of expression, granting equality to every citizen of Madinah who sought protection.
Was the Messenger of God ﷺ not an ambassador of truth? An example to the whole mankind? Did He ﷺ not have the people’s best interest at heart, to stop them living like animals and start living as God had intended, as ashraf-ul-Makhluqāt? Had the People of the Book not known that this was the final and most beloved Prophet who would bring with Him ﷺ the message of love and equality?
Despite this, the Jews refused His ﷺ message and changed the books so that the people would be unable to recognise the Prophet who had been detailed so precisely, and would be compelled to reject His ﷺ Prophethood. The result of such misguidance was due to the jealousy and pride of the Jews who could not bear that this blessing had been lifted from the Bani Israeel, the sons of Ishaq عليه السلام, and had been transferred instead to the lineage of Ismaeel عليه السلام. Selling their souls for a trade of evil bought their generations an eternal abode in the pits of hell.
Ironically, the learned society of the Jews was no better than the uneducated pagan society of Makkah. Whilst the People of the Book had been given intellectual signs which they ignored with their metaphorical sight, the illiterate Arabs were given miracles which they ignored with their physical eyes. Testifying to His ﷺ honesty, they soon retracted their belief which was based on their 40-year old knowledge of the character of the Holy Prophet ﷺ, accusing Him ﷺ instead, of falsehood, sorcery and ma’adh’Allah, madness. Unfortunate was the society who witnessed the moon split in half and still threw stones at His ﷺ blessed person, refusing to comprehend the greatness of the Master of the heavens and the earth.
The life of the Holy Prophet ﷺ is an uswatun-hasana, a perfect example for all communities to adhere to, for all ages, all people, whether they are believers or not. It is for this reason that the life of the Holy Prophet ﷺ can be applied to any age and time. It doesn’t take long to realise that there are attributes of the current society of Pakistan which mirror the attributes of the people of Makkah. Our daughters are raped and buried alive; our sons are succumbed into believing that great pleasure lies in paradise if they but don a suicide vest; our mothers are forced to sell their bodies, their children or end the lives of their children as they cannot afford to keep their offspring living; our fathers are either unemployed or are shot dead trying to earn a halal wealth; the educated sector such as the teachers, doctors and nurses are forced to protest for their rights which are met by batons and violence; our society has forgotten religious values and morals and filth rears its ugly head on the corner of every street. Whilst this is happening, the overlords, the elite, the people of wealth, the media, the status-quo are all too busy trying to quench their insatiable thirst for power and greed by squeezing as much as they possibly can from the common man. In a society which has hit its lowest, where not even the resting place of the founding father is at peace, surely there must be some pious person who prays to Almighty Allah, with an entreaty so heart wrenching, for a better life? Surely the souls of Qaid-i-Azam (Radhia’Allahu ‘Anhu), Allama Iqbal (Radhia’Allahu ‘Anhu), Shaykh Tahir Alauddin Al-Gilani (Radhia’Allahu ‘Anhu), Data Ali Al-Hujweri (Radhia’Allahu ‘Anhu), Sayyidina Abdullah Shah Ghazi (Radhia’Allahu ‘Anhu) and the numerous Awliya of Multan are pleading to Almighty Allah to shower His mercy on the innocent people who are suffering needlessly at the hands of evil?
Almighty Allah clearly states to call Him in times of distress,
“And your Lord has said: ‘Always pray to Me; I shall certainly grant your prayer.”
It is no secret that His Mercy is vast; perhaps it is for this reason that we have been blessed with Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri. In this day and age, there is not a single man who compares to him, who can match his vision and intellect, his revolutionary spirit, his invincible dedication to overcome oppression and falsehood and to ensure that the only victory is that of truth. To understand that Dr Tahir ul Qadri is blessed directly with the spiritual faiz of the Holy Prophet ﷺ is by far a great blessing.
Unaccountable books have been written proclaiming the coming of a saviour who would come one day to save Pakistan, bringing with him an Islamic revolution which would elevate the status of not only Pakistan, but Islam in the entire world. He would be firm when dealing with the corrupt, and compassionate when dealing with the weak; his force of justice would be one to reckon with. Today, we see several intellectuals who have studied such books to the very core, several journalists who have written numerous articles about his coming and his signs, several leaders who, being ambassadors of patriotism, are waiting impatiently for his arrival. How must one feel to know then, that these very people were the first to unite against Dr Tahir ul Qadri, the first to accuse him of derailing democracy, the first to warn their followers to stay away from him?
The only satisfaction one can achieve from this sad state of affairs is the knowledge that Dr Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri is indeed following the prophetic legacy, and as per tradition, opposition against truth is obligatory.
“You are not on the true path if you do not have any opposition”
Our duty, however, is to understand that the Seerah of the Holy Prophet ﷺ gives one the hope of victory in a time of hopelessness and distress. If we are to truly follow the Prophetic path, then we must follow the leader who desires nothing other than a prophetic system, a “Mustafvi Nizam.”
Operation Pakistan has commenced under the leadership of Dr Tahir ul Qadri, adhering strictly to the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet ﷺ. The question is, will you stand with the idols of ignorance or will you tear them to pieces and raise the slogan of “Allahu Akbar” in the four corners of the world?
by Mariya Qadri
Team Operation Pakistan