PROPHETS OF ALLAH (SWT) AND THEIR MISSION


This Monograph presents a graphic and interesting account of the origins, purpose, continuation and termination of the prophetic missions divinely commissioned by Allah (SWT) from the descent of Adam (PBUH) on earth till its conclusion with the mission of Muhammad (PBUH), the last or the seal of the prophets as revealed in the Qur'an. These prophetic missions were commenced and commissioned by Allah (SWT) to reform and guide human societies, in different stages of their growth and diverse geographical settings, from idolatrous and corrupt practices, to warn the respective peoples to follow the path of virtue and righteousness preached and practised by their respective prophets. They were also severely warned that if they defied the commands of Allah (SWT), as conveyed to them by their Prophets, they will be subjected to severe punishment in this world and in the Hell fire in the Hereafter.

In contradistinction to the humiliating fate of the defiant peoples of the various prophets, the Monograph stresses the fact that Allah (SWT) always protected His prophets, invariably rescued them from extremely difficult situations and blessed them with a life of honour and dignity. As for instance Prophet Nuh (Noah) (PBUH) together with his family members and his handful of followers were rescued in the Ark that he had built. Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (PBUH) emerged unharmed from the flaming fire in which he was thrown by the men of king Nimrod. Prophet Musa (Moses) (PBUH) along with Bani Israel crossed the Red Sea safely while Pharaoh and his entire army were drowned. And finally despite all the scheming, chicanery and efforts of the Pagans of Makkah, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) could safely migrate to Madinah.

The Monograph concludes with a brief discussion of the prophetic mission of Muhammad (PBUH) in order to reiterate and emphasise the continuity and unity of all prophetic missions. It is indeed remarkable that despite the stresses and strains he sustained, the tremendous difficulties and obstacles he encountered, nevertheless with the help of Allah (SWT), with his total dedication, grit and determination and with the unflinching, support, loyalty and devotion of his companions, Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) achieved signal and unparalleled success in his mission and finally succeeded in founding the Islamic state of Madinah which he administered successfully by implementing the Qur'anic laws.

Propagation of Deen-e-Islam was the mission of all the preceding prophets. It was perfected only during the prophetic mission of Muhammad (PBUH) and with its perfection the chain of divinely commissioned prophets was also terminated. However, his teachings were declared universally relevant since they included the essence of the teachings of all the preceding prophets. He was thus designated by Allah (SWT) as “Mercy to all mankind”, and His divinely revealed Book, Al-Qur’an, which has miraculously retained its originality, has been gifted to mankind as the eternal book of guidance to the path of piety and righteousness transcending time and space.