Chapter II

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The Exaltation of The Dignity of The Apostle of ALLAH (Sallallaho Alaihi Wasallem)

The Quran said: Did We not lay open thy(=Muhammad) chest. (94/1)

Under the heading ‘The Heart Operation In The 7the Century Revelation’ I have discussed how the chest of the Prophet (sallallaho alaihi wasallem) was laid open and purified from all possible weaknesses and impurities in which a human can indulge in. Among all the Prophets, he was the one who was elevated with this great dignity and rank known as ‘Shrah sadr’ (i.e. expansion of bosom to make one’s actions subservient to the pleasure of God only.)

When Adam (alaihi alsalam) ran into a fault, it was said unto him: “And Adam disobeyed his Lord, so went astray. ”(2o/121)

Noah (alaihi alsalam) had love for his infidel son so he beseeched: Lo! My son is of my family... He was told: Oh Noah he is not of thy family; he is of evil conduct. (11/ 45)

Moses (alaihi alsalam) happened to have slain a man among his foes. He intended to punish another, It was said of him:

Thou intend to be a tyrant in the land... (28/19)

All these lapses (not amounting to sin) happened to occur by the aforesaid prophets because those genes through which devil could entice to mislead were not extracted. That is why when a man was slain by Moses, he said: “This is of the devils doing, for he is an enemy that manifestly misleads.” (28/15) To the contrary the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho alaihi wasallem) was honoured, dignified, and made immune from running into any disobedience of his Lord because his chest was ripped open. (see previous pages) He was blessed with utmost divine love of God. He said:

Had I Chosen any bosom friend, I would have chosen the son Of Abi Quhafa (Abu Bakar) my bosom friend. No doubt your companion is friend to God. (Al Tirmizi)

And removed from thee thy burden, which weighed down thy back. (94/2-3)

The Arabic word ‘wizr’ means burden or load, here the ‘burden’ means the heavy burden which he used to feel at the time of the descent of the revelation, later it was eased down or that he used to be heavy hearted because of the enmity of Quraish against Islam and their sinful acts. That burden too was removed by his triumph over them. Few say he was laden with grief about the sins of his own people that too was done away as God granted him intercession for the faithful on the Doomsday.

The Quran has also used the word ‘wizr’ meaning sin’ referring common people. (17/15) Certainly, the prophets are made innocent, therefore, the word ‘wizr’ in this meaning is not referred to the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaho alaihi wasallam).

And exalted thy fame. (94/4)

Ibn Kathir referring to other scholars said: “God exalted the fame of the Prophet (sallallaho alaihi wasallem) among those who had come first (i.e. from Adam to Jesus), and also among those who would came last. And elevated him in dignity as God took the covenant from all the prophets to affirm faith in him and to order their people to acknowledge faith in Muhammad (sallallaho alaihi wasallem).” It is the reason he is also the Prophet of all the prophet (Nabi al Anbia). (See Vol. I part II pp. 85 to 96 and part III Ch: V. pp. 235 to 243 of this book)

Then his fame was further renowned among his people as God annexed his eulogium with him i.e.

I testify that Allah is Unique, there are no partners to him and Muhammad is his slave and Apostle.

God raised his eminence among the prophets and their people:

“When God made (His) covenant with the prophets...” (3/81-82)

Khazin referred to Ibn Abbas (radiallah anho) who said: “This covenant (to affirm faith) was taken particularly in favour of Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihi wasallem) from all the prophets and their people. Here (in the verse) only prophets were mentioned because the people are bond with their prophets. Ali bin Abi Talib (radiallah anho) said: “Allah did not send a prophet including Adam and others that He took covenant from him to affirm faith in him (Sallallaho alaihi wasallem) and he (=prophet) made his people to acknowledge faith in (Muhammad) and help him if they found him.” (Ibn Kathir)

Saeed al Khudri narrated from the Prophet (sallallaho alaihi wasallem). He asked Gabriel about the verse. “And exalted thy fame”. (He was replied), God said: You would be mentioned with my laudation. (Al Baghwi)

God raised his Prophet’s eminence in the land and in the skies as He said:

Lo! God and His angels send blessings on the Prophet. Oh ye that believe send ye blessings on him and salute him with a worth salutation. (33/56)

Omar bin Khattab narrated. The Apostle of Allah (sallallaho alaihi wasallem) said:

When Adam committed a mistake, he said: O God! I beseech you by Muhammad to forgive me. God said: O Adam! How could you know Muhammad and I have not created him?

(in body) He said: O God! when you created me by your own hands and blew in me of your Spirit, I raised my head, I saw written on the columns of the Throne “There are no partners to God, He is Unique. Muhammad is His Apostle.” So I learnt that you did not add a name with your name, save he is most beloved among all the creatures. God said: You uttered the truth. No doubt, he is most beloved among all the creatures. When you implored me by him, I forgave you. Had it not been for Muhammad, I would have not created you. (Al Baihaqui)

God raised the eminence of His Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallem) as every believer had to avow his belief in the unity of God and that Muhammad is His Apostle, and in call to five time daily prayers, He mentioned the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihi wasallem) with His Praise. All the prophets called their people to affirm faith in him.

God mentioned him in all his Divine Books. He repeatedly mentioned His Apostle with His name, made His obedience conditional to the obedience of His Apostle, and said:

Whoso obeyeth the Apostle, obeyeth Allah. (4/80)

However, God highly commended His Prophet as He made him the pivot head who gave all the tenets of Islam and the very basic ingredients of Islam are to testify the unity of God and to testify the very last prophet-hood of Muhammad (sallallaho alaihi wasallam).