Friday, January 11, 2008

Defense of the Boundaries of the Religion

Defense of the Boundaries of the Religion

The day Ibraheem (the son of Muhammad, pbuh) died, there was an eclipse of the sun. The people began to say: "The sun has eclipsed for the death of Ibraheem", whereupon the messenger of Allah (pbuh) became angry and chastised them saying

"Verily, the sun and the moon are two signs of the signs of Allah, they do not eclipse for the death of anyone nor for his birth, so if you see that (an eclipse) then supplicate to God, reverence His name, pray and give charity" (Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

On another occasion, a man said: "God and You (O Muhammad) have willed this" regarding a certain matter. The Messenger of Allah then rebuked him saying

"Have you made me equal to God?" (Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

For the same reason, another time, a man was delivering a speech and said: "He who obeys God and His messenger is indeed wise, and he who disobeys Allah and his messenger has lost." Upon hearing this, the Messenger of Allah said

"You are the most evil of speakers" (Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Note: Muhammad (pbuh) did not want those listening to the speech to think that God and His messengers are in any way equal.

Muhammad (pbuh) also used to say

"Do not over-praise me as the Christians over-praised [Jesus] the son of Mary. For I am only His servant, so say: 'Allah's servant and messenger' " (Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

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