Guest Author - Linda Heywood
In the Quran chapter forty seven is entitled Mohamed. In this chapter we are given the first pillar of Islam, La Elaha Ella Allah, There is no other god beside God. It was the first commandment given to Moses, “You shall have no other god beside me.”
Chapter 47, verse 19
You shall know that, “There is no other god beside God,” and ask forgiveness of your sins and the sins of all believing men and women. God is fully aware of your decisions and your ultimate destiny.
There is no-where in the Quran that tells us to add the prophet Mohamed’s name to the declaration (shahadah) because we are declaring our faith to God and not to Mohamed. When Mohamed’s name is added to the declaration of faith he becomes a man idolised alongside God. God knows Mohamed is His prophet and we do not have to continually remind Him. Why not add Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the rest of God’s prophets to the declaration of faith too?
Why would Mohamed add his name to the primary commandment of ‘worship God alone’ which is decreed for all mankind in all religions? He didn’t, the followers of Islam have added it themselves, and Mohamed worshipped God alone.
Mohamed is described in the Quran as a messenger and the final prophet. There is sometimes confusion as to the difference between a messenger and a prophet. A messenger (rasoul) delivers the word of God and a prophet (nabi) always brings a new scripture from God. All prophets are messengers but not all messengers are prophets. Mohamed was the seal of prophets delivering God’s final scripture.
Chapter 33, verse 40
Mohamed is not the father of any man among you. He was a messenger of God and the final prophet. God is fully aware of all things.
Mohamed had one mission during the final part of his life, despite all the stories written about him, and that was to deliver mankind the final scripture from God, the Quran. His duty was to convey the message of God to mankind.
Chapter 64, verse 12
You shall obey God and you shall obey the messenger. If you turn away, then the sole mission of our messenger is to deliver the message.
Muslims today have misinterpreted the words ‘obey the messenger’ to mean obey Mohamed by following so called hadith and sunnah ascribed to him by people such as Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawood and others who wrote conjecture and attributed it to the prophet. These people did not know the prophet and everything they wrote about him was hearsay and contradicts the Quran. Who gave them the authority to write other than the Quran as instructions on how to practise Islam?
Chapter 45, verse 6
These are God’s revelations that we recite to you truthfully. In which hadith other than God and His revelations do they believe?
There are hadiths which have the prophet Mohamed telling his followers specifically not to write down anything he says other than the Quran. For some reason these hadiths have been totally overlooked.
"Do not write anything from me; whoever has written anything from me other than the Quran let him erase it." (Narrated by Muslim, al-Zuhd wa'l-Raqaa'iq, 5326)
The prophet said, “Do not write down anything from me except the Quran.” (Narrated by Ahmed, Vol.1, page 171)
Mohamed only followed the Quran he recited. He was also told not to teach the Quran as God is the Teacher of the Quran (55:2). Mohamed did not make up his own religion as he went along he followed the Quran which was recited to him and which he wrote down, as he was not illiterate as Muslims claim he was.
Chapter 75, verses 16-19
Do not move your tongue to hasten it. It is we who will collect it into Quran. Once we recite it, you shall follow such a Quran. Then it is we who will explain it.
Despite the vicious stories that have been spread by his enemies over the centuries Mohamed was a man of God. He was chosen by God to deliver His final written words to us. What a huge responsibility that must have been when people around wanted him dead for doing God’s work. All of God’s prophets were disbelieved in their time by those around them, except by the few who knew they were from God, they were all shunned and abused by the non-believers and Mohamed was no exception. Prophets are human and are tested too.
Mohamed was inspired by God. He was chosen to be the last of Gods’ prophets. Who are we to question God?
Chapter 16, verse 123
Then we inspired you to follow the religion of Abraham, the monotheist; he was never an idol worshipper.