The messengers of god
Prophets. Men of God sent during dark periods of moral decline, to bring people back to God. Prophets are those exceedingly rare persons whom God has granted extraordinary spiritual capacities, similar to how some people are born with special physical abilities. This spiritual capacity to have communion with God is not something supernatural that only prophets possess though, rather this is the province of all mankind, and indeed is the purpose for which mankind was created - to hold communion with the Divine. However, though spiritual faculties and the ability to advance in cognition of God is latent within all people, these spiritual capacities are at their apex within prophets of God.
An essential part of being a Muslim means accepting all of the many thousands of prophets sent to reform their respective nations throughout the world and throughout history. This Quranic injunction to believe in every prophet, is unique only to the teachings of Islam. Claiming to be the final religion from God - the culmination of thousands of years of evolution of religion sent down by Allah - Islam encompasses the valuable stories taught by all prophets of the past and has brought forth a teaching so vast in scope, that it is applicable until the end of time.
Muslims believe that prophets are sinless – for how can blind lead the blind? Prophets are pure souls who are free from any moral failing, living a life of utmost integrity, honesty and humility, which enhances their spiritual faculties to the pinnacle of human limit and enables them to conceive of God at levels far beyond ordinary people, culminating in divine revelation. A prophet lives his entire life amongst his people, known amongst them for his irreproachable character and nobility, which serves as the fundamental proof of his truth after he gets the divine call.
Prophets Were Raised Among Every Nation
The Qur`an makes the fascinating, and liberating declaration, that God has sent His Word and guidance to all peoples of the world, and has not restricted divine guidance only to certain regions. The Qur`an states: “And We did raise among every people a Messenger” (16:37)
The belief in all prophets is a revolutionary teaching that strikes a chord with man and illustrates the universality of Islam. This ideology also paves the way for inter-faith harmony, and advocates for Muslims to be at peace with followers of other religions because Muslims believe in the truthfulness of all prophets.
The full belief in all prophets aids the moral state of man and removes all feelings of remorse from people of different faiths. Muslims believe in all prophets that have appeared in the world, regardless of whether they dwelt in India or Persia or China, or in some other country - Muslims believe in the truth of them - one and all.
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The belief in all prophets is a revolutionary teaching that strikes a chord with man and illustrates the universality of Islam. This ideology also paves the way for inter-faith harmony, and advocates for Muslims to be at peace with followers of other religions because Muslims believe in the truthfulness of all prophets. The full belief in all prophets aids the moral state of man and removes all feelings of remorse from people of different faiths. Muslims believe in all prophets that have appeared in the world, regardless of whether they dwelt in India or Persia or China, or in some other country - Muslims believe in the truth of them - one and all.
All Prophets Are on the Same Team
A relay team throughout time, each prophet brought a more complete message than the last, in accordance with human development, while also foretelling the next prophet to come. About Prophet Muhammad, Jesus said: “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth” (John, 16:12-13)
Muslims Believe in All Prophets
Jews believes only in the prophets of Israel; a Christian believes in Jesus and the prophets of Israel; a Buddhist only in Buddha and a Hindu accepts only Krishna. But Muslims believe in all prophets, including Muhammad, through whom God revealed the universal faith, fulfilling all earlier religions.
The Prophet of Our Age
But after centuries of prophet after prophet, where have all the prophets gone? Is the system of prophethood finished? Do prophets not appear anymore?
A common feature of every religion, is that they all originated from one God and each one prophesied a reformer in the latter days who would unite all people under one universal faith and bring them back to God. Everybody is waiting for that reformer...The wait is over.
The Prophet foretold that in the latter days, his followers would stray from the true teachings of Islam and that God would raise a reformer amongst the Muslims who would correct their wrong beliefs and also clear the wrong notions that crept into all others faiths, which are the root of all the problems with religion today. This reformer would be the same one awaited by and foretold by all the world's major religions. In 1889, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad founded the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at and claimed to be that Promised Messiah of the latter days whose mission was to bring mankind back to God.
Prophet Adam was the first law-bearing prophet that God sent to mankind, and Prophet Muhammad (sa) was the final law-bearing prophet for mankind. There is no exhaustive list or historical record of every prophet that has walked the surface of the Earth, but stories essential for moral development have been documented over time
Enough evidence can be presented from the Mahabharat and Bhagavad Gita (Two renowned Hindu scriptures) that Krishna never claimed Godhead for himself, nor did he ever claim immortality. Krishna (Peace be upon him) can easily be identified as just another prophet of God, no different from those who appeared before or after him throughout the recorded history of religion.
A close examination of Buddha's biography reveals that in his lifestyle, he was not any different from other prophets of God, who appeared in different parts of the world. There is a universality about the character and style of prophets which can also be discerned in the life of Buddha.
The erroneous popular belief in the Godless origin of Buddhism was spread largely by the Western scholars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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