years had taken their toll on the Prophet Zakariyah (pbuh). He was
now old and bent with age, in his nineties. Despite his feebleness,
he went to the temple daily to deliver his sermons.
was not a rich man, but he was always ready to help those in need.
His one disappointment in life was that he had no children, for his
wife was barren. This worried him, for he feared there was no one
after him to carry out his work. The people needed a strong leader,
for it they were left on their own, they would move away from Allah’s
teachings and change the Holy Laws to suit themselves.
one of his visits to the temple, he went to check on Mary, who was
living in a secluded room of the temple. He was surprised to find
fresh out of season fruit in her room...
Jonah (Yunus) (pbuh) also known as Dhan-Nun. About his people
Almighty Allah said: Was
there any town community that believed after seeing the punishment,
and its Faith at that moment, saved it from the punishment? (the
answer is none)–except the people of Jonah; when they believed, We
removed from them the torment of disgrace in the life of the present
world, and permitted them to enjoy for a while. (Ch 10:98 Quran)
inhabitants of the town of Nineveh were idolaters who lived a
shameless life. Prophet Jonah (pbuh) was sent to teach them the
worship of Allah. The people disliked his interference in their way
of worship, so they argued. “We and our forefathers have
worshipped these gods for many years and no harm has come to us.”
as he might to convince them of the ...
remember Our slaves, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, (all) owners of
strength (in worshipping Us) and (also) of religious understanding.
Verily, We did choose them by granting them (a good thing ) the
remembrance of the home (in the Hereafter and they used to make the
people remember it, and also they used to invite the people to obey
Allah and to do good deeds for the Hereafter). And they are in Our
Sight, verily, of the chosen and the best! And remember Ishmael,
Elisha, and Dhul-Kifl, all are among the best. (Ch 38:45-48 Quran).
Ishaaq said that Elisha (pbuh) was sent to the children after Elijah
(pbuh). He lived among his people, calling them to Allah and abiding
by the message and laws of Elijah until he passed away. Then
dissension rose among them, and events took momentum...
inherited David’s prophethood and dominion. This was not a material
inheritance, as prophets do not bequeath their property. It is given
away to the poor and needy, not to their relatives. Prophet Muhammad
(pbuh) said: “The prophets’ property will not be inherited, and
whatever we leave is to be used for charity.” (Sahih
indeed We gave knowledge to David and Solomon, and they both said:
“All the praises and thanks be to Allah, Who has preferred us
above many of His believing slaves!”
Solomon inherited (the knowledge of) David. He said: “O mankind!
We have been taught the language of birds, and on us have been
bestowed all things. This, verily, is an evident grace (from Allah).”
there were gathered before Solomon his hosts of jinns and men, and...
the two armies faced each other, Goliath challenged any soldier from
King Saul’s army to single combat, as was the custom of battle in
those days. Goliath also wanted to show off his strength. The men
were terrorized, and no one had enough courage to volunteer. The king
offered the hand of his pretty daughter in marriage to the man who
would fight Goliath, but even this tempting offer did not change the
deadly silence among his soldiers.
to everyone’s surprise, a youth stepped forward. A roar of laughter
echoed from the enemy’s side, and even Saul’s men shook their heads.
young man was David (Dawud), from the city of Bethlehem. His elderly
father had chosen three of his sons to join Saul’s army...
the Almighty revealed the story of Shu’aib (pbuh): “To
the people of Madyan (Madian) (We sent) their brother Shu’aib. He
said: “O my people! Worship Allah, you have no other Ilah (God)
but Him. Verily! a clear proof (sign) from your Lord has come unto
you; so give full measure and full weight and wrong not men in their
things, and do not mischief on the earth after it has been set in
order that will be better for you, if you are believers. And sit not
on every road, threatening, and hindering from the Path of Allah
those who believe in Him, and seeking to make it crooked. Remember
when you were but few, and He multiplied you. See what was the end of
the Mufsideen (mischief makers, corrupts and liars)...
Ishaaq stated that he was a man of Rum. His name was Job, Ibn Mose,
Ibn Razeh, Ibn Esau, Ibn Isaac (pbuh), Ibn Abraham (pbuh). Someone
else said he was Job, Ibn Mose, Ibn Rimil, Ibn Esau, Ibn Isaac, Ibn
Jacob. There have also been other statements on his lineage. Ibn
Asaker narrated that his mother was a daughter of Lot (pbuh). It was
said, also that his father was one who believed in Abraham (pbuh)
when he was cast into the fire.
first opinion is the most plausible, because he was a descendant of
Abraham’s offspring as Allah Almighty declared: “That was Our
proof which We gave Abraham against his people. We raise whom We will
in degrees. Certainly your Lord is All-Wise, All Knowing...
is the most detailed and fascinating story in the Quran, involving
both human weaknesses such as jealousy, hatred, pride, passion,
deception, intrigue, cruelty, and terror as well as noble qualities
such as patience, loyalty, bravery, nobility, and compassion.
is related that among the reasons for its revelation is that the Jews
asked the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to tell them about Joseph (pbuh)
who was one of their old prophets. His story had been distorted in
parts and marred in others with interpolation and exclusions.
Therefore it was revealed in the Book of Allah (Quran), complete in
its minute and careful details.
the Almighty declared: We
relate unto you (Muhammad) the best of stories through Our
Revelations unto you, of this Quran. And before this (i.e...
day, Abraham woke up and asked his wife Hajar to get her son and
prepare for a long journey. In a few days Abraham started out with
his wife Hajar and their son Ishmael. The child was still nursing and
not yet weaned.
walked through cultivated land, desert, and mountains until he
reached the desert of the Arabian Peninsula and came to an
uncultivated valley having no fruit, no trees, no food, no water. The
valley had no sign of life. After Abraham had helped his wife and
child to dismount, he left them with a small amount of food and water
which was hardly enough for 2 days. He turned around and walked away.
He wife hurried after him asking: “Where are you going Abraham,
leaving us in this barren valley?”
did not answer her, but continued walking...
Abraham (PBUH) left Egypt accompanied by his nephew Lut (PBUH), who
then went to the city of Sodom (Sadum), which was on the western
shore of the Dead Sea.
city was filled with evil. Its residents waylaid, robbed and killed
travelers. Another common evil among them was that men had sex with
men instead of with women. This unnatural act later became known as
sodomy (after the city of Sodom). It was practiced openly and
was at the height of these crimes and sins that Allah revealed to
Prophet Lut (PBUH) that he should summon the people to give up their
indecent behavior, but they were so deeply sunk in their immoral
habits that they were deaf to Lot’s preaching...
the destruction of the Ad, the tribe of Thamud succeeded them in
power and glory. They also fell to idol-worshipping. As their
material wealth increased so, too, did their evil ways while their
virtue decreased. Like the people of Ad, they erected huge buildings
on the plains and hewed beautiful homes out of the hills. Tyranny and
oppression became prevalent as evil men ruled the land.
Allah sent unto them His Prophet Salih (PBUH), a man from among them.
His name was Salih Ibn Ubeid, Ibn Maseh, Ibn Ubeid, Ibn Hader, Ibn
Thamud, Ibn Ather, Ibn Eram, Ibn Noah. He called his people to
worship Allah alone, and to not associate partners with Him. While
some of them believed him, the majority of them disbelieved and
harmed him by both words and deeds. Salih directed them: “O
people of ‘Ad lived many years in the windswept hills of an area
between Yemen and Oman. They were physically well built and renowned
for their craftsmanship especially in the construction of tall
buildings with lofty towers. They were outstanding among all the
nations in power and wealth, which, unfortunately, made them arrogant
and boastful. Their political power was held in the hand of unjust
rulers, against whom no one dared to raise a voice.
were not ignorant of the existence of Allah, nor did they refuse to
worship Him. What they did refuse was to worship Allah alone. They
worshipped other gods, also, including idols. This is one sin Allah
does not forgive.
wanted to guide and discipline these people so He sent a prophet from
has praised Enoch, describing him as being a prophet and truthful:
Mention in the Book (Quran) Idris (Enoch).
Verily! He was a man of truth (and) a prophet. We raised him to a
(Ch 19:56-57 Quran).
was born and raised in Babylon following the teachings and religion
of Prophet Adam (pbuh) and his son Seth (pbuh). Enoch was the 5th
generation of the Prophet Adam. He called the people back to his
forefathers religion, but only a few listened to him, while the
majority turned away.
Enoch and his followers left Babylon for Egypt. There he carried on
his mission, calling people to what is just and fair, teaching them
certain prayers and instructing them to fast on certain days and to
give a portion of their wealth to the poor.
was the first of ...
Prophets, Ulul Azmi
the Almighty revealed:
Remember when your Lord said to the angels: ‘Verily, I am going to
place mankind generations after generations on earth.’ They said:
‘Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed
blood, while we glorify You with praises and thanks (exalted be You
above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify
You.’ Allah said: ‘I know that which you do not know.’
taught Adam all the names of everything, then He showed them to the
angels and said: “Tell Me the names of these if you are
truthful.” They (angels) said: “Glory be to You, we have no
knowledge except what You have taught us. Verily, it is You, the
All-Knower, the All-Wise.”
said: “O Adam! Inform them of their names,” and when he had
informed them of their ...
Prophets, Ulul Azmi
was Noah Ibn Lamik, Ibn Mitoshilkh, Ibn Enoch, Ibn yard, Ibn
Mahlabeel, Ibn Qinan, Ibn Anoush, Ibn Seth, Ibn Adam the Father of
to the history of the People of the Book, (refers to the Jews, and
Christians, so called by Allah because they received Revealed Books,
Taurat, Zabur and Injeel. These names are translated ‘Torah, Psalms,
and Gospels’ respectively, but the books that are extent are corrupt.
Of the Revealed Books, ONLY the Quran remains exactly as it was
period between the birth of Noah and the death of Adam was 146 years.
(According to Genesis 5 (new Revised Standard Version), Noah was born
one hundred and twenty six years after the death of Adam...
Prophets, Ulul Azmi
many verses of the Glorious Qur’an Allah the Exalted denied the claim
of the Christians that He has a son. A delegation from Nagran came to
the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They began to talk about their claim
about the Trinity, which is that Allah is three in one, the Father,
the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with some disagreement among their
sects. That is why Allah affirmed in many verses of the Qur’an that
Jesus is a slave of Allah, whom He molded in the womb of his mother
like any other of His creatures, and that He created him without a
father, as He created Adam without a father or a mother.
the Almighty said:
Allah chose Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of Imran
above the Alamin (mankind and jinns)(of their times)...
Prophets, Ulul Azmi
pharaoh who ruled Egypt was a tyrant who oppressed the descendants of
Jacob (pbuh), known as the children of Israel (Bani Israel). He used
every means to demean and disgrace them. They were kept in bondage
and forced to work for him for small wages or nothing. Under this
system the people obeyed and worshipped the pharaoh, and the ruling
class carried out his orders, thereby authorizing his tyranny and
pharaoh wanted the people to obey him only, and to believe in the
gods of his invention. Perhaps, during that time, there were many
classes of people who did not believe in or practice polytheism;
however, they kept this to themselves and outwardly did as they were
expected to do, without revolting or revealing themselves to anyone.
successive dynasties c...
Prophets, Ulul Azmi
of the People of the Book stated that his name was Abraham Ibn
Tarikh, Ibn Nahur, Ibn Sarough, Ibn Raghu, Ibn Phaligh, Ibn Aher, Ibn
Shalih, Ibn Arfghshand, Ibn Sam, Ibn Noah.
said that when Tarikh was seventy five years old, he had Abraham,
Nahor (Nohour) and Haran. Haran had a son named Lot. They also said
that Abraham was the middle child and that Haran died in the lifetime
of his father in the land where he was born, the land of the
Chaldeans (Al Kaldanieen), also known as Babylonia. At that time some
people worshipped idols of stone and wood; others worshipped the
planets, stars, sun and moon; still others worshipped their kings and
was born into that atmosphere, into a typical family of that ancient
(pbuh) was born in Mecca ( Makkah), Arabia, on Monday, 12 Rabi’
Al-Awal (2 August A.D. 570). His mother, Aminah, was the daughter of
Wahb Ibn Abdu Manaf of the Zahrah family. His father, ‘Abdullah, was
the son of Abdul Muttalib. His genealogy has been traced to the noble
house of Ishmael, the son of Prophet Abraham in about the fortieth
descend. Muhammad’s father died before his birth.
he was six years old his mother died, and the doubly orphaned
Muhammad was put under the charge of his grandfather Abdul Muttalib
who took the most tender care of him. But the old chief died two
years afterwards. On his deathbed he confided to his son Abu Talib
the charge of the little orphan.
Muhammad was twelve years old, he accompanied his uncle Abu Tali...