Friday, 24 July 2020

Virtual Atfal Rally 2020: Patience of the Holy Prophet (sa)

The themes of this weekend's Virtual Atfal Rally 2020 include the Life of the Holy Prophet (sa) and the life of the Promised Messiah (as). So, Tahir Magazine is delighted to present articles on each of these topics. Here, Raza Mirza from Worcester Park has researched on the perfect patience and character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) from his biography.

Early Life
In 570 AD the Holy Prophet ﷺ was born in Mecca. He faced many hardships in life starting from his birth. His father, Abdullah passed away just a few months before his birth. His mother Amina looked after him for a mere 6 years and the she also passed away. After this Muhammad ﷺ lived with his paternal grandfather. Only two years on and at the age of 8 he now also lost his grandfather. Can you imagine the pain of loosing your loved ones who are your whole world at this tender age? His uncle, Abu Talib now became his guardian.

Adult Life and Prophethood

At the age of Forty he was chosen by Allah to be a Prophet to spread the teachings of Islam. The new religion of Islam was a challenge and many in Mecca accepted the challenge as enemies of the prophet. They decided not to meet arguments with arguments but to draw the sword and put down the dangerous teachings of Islam by force. A most cruel campaign began. Men and women were slaughtered brutally who embraced Islam, slaves who accepted Islam were dragged over burning sand and stones.

The Holy prophet ﷺ himself was no exception to the cruel treatment given to the faithful. On one occasion when he was in prostration, they laid the entrails of a camel on his back. Persecution became even more serious and unbearable. The Meccans decided to boycott the Muslims for 3 long years. After the boycott ended Holy Prophet’s wife Khadija died of poor health and his uncle a month later.

Meeting and preaching seemed impossible. This made the Holy Prophet (sa) sad. He decided to go elsewhere to preach. A place called Ta’if sixty miles south of Mecca, Soon the word got out and the people of Taif did not give him a chance either and set the gangs of the town to follow him out of the town by throwing stones at him. The Holy Prophet (sa) was bleeding from head to toe when an angel descended on him and asked him if he would like him to destroy the town, but the Holy Prophet (sa) said, “No”.

Mecca became an unbearable and deadly hostile hometown for the Holy Prophet (sa) who was forced to migrate to Medina.

On leaving Mecca he said, “Mecca though you are dearer to me than any other place in the world, but thy people would not let me live here.”

Personal Trials

The Holy Prophet ﷺ not only faced hardships in his life as a prophet, but he also went through painful events in his personal life too. After marriage he had to bear the loss of several children On one occasion he saw a woman wailing over the death of her child. He told her to be patient and to accept Gods will. The women didn’t know that she was being comforted by the Holy Prophet ﷺ and said, “If you ever have suffered the loss of a child as I have, you would have realised how difficult it is to be patient under such an affliction”. To this the Holy Prophet ﷺ replied,” I have suffered the loss of not one but seven children.”

Despite all the trials, we find the Holy Prophet (sa) always responded with patience and prayer and so Allah the Almighty blessed him with the ultimate victory. May we all learn lessons from his life and be able to follow in his footsteps. Amin.

Virtual Atfal Rally 2020: Proofs of the Promised Messiah (as)

The themes of this weekend's Virtual Atfal Rally 2020 include the Life of the Holy Prophet (sa) and the life of the Promised Messiah (as). So, Tahir Magazine is delighted to present articles on each of these topics. Here, Bilal Bonsu has researched two of the many proofs in favour of the Promised Messiah (as). 
Solar and Lunar Eclipses in the month of Ramadan
One major proof of the coming of the divine reformer was the Solar and Lunar Eclipses in the month of Ramadan. This happened in the year 1894 (1311 Hijri) in the eastern hemisphere of which fulfilled the prophecy of the Holy Prophet (saw). It was also repeated in the western hemisphere in 1895.

The Prophecy of the Holy prophet (saw) was recorded by Hazrat Ali bin Umar Albaghdadi Ad-Darqutani which follows:
"For our Mahdi there are two signs which have never appeared before since the creation of the heavens and the earth, namely, the moon will be eclipsed on the first night in Ramadan and the sun will be eclipsed on the middle day of Ramadan and these Signs have not appeared since God created the heavens and the earth."
The lunar eclipse occurred on the 13th day of Ramadan and the solar eclipse occurred on the 28th day of Ramadan on a Friday. This was a grand prophecy in the making with several news outlets at the time reporting on the phenomenon.
Prayer duel with John Alexander Dowie
An opponent of the Promised Messiah (as) from America was utterly humiliated and died in shame was John Alexander Dowie. He abused Islam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw). Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) wrote a leaflet in reply saying it was unnecessary of Dowie to do this.

Nevertheless Dowie continued and prayed for the destruction of Islam. Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) then wrote a booklet about his mission to reform mankind and that he had a sign to show the USA. The sign was that if Dowie entered the prayer contest directly or indirectly that the Promised Messiah (as) proposed that he would die in his lifetime in great pain and misery.

The leaflet was published in the West on a massive scale. Newspapers across Europe and America commented upon it. In the UK, the Glasgow Herald and the New York Commercial Advertiser had summaries published of it.

At the time, Dowie was at his zenith with money, followers and businesses. But all that was coming to an end.

His 'miraculous' powers began failing and he became ill. People wondered why he could heal people but not himself. They found bottles of wine in one of his rooms yet he forbade his followers from using and drinking intoxicants. His followers became infuriated and it also came to light that he misappropriated 1.5 million dollars in his organisations. His 100,000 followers shrunk to 200.

He eventually became mad and died with only 4 followers on the 8th of March 1907, within the lifetime of the Promised Messiah (as) - and despite the Promised Messiah (as) being much older! This was certainly a sign of the truthfulness of the Promised Messiah (as) and for the west - and even an American newspaper acknowledged his victory.
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