The first months after revelation. Let’s imagine and visualize . . . . The Prophet (saws) first week after the experience with Jibril (as). Do you see him shivering and running down the mountain in fear.
Can you imagine what the Prophet was feeling?
He told her,” I was afraid for my self” and he started relating to her the strange experience. He was afraid that he had been touched by the Jinn.
Both are not good. The religious one will put people off religion by his bad manners. The second will give people a wrong impression and make them believe that religion is not important as long as manners are good. Why can't we be both?
He was listening to what he had read in the holy books about the last prophet who was to come.
[Note: It was a short meeting not enough time for Orientalist to claim that the Prophet learned about religion from Waraqa]
He asked Waraqa, “Will they expel me?”
Waraq said, “Yes, anyone who came with something similar to what you have brought was treated with hostility. And if I witness your days I shall help you wholeheartedly.”
Look at his intention !!!! Intend to do good in events that are yet to come in the ahadeeth of the Prophet (saw)
Do you know how many times they attempted to kill the prophet (saws)? 9 times. How can Waraqa say it with certainty?
Such is the path of truth. The path of truth simply crosses the interests of the oppressors. They will not let truth and good prevail, and they will use all their means to suppress it [media, weapons, politics, etc.]
He understood Quraysh—who had placed 360 idols around the Ka’ba for their own interests:
He told her “Tell him to stay firm!” –a wife helps to her husband stay firm, because road ahead needed patience and sacrifice.
You too should take Waraqa’s advise—know that to be a Muslim, and strive to be one of quality is a road that requires steadfastness, patience and sacrifice . . .
Waraqa said, “I wish I were young and strong.” It was as if Waraqa was telling the Prophet (saw) that his message needed the youth.
The mission requires youth to stand by Muhammad (saw) and support the cause. The amazing thing is that, Waraqa died a few days later, as if Allah (SWT) made him live that long (90 years) only to explain to Muhammad what was to come. He fulfilled the purpose assigned to him by Allah—it was his ARROW which HIT THE TARGET !!!!
Always allow yourself to think things over, before giving your “word.”
Muhammad saw him after a while sitting on a throne between the earth and heavens filling the entire horizon and telling him, “Muhammad, you are Allah’s messenger and I am Jibril from heavens.”
The Messenger of Allah said, describing Jibril: "I saw Jibril descending from heaven, and his great size filled the space between heaven and earth." (Reported by Muslim, no. 177).
‘AbdullaahibnMas‘ood, who said: “the Messenger of Allah saw Jibril in his true form. He had six hundred wings, each of which covered the horizon. There fell from his wings jewels, pearls and rubies, only Allah knows about them."
Jibril (as) took the Prophet (saw) outside of Makkah. He hit the earth with his wing and a spring of water came forth. Then, he started performing wudu and the prayers while Muhammad (saw) watched, memorized and imitated.
Afterwards, Jibril told him to pray two Raka’as (units of the prayer) in the morning and two Raka’as in the evening. This is how prayers started based on the simulation (imitation) method.
The Prophet (saw) said in the following hadith about prayer: “Islam is the head of the matter; and prayer is its pillar.”
Narrated Ibn 'Umar, Allah's Apostle, “Islam is based on (the following) five (principles):
That you can’t find it in yourself to—out of arrogance—to come down on your hands and knees and put your forehead on the ground for Allah (SWT). It is simple as that. Your “arrogant self” can’t seem to be able to bring itself to do that. No matter how much one claims they are humble and down to earth—”down to earth” means towards Allah (SWT) and not towards people.
House analogy—if you break the walls it’s not a huge problem, but when you break the foundation of the home there is no doubt that it will fall.
The Prophet (saws) said, “Narrated 'Abdullah: I asked the Prophet ‘Which deed is the dearest to Allah?’ He replied, ‘To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times.’ I asked, ‘What is the next (in goodness)?’ He replied, ‘To be good and dutiful to your parents.’ I asked again, ‘What is the next (in goodness)?’ He replied, ‘To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah's cause.’ 'Abdullah added, ‘I asked only that much and if I had asked more, the Prophet would have told me more.’”
Surat Al-Muzzammil(Muffled): “You who are muffled in our garments! Up and wake in the might, all but a little! The half of it, or diminish it a little! Of add to it! And chant the Qur’an in a plain chant.” (73:1-4)
“You who are enfolded in your garments, stand up and warn! Magnify your Lord! Purify your garments! And abandon your impurity! And give not, hoping to gain more! Be Steadfast to your Lord!” (74:1-7)
“Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds: Merciful to all, Compassionate to each! Lord of the Day of Judgment, It is You we worship, and upon You we call for help. Guide us to the straight path, The path of those upon whom Your grace abounds, Not those upon whom anger falls, Nor those who are lost.” (1:1-7)
Having informed Muhammad of these requirements, the revelation stopped for two months in order for Muhammad to set a plan for his mission since this was his task not Jibril’s.
During these two months, the Prophet got really worried thinking that he had done something wrong and that Allah (SWT) had abandoned him—he (saw) got depressed.
Allah’s (SWT) kind words were revealed to comfort him in Surat Ad-Duha, in which Allay says, “By prime of morning, and night when it settles! Your Lord has not abandoned you, nor disdains. The Last is before for you than the First. Your Lord shall give you, and you shall be content . . .
Did He not find you an orphan and sheltered you? And you found you erring, and guided you? And found you dependent and enriched you?” (93:1-10)
Salim bin `Abdullah bin `Umar bin Al-Khattab (raa) reported, on the authority of his father, that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "What an excellent man `Abdullah is! If only he could perform optional prayers at night.'' Salim said that after this, (his father) `Abdullah slept very little at night."
Abu Umama al-Bahili (raa) reports that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, “Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of the righteous before you, a way of drawing closer to your Lord, an expiation for wrong deeds, and a shield from sin.” In some narrations, there is an addition, “And it repels sickness from the body.”
Committed to the message and would support him:
He said he wanted some time to think about it. Then the following day, when the Prophet asked him what his decision was, Ali answered, “Repeat what you said yesterday.” Having thought it over, he embraced Islam and uttered Al-ShahadaTwo days later, Abu-Taleb saw Ali praying and asked him about it, to which he answered, “I followed Muhammad and committed myself to the true way. This is the true way.” Abu-Taleb said, “Stay as you are. Muhammad would never command you except with what is right.”
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