The first and most basic or scientific issue of human life is that, rather the basic questions of human beings are that,
• Who am I?
• Where have I come from?
• Who has sent me?
• Have i come by myself, or
• I’ve been brought?
• And then where I have to go, what exactly is my destination?
• Who has created me, who is that, what is the relation to me who has sent me OR created me in this world.
• What is the purpose of my arrival in this world?
• Should i keep relation with him?
These are some such questions that disturb every sensible man; their practical life is dependent on the answers to these questions. If answers to these questions will be correct so life will go through the right way and if the answers to these questions will be wrong thus the entire life will go wrong. It is difficult now that humans respond to these questions in such a way because today is one answer and then tomorrow is something else; the answers to these questions are different in nature. I replied something but you answered something else, and even if you answered something today then tomorrow is something else. There is no satisfaction on any answer. It seems that human beings are helpless to understand or answered these ordinary questions or it’s worthless to answer them. What is the human mind? What is its thoughtfulness and what is its deliberation in actual. Actually we are the slaves of our five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch). These are the major sources of our routine life to examine things and other matters routine life. Sadly, these sources are imperfect and limited and these are the deceiving ones as well.
Sometimes we also have an illusion. One thing is very big, but it looks a little bit. For example, sun and moon is seen as two round plates, but in fact, they both are a huge and big world. Sometimes things look great or sometimes things looks small, but reality is contrary to it. Sometimes things are never exists but it can be seen it is called illusion. For example you see water in the desert but in fact it doesn’t exist. It shows that the information given by the five senses of human beings are not really correct and they are limited. For example I can listen to a certain extent; I do not have the power of listening more than that. I can see to a certain extent; I cannot see far more than that. We will be able to work with wisdom (mind) and understanding according to their information. We collect these information’s then we create links among them and from them we take out the results. We call them a rational foundation.
The problem is that our minds are inauspicious. Our mind depends on these helpless and limited five senses. That is why the outcome results are not based on the fact. God’s revelation comes to our help on this occasion. God’s messenger is come as well. And then the God’s Prophet’s comes to give the correct answers to all these above questions. And the Prophets of God are not slaves of these humble imperfect and limited five senses. They do not talk which is based on thought, doubt or idea, but the Prophets of Allah speak straight and easy. Because the source of knowledge of God’s Prophet is very sure and perfect.
Because God gives knowledge to their Prophets only by himself. He is sent them for the guidance of people. The Prophet of Allah is communicating with God therefore; there is no possibility of error in the knowledge of God’s Prophet. That’s why those people who just trust on the basis of mind, their thinking, life style and attitude are totally different. On the contrary to those who are Prophets of God, and give knowledge to us only on the basis of revelation, their way of thinking, life style everything is different. There is a significant difference between them. People who live only with mind’s thinking, which is depend on five senses of human beings they do not even trust their conversation or idea. Because the basis of their talk is based on estimates and doubts.
Those who get results only on the basis of reasoning, ideas and on the basis of mind. Actually there is no agreement on even one thing among those people whether it is philosophers or thinkers. One saying something and the other is something else. Even they living in a single house, but there is a differences in their thinking. Because they think on the basis of five sense which are limited and meager as well. Therefore on the contrary Prophets of God say anything today; they say the same thing even after hundred years. Because there is no doubt in their statement. Because they say anything based on the knowledge of God. When God Almighty has begun revealed his Prophets so the most surprising thing is that, one Prophet came in Arab so second one in Iraq and third one came in Egypt. One Prophet came thousand years ago, and another Prophet came two thousand years later. There is a difference between thousands of years and thousands of miles among those Prophets of God but their statement based on reality. But everything is unique among their statement.
All the Prophets of Allah Almighty are saying the same thing. It is not based on the five senses of human beings which are helpless and imperfect. And then anything they say they show them practically. Their entire life is a symbol of characters. When you go anywhere in the world because there is no region in the world where no Prophet of God has come. And no nation is there in the world in which God has not sent any Messenger.
Anywhere you see the truth, any example of morality, trust, mutual love in humans and honesty when you find the source of it, the attributes of all these humans examples will be a matter of a Prophet of God. When you find the affection and the conscience of all human beings it will be a God’s Messenger. It to be proved and it came to know that all of them were sent by the single entity.
The person who lives only on the basis of his own mind and their own five senses, then he is unmannered and uneducated person and he missed the right path. The entity who gives certain knowledge, faith, ethics, and spirituality, Love of humanity, maturity character and integrity to the person is actually the Prophet. If seen by this belief, the most important need of man is the Prophet of God. That’s why the annunciation and apostleship of Messengers is the great Gift and favor of God. Because by means of the messenger, human beings are devoted and joined to God. Man becomes related and contacted to God. Thus man achieves and accepts the message and knowledge sent by God through Messengers. And practices on it. That is why the actual benefit of prophecy is this, man was in doubt before this and he/she got the real and trusted wealth. Now man has a clear and original destination in front of him/her. And one has the way to reach this destination. And now man is ready to give every sacrifice to get this destination. The Prophet conveys all these humans to the real destination.
There are many and countless blessings exist for human needs in this world. For example, houses, food and drink items, the goods used for the body, etc. But man is not just the body, the body is not rides, but the real ride is the soul. Body is just like dress. The real element is the soul. God Almighty has created a number of things to fulfill the needs of the body. Could it be possible that God Almighty has not made any arrangements for understanding and solving the true blessings the soul and spiritual blessings? God Almighty has sent many Prophets for this reason.
There is a Hadith That,
Hadith: Prophet (peace be upon him) said:” From Adam to me, Allah sent a hundred and twenty-four thousand Prophets, of whom three hundred and fifteen were messengers “.
Reference is given as Musnad Ahmed 21257.
Quran: And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming); “Worship Allah (God) (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taghut (all false deities i.e. do not worship Taghut besides Allah).” Then of them were some whom Allah guided, and of them were some upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the land and see what was the end of those who denied (the truth).
Chapter (16:36) Sūrat l-Naḥl (The Bees).
Three hundred five (315) are Messengers out of them and Twenty five (25) the Messengers mention in the Qur’an. Five of these are ambitious Prophets, namely, Noah, Ibrahim, Moses and Jesus (I’sa). (Peace be upon them). All these Prophets are all the ways to the true destination which is only God Almighty.
Allah has mentioned in the Qur’an that He sent messengers and guides among all people.
“Indeed, we sent in every community a messenger… “(Al-Naḥl 16:36). “There was not any community except a warner lived among them.” (Fatir 35:24). However, the Qur’an has not given us the names and stories of all the messengers and guides who were sent by Allah to various nations and groups. We have only 25 Prophets and messengers who are mentioned in the Qur’an by name. About other Prophets and messengers Allah said, “We have told you the story of some Messengers and of others We have not …” (al-Nisa’ 4; 164).
We Muslims believe in Allah’s Prophets and Messengers who came before Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon all of them. Prophet Muhammad was the Last Prophet and Messenger of Allah. After his coming there will be no new Prophet or Messenger. (We accept that Jesus – peace be upon him – will come again, but he will not be a new Prophet.) We mention by names only those Prophets and Messengers whose names are given to us in the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah. But those whose names are not mentioned in the Qur’an and Sunnah we do not say definitely that they were Allah’s Prophets or Messengers.
Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal in his Musnad has mentioned a Hadith (no. 21257) that Allah sent 124, 000 Prophets (Anbiya’) and from among them 315 were the Messengers (rusul). It seems that on the basis of this Hadith, we have this number circulated in Islamic literature. However, there is no list of names of all the Prophets and Messengers available. Allah knows best who they were and when or where they lived. We only know this much that wherever there exist any concept of tawhid (Arabic: توحيد tawḥīd, meaning “oneness [of God]”, truth, justice, righteousness and virtue, it must have come from Allah through His noble Prophets and Messengers. Also wherever there is any concept of shirk (In Islam, shirk (Arabic: شرك shirk) is the sin of practicing idolatry or polytheism, i.e. the deification or worship of anyone or anything besides the singular God), evil, injustice and corruption, it must be from Shaitan and his suggestions in human mind.
God is the destination and the Prophets are the way. Love must be done with both, If you look at the destination then you will love the way as well. If you consider the path, you will also love the destination. The love of the path leads to the destination. Love of the way conveys to the destination, and the love of the destination runs on the way.
Quran: Say, (O Muhammad, to mankind): If ye love Allah, follow me; Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Forgiving, Most Merciful. (Chapter (3:31) Sūrat al Imran (The Family of Imran).
Quran: The People of the Scripture ask you to bring down to them a book from the heaven. But they had asked of Moses [even] greater than that and said, “Show us Allah outright,” so the thunderbolt struck them for their wrongdoing. Then they took the calf [for worship] after clear evidences had come to them, and We pardoned that. And We gave Moses a clear authority. Quran verse (4:153).
That is to say, then follow me obey my instructions, adopt my likes and dislike, adopt all my life style. God will also love you in returns. The love of God is in the Prophet’s following and obedience.
A psychological problem is that, the human being actually and mainly has occurred an imitation. It copies others. For example if you consider. A child speaks just like his parents do, which means children’s copying their parents. Children put the parent’s personality on themselves. Almost children’s adopt all style of their parents, and become a parent’s sample. Almost loses his personality into a parent’s personality. That’s why man adopts some way of life. Actually it is called the Prophet’s obedience and following. By this point, man should only follow and obey the Prophet lifestyle. The Messenger of Allah is the best proof in this regard.
The only question will be asked from all humans in the Hereafter. God bestowed you all the blessings as entrusted things in the world. For example, Mind (wisdom), feelings, emotions, ability, wealth, children’s, power, etc. To use all these blessings, delights in such a way the way my Prophets taught you. All the fields of life have to be used in the way my prophets told you. For example as head of a state, as a teacher, as businessman, as a husband, as a father, as a friend, as a neighbors and so on. Because Prophets of Allah (God) have shown all these fields of life practically.
How Mohammad (PBUH) did come to power and then handle it, the same way is to be used, the way my Prophets used it. All the complete samples are present in the life of Messengers. If the Prophets’ life is not adopted, then everything is wasted.
Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi once said that,
An ant desire to go to God’s house, (Haram, Ka’bah, Makkah Saudi Arabia). Now how can a tiny Ant go to God’s house? So someone told the Ant that this is the pigeon of God’s house, Hold her feet firmly it will convey you to the God’s house. As soon as the pigeon flew and reached to God’s house, the Ant also reached the house of God Almighty. That’s why we all must obey and follow the God’s Messengers so we will be reached to the actual destination. This is the means to reach to Allah’s destination. But when the destination approaches, all the paths are found in one place. All these paths gather together on the same Grand trunk road. Only one channel remains near the destination. And just like the Great channel is Muhammad (PBUH). Now the only way to reach the actual destination is the Last Messenger Mohammad (PBUH). Therefore, it is very important to follow and obey the Last Messenger of Allah Almighty.
You have indeed, in the life of Rasool-Allah (Messenger of God), the ‘Best Model’ for him whose hope is in Allah and the Day of the Hereafter, and who engages himself much in the remembrance of Allah.
Quran Chapter 33. Al-Ahzab, Verse 21.
Source: Ghulam Murtaza Malik Lectures (Akhir Kiyon).