The third attribute of
Prophethood is communication of Islamic truths or, in other words, ‘enjoining
the good and forbidding the evil.’
We say ‘Islamic truths’
because every Prophet came with the same Divine Religion based on submission to
God. Communication of this Message was the ultimate reason for sending the
God manifested His Compassion and
Munificence through the mission of the Prophets, which is itself the embodiment
of Divine Compassion and Munificence.
Just as God shows us a
manifestation of His Mercifulness through the warmth and light of the sun, He
also manifested His Mercy and Compassion for humankind through His Prophets. He
chose the Last Prophet, whom He sent as a mercy for all the worlds, as the one
to establish the Message of compassion and mercy eternally. If he had not been
sent to revive and revise the Messages of the previous Prophets in such a way as
to encompass the whole of humankind, we would all be wandering around in the
terrifying desert of unbelief, misguidance and ignorance.
sociologists and psychologists have throughout history searched for answers to
such vital questions as, ‘Who am I?’, ‘Where have I came from?’, ‘What
is my final destination?’, ‘What is the purpose of life?’, ‘What does
our dying mean?’, ‘Is death absolute non-existence or only a door to a new,
eternal life?’ Man has tangled with such questions during his earthly
existence and it is only through the enlightenment of the Prophets that he has
found true satisfaction and peace of mind. Through them he has been convinced
that this earthly life is just a ‘way-station’ on his perpetual journeying
from the world of spirits to the world of eternity, and a field to be planted
with seeds for harvesting in the eternal world that follows. This world is
reached through the intermediate realm of the grave. With this realization, he
has been relieved of his anxieties and the world has been transformed for him
into a flowery garden of recreation and a gathering place of friends.
It is to convey this
Message and to illuminate the path to happiness here and in the Hereafter that
the Prophets were sent.
We will discuss three
essential points in the way a Prophet conveys the Divine Message.