Allah has sent Prophets to mankind in order to remind them about the existence of Allah that, there is no God other than Allah and to obey Allah the way shown by the Prophet. Many Prophets may Allah’s blessing be upon them have been deputed by Allah to mankind and each Prophet was suited to the time and the peoples upon whom the Prophets had been send. There are occasion when at one times there were many Prophets send to so many tribes or localities. All the Prophets were given by Allah the Great Kalimah, which is ‘no God except Allah and the Prophet was only the slave and the messenger of Allah’. Prophets were not God but they were normal human being who had been chosen by Allah to be His messenger to mankind. When men started to admire and to love the Prophet more than Allah, they started to associate to the Prophets attributes suited only to Allah and when the Prophet had died they started to make statues of the Prophet as sign of their love toward the Prophet and they started to adore the statue . Originally they adore the statue but as times goes on they started to worship the statues of the Prophet. Originally they do not regard the statues as God or idols but only as symbols or means for them to have concentration in their worship of God as they cannot see God but later on they became deviated and they started to regard the statues as God. When men had became idols worshiper, Allah the Almighty will send another Prophet to mankind for reminding purpose. Allah will chose from among mankind persons to become His messenger and the message given to His messenger was the same as given to all other messengers, which is ‘no God other than Allah and the Prophet is the messenger of Allah’. Prophet Muhammad saw said, we the Prophets were given by Allah the Kalimah, and the Kalimah is ‘no God other than Allah and towards this Kalimah, we are inviting the entire mankind’. All mankind belongs to one family and have descended from one forefather and created by one God. The God of all the entire mankind is Allah and there is no God other than Allah. The process of sending the Prophets continue until Allah has finally decided to complete the revelations of guidance to mankind by sending Prophet Muhammad saw as the last and the final Prophet for the entire mankind and with him the final and the last revelation to mankind which is the Quran.
Allah has sent Prophet Muhammad saw as the last Prophet to mankind. Allah will not send anymore Prophet after him. Although there is no more Prophet after Prophet Muhammad saw but the work of the Prophet must be continued until doomsday. Who will do the work of the Prophet saw after Prophet Muhammad saw? Allah has given the great work of the Prophet saw to each and every one of those who follow Prophet Muhammad saw. In order words every one of the Umat of Prophet Muhammad saw has been given by Allah the work of Prophet Muhammad saw. Although each and every one of the Umat of Prophet Muhammad saw has been given the work of the Prophet Muhammad saw but not long after the demise of the Prophet saw and the Fourth Righteous Caliph, the work of the Prophet saw slowly disappeared from the life of the Muslims. In fact, as long as the work of the Prophet saw remain with the Muslims, it is the same as if the Prophet Muhammad saw is still remain alive with the Muslim and the help of Allah is with the Muslim. When the work of the Prophet Muhammad saw is no longer with the Muslims, it is the same as if the Prophet Muhammad saw is no longer living alive with the Muslims and the help of Allah is no longer with the Muslims. The priests of the Roman Empire has warned the Christians not to attacked the Muslims while Prophet Muhammad saw was still alive, because the priests told the Christians, as long as Prophet Muhammad saw was living alive with them ,the help of Allah is with the Muslims and the Christians will not be able to defeat the Muslims.
The Christians of the Roman Empire did not attacked the Muslims as long as Prophet Muhammad saw was still alive, but the moment the Christians of the Roman Empire heard the news that Prophet Muhammad saw had become ill, they prepared about two hundred thousands of soldiers and ready to attack Medina. At the time, Caliph Abu Bakar r.a was made the first Caliph of Islam and the Muslims had to face with three main problems. The three main problems that had to be faced by the Muslims at the time Hazrat Abu Bakar was the Caliph were the attacked from the Roman Empire, Muslims became apostate and became the followers of the false Prophet, Musailama Kazab, and some Muslims refused to practice the order of zakat. At about the time prior to the death of the Prophet Muhammad saw, the Prophet saw had prepared an army of three thousand peoples led by his step grandson Hazrat Usamah bin Zaid r.a to face the formidable armies of the Romans. We all knew the sensational stories on how difficult it was for Abu Bakar to send the armies led by Usamah r.a at the time when the Prophet Muhammad saw had just died. The army was finally sent by Hazrat Abu Bakar, although prominent companion like Hazrat Umar r.a was against the idea. Although physically Prophet Muhammad saw had died but to Allah the Almighty Prophet Muhammad saw was still alive since the work of the Prophet saw was still alive at that time. Allah’s help was with the Muslims and all the three major problems faced by the Muslims at the time Hazrat Abu Bakar was Caliph were solved by Allah. The Roman armies fled back, Musailama Kazab was killed and Muslims who declined to pay zakat, finally started to give zakat. The Christian priests of the Roman Empire were puzzled and amazed at the victory of the Muslims over the Roman armies. They tried to find out the reasons why the help of Allah was with the Muslims even though the Prophet Muhammad saw had passed away from this world. In almost every war that took place between the Christians or non-Muslims and Muslims during the period of the righteous Caliphs, the Muslims always win. What were the reasons?
Muslims always won the wars that they had with the non-Muslims during the period of the righteous Caliphs because the help of Allah was with the Muslims. The help of Allah was with the Muslims because the Muslims at that time were still doing the work of the Prophet saw. As long as the Muslims are doing the work of the Prophet saw, in the eyes of Allah, the Prophet saw was with the Muslims and therefore Allah’s helps were with the Muslims. Allah says in the Quran with approximate meaning ‘Oh Muhammad as long as you are with them and they always ask for forgiveness, I will not punish them’. Allah will not punish the Muslims as long as they do the work of the Prophet Muhammad saw which means in other word as long as the Muslims do the work of the Prophet saw, the help of Allah is with the Muslims. The help of Allah is with the Muslims means, Allah will help the Muslims when they are attacked by the non-Muslims and make them victorious, Allah will grant the Muslims honour and dignity and make them the leaders of mankind, Allah will answers the prayers of the Muslims and free them from all calamities, Allah will give the Muslims pious and great leaders and Allah will give Muslims the ability to obey all the orders of Allah. What is the reason that nowadays Muslims do not get the help of Allah? The reasons are simple and there is only one reason why nowadays Muslims do not get the help of Allah. The only reasons why nowadays Muslim does not get the help of Allah is because they are no longer doing the work of Prophet Muhammad saw the ways the Prophet Muhammad saw did. There is no other reason other than this reason. Muslims must only find the answer to their problems in the Quran and nowhere else.
Nowadays Muslims cannot solve their problems by eradicating poverty or improving illiteracy or increasing the use of science and technology among Muslims. There is no one that can give us honour and disgrace except Allah and Allah will solve our problems when we correct our actions. Allah will give Muslims the honour and dignity that Allah has promised only when Muslims do the work of the Prophet Muhammad saw. When all Muslims do the work of the Prophet saw as their main work, Allah will increase their iman and only with the iman Muslims will be able to obey all the orders of Allah. When Muslims obey all the orders of Allah the way Allah want, therefore Allah will be pleased with the Muslims. When Allah is pleased with the Muslims, Allah will answer the prayers of the Muslims, help the Muslims against their enemies and solve all the problems that the Muslims nowadays have. Why do the Muslims left the work of the Prophet saw when the work is a very important order of Allah to the Muslims? Don’t the Muslims scholars understand and know that the main reason for the downfall of the Muslims is because the Muslims have left the work of the Prophets saw CLICK. Why not the Muslims revived the work of the Prophet saw so that the problems of the Muslims will be solved by Allah? Unfortunately most Muslims scholars are only busy in writing of Islamic books and giving speeches about Islam in the mosques or in large gathering of the Muslims and not busy in doing the work of Prophet Muhammad saw. None of them except Sheikh Ilyas rah. was eager to do similar work as being done by Prophet Muhammad saw in the early years of the last century. Sheikh Ilyas went out to the rice fields and met Muslims who were not even able to recite the Great Kalimah and asked them to recite the Kalimah. Unfortunately the work that he had started finally was not followed by the scholars that inherited the work from him. After the demise of Sheikh Ilyas the work of the Prophet had became a tarikat organization. Muslims scholars after him resort back to the traditional ways of the scholars, which is giving lectures in the mosques or in large gathering of Muslims. Muslims scholars do not want to do the work like the work done by Prophet saw and they are more comfortable giving lectures in the mosques. Why do Muslims scholars do not want to do the work like the Prophet saw and Sheikh Ilyas. The answer is because these Muslim scholars have been inflicted with the diseases in their heart, known as the love of the material world or worldly things. Prophet Muhammad saw said in the approximate meaning, the love of the materials world is the basis of all evils.
When the Muslims scholars are inflicted with the disease of the love of this material world, what more the general Muslims? Nowadays all Muslims including their scholars are also inflicted with the disease. Because the Muslims as well as their scholars are inflicted with the disease, the work of the Prophet Muhammad saw, which is obligatory to all Muslims die off. The work of the Prophet saw, require Muslims as well as their scholars to do sacrifices of their time, money, health, self, families, comfort, dignity and ego. When Muslims start to do the work of the Prophet saw with sacrifices, the love of the material world will come out of their heart and the love of Allah will come into their heart. When Muslims and their scholars stop doing the work of the Prophet saw, the love of Allah will come out of their heart and the love of this material world will enter their heart. When the love of this material world enter the heart of the Muslims and their scholars, their heart will become devoid of the light upon which they can see the difference between truth and falsehood and the light, upon which they can’t even read and understand the Quran and make correct the interpretation of the Quran. Only with correct understanding of the Quran, the Muslims and their scholars can make the correct interpretation of the Quran. When the interpretation of the Quran is correct, then Muslims will have the correct actions. Tun Dr Mahathir used to say that the problems of the Muslims nowadays are due to so many wrong interpretation of the Quran done by so many Muslims scholars. Because of the wrong interpretations, Muslims even start to wage jihad towards their own fellow Muslims brothers. Muslims are confused and the whole worlds are even more confused. Muslims who supposed to lead the entire humanity towards light but they themselves are in darkness and Muslims who supposed to lead mankind towards guidance are themselves misguided. The whole world is in real darkness when the Muslims left the work of the Prophet saw.
What is the work of the Prophet saw? The work of the Prophet saw is to invite the entire humanity to recite the Great Kalimah, there is ‘no God except Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’ and to those who have recited the Kalimah, have to remind them about the Kalimah and to invite them to obey the orders of Allah, the way done by Muhammad saw. When Muslims start doing the work of the Prophet saw with sacrifices, the love of the material worlds will leave their heart and the love of Allah will enter their heart. When Muslims have Allah in their heart, they have light in their heart and only with the light in their heart they can read, understand and make correct interpretation of the Quran. With the correct interpretation of the Quran, Muslims will have correct actions. Prophet Muhammad saw says with the approximate meaning. ‘When my Umat have the love of this material world, they will not have the love of Islam. When they stop doing the work of enjoining people to good and forbidding the evils (work of the Prophet saw), they will be devoid of the blessing of revelations (understanding of the Quran). When they start cursing each other’s actions, they will be away from the blessing of Allah’.
Prof. Dr. Nasoha Saabin
Dean of Faculty of Optometry
International University College of Technology Twintech
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia