Lesson Eleven: The Shared Mission of All the Prophets An Introduction to Nubuwwah – Part 2

 

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 Lesson Eleven: The Shared Mission of All the Prophets

 An Introduction to Nubuwwah – Part 2

Zahra Moradi, Zahra Entezar Kheyr, and Sara Entezar Kheyr

Translated by: Mahla Rezaee andAli Mansouri

Edited by: Marzie Salehi


   

Instructive Note:We should respect all people from all religions, races, and ethnicities.

   

Content:

Last lesson, we talked about Nubuwwah and explained God, the Most Kind, has sent 124,000 of His most kind and moral servants as Prophets to guide people. The first of them was Prophet Adam (AS) and the last prophet was Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

{Here, educators should send a Salawat so that the children join in with them; that is to remind students last week’s commitment}

Prophets came at different times, but all of them had a single message; i.e. there is only One God, i.e. the Only One that has created all and all things are under His power and control (Laa illaha il Allah). Anyone who wants to be happy, successful and ultimately go to heaven should worship only God, i.e. the One that is the Sole God, and hence needs to follow what God has assigned to.

In addition to invite people to worship only God, the Sole, and follow what religion instructs, the Prophets had another important mission. This was to acknowledge the former prophets and preach the good news of the final Prophet; i.e. Muhammad (PBUH) {say a loud Salawat}

All preceding Prophets had preached people good news of when God sent the best and most kind Prophet, named Muhammad (i.e. praiseworthy), to complete religion. So, human would reach permanent happiness and success if follow him. They had informed people about signs of his prophethood such as his characteristics, behaviors, his family, where he born, what things would happen with his coming, and his successors. They explained people that God, the Most Kind, entirely admires and approves Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Therefore, whoever loves God should follow Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) so that God would love him”.[1]

The Prophets took the promise from their followers to accept, support and follow Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) if being alive during his time.

But there is always a group of people who follow Satan instead of God and His Prophets.

Throughout history, after a prophet passed a way, a group of people would always spread the lie that their Prophet was the final Prophet and their religion was the final religion in order to gain power. They would bring themselves forward as the successors to the previous Prophet and state that there will be no more Prophets after this.

Some people would slowly be tricked by these lies and believe that their Prophet was the last Prophet and no one else would come after them. For example, one group of people accepted the Prophethood of Prophet Moses (AS), but not the later Prophets like Prophet Jesus (AS) and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The group of people that only accepts prophets until Prophet Moses (AS) and not later ones are called “Jews” and their religion is called “Judaism”.

Another example is Christians who accept Prophet Jesus (AS) but state that there is no Prophet after him and he is the last Prophet. Their religion is called “Christianity”.

There is another group of people who accept both Prophet Moses (AS) and Prophet Jesus (AS) and also believe in the Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the last prophet. Those people who believe in and follow Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are called “Muslims” and their religion is called “Islam”.

We have learned from our kind Prophet to be kind and respectful to everyone. Although our religion is different from the religion of Jews and Christians and many people do not accept Muhammad (PBUH) as Prophet, all of us are servants of the same God and thus must be kind to all people.

Dear students, our behaviors and actions when following our prophet will demonstrate people kindness and morality of our Prophet and the good things Islam teaches. It would encourage another people to learn more about our good prophet and religion, that can lead them to find out the truth.

To conclude, it is always worth to remember that you, as a Muslim, should behave with kindness, friendliness, just and moral with all people, no matter what their religion is. This is what has been illustrated ultimately by our prophet’s behavior.

  

Main Source: Mohammad Foundation

     


[1] A reference to the verse,

"قُل إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي‏ يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّه‏"

meaning, “[Oh Prophet to the people] Say, if you love God, then follow me so that God also loves you”. The Holy Quran, Surah Āl ʻImrān, Verse 31 (3:31).

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