What is the most important possession in life? Is it to have wealth or to strive for fame? What is the most valued mechanism of human body? Is it brain or heart?
People will have diverse views in line with their leaning thought and perception. Some will agree to first to disapprove the next.
However it is highly probable that majority will give in to the idea of brain, being the most treasured element…the nervous system that controls and operates human psychology to a range of actions inspiring or for that matter instigating towards good or bad and right or wrong.
Brain, in short, keeps the essential software to authorise mind to write the script of human destiny…a faculty only awarded to man to make him distinct from the rest of species. Should anybody deny it?
Hence what is mind to body, faith is to life. It holds on to a person in execution of a task.
In brief, faith lubricates human spirit and drives passion to a mission. Weaker the faith, feeble its mission; stronger the faith; boisterous its grip.
William Wordsworth said, ‘Faith is a passionate intuition’. In the words of Khalil Gibran, ‘Faith is knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof’. Helen Keller expressed, ‘Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light’. Truly, faith characterizes the life of an individual, a community and a society.
The world since its origin has witnessed countless number of faiths…such as those who carried the notion of having none other than auto-creation of the universe causing them to believe in atheism, still those who held the view of power having vested in idols generating the belief in polytheism, and the number of ‘-ism’ goes on crafting in the process as those of pantheism, agnosticism and scepticism. Many persist in their faith of primitivism and ignorance. They have justification behind.
The extensive research by anthropologists and sociologists indicates that the concept of God, culminating into monotheism, is a gradual process. Like any other field of discipline which requires comprehensive investigation, objective scrutiny and logical conclusion for its validation, Islam stands to be in the right order of evolution supporting evidence in the light of what has been revealed before for its miraculous occurrence in history.
Many erroneously believe that history of Islam is the very birth of it. The message of Islam is the voice of Muhammad only. History witnesses, since creation God has provided Guidance for humanity through selected people known as the prophets who were not Divine themselves but were the transmitters of the Divine message.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said: “Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. I have not come to do away with them, but to make their teachings come true.” (New Testament, Good News Bible, American Bible Society).
Muhammad owes allegiance to that linkage of Divinity confirming the revelation of earlier scriptures and re-establishing the faith to worship one and only one God avowing pure ‘monotheism’… a message disseminated by all who preceded him, a truth substantiated by chronological evidence in record.
The Quran maintains the argument: ‘It is those who believe and do not confuse their beliefs with wrong that are truly secure, for they are on the Right Path. That was the reasoning We gave to Abraham to use against his people. We raise whom We will, degree after degree, for your Lord is full of Wisdom and Knowledge. We gave Isaac and Jacob-all three we guided. And before him, We guided Noah, and among his progeny, David, Solomon Job, Joseph, Moses and Aaron. Thus do We reward those who do good.
And Zakariya and John and Jesus and Elias, all in the ranks of the Righteous. And Ismail and Elisha and Jonas and lot. And to all We gave Favour above the nations. We chose them with their fathers and descendants and brothers, and We guided them to Straight Way.’ (6:82:87)
All preceding Prophets spoke of and predicted Muhammad’s responsibility of carrying out the divine task. The following verses state: ‘The lord said to me [Moses]: ‘What they say is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to My words that the prophet speaks in My name, I will Myself call him to account.’ (Deuteronomy 18:17-19) This implies a prophet from Ishmael’s line, for Ishmael is the brother of Isaac, the forefather of children of Israel. The only prophet who came after Moses and resembled him in line of reasoning to worship one God is Prophet Muhammad. The Quran points to it: ‘We have sent to you a Messenger as a witness over you, even as we sent to Pharaoh a Messenger.’ (73:15)
In the Gospel of John, Jesus promises his arrival using several names: ‘But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Paraklit will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement.’ (John 16:7-8)
Prophet Muhammad is referred to as the Paraklit. The Greek word means ‘the Distinguisher between Truth and Falsehood’ and ‘one who is much praised’. Christian interpreters have given it various meanings, such as Counsellor (New International Version by International Bible Society, placed and distributed by Gideon’s International), Helper (American Bible Society), or Comforter (The Company of the Holy Bible).
The Quran reaffirms the claim: ‘And remember Jesus, the son of Mary, said: ‘O children of Israel! I am the apostle of Allah sent to you confirming the Law (Torah) which came before me and giving good news of an Apostle to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad.’ But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, ‘This is obvious sorcery.’ (61:6)
Further, Jesus mentioned: ‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking what is mine and making it known to you’. (John 16:12-14)
Who has come after Jesus other than Prophet Muhammad to cure humanity of spiritual ailments? And who refers to as Paraklit in connotation other than Prophet Ahmad (Muhammad) meaning ‘the Praised One’ in Arabic? Our contradiction about revelation is our own excuse in the divine tradition to worship the Lord of the universe (Rabil-Aa-Lameen). He is the one and only associating none whatsoever should be the interpretation. “Then Jesus answered, ‘Go away, Satan! The scripture says, Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!” (New Testament, Good News Bible, American Bible Society). The Quran echoes: “Say: ‘He is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him.” (112:1-4)
Our valuable intellectual energy is spent more in covering the truth than in removing the shroud from. Understanding faith requires as much probing skill as that of any discipline in modern science and commands no less significant position in the whole scheme of making an individual an enlightened personality. Growing in ignorance with self-crafted justification away from underlying truth is the weakest illustration of human irrationality.