Eight Solid Reasons How Muslim Ummah is Blessed!
We need to think in a different way as to why the world is not comfortable with Islam, and why Muslims are normally being targeted, insulted and ridiculed.
Jealousy; fear, apprehension and insecure feeling that Islam will become a dominant force in the world – these are some reasons why Islam is being made to hate in the world today.
Muslims being the Blessed Nation, is the principal reason why Islam and Muslims, down the ages, happen to be always at the receiving end.
In this post, as the title says, we will try to find out the reasons as to how Muslim Ummah is the Blessed Nation, a distinction conferred by none other than the Lord of the worlds Himself, Who Alone has the prerogative right to bestow honour and dignity on whomsoever He wills.
1. The Advent of Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu ‘alaihi wa sallam:
“Certainly did Allah confer [great] favor upon the believers when He sent among them a Messenger from themselves, reciting to them His verses and purifying them and teaching them the Book and wisdom, although they had been before in manifest error.” (Surah Aal Imran 3: 164)
The fact that we are the fortunate followers of a blessed Prophet is the greatest blessing of Allah upon the Muslim Ummah.
After the prediction of Prophet Eesa that “a Prophet will come after me”, the Jews and Christians were expecting that such a blessed Prophet will be born in their lineage, that is, among Bani Israeel. But when Allah decided to send His final Prophet to mankind from among Bani Ismaeel, they became jealous and refused to accept the reality.
2. Change of Qiblah marked Prophet Muhammad’s leadership of mankind:
“And thus we have made you a just community that you will be witnesses over the people and the Messenger will be a witness over you. And We did not make the qiblah which you used to face except that We might make evident who would follow the Messenger from who would turn back on his heels. And indeed, it is difficult except for those whom Allah has guided. And never would Allah have caused you to lose your faith. Indeed Allah is, to the people, Kind and Merciful.” (Surah al Baqarah 2: 143)
Muslim Ummah is blessed in that they are the followers of a Prophet whom Allah chose for the leadership of mankind. He is the only savior now, and following his way is the only way for salvation. All previous revealed Books and the followers of previous Prophets must now fall in line and join the community of Prophet Muhammad sa-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam. There is no other way left, for Islam is the only alternative.
Allah announced this historical shift by changing the Qiblah from Baitul Maqdis in Jerusalem to Kab’ah in Makkah. (For details, please read Tafsir Ibn Kathir)
3. The blessing in the form of Laylatul Qadr, A Night better than a Thousand Months!
People in the ancient times use to have long life. As a result, the followers of earlier Prophets were able to amass innumerable good deeds by virtue of living a long life.
During the time of Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, man’s life span on earth got reduced. Unlike people during Noah’s time who lived for 800 or 900 years, people were living not more than 120 or 130 years. In comparison, Muslims were able to perform less ibadah as their life span was of less duration.
Allah compensated this loss by bestowing great blessings in the form of Laylatul Qadr.
“Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” (Surah al Qadr)
If a Muslim takes care and does ibadah in the nights of Laylatul Qadr for ten years for example, he gets the reward of performing ibadah for more than 830 years!
The privilege of Laylatul Qadr is bestowed only upon the followers of Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam. Subhanallaah!
4. The Exclusive and Eternal Gifts Allah gave to the followers of His Last and Final Messenger:
According to the hadeeth of Sahih Muslim:
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was given three (things): he was given five prayers, he was given the concluding verses of Surah al-Baqarah, and remission of serious Sins for those among his Ummah who do not associate anything with Allah”.
This honour was not given to anyone before Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, and since he is the last Prophet, obviously will not be given to anyone after him.
5. Muslims being the last but the foremost Nation:
We are the followers of the last Prophet of Allah, and so the last nation.
By virtue of being the last nation, we are blessed for example with the stories of the past nations, and our literature is rich in content and scope. We learn about the previous Prophets and try to imbibe their immaculate teachings. We learn their du’aas and make use of them in our prayers and supplications. (Just from one page – pg. 329 in Madinah Mushaf – we learn three most fabulous du’aas, the du’aas of three different Prophets of Allah who came at different points of time in the history of mankind: Prophet Ayyoob, Prophet Younus and Prophet Zakariyyah (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon them) Isn’t it a great virtue to be part of the last of the nations?
Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam mentioned about this privilege and also said that we are the last nation in this world but will be the foremost to come in the Hereafter.
6. Al Qur’an being the living Miracle of Prophet Muhammad sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam:
“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth.” (Surah Fussilat 41: 53)
The glorious Qur’an has indeed stood the test of time. It is preserved in its pristine purity for over fourteen hundred years, and shall we preserved forever. Also, the Qur’an continues to be post-modern, and is apt as a guidance for every place and time.
7. Muslim Ummah being the Khairul Ummah, the Best Nation: