Some people believe that the Holy Prophet SAW was the founder of Islam
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Some people believe that the Holy Prophet SAW was the founder of Islam while it appears from the Holy Quraan that the Prophets who preceded the Holy Prophet and their followers have been called muslims. I shall be grateful for your guidance.
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Prophet founder of Islam
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
The approved ‘way’ or ‘conduct’ or ‘code’ of life, whereby one believes and of his own free will, submits his will to the Will of his Lord and Creator is called Islam. All the Prophets who were sent to this earth by the Lord Most Merciful came to propagate this very ‘way’ of life called Islam, starting with the first man on earth: Prophet Adam (a.s.); and all the people who believed and accepted their invitation were ‘muslims’.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 22 Surah Hajj verse 77-78:
O you who have believed, do ‘rukooh’ (bow down) and do ‘sajdah’ (prostration), and worship your Lord Allah Alone, and do righteous deeds: it may be that you attain true success! Exert your utmost for the cause of Allah, as one should. He has chosen you for His service, and has not laid on you any hardship in your religion. Therefore, be steadfast in the religion of your father Abraham. Allah had named you ‘muslims’ before this, and has named you (muslims) in this Quran also, so that the Messenger may be a witness in regard to you, and you may be witnesses in regard to the rest of mankind.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 135-137:
135 They say: "Become Jews or Christians if ye would be guided (to salvation)." Say thou: "Nay! (I would rather) the religion of Abraham the true, and he joined not gods with Allah."
136 Say ye: "We believe in Allah, and the Revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma`il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses, and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord; we make no difference between one and another of them, and we bow to Allah (in Islam)."
137 So if they believe as ye believe they are indeed on the Right Path; but if they turn back it is they who are in schism; but Allah will suffice thee as against them, and He is the All-Hearing the All- Knowing.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 64-68:
64 Say: "O people of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not from among ourselves Lords and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back say: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will)."
65 Ye people of the Book! Why dispute ye about Abraham when the Law and the Gospel were not revealed till after him? Have ye no understanding?
66 Ah! Ye are those who fell to disputing (even) in matters of which ye had some knowledge! But why dispute ye in matters of which ye have no knowledge? It is Allah Who Knows and ye who know not!
67 Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian, but he was true in faith and bowed his will to Allah's (which is Islam) and he joined not gods with Allah.
68 Without doubt among men the nearest of kin to Abraham are those who follow him, as are also this Prophet and those who believe; and Allah is the Protector of those who have faith.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 46:
48 To thee (O Mohamed (saws)) We sent the
Scripture (The Al-Quran) in Truth confirming the Scriptures that came
before it, and guarding it in safety; so judge between them by what
Allah hath revealed and follow not their vain desires diverging from the truth
that hath come to thee. To each among
you have We prescribed a Law and an
Thus in light of the above clear Aayahs of the Glorious Quran it is absolutely evident that Prophet Mohamed (saws) was definitely neither the founder nor the originator of the ‘way’ of life called Islam, but rather this ‘way’ or ‘deen’ called Islam was perfected upon the Prophet (saws) by the All-Wise, All-Knowing Lord of the Worlds.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 3 (part):
(O Prophet (saws)): This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,