Harun Yahya

Introduction


To every nation that has passed on, Allah sent a messenger
who summoned them to His true path. Messengers are those
who communicate the existence and oneness of Allah, spread
His religion, and inform them about what Allah demands from
them, in other words, things that they should do and things that
they should abstain from. They also warn them against the punishment
of Hell and give them the glad tidings of Paradise.
The lives and struggles of the messengers are abundant in
lessons for believers who think and are inclined to learn from
them. In the Qur'an, Allah describes in detail the subjects they
communicated to their peoples, the methods they employed to
persuade them and many other aspects of the messengers themselves.
There is instruction in their stories for people of intelligence...
(Surah Yusuf, 111)
Believers should not differentiate between any of the messengers
and should take their virtuous manners and behaviour
as described in the Qur'an as their model. They should follow
their advice, and act on it and hold in very high regard their
warnings. Again, in accordance with Allah's command, the
Prophet (saas) revealed that we should not discriminate between
the prophets sent by Allah, and in one hadith, said, “Don't
give superiority to any prophet amongst Allah's prophets.” (Sahih
Bukhari)
That is because Allah narrates the stories of these distinguished
servants of His in the Qur'an not merely as historical facts, but also
in order to encourage believers to reflect on, and pay heed to these
superior people so that they may take them as their models.
The stories and actions of the messengers as described in the
Qur'an contain examples and lessons for believers. This is a fact
that is particularly stated in the Qur'an. For instance, it is stated
that there is a good example for the believers to follow in Ibrahim
(as), and those who adhered to him and their exemplary attitudes
are described in the following verses:
You have an excellent example in Ibrahim and those who
followed him, when they said to their people, “We wash
our hands of you and all that you worship apart from
Allah, and we reject you. Between us and you there will be
enmity and hatred for ever unless you believe in Allah
alone.” But do not emulate Ibrahim’s words to his father: “I
will ask forgiveness for you, but I have no power to help
you in any way against Allah.” “Our Lord, we have put our
trust in You and have repented to You. You are our final
destination. Our Lord, do not make us a target for those
who disbelieve. Forgive us, our Lord; You are the Almighty,
the All-Wise.” There is an excellent example in them for
you to follow, that is for those whose hope is in Allah and
the Last Day. But if anyone turns away, he shall know that
Allah is the Rich Beyond Need, the Praiseworthy. (Surah
Mumtahana, 4-6)
In the same way, all other messengers are also chosen servants
of Allah; they should be taken as models by the believers
in every respect. Those who believe make no distinction between
any of the messengers and believe in what has been revealed
to each of them. This is a command of Allah which
should be carried out meticulously as all other commands:
Say, “We believe in Allah and what has been sent down
to us and what was sent down to Ibrahim and Isma‘il and
Ishaq and Ya‘qub and the tribes, and what Musa and ‘Isa
were given, and what all the prophets were given by their
Lord. We do not differentiate between any of them. We
are Muslims who have submitted to Him.” (Surat al-
Baqara, 136)
All messengers have called people to accept the true religion
and the most upright way. This call, as well as being for their
peoples, is also for us. The basic religious and moral facts that
they all invited others to accept, and the characteristics of virtue
that they displayed should be followed and taken as a model by
us too as in ages past.
As a matter of fact, Allah sets forth in the Qur'an the facts
which messengers have invited their people to accept, and provides
a detailed account of the excellent character traits they
possessed. He commanded all believers in the personality of our
Prophet (saas) to submit themselves to the true path:
They are the ones to whom We gave the Book, judgement
and prophethood. If these people reject it, We shall entrust
it to others who will not. They are the ones Allah
has guided, so be guided by their guidance. Say, “I do not
ask you for any wage for it. It [the Qur'an] is simply an
admonition to all mankind.” (Surat al-An'am, 89-90)
That being so, the responsibility of believers is to give careful
consideration to the life stories of messengers related in the
Qur’an, and make their best efforts to follow the path they indicate,
and comply with their admonitions and warnings. The purpose of this book is to assist such efforts on the part of believers.
 

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