The Last and Universal Messenger of Islam
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On 27th of the Islamic month of Rajab in the year 13 prior to the Hijra, God formally commanded the 40-year old Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) to announce his mission to mankind as the Last and Universal Messenger of Islam. This historic event occurred at Cave Hera on Mount Noor on the outskirts of Mecca with the descent of Archangel Gabriel with the initial verses of the holy Qur’an, the scripture, which would gradually be revealed over the next 23 years as the finest and most perfect code of life for humanity.
Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), who was known to the pre-Islamic society as an impeccable person of flawless character, hailed as “Sadeq” or Truthful, and “Amin” or Trustworthy, first and foremost invited his near relatives to inform them of God’s commandment. At this gathering which is known as Zu’l-Ashira, when the Prophet proclaimed “Ash-hado an la ilaha il-Allah, which means “I testify there is no god but Allah”, his still pre-teen cousin, Ali ibn Abi Taleb (AS) who was present on Mount Noor on the day of entrustment of the Divine Mission, stood up said: “Ash-hado anna Mohammadan Rasoul-Allah”. This day is thus known as Mab’ath which means Resurgence of monotheism and all humanitarian values.