By: Seyyed Ali Shahbaz
"The first ever thing created by God was my light."
"I was a Prophet when Adam was between (in the state of) water and clay."
These are the expressions of the person regarding whom the Almighty Creator says: "
has not gone astray nor does he err; neither does he speak of (his own) desire; it is only revelation that is inspired." (Holy Qur'an 53:2-4)
On the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal, we celebrate the anniversary of the day the light of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) graced Planet Earth.
The birth anniversary was accompanied by certain portends that were not confined to the sudden headlong fall of the idols that the warped brains of Arabia had installed in Abraham's edifice to the One and Only God, the holy Ka'ba in Mecca.
They occurred around the world as well. It has been recorded that on this day a crack appeared on the main arch of the palace of the king of kings in Cteisphon (Mada'en near present Baghdad) while 14 parapets came crashing down from atop the royal residence. Simultaneously the sacred fire of the Zoroastrians that had been kept burning for several centuries suddenly died down.
When the aghast Sasanian emperor, Khosrow Anushirvan, called in the equally bewildered soothsayers to enquire the reason, no one had any answer, until it was said by a wise person that all these signs indicate the birth of the expected Last Great Prophet whose mission will triumph over all the world.
It would be tedious and out of context to recount many such incidents. In short, the one who was prophesied by all Prophets of God in every geographical region and era ever since the creation of the first pair of humans Adam and Eve was finally sent by God in the pure and noble Hashemite clan descended from Abraham's first-born son, Ishmael.
The Torah of Moses and the Evangel of Jesus foretell his advent, and so do the books of the other Prophets, as well as the scriptures of non-Abrahamic religions such as Zoroastrianism and Hinduism.
We need not go into repetitive details. The fact that the name of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) continuous to be recited every single second around the face of the earth, without a moment of lapse, as the planet revolves on its orbit around the sun, turning minutes into hours and thereby determining for Muslims all over the globe the timings of the daily 5-times ritual prayers (for the lands in the sequence of rotation), is ample proof of the greatness God has granted the most excellent person He has created.
Today there might be many shortsighted devils in human form who, may not like his name or may detest Muslims, but it is nothing they can do to check the spread of Islam.
Even in the Prophet's lifetime the Arab infidels spared no effort to try to extinguish his light, but they couldn't. The ever-rebellious Israelites also left no stone unturned to eliminate his universal teachings, Islam, but miserably failed.
Not even hypocrites amongst the Muslims could succeed in their nefarious plans despite the degree of hatred in their hearts for Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and the means they had acquired through foul play.
For instance, Mua'wiyah ibn Abu Sufyan, who usurped the rule of the Islamic state, used to bitterly resent the muezzin's call to prayer because of the mention of the Prophet's name in the azaan. However, he was helpless to erase it because of fear of exposure of his heathen roots, despite the horrendous crimes he and his son Yazid committed against the Prophet's luminous progeny, the Ahl al-Bayt those the dazzling beams of Prophet Muhammad's (SAWA) light.
God's promise is true and Islam will eventually prevail, thanks to the excellent examples of personal and social behaviour set by Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and his divinely-decreed Infallible Successors.
It was indeed God's Will that in 83 AH, on the 136th birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet, should also be the day of birth of his 6th Infallible Heir, Imam Ja'far as-Sadeq (AS), the reviver of the genuine teachings of Islam.