Lesson - 21
(4) Belief in the Celestial Scriptures
Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 4a of 286, Section – 1 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
4a. And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee,
4a. Wallaziina yu’-minuuna bi-maaa ‘unzila ‘ilayka wa maaa ‘unzila min-qablik.
Fourth attribute of the people, who fear God Almighty, has been described in this verse. That is to say, these people believe in all Celestial Scriptures and writings Inspired.
As though, two matters have been explained in this verse:
· Believe in the teachings and instructions of Holy Book, which has been revealed unto the Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) wholeheartedly (Holy Qur-‘aan).
· Believe in it that the Scriptures and Writings inspired unto the Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon Them), Who came before the last Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), were Just and sent down from God Almighty.
Now; it is also clear that in the Holy Qur-’aan, only the Scripture of the last Prophet and the Scriptures revealed unto the Prophets, came before the last Prophet (peace be upon them), have been described. Neither there is any mention about any prophet after the last Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) and nor any holy book after the Holy Qur’aan. So, it is understood that no prophet or messenger will come after the last Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon Him), otherwise, it would have been mentioned in the Holy Qur-‘aan.
The Prophets (peace be upon Them), came before Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), are many in numbers. Names from some of Them; have been mentioned in the Holy Qur-’aan. Remaining Prophets (peace be upon Them) have been hinted only. Believing in the Prophets (peace be upon Them) means that from Adam to the Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon Them), Whoever Prophets came, Those entire Prophets (peace be upon Them) were sent by Allah Almighty. And they used to teach the people according to their times. From the previous Celestial Scriptures, four Scriptures have been mentioned in Holy Qur’aan particularly:
1. Manuals of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him)
2. Torah of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him)
3. Psalms of Prophet David (peace be upon Him)
4. Gospel of Prophet Jesus Christ (peace be upon Him)
Messenger of God Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) compared the series of the prophecy to a palace and commanded: “Every Prophet (peace be upon Him) fitted a brick of His time to construct this palace. At the end, Jesus (peace be upon Him) came and fitted a brick in the palace of prophet-hood. The people used to come, look at this ‘Building’ and praise very much, but in addition, they used to say also that “it is incomplete due to one Brick. Would that, the remaining Brick was fitted at its proper place? I am that ‘last Brick’, now there is no need and space for any further brick for this palace of prophet-hood.”
These all Prophets of God Almighty (peace be upon Them) produced the same one Truth always before their nation that: Lord of the entire Worlds is only one ‘Allah’. Now Holy Qur-‘aan commands to its Believers: You must believe in all of them (peace be upon Them). Which example of acceptance of the truth and approbation can be most dignified than it?