Pray? Bless? Connect?
Hatun continues the discussion about Sura 33:56, in which Allah sends his salat (prayers) upon the Prophet; her interlocutor suggests salat doesn’t mean pray, but ‘connect’…
Praying or blessing? When Allah couldn’t communicate!
Does Allah PRAY for Muhammad as the Qur’an claims in s33:56 and s33:43 or does Allah BLESS Muhammad? Hatun questions Muslims yet, from their answers, it seems Allah is just a bad communicator. (The Arabic word used in those verses is ‘salat’ (meaning ‘prayer’): blessing in arabic is ‘baraka’.)
Why do Muslims treat Muhammad like Allah?
Why is Muhammad to be obeyed like Allah?
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever obeys me, obeys Allah, And whoever disobeys me, disobeys Allah. Whoever obeys the ruler, obeys me, and whoever disobeys the ruler, disobeys me.” Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 4, Book 24, Hadith 2859
Why do they need to seek forgiveness from Muhammad as well as Allah?
We sent no messenger save that he should be obeyed by Allah’s leave. And if, when they had wronged themselves, they had but come unto thee and asked forgiveness of Allah, and asked forgiveness of the messenger, they would have found Allah Forgiving, Merciful. But nay, by thy Lord, they will not believe (in truth) until they make thee judge of what is in dispute between them and find within themselves no dislike of that which thou decidest, and submit with full submission. S. 4:64-65 Pickthall Why do they pray peace on him? Like -at the very least -an angelic being? `Abdullah said, “Whenever we prayed behind the Prophet we used to recite (in sitting) ‘Peace be on Gabriel, Michael, peace be on so and so. Once Allah’s Messenger looked back at us and said, ‘Allah Himself is As-Salam (Peace), and if anyone of you prays then he should say, at-Tahiyatu li l-lahi wa ssalawatu wa t-taiyibat. As-salamu `alalika aiyuha n-Nabiyu wa rahmatu l-lahi wa barakatuh. Assalamu `alaina wa `ala `ibadi l-lahi s-salihin. (All the compliments, prayers and good things are due to Allah; peace be on you, O Prophet, and Allah’s mercy and blessings [be on you]. Peace be on us an on the pious subjects of Allah). (If you say that, it will reach all the subjects in the heaven and the earth). Ash-hadu al-la ilaha illa l-lah, wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan `Abduhu wa Rasuluh. (I testify that there is no Deity [worthy of worship] but Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and His Apostle).
Allah prays to Muhammad?
He it is Who sends blessings [Arabic salat – means prayers] on you, as do His angels, that He may bring you out from the depths of Darkness into Light: and He is Full of Mercy to the Believers. – 33:43 (Y. Ali)
Why did Allah change the Qibla?
Hatun and Daniel examine Sura 2:142-150 where Allah changed the qibla – the direction of Islamic prayer – from Jerusalem to the Al-Masjid-al-haram. But why? Where is Al-Masjid-al-haram? Is there any evidence that it was in Mecca? Why would Allah choose the Kaba, in Mecca, home of 360 idols?