Many of you know the coming of Jesus in the Gospel... how he was in Mary's womb and how he was destined to be great... well a lot of you dont know
the story of Muhammad's coming until now...
Back then before the birth of Muhammad, Arabs were looking for a prophet and a scripture of their own. They knew the Jews and Christians had their
own scripture and Arabs were beginning to fear that God had not included them in His divine plan.. This was in the mind of almost every Arab. Many
prophecies were circulating around that time that God was ready to send his prophet to the Arab people... even Jews and Christians of Arabia were
At a time, there was a man who lived in Mecca named Zayd ibn 'Amr who withdrew from worship of the Ka'aba and was an outspoken critic of the pagan
religion (back then the Ka'aba was a shrine for a pagan deity)
His half-brother Khattab ibn Nufaly was a devout pagan and he drove Zayd out of the city.
Zayd then traveled to civilized countries in search of the true religion, Abraham's religion. He then met a Christian monk in Syria who told him
that a great prophet was about to arise in Mecca who would preach the religion he was looking for... Zayd left to Mecca but was killed on his way.
There is a story that the day before he was forced to leave Mecca, he stood next to the Ka'aba where the Quraysh were and told them, "O Quraysh, by
Him in whose hand is the soul of Zayd, not one of you follows the religion of Abraham but I." he then added : "O God, if I knew how you wished to
be worshipped I would so worship you; but I do not know." soon however, his wish would be granted...
as i said before, many people were awaiting the prophet, even jews and christians.. some arab christians from the syriac church translated one passage
Jesus said in the gospel that recognized Muhammad's coming. Jesus had said that after his death, he would send his disciples a Comforter(the
Paraclete) who would remind them of everything he taught. in the syriac lectionary, 'paraclete" had been translated to munahhema, very close to
Muhammad. Jesus said his name would be Ahmad which means "praised one". Muhammad means the same thing.
a jewish rabbi living in syria had emmigrated to Yathrib(Medina). They asked him why he left a fertile country for "a land of hardship and hunher".
he replied he wanted to be there when the "Prophet" arrived. "His time had come," he said to the jews of Yathrib," and dont let anyone get to
him before you, O Jews, for he will be sent to shed blood and to take captive the women and children of those who oppose him. Let not that keep you
back from him. "
Muhammad son of Abdallah son of Abd, al-Muttalib. when abd al-muttalib and Abdallah were walking the streets of Mecca to visit their new wives, a
woman rushed unto Abdallah and invited him to her bed. abdallah did not find the suggestion in bad taste. he simply replied that he had to stay with
his father and that he intendted to visit the lady on his way back home.. when he arrived at the house of his wife Amina, he consummated his marriage
immediately and Muhammad was conceived. but the next morning when he looked up the woman of the day before, she was no longer interested. yesterday
has been a blaze of bright light between Abdallah's eyes, she said, which showed that he was about to produce the Prophet of the people. "Today the
light had gone and another woman had conceived the Messenger of God," she said.
Abdallah died wile Amina was pregant, amina is said to have experienced no discomfort wile carrying Muhammad. Instead she heard a voice which told
her that she was carrying the lord of the Arabs, and she saw a light issuing from her belly in whivh were visible the castles of Basra in Syria, later
recipient of the light of Islam.
Muhammad was born on 12 rabi'u al-awwal and Amina sent for Abd al-Muttalib and told him that the baby would someday be great. in joy and thanksgiving
, the old man carried his grandson to the Ka'aba. he himself recieved a revelation that one of his descendants would rule the world. one night he
had a dream that he saw a tree growing out of the child's back, it's top reached the heavens and its branches reached east and west of all corners
of the earth. a light came out of the tree with was the light of Islam that would be accepted by nations of the earth.
children were often given out to foster parents in the desert because it was healthier for the children not growing up in the city. bedouin women
werw willing to take babies in return for help from the family... but Amina was too poor no one wanted to take Muhammad. the tribe of bani sa'd were
so desperate a woman named Halima took in Muhammad, one of the poorest tribes in arabia. one day, halima was so hungry she had no milk to give her
own baby, the milk of her camel had dried up and even the donkey. But this is what happened as soon as she took in Muhammad:
"I took him back to my baggage, and as soon as i put him in my bosom, my breasts overflowed with milk which he drank until he was satisfied, and also
did his foster-brother. then both of them slept, whereas before this we could not sleep with him.. My husband hot up and went to the old she-camel
and lo, her udders were full; he milked it and he and i drank of her milk until we were completelysatisified, and we passed a happy night. in the
morning my husband said 'do you know halima, you have taken a blessed creature!" I replied, 'by Allah, I hope so'
the story goes on that one day muhammad's foster brothers had rushed to their parents crying in terror that two men in white had seized muhammad and
slit his belly wide open. Halima rushed to muhammad and muhammad laid on the ground not moving. the men explained to her that they had taken his
heart and washed it with snow. then they lifted him on a pair of scales and they said he was heavier then all of the arabs put together. then one of
the men kissed Muhammad on the forehead and said "O Beloved of God, verily you will never be frightened, and if you knew what good has been prepared
for you you would be very happy"
halima and her husband knew nothing what was going on and they took him to Mecca fearing he would die soon. Amina calmed them down, and told them
that he was destined to become great . (halima and her husband had no idea that Muhammad was THE Muhammad)
there is another story but i wont post it..
I hope that by reading this everyone will have a new respect for Islam and look pass the negative attitudes on tv portraying Islam.