Notis: Det följande är en reproduktion av artiklen "Prophet Muhammad: An example for us for following the Quran alone" i Februari-upplagan 1999 av
den månatliga bulletinen av United Submitters International.
When our revelations are recited to them, those who do not
expect to meet us say,
“Bring a Quran other than this, or change
Say, (O Muhammad) "I cannot possibly change it on my own.
simply follow what is revealed to me. I fear, if I disobey my Lord,
retribution of an awesome day.” [10:15]
How would the prophet Muhammad fare in our society today?? I hate to
describe the prophet Muhammad with any of our contemporary descriptions
but if I have to, that is how he would be described today, a liberal. He
would be severely criticized by most of today’s Muslim scholars. The
Mullahs, Imams and religious leaders would attack him and they may even
have a fatwah (decree) that calls for his head. He would be
arrested in any of the so-called Islamic countries, jailed and probably
tortured to death. The Mullahs, scholars and religious leaders would be disturbed by him following the Quran alone and
refusing all the innovations that filled the Hadith and Sunnah books and
added to today’s Islam 200 years after his death. He would denounce the
Hadith and Sunnah books, those who wrote them and those who follow them.
The prophet Muhammad would have found himself a stranger among the Muslims
today. He would probably feel so much disappointment, he might tell God
what he will be telling Him on the Last Day as stated in the Quran, “
My Lord, my people have deserted this Quran” (25:30).
Was the prophet Muhammad really a liberal? It all depends on the
definition of liberal. By the standard of the Muslim scholars, Mullahs and
religious leaders of today, he would be described as a liberal, far too
liberal. But by the standard of the Quran, he would be very conservative.
He followed the book of God to the letter and when he made mistakes he was
admonished by God and corrected loudly and publicly. After his death and
for 200 years innovations were written daily in the prophet’s name. Lies were told to support a
certain sect or raise some families above others, and Islam was
rewritten in books claiming to be the teachings and actions of the
prophet. These books changed the face of Islam and created a new
religion that was not based on the book of God but rather on the new
books of Hadith and Sunnah, the books that the prophet never
authored, saw, advocated or upheld.
The Prophet and Women
Let us, for example, check the women in the prophet’s life. The
wives of Prophet Muhammad were vibrant, outspoken women. His first
wife, Khadija was a successful businesswoman in trading. She
actually was the employer of Muhammad in his early life. Aisha
during her life acted as a judge, a political activist and a
warrior. Among the other wives were a leather worker and an advocate
of the downtrodden, revered in her days as the “mother of the poor.”
If any of these women were alive today and practicing what they did
back then, they would be condemned by the contemporary Islamic
leaders and probably stoned, insulted and forced to stay home. This
is not the Islam of the prophet Muhammad but rather the Islam
invented after his death and claimed to be his.
Muhammad would look like a liberal man compared to any
of those who claim to be following the teachings that he never
advocated. In Afghanistan, Muslim women were killed by the radical
Islamic groups for the crime of working in women’s centers or with
foreign aid organizations. Women in Iran and Afghanistan are forced
to wear the veil, a cultural dress code that is not Islamic but was
made the law by these Muslims leaders. Working Muslim women in
Algeria were attacked for being out working. Unveiled women in many
of the so-called Islamic countries are being attacked, disfigured or
at least insulted for not following the man-made law of dress code
for women. Many of these Islamic countries are advocating laws to
curtail the rights of women, rights that were guaranteed for them in
Certainly, Muhammad was a liberal man for his time and our time.
He helped out around his various households, mended his own clothes,
gave his wives the freedom to help in their community and believed
emotional and sexual satisfaction were a woman’s right. The Islam he
founded was totally based on the Quran and Quran alone. It outlawed
female infanticide, made the education of girls a sacred duty and
established a woman’s right to own and inherit property. None of the
complicated laws that restrict the women’s freedom as we see it
today in the so-called Islamic countries can be traced back to the
prophet or to the book he brought, the Quran. All the oppressive
laws are innovations added to Islam by Mullahs, scholars, and political or religious
leaders and have nothing to do with the true Islam.
If anything can be learned from the Islam practiced by the
majority of the Muslims today, it is not to judge the true Islam by
what the Muslims do. We need to continuously remember and remind
ourselves and our children why the messenger will complain to God on
the Last Day about his people (See 25:30). If we do, maybe we can be
among the few who will not be with the misguided majority (See
12:103 and 106).
If we are to follow the prophet Muhammad and bring Islam back to
its glorious days, we must do like the prophet Muhammad, follow the
Quran alone. Only then God’s victory can be ours in this life and in
This (Quran) is the utterance of an honorable
messenger. Not the utterance of a poet; rarely do you believe. Nor
the utterance of a soothsayer; rarely do you take heed. A revelation from the Lord of the universe. Had he
(Muhammad) uttered any other teachings, We would have punished him.
We would have stopped the revelations to him. None of you could have
helped him. This is a reminder for the righteous.