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Do people need messengers?

The inability of the mind

Allah Almighty created His creation with a sound natural disposition. He gave them brains and granted them logic and reason to distinguish right from wrong. Since human brains undergo deficiencies, restrictions, whims and personal interests, even differences and contradictions, what some see as being valid may be deemed by others as being corrupt. A person might even change his mind due to the change of time and place. If brains are incapable of perceiving the events which are unseen by them, knowledge that is unknown to them and what people conceal inside themselves, then they are certainly all the more so incapable of perceiving the Creator, His purpose, orders and prohibitions, not to mention that ordinary humans cannot be spoken to directly by Allah. Allah says: {It is not given to any human being that Allâh should speak to him unless (it be) by Revelation, or from behind a veil, or (that) He sends a Messenger to reveal what He wills by His Leave. Verily, He is Most High, Most Wise.}(Ash-Shûra:51)

It is for that reason that Allah Almighty chose the finest of His creation to be His messengers and prophets, to serve as the best ambassadors between Allah and His servants. Allah says: {Allâh chooses Messengers from angels and from men. Verily, Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Seer.}(al-Hajj:75)

They guide people to their Creator, and take them from darkness into light in order that mankind should have no plea against Allah after He sent the messengers. {Allah says: Messengers as bearers of good news as well as of warning in order that mankind should have no plea against Allâh after the (coming of) Messengers. And Allâh is Ever All-Powerful, All-Wise.}(An-Nisâ’:165)

The great favor

Consequently, the sending of human messengers, in order to teach them what benefits and purifies them, is one of Allah’s greatest favors to His slaves. {Allah says: Indeed, Allâh conferred a great favour on the believers when He sent among them a Messenger (Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]) from among themselves, reciting to them His Verses (the Qur’ân), and purifying them (from sins by their following him), and instructing them (in) the Book (the Qur’ân) and Al-Hikmah [the wisdom and the Sunnah of the Prophet (i.e. his legal ways, statements and acts of worship)], while before that they had been in manifest error.}(Âl-’Imrân:164)

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Washington Irving

An American Diplomat and Author
Be simple
“In the time of his greatest power, he (i.e. prophet Muhammad pbuh) maintained the same simplicity of manner and appearance as in the days of his adversity. So far from affecting regal state, he was displeased if, on entering a room, any unusual testimonial of respect was shown to him.”

It is a grand favor from Allah that He sends them a messenger, and that this messenger is from among them. (from among themselves)This favor is manifested through the sending of messengers who convey the glorious words of Allah to mankind, telling them about Allah’s Glorious Self, His attributes and informing them of the essence of Divinity and its characteristics. Messengers also inform man, the small, insignificant slave, about his own affairs, the affairs of man as a whole, how he should conduct his life, and all his movements and pauses. He speaks to him, urging him to do what brings him back to life, guiding him to what reforms his heart and his condition, and inviting him to Paradise, which is as wide as the heavens and the earth. What abundant generosity is shown to mankind through this favor, this kindness, and this gift!! Moreover, Allah, by means of His messengers, raises and purifies mankind. He cleanses their hearts, their perceptions and feelings. He cleanses their homes, honor and prayers, and also their lives, community and systems. Allah purifies mankind from the filth of polytheism, idolatry, superstition and myth. He also cleanses them against the ceremonies, rituals, customs and traditions that are present in their lives which take the human life and the idea of humanity to dreadfully low levels. Furthermore Allah, through His messengers, cleanses mankind from the impurities of the life of ignorance, impurities that pollute their emotions, rituals, traditions, values and concepts, for ignorance is ignorance, and no matter what its location, time or place may be, every type of ignorance has its impurities and uncleanliness. Wherever the hearts of the people are lacking a divine doctrine and the law derived from that doctrine that controls their lives and perceptions, ignorance will prevail in one of its many forms. It is, therefore, necessary to save humanity from this ignorance, whether ancient or modern, as ignorance is ignorance, no matter if it is ancient or modern. Modern ignorance has all the characteristics of the ignorance before Islam concerning ethical and social matters, and also how goals and objectives of human life are visualized, even with the presence of materialistic science breakthroughs, industrial production, and cultural prosperity. {And verily, they had been before in manifest error;}(al-Jumu’ah:2)

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David Barton

American Author
Human beasts unless inhibited by religion
“In a statistical study at a US university, published in a book (America to pray or not to pray) by David Barton, was the following information: - 80% of American women are raped at least once in their lives!! - The number of women who are raped every day might exceed 1900 girls, and as a result, about 30% of American girls are subjected to pregnancy, abortion and giving birth by the age of fourteen. - 61% of the cases of rape were against girls under the age of eighteen. - 29% of the cases of rape were against children under the age of eleven.”

There is misguidance in how matters are perceived, in belief, and in the concepts of life. There is misguidance in the purposes that are set, and the directions that are taken, as well as in the habits, behavior, systems, conditions, society and ethics that are adopted…