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prophet muhammad ( part 4)

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The Quraan was carefully preserved immediately in the minds of memorizors and in the minds of people who were able to write down notes. what we now call the Qur'an represented the whole collection of those words that Muhammad recited when he said this is revelation of God. all what we have of the prophet,,,all we have of the words of God is actually words we don't have any pictures....we don't have any statues All we have left is words we can take these words, and through the art of calligraphy, we can make them more vivid, more accessible. For Muhammad Zakarya, words are the basis of an art form. To prevent idolatry, Muhammad discouraged the creation of any images of himself or other prophets. calligraphy eventually became Islam's highest art forms. Among the sacred texts that Zakaryya writes is the Hilyah, a prtrait of the prophet in words. transmitted from Ali who when asked to describe the prophet, would say, " His face was not narrow, nor was it fully round but there was a little bit of roundness to it." " when he looked at someone, he looked at them with his face turned perfectly towards them." " Whoever saw him unexpectedly, was in awe of him. and whoever associated with him familiarly loved him." Anyone who'd describe him would say," I never saw before him or after him the like of him." Peace be upon him That's the most famous of the Hilyas It gives you the description of the core of these persons so you can always see them with your eyes , in your mind's eye. I like to think it's like having memento of the prophet, you can look it and think of it now and then. Of course, he's not with us but the Hilyah brings him, his presence, a little closer. Muhammad was always very insistent that he was not a divine figure, and he always warned his followers not to do with him what the Christians had done with Jesus and Put on a pedestal and say he was God or divine. He was not. He was an ordinary human being and the Muslims have taken that seriously. but what they do say is that Muhammad is the perfect man. that if you look at Muhammad you can see how a perfect act of surrender to the Divine can be made. Muhammad's message slowly began to attract followers, especially among the downtrodden and the oppressed within Makkan society. It's really the people that don't have anything, uh, to lose and everything to gain, They are the ones that are responding to this message. Many of the followers are poor people, slaves, women who don't have protectors. It's spreading amongst the disenfranchised of Mecca. Prophet Muhammad noticed that he lived in a society that denigrated women. They were viewed as second-hand citizens, objects, or personal belongings that belonged to the man. And, that disturbed the Prophet. Early in his prophetic career, Muhammad condemned female infanticide. Later revelations would give women legal rights in marriage, allow them to divorce, and protect their inheritance rights. Of course, it's absurd and anachronistic to expect Muhammad to be a feminist in the 21st Century sense. Uh, but nevertheless, what he did for women in the context of his times was amazing. Although most women were second-class citizens in pre-Islamic Arabia, Muhammad's own wife, Khadija, was wealthy and powerful. There's been this idea that women prior to Islam were chattel, that they had no rights. And, I think that for many levels of the women, that is true; but for a certain level of woman, which Khadija would have been amongst, that is not true. Khadija is an inspiration because, in spite of the male dominated society that she lived in, she was a working woman. And so, there are some parallels for modern women to learn from her example. I grew up in Kashmir, which is in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India. And, I came to America when I was 15 years old. As I started becoming part and parcel of this culture and society, I gravitated towards just wanting to be like everybody else ... and tended to stray away from my own faith. And, for a while there, I went through some very, very dark stages in my life, where I wanted nothing to do with my faith and almost just walked away from my faith. As I got older, I recognized that there was this very empty hole inside of me. So, I started searching for God in all kinds of places. You know, Rumi has this beautiful story where he says, "I looked for God, I went to a temple, and I didn't find him there. Then, I went to a church, and I didn't find him there. And then, I went to a mosque, and I didn't find him there. And then finally, I looked in my heart, and there he was." The challenges that I faced in my life are the very same challenges that a lot of young girls are facing. And, when they come to me with their questions, I feel like a person who has already traveled the road. I dispense advice to them from real experience as to how I would have dealt with something. I've noticed how, when it comes to women, we are only supposed to marry Muslim men. Uh, why is that now? Especially because the Qur'an says that, believing men and women should marry, believing men and women. It doesn't point out that men can marry such and women can't. I've heard plenty of people say that, in fact, that's an interpretation. Some of the issues are deeply personal, ah, issues with gender relations, like dating and, ah, marriage. And, other issues have to do with, you know, certain Islamic laws and how to reconcile with some of those things. I want to exchange with her. See? Hers is prettier. And, these are all sticky wickets, as we say. The fact that I've walked the walk helps a little bit for me to dispense advice to these people. In Mecca, opposition to Muhammad was growing. His message of monotheism and his campaign against idolatry threatened the lucrative trade that fueled the Meccan economy. he business of Mecca was to draw pilgrims to Mecca. They wanted to make money. And the way they drew pilgrims to Mecca is, people came to visit their gods. Well, here's somebody who is saying that these gods, they are not real. They're stones, they're rocks. You're wasting your time. Now, that message has economic implications to the Quraysh. They are worried. This, this man is going to undermine our business. In the tribal system, Muhammad was protected by his uncle, Abu Talib, so the Meccans went to Abu Talib and asked him to turn Muhammad over to them. Abu Talib was in a difficult position. He was not a Muslim. But, it went against the grain for him to simply hand over his beloved nephew to these people who would kill him with impunity. So, he took Muhammad to one side and said, "Look don't do this. Don't do this. Don't do this to us. Can't you just keep quiet?" And at that point, the Prophet says if they put the sun in my right hand and the moon in my left hand, I will not stop preaching what I am preaching until this message is conveyed or until I die conveying it. And, this is what he tells his uncle, and, at that point, he begins to weep. And, his Uncle looks at him and realizes the depth of the conviction of this man, and he says, "Say whatever you want, you have my protection." One of the things that the Prophet Muhammad

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Duration: 9 minutes and 45 seconds
Country: Saudi Arabia
Language: English
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Posted by: nolly on Aug 4, 2010

a documentary of the life of Muhammad

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