Why Did Allah send the Most Honourable Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam?

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Why Did Allah send the Most Honourable Prophet salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam?


A group of people of Iraq came to Imam Zayn al ‘Abidin ‘alayh al Salam, and they spoke ill of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and ‘Uthman. Imam Zayn al ‘Abidin ‘alayh al Salam allowed them to say whatever they had to say then enquired:

Are you from the early Muhajirin, about whom Allah says, “Those that were exiled from their homes and possessions, seeking Allah’s bounty and pleasure and who help Allah and His Messenger. Those are the truthful ones.”?[1]

They replied in the negative. He then said:

Then are you, “Those who already settled in the Abode and [the abode of] Faith, who love those who migrated to them and do not find any need for what they were given, and prefer others over themselves even if they may be afflicted with poverty.”?[2]

They replied in the negative. So, he said:

If you have dissociated yourselves from being from either of these two groups, then I can testify that you are not from the group about which Allah has said, “And those that came after them saying, ‘O our lord, forgive us and our brothers who have passed us with faith, and do not create in our hearts any malice for those who believe.’’’[3] Leave me, may Allah do such-and-such to you![4]


If Abu Bakr was a hypocrite then why would he not try to kill the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam when they were both alone in the journey of Hijrah? Why did he not reveal information of his whereabouts to the disbelievers of the Quraysh, when they were close to them?

It is most strange that these “hypocrites”, as the clergy consider them, did not try, if even once, to kill the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, or to revolt against his rule.

Can you see this through to its logical conclusion: The Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, the greatest personality in human history, fails dismally in his mission and all of the people apostatize after his passing. Worse still, his own Companions manage to fool him as they were simply hypocrites biding their time, the poor, displaced, weak man! On the other hand, others of much lower status are successful in their mission, accruing thousands of followers, and getting the community to love them during their lifetime and respect them after their deaths!

If it was said to you that the companions of Imam Khomeini are disbelieving hypocrites, would you have accepted that? Why then would you be willing to accept that the most noble Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam failed in influencing a community and in rearing those around him on Islam, when thousands of personalities throughout history are successful? Is this not a blemish on the status of the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and his personality?

Is it even conceivable that Aisha and Hafsah were disbelievers whom the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam married, when Islam does not permit marrying a disbeliever? The earlier nations allowed this type of marriage but Islam abrogated it “and do not hold onto the marriages of unbelieving women.[5]

If the greatest Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was infallible then how did it come to be that he would marry his daughter off to ‘Uthman whilst he is a disbelieving hypocrite? Further still, when she passes away, he marries off his second daughter to him! Is it permissible for a Muslim woman to marry a disbeliever? Or, is it that the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is simply trying to appease people at the expense of Allah’s religion and at the expense of his daughter’s dignity?

Why are they willing to accept for the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam what they would not accept for themselves?

If it was said that a man in authority, who was believing, pious, and Allah-fearing, ruled over a community, some of whom were believers and others were hypocrites; and by Allah’s favour he could distinguish the hypocrites by their manner of speech, but despite this, he distanced himself from those who were upright and chose the hypocrites in their stead, giving them positions of authority and made them leaders of the people in his lifetime, and in fact, went a step further by even marrying off his children to some of them, and when he passed away he was pleased with them; what would you say regarding this man?

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّبِيُّ جَاهِدِ الْكُفَّارَ وَالْمُنَافِقِينَ وَاغْلُظْ عَلَيْهِمْ ۚ وَمَأْوَاهُمْ جَهَنَّمُ ۖ وَبِئْسَ الْمَصِيرُ

O Messenger, wage jihad against the disbelievers and the hypocrites and be harsh against them. And their abode is the hellfire, and what an evil abode that is.[6]


Did the Messenger salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam disregard the command of Allah to be harsh against the hypocrites?



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[1] Surah al Hashr: 8.

[2] Surah al Hashr: 9.

[3] Surah al Hashr: 10.

[4] Al Irbili: Kashf al Ghummah fi Ma’rifat al A’immah, 2/291.

[5] Surah al Mumtahinah: 10.

[6] Surah al Tawbah: 73.

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