The Message of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ: The Proofs of Prophethood Series
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Say [O Muhammad], ‘This is my way; I call to Allah upon insight, I and those who follow me.’ [Yoosuf (12): 108]
Muhammad has always been standing higher than Christianity. He does not consider God as a human being and never makes himself equal to God. Muslims worship nothing except God and Muhammad is his Messenger. There is not any mystery and secret in it.
No disaster strikes upon the earth or among yourselves except that it is in a register before We bring it into being. Indeed that, for Allah, is easy—in order that you not despair over what has eluded you and not exult [in pride] over what He has given you. And Allah does not like every self-deluded and boastful person. [al-Ḥadīd (57): 22-23]
The religiosity of Muslims deserves respect. It is impossible not to admire, for example, their fidelity to prayer. The image of believers in Allah who, without caring about time or place, fall to their knees and immerse themselves in prayer remains a model for all those who invoke the true God, in particular for those Christians who, having deserted their magnificent cathedrals, pray only a little or not at all.
O children of Adam, take your adornment at every place of prostration, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess. [al-A‘rāf (7): 31]
No human being fills any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam [to eat] a few mouthfuls, to erect his spine (i.e., sustain him). But if he must [eat more], then let one third be for food, one third for drink, and one third for his air.
And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way. [al-Isrā’ (17): 32]
O you who have believed, fear Allah and give up what remains [due to you] of interest, if you should be believers. And if you do not, then be informed of a war [against you] from Allah and His Messenger. But if you repent, you may have your principal—[thus] you do no wrong, nor are you wronged. [al-Baqara (2): 278-279]
We find, in literature and our own empirical analysis, that once punishment is correctly accounted for in a model, the severity of punishment has a significant negative effect on crime and does indeed matter as deterrence theory tells us.
Ten [practices] are from the fiṭra (natural inclinations): trimming the mustache, letting the beard grow, brushing the teeth, rinsing the nose, clipping the nails, washing the finger joints, plucking armpit hair, shaving pubic hair, and washing oneself with water after using the lavatory.
The formulators of the superseded native religion, like Mahomet, had been enlightened enough to introduce as religious duties such sanitary measures as ablution and the most careful and reverent treatment of everything cast off by the human body, even to nail clippings and hairs; and our missionaries thoughtlessly discredited this godly doctrine without supplying its place, which was promptly taken by laziness and neglect.
Despite the proven health benefits of hand-washing, many people don’t practice this habit as often as they should – even after using the toilet. Throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands from a variety of sources, such as direct contact with people… If you do not wash your hands frequently enough, you can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. And you can spread these germs to others…
For ‘ilm (knowledge) is one of those concepts that have dominated Islam and given Muslim civilization its distinctive shape and complexion. In fact, there is no other concept that has been operative as a determinant of Muslim civilization in all its aspects to the same extent as ‘ilm… There is no branch of Muslim intellectual life, of Muslim religious and political life, and of the daily life of the average Muslim that remained untouched by the all-pervasive attitude toward knowledge as something of supreme value for Muslim being. ‘Ilm is Islam, even if the theologians have been hesitant to accept the technical correctness of this equation. The very fact of their passionate discussion of the concept attests to its fundamental importance for Islam.
Science is the most momentous contribution of Arab civilization to the modern world… The debt of our science to that of the Arabs does not consist of startling discoveries or revolutionary theories; science owes a great deal more to the Arabs; its own existence… Observation and experiment are the two sources of scientific knowledge… Greek method of acquiring scientific knowledge was mainly speculative; hence science could make little headway… Neither Roger Bacon nor his later namesake has any title to be credited with having introduced the experimental method… Roger Bacon was no more than one of the apostles of Muslim science and method to Christian Europe; and he never wearied of declaring that knowledge of Arabic and Arabic science was for his contemporaries the only way to true knowledge.
 See: Treatise on Sayings of Muhammad, by Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy
 See: Timeless Healing, Herbert Benson and Marg Stark, Fireside Book New York, 1997
 Collected by Muslim (8)
 Hatem al-Hāj, MD, Fiqh of Worship: A Commentary on Ibn Qudāmah’s “Umdat al-Fiqh”, IIPH (2011)
 Crossing the Threshold of Hope: John Paul II on Islam, 1994
 Collected by al-Bukhāri (6057)
 Ibn ‘Abbās (rA) said, “The Prophet ﷺ was the most generous of all people, and he used to become [even] more generous in Ramadan when Gabriel met him. Gabriel used to meet him every night during Ramadan to revise the Quran with him. Allah's Messenger ﷺ was more generous than the fast wind.” Collected by al-Bukhāri (3554)
 This prohibition is biblical as well: “And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcass.” [Deuteronomy: 14/8]
 See: Sahih al-Jami‘ (4061)
 Collected by at-Tirmidhi (2380) and Ibn Mājah (2/1111)
 Collected by Muslim (2024)
 See: Putting an End to Mindless Munching, The Wall Street Journal, by Melinda Beck – Durham, N.C.
 Collected by Ahmad (21705)
 Collected by at-Tirmidhi (1904) and Abu Dawud (2278)
 Collected by Muslim (1598)
 Collected by at-Tirmidhi (1303)
 See: “Vatican Paper Supports Islamic Finance. France Wants its Share of Sharia Banking”, The Brussels Journal, 3/12/2009 - Original paper: http://rassegnastampa.mef.gov.it/mefnazionale/PDF/2009/2009-03-04/2009030412006886.pdf
 Mendes, Silvia M., and Michael D. McDonald. 2001. Putting Severity of Punishment Back in the Deterrence Package, Policy Studies Journal 29 (4): 588-610.
 Jörg Fisch, Cheap Lives and Dear Limbs: The British Transformation of the Bengal Criminal Law 1769-1817 (Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 1983), p.88
 Ibid (p. 7)
 Ibid (p. 88)
 Collected by Muslim (1/223), Abu Dawud (1/14), Ibn Mājah (1/107), at-Tirmidhi (5/91), and an-Nasā’i (5/405)
 The Doctor’s Dilemma: Preface on Doctors, by George Bernard Shaw, 1908
 The Dirty Secrets of Bath Time, Times Online, March 26, 2009
 Collected by Ahmad (6/47) and an-Nasā’i (1/50)
 Tomooka L. et al. (2000) Clinical Study and Literature Review of Nasal Irrigation. The Laryngoscope
 Collected by Abu Dawud (142, 143), at-Tirmidhi (38), an-Nasā’i (1/66, 69), and Ibn Mājah (448)
 Collected by Muslim (2363) and Ahmad (24964)
 Collected by Abu Dāwud (4576), Ibn Mājah (3466), and an-Nasā’i (4845)
 Firas AlKhateeb, Lost Islamic History (p. 72), Oxford University Press (2014)
 Collected by Ahmad (3578). In another narration, Usāma b. Shareek a reports that the Bedouins said, “O Messenger of Allah, should we seek treatments?” He said, “Seek treatments, for Allah has not created an ailment except that He created its cure, except for one.” They said, “O Messenger of Allah, what is it?” He said, “Aging.” Collected by Abu Dāwud (2/331), at-Tirmidhi (3/258), and Ibn Mājah (2/1137)
 “The Significance of Ibn Sina's Canon of Medicine in the Arab and Western worlds.” Science and Its Times: Understanding the Social Significance of Scientific Discovery. Encyclopedia.com. 11 Jan. 2017.
 Collected by al-Bukhāri (5729) and Muslim (98)
 Rosenthal, Franz. Knowledge Triumphant. Boston: Brill, 2007. p. 2
 See: The Making of Humanity, by Robert Briffault