peace be upon him, lived in total commitment to the belief
that God (Allah in Arabic) was truly One God, and as
such, He was to be worshipped alone, without any other "gods" beside
Him. This is the very first commandment in the Old Testament
(Exodus chapter 20 and Deuteronomy, chapter 5) and in
the New Testament as well (Mark, chapter 12, verse 29).
peace be upon him, ordered his followers to obey Allah
Almighty, following the true Commandments as were revealed
to him by the angel Gabriel from Almighty Allah. Read
below, one of many similar statements from the Quran:
Surely, Allah Commands absolute justice and
steadfast commitment to performing your duties to Almighty
Allah, in total sincerity and giving help to relatives:
and He forbids evil, and disobedience and all that
is prohibited by Allah (such as; illegal sexual acts,
disobedience of PARENTS, polytheism, to tell lies,
to give false witness, to kill a life without right,
etc.), and (He Forbids) any evil (i.e. all that is
prohibited by God's Law, such as: polytheism of every
kind, disbelief and every kind of evil deeds, etc.),
and all kinds of oppression, He admonishes you, that
you may take heed.
(chapter 16, verse 90)
peace be upon him, never fell into the common practice
of his tribesmen to worship statues, idols or man-made "gods." He
forbid his followers to ever engage in worship outside
of the One True God (Allah) of Adam, Abraham, Moses and
all the prophets, peace be upon them all.
And the people of the Scripture Jews and Christians
did not differed amongst themselves until after there
came to them clear evidence.
And they were commanded only to worship Allah,
and worship none but Him Alone (no gods beside God),
and perform prayers and give charity: and that is the
He despised false worship to any man-made gods or images
or anything in creation as a god. He hated all of the
complexities and degradation to which it leads.
is in direct obedience to the second commandment in
the above mentioned verses, "Thou shalt not make
any graven images."
peace be upon him, always held the Name of God (Allah)
in the highest of reverence and never took God's Name
in vain or for any vainglorious purpose.
forbid his followers for ever doing anything like this
and encouraged them to use names such as "Servant
of Almighty God" (Abdullah).
peace be upon him, upheld the proper worship and ceremonies
of his grandfathers, Abraham and Ishmail, peace be upon
them. Here is something from the second chapter of the
Quran. Read closely;
124. "Recall when Abraham's Lord (Allah)
tested him with Commands, that he fulfilled. Allah
said, "Surely, I am going to make you a leader
(prophet) of mankind. (Abraham said) "And my offspring,
too." (Allah) said, "My Covenant (prophethood,
etc.) does not include wrong-doers (thalimun).
125. "And recall when (Allah) made the
House (ka'bah in Bakkah, which later was called "Makkah")
a place of resort for mankind and a place of safety.
And it is your place of prayer, and (Allah) commanded
Abraham and Ishmail to purify (God's House at Makkah)
for those who are circling it, or staying there or
bowing or prostrating themselves (there, in worship).
126. "And when Abraham said, 'My Lord,
make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide
its people with fruits, for them that believe in Allah
Almighty and the Last Day.' (Allah) answered, "As
for him who doesn't believe, I shall leave him in contentment
for a while, then I shall compel him t the torment
of the Fire, and worst indeed is that destination!"
when Abraham and Ishmail were raising the foundations
of the Sacred House (Ka'bah in Makkah), saying, 'Our
Lord! Accept from us. Certainly! You are the All-Hearer,
Lord! And make us submissive unto You and of our
offspring a nation submissive unto You, and show
us our Manasik (all the ceremonies of pilgrimage
- Hajj and 'Umrah, etc.), and accept our repentance.
Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the
Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own
(and indeed Allah answered by sending Muhammad Peace
be upon him ), who shall recite unto them Your Verses
and instruct them in the Book (this Qur'an) and full
knowledge of (Allah's) Laws and jurisprudence, and
sanctify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the
130. And who turns away from the religion of
Abraham (Monotheism) except him who fools himself?
Truly, (Allah) chose him in this world and verily,
in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.
When his Lord said to him, "Submit
("Islam" means "submission")!" He
said, "I have submitted myself ("Muslim" means "one
who submits") to the Lord of all that exists."
And this (submission to Allah) was ordered by Abraham
upon his sons and by Jacob; saying, "O
my sons! Allah has chosen for you the (true) religion;
then die not except in the Faith of Submission (like
those in true submission to God's Will)."
peace be upon him, performed these same ceremonies in
worship to what we find the prophets doing before him,
bowing to toward the ground and prostrating (falling on
the face) while praying and worshipping. He would face
Jerusalem for his devotionals and commanded his followers
to do the same (until Allah sent down the angel Gabriel
with revelation to change the direction (qibal) mentioned
peace be upon him, advocated rights for all members of
the family and especially ties to the parents, both mother
and father, also rights for infant girls, orphaned girls
and certainly for wives, as well.
is known from the Quran, Muhammad, peace be upon him,
ordered his followers to be kind and respectful to
their parents. They were told not to even say, "Ooh"
to them while caring for them in their old age. Read
from the Quran:
And your Lord has decreed that you worship
none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents.
If one of them or both of them attain old age in your
life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout
at them but address them in terms of honor.
(chapter 17, verse 23)
peace be upon him, was the defender of the orphans and
even the newborn children. He ordered the care of orphans
and feeding of the poor as the means to enter Paradise
and if anyone held back the rights of those who were
destitute, they could forget about ever seeing Paradise.
He also forbid the killing of new born girls, as was a
custom of ignorance according to primitive Arab traditions.
This is referred to in the Quran; when, on the Day of Judgment
those who practiced the evil deed of terminating the life
of their own infant daughters, will have it exposed, the
when the female (infant) buried alive (as the pagan
Arabs used to do) is going to be asked; about what
sin could she (as an infant) have possibly committed."
(chapter 81, verse 8)
Those who spend their wealth (in Allah's Cause)
by night and day, in secret and in public, they shall
have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be
no fear, nor shall they grieve.
peace be upon him, ordered men not to "inherit
women against their will," and not to marry them accept
by mutual consent and never to touch their wealth or inheritance
in order to improve their own financial conditions.
O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit
women against their will, and you should not treat
them with harshness, that you may take away part of
the Mahr you have given them, unless they commit open
illegal sexual intercourse. And live with them honorably.
If you dislike them, it may be that you dislike a thing
and Allah brings through it a great deal of good.
(chapter 4, verse 19)
We also notice from this verse, He forbid the common
practice of wife-beating and abuse, (his own wife said
he never once hit her).
never once engaged in sex outside of marriage,
nor did he ever approve of it, even though it was very
common at the time. His only relationships with women
were in legitimate, contractual marriages with proper
witnesses according to law. His relationship to Ayesha
was only that of marriage. He did not marry her the first
time her father offered her hand to him in marriage.
He married her only after she reached the age of puberty
and could decide for herself. Their relationship is described
in every detail by Ayesha herself in the most loving
and respectful manner as a match truly made in heaven.
Ayesha is considered as one of the highest scholars of
Islam and lived out her entire life only having been
married to Muhammad, peace be upon him. She never desired
any other man, nor did she ever utter a single negative
statement against Muhammad, peace be upon him.
peace be upon him, ordered men to
"provide and protect" women, whether it was their
own mother, sister, wife or daughter or even those of others,
whether they were Muslims or not.
are the protectors and maintainers of women, because
Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and
because they spend (to support the women) from their
means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly
obedient (to Allah and to their husbands), and guard
in the husband's absence what Allah orders them to
guard (e.g. their chastity, their husband's property,
As to those women on whose part you
see illconduct, admonish them, refuse to share their
beds, startle them (set forth a clear example or parable
for them, to make clear the point of what is going on
before divorcing them) so if they return to proper obedience
(to Allah and their husbands), do not annoy them any
further. Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great."
(chapter 4, verse 34)
peace be upon him, prohibited killing of children for
fear of poverty and also forbade killing any innocent
(O Muhammad SAW): "Come, I will recite
what your Lord has prohibited you from: Join not anything
in worship with Him; be good and dutiful to your parents;
kill not your children because of poverty - We provide
sustenance for you and for them; come not near to Al-Fawahish
(shameful sins, illegal sexual intercourse, etc.) whether
committed openly or secretly, and kill not anyone whom
Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause (according
to Law). This He has commanded you that you may understand.
(chapter 6, verse 151)
peace be upon him, never committed adultery, and he required
his followers to engage only in lawful marriage relationships
with women, and forbid sex outside of Almighty God's
Satan (the devil) threatens you with poverty
and orders you to commit Fahsha (evil deeds, illegal
sexual intercourse, sins etc.); whereas Allah promises
you Forgiveness from Himself and Bounty, and Allah
is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower.
(chapter 2, verse 268)
(O Muhammad SAW): "(But) the things
that my Lord has indeed forbidden are AlFawahish
(great evil sins, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse,
etc.) whether committed openly or secretly, sins (of
all kinds), unrighteous oppression, joining partners
(in worship) with Allah for which He has given no authority,
and saying things about Allah of which you have no
(Chapter 7, verse 33.)
And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse.
Verily, it is a Fahishah [i.e. anything that transgresses
its limits (a great sin)], and an evil way (that leads
one to Hell unless Allah forgives him).
(Chapter 17, verse 32)
The adulterer marries not but an adulteress
or a Mushrikah and the adulteress none marries her
except an adulterer or a Muskrik [and that means that
the man who agrees to marry (have a sexual relation
with) a Mushrikah (female polytheist, pagan or idolatress)
or a prostitute, then surely he is either an adulterer,
or a Mushrik (polytheist, pagan or idolater, etc.)
And the woman who agrees to marry (have a sexual relation
with) a Mushrik (polytheist, pagan or idolater) or
an adulterer, then she is either a prostitute or a
Mushrikah (female polytheist, pagan, or idolatress,
etc.)]. Such a thing is forbidden to the believers
(of Islamic Monotheism).
(Chapter 24, verse 3)
Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal
sexual intercourse should be propagated among those
who believe, they will have a painful torment in this
world and in the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you
(Chapter 24 - An-Nûr. Verse 19)
O Prophet! When believing women come to you
to give you the pledge, that they will not associate
anything in worship with Allah, that they will not
steal, that they will not commit illegal sexual intercourse,
that they will not kill their children, that they will
not utter slander, intentionally forging falsehood
(i.e. by making illegal children belonging to their
husbands), and that they will not disobey you in any
Ma'ruf (Islamic Monotheism and all that which Islam
ordains) then accept their Bai'a (pledge), and ask
Allah to forgive them, Verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving,
(Chapter 60 - Al-Mumtahinah. Verse 12)
People committed fornication and adultery in most places
around the word in Muhammad's time, yet he never once
did so, and he forbade all of his followers from this
peace be upon him, forbade usury and interest on money
lending, as Jesus, peace be upon him, had done centuries
before him. It can be easily shown how usury eats away
at wealth and destroys the economic systems throughout
history. Yet, just as in the teachings of the prophets
of old, Muhammad, peace be upon him, held that such practices
were most evil and must be avoided in order to be at peace
with the Creator (Allah).
Those who eat usury (deal in interest) will
not stand (on the Day of Resurrection) except like
the standing of a person beaten by Satan leading him
That is because they say: "Trading is only like
usury," whereas Allah has permitted trading and
So whosoever receives an admonition from his Lord and
stops eating usury shall not be punished for the past;
his case is for Allah (to judge); but whoever returns
to dealing in usury, such are the dwellers of the Fire
- they will abide therein.
Allah will destroy Riba (usury) and will give increase
for charity, alms, etc. And Allah likes not the disbelievers,
Truly those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness,
and perform Salat, and give Zakat, they will have their
reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor
shall they grieve.
O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah and give up what
remains (due to you) from usury, if you are believers.
And if you do not do it, then take a notice of war from
Allah and His Messenger but if you repent, you shall
have your capital sums. Deal not unjustly, and you shall
not be dealt with unjustly.
2:275 - 279
peace be upon him, never gambled and did not allow it.
Like usury, gambling takes away wealth but at an even
ask you (Muhammad) about alcohol and gambling. Say,
'There is great sin in both of them and (some benefit)
for humans, but the sin is greater than any benefit
from them.' And they ask you what they should spend
(for charity, etc.). Say, 'Whatever is above your
basic needs.' So, Allah makes it clear to you His
Laws in order for you to give thought."
(chapter 2, 219)
Gambling had not been viewed as so evil until the time
of Muhammad, peace be upon. Today, it is well established
the damage gambling causes to families and even mental
health. The idea of getting something for nothing is
not the proper way of life prescribed by the teachings
of Muhammad, peace be upon him.
peace be upon him, never drank alcohol or strong drink,
even though it was a very normal thing for people of
his time and place.
you believers! Intoxicating drinks, gambling, fortune
telling, etc. is the hated work of the devil. So
stay away from all of that horrible stuff, that you
will be successful."
(chapter 5, verse 90)
devil only wants to create hatred between you with
intoxicants (alcoholic drinks, etc.) and gambling
and to keep you from the remembrance of Allah and
from your proper worship (prayers). So, why won't
you away from them?"
(chapter 5, verse 91)
The Arabs, like most other cultures at his time, drank
alcohol without concern for their health or for their
altered behavior while intoxicated. Many of them were
In today's world there is little need to present long
discussions on the evil and dangers of drinking alcohol.
Besides causing diseases and ruining a person's health,
alcohol is often attributed to be the cause of many traffic
accidents resulting in property damage, injuries and
deaths. The first order was for the followers of Muhammad,
peace be upon him, to leave off drinking while engaged
in worship, then came stronger orders to leave drinking
all together. Thus, offering a time for the early Muslims
to break off from their addiction to strong drink.
peace be upon him, did not engage in gossip or backbiting
and he always turned away from hearing anything related
O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person
comes to you with a news, verify it, lest you harm
people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful
to what you have done.
O you who believe! Do not allow one group scoff
at another group, it may be that the latter are better
than the former; nor let (some) women scoff at other
women, it may be that the latter are better than the
former, nor defame one another, nor insult one another
by nicknames. How bad is it, to insult one's brother
after having Faith. And whosoever does not repent,
then such are indeed wrong-doers.
O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed
some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite
one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh
of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting)
. And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who accepts
repentance, Most Merciful.
Certainly, these teachings would be well appreciated
in today's world where we find almost everyone engaging
in the worst of gossiping and insulting of others, even
the closest of relatives and loved ones.
peace be upon him, was most generous and encouraged others
to be the same way in their dealings with others. He
even asked them to forgive the debts of others with hope
of receiving a better reward with their Lord (Allah).
And if the debtor is in a hard time (has no
money), then grant him time till it is easy for him
to repay, but if you remit it by way of charity, that
is better for you if you did but know.
And be afraid of the Day when you shall be
brought back to Allah. Then every person shall be paid
what he earned, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly.
peace be upon him, commanded the payment of charity to
the poor and he was the defender and
protector of widows, orphans and the wayfarers.
do not oppress the orphan, nor repulse the beggar."
(Chapter 93, verses 9 and 10)
Charity is for the poor, who in Allah's Cause
are restricted (from travel), and cannot move about
in the land (for trade or work). The one who knows
them not, thinks that they are rich because of their
modesty. You may know them by their mark, they do not
beg of people at all. And whatever you spend in good,
surely Allah knows it well.
peace be upon him, taught people how to deal with the
most extreme difficulties and tests the occur to us throughout
our lives. He held that only through patience and a humble
attitude would we find true resolution and understanding
of life's complications and disappointments. He the most
patient of all and was exemplary in his own humbleness.
All who knew him had to admit to these virtues.
O you who believe! Seek help in patience and
the prayer. Truly! Allah is with the patient ones.
He explained this life was a test from Allah:
And certainly, Allah shall test you with something
of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits,
but give glad tidings to the patient ones.
when afflicted with calamity, say: "Truly!
To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return."
peace be upon him, fasted for days at a time to be closer
to Almighty God and away from the narrowness of worldly
O you who believe! Observing the fasting is
prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before
you, that you may become pious.
peace be upon him, called for an end to racism and tribalism
from the beginning to the end of his mission. He was
truly the peacemaker for all times and all people. He
mankind! (Allah) has created you from a male and
a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that
you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable
of you with Allah is that (believer) who is one of
the pious. Verily, Allah is All-Knowing,
And in another verse of the Quran:
mankind! Have piety and be most dutiful to your Lord,
Who created you from a single person (Adam), and
from him (Adam) He created his wife (Eve), and from
them both He created many men and women and fear
Allah through Whom you demand your mutual (rights),
and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship).
Surely, Allah is Ever an AllWatcher over you.
(chapter 4, verse 1)
keeping up good relationships and bringing people back
together after a falling out, the Quran says:
And if two parties or groups among the believers
fall to fighting, then make peace between them both,
but if one of them rebels against the other, then fight
you (all) against the one that which rebels till it
complies with the Command of Allah; then if it complies,
then make reconciliation between them justly, and be
equitable. Verily! Allah loves those who are equitable.
The believers are nothing else than brothers
to each other. So make reconciliation between your
brothers, and fear Allah, that you may receive mercy.
peace be upon him, taught that Jesus, peace be upon him,
was the immaculate conception and miracle birth of Mary,
and that she was the best creation of Almighty God. He
insisted even to the Jews of Madinah, that Jesus,
peace be upon him, was the Messiah, the Christ, the one
predicted to come in their Torah (Old Testament). He
also taught that Jesus, peace be upon him, did many miracles
by the permission of Almighty God, curing the lepers, restoring
sight to the blind and even bringing a dead man back to
life, and he was
not dead, rather Almighty God had raised him up. He also
predicted Jesus, peace be upon him, is going to return
again in the Last Days to lead the true believers in a
victory over the evil and unrighteous people, and he will
destroy the Anti-Christ.
peace be upon him, forbade
any killing, even when his followers were being killed,
until the orders for retaliation came from Allah. Even
then the limits were clearly spelled out and only those engaged in active
combat against the Muslims or Islam were to be fought
in combat. And even then, only according to very strict
rules from Allah.