Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Dear Readers, please join our conversation by commenting on Yasmina's explanation of this verse of Quran, written in honor of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed [Peace and Blessings be upon him]. Tziporah & Grace will be responding in the coming weeks.

We sent thee [O Muhammad] not but as a Mercy to all creatures.” (al-Anbiya 21:107)

Not bound by time, not limited to a group, not restricted to humans; this short verse describes the prophet of Islam [Peace and Blessings be upon him] as a Mercy that is manifested in the Book he was given and in his example, which Muslims seek to emulate.  The occasion of his day of birth more than 1,400 years ago is an opportunity to contemplate the meanings of that mercy.  Misunderstood by many today, his teachings challenged the modes of conduct fourteen centuries ago; but the issues he condemned and the actions he praised are still relevant today. Among these issues are the treatment of women and stewardship of the environment. From the beginning, he stressed to the men of his time that “The best among you is the one who is best to his wife1 and reinforced the need for stewardship of the earth through the teachings of the Quran. When asked, “Messenger of God, will we have a reward on account of animals? He answered: “There is a reward on account of every living thing.”2 Most of all, his emphasis was on the importance of good character, clearly indicating that dealing with people in an honorable manner is a means for acquiring the Mercy of God: “God will not show mercy to a person who does not show mercy to other people.”3

1 Muslim: Hadith 3466
2 Bukhari: Hadith 378
3 Bukhari: Hadith 375


  1. The birth of a gift of a righteous son, Jesus, the Christ, Quran 19:19 by a virgin is also declared as a mercy and a sign to mankind.

    I like the fact that Muhamad tried to be as honest as possible regarding the importance of other prophets but today, followers do the reverse.

    Both Christians and Muslims are guilty of this human weakness which the Prophet did not have.

  2. This is a side of Muhammad that, until fairly recently, I haven't seen much of. I'm trying to get past the characters who make the news these days (& those I ran into when I was in college). Besides Amanda & Yasmina, surely there are other notable Muslims who can inform me about this. Aside from Khaled Abou el-Fadl, I do not know of who else to turn to (I read "The great Theft"). Sure I could just ask Google, but I'd rather get a human answer on this. Google only points out websites; it doesn't really _know_ anything. Thus, this quiery. I'm in central TX, btw.

    (Moebius Trip on Facebook)

  3. Hi Moebius Trip, Amanda here.

    Are you looking for suggestions for sources where you can learn more about the life of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH)? Or are you looking for contemporary Muslims who are doing good work that emulates Muhammad's example?