The Third Addendum
to The Miracles of Muhammad (UWBP)
[This is about the Messengership of Muhammad (UWBP) and is the answer, in concise index-like form, to the first of the three questions and difficulties in the Third Principle of the Thirty-First Word, about his Ascension.]
Q u e s t i o n : Why is this mighty Ascension special to Muhammad the Arabian (Upon whom be blessings and peace)?
T h e A n s w e r to your first difficulty: It has been analysed in detail in the first thirty Words, so here we shall set out a concise list briefly alluding to the perfections of Muhammad (UWBP), to the signs of his prophethood, and to the fact that he was the most worthy to make the Ascension. It is as follows.
Firstly: Despite numerous corruptions in the texts of such Holy Scriptures as the Torah, Gospels, and Psalms, in recent times even, an exacting scholar like Husain Jisri found one hundred and fourteen allusions to Muhammad’s (UWBP) prophethood; these good tidings he set forth in his Risale-i Hamidiye.1
Secondly: It has been proved historically that there were many predictions accurately forecasting Muhammad’s (UWBP) prophethood, like those of the two soothsayers Shiqq and Satih, which, a while previously to it, gave news of it and the fact that he was to be the prophet of the end of time.2
Thirdly: There were hundreds of extraordinary happenings, famous in history, called irhasat, that is, signs forewarning men of a coming prophet. Among them were the idols in the Ka‘ba falling from their places on the night of Muhammad’s (UWBP) birth,3 and the famous palace of Chosroes the Persian being rent asunder.4
Fourthly: History and the Prophet’s (UWBP) biographies show that he
Husain Jisrî, Risâle-i Hamidiye (Turk. trans.), 52-94.
Ibn Hisham, al-Sirat al-Nabawiyya, i, 124-7, 158, 190, 192; al-Bayhaqi, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa, i, 126-30; Abu Nu’aym, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa, i, 122-8.
al-Bayhaqi, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa, i, 19; al-Suyuti, al-Khasa’is al-Kubra, i, 81.
al-Bayhaqi, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa, i, 19, 126; Abu Nu’aym, Dala’il al-Nubuwwa, i, 139.