Prophet Is Not Worshipped
LESSON # 375 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
Prophet Is Not Worshipped
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter - 3)
Verse –79a of 200, Section –8 (Part – 3)
It is not (possible) for any human being unto whom Allah had given the Scripture and Wisdom and the Prophethood that he should afterwards have said unto mankind: Be ye faithful of me instead of Allah,
Maa kaana li-basharin ‘any-yu’-ti-ya-hullaahul-Kitaa-ba wal-Hukma wan-Nubuw-wata summa yaquula linnaasi kuunuu ‘ibaadallii min- duunil-laahi,
‘Ibaadun – (faithful persons, slaves), its singular is ‘Abd. The words Ma’-buud (worshipped), ‘ibaadat (worship) and ‘abuudiy-yat (service of God, devotion, adoration) have been derived from this word. ‘Abd means Slave and servant, that is to say; the person who is neither independent nor free, but he/she is bound to act as per the instructions of his/her Lord and Ruler.
In the presence of the group from Syria (Najraan), some Christians said, “O Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) do you want that we should begin your worship as the Christians (Nazarenes) adored Jesus Christ (peace be upon him)”. Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) replied, “God forbid! That, if we worship someone other than Allah Almighty or invite others to do so. Allah Almighty has not sent us for this purpose”. Then the verse under discussion was revealed.
It means that the person, whom Allah Almighty gives Scripture, Wisdom and decision power, and he (peace be upon him) acquires the position of Prophet-hood, so that by conveying the correct message of Allah Almighty to the people, he would make them attentive towards His servitude and loyalty. His task can never be so to distract their attention from slavery of One God to make them his own slaves or of any other creature. If he does so then it would mean that he was not capable for holding the position for which Allah Almighty sent him. Any government of the world thinks two things before appointing someone in a position of responsibility:
1. Either this person has the potency to understand the rules of the government and fulfill his duties or otherwise.
2. To what extent he may be hoped to get implemented the orders of the government and to maintain loyalty of the people.
None king can appoint any person as his viceroy or ambassador about whom there would be even a little doubt of rebellion. It may be understood from this likeness that when the worldly governments are so much cautious, then Allah Almighty, Who has perfect knowledge about every thing, how will He send a person as Messenger, who would become His rebel and despite of telling the people to worship Allah Almighty as God, causes to be done servitude himself.
This verse confutes the belief of Christians that Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) caused to say himself the son of God and made himself a partner in His Godhood or caused to be prostrated himself.
How the Prophets and Messengers of Allah Almighty (peace be upon them) can do such clear error?
Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & English Translation by Marmaduke; Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore and Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)