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PROPHECIES OF THE PROPHET (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)

Sent by Sister Umme Okasha

One of the ways in which a person proves his Prophethood is honesty, whether it be in regards to incidents in the past, in their everyday life, or things to come in the future.  In addition to the Quraan, there are many sayings of the Last and Final Prophet of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa), Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) which contain prophecies he made in his lifetime dealing with near and distant future.  Some of them have come true, others await fulfillment. 

One of his Sahaabah (Companions) Hadhrar Huzaifah, tells us: "The Prophet once delivered a speech in front of us wherein he mentioned everything (all the signs) that would happen till the Final Hour without leaving anything.  Some of us remembered it and some forgot it.  After that speech, I used to see events taking place which were referred to in that speech, but I had forgotten them before their occurrence.  Then I would recognize such events as a man recognizes another man who has been absent and then sees and recognizes him." (Bukhari)

There are at least 160 known and confirmed prophecies of Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) which were fulfilled in his lifetime and the first generation after him.  We will mention some here.

(1)  Preceding the Battle of Badr, the first and decisive confrontation with pagan Makkans in the second year of migration from Makkah al Mukarramah in 623 CE, Prophet Muhammad (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) foretold the precise spot every pagan Makkan soldier would fall.  Those who witnessed the battle saw the prophecy come true with their own eyes. (Saheeh Muslim, Abu Ya’la)

(2)  Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) prophesized the Battle of the Confederates (al-Ahzaab) would be the last invasion the tribe of Quraish (the pagan Makkans) would launch against the Muslims.  It was fought in the fifth year of migration, 626 CE and was the last military conflict between the two sides.  All Makkans embraced Islam after a few years. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Bazzar, and Haithami)

(3)  The Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) informed his daughter, Hadhrat Faatimah, that she would be the first member of his family to die after him.  There are two prophecies in one: Hadhrat Faatimah will outlive her father; Hadhrat Faatimah will be the first member of his household to die after him.  Both were fulfilled. (‘Sharh’ Saheeh Muslim,’ by Imam al-Nawawi)

(4)  The Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) prophesized Jerusalem would be conquered after his death. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

The prophecy was fulfilled when, according to Encyclopedia Britannica: "In 638 the Muslim Caliph, Umar I, entered Jerusalem." ("Jerusalem." Encyclopedia Britannica from Encyclopedia Britannica Premium Service. http://www. britannica.com/eb/article-61909)

(5)  The Prophet Muhammad prophesized the conquest of Persia. (Saheeh Muslim)

 It was conquered by Hadhrat Umar’s commander, Hadhrat Sa’ad ibn Abi Waqaas.  In the words of Encyclopedia Britannica: "…raids into Sasanian territory were quickly taken up by Muhammad’s Caliphs, or deputies, at Madinah -- Abu Bakr and Umar ibn al-Khattab… an Arab victory at Al-Qadisiyyah in 636/637 was followed by the sack of the Sasanian winter capital at Ctesiphon on the Tigris.  The Battle of Nahavand in 642 completed the Sasanids’ vanquishment." ("Iran." Encyclopedia Britannica from Encyclopedia Britannica Premium Service. http://www. britannica.com/eb/article-32160)

(6)  The Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) prophesized the conquest of Egypt. (Saheeh Muslim)

In the words of Encyclopedia Britannica: "Amr… undertook the invasion in 639 with a small army of some 4,000 men (later reinforced).  With what seems astonishing speed the Byzantine forces were routed and had withdrawn from Egypt by 642… Various explanations have been given for the speed with which the conquest was achieved." ("Egypt." Encyclopedia Britannica from Encyclopedia Britannica Premium Service. http://www. britannica.com/eb/article-22358)

(7)  The Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) foretold confrontation with the Turks. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim)

The first conflict took place in the caliphate of Hadhrat Umar in 22 AH. (Ibn Kathir’s ‘al-Bidaya wal-Nihaya.’)

(8)  The Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) foretold the first maritime battle to be undertaken by Muslims would be witnessed by Hadhrat Umm Haraam, the first woman to participate in a naval expedition.  He also prophesied the first assault on Constantinople.[13] (Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim)

The first maritime battle in Muslim history was in 28 AH in the rule of Hadhrat Mu’aawiyah.  It was witnessed by Hadhrat Umm Haraam as foretold by Prophet Muhammad, and Yazid led the first attack on Constantinople in 52 AH. (Ibn Kathir’s ‘al-Bidaya wal-Nihaya’)

(9)  The prophecy that Rome, Persia, and Yemen will be conquered was made during the Battle of Confederates in 626 CE,[15]  under extreme circumstances. (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)

This is described by the Quraan: "[Remember] when they came at you from above you and from below you, and when eyes shifted [in fear], and hearts reached the throats and you assumed about God [various] assumptions.  There, the believers were tested and shaken with a severe shaking.  And [remember] when the hypocrites and those in whose hearts is disease said, ‘God and His Messenger did not promise us except delusion.’" (Quran 33:10-12)

(10) Prophet Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) prophesized an imposter claiming to speak in the name of God would be killed at the hands of a righteous man in Muhammad’s lifetime.[16]  Al-Aswad al-Ansi, an imposter prophet in Yemen, was killed in the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam)’s lifetime by Fayruz al-Daylami. (Encyclopedia of Islam)

There are at least an additional 28 prophecies pertaining to the end times which are awaiting fulfillment.

Indeed these well-documented prophecies are clear proofs of the Prophethood of Hadhrat Muhammad (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam).  There is no possible way that the Prophet (SallAllaho Alaihe WaSallam) could have knowledge of these incidents except if it were inspired by Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) Himself, all in order to further prove the authenticity of the Hadhrat Muhammad, that he was not an imposter, but rather a Prophet raised by Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aalaa) to deliver humanity from Jahannum (Hellfire).

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