Musailamah’s Fake Revelation

 

Transcript of: Musailamah’s Fake Revelation
Lecture by: Shaykh Muhammad Al-‘Arafi
Translated by: Abu Ayoub from Simply Seerah

Introduction:

During the life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) there was another man who tried to claim prophethood. His name was Musailamah Al-Kadhaab. (i.e. The Liar)
Musailamah also claimed to receive revelation from Allah. This is a hilarious story of what happened when one Companion first met Musailamah and heard his fake revelation.

Shaykh Al-Arafi says:

So there were some people who tried to bring something similar to the Quran. Musailamah is one of them. Musailamah for example started to make his own (verses), and he had devils and other things. And he has a long story. Until he produced a number of verses.

So once Musailamah came across ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas, and this was before ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas accepted Islam.

And so ‘Amr said to him, “Oh Musailamah, what is your story? So now you’re a Prophet and you are receiving revelation.”
He (Musailamah) said: “Yes I’m also a Prophet.”

Then Musailamah said: “Oh ‘Amr. Do you know what had come down to me yesterday?”

He replied: “What came down to you? (i.e. let us listen to your verses) What came down to you?”

And at this time Musailamah didn’t deny the Prophethood of the Messenger (pbuh). He believed that he was a Messenger. But he claimed, “I am one as well.”

And similarly this is what (he said) when he sent a letter to the prophet Muhammad (pbuh). When it first crossed his mind to say, “Hey I’m a prophet.”

He then sent a letter to the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in which he said: “To proceed. Oh Muhammad, verily Allah has made me a prophet just like He made you a prophet. And if this letter reaches you, then let us divide the land into two halves.”

Please. It’s like it’s up to you. He’s acting as if he’s the creator or someone who can just order the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) around.

So he said, “If this message reaches you, then let us divide the land into two halves.”

After this the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “There’s no might or power except with Allah.”

He then told his companion, “Flip over the letter.”

So the companions flipped it over. The prophet (pbuh) said,
“Write: ‘Verily the earth is for Allah and He gives it to whoever He wants from his servants. And verily the end is for the believers.”

And he sent the letter back to him.

So later Musailamah runs across ‘Amr ibn Al-‘Aas. And ‘Amr asked him, “Alright Musailamah, so what revelation came down to you yesterday?”

‘Amr ibn Al-‘Aas is considered an intelligent man from amongst the Arab people. So you can’t play with him. You can just tell him two sentences and he’ll automatically believe you.

So he (Musailamah) said, “Revelation came down to me.”

So he asked, “Okay what came down to you?”

He said, “A Surah has come down to me similar to Surah al-Feel.”

“Don’t you (Muslims) have the verse, ‘Have you not seen how your Lord dealt with the people of the Elephant?’ Well I have a revelation like Surah al-Feel as well.”

He (‘Amr) then said: “Let us hear it.”

He (Musailamah) then recited: “The Elephant. And what will make you know the Elephant? He has a long trunk, and a short tail.”

And that was the end of the verse.

Don’t you Muslims have Surat Al-Al-Kawthar which is 3 verses, this is 3 verses as well.

‘Amr al-‘Aas then just stared at him for a moment and then said, “Ok. So what else has come down to you?”

He (Musailamah) said, “Also it was sent down to me Surah Al-Dhifd’ah (i.e. the Frog).”

He (‘Amr) said, “Ok let me hear it then.”

He (Musailamah) said: “Oh Frog, you clean what you want to clean. Neither do you drink, nor do you disturb the mud.”

The End.

‘Amr stared at him and then said: “Oh Musailamah.”

He said, “Yes?”

‘Amr continued, “I swear by Allah, that you know that I know you’re a lair.”

[Laughter in the crowd]

Meaning: “There is no need for me to tell you I think you’re a liar. You know I think you’re liar.”

Even if I were to say, “Oh wow. May peace be upon (i.e. Amazing.)”

Meaning, “Even if I were to try to lie, there’s no way, there’s just some things that you can’t believe.

So he (‘Amr) said: “I swear by Allah, that you that I know you’re a lair. (i.e. There’s no need for me to… to even try to hide it.)”

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Top 10 Sexist Quotes From Men of the Church

Today we find that many Christians have this type of Superiority complex when it comes to other nations and religions. But the reality is that the West evolved from Secular ideas rather than Biblical ones. Things like women’s rights, and equality were never really considered something which correlates with the Bible. Actually quite the opposite. For this reason, I wanted to share with our viewers the Top 10 Historic quotes we have from famous Church Fathers and Reformers. These were men who had, throughout the course of History, help shape Christianity into the religion it is today.

Number 10:

John Knox: (Scottish clergyman and Protestant Reformer, 16th century)

“The Woman in her greatest perfection was made to serve and obey man . . .  Nature I say, paints [women] further to be weak, frail, impatient, feeble and foolish: and experience has declared them to be inconstant, variable, cruel and lacking the spirit of counsel and regiment [or, leadership].”

The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.

Number 9:

John Calvin: (French theologian, pastor and Protestant Reformer, 1509-1564)

On the first post-resurrection appearance of Jesus to women rather than to men: “I consider this was done by way of reproach, because they [the men] had been so tardy and sluggish to believe. And indeed, they deserve not only to have women for their teachers, but even oxen and asses. . .  . Yet it pleased the Lord, by means of those weak and contemptible vessels, to give display of his power.”

Commentary on the Gospel of John (John 20) 

“On this account, all women are born that they may acknowledge themselves as inferior in consequence to the superiority of the male sex.”

Commentary on 1 Corinthians (1 Corinthians 11) 

Number 8:

Martin Luther: (German priest, theologian and Protestant Reformer, 16th century)

“For a woman seems to be a creature somewhat different from man, in that she has dissimilar members, a varied form and a mind weaker than man. Although Eve was a most excellent and beautiful creature, like unto Adam in reference to the image of God, that is with respect to righteousness, wisdom and salvation, yet she was a woman. For as the sun is more glorious than the moon, though the moon is a most glorious body, so woman, though she was a most beautiful work of God, yet she did not equal the glory of the male creature.”

Commentary on Genesis, Chapter 2, Part V, 27b. 

Number 7:

Thomas Aquinas: (Doctor of the church, 13th century

“But a woman is naturally of less strength and dignity than man . . .”

Summa Theologica, Volume 1, Question 92, Article 1, Objection 2.

“As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from a defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even from some external influence.”

Summa Theologica, Vol. I, Q. 92, Art. 1, Reply to objection 1.

Number 6:

Augustine: (Bishop of Hippo, Doctor of the Church and Latin Father, 354-430)

“I don’t see what sort of help a woman was created to provide man with, if one excludes procreation. If a woman is not given to man for help in bearing children, for what help could she be? To till the earth together? If help were needed for that, man would have been a better help for man. The same goes for comfort in solitude. How much more pleasure is it for life and conversation when two friends live together than when a man and a woman cohabitate?”

“. . . the woman together with her own husband is the image of God, so that that whole substance may be one image; but when she is referred separately to her quality of help-meet, which regards the woman herself alone, then she is not the image of God; but as regards the man alone, he is the image of God as fully and completely as when the woman too is joined with him in one.”

On the Trinity, Book 12 7.10 

Number 5:

Jerome: (Priest, Theologian, Doctor of the Church and Latin Father, 4th-5th centuries)

“The Woman is the root of all evil.”

Number 4:

Clement of Alexandria: (Theologian and Greek Father, 2nd century)

“Every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman. . . . the consciousness of their own nature must evoke feelings of shame.”

Paedagogus (The Instructor) Book 2, 33.2 (?)

Origen: (Theologian and Greek Father, 2nd-3rd centuries)

“Men should not sit and listen to a woman . . . even if she says admirable things, or even saintly things, that is of little consequence, since it came from the mouth of a woman.”

Fragments on 1 Corinthians

Tertullian: (The Father of Latin Christianity, 155-245)

”And do you not know that you are (each) an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil’s gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God’s image, man. On account of your desert—that is, death—even the Son of God had to die. And do you think about adorning yourself over and above your tunics of skins?”

De Cultu Feminarium (On the Apparel of Women)

Chrysostom: (Archbishop of Constantinople and Doctor of the Church,  4th century 

“God maintained the order of each sex by dividing the business of life into two parts, and assigned the more necessary and beneficial aspects to the man and the less important, inferior matter to the woman.”

The Kind of Women who ought to be taken as Wives 

Amazing Quran Recitation – Surah Al-Infitar

This verse will make your heart tremble as it lays out all the images of the Day of Judgment before your eyes. Listen and reflect about the words Allah is telling us. It shall be a day like no other. A day where all you will have as your companion is your memories and your deeds. May we all take heed and prepare for that day. Ameen.

For the complete translation of the verse: https://quran.com/82

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