Quranic criteria for God's messengers
The purpose of this article is to examine God’s criteria, as spelled out in
the Quran, so that a believer may separate between God’s authorized messengers
and messengers sent by other than God.
– Splitting of the moon: 1969
God’s Greatest Gift
God’s greatest gift is freedom (2:256,
33:72) – freedom to
choose or reject His religion based on our free will. An important component of
freedom is logic, which is defined as the science of correct reasoning. Reason
is defined as the ability to think, form judgments and draw conclusions. By far,
the most logical book that exists is the Quran. Based on the commandment in
verse 17:36, not to accept anything unless verified, the religion of Submission
is the most rational religion.
worshippers of God alone, we know that Satan is our most ardent enemy (2:168,
7:17). Satan’s primary targets are those who have submitted to God alone and who
uphold the Quran as the only source for religious law (6:114). Satan is
interested primarily and above all on those who uphold the purified
in the Quran.
God’s system never changes. God’s system dictates that, we, be
provided both God’s as well as Satan’s messages all the time. In conferences, in
Quranic studies and other gatherings Satan is allowed to impart his message. The
believers always reject Satan’s messages (6:112). We have belief in God, and we
have belief that Satan exists. Belief in God dictates that we believe God and
reject Satan’s messages. God’s messages are within the confines of the Quran,
while Satan’s messages are outside the confines of the Quran.
Messenger and Prophet
GOD took a covenant from the
prophets, saying, "I will give you the scripture and wisdom. Afterwards, a
messenger will come to confirm all existing scriptures. You shall believe in
him and support him." He said, "Do you agree with this, and pledge to fulfill
this covenant?" They said, "We agree." He said, "You have thus borne
witness, and I bear witness along with you."
God willed that the
difference between a messenger and a prophet remain unknown till the advent of
the His messenger of the covenant as prophesied in
3:81. We now know that
prophet Muhammad was the last prophet, but not the last messenger.
Together with sending His messenger of the Covenant, God willed that a floodgate
be opened for Satan to send his messengers. Ever since Dr. Rashad Khalifa
announced his messengership in 1988, an average of more than one person per year
has claimed messengership appealing to the submitters to accept his/her
messengership. These “messengers” speak the language of the messengers and use
the buzzwords – God alone and Quran alone – similar to a hypocrite who speaks
the language of a believer. A prudent and careful examination of these
messenger-claimants will make it obvious that they do not meet some very basic
Quranic criteria, which set apart God’s messengers from Satan’s messengers.
In 1988 one such person declared herself a messenger. In
the 1989 conference Dr. Rashad Khalifa who personally used to introduce every
participant in a conference introduced a participant as “Satan’s messenger” as
this person claimed to be a messenger. Between 1990 to 1995, there have been two
or three claimants. In 1996 there were five such claimants. There was one
claimant in 1997 and an another one in 1998. The average of one or more
"messenger" per year continues to this day.
CRITERIA FOR GOD'S MESSENGERS
God in his immense mercy has spelled out the
criteria in the Quran, so that the believers may recognize His messengers as
well as reject false messengers who fail to meet the simple criteria. As
believers we know that a person is either a messenger from God or he/she is not
a messenger from God. In the latter case such claimants qualify as messengers of
[6:34] Messengers before you have been rejected, and they
steadfastly persevered in the face of rejection. They were persecuted until
our victory came to them. Such is GOD's system that will never change. The
history of My messengers thus sets the precedents for you.
history of God’s messengers thus sets precedence for any future messenger/s.
1. ADVOCATE GOD ALONE
God’s messenger will advocate worship of God
alone and will abolish all forms of idolatry (7:59-92).
2. NEVER ASKS
God’s messenger never asks for wages for himself.
Logic dictates that a messenger of God will uphold the Quran
alone for religious law (6:114) and not sanction religious regulations, which
are not in the Quran.
All the messenger claimants since Dr.
Rashad Khalifa announced his messengership in 1988 claim to be within the
confines of the above three criteria, but stand exposed as false messengers when
it comes to the following additional criteria as spelled out in God’s words in
4. PROOF OF AUTHENTICITY
God’s messenger is given
divine, clear, incontrovertible proof of his messengership. All of God’s
messengers were supported with proof by God’s leave (7:101).
turned into a serpent by God’s leave. Jesus healed the leprous and revived the
dead by God’s leave. Saaleh’s proof was the camel. Abraham walked out of a fire
by God’s leave. God informs us that Muhammad’s miracle was the Quran
(29:50-51). God spells out the proof reserved for His messenger of the covenant
as The Proof (38:1).
I - Separation of The Proof and the Quran
the following verses, God separates the Quran and The Proof.
What we taught him (the messenger) was not poetry, nor is he (a poet). This
is but a formidable proof, and a profound Quran.
and the Quran that contains the proof.
Those who have rejected
the Quran's proof when it came to them, have also rejected an Honorable book.
II – We know that The Proof was given to Dr. Rashad Khalifa as his proof of
authenticity as God’s messenger. By God’s leave he presented The Proof based on
number nineteen (74:30) to the world. God calls this proof as “one of the great
miracles” in verse 74:35.
III – Proofs compared to The Proof.
The Quran mentions several proofs. However, clear distinction is made between
the Quran and its Proof (38:1); proofs provided to previous messengers (7:101)
and God’s proofs/signs all around us (2:164,
IV – The Proof has
The proof (38:1,
74:30-35) has been delivered. God chose
to deliver it to us through His
messenger of the covenant. God has blessed
quite a few individuals and continues to bless individuals with components of
this Proof or components of the mathematical structure of the Quran.
Those who claim to be messengers and provide “proofs” based
on number 19 reflect their blindness and lack of understanding of the Quran by
not knowing that The proof has already been delivered. Those who claim to have
mathematical patterns other than number nineteen (74:30); the obvious question
to them is “Where is the reference to your proof in the Quran?”
PROOF WILL HAVE REFERENCE IN THE QURAN.
Logic dictates that since the
Quran is God’s final scripture and His final words to humanity there should be
reference to any future messenger. His proof of authenticity should also be
referenced in the Quran. Indeed it was the case with God’s messenger of the
covenant. Indeed the history God’s messengers set precedents for us.
The Proof provided to the messenger of the covenant is
clear, easily understood and can be explained to any person by any sincere
person with easy Quranic references. The Quran repeats in various verses clear
proofs given to messengers (7:101).
7. MISSION SPELLED OUT IN THE QURAN
The Quran clearly spelled out the mission of the messenger after the
prophets (3:81). The messenger will confirm existing scriptures. Additional
duties and mission are spelled out in verses 5:19,
9:33, Sura 98, etc. Logic,
common sense and the precedent established by God (6:34) dictates that any
future messenger will have his duties clearly spelled out in the Quran.
8. PROPHECY AND PROPHECIES
God’s messenger of the covenant, Rashad
Khalifa fulfilled the Quran prophecy in 3:81 – after all the prophets a
messenger will come for a specific mission. Other concurrent prophecies, such as
in verses 54:1-5 have also been fulfilled. Reason and logic dictate that any
future messenger will be able to point from the Quran specific fulfillment of a
The following constitutes
precedent established by God of events
referenced in the Quran, contemporaneous with the messenger after the prophets (3:81):
– Covenant fulfilled: 1972
– Quran’s Mathematical
– The creature: 1980s
– Messenger of the Covenant:
– Passing of the Messenger: 1990
– The Smoke: 1991
9. THE MESSENGER’S LANGUAGE
We did not
send any messenger except (to preach) in the tongue of his people, in order
to clarify things for them. GOD then sends astray whomever He wills, and
guides whomever He wills. He is the Almighty, the Most Wise.
10. DELIVERY OF THE QURAN AND DELIVERY OF THE PROOF
pointed out above a clear distinction is made between the Quran and the
Proof. In the simplest form, Prophet Muhammad had no duty except to deliver
the Quran (5:99,
29:18). God’s messenger after the prophets had no duty except to deliver
Dr. Rashad Khalifa, God’s messenger of the covenant,
announced his messengership in his newsletter “Muslim Perspective” in the
1988 issue. The entire issue was devoted to the announcement under the title,
“God insists.” The issue that contained the announcement provided the
opportunity for any sincere believer to examine and verify per God’s commandment
in verse 17:36, the claim of messengership. Almost all the criteria listed above
were covered in that announcement.
The messenger after
the prophets (3:81), the proof produced by God’s leave and the references in the
Quran are overwhelming. God’s signs are always overwhelming and never subtle.
Together with the simple and powerful reminder of worshiping God alone, Rashad
Khalifa corrected all religious practices of the religion of Submission based on
the Quran and brought to our attention God’s
perfect preservation of the rituals of the religious duties since the
time of Abraham. The purified Quran, without the two false verses was presented to
humanity for the first time. The reference to the messenger pervades the Quran
44:13, 98:1-3). The reference to the proof are all
over the Quran (38:1,
27:82, 98:1-8,10:1, etc.)
While Rashad Khalifa advocated the absolute worship of God alone (6:19)
by upholding God’s complete words (6:115)
in the Quran as a source of law (6:114)
consistently stating, “don’t
go by what I say, go by the Quran,” the “messengers” after him state,
“go by what I say.”
Challenge to the Disbelievers: Give me One Good Reason” was the challenge by Dr.
Rashad Khalifa in “Muslim Perspective” in the February 1989 issue. No mullah,
religious leader, scholar or anyone could come up with one reason based on the
Quran as to why Rashad Khalifa was not a messenger of God. Not one.
have come a long way when “messengers” after Rashad Khalifa, who claim to be
messengers of God, cannot even come up with one reason based on the Quran as to
why they are messengers of God other than using the buzz words mentioned above!
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