EASF Meeting Kicks-off in Khartoum
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EASF Meeting Kicks-off in Khartoum

KHARTOUM - The East African Standby Force (ESAF) experts on Thursday have started a three-day meeting in Khartoum.

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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Glorification to Our Master Muhammad Al-Mustafa (PBUH)

Welcome by the Lantern Who Illuminated the Universe (Episode Four – Prophets Continuous Line)

Nowadays we are inhaling the aroma of the descending blessings of the coming celebrations festivals of (Al-Mawled Al-Nabawi Al-Sharif) the anniversary occasion of the birth of our Master Muhammad Al-Mustafa PPBUH. (Al-Mawlid is a sufficient word to all Sudanese, because there no other Mawlid than; Mawlid Al-Rasoul salla Allahu Alayihi wa-sallam).
As a highly graded tradition we are -the Sudanese- are celebrating Al-Mawlid festivals for a consecutive twelve days.
we would like to gain the honor of participation in this season by bringing up the phenomenon and some of the events in the universe which, if we look deeply into it, it tells us about the role our Messenger and Prophet, our master Muhammad Al-Mustafa (PPBUH) and his Message he promulgated, which are revealed in the Qur’an accompanied by some commentaries –if God Wills.
This episode is a continuation to the Prophets continuous line and the Messages they have received and promulgated to mankind.
Here is the Creed of Islam as in Surat Al-Bagara 2 verse 136:
In this revelation we have the Creed of Islam: to believe in; (1) the One Universal God, (2) the Message to us through Muhammad Al-Mustapha [PPBUH] and the Signs as interpreted on the basis of personal responsibility, (3) the Message delivered by other Teachers in the past. These are mentioned in three groups: (1) Ibrahim, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes: of these Ibrahim had apparently a Book (as in Surat Al-A’la 87 verse 19) and the others followed his tradition: (2) Moses an Jesus, who each left a Scripture; these scriptures are still extant, though not in their pristine form: and (3) other scriptures, Prophets, or Messengers of God, not specially mentioned in the Qur’an (Surat Ghafir 40 verse 78*). We make no difference between any of these. Their Message (in essentials) was one, and that is the basis of Islam.     
*God sent Messengers of His Truth to every people (S. Al-Nisa’ 4 verse 164). There are some whose names are known to us through the Holy Qur’an, but there are a large number whose names are not made known to us through that medium. We must recognize the Truth wherever we find it. The Signs of God are everywhere, and can be seen by the discerning eye at all times. But if any extraordinary Signs are demanded by cynics or Unbelievers, they will not be granted merely because they are demanded. It is God’s Will that issues them, not merely the desire of human beings, even if he be a Messenger of God. But when an extraordinary Sign does issue by the Command of God, it means that the cup of the iniquitous is full; that their case is decided, and their time of respite is past; and that justice takes the place of Mercy, and evil is blotted out.   
The Prophets as described in Surat Al-Bagara 2 verse 253:
Different gifts and different modes of procedure are prescribed to God’s Apostles in different ages, and perhaps their degrees are different though it is not for us –mortals with our imperfect knowledge- to make any difference between one and another of God’s Apostles (as mentioned in verse 136 above). As these winds up the argument about fighting, three illustrations are given from the past, how it affected God’s Messengers. To Moses God spoke in clouds of glory: he led his men for forty years through the wilderness, mainly fighting against the unbelief of his own people; he organized them to fight with the sword for Palestine, but was raised to God’s Mercy before his enterprise ripened, and it fell to Joshua to carry out his plan. David, though a mere shepherd boy, was chosen by God. He overthrew the greatest warrior of his time, became a king, and waged successful wars, being also a prophet, a poet, and a musician. Jesus was “strengthened with the holy spirit”; he was given no weapons to fight, and his mission was of a more limited character. In Muhammad Al-Mustapha’s [PPBUH] mission these and other characters were combined. Gentler that Jesus, he organized on a vaster scale than Moses, and from Al-Medina he ruled and gave laws, and the Qur’an has a vaster scope than the Psalms of David. Here we have two-fold sense; those who are ‘they were raised to high posts of honor; and they rose by degrees. (This may be referring to David).
Moses and succession of Apostles A-Bagara 2 – verse 87-88:
{The word “Apostle” is used here and throughout the Translation in the literal sense of “One Sent”, and not in a specialized sense.
The people of Moses and the people of Jesus were given revelations, but alas! They played false with their own lights, and in their selfishness, made narrow God’s universal message. To them it seemed incredible that His Light should illuminate Arabia and reform the world. But His ways are wondrous, and they are clear to those who have Faith. The section of verse 87-121, refer to the People of the Book generally, Jews and Christians. Even where Moses and Law of Sinai are referred to, those traditions are common to both Jews and Christians. The argument is about the people who ought to have learnt from previous Revelations and welcomed Muhammad’s [PPBUH] teaching, and yet they both took up an attribute of arrogant rejection.
You may notice the sudden transition from the past sense in “some you called impostors” to the present tense in “and others you slay/kill”. There is a double significance. First, reviewing the long course of Jewish history, we have come to the time of Jesus; they have often given the lie to God’s Apostles, and even now they are trying to slay Jesus. Secondly, extending the review of that history to the time of Muhammad Al-Mustapha [PPBUH], they are even now trying to take the life of that holy Apostle. This would be literally true at the time the words were promulgated to the people. And this transition leads on naturally to the nest verse (88), which refers to the actual conditions before Muhammad Al-Mustapha [PPBUH] in Al-Medina in the second year of the Hijrat. The Jews in their arrogance claimed that all wisdom and all knowledge of God were enclosed in their hearts. But there were more things in heaven and earth than were dreamt of in their philosophy. Their claim was not only arrogance but blasphemy. In reality they were men without Faith. We take Golfon here=as covered, wrapped, enveloped (wrapping or covering the book in which it is preserved). As usual, there is much wider meaning. How many people at all times and among all nations close their hearts to any extension of knowledge or spiritual influence because of some little fragment which they have got and which they think is the whole of God’s Truth? Such an attitude show really wants of faith and is blasphemous limitation of God’s of God’s unlimited spiritual gifts to His creatures. The root Kafara= (unbelief-infidelity- godliness-atheism-blasphemy-profanity) has many shades of meaning: (1) to deny God’s goodness, to be ungrateful. (2) To reject Faith, deny His revelation, (3) to blaspheme, to ascribe some limitation or attribute to God which is derogatory to His nature. In a translation, one shade or another must be put forward according to the context, but all are implied.      
The sequence in Surat Al-An’am 6 -
The good and true men, who succeeded Ibrahim, received the gifts of revelation and guidance, and kept alive God’s Message, which now is proclaimed in the Qur’an, in which is blessing and confirmation of all that went before. In the daily pageants of Nature, the dawn and the rest of night, the sun, the moon, the stars that guide the mariner in distant seas, the rain-clouds pouring abundance, and the fruits that delight the heart of man, in them cannot you read the Signs of God? No vision can comprehend Him, yet He Knows and comprehend all.
The spiritual education of Ibrahim raised him many degrees above his contemporaries, and he was expected to use that knowledge and dignity for preaching the truth among his own people. We have now a list of eighteen Apostles in four groups, covering the great Teachers accepted among the three great religions based on Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad Al-Mustapha [PPBUH]. The first group to be mentioned is that of Ibrahim, his son Isaac, and Isaac’s son Jacob. Ibrahim was the first to have a Book. His Book is mentioned in Surat Al-A’la 87 verse 19 (see above), though it is now lost. They were therefore the first to receive Guidance in the sense of Book.
In the second group, we have the great founder of families, apart from Ibrahim, i.e. Noah, of the time of Flood; David and Solomon, the real establishers of the Jewish monarchy; Job, who lived 140 years, saw four generations of descendants and was blessed at the end of his life with large pastoral wealth (Surat Al-Shura 42 verse 12+16); Joseph, who as Minister of State did great things in Egypt and was the progenitor of two Tribes; and Moses and Aaron, the leaders of the Exodus from Egypt. They led active lives and are called “doers of good”.
The third group consists not of men of action, but Preachers of Truth, who led solitary lives. Their epithet is: “The Righteous”. They were mystic prophets and form a connected group round Jesus. Zakaria was the father of John the Baptist, the precursor of Jesus (see verses 37-41 of Al-Bagara 2); and Jesus referred to John the Baptist as Elias: “this is Elias, which was for tome” (Matt. Xi. 14); and Elias is said to have been present and talked to Jesus at the Transfiguration on the Mount (Matt. Xvii. 3). Elias is the as Elijah.
This is the last group, described as those “favored above the nations”. It consists of four men who had all great misfortunes to contend with, and were concerned in the clash of nations, but they kept in the path of God, and came through above the clash of nations. Ismail was the eldest son of Ibrahim; when he was a baby, he and his mother had nearly died of thirst, in the desert round Mecca; but they were saved by the well of Zamzam, and he became the founder of the new Arab nation. Elisha (Al-Yasa’) succeeded to the mantle of the Prophet Elijah (same as Elias); he lived in troublous times for both the Jewish Kingdoms (of Judah and Israel); there were wicked kings, and other nations were pressing in on them; but he performed many miracles, and some checks was given to the enemies under his advice. The story of Jonas (Yunus) is well-known; he was swallowed by a fish or whale, but was saved by God’s Mercy; through his preaching, his city (Nineveh), was saved (S. Yunus 10 verse 98). Lot was contemporary and nephew of Ibrahim; when the city of Sodom was destroyed for its wickeness, he was saved as a just man (Surat Al-A’raf 7 verses 80-84).
The Book, and the Authority, and Prophethood, they were taken away from the other People of the Book and entrusted to the Holy Apostle Muhammad Al-Mustapha [PPBUH] and his people.