The Night of Power

 

Night of Power

Laylat Al Qadr or the “Night of Power” is the holiest night of the year. It commemorates the night in the holy of month Ramadan when the Qur’ān was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, beginning with the exhortation, “Read!”

Waraqa Ibn Nawfal was the earliest christian witness to the truthfulness of this revelation of  prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) , upon hearing this revelation Waraqa said:

قَالَ وَرَقَةُ بْنُ نَوْفَلٍ يَا ابْنَ أَخِي مَاذَا تَرَى فَأَخْبَرَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم خَبَرَ مَا رَآهُ فَقَالَ لَهُ وَرَقَةُ هَذَا النَّامُوسُ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ عَلَى مُوسَى صلى الله عليه

Waraqa ibn Nawfal said:

O my nephew! what did you see? The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), then, informed him what he had seen, and Waraqa said to him:

This is the same Nāmūs  whom Allah had revealed to Moses (p)“. ¹

 

It is interesting how the Arabic word “nāmūs” (ناموس) was used by Waraqa to identify the revelation to prophet Muhammad which was coming from the  Ancient Greek word “nómos” (νόμος) which means “law” ². Waraqa thus immediately recognized that like prophet Moses, Muhammad was also a law giver,  so that his revelation was meant as the (final) definitive Guide and Law (nómos) from God Al Mighty ³.

 

Notes:

1. Sahih Muslim 160 a, In-book reference : Book 1, Hadith 310

 

2.

montgomery watt on namus.jpeg

W. Montgomery Watt, Muhammad at Mecca (Oxford, 1953), p 51.

 

3. In the end, the similarities between Moses who brought the Nāmūs of Torah  and the Nāmūs of Qur’ān signify  the  common ancestral ties of the two faiths. Just as Moses fight his way to steer the Bnei Yisrael toward monotheism, Muhammad fight his way to establish the worship of the One God, to all people (An-Nās النَّاسَ)

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  1. Shalom Cousin! I am very much interested in the parallels between Prophet Moses and the Prophet of Islam Muhammad (pbuh) and the paralleles between the Torah and Qur’an. It seems to me that the Islamic Prophet is like Moshe in ways that are striking and undeniable. Certainly Jesus does not resemble Moshe at all. And I am not taking sides, just to be clear. Could you please write more regarding Moshe and your Prophet? And why are Christians denying te obvious when they say

    “Jesus is more like Moses than Muhammad”

    It is clearly obvious that the Jesus of Faith is the most opposite of Moses and muhammad is literally the Twin of Moshe

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    • Shalom cousin Yaakov,

      Thanks for your suggestion, B’ezrat HaShem next time I will write in the parallels between Prophet Musa and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

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    • Yakov,
      Christians are forced to deny the obvious facts in order to make the claim that Jesus is “like unto Moses”, all because of a verse in Deuteronomy 18:18 which states,

      “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.”

      The Christian must try and fit Jesus in to this Prophecy, even though it is like fitting a square peg into a circular hole, it doesn’t work. If the Christian fails at connecting this prophecy to Jesus, then it becomes obvious that the prophecy is about another Prophet other than Jesus.

      Deut. 18:18 is actually a clear reference to Prophet Muhammad, as he is a Prophet from among the brethren of the Jews, who speaks all that Almighty God Allah has commanded him by placing the words in his mouth through the medium of he Arch Angel Gabrial (Jibril).

      Deut 19, states, “And whoever will not give heed to my words which he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.”

      There is no other Prophet in the world who initiated every revelatory message with the words “in the name of God” except Prophet Muhammad. Not even Jesus began his revelation with these words. In the verse above God even REQUIRES, that we pay heed to his revelation given to Prophet Muhammad, even those who do not pay heed, God will require it of them.

      See more info here:

      Muhammad: A Prophet Like Unto Moses- By Dr. Jamal Badawi
      https://www.whyislam.org/common-ground/muhammad-a-prophet-like-unto-moses/

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  2. A heretic affirming another heretic.

    And from a source completely unreliable.

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  3. I am interested as to how does the Western Christian declare Waraqa as a heretic? Like, yes the Christian sects that do not align with mainstream are heretics from the perspective of Mainstream etc but in the earliest stage of Chrisitianity there was no orthodoxy, no agreed upon scripture and even where scripture was common, there were many contradictory interpretations. So how can 1 group declare others as heretics if there is no orthodoxy? Tertullain was also a heretic as per modern understanding but he would consider you and others at the time as heretics. Who is right?

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    • The orthodoxy was defined by the Church in Constantinople and that in Rome. The most important definitions of orthodoxy were done during the Council of Nicaea and than the Council of Chalcedon in 451. In this Council the Nestorians were declared to be heretical. Most of the Oriental Churches did not accept this even though they were not agreeing fully with Nestorianism. Even today the Coptic, Ethiopian, Armenian, Syriac and Assyrian Orthodox Church are against the Council of Chalcedon and have some Nestorian tendencies.

      How do Christians know what the truth is? They don’t know. They disagree, fight against each other and either someone wins or it’s not reasonable to fight anymore so they make an agreement to stop and later pretend nothing happened.

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    • The original orthodoxy of course was the teachings of Jesus himself. After his death, the orthodoxy was gradually modified via the exaltation of Jesus, as seen in the synoptics, and represented by Apostles James and the Jewish Church, Saul of Tarsus preached a complete form of heresy, (faith based redemption, Gospel of Freedom from the Law, deity of Jesus, Original sin, etc.) and over time, with the support of Roman authorities, the Paulinian heresy grew and became the orthodoxy, while the original Orthodoxies of Jesus and James was then labeled as heresy and rejected.

      Sad but true.

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    • “but in the earliest stage of Chrisitianity there was no orthodoxy, no agreed upon scripture and even where scripture was common, there were many contradictory interpretations”

      This is incorrrect liberalism. Nestorianism had been condemned as heretical well before Muhammad was born. It was agreed upon as heretical by the councils. What you are suggesting is akin to orientalist approaches to the Koran.

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    • “Sad but true.”

      Untrue- you rely too much upon erhmans liberal hermeneutics.

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  4. Poor Paulus is butthurt. Ooooohh.

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