Why arent there any Messengers for the last 1400 years?
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Why No Messengers since last 1400 years? How were children getting education in the pre-historic times without schools? Why cant Allah show Himself to human kind?
2500 years before In the pre-historic times there were no schools, how did the preaching on the religion happen? How were the children brought up and taught the religion?
Why does God reveal Himself to human kind? What is He afraid of? Why has he stopped any further messengers, Does these times need again a reminder from Allah about his religion? Does the religion need to be upgraded as it happened from Bible to the Holy Quran?
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Why arent there any Messengers for the last 1400 years?
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and who-ever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Your Question: 2500 years before In the pre-historic times there were no schools, how did the preaching on the religion happen? How were the children brought up and taught the religion?
Indeed, in pre-historic times there were no proper learning centers or schools. Thus the religion must have been taught verbally by the elders or the wise men to their communities, and by the parents and elders to their children and young ones. The best teacher at any time is experience, and man has always learned by experience.
Thus, in the times gone by, before the advent of paper, or the printing press or modes of travel of information other than verbally; Allah always sent His Messengers only to their communities. And when the world was ready to receive one universal Message from Allah, He sent the Last and Final Messenger with the Final Message; which was to serve mankind as a source of guidance until the end of time! Glorified and Exalted is the All Knowing, All Wise, Allah.
Your Question: Why does Allah reveal Himself to human kind? What is He afraid of?
Allah has given human beings intelligence and commonsense. The test ordained by Allah on mankind is that with this given intelligence and commonsense, he has to recognize His Creator and the reason for his own existence. The Creator has given countless signs in the creation of the heavens and the earth to recognize this Creator in the unseen. And not only that, the Creator, in His Mercy and to make it easy for mankind, has arranged to send His Messengers at regular intervals with the guidance of the Truth, and revealed His Books so that we may recognize Him through these sources; again in the unseen. Therein lies the test! The ones who recognize and submit their wills to their Creator will pass the test! The ones who deny the signs and the guidance, and do as they please, will fail this test!
Had Allah revealed Himself to mankind, everyone would have believed and submitted immediately before this Majestic and Mighty Being unconditionally! Then there would have been no point in giving man intelligence and common-sense, and there would have been no point in appointing a test of this intelligent human being; whom Allah has honored to be His vicegerent on the earth, and who is the only creation whom Allah has given the power of intelligence and reasoning.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 25 Surah Furqan verse 21-23:Those people, who have no fear of coming before Us, say, Why should not the angels be sent down to us? Or else we should see our Lord! Great arrogance have they assumed in regard to themselves, and they have transgressed all limits in their rebellions.!!!! The Day, when they will see the angels, will not be a day of rejoicing for the criminals; they will cry out, May Allah save us!. Then We shall turn to what they had done and render it vain like scattered dust.
Everything that exists in this Universe is created by Allah, and is in His Absolute Control. Everything, absolutely everything, obeys Him and is in constant awe of Him! He has the absolute Power to do anything, and there is nothing that He is afraid of in the least! He Alone is the All Mighty, All Powerful and Supreme above His entire creation! Glorified and Exalted is He from being afraid of anything! All he has to say is One Word, and everything in creation will be destroyed and annihilated! He is the Owner of Absolute Power and there is nothing to frustrate Him in the heavens and the earth! There is nothing like unto him in the whole Universe. He is The One, The Unique, The Mighty, The Powerful, and the The Ever-Living!
Your Question: Why has he stopped any further messengers, Does these times need again a reminder from Allah about his religion? Does the religion need to be upgraded as it happened from Bible to the Holy Quran?
One must understand that Prophethood is not a quality which someone could develop by making himself worthy of it though worship and righteous acts, nor is it a prize which might be awarded for rendering some services. This is indeed an office to which Allah appoints a person to fulfill a specific need. When the need arises, a prophet is appointed to fulfill it, and when there is no need, prophets are not sent unnecessarily in vain. Prophethood is indeed a very delicate matter. In light of the Holy Quran, it is one of those fundamental articles of faith whose acceptance or rejection determines whether a person is a believer or a non-believer. Thus if a prophet was indeed sent when there was no real need for one in the Wisdom of Allah, it would create chaos and disunity in the Ummah.
When we turn to the guidance of the Quran, we are able to find out as to what precisely were the conditions that made the appointment of the Prophets necessary in the past.
A particular nation stood in need of a Prophet because no Prophet had come to it before, nor had the message of another Prophet reached it.
The appointment of a Prophet became necessary because the teachings of the former Prophet had been forgotten, or tampered with; and it was no longer possible to know and follow his message in practical life.
The people might not have received the full message and guidance through the former Prophet, and more Prophets were needed to supplement his teachings.
A Prophet might have needed another Prophet to help and support him in carrying out his mission.
Now, evidently, none of these situations needs to be fulfilled after the advent of the Holy Prophet Mohamed (saws). The Quran itself testifies that the Messenger of Allah has been raised for the guidance of the entire mankind, and the cultural history of the world testifies that since his (saws) advent, conditions have been constantly such that, his message and invitation could reach, and still reach, every nation of the world. Therefore there remains no need for separate Prophets to be sent to separate nations.
Again the Quran bears evidence that the teaching of the Last Messenger of Allah (saws) still remains safe in its original form. It has not been tampered with in any way. The Book that he brought remains intact to each letter and syllable and will remain so till the Day of Judgement. The full account and record of guidance that he gave by precept and example is still available in its entirety and in such pure and original form, as if we were a living witness to it.
The Quran also proclaims unequivocally that the Religion of Islam was perfected through the Messenger of Allah (saws). Therefore, no other Prophet is required for the perfection of the deen.
And if another Prophet was indeed required to supplement and complete the deen, he should have been appointed in the time of the Messenger of Allah (saws) himself to assist him. Evidently, when none was appointed then, this need and condition is also eliminated.
If it is argued that the community has degenerated, and a Prophet is needed for its reformation; we know from the guidance of the Holy Quran that no Prophet was ever raised only for the sake of reformation in the world. A Prophet is appointed so that Divine Revelation is sent to him, and this Divine Revelation is needed either to convey a new message, or to supplement a former message, or to cleanse it of impurities and corruption. Now when the Final Testament of Allah, the Glorious Quran, is safe and intact, and the deen has been perfected and completed, there remains no need for a new Divine Revelation. Thus if the need of the hour is reformation, we need reformers; not a new Prophet!
Thus whatever is established by the Quran, and also confirmed by the Sunnah of the Messenger (saws); is also corroborated by reason. And reason also demands that the door to Prophethood should remain closed and sealed until the Day of Judgement.
And we, as believers must also realize, that the All Knowing, All Wise Allah has decreed that the Message of the Last Prophet (saws) is for all mankind until the end of time! He knows our state and our conditions better than ourselves; and it is His Wisdom and His Decree that no further Prophets need to be sent to the earth. And we as believers trust our Lord and Creator, and believe with all our hearts that all His Decisions are based on absolute Knowledge and Wisdom.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,