Aabiss_Shakari, on 28 September 2009 - 04:44 AM, said:
How will you exlain these verses now? Because the fact is that the verse you quoted contains believers , it doesnt says imams. Neither it says some believers, SO ALL THOSE WHO ARE BELIEVERS WILL BE WITNESS. if you say only your imams are belivers then what are you and your great scholars?
Thus, have We made of you an Ummat justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves; and We appointed the Qibla to which thou wast used, only to test those who followed the Messenger from those who would turn on their heels (From the Faith). Indeed it was (A change) momentous, except to those guided by Allah. And never would Allah Make your faith of no effect. For Allah is to all people Most surely full of kindness, Most Merciful. (2:143)
How then if We brought from each people a witness, and We brought thee as a witness against these people! [Surah Nisa Ayat 41]
Shahid means a witness, and when ala follows shahid it means a raqib or muhaymin (a close watcher and a careful observer). Please refer to al-Baqarah: 143. Also refer to al-Rad: 43; al-Hud: 17; al-Nahl: 84 and 89. Allah shall bring, from among every people, a witness, and bring the Holy Prophet as a witness over those witnesses. It indicates that the Holy Prophet was present in the times of all the prophets. He is also a witness over the holy Imams. His spiritual and essential presence in all times to witness the performance of the divinely commissioned messengers and guides proves that he was fully aware of the revelations revealed to Allah's messengers and the agency which communicated the revelations, so it is a blasphemy to say that he did not recognise angel Jibrail when he first came to him to convey Allah's message. (Please refer to the commentary of al-Baqarah: 2).
The Holy Prophet said:
I existed as messenger of Allah even before the creation of Adam.
"Those who disbelieved and disobeyed the prophet" have been warned that in the hereafter they shall be punished just like the disbelievers. Those who persecuted, tortured and caused the death of the daughter of the Holy Prophet and her children (Ahl ul Bayt) come into the category of those who disbelieved and disobeyed the Holy Prophet.
Allah stated that He has changed our Qiblah to the Qiblah of Ibrahim and chose it for us so that
He makes us the best nat ion ever. Hence, we will be the witnesses over the nat ions on the Day
of Resurrect ion, for all of them will then agree concerning our virtue.
Moreover, Imam Ahmad reported that Abu Sa` id narrated: Allah's Messenger said:Nuh will be called on the Day of Resurrect ion and will be asked, ` Have you conveyed (the
Message)' He will say, ` Yes. ' His people will be summoned and asked, ` Has Nuh conveyed (the
Message) to you' They will say, `No warner came to us and no one (Prophet ) was sent to us.'
Nuh will be asked, `Who test if ies for you' He will say, `Muhammad and his Ummah. ')
The Prophet said; (The Wasat means the ` Adl (j ust ). You will be summoned to test ify that Nuh
has conveyed (his Message), and I will at test to your test imony. )
It was also recorded by Al-Bukhari, At -Tirmidhi, An-Nasa'i and Ibn Maj ah.
Imam Ahmad also reported that Abu Sa` id Khudri narrated: Allah's Messenger said:(The Prophet would come on the Day of Resurrect ion with two or more people (his only following! ), and his people would also be summoned and asked, ` Has he (their Prophet ) conveyed (the Message) to you' They would say, ` No. ' He would be asked, ` Have you conveyed
(the Message) to your people' He would say, ` Yes. ' He would be asked, `Who test if ies for you'
He would say, `Muhammad and his Ummah. ' Muhammad and his Ummah would then be
summoned and asked, ` Has he conveyed (the Message) to his people' They would say, ` Yes. '
They would be asked, `Who told you that ' They would say, `Our Prophet (Muhammad) came to
us and told us that the Messengers have conveyed (their Messages). ')
(FROM TAFSEER IBN KATHEER)
And strive in His cause as ye ought to strive, (with sincerity and under discipline). He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion; it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation); that the Messenger may be a witness for you, and ye be witnesses for mankind! So establish regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and hold fast to Allah! He is your Protector - the Best to protect and the Best to help (22:78)
(that the Messenger may be a witness over you and you be witnesses over mankind! ) means,
` thus We have made you a j ust and fair nat ion, the best of nat ions, and all other nat ions will test ify to your j ust ice. On the Day of Resurrect ion you will be, (witnesses over mankind), ' because on that Day all the nat ions will acknowledge its leadership and its precedence over all others. Therefore, on the Day of Resurrect ion the testimony of the members of this community will be accepted as proof that the Messengers conveyed the
Message of their Lord to them, and the Messenger will test ify that he conveyed the Message to