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From Merchant to Messenger

The Prophet Muhammad’s struggle for legitimacy as revealed in the Koran

Paperback, 192 pages

81:22 Your Companion (the Prophet Muhammad) is not mad;

81:23 He saw him (Gabriel) upon the luminous horizon.

It was the archangel Gabriel who first informed the forty-something merchant that he had been personally chosen by God to be His last and greatest Messenger to mankind.

The Koran is very much the story of this man’s struggle to get his Meccan kin, the Quraysh, and neighbours to not only abandon their smorgasbord of gods and goddesses and to worship only Allah; but to accept him as a legitimate Prophet and a Messenger of the one and only God. It was not easy, as Allah’s Revelations in the Koran will attest.

From Merchant to Messenger includes a short biography of the Prophet's wives and their impact on the Koran.

Contents

Preface

Forward

Introduction

A Book Revealed

Slander

Accusations of Plagiarism and Fabrication

Sorcerer

Laughing Stock

Madman

Gullible

A Poet Possessed

Liar

A Man Bewitched

Not Worthy

An Object of Curiosity

A Poor Man

Allah Mocked

Allah's Response to the Slander

You Are Not the First to be Mocked

Bear With It

Dead Poets

Allah and His Angels Respond to the Request for Angels

The Jinn Believe in the Prophet

Rhetoric to the Rescue

More Questions than Answers

More of What to Say

It’s Better in the Hereafter

The Prophet’s Duty and His Fate if He Lied

His Brother’s Keeper and Other Concerns of ...

What About a Foreign Messenger?

What About a Foreign Koran?

Angels as Messengers?

A Teacher and His Star Pupil

The Pupil Admonished

Wages Revisited

The Seal of the Prophets

The End is Near

A Matter of Time

A Disagreement Among Scholars

Show me Hell or Give Me Death

If You Can’t Believe God ...

A Prophet on His Own

A Man on a Mission

No Jesus-Like Miracles

For the Love of a Father?

Method or Misstep

Afterword

The Damning of Innovation

Appendices

He Who Must Be Obeyed

An Invitation to Suicide

The Prophet Held Harmless

Deuteronomy 22:23-4 Upheld

Mughirah - Enemy of the Prophet

What Mughirah Heard

What Mughirah May Not Have Heard

Abu Jahl

Night Vigil

What Aisha Saw

Orphans

Trading in Revelations

When in the Presence of the Prophet

Special

Wives of the Messenger

Khadijah (also spelt Khadija)

Sauda

Aisha

Hafsa

Zaynab b. Khuzayma

Umm Salama

Zaynab b. Jahsh

Juwayriyya

Rayhanah (also spelt Rayhana)

Umm Habida

Safiyya

Mariya (also spelt Maria)

Maymuna

Asma’

The Prophet's Last Sermon