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I am interested in finding out more about the first pillar of Islam. Belief in God and His Messenger.

 

Can muslims here in this forum please explain to me why they believe in God and His Messenger?

 

I would also like to know who is a true believer. What sort of person is he?

 

Please no arabic. I kind of get a readers block when I see any arabic terms. Thanks.

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Some verses describing the qualities of the believer:

 

Successful are the believers. Those who humble themselves in their prayers. Who avoid vain talk. Who are active in deeds of charity. Who abstain from sex. Except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or whom their right hands possess,- for (in their case) they are free from blame. But those whose desires exceed those limits are transgressors. Those who faithfully observe their trusts and their covenants. And who (strictly) guard their prayers. These will be the heirs. Who will inherit Paradise: they will dwell therein (for ever). [23:1-11]

 

For Muslim men and women,- for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in Charity, for men and women who fast (and deny themselves), for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah's praise,- for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward. [33:35]

 

Only those believe in Our Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), who, when they are reminded of them, fall down prostrate, and glorify the Praises of their Lord, and they are not proud. Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope, and they spend (in charity in Allah’s Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them. [32:16-17]

 

Those who believe, and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah. Surely, in the Remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest. [13:28]

 

And when it is recited to them, they say: "We believe therein, for it is the Truth from our Lord: indeed we have been Muslims (bowing to Allah.s Will) from before this. Twice will they be given their reward, for that they have persevered, that they avert Evil with Good, and that they spend (in charity) out of what We have given them. And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: "To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant." [28:53-55]

 

And the servants of (Allah) Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, "Peace!". And those who say: “Our Lord! Avert from us the torment of Hell. Verily, its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment." Evil indeed it (Hell) is as an abode and as a place to rest in. And those who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly, but hold a medium (way) between those (extremes). And those who invoke not any other ilaah (god) along with Allaah, nor kill such person as Allaah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse and whoever does this shall receive the punishment. The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in disgrace. Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allaah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allaah is Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful. And whosoever repents and does righteous good deeds; then verily, he repents towards Allaah with true repentance. And those who do not bear witness to falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity. And those who, when they are reminded of the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord, fall not deaf and blind thereat. And those who say: “Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of the Muttaqoon (the pious).†Those will be rewarded with the highest place (in Paradise) because of their patience. Therein they shall be met with greetings and the word of peace and respect. Abiding therein excellent it is as an abode, and as a place to rest in. [25:63-76]

 

There are tons of more verses. I know you said no Arabic words, but I'd like to add that there is a distinction between "Muslim" (submitter) and "Mu'min" (believer) in Islam. A believer is a step above a Muslim; he is more pious and closer to Allah.

 

Salam.

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There are tons of more verses. I know you said no Arabic words, but I'd like to add that there is a distinction between "Muslim" (submitter) and "Mu'min" (believer) in Islam. A believer is a step above a Muslim; he is more pious and closer to Allah.

 

Thank you miss Redeem for these beautiful verses, for they are beautiful to hear. Thank you also for not putting in arabic words. It does kind of tend to cloud my mind a little and clouds my understanding.

 

So what is the difference between a submitter and a believer? Evidently, it looks like the belief that will get muslims to heaven is the kind that is a step above a muslim, the submitter. And why are the mumins a step above the muslims.

 

I would really like to know then what sort of qualities a believer (mumin) has. I'd much appreciate any info on that. :sl:

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You are very welcome.

 

The biggest difference between a Muslim and a true believer is that a Muslim does the basics of Islam, but he is not at a level of true piety. He believes in the 6 pillars of faith, adheres to the 5 pillars of Islam, but he lacks true faith that makes his heart tremble when he hears the verses of the Qur'an, makes him yearn to meet his Lord, makes him weep out of fear of the afterlife. The true believer does not hesitate to spend in the cause of Allah. He dislikes distractions of the world, and considers the life of this world to be nothing more than a temporary abode. If he were forced into a situation where he would be killed or give up his faith, he would die a martyr. Every true believer is a Muslim first, but not every Muslim has attained the level of true believer.

 

Might I add that there are two understandings of the word "believer"; the word "Mu'min" CAN apply to every Muslim, because linguistically the one who believes in Allah is a believer. But it also refers to a more pious group among the Muslims, the "true believers". I hope I didn't confuse.

 

The first verse I quoted lists some of the qualities of a true believer. The first one mentioned is that they "humble themselves" in prayer. The average Muslim is not very humble in prayer. They are very distracted (because Satan targets them and makes them unfocused on their prayer). But the true believer is focused, and aware that they are praying in front of Allah. Every word and gesture moves them and makes them feel humble.

 

Salam.

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Might I add that there are two understandings of the word "believer"; the word "Mu'min" CAN apply to every Muslim, because linguistically the one who believes in Allah is a believer. But it also refers to a more pious group among the Muslims, the "true believers". I hope I didn't confuse.

 

actually, I'm confused. :sl:

 

Maybe you could tell me more about this more pious group of people? What are they like, how to they act and behave versus the regular muslim?

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actually, I'm confused. :sl:

 

Maybe you could tell me more about this more pious group of people? What are they like, how to they act and behave versus the regular muslim?

 

 

Well I will have my input as well in accordance with my understanding:

 

True believer(pious) is one who submit his wills to God, this servant bows down in front of The One God and does not move or talk until commanded. This servant puts full trust in the King(God), that indeed the King is the provider, sustainer, maintainer and protector.

 

Regular Muslims does not obey all commands of the King, they don't have full trust in the King. Sometime they ask the servants of the King for help and protection.

 

Non Muslims, they fully rely on the servants of the King for help and protection. Actually they don't even think that the King exists.

 

Hope this helps...

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:sl:

 

Based on sister Redeem's description, the true believers are probably the knowledgeable Musllims. The Prophet :sl: said whomsover sets on a path to seeking knowledge, Allah will make his path to Paradise easier. Someone who knows is not like someone who doesn't.

 

That's all I can contribute, unfortunately.

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actually, I'm confused.

 

Maybe you could tell me more about this more pious group of people? What are they like, how to they act and behave versus the regular muslim?

 

Dear sister in Islam

 

The regular Muslim is anyone who says that he believes in the Oneness of Allah SWT, but the more pious group of believers are those in whose company when you sit you feel them enlighten you, Every act of theirs is in accordance with the teachings of Islam, if they comit any sin they repent and cry in front of their Lord. The general believer might sin and sin and never repent, the general believer might just perform the five pillars and be content but the higher leve of believer will spend every second of his life thinking of how to please his Lord.

The higher degree will be practising every sunnah he is aware of and go out seeking knowledge about Islam.

 

the Elucidation on these two can go on for ever.

I hope it should be clear.

I have to say that Sister Redeem has given an excellet answer... May Allah SWT reward her and guide us all alike

Ameen (amen)

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Can muslims here in this forum please explain to me why they believe in God and His Messenger?

 

Hello,

 

God-willing, I will soon write a post answering this question.

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Okay, here is a post that I wrote as a reply to your question why I believe in God and His Messenger. A lot of what is in this the post is something that I have already written before. I intended to rewrite and sharpen the language, sequencing, delivery and rhetoric a little but unfortunately due to time constraints I wasn't able to. I hope it makes you reflect because that is overall theme of my post. I also apologise if the text doesn't really flow at all times and is not that coherent. Like I said, it's because I compiled from posts that I wrote as replies to other people. I also apologise for the written mistakes that might ruin the flow of the text. Like I said, I intended to brush up on the language but I am a bit busy. So here it goes:

 

Why believe in God and His Messenger? Historically speaking, people had different reasons for believing in Muhammad’s Prophethood (peace and blessings of God be upon him). His beloved wife, Khadija, who was 15 years her senior, believed in him due to his character. She knew him to be an honest, trustworthy, humble and generous man of character. After the first time Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) received Revelation while he was in the cave of Hira – where was told by the Angel Gabriel to read when he was illiterate – he came home very scared and asked his wife to cover in her arms. Imagine if you received revelation, you probably wouldn’t think to yourself, “This is great! I am a Prophet of God!”, you probably would think you were going possessed and going crazy! Well, that’s what happened with the Prophet and he told his wife that he feared that something bad was going to happen to him, so his wife comforted her telling him that nothing bad would happen and God wouldn’t disgrace him because he was a man of character speaking the truth, he was generous to the poor, he kept good relations wit his family and people. In short, she married him due to his character and believed in his Prophethood due to his character.

 

(Note, the Meccans believed in God, in fact, the whole Arabian Peninsula did, however, they believed him to have daughters and they believed in other gods as well. However, they believed Allah/God to be the Creator and the Supreme God and they worshipped the other gods so they could acts intercessors between them and God. That’s why they are Mushrikeen in the Qur’an because they associate partners with God. I say this so you can have some context)

 

Another such person who believed in Muhammad due to his character was Abu Bakr. They were friends before Muhammad’s Prophethood. When Muhammad invited him to Islam, he recited to him some verses from the Qur’an and he became Muslim. When Muhammad had his Night Journey where he was taken from Mecca into Jerusalem at night and was home the following morning, the disbelievers of Mecca found this very startling – due to the impossibility of travelling to Jerusalem and back in less than a day - so they asked, “Your companion is claiming that he travelled to Jerusalem and back in one night, what do you make of this?”. He responded, “If Muhammad is telling that then it is as he said it is. Verily, I believed him regarding an even stranger thing when he claimed to receive Revelations from Heaven”. After that incident, he was called as-Siddiq which means a man of deep conviction. Of course, he was known as as-Siddiq due to his utmost loyalty to Muhammad and spending most of his fortune in the way of Islam.

 

Another story that might be mentioned is that of Umar ibn al-Khattab who was a passionate and fiery man of deep conviction. He took it as a serious offense when Muhammad declared that the idols and gods of Quraish (the tribe that inhabited Mecca) were falsehood. He felt it went against everything that he believed in him, his forefathers believed in, his whole tribe – everything that he stood for! He was actually so enraged that one day he set out to kill Muhammad, he simply couldn’t stand what Muhammad was preaching. On his way to kill the Prophet, he met a man who was a Muslim (who hid his faith, most people in Mecca hid their acceptance of Islam at that time) but Umar didn’t know this. The man asked where was he going. Umar replied that he was going to kill the Prophet. The man told him to go deal with your family first, your sister and her husband have accepted Islam (they also hid their faith). The man said this because he wanted to divert Umar from harming the Prophet. So Umar enraged by this went to his sister’s and he heard the Qur’an – the very words that had caused an upset in the Pagan society of Mecca – recited there. When Umar’s sister and husband heard Umar approach, they hid the text from which the Qur’an was recited and the person who was reciting it (it wasn’t Umar’s sister and her husband). Umar obviously asked what was going on. His sister and her husband denied hearing anything. Naturally this enraged Umar further and he started beating his sister and his brother-in-law. At last, both of them said without hesitation that they were Muslims and they didn’t care what he was going to do to them. Such boldness had an effect on Umar, and he asked to see the page from which the Qur’an was recited. He read the Surah of Ta-Ha, the twentieth chapter of the Qur’an.

 

Ta-Ha.

We have not sent down the Qur'an to thee to be (an occasion) for thy distress,

But only as an admonition to those who fear (Allah),-

A revelation from Him Who created the earth and the heavens on high.

Allah) Most Gracious is firmly established on the throne (of authority).

To Him belongs what is in the heavens and on earth, and all between them, and all beneath the soil.

 

The eloquence of the words had a moving effect on him and he accepted Islam.

 

Now, most Muslims don’t have such conversion stories. These are isolated, unique cases so you are probably wondering why I brought them up. It is just to show you that people have different reasons for believing in God and His Messenger. Now I will mention some more common reasons for people converting into Islam.

 

A lot of people became Muslims when the following prophecy found in the Qur’an was fulfilled:

 

The Romans are vanquished

 

In a near land, and they, after being vanquished, shall overcome,

 

Within a few years. Allah's is the command before and after; and on that day the believers shall rejoice, (Qur'an 30:2-4)

 

The Qur'an prophecises that the Romans (Byzantines, Byzantium) would be victorious even though they had suffered a heavy loss at the hands of the Persians. This prophecy came at a time when Byzantium had suffered a major and humiliating loss at the hands of Persians. They had just lost Jerusalem which contains the Holy Church, the symbol of their Christian identity. They also had lost major economic centers, namely Egypt and Greater Syria. Abu Bakr(ra) the closest friend of the Prophet(pbuh) informed the Pagan Meccans of this prophecy. The Qur'an says that the victory would happen in "few years" which in Arabic terminology meant between three and nine. Abu Bakr and the Pagans decided to make a bet (this was before betting was made unlawful in Islam), and they agreed on six years. Abu Bakr(ra) lost the bet since Byzantium still wasn't winning, but by the seventh year Byzantium started making huge victories, and the Muslims scolded Abu Bakr(ra) for agreeing on six years although the verse in the Qur'an says "few years" which in Arabic terminology meant "between three and nine".

 

Another reason why people became Muslims is because Muhammad conquered the Mecca, the very town where he was persecuted and from where he was driven out. The Arab tribes before the conquest of Mecca said, “Leave him to deal with his people. If he is victorious over them, he is a Prophet”. After the conquest of Mecca, the various Arab tribes no longer delayed their acceptance of Islam and entered Islam in crowds.

 

Another thing that is universal in all conversion stories, past, present and future, is the fact that they like the idea of no god but God without partners and they like the Qur’an. Most people who were converted to Islam by the Prophet had verses recited to them and they accepted.

 

These are some historical examples, now I give personal reasons for believing in God and His Messenger. Of course the above mentioned examples also are part of the reasons why I believe in God and His Messenger but I won’t re-mention them, I just want you to keep them in mind.

 

One thing that should definitely be noted is that the Qur’an is a very engaging book, it addresses mankind and encourages them to think and power, and look at God’s signs in the universe. I will quote two verses that speak to me personally.

 

How can ye reject the faith in Allah?- seeing that ye were without life, and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return. (2:28)

Were they created of nothing, or were they themselves the creators? (52:35)

 

I have thought about existence, and it is a paradox, almost an impossibility, yet here I am! The idea of anything actually exist is actually quite overwhelming, therefore, in my mind something must be eternal because out of nothing comes nothing. I find it more likely that that something is God. Call it intuition or whatever you want.

 

Another form of rhetoric that comes to mind is the following:

 

Allah is He Who raised the heavens without any pillars that ye can see; is firmly established on the throne (of authority); He has subjected the sun and the moon (to his Law)! Each one runs (its course) for a term appointed. He doth regulate all affairs, explaining the signs in detail, that ye may believe with certainty in the meeting with your Lord. (13:02)

 

Now obviously, if anybody were to look out, they would see that the sky is held up without any pillar. Although it is such an obvious fact, a lot of people go heedless of such things. Normally to a human mind a thing needs something to keep it up, however, the Qur'an shows points out to this simple, observable phenomenon to highlight the fact that things are not always as you would think they'd be. Some people in history believed that God or gods held up the Heavens with pillars, although probably invisible ones. The Bible is an example of such beliefs, for example, in Job 26:11 the pillars of the heavens are mentioned.

 

One of the main themes in the Qur'an is the Resurrection of the dead. So as not to be in doubt about the Resurrection the Qur'an addresses saying:

 

It is Allah Who causeth the seed-grain and the date-stone to split and sprout. He causeth the living to issue from the dead, and He is the one to cause the dead to issue from the living. That is Allah: then how are ye deluded away from the truth? (6:95)

 

It is He Who brings out the living from the dead, and brings out the dead from the living, and Who gives life to the earth after it is dead: and thus shall ye be brought out (from the dead). (3:19)

 

I think other prophecies are in order now. Here is one made in the Qur’an:

 

"Allah has promised those among you who believe and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to [the present rulers] in the land, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practice their religion which He has chosen for them [i.e. Islam]. And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear [provided] they [believers] worship Me and do not associate anything [in worship] with Me." [Qur'an, 24:55]

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings of God) prophecised of many conquests. He told the Muslims that they would conquer the Arabian Peninsula, Persia and Byzantium. He said that the Last Hour would not come before the Muslims had conquered Jerusalem.

 

The Prophet(pbuh) also told that the Muslims (Arabs) will conquer Egypt and enjoined them to treat them well since they share common ancestry through Hagar(ra). Hagar was an Egyptian slave who bore Abraham Ishmael who is the ancestor of the Arabs.

 

He also once had a nap at Umm Haram's house. He woke up and told her that he had seen in his dream his followers sailing in the sea like kings. Umm Haram(ra) asked the Prophet(pbuh) to pray that she would be with them. He responded that she would. He again went back to sleep and woke up and told her about the same dream. She again asked him to pray that she would be a part of those people, he responded that she would be. Well, she ended up being a part of those people. This was the first time the Muslims took on to the sea. This was the idea of Mu'awiyah(ra), the fifth Caliph, though at the time he was just governor of Syria. Umm Haram joined his husband on a expedition against Cyprus. She died in Cyprus because she fell off the back of a mule and broke her neck.

 

 

God repeatedly points out the creation itself as a sign. It points out the origin of man.

 

For example, in the Qur’an, God says that man is created “from a quintessence/extract of the nature of a fluid despised (which is semen)”: (32:8). Furthermore, God says in the Qur’an that man is created out of a mingled drop (76:2). The reason why God says mingled drop is because in order for a human to be created the spermatozoid and the ovum need to mingle into a zygote, the mingled drop.

 

To continue on the matter of reproduction, I’d like to quote another verse from the Qur’an and give you a story which happened in the day of the Prophet (pbuh).

 

In whatever form He willed, He put you together (82:8)

 

Now, the story:

 

Once a man came complaining to the Prophet: “"My wife has given birth to a black child and I have disowned him!" The Messenger of Allah asked him: "Do you own camels?" The man said yes. "What color are they?" "Red." "Any gray ones among them?" "Indeed, there are gray ones among them!" "And how do you think this came to them?" "Messenger of Allah, some strain must have drawn it out! (`irqun naza`ahu)." "Maybe the same happened here, some strain must have drawn him out." He did not allow him to disown him.

 

Even if today, in the age of science and technology, your wife gave birth to a black baby, what would your initial reaction be? Let me ask, were you to be back in 7th century Arabia where tribal lineage, family blood and offspring were considered of utmost importance, would you have solved this problem as the Prophet(pbuh) solved it?

 

Now, I want to focus our attention on astronomy. God mentions in the Qur’an that the Sun and the Moon “swim each in an orbit” (21:33). Many companions of the Prophet expanded on this verse by explaining that the Sun and the Moon “revolve like a spinning wheel, in a circle.” And as you know, the Sun and the Moon indeed do revolve in that manner, as in not only do they revolve in a circle but they also revolve around themselves like a spinning wheel.

 

Now, let us have a look at another subject. In the Qur’an, God swears “By the Firmament which returns (in its round),”. A companion of the Prophet(pbuh) commented on this verse by saying that the thing which the firmament (sky) returns is the sustenance (water) without which the creatures on Earth would perish. Another point of interest to mention along side this information are these verses from the Qur’an: “See ye the water which ye drink? Do ye bring it down (in rain) from the cloud or do We? Were it Our Will, We could make it salt (and unpalatable): then why do ye not give thanks? (56:68-70)

 

I want to bring another verse to the table.

 

And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His mercy (rain). Till when they have carried a heavy-laden cloud (7:57)

 

As we know today through scientific means, the winds do carry the clouds, i.e keep them in the air, although they are very heavy-laden with rain water. I wonder if there is another ancient source that describes the winds as carrying the clouds because they are heavy. If anybody has any information on this, please let me know. But even if there is, it is a remarkable use of language.

 

Another example is how the clouds are formed:

 

Hast thou not seen how Allah wafteth the clouds, then gathereth them, then maketh them layers, and thou seest the rain come forth from between them; He sendeth down from the heaven mountains wherein is hail, and smiteth therewith whom He will, and averteth it from whom He will. The flashing of His lightning all but snatcheth away the sight.

(24:43)

 

As modern states, clouds actually grow in height.

 

I just wanted to add one more thing.

 

Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one united piece, then We parted them And We have made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe (21:30)

 

Well, as we already know all living things are made of water. The Qur’an also asks a question – “Will you not then believe?”.

 

Three of the Companions of the Prophet said that the heavens and the earth are separated from one another by this air, i.e the air is a partition between the heavens and the earth. Now, what separates the earth from outer space?¨

 

This post is by no means an exhaustive list. There are other reasons but I haven't written about them myself so I didn't include them.

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mr. younes, thank you very much for the time and effort you put into this. You are the only one who bothered to explain why you believe what you do.

 

What you write has captured my interest. I like the stories of how people around the prophet became believers. But they saw the prophet themselves with their own eyes. He was among them so they had a distinct advantage.

 

In our day, I suppose we do not have that advantage. But you have given other reasons why people believe and also why you believe. And you point to the quran for your reasons. I think that might mean I would have to start reading the quran.

 

I will do that when I get the time.

 

Once again mr. younes thanks for everything.

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I think other prophecies are in order now. Here is one made in the Qur’an:

 

"Allah has promised those among you who believe and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to [the present rulers] in the land, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practice their religion which He has chosen for them [i.e. Islam]. And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear [provided] they [believers] worship Me and do not associate anything [in worship] with Me." [Qur'an, 24:55]

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings of God) prophecised of many conquests. He told the Muslims that they would conquer the Arabian Peninsula, Persia and Byzantium. He said that the Last Hour would not come before the Muslims had conquered Jerusalem.

 

hello

 

may i inquire what is meant by - the Last Hour would not come before the Muslims had conqurered Jerusalem? thanks.

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hello

 

may i inquire what is meant by - the Last Hour would not come before the Muslims had conqurered Jerusalem? thanks.

 

Hello,

 

The Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, told to count certain signs that would take place before the Last Hour which is the end of the world when God destroys absolutely everything, even the Angels, peace be upon them, and then He recreates everything: the dead are raised and the Day of Judgement begins. Two of those signs was the death of the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him, and the conquest of Jerusalem. The Muslims did conquer Jerusalem.

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