PURPOSE OF THE UMMAH OF MUHAMMAD AND ITS PARAMETERS—A REVIEW IN THE LIGHT OF HOLY QUR’AN
‘Amr bil Ma‘roof wa Nahi ‘Anil Munkar’ bidding fair-deeds and forbidding unfair-deeds was the responsibility and mission of all the Ambya’ [i.e., the Prophets] and Rusul’ [i.e., the Messengers], who came in every human populated part of the world. After an accomplishment of the lineage of Prophetic series, from Adam to Muhammad, this responsibility transmitted to the Ummah of Muhammad. Consequently, the aim and objective of the Ummah of Muhammad was declared the same as it was of the Ambya’ and Rusul’.
Pattern of the Holy Qur’an is an ample testimony to this theme. The Holy Qur’an explores preponderantly those aspects of the Past Prophets’ life that have concerns with Da‘wah such as: their ways of preaching, their ardent desire for the Hidayah [true guidance] of their people, their patience, as well as apathetic and offensive attitudes of their nation against their sympathetic and sincere admonitions; as compare to their other facets of life such as their devotion in worship and other religious observances. This theme itself speaks that the Holy Qur’an demands from the Ummah of Muhammad something special that has not been demanded from the past religious nations of the world.
This Article is an attempt to cast light on the purpose of the Ummah of Muhammad and to describe its parameters in the context of Qur’anic Verses and Islamic Teachings, and to persuade the Ummah to retreat to their true purpose of life.