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THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE

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”…The Saabiqin can discern the truth through their insight. When the Holy Prophet reached Medina, and many people came to have a look at him, one of them was a Jew. When this Jew was asked as to what kind of man the Holy Prophet was, he answered: This face could not be that of a liar…”


“When the Prophets are commissioned by God, there are three ways in which people get guidance from them; it is because there are three types of people: Zaalim (wrongdoer, or unjust), Muqtasid (moderates, neither very bright nor mediocre) and Saabiq bil Khairaat (those who try to advance in every thing that is good).

The top class people are Saabiq bil Khairaat. They do not stand in need of any arguments or proofs, nor do they need any miracles. They are so clean hearted and good natured that as soon as they see the face of the one who is commissioned by God, they confirm his truth and as soon as they hear the claim, they take it to be a proof of his truth. Their reasoning power (or their wisdom) is so fine that the very face of the prophets and their words make them profess faith. Next to this type of people are Muqtasidin. They are good natured people but they do need proofs and it is through witnesses that they come to believe.

The third type are Zalimin. Their nature is such that they do not believe unless they receive some beating (punishment).

Those who say that Islam was spread at the point of the sword, tell lies, for, the battles that the Muslims fought were defensive. But, of course, this much is true that God has destined that the Zalimin should see a sort of compulsion i.e. punishment. This method has been in action in the times of all the Prophets. He who sees with the naked eye cannot compete with the one who sees with the telescope. How can one and the same method benefit people having different talents.

It is the Saabiq Bil Khairaat who become the dear and near ones of the prophets and later on, their true successors. Their likeness is to be found in Hazrat Abu Bakr, may God be pleased with him; he did not ask for a miracle to be shown nor did he demand a Sign. As soon as he heard of the claim he declared himself to have believed.

The fact is that he who knows the life of a Prophet (his moral condition) he does not stand in need of a Sign or a Miracle. And that is why the Holy Prophet, sallallaho alaihi wa sallam, reminded the people in the words:

Faqad labisto feekum omaram min qallihi

“I have lived a life time among you”.

The Saabiqin can discern the truth through their insight. When the Holy Prophet reached Medina, and many people came to have a look at him, one of them was a Jew. When this Jew was asked as to what kind of man the Holy Prophet was, he answered: This face could not be that of a liar.

The Muqtasid stand in need of proofs and miracles and the Zaalimiin do not believe unless they pass through a sort of punishment. It is just as the people of Moses had to experience the bubonic plague and the earthquakes and thus they became a lesson for others. This is in a way a sort of compulsion which is meant for this third type of people. It is a Must for the prophetic Dispensations”.

(Malfoozat, Vol. III, pp. 219)
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