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ABDULAI KABIRU (known world-wide and Prophet Muhammad)

Francois Lenormant in (Histoire Ancienne des Phoenicians) believes that Arabia is the land of Punt and of the Queen of Sheba. Punt, in fact, was one of the sons of Ham placed in Arabia by Biblical tradition. Lenormant says: “A Kushite (Kush is a Jewish word meaning Black) Empire originally existed throughout Arabia. This was the epoch personified by the Adites of Ad, grandsons of Ham, the Biblical ancestor of the Blacks. Cheddade, a son of Ad and builder of the legendary “Earthly Paradise” mentioned in the Koran, belongs to the epoch called that of the First Adites.

Around 1550 BCE, the (Kushites) Black original owners and settlers in the whole of Arabia, suffered their second invasion in the hands of the barbaric Jectanide (White) tribe that first temporarily overwhelmed them in 1760 BCE. About this same time too, Black Babylonians were sacked by Assyrians (Hittites) another group of primitive White tribes. Initial re-action of the Kushites to their invasion was to take refuge in the mountains such as Hadramaut. Some returned to their ancestral home, Ethiopia, via the Red Sea at Bab el Mandeb. This gave rise to the Arab proverb: “as divided as the Sabaeans.” Despite the various invasions by White tribes in Arabia, Ethiopian links with her Arabian colonies, particularly with Yemen, remained unbroken until the birth of Muhammad and even so, the Ethiopian language Ghez remains Yemen's ancient language even now.

The Kushites were soon able to re-group, fight back and regain control of their land, Arabia, but absorbing the low class White tribe settlers in the process. This epoch is known as the second Adites. This is how Arabs as a people came to be. They are a mixed breed between Blacks and Whites. All educated Arabs know that Africans were the first to settle in all of Arabia and that all Arabs have mixed Black and White blood, including their fabulous hero, Antar of Arabia and, of course, the prophet Muhammad. Lokman, the mythical representative of Adite wisdom in Arabia is considered to be none other than Aesop of Ethiopian origin. He built the famous dam at Mareb that irrigated and fertilized the plain over a distance of seven days walk from the city. The ruins continue to attract tourists until this day. Prophet Muhammad was not the originator of the Islamic religion. The Kushite (Ethiopian) kabala, which is soaked in magic and the knowledge of the stars, (like the Dogon religion in Mali), had set the tone for the Islamic religion in Persia, 1000 years before the birth of Muhammad.

In the Persian experience, Cheikh Anta Diop (The African Origin of Civilization) says: “The only Triad revered was: Venus-Sun-Moon. The cult had a pronounced sidereal character; especially solar; they prayed to the sun at different phases of its course. There was neither idolatry nor images nor priesthood. They addressed a direct invocation to the seven planets. The 30 days fasting period already existed, as in Egypt. They prayed seven times each day, with their faces turned towards the north. These prayers which take place during the same phases, but which were reduced by Muhammad later in Islam, to five compulsory prayers to relieve humanity, the other two prayers are optional.

There were also sacred springs and stones, as in Moslem times; Zenzen, a sacred spring, Kaaba, a sacred stone. The pilgrimage to Mecca already existed in imitation of the worshippers of Ausar who went on yearly pilgrimage to God Ausar's tomb and sacred shrines, thousands of years before there was a 'Wailing Wall' in Palestine, or pilgrimage to Mecca and Jerusalem. The Kaaba was reputed to have been constructed by Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar, the Egyptian (Black woman) historical ancestors of Muhammad, according to Arab historians, as in Egypt. Belief in a future life was already prevalent. Dead ancestors were deified. Thus, all the elements necessary for the blossoming of Islam were in place more than 1000 years before the birth of Muhammad.”

Abdulai Kabiru, known worldwide as Prophet Muhammad, was born in 570 CE, 'the year of the Elephant,' in Mecca, Arabia (now Saudi Arabia.) The year of the elephant is important as a marker because, it was the year Abrahah, the king of Abyssinia, sent an overwhelming force to Mecca to destroy the Ka'bah, which Abrahah considered was a distraction to his newly constructed temple in San'a, in Yemen. Ka��bah served as the unifying pilgrimage point for all the Arabian tribal cults at the time. Kabiru's father, 'AbdAll'ah died before he was born. His mother, Aminah, sent him as a baby into the desert to toughen him. She handed him to a poor woman called Halimah who suckled and nurtured him. He was still in the desert and six years old when his mother died.

He was taken to his grandfather, Abd al-Muttalib, when he was 7 years old but the old man also died two years later, so, he was placed in the care of his uncle, AbuTalib, the father of Ali. Because of his difficult background, he did not have the opportunity to go to school. His uncle began to send him out to hawk fetish idols and masks. He was not very successful in the business because his unusual sales talks discouraged potential buyers. All his close family members, including his uncle, AbuTalib, his brothers and sisters, Aruna, Amina, Sarah, and Abdul-Azeez, were dead before Muhammad was ten years old. At age 25, he received marriage proposal from a wealthy Mecca woman, Khadijah bint al-Khuwaylid, who was 15 years older than him. He accepted the proposal and the marriage produced two sons who died young, and four daughters, Zaynab, Ruqayyah, UmmKulthum and Fatimah. To repay Abu Talib's kindness, Muhammad took Ali into his household, and later in life gave Ali his youngest daughter, Fatimah, in marriage. Fatimah, of all his children had the greatest impact on history, because Shi'ite imams and Sayyids or Sharifs are said to have descended from the Fatimah and Ali lineage.

Muhammad was handsome. By the age of 35, he had become a highly respected figure in Mecca for his wisdom and amiable personality. He loved retiring into the desert by himself to pray and meditate. In the month of Ramadan, in 610 CE, at age 40, during a retreat in the cave called al-Hira, in the Mountain of Light (Jabal al-Nur) near Mecca, Muhammad, it is claimed, experienced the presence of Archangel Gabriel. Gabriel in form of a man asked him to recite (iqra.) Muhammad could not, since he was unlettered. Gabriel hugged him robustly and asked him two more times to recite the iqra, hugging him more robustly each time. Naturally, the strange goings-on scared Muhammad and he fled the cave, thinking he had become possessed by a jinn or demon.

As he hurried down the mountain from the cave, a voice said: “Thou art the messenger of God and I am Gabriel.” Muhammad gazed up and saw the man who had spoken, and he doubled his speed to get out of the scene. At home, he told his wife his experience. She called in a blind cousin; a Christian called Waraqah, who was known to be wise in spiritual ways. Waraqah confirmed that Muhammad had been chosen as God's prophet. Not long after his cave experience, Muhammad received another revelation accompanied by a bell-like reverberation. Islamic tradition considers this the beginning process of the revelation of the Qur'an. It lasted for 23 years until shortly before his death.

He first preached his message to Khadijah, Ali, Zayd ibn al-Harith, who was like a son to him, then to two close friends, Abdul Ibn Sefin and Ibn the son of Telfik. This small group became the core from which Islam grew. Before long, four other people had joined them, then came a fifth, the Mazrui, an Ethiopian, who was a wine seller and who introduced the idea of using his wine guards as loud speakers to call the faithful to prayers, Alahaa Akuba. In three years, they were strongly in the public domain. A large segment of the elite in Mecca rejected his message, because of its oneness of God base, opposition to idolatory and the fear that it would destroy commerce accompanying pilgrimage to Mecca to worship idols kept on the Ka'bah, which was the centre of Arabic tribal religious cults. The rulers in particular, were not pleased with Muhammad and exerted pressure on him and his followers to disband. In 619 CE, two people close to him died, Khadijah, his friend, counselor and devoted wife for 25 years, and his uncle Abi'Talib, who was his protector in the face of powerful hostilities surrounding him. These deaths, with his lack of success in propagating his message in Mecca severely tested his determination and resolve. Although Muhammad by tradition could have married more wives, he did not until Khadijah died.

In 621 CE, a delegation from Yathrib, a city north of Mecca, invited him to relocate to their city and become their leader, and promised him protection. At that time, Yathrib was suffering from constant tribal skirmishes between their two principal tribes, the 'Aws and the Khazraj, and a significant Jewish population. From 622 CE, Muhammad's followers began leaving Mecca for Yathrib in small groups so as not to arouse suspicion of the authorities, and to begin to prepare the ground to receive Muhammad. One evening, he asked Ali to sleep in his bed as decoy, and using an indirect route, he left for Yathrib. His home was attacked that night by the Quraysh, looking for Muhammad to kill, on the excuse of the loud cries summoning the faithful in Mecca and his threat to destroy the 360 Ka'bah idols. Ali was found in his bed. On September 25, 622 CE, Muhammad completed the Hijrah (migration) and reached Yathrib which became known as the City of the prophet or Medina. This became the starting point of the Islamic calendar.

Two Ethiopians helped set the Muhammadan faith in motion. One was the first military man in Islam. He was Muhammad's teacher and was regarded as the 'Lord' and the 'Perfect spirit.' The other was the Mazrui who called the people to prayers. The Prophet Muhammad, before his death, said he tried to persuade the 'Lord' to be the first Caliph. If the 'Lord,' an Ethiopian, had become the first Caliph, the entire religion would have been different, but because the Arabs were quarrelling among themselves, he declined the offer and returned to Ethiopia where he was killed in the fight with the Byzantium.

In 632 CE, Muhammad made his first Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, which remains the model to this day for the millions of Muslims who make the hajj each year. On his way back from Mecca, he appointed Ali as the executor of his last will and as his wali, a term that means friend or saint and also describes a person who possesses authority. Sunni Muslims take this as family matter while Shi'tes say it was investiture to succeed the Prophet. By the time of the Prophet's death in the spring of June 8, 632 CE, all of Arabia had become Muslim. There was a bitter succession battle after Muhammad's death, between Omar, Abubakir and Muhammad's son-in-law Ali, (husband of Muhammad's daughter, Fatima.) The kingmakers passed over Ali to appoint Omar as the new Caliph, but Omar was promptly assassinated. Same fate befell Abubakir who was chosen to succeed Omar. Civil wars broke out, leading to the rule of despots. The simple teaching of Muhammad soon began to yield to earlier evil practices of human sacrifice and diabolic witchcraft, principally to serve the interests of the privileged class.

The central tenet of Islam is belief in one God, and confession of this belief is the first of five “pillars of Islam.” The others are daily prayers reduced from seven to five times by Muhammad to temper the stress of praying so many times a day for followers; giving of alms, pilgrimage to Mecca if possible, and keeping of the fast in the month of the Ramadan. All of which obviously amount to a rationalization of the ancient Sabaean (African) religion, by the Messenger of Allah. African human personification of God in the Trinity of Osiris, Isis, and Horus, 4,425 years before Christianity, with Osiris sitting in judgment over the dead, reinforced the human and masculine attributes of the Christian God (Yahweh) who created man in His image and likeness. Diop tells us that, “a visitor to Thebes in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt can view the Moslem inferno in details (in the tomb of Seti I, of the Nineteenth Dynasty) 1700 years before the Koran. Osiris at the tribunal of the dead is indeed the “Lord” of revealed religions sitting enthroned on Judgment Day. …Judaism, Islam, and modern science, are rooted in Egyptian (African) cosmogony and science.”

The physical appearance and claims by the extraterrestrial spaceship captain, Yahweh, manifesting more or less as human, settled the issue of who God was for the Christians and to some extent Muslims, once and for all. Islam adopted the Jewish human god, Yahweh, and called him Allah, 500 years after Christianity. Yahweh was the popular reference point at the time, but Islam had some doubts, so they invested their version of Yahweh with some peculiar traits, distinct from those of the Christian God. Islam rejects the idea of a masculine God, and that God could have a son: “Allah forbid that He Himself should beget a son…….” Those who say: “The Lord of Mercy has begotten a son, preach a monstrous falsehood……” (Koran 19:29,88.) Islam also does not accept the idea of God being a Trinity. “Allah is one and unique (Koran 5:70.) But the Islamic God is an anthropomorphic deity who has ears, eyes, mouth, and hears, sees, speaks, knows things, and sits on the throne, like the Jewish Attribute, Yahweh. Muslims say their God is merciful, compassionate and forgiving, however. To test Abraham's faith, Yahweh asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Convinced of Abraham's faith, Yahweh allowed him to substitute a ram. Muslims commemorate this monumental lack of foresight by 'God' yearly with the killing of rams. The problem for non-believers is why an omniscient God or Allah has to test followers, to know the truth.

Islam means “bowing to” or “surrendering to” the will of Allah. Muhammad preached that Allah was the monotheistic One Source. That “All men of whatever faith who surrender themselves to the will of Allah are truly children of Islam. Verses of the Koran on the surface appear innocent enough to serve the generality of the masses. The esoteric secrets are reserved for the select few including some learned Alfas. A statement from the Koran reads:

“To Allah belongeth the east and the west;
therefore, withersoever ye turn yourselves to
pray, there is the face of Allah, for Allah
is omnipresent and omniscient.”

Muhammad raged against licentiousness, idolatry and wars, insisting that the ideal was total devotion to Allah, the One Ruler.

NAIWU OSAHON Hon. Khu Mkuu (Leader) World Pan-African Movement); Ameer Spiritual (Spiritual Prince) of the African race; MSc. (Salford); Dip.M.S; G.I.P.M; Dip.I.A (Liv.); D. Inst. M; G. Inst. M; G.I.W.M; A.M.N.I.M. Poet, Author of the magnum opus: 'The end of knowledge'. One of the world's leading authors of children's books; Awarded; key to the city of Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Honourary Councilmanship, Memphis City Council; Honourary Citizenship, County of Shelby; Honourary Commissionership, County of Shelby, Tennessee; and a silver shield trophy by Morehouse College, USA, for activities to unite and uplift the African race.

Naiwu Osahon, renowned author, philosopher of science, mystique, leader of the world Pan-African Movement.

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