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By Yusuf Estes, Former Christian Preacher

H2. Muhammad r upheld the proper worship and ceremonies of his grandfathers, Abraham and Ishmael u. Here is something from the second chapter of the Qur'an. Read closely;

"Recall when Abraham's Lord tested him with Commands, that he fulfilled. Allah said, "Surely, I am going to make you a leader of mankind. (Abraham said) "And my offspring, too." (Allah) said, "My Covenant does not include wrong-doers.

And recall when (Allah) made the House (Ka’bah) a place of resort for mankind and a place of safety. And it is your place of prayer, and (Allah) commanded Abraham and Ishmael to purify (God's House) for those who are circling it, or staying there or bowing or prostrating themselves (there, in worship).

And when Abraham said, 'My Lord, make this city (Makkah) a place of security and provide its people with fruits, for them that believe in Allah Almighty and the Last Day.' (Allah) answered, "As for him who doesn't believe, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him the torment of the Fire, and worst indeed is that destination!

And when Abraham and Ishmael were raising the foundations of the Sacred House, saying, 'Our Lord! Accept from us. Certainly! You are the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.'

"Our Lord! And make us submissive unto You and of our offspring a nation submissive unto You, and show us our ceremonies, and accept our repentance. Truly, You are the One Who accepts repentance, the Most Merciful.

Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them in the Book (Qur'an) and full knowledge of (Allah's) Laws and jurisprudence, and sanctify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.

And who turns away from the religion of Abraham (Monotheism) except him who fools himself? Truly, (Allah) chose him in this world and verily, in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.

When his Lord said to him, "Submit " He said, "I have submitted myself to the Lord of all that exists.

And this (submission to Allah) was ordered by Abraham upon his sons and by Jacob; saying, "O my sons! Allah has chosen for you the (true) religion; then die not except in the Faith of Submission." (Surah al-Baqarah 2: 124-132)

I2. Muhammad r performed these same ceremonies in worship as we find the Prophets doing before him, bowing and prostrating while praying and worshipping. He would face Jerusalem for his devotionals and commanded his followers to do the same until Allah sent down the angel Gabriel with revelation to change the direction as mentioned in Qur'an.

J2. Muhammad r advocated rights for all members of the family and especially ties to the parents, both mother and father, also rights for infant girls, orphaned girls and certainly for wives, as well.

It is known from the Qur'an that Muhammad r ordered his followers to be kind and respectful to their parents. They were told not to even say, "Oh" to them and were instructed to care for them in their old age.

We find in the Qur'an:

“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.” (chapter 17, verse 23)