Prophets and their success..
Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah. May Allah reward you for asking this question, and guide you to the straight path. Thank you for the question.
There are several points:
1# All the Prophets (peace be upon them) were successful people. Infact, they were the most successfull people of all time, since true success in closeness to Allah (subhanahu wataAla) and Jannah.
2# In terms of how many people actually converted to Islam (which was the religion of all the Prophets) when they heard the Prophets' message, this varied from Prophet to Prophet.
The Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,
"The people were displayed in front of me and I saw one prophet passing by with a large group of his followers, and another prophet passing by with only a small group of people, and another prophet passing by with only ten (persons), and another prophet passing by with only five (persons), and another prophet passed by alone.
And then I looked and saw a large multitude of people, so I asked Gabriel, "Are these people my followers?' He said, 'No, but look towards the horizon.' I looked and saw a very large multitude of people. Gabriel said. 'Those are your followers, and those are seventy thousand (persons) in front of them who will neither have any reckoning of their accounts nor will receive any punishment.'
I asked, 'Why?' He said, 'For they used not to treat themselves with branding (cauterization) nor with Ruqya (get oneself treated by the recitation of some Verses of the Qur'an) and not to see evil omen in things, and they used to put their trust (only) in their Lord."On hearing that, 'Ukasha bin Mihsan got up and said (to the Prophet), "Invoke Allah to make me one of them."The Prophet said, "O Allah, make him one of them."Then another man got up and said (to the Prophet), "Invoke Allah to make me one of them." The Prophet said, 'Ukasha has preceded you." Bukhari :: (Book 8 :: Volume 76 :: Hadith 549)
So the number of people who actually converted varied from Prophet to Prophet (peace be upon them). For example, about Nooh (alaihis salam), Allah says:
[So it was], until when Our command came and the oven overflowed, We said, "Load upon the ship of each [creature] two mates and your family, except those about whom the word has preceded, and [include] whoever has believed." But none had believed with him, except a few.
3# Now heres the important bit. In our time, whether the people are in the East or the West, in Europe or America or South Asia or the Middle East, Allah's chosen Prophet for all of them is who? Muhammad (salllalahu alaihi wasallam). It doesnt matter if theyre Jew or Christian or Hindu. The Prophet Allah sent for them particularly is Muhammad.
We are the ummah of the Prophet and hence we should be involved in trying our best in conveying Islam to the non Muslims. The Prophet has passed away, and while he was alive he strove to give dawah to convey the message of Islam to his people. Now the responsibility of conveying Islam has come to us Muslims of the current time.
Brother, you live in a non Muslim country. You spend your time in Islam.com, you pray, while many guys your age would rather be playing Xbox or something similar rather be involved in something Islamic. All of this I hope are very good signs for you. Alhamdulillah Allah has blessed you, and out of billions of people made you a Muslim. Out of the zillions of people, He (subhanahu wataAla) gave you the internet and access to knowledge at your fingerprints. listen to my advice, and make full use of this great opportunity. Give Dawah to the non Muslims, to the community of England.
The reward is tremendous. Imagine just lying down drinking coffee and getting reward because Allah guided someone through you, and when they do good deeds that came about through you, you get rewarded! Imagine the piles of good waiting for you in the day of judgement. Their good deeds coincide in the time youre drinking coffee, and unknowingly to you, your reward keeps getting more.
Give some dawah to Mike. I pray he grows closer to Islam, despite the many things he says. Its 2014 and while there is no guarantee to any of our lives, I hope on a usual day on this site in 2020 when I come back for a regular day inshaAllah, and I will find Mike giving expert advice on fiqh (as a Muslim ofcourse) and stumping the wrongdoers with his difficult rhetorical questions. I hope you would be a big alim, and laugh about the time in your youth you had these strange opinions and reflect on the time when it all changed. Start giving dawah, pray your daily prayers, cling to the blessed sunnahs of the Prophet (peace be upon him), recite the Quran and act on it, repent continuously to Allah, and inshaAllah we will all be rewarded with jannah.
[BTW, if you find it difficult to answer difficult questions while giving Dawah, please learn and read this book:http://d1.islamhouse.com/data/en/ih_books/single/en_Contemporary_Issues.pdf]
A very silly question. If a teacher teaches a student and the student is inattentive in class, would you blame the the teacher or the student for failing the final exam?
Lets see what the people do:
So is it Hazrat Nuh (ra) failure or the people? The people are failure because they will be sore losers in the after life. The above verses are from Surah Nuh.
You cannot force somone to believe if they are adamant.
It doesnt benefit Our Prophet (pbuh) if you follow him. It benefits you as you attain paradise through following him. What else does a prophet want? Money fame etc? No he only wants you to follow Allah and believe in Him.
Do you know why our Nabi (pbuh) wept? One of the reasons was that he cared for this ummah-Muslims and he wants them to get to paradise for their own benefit.
All praises are for Allah and any weaknessesare on my part. Allah forgive us!
Firstly - it is said that there is some weakness in the hadiths which give a specific number of prophets. We do not know the exact number of Prophets, but we know that Allah سبحانه و تعالى sent them to every nation. So there are many, beyond those specifically named in the Qur'an/Sunnah.
Secondly - the duty of the Prophets was to convey the message and teach their people of worship of Allah سبحانه و تعالى alone. They all succeeded in this. As Allah سبحانه و تعالى told the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم (and applies to all previous prophets) - there is no blame upon him if the people do not accept the call or become purified. Guidance is from Allah سبحانه و تعالى.
So the bottom line - all the Prophets succeeded in their duty. None of them failed, not even the ones who had no followers (indicated from hadiths).
it was not their job to revert them back to Allah but they only had to convey the message hence they all succeeded and its the disbelievers who have failed and destroyed their own selves
guidance is in the hands of Allah and he guides those who truly seek it from him, the prophets cannot be blamed for their mistakes and ignorance for rejecting the religion of Allah.