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From an early age, young Muhammad set himself apart from his peers, frequently fasting and retreating to pray in the caves and forests in the wilderness. He disdained the pleasures of the flesh, of feasts and festivities and all alcohol, and was oft reviled for his refusal to worship the pagan idols that plagued all of Arabia at the time.

On his thirty-fifth birthday, in the midst of prayer, Muhammad met an angel. "Peace be upon you, Messenger of Christ and Reciter of the Word of God. Do not be afraid, for I am the angel Gabriel, sent by the Lord to give you a great mission, to bring the Gospel to all the now lawless and godless nations of Arabia. You will read the Word as it shall be presented unto you, and you will not falter." When Muhammad protested that he could not read, the angel insisted: "You man of little faith, why do you discuss with me that you cannot read the words of men? It is not Greek or Hebrew or Arabic that you must read, but the Word (Logos) of God, Who in His wisdom brings forth in all His creation. Many things will be revealed to you, and you must not be afraid to confess them, though your road may be hard and your enemies numerous."

Disturbed at this revelation, Muhammad fled the cave and headed to a local monastery where he consulted his cousin, the monk Waraqah ibn Nawfal. Waraqah was skeptical at first, and invited Muhammad to stay the night, that he may rest and recover from his fatigued delirium. That night, as Muhammad bathed, Waraqah picked up some prayer beads that the Muhammad had left on a table, and was shocked to find written on them, in fine Aramaic script that glowed like embers, the words of Christ: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."

And so Waraqah brought this to the attention of the abbot, who brought it before the bishops, and they confirmed that this was indeed a holy miracle. And they soon baptized Muhammad in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and it is said that the Holy Spirit appeared visibly upon the waters, and the spring in which the Saifullah was baptized is impossible to muddy to this day.

(It is said that he insisted that his wife Khadijah be baptized alongside him, and the rest of his household shortly after; against the custom around him at the time, he never married another, and remained chaste and celibate all his life after her death.)

And the Saifullah studied at the monastery for a few years, accompanied by his wife, and were made full in the Tradition of the one holy catholic apostolic Church, and both were able to fluently read in Arabic, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Chinese (the Saifullah loved the works of the pagan Sun Tzu dearly), before they left and the Saifullah began his evangelism. It is written that during this time the Saifullah was frequently visited again by the angel Gabriel, who guided him in his revelation of the Word as had been promised, though only in private; to Khadijah and the monks he often appeared as a madman, seeming to appear out of nowhere every so often with fully-formed ideas and concepts and no apparent source.

Now Arabia was a cruel and lawless land at the time, and many difficult decisions were made, but through the grace of the Holy Spirit the Saifullah was eventually able to get all of Makkah and Medina with their surrounding territories under Christian control (he is said to have, upon marching a small symbolic force of his followers into Makkah, brought seven enormous troughs of water into the square, declaring: "If anyone does not go into the square tomorrow, be they rich or poor, beggar or slave, that one shall be my enemy!"), and held that control for several years until a Bishop could be appointed there and the true seeds of the Church could be planted and nurtured. (Many had called for the Saifullah to be their Bishop; however, as the conquering secular ruler of the newly formed empire he wisely declined, lest he succumb to temptation and heresy under the weight of such additional authority.)

We need not get into the details here - let it suffice to say that the Saifullah and his followers suffered greatly at the hands of the heathens of Makkah and Medina, and were greatly troubled with the temptation to take up arms and avenge a few of their number who were cruelly killed, but ultimately the grace of God prevailed and through the wisdom of the Word he spoke and the irresisible and immovable faith he demonstrated, many were won over without any bloodshed, including those who had inflicted the worst of the abuses, and the few who resisted were exiled from each city which became officially Christian by decree of their rulers. The Saifullah's own memoirs of those days have been collected by his successors, known as the Recitations to honour the Saifullah's original inspiration by the angel Gabriel to read the Word of God. These Recitations have been faithfully translated into over 100 different languages and are read around the world as a popular devotional (if decidedly apocryphal) work, stressing the all-forgiving nature of God and the reality of Hell as a free and voluntary denial of one's connection to Goodness through Christ.

Many have compared the Saifullah to the ancient prophets, even speculating that he was a reincarnation of the Prophet Elijah. To which he is written to have responded, "If I be one of the Prophets, then let me be the last among them; for I am but a simple and sinful servant in a lawless land, striving to do what I can by the mercy of God's will." And so it is often said that the Saifullah is the last of the prophets.

The Saifullah reposed in the year 632 of our Lord, under the care of his adopted daughter Aisha.

Several local councils were held in the decades after the Saifullah's repose respecting the authenticity and orthodoxy of his various collected Recitations, eventually establishing the "canon" we have today, most publications sorting them by chronological order. Of much discussion were the recurring themes of islam, submission of one's will before the Logos in progressing towards union with God, and jihad, an embodiment of the war of the human soul against temptation and the devil and of the invisible war in heaven against the fallen angels. Of the former, some claimed it represented a qualitatively new understanding of free will - it was ultimately held not to be (First Synod of Medina, 686). The frequently graphic descriptions of war, deceit and slaying in conjunction with the latter have long been understood as allusions to spiritual realities of the struggles of the soul, though violent heretical sects (anathematized in some extremely strong and unambiguous language in the Second Synod of Medina in 720) appear from time to time that interpret certain verses out of context as a call to physically murder human unbelievers and apostates.

In one of the Recitations the Saifullah recalls a vision of the aerial toll-houses: "And so I saw a wondrous garden, springs that flowed with milk and honey and wine, and I was doted upon by seventy-two angelic beings in the form of beautiful, nubile virgins who claimed to be capable of (and were demonstrating upon each other in various places in the garden) acts beyond the stamina and flexibility of any mortal woman. And I was fed and pampered there for a while, and was sorely tempted to stay though I resisted the advances of the angelic beings. The third time I was approached, I dropped my dish of sweet dates by mistake and turned to pick it up, and saw in the middle of the garden a single tree, from which a serpent leered at me, and from that tree hung the dates. I asked the serpent where the second tree was, and immediately the angel Gabriel called out, "Awaken!" and the tree and the angelic virgins burst into flames, and I fell violently ill, and awoke in a puddle of vomit, having disgorged the false fruits I had eaten in my vision. For indeed that vision was not of Paradise at all, but a false garden of earthly delights, and the angelic temptresses were but fallen succubi tempting me with the remains of their former glory. Be constantly vigilant, my brothers, for the Devil sends his angels with guile as well as wrath!"

  • It was narrated that Jabir bin Abdullah said: 'We came to a pond in which there was the carcass of a donkey, so we refrained from using the water until the Saifullah came to us and said: 'Living water is not made impure by anything.' Then the Saifullah stood in the water and blessed it and made the sign of the cross, and we drank from it and gave it to our animals to drink, and we carried some with us. And for that journey our flasks never again went empty, and the water was always cool and pure to drink, and no person or animal who drank from it ever fell ill again."

  • It was said that Muhammad was in Makkah during one time that the Kaaba was removed as the plaza was being repaired. At the time it housed 360 pagan idols, and there was a great quarrel as to which among the many pagan tribes was worthy to attend to its reinstallation. In the middle of a terrible argument Muhammad drew his sword, but instead of causing any bloodshed he walked straight towards the Kaaba, made the sign of the cross with sword in hand, and thundered: "In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, I command you to flee this holy place and trouble the people of Makkah with your frivolous demands no more!" And there was a sudden but terrible earthquake, and a loud crashing noise could be heard from within the Kaaba, and the door broke off its hinges and fell, and inside were all the idols, broken and destroyed. Muhammad and his followers were then made responsible for the reinstallation of the Kaaba, which was sanctified as a chapel and from then on was never again marred with idols.

[Stand before the icon of the Saifullah. On Sundays you should face east, but on all other days it is meet to face the Kaaba wherever on the planet you might happen to be. (If you are on the exact opposite side of the earth, face east always.)]

O holy Saint Muhammad, blessed Saifullah, Equal of the Apostles and Prophet to the Arabs, peace be upon you. Through your oft-merciful and holy intercession reveal to us the sweetness of the Lord's justice and the fullness of His holy Law. The Father is our hope; the Son is our refuge; the Holy Spirit is our protector; and you are our venerable guide. Most blessed Reciter, we magnify you, and ask your intercession and guidance, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever unto ages of ages. Amen.

Lord have mercy. [Thrice.]

Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers and the intercession of the Theotokos have mercy on us. Amen.

I know this

if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.

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