« on: April 18, 2013, 03:20:50 PM »
I do believe Khalifa was a messenger and that his messengership inspired the Koran alone movement. Indeed, 19 was a catalyst for the movement.
Of course Khalifa talked about it frequently, that was his job, to drum home proof of God through 19. He wasn't worshipping the number, he was teaching it, showing signs to lead us to God Alone. He was not committing shirk. The folk, who went on to put 19 at the forefront of their lives are committing shirk.
I think most people when confronted with choices, having heard of the miracle of 19, might choose a 19 option if it is available - simply because of the God connection. They need to draw the line between recognition and worship, what is their intention behind choosing 19?
Whether Khalifa makes it to heaven is another matter, because I feel he went beyond his role. He went on to make predictions, which did not happen. This suggests he got carried away with his importance. And indeed, why not? He was only human like all the other messengers who erred, such as Jonah or Moses. Indeed, didn't Moses kill a man?