Saturday, January 3, 2009

Mohammad (may peace be upon him) created "Space Invaders"

Bukhari; Volume 8, Book 76, Number 426:
Narrated 'Abdullah:
The Prophet drew a square and then drew a line in the middle of it and let it extend outside the square and then drew several small lines attached to that central line, and said, "This is the human being, and this, (the square) in his lease of life, encircles him from all sides (or has encircled him), and this (line), which is outside (the square), is his hope, and these small lines are the calamities and troubles (which may befall him), and if one misses him, an-other will snap (i.e. overtake) him, and if the other misses him, a third will snap (i.e. overtake) him."

This picture is an illustration of what the Holy Prophet tried to articulate about the virtues of life. There is a big square, which is one's lease on life, a big line of hope, and many little lines, that represent the calamities of life. If one misses you, another will overtake you!

Coincidentally enough, Mohammad's vision of life was in fact turned into the popular video game "Space Invaders":

As can be seen from this diagram, many of the Holy Prophet's (May peace be upon him) visions have come through in this video game scenario. The aliens are like little lines of calamities, where if one misses you, another will overtake you. The big green boxes are lines of hope, and finally, the shooting icon is "one's lease on life."

1)So what does this all mean? Was this Prophet Mohammad's first vision of the future? Was this the Prophet's first and only prophecy that has come true? Does this justify Prophet Mohammad's part of prophecy with his dreams; or the hairy mole on his back which is his seal of prophethood?

Narrated As-Sa'ib: My aunt took me to Allah's Apostle and said, "O Allah's Apostle! My nephew is- ill." The Prophet touched my head with his hand and invoked Allah to bless me. He then performed ablution and I drank of the remaining water of his ablution and then stood behind his back and saw "Khatam An-Nubuwwa" (The Seal of Prophethood) between his shoulders like a button of a tent. Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. VII, p 390. Number 574

2) What was Prophet Mohammad's (May peace be upon him) vision all about?
a) How is this religious?
b) It seems extremely common sensical - yet not really helpful.
i) Is the person who said "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade" just as prophetic as Prophet Mohammad (may peace be upon him)?
ii) How about others who came up with similar analogies on life?

3) Does this provide Muslim Ummah with the opportunity to sue the creators of "Space Invaders" from stealing the Holy Prophet's idea of a good video game?
a) Was the Holy Prophet a gamer at heart?
b) How would he react if he saw that his drawing had turned into a video game?

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