This universal mission marked the boundary for all of creation between a dark, oppressive past and a brilliant, shining future, as well as a prosperous and exuberant present A clear announcement of a new order decreed by Allah, the all knowing, the all Wise. Its herald was Mohammed, the bringer of glad tidings and a warner. Its Book was the clear and Enlightening Qur'an. Its soldiers were the vanguards of the Emigrants and the Ansar (helpers) and those who followed them in doing good. It was not contrived by man: it was rather a favour from Allah, for who is better than Allah in his favours?.