In The Name of God The Benificent The Merciful

   



  Peace

ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF PEACE

 

I begin with the name of Allah Most Beneficent Most Merciful

 

All praise is for Allah the Exalted and may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad, and his family and companions, and all those who follow them and their way until the Day of Resurrection

 

The word “Islam” means submission and surrender to Allah (The One Godالله in the Arabic language) by sincerely worshipping Him alone and not worshipping any other god, lord or master. All of the Prophets, including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (u) were Muslims. Islam does not mean peace, as some have claimed, although the word for peace “salam” is derived from the same three-letter Arabic three-letter root word – SLM – as the word “Islam.” Indeed, only through Islam will man find and establish real and comprehensive peace.

Our claim that “Islam is the religion of peace” does not mean that Muslims do not go to war when necessary to uphold and defend their lives, properties, honor and faith, or that Islam condones and accepts the kind of false or forced peace where injustices and persecutions run amok in the world and are institutionalized by oppressive systems, where privileged groups terrorize, oppress and exploit others, where idolatry and debauched morality is perpetuated for the sheer pleasure of it or for the benefit and supremacy of certain groups, classes and corrupt ideologies. Peace is contingent on the parties of any conflict accepting and abiding faithfully to the terms and conditions of a just peace agreement. Comprehensive peace can only exist during the reign of universal justice and respect for human rights in all aspects of life, wherein man is allowed to fulfill basic needs and to realize his higher purpose in life that brings inner tranquility. True peace is related to salvation, and this can only occur by following the lead of the Prophets of Allah sent by Allah to show them proper worship of Allah, their Creator and Lord, and with the perfect and just law and the complete guidance for the achievement of the true happiness to which man naturally yearns, including the spiritual and moral as well as his physical and intellectual needs.

The opposite of peace is of course war, civil strife and terrorism. Unjust war, civil strife and “terrorism” are indeed the scourge of humanity. In no way can Islam be accused of raging unjust wars and condoning terrorism when Islam categorically prohibits all competitive imperial, national, tribal and clan warfare for territorial conquest, domination and booty, and also strictly forbids the targeting of innocent peoples, elders, women, children and non-combatants during warfare, as will be explained below.

This word terrorism is often abused and brandished by politicians, scholars and the media for political agendas and national and party interests. As it is often mentioned in political science and international relation studies, one man’s terrorists may be another man’s national heroes and freedom fighters. Many issues are not as black and white as often portrayed by those with vested interests at stake, but include debatable gray and brown areas including historical considerations and legitimate grievances which warrant investigation. Statements like ‘you with us or against us’ or ‘you are with us or with the terrorists’ or “they hate freedom” or “they’re jealous of our way of life” are only self-serving simplicities for simple-minded followers, not taken seriously by those with some semblance of intelligence and knowledge of the foreign policy factors involved. Although some forms of terrorism are associated with extremist fringe groups, other forms are historically associated with war, military occupation and colonial rule and oppression. During situations of dissymmetry and unequal military forces, often the weaker defenders in desperation seek all possible means to attack, harass and demoralize the stronger conquerors and occupiers, simply because they do not possess regularized professional armies or sophisticated weapon systems. Classical guerilla fighters invariably use what their antagonists call terrorist tactics. When their cause is seen as legitimate, they are called freedom fighters. When their cause is politically incorrect they are called terrorists. Many past terrorists eventually become respected leading statesmen. Some ideologues have extended terrorism to mean any material, non-material or ideological support given to any entity or individual designated as such by leaders and committees in capitals of some leading countries.

For instance, would the notorious “School of the Americas” based in Fort Benning, Georgia since 1946, qualify as a terrorist organization? This “school” has trained more than 60,000 Latin American “soldiers and policemen” and among its graduates are many of the continent’s most notorious torturers, mass murderers, dictators and state terrorists, implicated in innumerable cases of murder, torture, “disappearances” and genocide in Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Peru Ecuador, Mexico, Chile, and Argentine, etc as documented by many human rights organizations. Are these people terrorists, and would their activities be included in the FBI’s definition of terrorism as “violent acts… intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a government, or affect the conduct of a government?” Do the concerned governments even acknowledge that such a “school” exists?

What then, is terrorism? Does terrorism include the one who terrorizes people with heinous injustices, confiscates their territories and wealth, and bans their freedoms and destroys their cultures, all in the name of some laws they have rammed through their own legislative bodies? Does terrorism include the one who exploits other people’s wealth, land, resources and labor for his self interests and national or corporate objectives, all made legal by executive and legislative prerogatives, orders, decrees and laws?

Jonathan Barker says in his “No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism: “People understand that the planners of the political violence carried out by non-governmental groups or by government agencies or their proxies claim their cause is just. Regimes that employ the ugly arts of murder and sabotage, often via proxy organizations, will never acknowledge that they are using terrorism. …Fortunately there is a simple and straightforward definition that corresponds to the idea of terrorism that most people hold. It has three elements: violence threatened or employed; against civilian targets; for political objectives. The writer Boaz Ganor, who has forcefully argued that an analytically useful definition is possible and imperative, proposes that “terrorism is the intentional use of, or threat to use violence against civilians or against civilian targets, in order to attain political aims.” Unlike many other definitions this one applies to governments (and their agencies and proxies) as well as to non-governmental groups and individuals. It excludes nonviolent political actions such as protests, strikes, demonstrations, tax revolts and civil disobedience. It also excludes violent actions against military and police forces. Many acts of guerilla warfare or urban insurrection are not terrorism. [Jonathan Barker, The No-Nonsense Guide to Terrorism (Oxford, New Internationalist Publications Ltd.) pp. 23-24]

The Oxford English Dictionary, mentions under the entry reign of terror: “a state of things in which the general community lives in dread of death or outrage; esp. (with capital initials) French Hist. the period of the First Revolution from about March 1793 to July 1794, called also the Terror, the Red Terror, when the ruling faction remorselessly shed the blood of persons of both sexes and of all ages and conditions whom they regarded as obnoxious. Hence, without article or pl., the use of organized intimidation, terrorism. Hence also White Terror, applied to the counter-revolution that followed the Red Terror, and to other periods of remorseless repression in various countries; the terror is also used simply for a similar period of repression.”

It is understood by historians that the development of the nation state and process of “nation building” was often traumatic wherein the state was born through a series of wars and the accompanying stages of general or specific terror. One would be hard pressed to find peaceful examples of national birth. The reign of Cromwell in England – seen as a stepping-stone from the rule of Divine Right towards modern contractual constitutional and democratic government in Europe — can be viewed as a dictatorship of Puritan terror, especially for the Catholics and the Irish. The English viewed the American revolutionary troops as bands of unruly terrorists undermining the rule of colonial law, whereas the American Natives certainly perceived the destruction and genocide wrought by the European colonialists in fear and dread, just as the colonists were terrified by the recurrent attacks of the “savages” to protect their homelands. The French Revolution’s “Reign of Terror” was a prelude to many modern revolutionary movements’ use of terror as an instrument to subdue the population to the ruling party’s line. All European nations were born by and through a series of conquests and wars. Communist control of the Russian Empire was only consolidated by a brutal campaign of Bolshevik terrorism to all adversaries. Many régimes practiced upon the black and colored peoples of their nations curfews of institutional discriminations under threat of terror and dire punishment if they got out of line. And Great War and WWII were unprecedented in their widespread destruction and man’s brutality on fellow man by obnoxious means, including gassing and mass destruction bombings. Zionist terrorist squads are well documented to have been the nascent government and military of Israel in formation, terrorizing the British colonialists, the original Arab population, and non-Zionist Jews with all the dirty tricks known including the bombing of innocents and manslaughter of civilians. The list is extensive, each example with its particular historical circumstances. Is not Guy Hawkins Day still celebrated in Scotland commemorating of the group of Scots who tried to blow up the British (English?) Parliament, but not celebrated in England?

Terror is an age-old military and political tool made more devastating today by the technical advances in modern weaponry and explosives. Imperial and colonial powers routinely have painted opposition and liberation and freedom movements to their conquests, occupations, manipulations, and exploitations of the local lands as terrorism, banditry and crime. Many of the great conquests in history would be considered, in retrospect, as forms of genocide and state terrorism. Mesopotamian conquests of expansion and control, the Arian’s and Asoka’s conquests of India, Alexander’s incursion in Africa and Asia, Caesar’s conquest of Gaul, Viking penetrations into more southern Europe, the Aztec’s subjugation of surrounding peoples of North America, various imperial expansions in China, the nomadic Hun’s and then the Mongol’s rampages of Central Asia and beyond, the Crusader’s ravishing of Jerusalem and sacking of Byzantine, and numerous others can be cited with gory details. European and Russian imperialism and colonialism had devastating effects on Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the entire world, which are still felt today, and there are many examples of entire peoples, tribes, cultures and animal species being brutally and mercilessly decimated and exterminated or nearly so. As Samuel P. Huntington briefly put it: “The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion (to which few members of other civilizations were converted) but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do.” [The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (Touchstone Books, 1996) page 51] Huntington’s portrayal of Muslims as militaristic by nature is destroyed by his own statement here, which gives the precisely reasons why, as he says in his quaint expression, “Islam has bloody borders.” The reason they fight is that they are seeking to liberate their lands and defend themselves against the aggression and occupation by foreign western powers or their proxies. Anyone can understand that the historical roots of the conflicts in Palestine, Iraq, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the Southern Philippines, and other “hot spots,” lead one to designate them as classical cases of liberation movements from foreign domination and persecution.

A critical recurring question is: whose values, standards, criteria and law is to rule and make judgments? One example will serve to illustrate this point, taken from the USA western expansion euphemistically called Manifest Destiny and historically designated as the Western Indian Wars. When a Modoc Indian chief of the Oregon region nicknamed Captain Jack, conferred with the USA military officer, Meacham, about the terms for surrender and the just trial of some murderers — on one side Indian murderers of some white settlers and on the other side White murderers of some Indian women and children — Meacham implored the chief to avert war, and said that the accused would be treated fairly in a court of law. “’Who will try them?’ Jack asked. ‘White men, of course,’ Meacham admitted. ‘Then will you give up the men who killed the Indian women and children on Lost River to be tried by the Modoc?’ Meacham shook his head. ‘The Modoc law is dead; the white man’s law rules the country; only one law lives at a time.’” [Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown, (Bantam Books 1970) p.225]

And then there is economic forms of terrorism wherein, to use the current examples, post World War II Brent Woods policies and their foundation and corporate extensions are forced upon subordinate peoples and national and local economies to terrorize them into submission, to strike fear of economic turmoil, chaos, and catastrophe into the hearts of the young and old and the possessed and dispossessed and the society in general. Aid in the form of loans and bribes are offered extensively for development but in reality are blunt instruments to maintain a status quo whereby a small faction of humanity controls and enjoys the major portion of wealth and resources while the majority squalors in unfair debt, poverty and underdevelopment. Yet sustained development in their societies is checked to keep them perennially under debt slavery and subjugated to foreign economic, financial and corporate powers: sub subcontractors, and servants of the servants. Financial investment and speculation markets have exacerbated these trends, and global financial collapse threatens mankind by the greedy manipulation of a few. One might even mention environmental terrorism where entire species and eco-systems are being terrified into extermination and destroyed in the name of expansion and profit.

Nimrod and the Pharaoh are the paradigm and primeval examples of the arrogant tyrannical terrorists with state power behind them. The Omniscient and Almighty Allah recounts for us the meeting between Abraham (u) and the tyrant Nimrod:

(Will you not turned your vision to the one who disputed with Abraham about his Lord, because Allah had granted him power? Abraham said: ‘My Lord is He Who gives life and death.’ He said: “I give life and death.” Abraham said: ‘Allah causes the sun to rise from the east so cause it to rise from the west (if you can)!’ And thus by this (argument) the disbeliever was confounded. Allah does not grant guidance to a people unjust.) (2:258)

 

And the Omniscient and Almighty Allah quotes the words of the tyrant Pharaoh:

(Pharaoh said: I only point out to you that which I see (myself); and I only guide you to the Path of Right!)

(40:29)

And his haughty words to his people:

(I am your Lord, Most High.)   (79:23-24)

 

And Allah the Most Wise records the many conversations between Moses (u) and Pharaoh, an excerpt from one of them is as follows:

(Pharaoh said: “And what is the Lord of the worlds? Moses said: “the Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, if you seek to be convinced with certainty.” Pharaoh said to those around: “Do you not hear (what this guy says)?” Moses said: “Your Lord and the Lord of your ancient fathers!” Pharaoh said: “Verily, your Messenger, who has been sent to you, is a madman!” Moses said: “Lord of the east and the west, and all that is between them, if you did but understand!” Pharaoh said: “If you choose a god other than me (for worship) I will certainly put you among the prisoners.)

(26:23-29)

 

And thus we see that the tyrannical state terrorist’s last argument, as heard over and over again in history, is nothing but ‘might is right’ and ‘obey and comply to our law or you will taste the punishment of our prisons or whatever else we see fit.’ As long as terror remains as an instrument of choice by the politicians and soldiers, terrorism will remain among us in its many forms as history teaches those who reflect. The question becomes how to counter it and eradicate the roots of injustices and wickedness from which terrorism sprouts.

Although no one denies that there are obnoxious forms of political mass murder wherein non-combatants and innocent elders, women and children are targeted, and that some fringe groups espouses outlandish extremist ideologies and use terrorist tactics to promote them, this is essentially different from those insurgent and resistant movements and groups seeking restoration of their rights, lands, and properties, and sovereignty from foreign, imperial and colonial occupiers, and who, as mentioned above, must use for survival the means available. It is altogether hypocritical and basically unjust to call your opponents “terrorists” while aiding and absolving your allies from the same accusation even thought they resort to similar or worst forms of terrorist tactics, to torture, murder, assassinations, bombings, and mass killings in the name of national interests and security. Whose security are they securing, and whose are they violating? How are some terrorists while others doing similar acts are not? As Martin Luther King III is reported to have said: ‘We all have to be concerned about terrorism, but you will never end terrorism by terrorizing others…’

The Muslim position on terrorism depends on the definition of terrorism, just as their position on peace depends on the details and terms of peace. What one may call terrorism may be see by others in the context of warfare and the political and military movement for freedom from foreign occupation, oppression and subjugation, which is legitimate according to international law. Specific acts or tactics of particular individuals or groups might be condemned as exceeded proper bounds but that does not make the more general cause illegitimate. By the direct commandment of Allah, the Most Beneficent and Merciful, Muslims are always inclined to peace when the other side inclines, as Allah says in the Majestic Qur’an:

(If they incline towards peace, then incline towards peace, and trust in God, for He is All-Hearing and All-Knowing.)   (8:61)

 

Thus we see that peace always has “they” and “us” elements and needs pursuance and nurturing by the concerned parties to keep the peace. Muslims are ordered to fight to protect themselves, their lands and their faith from aggression, persecution, and foreign occupation and domination. They must prepare themselves and remain strong to prevent a state of weakness that encourages their enemies to attack. If the enemy is not inclined to peace, but continues on the path of war, aggression, injustice, greed, and treachery, can there be peace? As Allah, the Exalted, says:

(Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loves not transgressors.)

(2:190)

And Allah Most Great says:

(And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevails justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere; but if they cease, verily Allah does see all that they do.)   (8:39)

 

And Allah the Almighty and Majestic says:

(Therefore if they withdraw from you and cease to fight you, and instead send you (guarantees of) peace, then Allah has left no way for you (to war against them).) (4:90)

 

Moreover, Muslims, like Christians believe that Jesus Christ the Messiah (u) will return to earth for a second coming. But, unlike the various Christina dogmas and traditions, including Dispensionalism and their likes, Muslims believe that Jesus (u) will be a Muslim worshipping and submitting to Allah and enforcing the laws of Islam which were brought by the Prophet Muhammad (r). This second coming of Jesus will conclude the great battle between the forces of evil, lead by the great anti-Christ (Dajjal), and the forces of good, lead by the Muslim leader and by Jesus himself as a Muslim commander and mujahid (warrior and fighter). This war is not be confused with a somewhat analogous Armageddon but is called the “al-Malaahim” (the Great Battles) in Islamic traditions, and the eventual victory will usher in a period of global peace and prosperity, again resembling somewhat the prophecies mentioned by John in his Revelations about the millennium and by various Prophets of the sons of Israel (u) concerning the great universal peace and prosperity on earth before the Day of Resurrection. In this sense also we can justly claim that Islam is the religion of Peace, since Islam aims at and prophesies a general peace and prosperity so universal and comprehensive that even the animals of Allah’s creation will be secure from each other attacks and from the ravages of man’s greed and the wonton degradation and pollution of their environment. Allah the Most Wise and Sublime will prove by this that His Divine Design will be completed and His religion of Islam will be supreme on earth. Allah alone is the eternal Lord Supreme and Sovereign King, and He will judge all with perfect justice on the Day of Resurrection.

The book before you proposes to clarify the relationship of Islam and Muslims to some of the issues surrounding peace, war, and terrorism. Upon agreement with the author, Abdur-Rahman A. Al-Sheha, [P.O. Box 59565, Riyadh 11535, Saudi Arabia, {Email: -alsheha@islamland.com}] some adaptations and additions has been made by the translator from the Arabic original, and from it’s previous translation under the title “Islam: the Religion of Peace” — which was unfortunately full of horrendous mistakes — in order to, insha-Allah (God-willing), enhance and expand the work for the English speaking audience. The translator seeks forgiveness for any mistakes, lapses and shortcomings, and welcomes comments and suggestion for improvement.

 

Abu Salman Deya-ud-Deen Eberle

abusalman102@yahoo.com

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Introduction

 

“Terrorism” is of two kinds: terrorism that is evil based upon wicked tyrannical acts, and terrorism that is good and desired based on necessary and justified acts. The terrorism that is evil is injustice, double standards, tyranny, and aggression, in all the hateful connotations that these words imply. It targets women and children, civilians and non-combatants, trying to force defeat and difficult political decisions by spreading terror. This kind is what most people immediately think about when hearing the word terrorism. Often people associate it with what they have been preconditioned to picture by various government agencies and segments of the mass media. Muslims are routinely portrayed as terrorists even though many are either totally innocent of the charge or are more innocent than many of their antagonists who aggress against them. “Muslim terrorism” is a media and think tank byword, even though one would be hard pressed to find the equivalent term of Jewish, Christian, Hindu or Buddhist terrorism in usage. Certain institutions and individuals – with known agendas and backings – have been instrumental in fabricating and perpetuating misinformation, exaggeration, and previously disqualified and refuted misunderstandings and slanders.

The terrorism that is desired and based on necessary and justified acts is enforcing the rule of just laws, providing fair punishments commensurate to the crimes committed, and preparing and defending against attacks, aggression, and corruption. It is used against the criminal evildoers themselves, and never targets women, children and non-combatants. We use the word “terrorism” here in a new and positive connotation, perhaps unimagined by the reader. In this positive sense terror is rightfully struck into the hearts of the evildoers, the enemies of Allah, as a deterrent so that they will fear a quick and harsh retribution for any evil acts they perpetrate or conspire to enact. In this sense only it is termed terrorism, although just and beneficial terrorism condoned in principle as legitimate by all universally. Allah (Y) says in the Majestic Qur’an about the justified form of terrorism which we are speaking and which prevents and deters aggression:

(Make ready against them your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of God and your enemies, and others besides them whom you may not know but whom God knows well. Whatever you spend in the cause of God will be repaid unto you, and you will not be treated unjustly.) (8:60)

 

One might claim that we are using terror here in its linguistic meaning and outside the scope of the technical legal definition of terrorism, but since that definition is hotly under contention because no universally accepted standard has been agreed upon, since many grievances against the hypocrisy and double standards of the major powers that are coming more and more into light, and since might is still not considered legally right, the point we are emphasizing is a return to universal common sense: terror can have a negative and a positive sense according to circumstance and context.

Terrorism invariably does not arise in a vacuum but in a historical context of persecutions, injustices, and grievances that build up over time to the point of explosion and rebellion. A common form of undeniable terrorism is state terrorism, but this is often purposely neglected or downgraded in legal and government sponsored examinations of the issues surrounding terrorism for the simple fact that those who hold power often do not wish that their institutional and party crimes are exposed as crimes against humanity and as incidents of state terrorism. That their agendas of labeling others but not their own operatives as criminals and terrorists are not discovered. Is clandestine assassination and murder a form of terrorism? Is torture and rape a form of terrorism? Is deliberate military, political, economic and environmental sabotage resulting in mass death a form of terrorism? Are wholesale persecutions of one racial or ethnic group or one class with lynching, killing and beatings of some others terrorism? Is target bombing a form of terrorism? Is the use of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction on major population centers a form of terrorism? What is justifiable collateral damage? If these acts are not terrorism, then what are they exactly? If they are not legal and justified, then what do we call numerous examples around the globe during the 20th century of unprecedented human wars and mass destruction? What do they call the implemented policies of what is coerced upon the world nowadays in this 21st century, and which some neo-conservative minded pundits call the “Project For a New American Century,” and related “PAX AMERICANA”? Many difficult issues remain under investigation and contention, and demand serious and reasonable answers from scholars and politicians alike.

Many of the national and secular governments and systems claim to champion human rights, peace, prosperity, and happiness for man, but in reality we see that they practice narrow national and party politics meant to empower and enrich selected groups, and that they are inherently fragmented and self contradictory by seeking to serve various special interest groups while professing to serve the general public good. The legislations of these regimes and agencies enact laws and policies that serve the interests of power and wealth in their societies. The social, political, economic, and environmental consequences of unchecked power and greed for profit and luxury is detrimental to the majority of mankind and is leading humanity in general to irreversible devastation and destruction.

Islam, on the other hand, is a comprehensive and universal religion for all races and classes of people not oriented to serve a specific category or group of people but specially aimed to address the needs of all humanity with its moral, spiritual, social, legal, political and economic systems. Its moral purity and clarity, simplicity in a strict monotheistic creed and faith, and comprehensive prohibition of all types of criminality, oppression and injustice appeals to all classes and categories of people, regardless of race, culture, education, social and economic status. The aim of Islam is to establish the ideal human society and brotherhood spreading general benevolence and the divine guidance among men for their betterment and salvation. Part of its mission is to establish justice at all times and all levels, to maintain amicable relations even with potential enemies as long as there are no open acts of hostilities, and to promote peace whenever possible. Allah the Almighty states in the Glorious Qur’an:

(It may be that God will grant love and friendship between you and those whom you hold as enemies. For God has power over all things; And God is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful. God forbids you not, with regard to those who do not fight you for your Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for God loves those who are just. God only forbids you, with regard to those who fight you for your Faith, and drive you out of your homes, and support others in driving you out, from turning to them for friendship and protection. Those who turn to them (in these circumstances) do wrong.) (60:7-9)

 

These verses call for peace with those that refrain from the hostile actions mentioned.

And Allah Most Glorified said in His Majestic Qur’an:

(If they incline towards peace, then incline towards peace, and trust in God, for He is All-Hearing and All-Knowing.)   (8:61)

 

This verve states that whenever the enemy inclines towards peace it is incumbent on the Muslims to incline towards peace.

It is hoped that researchers and scholars will investigate Islam and its laws and principles with impartiality and thoughtful reflection. The true beauty and awesomeness of Islam is only evident in fuller vitality to those who live by it and practice it, but all students can admire just laws, universal brotherhood, noble and rational principles, and excellent moral examples of purity, uprightness, truthfulness, generosity, courageousness, and justice. One of the evidences of the greatness of this Divine faith is that, regardless of the weak support extended by the followers of Islam and the vast war waged against it by its vicious critics and enemies, it has resisted corruption and distorting innovations, and continues to spread on its own merits and values in the various parts of the world. What is behind this expansion of Islam, despite the weaknesses of the Muslims, except the inherent strength of the truth and justice that by nature dissipates and conquers all falsehood and injustice? In Islam people find full satisfaction that includes both their spiritual and moral, and their physical and practical expectations and needs.

As for the people who refuse to open their eyes, see, hear and investigate the truth, they will undoubtedly remain mired in false desires, narrow biasness and ignorant prejudices. A well-known principle is that man by nature rejects that which he fears. He fears that which he is ignorant about, and therefore, makes enemies of what he does not know. Allah has described them in the Glorious Qur’an saying:

(Many are the jinn and men We have made for Hellfire: they have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle. Nay! They are even more misguided. They are the heedless and neglectful.)   (7:179)

 

Cattle follow blindly, but at least they follow the natural laws and instincts created by Allah for their survival while many of men follow blindly custom and their leaders, rejecting what Allah has revealed for man’s own benefit and salvation. As Allah mentions:

(Nay! They say: We found our fathers following a certain religion, and we do guide ourselves by their footsteps.)

(43:22)

 

I do hope and pray that Allah, the Exalted, will bring benefit from what we read, hear and say. Ours is a humble effort, presented with a pure intent, to contribute to the wealth of human information and to advance understandings. The writer offers, in addition, an open invitation to all those who are interested in learning more about Islam to communicate with him at the address given, and would be delighted to answer all inquiries about Islam and provide additional literature on it.

The author expresses his deep gratitude to Allah Most Exalted for His continuing aid. Any and all shortcomings and omissions in this booklet are his for which he takes responsibility, and requests from all the readers forgiveness, and seeks the pardon and forgiveness from Allah the Most Merciful.

May Allah’s Blessings and Mercy be upon the Prophet Muhammad (r) the final Prophet and Messenger of Allah to mankind, and may the blessings and peace of Allah also be upon his family and companions and all those who follow their guidance and the footprints until the Day of Judgment.

 

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