Issue No 4
DO WE REALLY WANT ISLAM?
All our problems and controversies today come down,
in final analysis, to one MAJOR question: DO WE REALLY WANT ISLAM? Or do we
want just an ineffective continuation of the customs and habits inherited from
our past? Our whole future, indeed, depends on our factual answer to this
The reason why we want Islam today
differs from person to person. Some of us want Islam because it was the
familiar background of our childhood and adolescence. Others want Islam because
their friends and relatives belong to the Muslim community. In short, most of
us want Islam because it was just our habit and custom.
What then should be our reasons for our WANT of
Islam? We should “want” Islam because
we are convinced that it’s teachings , being a
result of Divine Revelation , are supremely in conformity with reason;
its teachings correspond to the true order of
Nature, however hidden the ultimate details of that order may be to our human
Its teachings are in full accord with man’s dignity
and the natural demands of both his spirit and body.
When we have committed ourselves with such a
conviction, Islam becomes not only a desirable but, indeed, the only possible
way of life without any “ifs” and “buts”. Islam then becomes a fully
self-contained system, to which nothing can be added by way of fundamentals and
from which nothing can be subtracted without destroying the whole structure.
Thus, the desire to live within that system because no other form of life can
offer a similar satisfaction is, in fact, the real “want” of Islam. We must
ensure that such a conviction and attitude exists within ourselves.
Islam does not content itself with the
spiritual teachings alone but insists on a definite mode of individual
behaviour and on the observance of certain social principles. Thus, if we want
Islam in the above-mentioned sense, we must commit ourselves to a definite
scheme of behaviour and action. In such a commitment, there is no room for a
choice in adopting some Islamic teachings which personal inclinations might
approve of and overlooking other Islamic teachings, which seem to clash with
our self interests. For a Believer (Mu’min) such a
behaviour is condemned by Allah, the Most High, as He says:
WHENEVER ALLAH AND HIS MESSENGER HAVE DECIDED A
MATTER, IT IS NOT FOR A BELIEVING MAN OR WOMAN TO CLAIM FREEDOM OF CHOICE
INSOFAR AS THEY THEMSELVES ARE CONCERNED: FOR HE WHO (THUS) REBELS AGAINST
ALLAH AND HIS MESSENGER HAS ALREADY, MOST OBVIOUSLY, GONE ASTRAY. (Surah Al-Ahzaab:
Thus, in the above-mentioned injunction of the
Glorious Quran, a strict warning is given to those
who let their views, attitude and course of actions to be determined by their
personal interests and predilections, and not by the Quran
A truly Islamic outlook of life is that in which
every moral obligation, every decision as to the practical course of our life,
is the outcome of a voluntarily complete whole-hearted submission to the
guidance of Allah as manifest in the Glorious Quran
and the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)
whom Allah addresses thus:
NAY, BY THY SUSTAINER! THEY ARE NOT BELIEVERS
(MU’MINOON ) UNLESS THEY MAKE YOU (O PROPHET) A JUDGE OF WHAT IS IN DISPUTE
AMONG THEMSELVES, AND FIND IN THEMSELVES NO DISLIKE OF WHAT YOU HAVE DECIDED,
AND SUBMIT THEMSELVES WITH FULL SUBMISSION.
(Surah An-Nisaa : 65)
This injunction lays down, in an unequivocal manner,
the obligation of every Muslim to submit to the ordinances which the Holy
Prophet, under Divine Inspiration, promulgated with a view to exemplify the
message of the Quran and enabling the BELIEVERS to apply
it to actual situations . These ordinances constitute what is described as the
SUNNAH (literally “the way”) of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).
These ordinances, whenever authenticated beyond any possibility of doubt, have full
legal force side by side with the Glorious Quran.
Are we then justified, in the light of the injunctions cited above, to accept
Western and other religious views and immitate their way of life? Our degeneration begins as soon
as we give up living in accordance with the ideology of Islam. Calling
ourselves Muslims and performing certain Islamic rituals is not synonymous with
leading an Islamic way of life. A muslim who
willingly surrenders to the imitation of Western and other religious views of
life can never consider Islamic Culture as a moral obligation. The
reason is quite simple, i.e. many views of life in Islam are irreconcilably
opposed to Western and other religious outlook.
Now let us assess ourselves. Where do we stand? Do
we really “want” Islam on these terms?
These are the only terms, which Islam offers. And nothing rests upon us except to convey
the message. May Allah, the Most High, guide us all onto the Straight Path.
Muslims top list of World
recent meeting was held in Jeddah of governmental experts entrusted with
reviewing the conditions of Muslim minorities across the world. Statistics provided by relief organisations
show that Muslims continue to represent the largest number amongst world
It is reported that Muslim minorities suffer from
unfair laws which deny them their right of worship. Some are even imprisoned and tortured just
for possessing a copy of the Holy Quran.
“It is indeed saddening to know that the majority of
refugees, displaced persons, orphaned children and victims of man-made and
natural calamities all over the world are Muslims”, said Dr. Yassin Qurashi, director general
of International Islamic Relief Organisation.
The number of Muslim minorities in non-Muslim states
is estimated at more than 400 million out of a total of 1.3 billion. The majority (278 million) are concentrated
May Allah restore the prestige of Muslims and give
them their right of existence in the non-Muslim states around the world. Ameen!
Americans convert to Islam annually
Modest consensus indicate that about 50,000
Americans embrace Islam every year, says Abdul Rahman Al-Amoudi,
the director of American Muslims Council.
Such optimistic figures show how Islam still appeals to many people in
However, new converts face challenges. Da’wah centres and Islamic Organizations have
to tackle the numerous problems encountered by new Muslims.
The biggest challenge lies in the feelings of
alienation experienced by new Muslims as
they are treated as outcasts by their old friends and relatives. In case such feelings grow, they can
ostracize and exclude new Muslims from the social arena, particularly in cases
where young girls have to suffer as they adhere to Islam’s high moral code of
Al-Amoudi says that
The American Council therefore plans to reach this
objective to fulfill new demands of the American
Muslim society. May Allah grant the American
Council the strength and courage to fulfill its
WITCHCRAFT - an
act of disbelief
The practice of witchcraft and the belief in
fortune-tellers and astrologers are among Satan’s handiwork that Muslims must
avoid. They are classified as major sins
that have been forbidden by Allah and his Beloved Messenger (sallallahu alaihi
wasallam). Practising magic is
considered as the greatest SHIRK (associating others with Allah). The evidence that it is an act of SHIRK
AL-AKBAR is the following hadith:
“Whoever goes to a psychic (‘arraf)
or fortune-teller and believes in what he says has disbelieved in what has been
revealed to Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam).”. (Abu Dawood; Tirmizi)
The increase in the number of magicians, fortune-tellers
and sorcerers around the world is appalling.
Muslims should know that Allah alone can remove what touches the
believers with harm.
Only a firm and accurate belief (IMAAN) in the
greatness of Allah can save Muslims from such liars and deceivers.