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Islams Reformers

The bigotry of the religion reformers or bigots of science who surfaced lately to blame all previous scholars, basic fundamental beliefs or practices

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them by observing these rules. Deeds are an essential part not of îmân but of the perfection of îmân. In one respect, îmân is knowledge. While every kind of improvement and happiness in the world is expected from knowledge, why should one be surprised at that in the next world man will attain happiness owing to îmân, which is based on powerful knowledge? Îmân, which is so valuable, should not be supposed to be unimportant. Those who despise it despite the greatness of the eternal reward it will bring to man are the wretched people who have not been honoured with the fortune of attaining it. While people give so much consideration to worldly advantages and spending most of their energy for them, they do not pay attention to the fact that they are near an endless happiness or calamity. They never think about this. Allâhu ta’âlâ has given men reason and imposed useful duties on them. In order to inform them, He sent prophets (’alaihimu ’s-salâm). If one does not know about the laws of life and how to struggle for life, or if he knows but does not work in accordance with them, he will suffer harm. Similarly it will certainly be harmful not to know or not to follow the religious laws pertaining to the next world, the laws which were put and commanded by Allâhu ta’âlâ more importantly, though you know them. As such questions as “Why did He create the miserable and the destitude? What fault do they have?” are out of place and do not help such people, so it is useless to say, “Why has He created the men whom He will torture in the next world?” Man, whose birth and death are not in his own power, has no right to speak ill of Allâhu ta’âlâ’s laws pertaining to this world and the next. He can attain happiness only by following these laws. Some ignorant people who have believed in the lies of communists and freemasons say, “What is religion on earth? Who has seen Paradise and Hell? Such words are the stories of early people and bigots; they are false.” If they understood scientific knowledge and Islamic history by learning them from conscientious teachers and if they saw that scientific improvements and new inventions strengthen and prove Islamic beliefs they would cling to Islam tightly, or at least be respectful, decent towards it. If they learned Muhammad’s life (’alaihi ’ssalâm) from books written correctly, they would fall in love with his intellect, beautiful habits and accomplishments. The events showing that hundreds of thousands of people have been attached to him very sincerely, their manners, obedience and excessive love – 62 –

towards him, and that they would sacrifice their possessions and lives for his sake, fill thousands of pages of history all over the world. It is as obvious as the existence of the sun that such a person, who is the source of all knowledge and the master of all beautiful habits and goodness, is Allâhu ta’âlâ’s Prophet (’alaihi ’s-salâm). The Hero, who began alone, defeated the two great empires of the world down to the ground with his intellect, patience and keen sight, established a devoted nation within twenty-three years and left behind an unchangeable book that would make people attain ease, happiness and civilization until the end of the world: these suffice for reasonable and just people to embrace Islam. There is no need for another miracle or witness. To deny the words of this exalted Prophet (’alaihi ’s-salâm) means to deny history and events. He who knows but does not believe him is a slave to his nafs, to his sensual desires, or an eccentric person who does not wish goodness, working, progress, mutual love, social justice, and who does not think of his and all people’s happiness, or an utterly ignorant person who knows nothing about science and history. Every reasonable and just man who learns the beautiful life of Rasûlullah (’alaihi ’s-salâm) and the subtleties and uses in the commands and prohibitions of Islamic faith should believe him at once, like him and become a Muslim willingly, as humanity requires. It was true that Abû Lahab and Abû Jahl did not believe him though they saw him and the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius and Persian Shah Perviz did not believe him though they read his letters. Their denying him was a sign of their ignorance, stupidity, ill spirit, or foul heart and persistence. 33 - The Reformer says: “While the Christian world was moaning under the cruel, burning torture of Catholics, they were quite behind. Christians would kneel before priests, who seemed to have concealed all the mysteries of religion in their beings, which were like the obscure squares of churches, and who hummed the words of an unintelligible language in a magic manner. They would kiss the pavements of churches and suplicate to these idols whom they regarded messengers between Hadrat ’Îsâ (Jesus) and themselves. Likewise, as the hodjas read the Qur’ân, Muslims of every race listen to this thing without understanding it as if they were bewitched. A reformer among Christians came forth and translated the Bible. When the Bible was understood, priests, who had been looked on as God’s representatives, began losing their – 63 –

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