After this brief glance at Islam, if you were to ask me if I am convinced that Islam is the truth, I would say yes. The reason? I find it answers all the questions that come to my mind. I find it to be logical. I am at ease and feel comfortable with my belief, which includes the belief in Allah, doing that which I should do as a Muslim and refraining from the prohibited. With it, I am able to attain all my rights and find that the rights of others are preserved. In it, I find that Allah calls me to uphold good, ethical manners and to leave aside all unethical manners. If your belief doesn’t give you all of this, then shouldn’t you search for what is better?
Do you know what the best faith is? It is Islam. I am sure that some may say, ‘Well you are a Muslim and you are trying to market your faith!’ But if I were to inform you that, not only Muslims profess this, but non-Muslims as well, what would you say? There are many Western writers who were fair in their approach and spoke nobly of Islam.
‘Muhammad was a prophet, not a theologian, a fact so evident that one is loath to state it. The men who surrounded him and constituted the influential elite of the [early] Muslim community, contented themselves with obeying the law that he had proclaimed in the name of Allah and with following his teaching and example.’
( Encyclopedia of Seerah, by Afzalur-Rahman)
‘His military triumphs awakened no pride nor vain glory as they would have done had they been effected by selfish purposes. In the time of his greatest power he maintained the same simplicity of manner and appearance as in the days of his adversity. So far from affecting regal state, he was displeased if, on entering a room, any unusual testimonial of respect was shown to him.
( Encyclopedia of Seerah, by Afzalur-Rahman)
“The Muhammad an law, which is binding on all from the crowned head to the meanest subject, is a law interwoven with a system of the wisest, the most learned and the most enlightened jurisprudence that ever existed in the world.”
( ibid )
‘The Koran admittedly occupies an important position among the great religious books of the world. Though the youngest of the epoch-making works belonging to this class of literature, it yields to hardly any in the wonderful effect which it has produced on large masses of men. It has created an all but new phase of human thought and a fresh type of character.’
Now, to be frank, why don’t you accept Islam as your faith?
- Is it because it calls to the Oneness of God?
- Is it because it calls upon people to worship Almighty God alone?
- Is it because it calls people to uphold all forms of ethics?
- Is it because it calls to the Oneness of God?
- Is it because it calls upon people to be just and avoid injustices?
- Is it because all people are considered equal in the sight of Allah?
- Is it because through it all people will receive all their Godgiven rights?
Since Islam came into existence some 1400 years ago till today, the number of people who are accepting it has increased. Whoever looks at it without preconceived notions and reads it with an open mind, will certainly be convinced and would accept Islam. If he does not accept it, they will at least appreciate it, respect it and not show hatred towards it.
Look at our situation today, with all the pressures and problems that have befallen the Muslims in all countries, they are still holding steadfast to their faith. In the former Soviet Union, Muslims were oppressed for seventy years. Their mosques were destroyed and their names changed. They were prevented from openly practicing their faith; yet, with the collapse of the Soviet Union, many muslim-majority countries emerged. What does this prove? Doesn’t it prove that Muslims are content, happy and firmly committed to their faith?
One who is fair and searches for the truth will certainly find nothing improper in the teachings of Islam. It calls people to uphold the highest manners, to become better and improve themselves. Some seekers of the truth have been through almost every faith, but have not considered Islam. I don’t know what is preventing them? It may very well be that they will find happiness therein.
At times one is required to make a bold decision, a decision that will affect his future. The issue at hand is one of two; either that you accept Islam and achieve happiness or that you don’t accept it and stay as you are. Ask yourself, why is Islam being attacked seemingly every day in the media? It has been said, ‘man is enemy to that which he knows not’, so don’t hate something that you don’t understand. Learn about Islam and share that knowledge so that no ignorant people will remain amongst us.
Steps to Accepting the Truth
The first step to accepting the truth is to listen objectively to what is being said. Ask God to help you and to guide you. When God sees in you the sincere will to reach the truth, He will guide you, He says:
(And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell humiliated.)
Ask yourself why so many writers, thinkers and scholarly individuals from every country in the world have accepted Islam? The reason is quite simple. When they saw the integrity of Islam and its beauty after having read about it and having judged it for themselves without the influence of negative media. They made a decision on their own to accept Islam as their faith. They then experienced true happiness in their lives. Some people though have read about Islam, understood it, but did not accept it. They spoke the truth in relation to the Qur’an and Islamic faith.
Thomas Carlyle is an example. He said,
“A false man found a religion? Why, a false man cannot build a brick house! If he does not know and follow truly the properties of mortar, burnt clay and what else he works in, it is no house that he makes, but a rubbish-heap. It will not stand for twelve centuries, to lodge a hundred and eighty million; it will fall straightway. A man must conform himself to Nature’s laws, be verily in communion with Nature and the truth of things, or Nature will answer him, No, not at all! Speciosities are specious – ah me! – a Cagliostro, many Cagliostro’s, prominent world-leaders, do prosper by their quackery, for a day.it is like a forged bank-note; they get it passed out of their worthless hands: others, not they, have to smart for it. Nature bursts up in fire-flames; French Revolutions and such like, proclaiming with terrible veracity that forged notes are forged. But of a Great Man especially, of him I will venture to assert that it is incredible he should have been other than true. It seems to me the primary foundation of him, and of all that can lie in him, this.
( Encyclopedia of Seerah, by Afzalur Rahman )
The famous playwright and critic, George Bernard Shaw (d. 1950) said:
“I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to possess that assimilating capability to the changing phases of existence which make itself appeal to every age – I have prophesized about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today. Medieval ecclesiastics, either through ignorance or bigotry, painted [Islam] in the darkest colors. They were, in fact, trained to hate both the man Muhammad and his religion. To them, Muhammad was an anti-Christ. I have studied him, the wonderful man, and in my opinion, far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of humanity.”
(‘Heroes, HeroWorship and the Heroic in History’)
Allah says: (Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided.)
One cannot lose hope and say, “Maybe I am among those who will not be guided.” No. As the Messenger of Allah (s) said: “Everyone from my community will enter Paradise except for those who refuse”. He was asked: “Who will refuse?” He (s) said, “Whoever obeys me, shall enter Paradise, and whosoever disobeys me, refuses to (enter Paradise).
Many Orientalists who studied Islam to attack it, actually ended up accepting it. Deborah Potter asserts:
“Islam, which is the Law of God, is evident in nature around us. Mountains, oceans, planets and stars move in orbit by Allah’s command. They are in a state of submission to the command of Allah, their Creator, as are characters in a story, and to Allah belongs the best example. They do not speak nor act except with what the author decides for them. Like this, every atom in this universe, even of inanimate objects, is also in a state of submission.
However, humans are an exception to this rule, for Allah has granted him the freedom to choose. He has the option to submit to the command of Allah, or to lay down his own laws and invent the religion he pleases. Unfortunately, he has chosen the second option most of the time. People in Europe and America are embracing Islam in large numbers because they are thirsty for peace of mind and spiritual security. Rather, even a number of Christian Orientalists and preachers, who originally commenced their work in order to destroy Islam and bring out its alleged shortcomings, have themselves become Muslims. This is because the evidence of the truth is decisive; there is no way to refute it.”
All faiths today except Islam contain many reprehensible elements, practices and commands. They order their followers with things that are unacceptable. Each Prophet and Messenger was sent to their people in specific; whereas, Muhammad was sent to all of mankind.
A Doubt on Islam and Response:
Don’t say, “If Islam were correct or as great as you say it is, Muslims would have adhered to their faith!” You may say this on account of a negative experience that you encountered with a Muslim, but have you gone through the same experience with every individual Muslim, so that you can stereotype the entire Muslim populace? Many Muslims apply Islam as they should, while others don’t; those who don’t apply Islam as they should will receive due retribution from Allah.
Traffic lights have been set so that people drive in an orderly fashion. If a person goes through a red light, he will be putting himself and others at risk. Upon seeing one do this, is it fair that we issue a blanket ruling that all the people in that city are law breakers? Even if a person does get away with it a number of times, a person will ultimately get caught and be punished for what he has done. Now, looking at Muslims, you may see some who do not apply Islam as they should, but it doesn’t mean that all Muslims are bad. In simple terms, judge Islam for its principles and not by what Muslims do; Islam is perfect but Muslims are human and imperfect.
I know the decision of accepting Islam is a difficult one, and requires a degree of courage. I ask Allah, Almighty, to guide you to the truth and to open your heart to the truth and to guide you to attaining complete happiness. Amen.