Miserable are those souls that are ignorant of Islam
or that know Islam but have not been guided to it. Today, Muslims need a slogan
or advertisement to be broadcast worldwide, for Islam is a great message that
must be conveyed to the masses. The words of this slogan need to be clear,
concise, and inviting because the happiness of humanity as a whole lies in this
(And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it
will never be accepted of him...) (Quran 3: 85)
A famous caller to Islam settled in Munich, Germany
some years ago. Upon reaching the entrance of this city, he noticed a large placard.
Upon it was written, "You don't know Yokohama Tires." He later put up
a sign beside it and it was just as large. He wrote on it,
"You don't know Islam. If you wish to know about
it, call us at this number." There was an inundation of calls from native
Germans. In one year alone, thousands of people accepted Islam at this man's hands.
He also established a mosque, an Islamic center, and a school.
Most human beings are confused and are in dire need of
this great religion. They need Islam so that a peaceful and serene life can take
the place of the chaotic one that they are presently leading.
(Wherewith Allah guides all those who seek His Good
Pleasure to ways of peace, and He brings them out of darkness by His will unto light
and guides them to a Straight Way [Islamic Monotheism].)
(Qur'an 5: 16)
A worshipper who was found living in a remote area,
and who never had prior contact with other men, said:
"l never thought that anyone in the world
worshipped other than Allah."
(But few of my slaves are grateful. ) (Qur'an 34: 13)
(And if you obey most of those on earth, they will
mislead you jar away from Allah's path.) (Qur'an 6:116)
(And most of mankind will not believe even if you
desire it eagerly.) (Qur'an 12: 103)
One scholar informed me that during the time when
Sudan was a colony under the British Empire, a desert nomad came to the capital
city, Khartoum. When he saw a British policeman walking in the center of the
city, he asked a passerby, "Who is that?" He was told that the man
was a foreign policeman and that he was a disbeliever.
The nomad asked, "A disbeliever in what?"
"A disbeliever in Allah," was the reply. Living in the desert for so
long, this man's inborn nature --- unspoiled by evil ideas ---- had remained
intact, and so, when he heard something so absurd, it made him astonished and sick.
He said, "And does anyone disbelieve in Allah!" He then grabbed hold
of his stomach and vomited from sheer disgust at what he heard.
(What is the matter with them, that they believe not?)
(Quran 84: 20)
(T hen, by the Lord of the heaven and the earth, it is
the truth [i.e. what has been promised to you], just as it is the truth that
you can speak.)
(Quran 51: 23)
One should think well of his Lord and should seek His
favor and mercy. ln an authentic hadith, the Prophet (bpuh) said that our Lord laughs.
After hearing this, a desert Bedouin said, "We are not bereft of a Lord
who laughs well."
(And He it is who sends down the rain after they have
(Quran 42: 28)
(Surely, Allah's Mercy is [ever] near unto the good-doers.)
(Quran 7: 56)
(Yes! Certainly, the Help of Allah is near) (Quran
By reading the biographies of successful people, one
finds that they have certain things in common, whether it is in their background,
their qualities, or the circumstances that surrounded their success. Here are
some of the conclusions I arrived at after having read some of their
l. A person's value is based on the good he does. This
is a saying of 'Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), and it means that a
person's knowledge, character, worship, and generosity are the yardsticks by which
we measure his worth.
(And verily a believing slave is better than a [free]
Mushrik [idolater: etc.], even though he pleases you.) (Quran 2: 221)
2. One's status for this life and for the Hereafter
depends on his determination, striving, and sacrifice.
(And if they had intended to march out, certainly;
they would have made some preparation for it…)
(Quran 9: 46)
(And strive hard in Allah's Cause as you ought to
strive [with sincerity and with all your efforts that His Name should be superior].)
(Qur'an 22: 78)
3. Every person --- by the will of Allah --- is the
maker of his own history. He writes his life's story with his good and bad
(We record that which they send before [them], and
their traces [their footsteps and walking on the earth with their legs to the mosques
for the five compulsory congregational prayers, Jihad (holy fighting in Allah's
Cause) and all other good and evil they did, and that which they leave
(Qur'an 36: 12)
4. Life is short and passes quickly. Do not make it
shorter by sinning, by worrying, or by quarrelling.
(The Day they see it, [it will be] as if they had not
tarried [in this world] except an afternoon or a morning. it (Qur'an 79: 46)