(JollofNews) – The Creator of the universe, Allah Ta’ala, remains avowedly committed that the kingdom and His vicegerency on earth are only meant for the true Muslims (momineen).
This is clear from the following verse:
“Allah has promised to those from amongst you who believe and do righteous deeds that He would surely make them His vicegerents on earth.”
He has also given the assurances that true believers will always dominate over non-believers and that non-believers will be left without any friend or ally: as is clear from the following verse:
“And if these non believers had given you a battle, they were sure to turn on their heels, and they would have found no protector and no helper.”
Moreover, it is Allah Ta’ala’s own obligation to grant every help to the true Muslims and it is also His promise that such people will always remain exalted and glorious. This is borne out by the following verses:
“And it is our bounden duty to render succour to the true believers.”
“And do not give way to despair, and do not grieve, and you only shall dominate, if you are true believers.”
“And honour is only for Allah, His Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) and those who believe.”
The above Divine assertions clearly indicate that the way to regain honour, grandeur, exaltation, glory and virtues by Muslims, lies only in their being strictly faithful. If their relationship with Allah Ta’ala and the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) is strong and firm, they are destined to be masters of each and every things on this Earth. But if, on from the following verse: “And let Time be witness: verily man is in a great loss except, of course, those who believe and do righteous deeds and who rejoin truth and enjoin patience.”
As already brought out, history proves that the early Muslims had been able to reach the highest summit of honour and glory, whereas the present day Muslims seem to have moved in the opposite direction. It is obvious from the above verses of the Quran that the first Muslims had attained that high position in life because their character. Conversely, the deplorable condition of the present-day Muslims is the result of weakness in their faith and character, the opposite of what their forefathers possessed. Therefore, it will be right to say that today we are Muslims in name only! In this connection, the true Messenger of Allah Ta’ala Hadhrat Mohammad, (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam), had prophesied:
“An era will come in the near future when Islam will exist merely in name and Quran will exist merely in phrase.”
his is clearly applicable to the Muslims of the present time. In these circumstances, the points which need urgent investigation are:
As the right type of faith, which can have the approval of Allah Ta’ala and His Apostle and which will bring us spiritual and material advancement, is not to be seen anywhere, what will be the means of acquiring that true faith; and
What are the factors which have caused the extinction of that faith, and with it the true life of Islam, from our midst?
A study of the Holy Quran Clearly reveals that the capacity to maintain the required level of the true faith of Islam, and the ultimate ascendance to exaltation and glory through it, are dependent on the fulfillment of a special task which has been so graciously assigned by Allah Ta’ala to the Muslims alone. It is for this that they have been given, in the Quran, the distinguished positions, “Khair-ul-Umam” (the best of all peoples).
According to the faith of Islam, the main purpose behind the creation of this world was to extablish and prove the Divinity, the Oneness, and the most exalted existence of Almghty Allah Ta’ala, amd to reflect His unlimited powers and boundless Attributes through man, who was to be guided by the light of true knowledge. It was impossible for man to conceive and utilize that knowledge without his first being purified of impiety and obscenity. Only after that purification, is he to be adorned with fine virtues, excellence of conduct and the eventual capacity to act righteously. It was for this purpose of bringing about this purity and power in the ranks of mankind that thousands of Prophets and Apstles had been deputed by Allah Ta’ala. The last in the series, came the “Sayyed-ul-Ambia wal Mursalin” (the greatest of all the Prophets) Mohammad (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam). It was through him that mankind received the glad tidings in the following verse:
“And today we have perfected your religion for you and completed our bounty upon you.”
The supreme purpose of mans creation had been fulfilled; good and evil had been clearly defined, a complete system of practical life had been revealed, the lineage of prophet hood and apostle hood had been terminated, and lastely, the duties that were formerly discharged exclusively by the Prophets had devolved as a collective mission upon the “Ummat-i-Muhammadia” (the Muslim people). This last fact has been clearly brought out in the following verses of the Holy Quran:
“O you (followers of Mohammad): you are the noblest of peoples, in that you have been brought out for (the benefit of) mankind. You enjoin the good and forbid the evil, and you believe in Allah.”
“And it is but meet that amongst you there should be a group devoted to inviting people towards righteousness and enjoining the good and forbidding the evil, and it is only those who do this that prosper.”
In the first verse, “Allah Ta’ala” has stated the reason why the Muslims are called “Khair-ul_Umam” (noblest of all people); it is because of spreading good and preventing evil. In the second verse, He has further clarified that only those people shall be exalted in life who fulfill that injunction. The command does not end here. It is stated in another place that the failure to accomplish this vital task will bring curse and gloom on its assignees. This inference is taken from the following verse:
“And those amongst the people of Israel who rejected Allah’s commands were cursed by Allah through the tongues of Dawood and Isa, son of Mariam. And the curse was because they rebelled against Allah’s commands and transgressed the limits and did not desist from the evil that they were doing and verily it was a grievous lapse on their part.”
To be continued.
Courtesy of Fazail-e-Amaal