The evidence of Allah’s (swt) existence lies in all His creations; if only people can turn their earnest attention to it they would be able to understand His existence and His creations. The setting of a glorious star is a symbol of humility before the power, beauty and goodness of Allah (swt). It is also a sign and establishment of God Almighty’s peace, justice and the truth of his revelations.
Allah’s (swt) revelations are not a mechanical or material thing. They have to be safeguarded from being destroyed or corrupted by the power of evil. Allah’s (swt) mystery is something which no creature can know or see, except in so far as Allah (swt) reveals it to him. Allah (swt) reveals such valuable treasures (His revelations) to the extent that is good for man through His Apostles and His Prophets, among whom the best is Prophet Muhammad (owbp) the personified light of unity. As Allah (swt) sent His revelation to His Apostle’s (one by one) He had to safe guard it with the strong force, just like a body guard who had to protect it from all sides so that the Shaitan would not get at it to destroy it as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an:
“He (alone) knows the Unseen, nor does He make any one acquainted with His Mysteries, – 72.26 .”Except a messenger whom He has chosen: and then He makes a band of watchers march before him and behind him, 72.27, “That He may know that they have (truly) brought and delivered the Messages of their Lord: and He surrounds (all the mysteries) that are with them, and takes account of every single thing.” 72.28.
How can one explain the safeguarding of this precious information from Allah (swt) to His Apostles and Prophets? Well, we can imagine a very great treasure, which has to be transmitted to a King. We can picture the amount of bodyguards it would require, to get it to the King and after it reaches the King safely the messenger and the escorts present its credentials and an invoice showing the treasure being transmitted safely without anything missing.
- The King who received such a treasure (Allah swt revelation) then recognizes the credentials and checks the contents on the tablets and acknowledges that it is a true message from His Lord, and that those who brought it are the true Messengers of their Lord. Allah’s (swt) revelations are described by four characteristics:
- It is most honorable (Karim) which implies that besides the fact that it is worthy of receiving honor, it confers great favors on those who receive it and treat it with great love and respect.
- It is well guarded (as we observed earlier) precious in itself and well preserved in its purity. (This is referring to the Holy Qur’an chapter 56, verses 77-80 See below.)
- None but the clean shall touch it, clean in mind, body, thought, intention and soul. Only those of purity would be able to grasp its full meaning since they are the ones who have received wisdom and understanding.
- It is a blessed treasure of true guidance and mercy from Allah (swt) the Lord of the worlds and therefore universal for all.
Qur’an Most Honourable, 56:77. In Book well-guarded, 56:78. Which none shall touch but those who are clean: 56:79. A Revelation from the Lord of the Worlds. 56.80
Seeing how valuable Allah’s (swt) messages are to mankind through the teachings of His Prophets, His Apostles and His Righteous servants and through His blessed book, the Holy Qur’an, also seeing all the signs in nature and their symbolical meaning in the spiritual world, man ought to turn to Allah (swt) and do His will. After knowing and realizing the importance of Allah’s (swt) revelation from the Holy Qur’an and from the other righteous books, how can anyone ignore it or treat it with contempt or refuse to allow it to help them improve their lives? The Holy Qur’an states:
Is it such a Message that ye would hold in light esteem? 56.81. And have ye made it your livelihood that ye should declare it false? 56.82.
Allah’s (swt) power and His knowledge extend to all things: we are to follow His laws and His light (guidance) and we should obey the messages that His Apostles and His Prophets leave with us such as: the importance of kindness and charity, we must strive and spend our resources and our own selves in the cause of Allah (swt) for He would grant us a light of guidance to go before us, which would help us to our eternal goal. And when success crowns our efforts, even then it is important for us to be humble and kind and not to get carried away by our good feelings of being loved by Allah (swt). Al-Qur’an states:
Therefore stand firm (in the straight Path) as thou art commanded,- thou and those who with thee turn (unto Allah); and transgress not (from the Path): for He seeth well all that ye do.11:112. And be steadfast in patience; for verily Allah will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish. 11:115
Islam means peace, and peace means harmony, being friendly, calm, stillness and tranquility. Islam does not stand for conflict and hostility. In Islam we usually greet each other with a greeting in Arabic which is Assalaamu-Alaikum. These words means: “Peace and blessings of God Almighty be with you.” Allah (swt) says in Al-Qur’an:
When a (courteous) greeting is offered you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous, or (at least) of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful account of all things. 4.86.
There is a special message from Allah (swt) for us to grasp. If we greet someone with peace it means that we are wishing that person(s) freedom from arguments, fighting and animosity. In order to strengthen our good wish, the Angels say “Ameen” to our greetings, but we can only receive the full value from sincere greetings, not from one that is offered from the lips, but from the heart. If we just offer this greeting by lip service and not for respect, then it will weaken our faith and cause us to fall deeper and deeper into weakness of mind. Wishing peace on someone with sincerity will help us and help those that we are greeting to attain a certain advanced stage of sensitivity and spiritual development, which will help us with the abilities to learn the inner truth of ourselves and which will also act as a vehicle to guide us on a straight path to get Allah’s (swt) mercies and forgiveness. Allah (swt) says in Al-Qur’an:
When those come to thee who believe in Our signs, Say: “Peace be on you: Your Lord hath inscribed for Himself (the rule of) mercy: verily, if any of you did evil in ignorance, and thereafter repented, and amend (his conduct), lo! He is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. 6:054.
Allah’s (swt) loving care encompasses us all throughout our lives and delivers us from dangers by land and sea. He is our only Protector; how can we then forget Him and run after things that are vain and against His wishes. We should put all our trust in Him, for He is the Eternal God Almighty, adored and cherished by all Apostles and Prophets.
If we listen to people whose knowledge is only used for destruction we will earn nothing but misery. The extremists who claim to be righteous and educated with Islamic knowledge, and who encourage innocent lives to be taken as an act of Jihad needs to re-read the Holy Qur’an with sincere love, zeal and respect. Then they would be able to act with justice and not with hatred or be out for revenge. Justice is a great attribute and to stand firm for justice to be a witness to Allah (swt), even if it is detrimental to our own interest of those who are near and dear to us as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an:
O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do. 4.135.
O ye who believe! Believe in Allah and His Messenger, and the scripture which He hath sent to His Messenger and the scripture which He sent to those before (him). Any who denieth Allah, His angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Day of Judgment, hath gone far, far astray. 4.136.
The time will inevitably come when those who allow themselves to be deceived by falsehood or deliberately break God Almighty’s laws, they will find themselves in a terrible plight. They will then wish again and again that they had sought Allah’s (swt) will and walked in the light of truth. Our own interest requires that we should awake to the reality before it is too late for repentance.
Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (owbp) was accused by the evil people of being mentally insane, or possessed, because he spoke of such intelligent things that the people could not even begin to imagine or understand. And he acted from a motive purer and nobler than they could even understand. Ignorance and evil do exist in this world, and we must not be impatient, our loose our own faith over it. We must recognize that if such things are permitted, they are part of the universal plan and purpose of God Almighty, who is all wise, but whose wisdom we cannot fully fathom.
We as believers must only defend ourselves if we are attacked wrongfully by ignorant people, but we must persevere with patience and prayers as the Apostles did against their enemies. We should also pray for Allah’s (swt) guidance for the people who attacked us wrongfully and leave all our trust in Allah’s (swt) hands for Him to deal with them as mentioned in (026:227) that the unjust assailants know what vicissitudes their affairs will take. If we act with patience and justice Allah’s (swt) mercies will cover our pain and our grief as it did with the Apostles and Prophets. Allah (swt) says in Al-Qur’an:
In the case of those who say, “Our Lord is Allah”, and, further, stand straight and steadfast, the angels descend on them (from time to time): “Fear ye not!” (they suggest), “Nor grieve! but receive the Glad Tidings of the Garden (of Bliss), the which ye were promised! 41:30
“We are your protectors in this life and in the Hereafter: therein shall ye have all that your souls shall desire; therein shall ye have all that ye ask for! – 41:031.
“A hospitable gift from one Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful!” 41:32
The people who recognize and understand that the one and only reality is Allah (swt) and further shape their probationary life on this earth firmly on the principles of that truth and reality, they will succeed in goodness in this life and they will enjoy the company of the Blessed Angels of Allah (swt), as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an: (40:7-9).
The real struggle which the people of old suffered, was in the time when (the followers of) Islam were being persecuted and suppressed, and the Muslims had to leave and forsake their homes, which was not an easy thing for them, but for the sake of peace, they did what they were told by their leader who was our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (owbp). Many of them had joined with Him in firmness of faith and strength to overthrow the fortress of evil, in which by the power of Allah (swt) they were successful.
Evil goes headlong into sins, it is a favorite trick of those who wish to dishonor and disgrace Islam. This is done by committing fraud in destroying the Muslims who are the true and sincere followers of our Beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad (owbp).
We should not think for a moment that Allah (swt) is unjust, because of mankind’s suffering on earth. It is due to the evil and mischief of the people who created conflict, violence and bloodshed which results in misery for innocent people. This causes Allah (swt) to send down his wrath and suffering on earth in order to put fear into the believer’s hearts as he did during the days of the Apostles and Prophets. During those days when things became overbearing for them, they used to lift their hands in humble supplication to Allah Almighty and when He answered their prayers and poured down His wrath on people and destroyed their cities and wealth. Their hearts were so hardened that not even an ounce of fear couldn’t enter into their hearts, so that they can repent for the sinful conduct in their lives. This was one of the prayers of Prophet Moses (pbuh):
Moses prayed: “Our Lord! Thou hast indeed bestowed on Pharaoh and his chiefs splendour and wealth in the life of the present, and so, Our Lord, they mislead (men) from Thy Path. Deface, our Lord, the features of their wealth, and send hardness to their hearts, so they will not believe until they see the grievous penalty.” 10:88.
Allah said: “Accepted is your prayer (O Moses and Aaron)! So stand ye straight, and follow not the path of those who know not.” 10:89
Prophet Moses’ (pbuh) humble supplication was answered; Allah (swt) turned the wicked and vulgar people of Pharaoh’s wealth into bitterness and hardened their hearts. They had several chances to see Allah’s (swt) signs, miracles, and punishments, but yet their hearts were as hard as stone. This is exactly what we are observing in today’s society. People are using bombs to kill and destroy lives and calling it Jihad. If we want to be a true Muslim, then we must follow the pattern of all the Prophets, because all of them were Muslims and the most honorable people that ever walked on this earth. The noblest of mankind was our Beloved Holy Prophet Muhammad (owbp) and the best credentials of the Holy Prophet was the revelation which he brought (the Holy Qur’an), and the heroic, selfless life which he led.
All Religions that worship the one and true God are equal and therefore we all should live with peace, love and unity amongst one another, for in the sight of Allah (swt) we are Muslims, for the word Muslim is an Arabic word which means one who believes in the one and only God. We should put all of our trust in Allah (swt) who knows all things and who holds every soul responsible for their own deeds. Allah (swt) says in Al-Qur’an:
Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution, that ye may Guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah. 3:28.
The people who do not believe in Allah (swt) and those who are hypocrites, their company may corrupt one’s faith, just as we see in today’s society in all the mischief and violence that are taking place in the beautiful world that Allah (swt) has created for us.
The life of a hypocrite has no stability; their occupation is only to hinder the people who are their friends and family from the true and righteous path. They are the enemies of Faith, their evil actions seem pleasing to them, but Allah (swt) does not guide those who reject faith. The hypocrites are the ones who are false and not sincere, and they have a slanderous tongue. They are a burden and oppressive around the believers. The Holy Qur’an states:
The Hypocrites, men and women, (have an understanding) with each other: They enjoin evil, and forbid what is just, and are close with their hands. They have forgotten Allah; so He hath forgotten them. Verily the Hypocrites are rebellious and perverse. 9.67.
Allah hath promised the Hypocrites men and women, and the rejecters, of Faith, the fire of Hell: Therein shall they dwell: Sufficient is it for them: for them is the curse of Allah, and an enduring punishment,- 9:68.