Neither did he beget, nor was he begotten.
And he is the owner and master of all creation, because he is its sole maker, creator, provider and sustainer. Life and death are in his hands; he is the beginning and end of all things; it is from him that all things proceed; and it is to him that all things shall return.
He is most forgiving of those who repent; and he has terrible punishment in store for those who persist in their wrongdoing.
He is also God of infinite love and grace and of boundless mercy and compassion. His mercy dominates his wrath. He provides all life forms food, water and oxygen for their physical survival and sustenance. He created the earth on which they walk or crawl; he created the water in which they swim and which sustains their life; and he created the space in which they fly and glide.
In addition, he provides human beings the means of psychological and spiritual comfort, joy and felicity. He shows them the pathway to peace, prosperity and growth. And he does so within themselves as individuals as well as in their groups, communities and societies.
And he does this using the unfailing, timeless and universal panacea of La Ilaha Illa Allah! The same formula that worked for Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, may God Almighty shower them all with his mercy and blessings.
It was through his mercy, love, grace and compassion that he threw open for human beings the doors of La Ilaha Illa Allah!
The Qur’an points out how God sent Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, as a mercy for all the worlds. For, La Ilaha Illa Allah holds the secret to true success and happiness for all humans, both in life and after death.
It is their gateway to heaven in both worlds – right here in this earthly life as well as in the next life, in the hereafter. It is humanity’s pathway to God and his mercy. It is the bridge that connects earth to heaven and returns humans to their original abode of bliss in paradise.
Since it is the love and lure of false gods that are the root cause of individual and collective human misery and tragedy in the world, the solution is to change the world by changing the human condition, based on the light and guidance embodied in the four words of La Ilaha Illa Allah!
No God but God!
The Qur’an is the divine commentary on these four words: La Ilaha Illa Allah! No God but God. And the life, teachings and example of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, are a living model of how La Ilaha Illa Allah! manifests itself in real life.
Life of Prophet Muhammad – May Allah bless him! – is the beacon light that God set up on earth to invite and guide humanity to the meaning, mysteries, glories and possibilities of La Ilaha Illa Allah! It shows human beings in all ages and places what La Ilaha Illa Allah! really means and what to do with it in their lives, groups, communities and societies in the real world. For this purpose, Allah made sure his life and example were available – in full and public glare of history and for all time to come – for the entire world to see and copy.
The Qur’an is the book that God sent down through his messenger Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to guide and help human beings to come to him. The Qur’an provides a detailed analysis and commentary of La Ilaha Illa Allah! And it shows human beings how to live a good life on earth and at the same time win success after death. It is a fail-safe method and instrument for winning success in both worlds.
The Qur’an is the last and final book of guidance from Allah to Adam’s progeny on earth. The Qur’an pinpoints all that the human beings need to know to live a successful life on earth – a life based on the wishes and directives of God.
Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is the last and final messenger of God who brought the Qur’an into the world and changed the world based on the teachings of the Qur’an. He taught, explained and showed through example how the teachings of the Qur’an must be understood and translated into practice at both individual and societal levels.
There is no parallel in all of human history for such a harmonious and comprehensive blend of precept and practice over such a wide range of human affairs – a range that extends from the most private domain of human functions, activities and interests to the most public.
The transformation of the world produced by Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was so beneficent, so positive and so complete and far reaching that to this day – fourteen centuries after his death – the world has not stopped marveling at it. In fact, the world is still trying to understand and appreciate the true nature and extent of that transformation.
Never did justice, truth, liberty, equality, mercy, compassion, love, charity and service rule the earth with such authority and majesty before or since.
According the message of La Ilaha Illa Allah, replacing the love of the self and the world in the human heart with the love and fear of one true God eliminates the common fears, sorrows, angers and hates that are the bane of most human hearts. Instead, it fills human hearts with compassion for all.
It does more. It fires up the human imagination with a sweeping passion and commitment for human equality, justice, dignity, freedom and opportunity for all humans, regardless of race, nationality, class or gender. It also diverts one’s personal life away from a path of sin, crime, exploitation, oppression and transgression to the pursuit of virtue, piety, goodness, service and Godliness.