What parallel does the world have to this amazing miracle of miracles? Therefore, let me ask again: If this is not changing the world, what is? When was it that the world was changed in this manner and so profoundly ever before or since? When did the world witness such a profound social transformation in such a short time-span ever before or since? When were the culture and mindset of the people of the world altered so completely ever before or since? And all this, using nothing more than the four words of La Ilaha Illa Allah! No God but God! If this is not a real and living miracle, what is?
For those hungry for social change, for those moonstruck for miracles in human life, for those looking for ways to improve intergroup relations in our strife-torn world and for those trying to make progress in the matter of interfaith relations, there is no model more sweeping or successful than this, no miracle greater or more real than this. It is alive; and it is right in our midst – even today, after nearly 1400 years since Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, first promulgated it on earth.
That is the nature and history of the message and method of these four words La Ilaha Illa Allah! No God but God! – the four words that changed the world.
Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, thus, used the power and sweep of La Ilaha Illa Allah! to guide and reform individuals, families, groups, nations and societies. He also used them to reform and reshape culture, custom, economics, politics, science, education and “religion” according to the light and laws of God.
Of course, it was God Almighty himself who did all this – in the Qur’an. But then Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was the man that God chose as his messenger to the world – to teach and guide the world; and to fill the world with goodness and mercy. As a result, when Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, spoke he spoke with direct authority from God. He was the voice of God on earth – for all to hear. He was the personification of the message and teachings of the Qur’an on earth – for all to see.
In doing this, in reaching out in this matchless manner and with open arms to other faiths and their leaders, he made the world of Allah – Allah made his own world – a better place, a more caring and compassionate place, a freer and more equal place, a more open and accessible place, for all. He did all this using the divine formula of mercy contained in the four words of La Ilaha Illa Allah!
No God but God!
Thus, the message and mission of La Ilaha Illa Allah! today remain as individual and personal in their application, focus, sweep and relevance as they are timeless and universal. That means, to this day, after the lapse of 14 centuries, they continue to have meaning and relevance not just for individuals but also for entire societies and cultures.
At the same time, to ensure continued availability of the message and the method of La Ilaha Illa Allah! to the world for all time to come, Allah appointed Muslims to continue the work of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam – God bless him.
It then became, in every age and place, the responsibility of the Muslims – followers of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam – to work to serve, change and reform the world from ongoing corruption, evil, sin, cruelty, crime and transgression, whether it is in the personal lives of people or in politics, government, science, economics, “religion” or social life.
Then Allah made it the duty of a smaller group among Muslims to remind the larger Muslim community of its duty. Then he made it the duty of every conscious and caring individual Muslim, male as well as female, to jumpstart the process of change and reform in the world, as best as he or she could.
For, it is through individuals that change really begins, as it did with Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, may Allah bless them all – and as it began and continued with so many other good people before or since. As a result, all it takes to jumpstart the process of change and reform in the world is you – such as you are, wherever you are, and in the very conditions and circumstances in which you find yourself.
And in the ultimate analysis, it does not even matter whether you are a Muslim or a non-Muslim in the traditional sense of those expressions. For, your commitment to the message and the method of La Ilaha Illa Allah! will instantly transform and exalt you from whatever you are into a true slave of Allah. That is right. You will be suddenly free from all forms of slavery to all sorts of beings and things. This will liberate you from the yoke of all other forms of slavery and subjugation, in the biggest and broadest sense of those expressions.
You will then, as a free human being, gladly and willingly accept the slavery of one – God Almighty – who made you; who keeps you alive; who provides you everything you need to live; who has full and total control over you; to whom you shall return upon your death; and who will hold you accountable for your deeds and misdeeds during your temporary stay in this world.
It is, therefore, the duty of every one of us to work to serve, change and reform the world using the power and light of La Ilaha Illa Allah! It is our duty to make the world of Allah a better place, a more fair, just, caring, compassionate, equal and hospitable place, for all the creation of Allah – just as Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, did.