Allahu Akbar! What a glorious Deen this is. Everything about it proclaims, in the loudest and clearest terms, that it is not a human concoction, but it is entirely, and in every detail, of Divine Making.
Don’t demean and distort this Divine Gift in your hands by calling it a “Religion,” as practically every non-Muslim does, and as most English-speaking Muslims do – no matter how much anyone tells them not to do so.
This Deen of Islam is an entire Way of Life – for lack of a better expression or word combination –and Operating System that God Almighty fashioned to run his entire Creation by.
It is what you may call the manifestation and realization of God Almighty’s Will in the Universe.
That is what Islam is.
God proclaimed, loud and clear, that so far as he was concerned, there was only one Valid Way, of being and of doing things right and properly for all his Creation, and that was Islam.
He said in the Most Glorious Qur’an:
Innaddeena ‘Indallahil Islam!
God Almighty, then, sent that Divine Way of Life down to earth to help human beings to teach and help them to shape and run their own earthly life.
And he sent that Divine Way of Life at the hands of his chosen prophets and messengers, may God bless them all, whom he sent to different People at different times and places.
These blessed divine prophets and messengers then preached, taught, practiced and modeled that Divine Way of Life for their followers and all others.
In every age and place, these blessed prophets and messengers of God showed their people – and the world at that time – how to practice and implement that Divine Way of Life in their own lives and in their societies and communities.
God Almighty, thereafter, sent down that same timeless and ageless Deen, in its most perfect and completed form, to the entire world, for all times to come, at the hands of his most beloved Final Prophet and Last Messenger, Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
“Today have I perfected for you your Deen,” he said. “And today have I completed my gifts and blessings upon you.”
His immortal words in the Most Glorious Qur’an read as follows:
Al-Youma Akmaltu Lakum Deenakaum,
Wa Atmamtu ‘Alaikum Ni’amatee.
And, he said:
“And well-pleased am I today to proclaim Islam to be your Deen and your chosen Pathway of Life.”
His words in the Most Glorious Qur’an are:
Wa Radiytu Lakumul Islama Deena!
And the following words and expressions are an indelible part of that Islam – and that Qur’an – that God Almighty gave to the world:
Al-Muslimeena Wal Mislimaat Wal Mu’mineena Mu’minaat.
For anyone with an open mind and a true heart, these words alone should make them a Muslim. They should drag them, Willy-Nilly, to the doorstop of the Qur’an and into the embrace of Islam.
Let me, therefore, pose this very serious and straight question to those non-Muslims – and others – hunting for Heaven and for Truth in their hundred different ways:
“Are you even serious?
Or is this some kind of a game you seem to be playing?”
“Is this an Ego-Trip of some kind or is it a genuine, take-no-prisoners type of, search-to-the-finish for God and for God’s Truth and Guidance in your life and in the world?”
“Fourteen hundred years – fourteen long centuries – before the rest of the world woke up to any of it, here is a man, without any education or training of any kind, proclaiming in the loudest and clearest voice a most magnificent truth about not only “Those Men who submit to God,” but also about “Those Women who submit to God.”
“And that leaves you cold? And causes no stir in your breast or storm in your brain? I find it hard to believe?”
“And you say You Are Serious?”
“And then the same uneducated man, still sitting in the middle of that same most forbidding desert, far away from any of the known seats of civilization such as Rome, Persia, China or India, goes on to proclaim the same glorious truth, once again, about not only ‘Believing Men’ but also about ‘Believing Women?’”
“All in the same breath?”
“And that does nothing for you? And that means nothing to you?
I am sorry, but I just cannot believe it.”
Because, no matter how you look at it, for anyone who may be genuinely and seriously and sincerely looking for a Pathway to God Almighty, the following words alone should be enough to tell them where to go, and what to look for, and what pathway to follow:
“Al-Muslimeena Wal Muslimaat, Wal Mu’mineena Wal Mu’minaat.”
Let me remind you:
These words are at least 1400 years old on the face of this earth. They are now – and forever shall remain – exactly as they came out of the blessed mouth of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, 14 centuries ago.
Before that, these words were and are part of God Almighty’s divine and most blessed speech in the timeless and eternal Qur’an.
So, maybe, it is time, and it is an added impetus, for all those looking for a Pathway to God and to Truth to do some serious soul searching and ask:
“How can I allow this to happen? How can I allow this most amazing miracle, and this greatest wonder of all wonders, to pass by me without taking a closer look at it?”
Says the Most Glorious Qur’an:
“God Almighty guides those who turn to him seriously and earnestly.”
Wa Yahdee Ilaihi Man Yuneeb!
And while you are at it, also please check out that entire Aayat: the rest of that most miraculous passage of the Qur’an. For, that is what an Aayat means: a Most Miraculous Thing.
And if even that does nothing for you, and if you cannot see how that Aayat is a living miracle in your own hands, then, may God have mercy on you.
And on all of us.