This was the purpose for which God created us in the first place: to help humanity run his world according to his laws and to help persuade all others to do the same – to fill the world with a message of love, mercy, justice, equality, liberty and compassion for all. And that was the purpose – to make this world a better place for all – why God Almighty sent down into our mortal world the four divine and everlasting words of La Ilaha Illa Allah!
No God but God!
These are the four words then that changed the world. There is not a doubt that they will do so again – should that be the will and pleasure of Allah Almighty, as they have done throughout history. And they will continue to do so as long as the world lasts – Inshallah, God willing – as they have done in every age and place. For, it is in the benevolent and eternal shadow of these four words that humanity has always lived and operated in this world.
For, these four words are the only refuge humanity has from its own depravity and depredation; from its own savagery and viciousness; from its own barbarism and greed; from its own selfishness and indulgence; in a word, from the worst manifestations of its own self. That is why God Almighty sent them into this world: to change the world over and over and over again – to make his world endlessly better.
And they did this in the past, and they will do this forever in the future. And they will do this for one simple reason: Because they are God’s words performing their appointed role in God’s world, in the lives of God’s people – human beings of every color and stripe.
All it takes is you!
But what will this world look like: the new world; the changed world; the freshly minted world that La Ilaha Illa Allah creates? The better world that these four words build? Let me provide here a brief glimpse of such a world – a world built by La Ilaha Illa Allah!
Making the world better means – and it always has meant – helping a society to be the best it can be. It is helping a society to realize its best and noblest ideals. That means every human group, society and culture has a great deal of good in it. It is our job – yours and mine, whoever and wherever we may be – to do everything in our power to help that society or group or culture to move ever closer to a fuller realization and practice of that good.
A better world, thus, is a world where literacy is universal; where every child has the best education; where every hungry mouth is fed; where every sick person has free and easy access to the best health care; and where jobs are plentiful. It is a society where equality is the norm and not merely a cliché or a slogan; where every human being is judged by the “content of their character” and not by the “color of their skin” or the size of their wealth; where justice and fairness flow freely and are the order of the day; where respect, kindness, charity, generosity, forgiveness and compassion characterize and define human interaction at all levels.
It is a world in which traffic flows smoothly; in which accidents are minimal; in which drivers are polite; in which roads have no potholes; in which cars do not guzzle gas or pollute the environment; and in which the best transportation is available to all regardless of race, religion or social class. It is also a world whose air and water are clean and pollution-free. It is a world in which promoting good health and personal well-being for all is considered a fundamental social obligation on the part of all, from individuals to corporations and government.
It is a world in which education is high and literacy is universal. It is a world in which the population is enlightened and tools of knowledge from newspapers to books to libraries and computers and Internet access are within easy reach of all segments of the society. It is a world in which leaders are elected and not imposed; in which leadership at all levels is accountable before the public; in which the government is constantly concerned with the welfare of the people; and in which the citizenry is both fully informed and full of initiative on all kinds of self-help community projects and undertaking.
It is a world in which the press is both free and responsible; in which news is true and opinions are honest, frank and fearless; in which human freedom is an axiom and human dignity a foundation stone of the social order; and in which people with power and money and the forces of law and order are the servants and protectors of the people and not their masters and tormentors.
A better world is a world in which judges are fair, impartial, independent and fearless. It is a world in which corruption is a thing of the past; in which drug and alcohol abuse is a rarity; in which illicit sex is an abomination; and in which marriage is a sanctity and divorce a last resort. It is a world in which God is honored and worshipped and his laws are obeyed; in which priests and pundits, rabbis and Ulema, pastors and clergymen are protected and venerated; and in which churches, mosques, synagogues and all places of worship are inviolate.
It is a world in which torts and injuries are remedied and compensated; in which the strong do not oppress the weak; in which the weak is strong before the law and the authorities and the society and the strong is weak; in which safety and security are the order of the day; and in which a young woman will go freely where she wants fearing no one except God and maybe the big bad wolf. It is a world that does not cavalierly squander its resources; it is a world in which business does not dupe or exploit the unwary; and it is a world in which truth is the golden rule in all human affairs, from the most private and personal to the most public.