The writing style is informal and comprehensible for even those who do not know many things about Islam. This means there will be no new Prophets and no new religious code until the Last Day. Now the question arises of how to acquire knowledge of and belief in God, His Attributes, His Law and the Day of Judgement? Similarly, in history, economics, politics, law and other branches of arts and science, a Muslim will nowhere lag behind a Kafir in the fields of inquiry and struggle, but their angles of view and consequently their modus operandi will be widely different. This path begins from man and goes straight up to God, and this path can by definition be one and only one; all other paths must be aberrations. Such is the life and character of a Muslim.
They are taken as agents through whom an approach can be made to the Great God. They call on numerous saints for every specific need, in statues made of stone, etc. According to the first meaning, the sentence means: By means of this treaty Allah has helped you in a way as to make your enemies helpless; and according to the second, it means: Seldom has this novel method ever been adopted to help somebody, that a thing which apparently is a mere peace treaty, and that too a treaty concluded from a weak position, would turn into a decisive victory. Lastly, the Message of Muhammad blessings of Allah and peace be upon him was not meant for any particular people, place or period. One is the sphere in which he finds himself totally regulated by the Divine Law. Reality becomes esfranged from him and he gropes in the dark. According to some traditions it was a pledge unto death, and according to others it was an undertaking that they would not turn away from the battlefield.
I will never give it up till it should please God to make it a triumph or I perish in the attempt. An individual who chooses to acknowledge his Creator, accepts Him as his real Master, honestly and scmpulously submits to His laws and injunctions and foUows the code. All that a man has and all that he uses for the benefit of others is a gift of God. It came from divine revelation and it is the name that God use to refer to Himself. He was also a prominent political figure in his home country Pakistan.
Such a life of obedience brings with it peace of the heart and establishes real peace in society at large. Now his reason and judgement are set on an even keel - for he has rightly decided to obey the Being Who bestowed upon him the faculty of thinking and judging. A sense of accountability is essential for fially- fledged obedience to the Law of God. If you get ill and you cannot treat and cure yourself, you go to a doctor and follow his instructions without question. Unless a man knows the Ukes and dislikes of God, how can he choose the one and reject the other? We shall discuss these articles and see how simple, how true, how lovable and how valuable they are and to what high pinnacle they raise the status of Man in this world and the world to come. Similarly, if the real meanings of Tawhid are fuUy grasped, we avoid, in belief as well as in action, every form of disbelief, atheism and polytheism.
They would be prepared to face the hostility of the entire world in the cause of their mission. To suppose otherwise would be confusing. Had there been the slightest doubt and uncertainty in his heart, he could never have been able to brave the storm which continued unabated for twenty-one long years. He wants to swim clear of the horrible sea of cormption, immorality, idolatry and disorder which surround him. His descent, his righteousness, his integrity and his piety are weU known to us all.
The reference is to the pledge that the Prophet peace be upon him took from his companions at Hudaibiyah at the rumor that Uthman had been killed at Makkah. They were each repeating the message of their predecessor. Of course, if a person does give up this sin of idolatry before his death, then he is safe from such eternal punishment in Hell fire. The whole record of your life shall be an open book to Him. That there is only One God — not in a Trinity or a multitude of gods — is something that even a small child can understand without difficulty.
The universe is not a fortuitous mass of matter. If someone faces an idol or to a stone image and prays, he has associated a partner with Allah, because worship is being shared between Allah and His creation. Allah is Most Mighty, Most Wise. This trend is visible in every country and at every place and has within it the possibilities of its becoming the harbinger of a new age' from the Editor Preface ---------------- About the Author Mawlana Mawdudi occupies a pivotal position in the movement for Islamic rebirth in the 20th century. He cannot believe that all this has appeared just by chance or accident. On hearing this verse, Umar asked: Is it a victory, O Messenger of Allah? For a fifth of the world's population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life.
That is why I have avoided discussion over the minute details and have endeavoured to portray the entire picture of Islam in one perspective. It is a complete record of the exact words revealed by God to the last prophet. The strong among us would thrive at the expense of the weak, till, at last, God raised a Prophet for our reformation. Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus — prophets of the past who appeared at different times and places all brought the same message. After embracing Islam till death the believer at every step in his life continues to be confronted with such tests and trials in which he has to take a decision whether in following the divine religion he is prepared to sacrifice his life, his wealth, his sentiments, desires, time, comforts and interests or not.
To Muslims, this four-verse definition of God serves as the touchstone of the study of divinity. So we believed in him. To say that His Word or His will is eternal may suggest coexistence and therefore plurality in the Godhead. But when he came out of the cave with his Message he was transformed. It is free from irrational, mysterious or confusing ideas.