By Harun Yahya
Islam means beauty, love, brotherhood, peace, kindness, warmth and forgiveness. It is the total of all those things one imagines as being beautiful. In order for that beauty to fully emerge, we must live by the faith in the way God desires; and that is only possible by LIVING SOLELY BY THE QUR’AN.
God tells Muslims that they will be questioned concerning the Qur’an.
It is certainly a reminder to you and to your people and you will be questioned. (Surat az-Zukhruf, 44)
They must want the evil in the world to come to an end and for Muslims to enjoy the honor they deserve. As people devoted to the way of our Prophet (saas) they should live as God commands in the Qur’an, not by what different people say.
Rasulullah’s (saas) only complaint about his Ummah was that they abandoned the Qur’an:
The Messenger says, ‘My Lord, my people treat this Qur’an as something to be ignored.’ (Surat al-Furqan, 30)
If the Islamic world is suffering today, if Muslims have no value in many parts of the world, if poverty and neediness pervade Islamic lands, Muslims need to ask“Where are we going wrong?” before blaming others. There is only one answer to that question, as our Prophet (saas) said: Turning away from the Qur’an.
Let us thwart the stratagem of the antichrist (dajjal) against Muslims . Let us cling tightly to our radiant Book sent down by God and let us display the moral virtues that He desires of us; let us be hardworking, scrupulous, forgiving, mature, pure, loving and determined. Let us develop a spirit of love instead of anger, and let us all be instrumental together in Islam becoming a light that shines on the world. Let us eliminate war, conflict and disagreements and let us be friends and brothers. Let us prepare the way for Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), the glad news for believers of today foretold by Rasulullah (saas).
The Qur’an Is Sufficient
Everything that is necessary for a Muslim to live by his faith in a manner that will be pleasing to God is revealed in the Qur’an. The Qur’an is free from all imperfection.
... We have not omitted anything from the Book... (Surat al-Anam, 38)
… We have sent down the Book to you making all things clear and as guidance and mercy and good news for the Muslims. (Surat an-Nahl, 89)
All statements and suggestions to the effect that the Qur’an is not sufficient lead to the ascribing of equals to God. That would mean regarding any human commandment as equivalent to commandments of God, and that is a grave account to give in His sight, may He forbid. God has issued an explicit warning to those who do not regard the Qur’an as sufficient:
Do not set up another god together with God. Truly I bring you a clear warning from Him. (Surat al-‘Ankabut, 51)
Do not say about what your lying tongues describe: ‘This is halal and this is haram,’ inventing lies against Allah. Those who invent lies against God are not successful – (Surat an-Nahl, 116)
Our Prophet (saas) never produced any commandment that is incompatible with the Qur’an. This is revealed in the words ‘I only follow what has been revealed to me…’ (Surat al-‘Anam. 50) Rasulullah (saas) tells Muslims that the Qur’an must be their only guide;
What has happened to people that they impose conditions that are not in the Book of God? ANY CONDITION THAT IS NOT FROM THE TRUE BOOK OF ALMIGHTY GOD IS SUPERSITION, EVEN IF THERE ARE A HUNDRED OF THEM. The command of God is the worthy one to abide and the conditions set by God are sounder to obey. (Hazrat Ayesha (ra) / Ramuz al-Ahadith Vol 1. P. 82, no. 11)
Be bound tightly to the Qur’an and take it as your guide. (Ramuz al-Ahadith Vol. 2. P. 317, No. 11)
In another verse, the following reply is given to the polytheists of the time who regarded the Qur’an as not sufficient:
When Our Clear Signs are recited to them, those who do not expect to meet Us say, ‘BRING A QUR’AN OTHER THAN THIS ONE OR CHANGE IT.’ Say: ‘It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I follow nothing except what is revealed to me. I fear, were I to disobey my Lord, the punishment of a Dreadful Day.’ (Surah Yunus, 15)
Therefore, a Muslim’s guide must be the Qur’an. He must turn away from all commandments that are not in the Qur’an.
Muslims’ Struggle Must be Waged through Ideas and Preaching
When we look at the life of our Prophet (saas) and the Qur’an we see that Muslims’ efforts must always be made with knowledge and pleasant words. Even if Muslims are wronged, they still have an obligation to communicate the truth and to preach the word as the first step. It is incompatible with the Qur’an to choose the path of war without speaking or preaching.
Muslims have an obligation to preach, and to use a very gentle, warm, affectionate and patient kind of language when doing so. There is no room for harsh, crude or fanatical language in Islam. No matter what the conditions , no matter who the other person is, a Muslim is commanded to preach the faith with pleasantness, love and affection.
Our Prophet (saas) used to preach to the pagans of Mecca, Abu Jahil, Abu Lahab, to all tribes and visitors who came to the markets during the pilgrimage season and to Christian and Jewish communities. He would call on people to believe in the One God, time and time again, using various different and wise methods and forms of language, making no distinction on the basis of people’s place in society, attitude toward Islam, opinions, way of life or mode of dress. He never adopted an attitude of not talking to this person or not preaching to that individual.