Islam: the Only Choice
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living in an age of crisis - economic crisis, political crisis, military
crisis. But, today,
crucial of all is man"s crisis of the intellect. This is the result of modern man
been deprived of a sound intellectual base on which to stand - on which to lay
foundation of his life.
It was a
very different matter for people living in ancient times, for the age of
consent, the age of superstition. In
those days it was both possible and
to live by superstition and supposition.
Today man wants to live by reason.
actually tries to do so, he soon discovers that there is no truly rational
two things, however, which are thought to provide such a basis for human living
and science, that is to say, revealed knowledge and scientific knowledge. But
is already in the process of losing both of these foundations. From time
religion had formed man"s intellectual base, but in modern times, when certain
have been scrutinized in the full light of reason, they have been found to be
instance, the case of the Bible. On the
one hand, the Bible presents the concept of
when it says: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord".
other hand, the same Bible says: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Mathew,
28:19) - an
which clearly implies the existence of what the Christians call the
inconsistencies surely make these beliefs untenable. When God is One, He cannot be
Three. And if he is Three, then He cannot be
at one place in the New Testament, Jesus Christ is Called the son of God(Mark
at another place, he is called the son of David (Matthew 1:1). The Bible abounds
contradictions. As we see it, this
problem of contradictions has occurred because of
additions to the word of God. For modern
man, such additions have rendered the
incomprehensible, and, in consequence, unacceptable.
If, in the
age of superstition, man could adhere to a religion based on irrational
beliefs, it was
religion being sacred to him, he could not think rationally about it. But the age of
the age of reason. Today man analyzes
everything in the light of reason. That
why he is
no longer prepared to believe in an irrational religion.
Let us now
take this matter from the standpoint of science. With the emergence of modern
man was led into thinking that this new discipline would be able to provide an
base upon which he could firmly plant himself.
Science had helped man to
the natural world - a world which was extremely meaningful in that it had
planning. Science, as opposed to the
existing religions, was thus free from internal
again, man was balked of the perfect system of thought that he so desired. And
because of a serious shortcoming in science itself. That is, science could only
question `what?" It could not tell man
anything about the `why" of things. It
science had given man a good machine in perfect working order, but had told him
about its maker.
an explanation for everything, being an explanation-seeking animal. So when
introduces man to a universe which has design and planning without introducing
designer and planner, man, instead of being satisfied, is baffled. He is at his wits" end
understand how design could come into existence in the absence of a
designer. How could
exist without there being a planner?
It is this
shortcoming of the scientific world which leads all thinking people, right from
Einstein to Stephen Hawking to feel strongly that "there are aspects in
extremely difficult to understand."
This intellectual difficulty has been expressed
Schrodinger in these words: "The most incomprehensible thing about nature
is that it is
universe, as discovered by science, is unmarred by anything of a contradictory
nature. Yet scientists have not been able to build up
a convincing body of scientific
without making reference to God. This is
because a universe which is free of
cannot be explained without God. It is
this state of impasse which I have
modern man"s intellectual crisis. The
man of today finds himself beset on all sides by
it. To rid himself of this problem, he looks to
religion. But most religions - due to
do not face up to to the standards of reason.
Likewise, when he looks to
it fails to provide him with the mental satisfaction he so desires.
solution to this crisis of the intellect is Islam - a pure and unadulterated
exists still in its original, revealed state, without human interpolation. As such, it is
religion which is in any position to provide a complete system of thought to modern
man. Islam is in perfect consonance with his
nature. At the same time it holds out to
concept of monotheism, by which he may explain the universe. The greatest service to
today would be to introduce it to Islam.
It is the only system which can resolve the
crisis of mankind.
point, I should like to mention two incidents which make it clear how Islam can
man out of
his present intellectual dilemma and into the state described in the Quran in
" Surely in the remembrance of God, all hearts are comforted."
of these incidents relates to Dr. Nishi Kant Chattopadhyaya, a highly educated
accepted Islam in 1904. He has given an
account of his mental journey in a
entitled, Why Have I Accepted Islam.
that when he grew up, he felt discontented with his ancestral religion. He then
study other religions. But he found that
none of them were historical, in the sense
scriptures and their religious personalities did not conform to the highest standards
historical accuracy. Finally, however,
when he came to the study of Islam, he found that
religion and the personality of its Prophet could stand up to the most rigorous
investigation. He thus came to accept
Islam. This, the most thrilling event in
caused him to write: "Oh! what a relief to find, after all, a truly
historical Prophet to
in!" (Dr. N. K.Cajttopadhyaya, Why
have I accepted Islam?)
incident concerns a Frenchman, a Dr. Roger Graudy. He, too, was an individual
an urge to seek the truth. To this end,
he studied various philosophies and religions
finally he came to the study of Islam.
This, he found, gave him complete satisfaction,
accepted the faith in 1982. When asked
why he had accepted Islam, he replied, "So
could give meaning to my life." (Al-Riadh, March12, 1986)
incidents are a pointer to the greatest of man"s needs today. What man is most in
need of is
what Dr. Bradley has called the `new religion", or, to be more precise,
new religion, or as others have termed it, scientific religion, is, in fact,
there is no other religion, besides Islam that is preserved today in its
the greatest thing that Muslims of the present day can give to mankind.
should like to emphasize that giving the message of Islam to the world is not
making a simple announcement. This is
something which requires a great deal of
patience. Unfortunately, Muslims, having been hurt in
various ways by the mad"u nations,
reacted by developing a psychology of anger and complaint against them. While such
psychology persists, no d"awah work can ever be carried out. If Muslims are to shoulder
responsibilities of d"awah that are obligatory upon them, they shall certainly
have to rise
tendency towards reaction. They shall
have to bear - unilaterally - any injury they
subjected to by their mad"u nations.
making this sacrifice can they become the da"i of Islam in the world of today.
truth which has been expressed in the Quran in the words of the Prophet:
your persecution patiently." (Quran, 14:12))
conclusion, I would say that the Muslims, being in sole possession of the
solution to the
crisis which besets man at the present time, should be aware of the opportunity
them to become the intellectual leaders of the world. However, such intellectual
can be gained only through patience.
This is the reality which is thus expressed in
Quran: "And we appointed from among
them leaders, giving guidance under our
when they persevered with patience. (Quran, 32:24)