Islam (Part 3)

Muslims have belief principally in six things, they are: in Allâhu ta'âlâ, in His Prophets (alaihimussalawâtu wattaslîmât), in His holy books, in His angels, in the fact that good and evil come from Allah, and in the Rising after death. Actually all the religions we have spoken of are based on these fundamentals.

Above we have said that worships remain between Allâhu ta'âlâ and man. But those who cheat others, those who appropriate others' rights, liars, the fraudulent, the tyrants, those who practice injustice and dishonesty, those who disobey their parents or superiors, those who rebel against authorities and their government, in brief, those against the commandments of Allâhu ta'âlâ and those who deprive others of their rights or deceive others for their own advantages will never be forgiven unless they are forgiven by the owners of those rights. In short, Allâhu ta'âlâ will never forgive those who unjustly appropriate other people's or animals' rights, and they will go to Hell and receive their punishment, no matter how much they worship. One of the human rights is "to pay the mahr" immediately to the woman whom one has divorced. If it is not paid, the retribution, punishment in this world and the torment in the next world will be dreadful.

It is believed that those who have worked and left behind them useful information and efforts with a view to serving humanity, even if they are considered to have been in another religion, may have attained Allâhu ta'âlâ's guidance towards the end of their lives. Of old, Muslims called such people "the secret pious." If it is not known for certain that such doers of good acts had been holding non-Muslim beliefs, we do not know, either, in what belief they were when they died. If they had used well the weapon of mind, which Allâhu ta'âlâ had conferred upon them; if they had worked with the idea of serving all human beings without harming anyone; if they had studied the Fundamentals of all the religions, it should be expected that they attained Allâhu ta'âlâ's guidance and as a result were Muslims.

For example, Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), a famous contemporary literary man, states in one of his articles: "Islam is the only religion which can be adapted to every century. I predict that Islam will be the religion which will be accepted by tomorrow's Europe." This reveals that he has accepted Islam in his heart.

The German thinker and writer Emil Ludwig (1881-1948) wrote in one of his works: "I visited Egypt. One evening as I was having a walk along the Red Sea shore, in the midst of silence, I heard the sudden call of the adhân, and my whole body trembled with the fear of the Creator.