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Islam (Part 4)

All of a sudden, there arose within me a desire to throw myself into the water, to make an ablution, to prostrate and to entreat Allah as Muslims do." Does this not show that there shone a light of "hidâya," though temporarily, in that famous writer's heart?

Lord Headley, who felt a similar light of "hidâya" in his heart, said, "After seeing the plain but bright greatness of Islam, shining like a halo, you feel as if you have come out of a dark corridor into the sunlight." He later embraced Islam. If such people should die without îmân (faith) and be punished in the next world by Allâhu ta'âlâ, He will certainly diminish their punishments on account of the favours they have done for humanity. It is declared in the seventh and eighth verses of sûra Zilzâl in the Qur'ân al-kerîm: "He who did the tiniest bit of good will face it, and he who did the tiniest bit of evil will face it, too." A Muslim will receive rewards for his good deeds both here and in the Hereafter. However, a disbeliever will receive his reward only in this world. Therefore, being a disbeliever is the worst possible thing. That is why a person who has worked with the pure intention of only serving humanity and as a result has brought about developments that are beneficial for humanity, while they were accomplished under the most difficult conditions of risking his health and life, but who has not been converted to Islam and died in the state of "disbelief" (kufr) will not be exempted from the punishment for disbelief despite his good deeds. Nonetheless, in Allâhu ta'âlâ's view, the punishment for those hypocrites who committed every sort of evil and fraud and who pretended to worship, will be much worse. Their pretending to be Muslims will not protect them from the torment which they deserve because of the disbelief in their hearts.

Ottoman history gives a record of many commanders, many men of knowledge and science who had formerly been Christians and who eventually accepted Islam and subsequently performed many services to the religion.

Ismâil Hakki Effendi (rahimahullâhu ta'âlâ) passed away in Bursa in the year 1137 [1725]. His explanation of the Qur'ân alkerîm, namely Rûh-al-bayân, which consists of ten volumes, is esteemed highly by Islamic savants (rahima-humullâhu ta'âlâ) all over the world. He said after finishing the interpretation of the sixth juz: "My shaikh [master, teacher] was the allâma [most deeply learned] of his time. When he was told that some Jews and Christians behaved honestly and truely and did favours for everybody, he responded, "Being so is a sign which is peculiar to those who will be given eternal felicity. It is hoped that those who have such qualities will attain îman (faith) and tawhîd and that their end will be salvation." This quotation from a book of explanation is another proof for our words above.