WHAT IS ISLAM?
The Islamic Way of Inviting Mankind to the Truth
The following verse of the Holy Qur'an lays down in clear
terms the only method by which mankind can be invited
to the Truth, that is, through Islam.
It is true that Islam was spread with the sword. But which
sword? Not the one the Christian Church used under the Edict
of Milan against the poor and helpless Jews, men, women and
innocent children, but with the sword of ever-triumphant Islamic
ethics, through the ideal conduct and godly character of the Holy
Prophet, and through the matchless sacrifices of the Holy Ahlul-
Bait - a lovely heavenly weapon shipper and surer than the brutal
one used to spread the creed started in the name of Jesus. The
following is the Qur'anic injunction on the preaching of the
by the Muslims:
And call thou unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and
kindly exhortation, and dispute with them in the manner
which is the best; Verily thy Lord knoweth better of him
who hath gone astray from His path; and He knoweth
best of those guided aright.
Truth is that which even the enemy is helpless to deny. Let the
world listen to what the great Christian scholar declares:
History makes it clear, however, that the legend of
fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and
forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon the
conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd
myths that historians have ever repeated.
(De Lacy O'Leary in Islam at the Crossroads,
London 1923, page 8)
There are many more of such open declarations by impartial
scholars of the non-Muslim world who earnestly seek the truth.
To quote all of them would need a separate volume in itself.
The Meaning of Deen and Maz'hab
The Arabic term Deen or Maz'hab stands for the word "Religion"
in English. Religion is Human recognition of superhuman
controlling power and especially of a personal God entitled to
obedience, effect of such recognition on conduct and mental
Man by nature is conscious of an Absolute Authority, a Super
Power of the highest order, and the way he thinks and behaves in
his desire to reach or to please that Power, that is religion.
Islam, as a religion, stands for the divinely prescribed code for
disciplining the human Ego or self in its practical life on
enable man to raise himself from the abyss of material
degradation towards the sublime heights of eternal heavenly
bliss. Such bliss is in store for those who successfully conquer
the lust for material possessions and physical power and restrain
Islam is a divinely formulated and perfectly regulated
formula. Expressed in a few words, it is:
Say thou (Oh, our Apostle Muhammad!), My Prayer, my
Sacrifice, my Life and my Death (are all, only) for God,
the Lord of the worlds. (6:163)
It is worth imagining, if man ponders over the complete
implications of this heavenly guidance in its fullness and acts
upon it, how glorious life on earth would Be; there would be no
need for man to aspire to Paradise, For the earth itself would
become a replica of Heaven. This is the spirit and aim of Islam,
the Islam-Original called "Shiaism".