Islam is not a “religion”
The Meaning of Man
This World and the Hereafter
Islam, the Message
Development and Underdevelopment
Justice and Spirituality
Defamatory Campaigns against Islam
Modern man no longer wonders!
The “what” and the “why”
O Bewildered Man!
I will now move on to another subject after we have discarded certain concepts in lieu of which we have put terms that befit our intent in presenting the Islamic Message as it was originally presented in the Qur’ān and the Prophet’s model life. After we have cast aside such erroneous concepts susceptible to corrupting our channels of communication and contact, let us now have a look at the impact of the defamatory campaigns conducted against Muslims on the western public opinion.
When in Country A, B or C, an Islamic revolution takes place and certain mistakes, perhaps even numerous mistakes, are committed—mistakes in theological creeds, political approaches, diplomatic conduct with western countries—the western intellectuals and others, especially the common intellectuals, hasten to read what journalists and other commentators write on the Islamic revolution in that country. On the basis of the errors committed by Muslims, they judge Islam.
So if women are treated unjustly in a Muslim country, Islam is held responsible. If Muslims are underdeveloped and hopelessly unable to achieve development in their country, Islam is made accountable. If a movement emerges in a Muslim country and makes use of violence—thinking that physical force and explosives will enable Muslims to take rapid, giant strides towards development—the West judges such movement not on account of its own motives, but rather puts the blame on Islam.
In one word, Muslims are indiscriminately ascribed attributes without a modicum of deliberateness, level-headedness, deepness, and earnest search of the truth. Islam is accused of what Muslims commit. Islam is thus synonymous with terrorism, fanaticism, backwardness, underdevelopment, etc. And then come TVs and cameras to film Muslim Tribe A fighting against Muslim Tribe B, and to shoot Muslims in Country A naked, hungry, starving to death, dying of injustice, dying in thousands and hundreds of thousands under the whips of torture.
Honest and conscientious people—they are many in the West—watch everyday the woes and wrongs that are afflicted on Muslims around the world. Each day in Palestine, for instance, innocent children are killed, whole families are driven out of their homes, and scorching bombs of all sorts are dropped on the heads of people in Palestine, Muslims and Christians. In the West, there are conscientious people who condemn such wrongs; unfortunately, those honest people are not the ones who decide over the present and future of the contemporary world. Decisions are taken in higher institutions, in the U.N. Security Council and by the national governments. Injustice is then made to last for reasons we have no time to talk of. For the time being, let us talk of Islam, let us receive Islam from the Revelation of the Qur’ān and the Sayings of the Prophet (God bless him and grant him peace).