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!
In a session like ours, one cannot scrutinize his own person, his background, his education, the penchants of his ego and the impacts of education on his person in such brief moments. Yet perhaps—we pray to God that it be the fruit of this meeting—if the desperate need to know about the secret of his existence springs out in the heart of man, if God—Exalted be He—grants him the favor of musing over himself instead of wandering aimlessly in this immense contemporary world full of racket, political conflicts, heated disputes, fierce wars, unbridled violence, if God—Glorified be He—guides him into inquiring about his miraculous origin and ultimate destiny, then man will hopefully be able to listen heedfully to the Message of Islam, for Islam is a message above all.
Those who passively receive views and information about Islam content themselves with what newspapers and magazines write profusely and what the Internet and TV channels broadcast incessantly. Most of what is published and broadcast seldom speaks of Islam objectively and deeply. Journalists speak of Islam as events, as violence here and there; yet the difference between Islam and Muslims is a difference between the Message and the Message’s recipients. If we judge Islam through the bad condition of Muslims—division, underdevelopment, malgovernance—we will automatically consider Islam as the cause of their defeat and underdevelopment.
As for the civilized man—the well-fed, well-dressed man, the well-fixed man who lives, for instance, in Iowa, or in any other state of mighty, wealthy America—he looks at Islam from the tower of his arrogance, wealth, power, science and authority over nature through Muslims who are weightless in the balance of world power—that’s a grievous mistake! Islam is not responsible for the bad condition of Muslims; rather, Muslims owe their backwardness at all levels to their estrangement from the Islamic Message.