By: Ismail Patel
Apparently many Muslims on FFI think that the editors play with the wording of their messages. So rather than asking Ismail Patel specific questions about the basis of his article, we felt that his message was interesting and that it should be presented word for word, the way he sent it to us.
The only changes that we made were to apply “HTML” codes so that it could be presented on Faith Freedom.
This article starts out with Ismail’s email demanding that we do not edit his words. So below is what we received and we only added the “HTML” codes.
This is the first time, we have been informed that Muhammad introduced the world to Democracy and Ismail gives us his reasons and justifications for it, along with the sole reason that Islam is the last religion that will be revealed to mankind.
If you are true, why don’t you allow to express our view directly published on the website without screening? I want to challange you by writing. But my writing and debate must be published on your forum or web directly without screening.
You can express your negative views for the positive aspect by misinterpreting. As for example, a knife is put in the kitchen to cut the vegetables but if some one having negative idea can say that one should not enter the kitchen lest one should be killed due to knife in the kitchen.
So, you people are misguiding culprits.
Yes, in quran it has been mentioned that do not ask prophet such things if declared, one may lose faith. It happened so that a person asked who was his father? In fact his father was different from so called father in whose house he grew but world did not knew. The prophet Mohammed (pbuh) was a personality who cannot lie. So, he by the order of Allah, spoke the truth which was embarrassing to the questioner. In this regard such verses descended.
So, come to the true religion-Islam.
DEMOCRACY DAY: The birth day anniversary of Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) and Reply to question Why Islam?
At the present time it is irrelevant to question on the prophet hood of Mohammed (Pbuh), because, he defeated all the opponents who were against the truth including great magicians of that time and fraud prophets of that time. Various propagandas failed which were delivered against him. While in the time of present rule of democracy, if someone is elected just few votes more than his opponents, and able to rule the large country, is is unwise to not accept prophet hood of Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh) whose followers are more than two billions.
Common people cannot defeat the present day magicians, how do they argue against supernatural spiritual enlightened unique personality like prophet Mohammed (Pbuh)? So, the prophet hood of Mohammed (pbuh) is unchallangeable. His life was so simple and full of hardships that he remained hungry for days. If he wished he could have lived luxury life. If we see Islamic history, his life prior to declaration of prophet hood was comparatively much richer than his life after declaration of prophet hood. So, he did not earn money from prophet hood and never it was his mission. His mission was to give humans the eternal salvation.
I want to write one more truth of the world; and that is the invention of democracy by prophet Mohammed (Pbuh). Islam opponents know this very thing. But they are bias. They have prejudice. In every age such people will be there. Satanic power is also running in the world. Allah(God) has made this system. He allowed for human being the option to choose from truth and falsehood by showing the ways through prophets and saints. Allah could have killed the satan and there could be no good or evil forces in the world. But then what about the testing? Allah (God) has created this entire creation so that he can be recognized. And for his recognition, he put the test of false hood anf trueness and showed the way for guidance.
The inventor of the Democracy in the whole world was a Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him). He instructed his companions that after his demise (taking veil from this world), they should ELECT their leader who would govern the Islamic state according to charter of laws stated by Islam, propagate Islam and look after the welfare and security of the people. The demonstration of the democracy was performed by first four leaders of Islam one after the other who governed the state in a most fantastic way and extended the state boundaries to a big country the area of which covered present day Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Egypt and Afghanistan. Let us celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed(Pbuh) as a “Democracy Day”
WHY ISLAM ?
There are several reasons that Islam is the only religion on the earth which must be accepted by all human beings. Allah (GOD) has declared those not accepting Islam; as non-believers.
All the religions are from Allah (GOD). Allah descended one after the other about 124000 prophets on the earth. Some of them were given divine scriptures. When the sins of the people are increased beyond the limit fixed by Allah, he sends a prophet to guide them to the straight path. The Satan is downgraded. The evil of the people of earth is reduced to a great extent. Such a purified state on the earth is maintained for some years. Then slowly and slowly, again sins of the people on the earth are increased. When it crosses the limit, once again another prophet is sent down on the earth. The earth and the people are purified again. This cycle of system is repeated again and again until the final prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) was sent on the earth.
When a new prophet comes on the earth, he brings with him several laws. Everybody has to follow the laws of the prophet. A new prophet may either reform or abolish some laws of previous prophet according to the demand of the time as instructed and guided by Allah(God) with a divine inspiration. This is exactly same in the manner as it happens in the court of law of a state or country. In the state or country, when a new law is made replacing or reforming the old one, every citizen of that country has to follow the new law. Thus old law is quashed. Now it is crystal clear that Islam is the latest religion on the earth and prophet Mohammed(Pbuh) is the last prophet, every citizen on this earth must follow the rules and laws brought by Islam and its prophet. Is it not a logical statement to accept Islam?
The laws of a country are to be followed by the citizens. Some laws may be hard. Some may be very hard and some laws may be easy to follow but we have to obey them. Exactly in the same way, in a religion, some laws may be hard, some may be very hard and some may be easy. But we have to follow them. What a strange thing it is that we are arguing against the laws set by the almighty Allah(God)! Prophet is a messenger of the laws of Allah. Allah is feeding us, gives us fresh air to breath. So, we must submit ourselves to him. The one, who submits oneself to the God, cannot argue against him. A servant cannot argue against his master. So, whether it is a matter of wearing a scarf on the head by a woman or may be the other thing, we cannot argue. When an engineer makes a machine, he knows its full knowledge and guides the other persons how to operate or deal with that machine. In the same way, Allah is the creator of the universe. He better knows why he framed such and such laws for the man and woman.
As regards miracles of prophet Mohammed (Pbuh), he was unique. So many people from previous religions who acquired supernatural powers were defeated by him with the power of almighty Allah given to him. His followers and devotees were able to perform miracles in such a way that the opposition leaders and kings including magicians were defeated and impressed by immense spirituality, converted from their parent religion into Islam. So, I do not want to describe about miracles of Islam. I want to give only logical and true reasons to accept Islam.
When the entire Europe was in darkness, Martin Luther created separate Christian group, called as the Protestant Christian, the Islam was just in a developing phase. When whole the world was ruled by one or the other kings, Islam developed a theory of Democracy. What a surprising thing it is that very few non-Muslim people know that the inventor of the democracy was a prophet Mohammed (Pbuh)!
He advised his followers that after his demise (taking veil from this world), they should elect their leader whose mission would be ruling the Muslim state with the Islamic laws and propagate the message of the prophet. So, by democratic way, the four initial leaders of Islam, namely Abu Bakar, Omar, Usman and Ali (may Allah be pleased with them) chosen and elected by the Muslims. They ruled in a most fantastic way with their spiritual powers in such a way that the Islamic state boundaries extended in Africa in the west and Afghanistan and Iran in the east. The democratically elected leader of the Islamic state was known as khalipha. The second khalipha of Islam, hazarat Omar(may god please with him) in one of his noble speech in front of his followers told that he would be questionable in the time hereafter, in the court of God, even if a dog under his reign remained hungry! What a pious leader he was! I give you one more example of fourth khalipha Hazarat Ali (may god please with him). In one battle with non-believer, he rode on the chest of his enemy. He was about to cut the throat of the enemy. As he was about to kill, the enemy spat on the face of Ali (may god please with him). Looking to this, he(Ali) left the enemy unharmed and alive. The enemy asked with an exclamation the reason why he was not killed. Ali (R.A.) replied, he was fighting for the sake of almighty Allah and not for personnel cause. But when the enemy spat, he (Ali) angered. So, if then, he killed the enemy, the cause for the killing would be accounted for his anger rather than for Allah. He feared that he might be questioned in the court of Allah. So, he did not kill the enemy. On hearing this reply, the enemy converted into Islam.
Democratically elected khalipha system lasted up to first four khaliphas, totaling 25 years approximately. Then, dictatorship was introduced against Islamic laws. The Military ruler Yazid bin Muawiyah was the first military dictator in Islamic history who himself captured throne and martyred Imam Husein, a son of prophet Mohammed’s son-in-law Ali. Imam Husein insisted that democratically elected person must be set on the throne as khalipha. Imam Husein and his whole family except one son were martyred in the tragedious Karbala battle where Imam Husein and his pious family were tortured, kept thirsty for three days and nights and martyred. This was the end of democracy then and dictatorship and kingdoms took place in Islamic States. Even prophet Mohammed (Pbuh) forecasted that elected khilaphat system would last up to first four pious khaliphas only. So the introduction of democracy in the world was made first by Islam. Now the Islam has second number in regard to population of its followers. The democratically elected khalipha used to remain in power till his death. He had two main duties, Firstly he had to govern the state according to the laws of Islam and secondly, he had to look after the security and welfare of the people. Lifetime duty for governing the country was entrusted to the khalipha only due to the reason that the most pious and versatile figure among the people had been elected.
Very Important thing to note is that, the divine book of Islam is intact, word by word unchanged. It is a great miracle of prophet Mohammed (Pbuh) that the holy book quran will remain unchanged and intact till the destruction of this whole universe. The other miracle is that, the saintly people of Islam’s dead body never get rotten. The body remains intact even after so many years. Many historic events have witnessed this thing. In our chishtiya sect of Sufism in Islam, it has been a tradition that when a saintly person demise, the grave is opened after forty days of his burial and if the body is found intact, stone/cement-brick grave is made as a symbol, so that the devotees can pray for blessings. There are so many Muslim saints’ tombs constructed. What a true religion it is!
See the first chapter of holy book quran. It is called as Surah Fateha. The opener of the blessings from Allah. It is like this. “All the praises are for the Allah, the guardian of all the worlds of the entire universe. The most generous and most merciful. The owner of the day of judgment. We pray to you only and seek for only your help. Guide us on the right path, the path of the righteous to whom you blessed and rewarded and not on the path of those upon whom you angered and who were deviated from the right path.” After this chapter, the second chapter starts. The very first verse of the second chapter is this. “ Alef Laam Mim (secret code words), this is the book in which there has no place for any doubt. Guidance for those who fear and who bring faith on the unseen, pray Salaat (prostration) and expend from which given by Allah and bring faith on which has been descended upon you (O Mohammed) and descended upon the previous(prophets) and believe firm on the day of judgement.” So, the Muslims have faith on all previous prophets and on prophet Mohammed. It is a prerequisite that one must have faith on prophet Mohammed. The Muslims recognize all previous prophets but the laws will be followed which are brought by Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh).
Naturally, due to its last arrival on this earth, Islam includes all essence of previous religions. It includes congregessional prayers performed five times a day. It includes a loud repeated chanting. It includes meditaion. It includes yoga. Everything that comes in the definition of a prayer is included in Islam. The hindu notation of kundalini awakening is known as lataaif energy opening in Islam.
See the definition of Allah in Islam. In quran, the definition of Allah is given. “Allah is alone and unique. Allah is free of desires. None has born from him nor has he born from anything. Nothing can be compared with him” Looking to this, prophet Jesus is called as son of Mary(Mariam). Angel Jibrael(Gabriel) was ordered to blow on Mary to conceive. Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh) had no shadow of his body. He had a shadowless body like angels. No light could create a shadow of his body. Even though, he is known as a human being in quran. But it should be noted that the divine light is showering on the prophets and saintly people and they are connected to Allah(God). It can be easily understood like this. The sun gives rays. The rays are never separate from the Sun but we cannot say that the rays itself are the Sun. So, saintly people are not God but they are not separate from God.
See the greeting salutation of Islam. When two persons or more than two persons either known or unknown meet, one of them say “assalamo alaykum” meaning “peace be upon you” and the others reply ” wa alaykum assalam” meaning “peace be upon you, too” Now such type of greetings can be told at any time even if you are standing with the dead body of your loved ones!
Now see the meaning of Azan (prayer call in the mosques)
Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar (Allah is the gretest, Allah is the greatest)
Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar (Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest)
Ashhadu an lailah illallah (I bear witness that none worthy of prayer except Allah)
Ashhadu an lailah illallah (I bear witness that none worthy of prayer except Allah)
Ashhadu anna Mohammedan Rasulallah (I bear witness that Mohammed is the messenger of Allah)
Ashhadu anna Mohammedan Rasulallah (I bear witness that Mohammed is the messenger of Allah)
Hayy alassalah (Keep alive the prayer) spoken two times
Hayy alal falah (keep alive the success) spoken two times
In the morning prayer call, one more verse is added ” Assalatu khairum minan naum” meaning “the prayer is better than the sleep”
These are the reasons why Islam should be accepted. Now compare these reasons with any other religion. Then decide. The acceptance voluntarily by heart is the only real acceptance.
The argument for the religious fights may be treated just like the same as the doctor cuts the diseased part of a body of a patient. Even though the doctor cuts the leg or hand of the patient, he is not considered as a cruel. He is considered as a kind. In the same way, the pious leaders of Islam fought for the sake of Allah (GOD) almighty to save the humanity from the devil possessed people. By the help of Allah, they won. It is quite logical that new religion people are always tortured initially by the then dominated old religion people who were not sincere to their own old religion and sunk in the ocean of sins and hence the God had to send new prophet on the earth with reformed laws as per the demand of the time.
So, the Muslims are the converted people from their old religions to the most advanced Godly religion on the earth. So, such people cannot be termed as illiterate, even though they are deprived of their democratic rights of population based proportionate sharing of facilities like employment, education, election candidature, parliament membership, assembly membership and like that.
Now a day, in universities, the students of religion courses are taught about some minor religions that are formed after Islam. These religions as for example, are Sikhism and Bahai. But their founders could not establish themselves as prophet due to the fact that in Islam’s religious book which is a sky book, God (Allah) already declared that Prophet Mohammed (Pbuh) is a last Prophet and a seal of the prophets on the earth and hence no other prophet arrival is possible. God cannot speak false. So, at the maximum, these so called religions can be understood as faith sects and their founders can be regarded as faith -saints. So, Islam is the latest religion on the earth.
In fact sikhism’s founder Guru Nanak was a disciple of Islamic saint Baba Fariduddin (R.A.). Baba Farid’s name appears in the religion book of the Sikhism, called as Guru Granth Sahib. Guru Nanak established new branch for divine knowledge. In fact so many Islamic saints accept other religion people as their disciple and impart divine knowledge. While Bahai religion founder, Bahaullah had his roots in Islam but he, instead of considering him as a saint, tried to declare him as a prophet and diverted from the various laws of Islam and hence he was declared as a fraud prophet and expelled from Islam and was kept long time in prison. The divine knowledge people of Islam easily recognized him and he had to be removed from Islam.
The Prophets were those, who were assisted by the leader of angels, Jibrael(Gabriel). When divine messages arrive through an Angel Jirael, certain visible clear signs appear on the face and body of the Prophet. The religion with a sky book is of paramount importance. Actually, the religion can be defined as a set of laws with a sky book given to the Prophet of that religion. In all religions prior to Islam, God did not mention that their prophets were the final prophets but in Islam’s book, God clearly mentioned that Mohammed(Pbuh) is a final and a seal of prophets. Now God cannot speak a false(lie) and hence no religion is possible after Islam as no prophet will arrive. Hence latest religion on the earth is Islam. The book quran is given by God. The universities teachers are not the divine persons whereas, there are number of saints in Islam who can perform numerous miracles.