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Why Islam Satisfies Your Intellect and Soul

Postby Muntazir » 02 May 2007, 14:07

DESPITE the relentless propaganda war against Islam and its
followers, a great number of people today continue to embrace the
religion.
Among the new faithful are intellectuals, scientists,
priests, and artists, young and old, from different parts of the
globe.

They are from among the fortunate who have educated themselves about
Islam and refused to let the media and peer pressure cajole them
into following baseless lies about their Creator and the
relationship that He demands.

Their testimonies however, only represent a drop in the ocean since
every day hundreds of people are converting to Islam from all around
the world. Each year, about 20,000 people in the United States alone
convert to Islam, and this number is quickly rising.
This is in addition to those who convert in prisons, according to a
study conducted last year by the Council on American-Islamic
Relations.
And it's not just the West. The Islamic Center in Setagay-ku, a hub
of Islamic activity in Tokyo, registered over 80 new members this
year, the majority Japanese women.

In a few years, Islam will be the religion with the largest number
of followers on Earth. Yet, there exist a number of false widespread
ideas about Islam. Often, these ideas are the result of ignorance,
prejudice, or simple old-fashioned propaganda.

Although anti-Islamic headlines greet us every morning, it is
important for non-Muslims and Muslims alike to filter out the
irrelevant. A person who is unfamiliar with Islamic teachings might
be surprised to hear that Islam does not rely upon blind faith to
make its case, but rather, encourages us to use our minds. For
example, the Holy Quran invites us to ponder upon the wonders of
creation, and challenges us with intellectual arguments. Further
study of the Holy Quran demonstrates that sound reasoning and
scientific knowledge confirm rather than contradict authentic
revelation. Contemplating the Holy Quran and our surroundings, help
us to distinguish truth from falsehood.

Indeed, one of the many unique aspects of Islam is its ability to
satisfy the intellect whilst bringing peace to the soul. And this is
exactly why thousands around the globe are turning to Islam, simply
because they are in need of their Lord. Allah says in the Holy
Quran, "O mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah
is Rich (Free of all wants and needs), Worthy of All Praise."
(35:15).

After reading this verse, the intellectuals realise that man can
have no better guidance than that which comes from the One Who had
perfected everything, and the One who has no deficiency in Himself
and in His Attributes. The One Who is Ever-Living and Who does not
die. There can be no one better than the One Who has no need for
anything; the One Who is rich; the Giver; the One who, after all,
controls man's soul. Man is so poor and in complete need of Him. He
is Allah (SWT), the True and only God. Man does nothing but brings
harm to himself if he seeks other than Allah for help. Allah is the
One Who can help man drive away any harm for it cannot occur without
His Will and His Power.

Knowing Allah's Names and Attributes liberates man from worshiping
any form of creation since we are weak and in need of The Creator,
Allah. The knowledge about Allah leads man to know that he is
created to live according to Allah's way as revealed to the last
Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him). This revelation contains a
complete code of life. Everything that is beneficial or harmful is
established so that man can centre his life on this Revelation. If
man commits wrong and knows that Allah is Oft-Forgiving he would
turn to Him and to Him alone seeking His forgiveness:

"Know, therefore, that there is no God Who deserves to be worshipped
except Allah; and ask forgiveness for your sins." (Qur'an, 47:19)

The freedom and liberation that Islam provides has gained it
millions of followers around the world. Muslims adhering to the
teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are living
testimony of the simplicity that an Islamic lifestyle brings about.

Source: Khaleej Times
as-Salaamu 'aleykum warahmatullah

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