Third: The Miracle of Guidance

Dr. ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Abd Al-‘Aziz Al-Muslih

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          This kind of miracle is the goal and greater objective of the Noble Quran. Everything else is but a means to this end.

Allaah the Almighty Says (what means): {Verily this Quran guides unto that which is straightest, and heralds the believers who do good works that to them belongs a great reward.} [Quran 17:9], and the Noble Quran has also taught us that Allaah has given man various levels of guidance:

1. Innate direction, which is the guidance given to man and beast alike, to their interests that are essential for maintaining their lives. Allaah The Almighty Says (what means): {Glorify the name of your Lord the most high, who created then proportionated, and who destined then guided.} [Quran 87:1-3] So Allaah Proportioned man, Perfected his creation then Destined for him the ways leading to his living, and then Guided him to them. Education is also such guidance.

2. The guidance of success, inspiration, and firmness upon the truth. Thus man was created with the nature of seeking knowledge. Of men are those who are free of the external influences of blind obedience to tradition and holding to the customs of tribe and race. They love searching for the truth so they can be guided to it. However, desires of temptation restrict their reaching that guidance. AllaahCommanded us to ask Him for guidance and for firmness upon the truth and to not let our wants betray us. We repeat this in our five daily prayers, reciting (what means): {Guide us to the straight path, the path of those upon whom You blessed; not of those with whom You are angered, nor of those astray.} [Quran 1:6-7] This rank of guidance is special to whomever Allaah wishes of His slaves. He Says (what means): {Indeed, you do not guide whom you like, but Allaah guides whomever He wills; and He is most knowledgeable about those guided.} [Quran 28:56]

He thus forbade such guidance for His prophet’s own uncle, while he was the closest of people to him, as he fell under the pressure of his tribe, saying, “I fear shame and disgrace.” Yet, He provided this guidance to those distant in lineage, like Salman the Persian, Bilal the Abyssinian, and others of His excellent servants.

As corruption, tyranny, and darkness overtook the world, Islam came to illumine it with its light, streaming into the hearts and minds, thus liberating them and raising their level of awareness; so they abandoned everything other than Allaah.

Due to this purpose and this gallant goal, the Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam,  went forth conveying the religion of Allaah to the world, spreading it therein, and befittingly striving in His way. The Companions and the righteous Muslims after them spent their blood and wealth to carry this religion to the corners of the civilized world, even when faced with sure torment. They suffered terrible sufferings in order to preserve it for themselves and for those after them. There are many cases of this. By way of example, in China there are villages on mountaintops, in which people live in austerity to hold on to their religion. As for Islam, on the surface of the Tibetan Plateau—between Pakistan, Balochistan and China—there are such villages established in the mountains. These people are saying, “We live in dire straits, but we safeguard our religion.” Likewise, Russia went to war with Islam without showing any leniency, and no one can imagine the extent thereof, but Islam remained and could not be concluded.

In Russia, I have seen with my own eye and have heard with my own ear, when I visited for a seminar on the scientific miracles of which I now speak. In this conference convened at the Gorbachev Foundation, which was once the site of an institute for spreading atheism throughout the world, the president of the foundation said, “We used to export “There is no god” to the world; then you came to confirm to us, in the language of science, that “There is no god but Allaah”.

At the conclusion of this conference on scientific miracles, seven major Russian scientists embraced Islam, merely on the dismissal of atheist claims. Muslims have thus emerged from the shadows, from the middle of the fire, saying, “There is no god but Allaah, we are Muslims, and our faith will not be seized.”

That and many other eyewitness accounts indicate that Islam is truly Allaah’s religion, which agrees with the Fitrah; and that it is not possible for anyone to whom its power and influence has reached to remove that guidance from the hearts and instincts of men. This is the miracle of guidance that, when coupled with a sound heart, remains therein and clings thereto. Allaah Says (what means): {They want to extinguish the light of Allaah with their mouths, but Allaah completes His light—no matter if hated by the disbelievers.} [Quran 61:8], and: {Those who disbelieve spend their wealth to avert others from the way of Allah; so they will spend, then they will regret, and then they will be defeated.} [Quran 8:36]

The greatest witness borne to verify this religion as the religion of human nature is that Islam never entered a land and then left it. Instead, it took residence, continued therein, and became part of its essence. The only exception to this would be Al-Andalus, which the Muslims abandoned for a wisdom known only to Allaah and as a lesson for whoever takes heed. They apparently left for two reasons, which are the plague of nations: disputed leadership and desired extravagance. Those with insight should learn this lesson well.

This was Spain, in which the infamous courts of the Inquisition were established in order to bring an end to Islam and the Muslims. But despite that, the testimony of the Islamic civilization’s lasting effects stands until our present day, bearing witness that Islam is the religion of science.

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