MUSLIM DEGENERATION AND ITS ONLY REMEDY
It has been clearly brought out in the preceding pages that the current disease in the body of Muslims has sprung from the extinction of the true spirit of Islam in our hearts. As a result, real sentiments and love for Islam are practically dead in us and our belief in it has dissipated. Obviously, when the very source becomes dry, the channels of virtue, good deeds and fine attributes, which can flow from it, are not to be seen any longer. This is exactly what is evident today. It has been fully discussed and brought out earlier that the only means for the building up of this source, and maintaining a constantly proper flow of religious benefits from it, is the act of “Tabligh”, which really and truly is the life-blood of Islam. Unless we are able to revive it, we cannot achieve anything in this life because no nation of people can rise to glory without having in them the high human attributes and character which only the religion of Islam can give.
We should now clearly feel the disease from which we suffer and judge the treatment which can bring the remedy. It is now up to us to set about the revival of the obligatory task of “Tabligh”. It will be only then that we can hope to regenerate the true faith of Islam in the masses. By this means alone can we recognize and truly understand both Allah Ta'ala and His Holy prophet, Hadhrat Mohammad (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam), and will be able to clearly understand and finally submit to their commands and wishes. To achieve all this, we will have to adopt the exact methods and ways which are laid down and were demonstrated by the Holy prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) himself when he reformed the pagan Arabs. Allah Ta'ala says in the Quran:
“Indeed the Holy prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) is the perfect example for you to follow.”
In this very connection, Hadhrat Imam Malik (Rahmatullah Alaihi) said:
Reformation of the last (part) of this (Mohammad’s) Ummat will not be possible except by adopting the method which was used in the beginning (by Hadhrat Mohammad (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam).
In the beginning, when the Holy prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) had started to call the people to Islam, he did not have a single supporter behind him nor had he any political power or possessions. The Pagan Arabs were arrogantly independent and self-opinionated. No one among them was prepared to listen to reason or truth or obey another person. They strongly disliked and were deadly opposed to the “Kalimah-tul-Haq”, which the Holy prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) had the sole mission to teach. In these circumstances, one wonders what gave such invisible power and force to that one single man, who was wordly poor and without any means, that he eventually was able to draw the whole of the Arab nation towards him. First we ought to carefully think and see what was it refused, but came running towards him as soon as they perceived the light, and steed by him so close that they never left him again. It was the message of Eternal Truth to which he called!-that and only that (Truth), which was the Holy Prophet’s (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) sole mission and aim in life-and which he so beautifully presented to the people! It is:
“That we worship nothing but Allah, and associate none with Him as His compeer or rival, and none of us considers another god except Allah.”
The propagation of that same very truth can bring the very same results again.
The Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) forbade his followers from looking upon any ‘Being’ except Allah Ta'ala for worship or obedience. Not only did he succeed in achieving his aim, but was able to cut all ties between his followers and every alien element, and bound his people in one uniform system of life from which they never tried to break away again. They really became the picture of:
“Follow that which has been sent to you from the Sustainer, and do not follow others (considering them) as Protectors except Allah Ta'ala.”
This was the real lesson, which the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam) had been commanded (by Allah Ta'ala) to teach and spread. It is further clear from the following verse”
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