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The Unique position of Muslims

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									The Unique position of Muslims
Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi

[This is an abridged version of a speech delivered by the late Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali
Nadwi, Rahmatullahi Alayh on 13th June 1999 to a congregation of around 100,000 people in
Lucknow, India. The lecture was given while the Maulana was critically ill, and some six months
later he passed away. The address constitutes his call and mission, urging Muslims to cultivate
and strive for the position of distinction as exhorted by Almighty Allah in the Holy Quran.
Acknowledgement due to Sulaiman Kazi ( a former student of Ali Mian) who sent this article to
Jaihoon]

"Let me open up my heart to you, to this huge assembly, and say that . . ."

Praise be to Allah and blessings and peace be upon His Messenger

In the Name of Allah, the Most Magnificent, the Most Merciful

"O you who believe! If you fear Allah, He will grant you Furqan (a position of distinction) and
will expiate for you your sins, and forgive you. Allah is the Owner of Mighty Grace." (Holy
Quran: 8:29)

In the verse I have just recited Almighty Allah’s order is thought provoking. It is a jolting verse
which can revolutionise the whole world. Almighty Allah alone is worthy of worship. He is
Master of all and He is the One who created the universe. He is the creator of Jinns and human
beings. Nothing can happen without His will. He can bring revolution in countries. He
transforms the circumstances, and He can free the slaves and enslave the free.

Any thing which is repeatedly recited is not usually pondered over deeply. If the Holy Quran is
recited and pondered over it would make your nights sleepless. It can provide stimulus not only
to the body but also to the mind and soul. Almighty Allah says:"O you who believe! If you fear
Allah"; this word "God-fearing" is not an ordinary one. If somebody fears Allah he is known as
Muttaqui (God-fearing). One who refrains from back biting and slander, people say he is God-
fearing. But Taqwa, according to the language and definition of the Holy Quran, has a very
broad and revolutionary meaning.

It can reverse the systems of the whole world. Almighty Allah says if you become God fearing -
it does not literally mean fear of God - it means fear of God in your beliefs and actions, aims and
objectives, morals and behaviour, and in your dealing with fellow human beings. People will
point towards you and they will look up to you. Thinking of you at times people will loose their
sleep and at other times they will wake up from their slumber. "Look! there goes a Muslim"
"Look! Muslims are so pious" will be their comments.

If you thus fear Allah, He will elevate you to a position of distinction. From wherever a God-
fearing Muslim would pass by, one who obeys the orders of Allah and His Rasool, one who is a
well-wisher of humanity, one who is compliant to the will of Allah, one who keeps his gaze
down, one who controls his tongue, one whose heart is devoid of material gains, and one whose
mind is pure from intrigues and conspiracies, then people will look at such a Muslim curiously.
"Look! there goes an obedient servant of Allah." When this becomes your means of recognition
Almighty Allah will grant you a place of honour and distinction (I can not but translate the
Arabic word Furqan as distinctive position because it has various meanings and its translation in
any other language is not easy).

People will point towards you and they will look up to you. Thinking of you at times people will
loose their sleep and at other times they will wake up from their slumber. "Look! there goes a
Muslim" "Look! Muslims are so pious" will be their comments. A Muslim is someone who does
not gaze at strange women (Na-mahram), he does not hinder a thoroughfare or hurt anyone. A
Muslim moves about with a purpose and is dignified. He is a well-wisher and sympathizer of
humanity. With such a description only a few, may be just a family who could be counted on
fingers, if they reached an area, time is witness almost the whole area embraced Islam just by
seeing those Muslims as if swept by a wave. This wave of Islam prevailed over material greed,
desire for position and other evils prevalent in the society.

Almighty Allah has given human beings the power to impress and emulate. I can say as student
of history, as one who knows human psychology and as a counsellor, that in spite of dark deeds,
infidelity and idol worship, intemperance, worship of wealth, barbarism and injustice, it is due to
this factor of receiving impression - the inherent element for reform and adopting what is good -
this world is not shattered and ruined. Let me open up my heart to you, to this huge assembly,
and say that the desire in man to emulate impressions and improve is the real secret behind the
existence of this world and it is for this reason the world is still vibrant. Almighty Allah who
created this world knows that man still possesses this capacity.

I am going to tell you something which no other person may say. I do not have any
misconceptions about them but I fear that they may not say this after all they are humans. In the
country you are living, you should live a life which mirrors the honour you have been accorded,
that is, Furqan, position of distinction. Your distinctive position should be so impressive that it
changes the belief, behaviour and morals, outlook, feelings, emotions, relations and dealings of
the people around you. Such a large number of Muslims live in a country yet fail to carve out a
definite impression is unbelievable. Almighty Allah says if you will fear Allah He will bestow
upon you a distinctive position. Such an honour will be completely novel and will change the
beliefs, morals and relationships of people. Such a large population of Muslims have not brought
any revolution is sad proof that we have not followed the order of "fear Allah" fully.

If you "fear Allah" and live according to the teachings of Allah's messenger, the outcome will be
a "position of distinction" for you. People will consider you an object of emulation, and people
will be attracted towards you. You will be a role model for people. There will be such an
uncontrollable flow of people accepting Islam that you may not be able to withstand the pressure
leading to the propagation of Islam. The life of people will thereafter change for good.
Materialism, moral dissipation, thirst for power and position, worship of authority and politics -
all these social maladies will be lessened if not erased totally. It will be difficult for people to
hold on to their mis-beliefs, their desires and their yearn for unfair gains. Seeing the Muslims
with typical Islamic characteristics, people will be attracte towards Islam. Great national leaders,
known politicians, reputed writers, eloquent orators, poetic speakers, will not be able to stick to
their beliefs, their ideas, their leadership and their politics.
Unfortunately this is not happening! Why? Please examine your own lives and see whether it is
Islamically moulded. Therefore, to bring a change in the world, first of all your Faith must be
correct, your dealings must be right, your goals and aims must be right. These should be different
and distinct. People should notice that a Muslim removes any hindrance from wherever he passes
by and he is always helpful. The difference in your material desires and your natural human
weaknesses should be apparently lesser than the rest. "He is a Muslim" should be ascribed above
all qualities to describe you. It is a historical fact that a handful of such Muslims wherever they
reached have revolutionised and changed nations.

Just think of the Arabian peninsula, the cradle of Islam, and of Spain where countless masses
accepted Islam. Think of Turkey, think of Algeria, Morocco and West Asia where Islam was
accepted and Islam is still the way of life, with the exception of Spain where a systematic
annihilation of Islam and the Arabic language was carried out under a conspiracy for which
the Muslims are also to be blamed.

If you consider the distances by land and passage of time, the differences of languages and ideas,
you will realise that these are as wide apart as earth and sky, yet nations after nations embraced
Islam, impressed by the character shown by Muslims, by their Dawah and Tabligh The
behaviour and conduct of Muslims became an example for all. Compare that with the present day
position of Muslims. I urge you to adopt the life of a true Muslim and start today to practise
Islam in its totality and according to the orders of Almighty Allah: "If you fear Allah" and "This
day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you and chosen for you
Islam as your religion" (Holy Quran: 5:3) and "O you who believe! Enter into Islam
wholeheartedly and follow not the footsteps of Satan. He is you avowed enemy." (Holy Quran:
2:208)

Almighty Allah urges the believers to enter into Islam wholly and obey Him unquestioningly.
The Arabic word Kaaffa encompasses all - literally, mentally, practically, collectively and
legally. It is a word with a varied and vast meaning. It applies to the people who are entering
Islam and also applies to what they are entering in. It requires Muslims to enter into Islam one
hundred percent, it allows no laxity. Muslims should enter into Islam completely.

Inheritance and shares must be distributed correctly, rights and obligations must be fulfilled, the
rights of parents, the rights of wife, the rights of husband, the rights of brothers, the rights of
relatives, the rights of your fellow citizens, the rights of your country and your duty to the
country all need to be honoured and fulfilled. Almighty Allah says that first enter into Islam fully
with all the attributes of a Muslim and then be mindful and do not be misguided by Satan. You
have an example in the life of the Messenger, follow the exemplary simple life and strong
character of the Messenger.

My dear brothers, in spite of my physical weakness I say it with conviction that if you go back
with a firm resolve that "I will practice Islam fully and I will lead such a life as to leave an
impression on the whole environment, on the people around me, on the whole neighbourhood,
towns and cities," people will then be compelled to say that such is the life of a Muslim, where
others falter a Muslim remains steadfast, where others tend to weaken a Muslim remains
balanced, where others go astray a Muslim follows the right path, where others sell their
conscience a Muslim remains unmoved and nobody, no government, no political party, no
individual howsoever powerful or wealthy can buy the conscience of these Muslims. Neither
beauty nor grace, nor lure of power and position can weaken these Muslims. Almighty Allah has
created and bestowed upon them the gift of their Deen Had our character been according to Islam
the whole country would have benefited. Whenever and wherever this has happened, people
including even enemies have accepted Islam as their way of life. They have accepted Muslims as
men of principle, kind and charitable. They have accepted their belief in afterlife and considered
them righteous.

Whatever Islam is left not only in this country but anywhere in the world it is because of the
example presented by its seers. At times only a single personality has changed the whole
country. Here in our country Hazrat Moinuddin Chishti, Rahmatullahi Alayh, came and millions
embraced Islam. Similarly Syed Ali Hamdani, Rahmatullahi, went to Kashmir and the majority
of people there accepted Islam. So let us mould our life in the pattern desired by Almighty Allah.
He will bestow upon you that promised position of distinction. People will make you their role
model, they will make you the symbol of goodness, they will listen to your words, they will look
towards you for guidance, they will say these are Muslims who have such true belief and correct
actions, their emotions and desires are so high. They are worthy of emulation.

Take this message from here. Let me remind you that your life should be distinctive for which
there is no appropriate word than Furqan You should depart from here with a firm resolve in
your heart that you will mould your life in such a way that people will look up to you. You
should become an example for people.

The need of the hour is that your life should be revolutionised. The revolution should not be an
individual one but a collective one. The change should be concerning your belief, your morals,
your actions, your dealings, your decisions, and your efforts. Your life in every way should
become a beacon of guidance and it should become a means for Dawah. It should become a
magnet. A magnet attracts a lifeless piece of iron, and human beings are not lifeless. Can a
Muslim, full of Islamic life, not become powerful enough to attract another human being, people
around him, and civilisation at large?

The power of attraction of a Muslim is a thousand times more than the most powerful magnet. If
you do not have that power you do not have the magnetism, you have to generate that power and
you should build that magnetism. May Almighty Allah grant us the power and the will to
become true Muslims in our desires, in our morals and in our aims.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Universe.

								
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