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A message and a Leader (Extracted from the book FIQHUSUNNAH)

A message and a Leader (Extracted from the book FIQHUSUNNAH)

Paganism Ruled the Ancient Civilizations

The history of the mankind is sorrowful. Ever since Adam
May Peace be upon him, and his children descended on
earth, as time went by and civilizations flourished and
generations rose on the remains of others, humans have been a
motley mixture. If one day they are on the right track, they are
lost for days soon after, and if they see the light of truth once,
then the darkness of falsehood engulfs them many times
(thereafter). If we were to scrutinize the history of the mankind
in the light of belief in Allah
and preparation for the
Hereafter, we should find the world closely resembling a
drunkard whose periods of drunkenness exceed his sobriety, or a
sick man who is delirious and does not know what he says.

□ Although in experiences with themselves and their world,
there are men's many deterrents from committing evil and
many incentives to do good, but overwhelming passion
cannot be subdued by knowledge alone.

□ How much of the world's life expired before the
appearance of Muhammad(Sallalaahu alaihiwasallam)
Many centuries brought a
wealth of experience and knowledge and encouraged the
growth of the arts and sciences, philosophies and ideas. In
spite of that, however, frivolity became the rule and many-
nations fell without achieving the status to which they
aspired.

□ Look at the fate of the civilizations of Egypt and Greece,
India and China, Persia and Rome. I do not mean their fate from
the political point of view, but from the aspect of feelings and
reason. Contemptible paganism destroyed them and made them
fall into this miserable pit. And the human being, whom Allah

appointed as His superior vicegerent in the heavens and on
the earth, became a slave subservient to the lowliest thing in

these places. What else could there be after cows and calves are
hallowed, wood and stones are worshipped? Entire nations
became polluted with such perversions. Paganism comes from
within the self and not from the environment. Just as sad people
apply their feelings to their surroundings and frightened people
imagine objects to be ghosts, similarly deformed personalities
will apply their stupidity and sterility to their surroundings, and
deify the stones and the animals.

□ Only when the small heart widens, the dormant thought
awakens and people return to their lofty ideals, these pagan
impressions will disappear automatically. Thus, the first work
for the faith is within men and women themselves, for it is of
no benefit in the fight against paganism simply to slaughter the
holy cows and smash the proud idols while hearts remain in
their previous darkness. The worshippers will just search for
other gods to bow before and make offerings. There are many
pagans in this world, though they have never met over an altar,
and how quickly they ignore the real presence of their Lord and
run after some new illusion.

□ Superstition does not follow its course in life by announcing
its falsehood and exposing its nonsense. It conceals its
shamelessness with the clothing of earnestness. It borrows the
accepted wear of truth and may even adopt some of its premises
and conclusions before adorning itself for the gullible. This is
how paganism acts. It attacks the true religion and its plain
realities, not as the bee attacks the flowers of spring, but as the
worms break down and waste a fertile soil. Or locusts attack the
luxurious gardens and turn them into barren wastelands. Now, if
it corrupts what it leaves, then it will not correct what it takes,
and if what it takes was good before it reached it. then it will
become harmful after it has been turned into poison in its
stomach. This is the secret why paganism, which does not know
Allah
, claims to come closer to Him and seek His pleasure
through its idols: a portion of truth in portions of falsehood, in a
context which definitely diverts people from Allah
and
removes them from Allah's presence.

□ The greatest catastrophe which befell the religions on account
of the pagan attack on them was the terrible changes affecting
the religion of Isa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). They turned
its day into darkness and its peace into distress; they turned
unity into idolatry, degraded the human race and hung its
upliftment on a sacrifice. They turned the ideology of Jesus into
a hotchpotch of unnatural beliefs, myths and legends. The myth
of the Trinity and redemption was revived after early paganism
succeeded in thrusting it upon the new Christianity. In this way
it gained two victories: it strengthened itself and it led others
astray. Thus when the sixth century of the Christian era arrived,
the lights of guidance throughout the world had gone out and
Satan was traversing the vast expanses of land, admiring the
thorns he had planted and seeing how sturdy they had grown.

□ Magianism in Persia was stubborn vanguard of the
widespread idolatry in China, India, the Arab countries and all
parts of the ignorant globe. Christianity, which vehemently
opposed it, borrowed most prominent characteristics feature the
myths of the ancient Indians and Egyptians. It ascribed a wife
and a child to Allah (subhanawathala) and seduced its followers in Rome,
Egypt and Constantinople with a kind of polytheism more
advanced than that of the fire-worshippers and the idol-
worshippers: a polytheism mixed with monotheism and fighting
pure polytheism! What is the value of these contradictions
which Christianity collected together?

(They [Jews, Christians and pagans] say: "Allah has begotten a son
[children]." Glory is to Him! He is Rich [Free of all needs]. His is all
that Is in the heavens and all that Is in the earth. No warrant you have
for this. Do you say against Allah what you know not. Say: "Verily,
those who invent a He against Allah will never be successful" [A brief]
enjoyment in this world! And then unto Us will be their return, then
We shall make them taste the severest torment because they used to
disbelieve in Allah
, belief.His Messengers, deny and challenge His Ayaath[proofs, signs, verses, etc]. ) (Qur'an 10: 68-70)

□ It seems that the bond of polytheism which linked the pagan
religions to the distorted heavenly religions is what made them
allies in the bid to destroy the Muslims from the day the latter
began establishing their community on the basis of the worship
of the One True God. Allah (Subhanawatha’la) cautioned this Ummah on the
persecution which would befall them from the idol-worshipers
and from the People of the Book at the same time, and He
advised them to fortify themselves with patience and
steadfastness in the face of this intolerance:

(Assuredly you will be tried in your property and in your persons,
and you will hear much wrong from those who were given the
Scripture before you, and from the Idolaters. But if you persevere
and ward off evil], then that is of the steadfast heart of things.)

(Quran3: 186)

□ The darkness which engulfed the hearts and minds in the
absence of the lights of tawh&j contained in it also traditions of
society and the systems of government. Thus the earth was a den
haunted by murder and destruction where the weak had no hope
of peace and tranquillity. And what good could be expected
from paganism which rejected reason, forgot Allah (4() and
yielded to the hands of imposters?

□ It would not be strange if Allah refused to help them, as
the HadiTth says:

"Allah verily looked at the people on earth and detested them
all. both Arabs and non-Arabs except some remnants of the
People of the Book/' (From a long HadiTth narrated by Muslim)

It was these remains which were impenetrable by polytheism
in spile of the tidal wave of unbelief which flooded the hills and
valleys. Before the prophethood of Muhammad (Sallalaahu alaihiwasallam) the world
was drowned in confusion and misery which weighed heavily on
people's shoulders.

You came, while the people were in chaos: if you had passed
by them you would have seen them worshipping idol upon idol.

The king of Rome oppressed his people and the king of Persia
was deaf and blind from pride.

Finally Allah announced that He would wipe out
these traces and send His
choicest guidance to creation.

will be continued inshaAllah.......

 

Last modified onSunday, 24 April 2016 05:37
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