The future belongs to Islam

The future belongs to Islam

All praise is due to Allah. May His peace and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad, his household and companions.

Brothers in faith! Be dutiful to Allah, for that is the best provision and the surest way to salvation on the Day of Resurrection.

Fellow Muslims! Things turn upside-down when those who follow destructive and erroneous sects and beliefs falsely assume that theirs is the true faith and that the good ending and the future belongs exclusively to them. However, the fact that men of reason and understanding do not dispute, is that the future belongs to the religion of Islam; that it shall prevail over all other beliefs, for it is the only true religion that Allah has perfected for His slaves, with which He has completed His favor upon them and which He has chosen for them as religion. He Says (what means):

“This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as your religion.” [Quran 5:3]

No wonder then dear brothers, that Islam enjoys such a distinguished position. This is because it is a religion that is full of innumerable qualities.

The future belongs to Islam, for it is the religion with which Allah raised the status of man and honored him. He informed us in His Speech, which is the most-truthful of all speech, that He created man with His two Hands, breathed of His soul in him and made the angels prostrate before him. He honored man by subjecting him to His worship Alone, for there is no deity worthy of worship except Him, glorified are His Names and Attributes. He honored him by subjecting all that is in heavens and earth to him and gave him innumerable other blessings.

The future belongs to Islam, because it is the only religion whose message is characterised by pure monotheism, which agrees with the laws of nature and sound opinion. It is through Islam that Allah made lawful for His slaves all good and useful things and prohibited all filthy and harmful matters. Removed from this Ummah (Muslims) are the heavy burden and fetters that were upon those who came before them -- such as strictness in matters of religion; for example, the imposition of self-killing as an atonement for sin, cutting the part of the body used for committing an impure act, purifying a cloth by cutting off the place of filth with scissors, compulsory implementation of the law of equity in murder cases (with no option of paying blood money or pardon, whether the killing was intentional or accidental) and prohibition of taking war booty.

All the above restrictions were removed by Allah from this Ummah by His Mercy. He Says (what means): “Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find written [i.e. mentioned] in what they have of the Torah and the Gospel, who enjoins upon them what is right and forbids them what is wrong and makes lawful for them the good things and prohibits for them the evil, and relieves them of their burden and the shackles which were upon them. So they who have believed in him, honored him, supported him and followed the light which was sent down with him – it is those who will be successful.” [Quran 7:157]

The future belongs to Islam because in it, Allah firmly laid the basis of a sound social system that is well-established like a firm structure. He established through Islam that unique society described by the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) (may Allah exalt his mention) in the most eloquent way thus: “The similitude of the believers in regard to mutual love, affection and mutual-compassion is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body shares the agony, sleeplessness and fever that arises from it.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

The future belongs to Islam because it is the religion by which Allah firmly fixed the principles of justice among His creatures -- Muslims and non-Muslims; Arabs and non-Arabs; black and white; male and female; young and old. He prescribed for each group its rights and duties -- a quality that is non-existent in any of the man-made systems and ideologies that most people follow and respect. These ideologies are full of deficiencies and are restricted to a particular place and time or the personal or national interests of those who formulated them.

The future is for Islam, for it is the religion with which Allah preserves people’s lives, properties, honor and minds. He prohibits all killing of life except for a just cause, forbids the defamation of a person’s honor, disallows all that could affect the soundness of people’s minds such as narcotics and intoxicants and forbids the usurpation of properties unjustly. All this Allah does through Islam, in order to protect the social structure of this Ummah from disintegrating.

There is no wonder then that a great and honorable future belongs to this religion. No amount of deception from the enemies of Islam, or their increasing assaults on the Muslims with their cavalry, infantry and wealth, nor their oppression such as killing and expelling people from their lands -- as the Jews do today, can weaken the firm bonds of this religion or disrupt its structure. For, the future is for Islam and the Muslims Inshaa’ Allah and the victory belongs to Allah and His Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) and to the truthful and persevering Muslims -- those who know with certainty that victory comes with perseverance, relief comes after sorrow and that with every difficulty there is ease. Allah Says (what means): “They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah refuses except to perfect His light, although the disbelievers hate it.” [Quran 9: 32].

Brothers in faith! If this Ummah wishes to attain the promised victory and be well-established on the land, it should truly practice Islam by giving Allah His right of worship with all sincerity and completely abstain from associating anything with Him in acts of worship. It should implement His Law and submit to His Judgment in all matters and be pleased with that. It is then that the whole of humankind will have felicity -- and the rightly-guided leadership will become that of Islam, the religion of Allah, the Omniscient, the All-Wise, the All-Knowing.

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