Islam (Part 2)

Goethe (1749-1832), one of the world's most famous literary men, writes about the Qur'ân al-kerîm in his work West-East Divan: "The Qur'ân contains many iterations, and we feel as if these iterations will bore us, but when we read on, gradually the book begins to attract us. Then it carries us to admiration and eventually to reverence."

Besides Goethe, many other famous thinkers have felt admiration for the Qur'ân al-kerîm. Let's quote some of them.

Prof. Edouard Monté says: "The Qur'ân al-kerîm is the book that tells of Allah's oneness in the most clear, most sublime, most sacred and most convincing language, which can be surpassed by no other religious book."

Dr. Maurice, who translated the Qur'ân al-kerîm into French, says: "The Qur'ân al-kerîm is the most beautiful of the religious books bestowed upon mankind."

Gaston Karr says: "The Qur'ân al-kerîm which is the source of Islam, contains all the principles of modern civilization. This is such a clear fact that, today, we have to believe that our civilization is established on the fundamental principles of the Qur'ân." Islam is founded on the basis of physical and spiritual cleanliness. It accumulates in itself all the overt and covert merits of all the former religions.

There are five principles, religious precepts, which those who have been converted to Islam, that is, all Muslims have to do: The first is to believe in one Allâhu ta'âlâ and that Hadrat Muhammad (sall-Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam) is His Prophet and created slave; the second is to perform salât (prayer), as prescribed by Islam; the third is to fast; the fourth is to go on hajj (pilgrimage); the last one is to pay zakât, a special kind of yearly charity paid by the rich to poor Muslims.

No force or torture takes place in Islam. Allâhu ta'âlâ has never required one to worship at the cost of one's health, that is, to worship so much that one will get ill. Allâhu ta'âlâ is very magnanimous, forgiving and compassionate. In other words, He is so merciful, He will forgive those who make tawba. Islam's worship remains between Allâhu ta'âlâ and the slave. Allâhu ta'âlâ alone forgives or punishes those who are negligent or guilty. Those who are to be punished will be put in the vehement fire of retribution, which we term "Hell."

Who will remain eternally in Hell? Will it be those who do not perform their prayers? Will it be those who commit sins? No! Those who will be burned eternally in Hell are Allâhu ta'âlâ's enemies. Sinners are not Allâhu ta'âlâ's enemies. They are like a naughty, guilty child. Do parents become hostile to their disobedient child? Of course, they do not. They only scold him a little, but they keep loving him.