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The eternal message is the natural characteristic of the whole universe:

Islam is the religion which this entire universe is ordered to follow. Allah says: {Do they seek other than the religion of Allâh (the true Islâmic Monotheism worshipping none but Allâh Alone), while to Him submitted all creatures in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly. And to Him shall they all be returned}. [Âl-’Imrân:83]

It is well known that everything in this universe is submissive to a particular rule and a fixed law. The sun, the moon, the stars and the earth are subjugated according to a steady law. They do not have the ability to move out of or leave that law, not even by a hairbreadth. Similarly, man himself, if you consider his life, is certainly fully submissive to the laws of Allah. He neither breathes nor feels his need for water, food, light and heat, except according to the divine laws that organize his life. All his limbs are driven by these laws, because the functions they perform are only carried out according to what Allah has predestined for them.

These comprehensive laws to which he surrenders and which everything in this universe obeys, from the largest of planets in space to the smallest grain of sand in the ground, were created by Allah, the Sublime, All-Capable King. If everything in the heavens, the earth and all that is between them yields to these laws, it then follows that Islam is the religion of the entire universe, since Islam means to surrender to and comply with the commands of the Ruler and to avoid His prohibitions, without any objection. The sun, the moon and the earth are submissive to Him and so are the air, water, light, darkness, heat, trees, stones and cattle. All are submissive to their Lord. Allah says: {And has subjected to you all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth; it is all as a favour and kindness from Him. Verily, in it are signs for a people who think deeply}. [al-Jaathiyah:13]

Indeed, that man who does not know his Lord and denies His existence and proofs, or worships other gods and associates them with Him, is still submissive in terms of the nature with which he was created, though he might not realize this.

Man is pulled back and forth by two matters:

The first is the natural disposition that Allah created in all people, which is to surrender and be subservient to Allah, and love to worship Him as well as draw closer to Him, loving what He loves of truth, goodness and honesty, and hating what falsehood, evil, injustice and oppression he hates. This is in addition to the resulting natural instincts that include love of money, family and children, and the desire to eat, drink, marry, etc. and the necessary functions that are required for all of the above by the body parts.

The second is man’s will and choice. Allah has sent him messengers and revealed books so that he may distinguish between right and wrong, guidance and misguidance, and good and evil. Allah provided man with reason and understanding so that he may be clear-sighted about his choice. If he wills, he may take the path of goodness, that will lead him to truth and guidance, or he may take the paths of evil, that will lead him to evil and ruin: {And say: “The truth is from your Lord.” Then whosoever wills, let him believe; and whosoever wills, let him disbelieve. Verily, We have prepared for the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong doers), a Fire whose walls will be surrounding them (disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh). And if they ask for help (relief, water), they will be granted water like boiling oil, that will scald their faces. Terrible is the drink, and an evil Murtafaq (dwelling, resting place)!} [al-Kahf:29]

If man is considered in relation to the first command, he is found to be fashioned to surrender to his Creator, naturally disposed to be committed to that, without any deviation, just like other creatures.

If, on the other hand, he is considered in relation to the second matter, he is found to be free to choose whatever he wishes, either to be a Muslim or an infidel. Allah says: {Verily, We showed him the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful}. [al-Insaan :3 ]

Thus, people are of two types:

One who knows his Creator, and believes that He is his Lord and Owner, and the true God that he worships Alone. He follows His laws in his life of choice, just as he is naturally disposed to inevitably surrender to the Lord and to follow what has been predestined for him. This is the perfect Muslim who has perfected his Islam. The knowledge he has is correct since he knows Allah, his Creator and Fashioner, Who sent him messengers and gave him the power of knowledge and learning. His mind is clear and his opinion is always correct because he thought and then decided not to worship any except Allah, Who honored him with the talent of understanding and to be able to have opinions about matters. In addition, his tongue is the mouthpiece of truth, since he does not verbally acknowledge any lord except the One true Lord, Allah, Who blessed him with the power of speech and the ability to express himself easily. Now it is as if nothing remains in his life except truthfulness, since he is submissive to the laws of Allah concerning that which he has a choice of in his affairs. The bond of acquaintance and intimacy then stretches between him and the other creatures in the universe, since he does not worship any except Allah, the All-Wise, All-Knowing, Whom all creatures serve, and to Whose commands they bow and to Whose destiny they yield, those creatures which Allah has made subservient to you, O mankind. Allah says: {And whosoever submits his face (himself) to Allâh, while he is a Muhsin (good-doer, i.e. performs good deeds totally for Allâh’s sake without any show-off or to gain praise or fame etc. and does them in accordance with the Sunnah of Allâh’s Messenger Muhammad [sal-Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam]), then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold [Lâ ilâha illallâh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh)]. And to Allâh return all matters for decision} [Luqmaan:22]

There is a vast difference between this and that


Najimu Ramoni

Ghanian missionary

“I had no choice of comparison between the principle of the Oneness of God in the Qur’anic perception and my belief in the Christian trinity. I found that the latter principle is much lower than the Islamic principle, and due to that particular point, I began to lose confidence in the Christian religion on the grounds that faith in God is the first and most important principle in any religion. If my faith in God is wrong in the correct religious sense, this means that any other activities become vain, useless and meaningless. “