The Rise Of Islam Will Continue
All of these developments indicate something striking:
Islam is spreading quickly in America and gradually gaining power.
The coming chapters will show how this growth is not limited to
America, but how Islam is spreading everywhere in the world. These
are very significant developments and, God willing, are signs
of many more important developments. Therefore, these events are
good news for believers and a cause for joy and excitement. In
the Qur'an, God announces that true religion will indeed triumph,
It is He Who sent His Messenger with guidance
and the True Religion to exalt it over every other religion, though
the idolaters hate it. (Qur'an, 61: 9)
Thus, while evaluating these developments we must not
forget that all of them are promises of God. Such an attitude is
important, if they are to be appreciated as they should be. Otherwise,
these events will be regarded as ordinary happenings in the general
flow of life and simply as the results of a few political developments.
But the truth is quite different. In fact, God has determined every
moment that we experience according to His Destiny for us. Where
and how people approach Islam, how many Qur'ans a bookstore sells,
how a state official begins to take in interest in Islam and when,
where, and how this interest will be expressed are all developments
that God has already determined.
‘Do you argue with us about God when He is our Lord
and your Lord? We have our actions and you have your actions.
We act for Him alone.’
(Qur’an 2: 139)
Do not imagine that
God will break His promise to His Messengers. God is Almighty,
Exactor of Revenge.
Although we know that God creates a reason for every
event, we must always remember that He has already determined
our destiny. Given this awareness, we realize that we should thank
God for the blessing of creating us to live in this time, when
such important developments are taking place. We say this because
every event that we experience is a step leading to greater and
more important developments, and every such event announces the
good news that the blessed time for which Muslims have been waiting
for centuries is approaching. Our thanksgiving for this blessing
must take the form of both words and deeds. In other words, we
must work to quicken the spread of the Qur'an's moral teachings,
struggle against any irreligious ideologies and ideas that impede
this development, and take every opportunity to convey these teachings.
One other point also should be kept in mind: Along
with this rise, Muslims could continue to face various pressures
from certain quarters. However, such concerns are beyond the scope
of this book. Nevertheless, they cannot make us ignore the fact
of Islam's rapid growth throughout the world, the increasing interest
in Islam, and the continued growth of the Muslim population. Thus
we must not confuse interest in Islam, especially in the West,
with the prejudiced, anti-Islam, and anti-Muslim attitudes and
hostile stances observed in some circles. These two topics must
be discussed separately.
We have granted you a clear victory, so that God may forgive
you your earlier errors and any later ones and complete His
blessing upon you, and guide you on a Straight Path. And so
that Allah may help you with a mighty help.
(Qur’an 48: 1-3)
Similarly, when the Western world examines Islam, it
must consider the moral values of the Qur'an and those who have
sincerely adopted them. If they do not, instead of making decisions
and policies that would contribute to world peace and ensure security
and well-being, differences could be magnified and dialogue impaired.
The basis for a dialogue between two civilizations will be established
by the goodwill of believers, who conscientiously live according
to the high morality that God commanded. Strengthening such a dialogue
means that every viewpoint and ideology that violently agitates
against peace and well-being by fomenting conflict, argument, and
war will be eradicated. The fundamental support for the struggle
against terror, violence, and every movement that damages world
peace must be negotiation, dialogue, and a discussion at the level
of ideas. This approach is the best way to prevent steps taken to
bring world societies into peace and security from inadvertently
harming innocent people and being used for other purposes.
We bequeathed to the people who had been oppressed the easternmost
part of the land We had blessed, and its
westernmost part as well…
(Qur’an 7: 137)
He bequeathed their
land, their houses and their wealth to you, and another land
you had not yet trodden on.
God has power over all things.
(Qur’an 33: 27)