The Right Way is Now DistinctFrom the Wrong Way
"...Anyone who denounces the devil and believes in God has grasped thestrongest bond; one that never breaks. God is Hearer, Omniscient." (2:256)
Today’s Muslims are faced with a great challenge as this is a time of turmoil, war,famine, and oppression. We either choose to submit our inward beings to the lawsand guidance of the Creator, or we will sooner or later be compromised or crushedby the tide of evil. At this point in history, we do not have the option of comfortable,uninvolved neutrality.
During the past centuries, the world of Islam has seen some of its adherents driftaway from its inner soul, God, leaving the door open for materialism, corruption,unquestioning adherence to tradition, blind nationalism, and the path on the left.Islam is a path which calls on us to prostrate not just our bodies, but our minds andsouls to the Lord of the Universe
"God Himself has witnessed that there is no god but He. And the angels and those endowed with knowledge also bear witness that there is no god but He,the absolute god, the All-Powerful, the All-Wise. In the sight of God, Islam(submission to the will of God) is the only right way of life..." (3:18-19)
And for the Muslim, the Holy Quran is God’s gift, His guidance and instructions given throughthe prophet Muhammad.
People can lead lives, which are a mixture between the ways of God and the ways of the downward path for quite a while. But there are only two directions, the pathtoward God, and the path away from God, and we will eventually be forced to makea decision to go one way or the other. One cannot go in both directions at the sametime.
The Path toward God
Islam in its pure form is a spiritual path, simple, challenging and effective. Walkingthis path with commitment brings certain fruits, including increasing compassion, self control, generosity of spirit, independent thinking, moral courage, respect for others,honesty, and the right use of resources. Islam is not in itself a political system,although political systems may proceed from it. It is not a set of cultural traditions,although cultural traditions may reflect it. It is not the possession of any social or ethnic group, or of any geographical area. Its originator and protector is the Lord of the universe, and human beings cannot own or control Him.
Faith in God and His guidance is not a matter of conformity with doctrine, rules,human law, or cultural norms. Over periods of time, the understanding of divinerevelation, and practice derived from it, tend to accrue large amounts of interpretation, speculation, and personal preferences, dimming the pure light of God’s guidance. Belief is the internal acknowledgment that we and everything elseare created by the One and dependent upon Him, and that obedience to God’s law islife.
The path opens up before us as we strive to overcome sins, and to practicerighteousness, prayer, charity, compassion, fairness to others, truth, honesty. Thesituations and events of our lives are lessons which, if we ask God’s guidance andhelp, can teach us and strengthen our characters. As we progress along the straight