Gems from the Holy Quran (Part 2)

by Mr. Mirza Abdur-Rahman Baig

The Light & Islamic Review (US), November/December 1992 Issue (Vol. 69, No. 6, pp. 10–11)

Note by the Editor: We continue below Mr. Baig’s series which briefly expounds valuable truths disclosed by Quranic verses.

قُلۡ یٰعِبَادِیَ الَّذِیۡنَ اَسۡرَفُوۡا عَلٰۤی اَنۡفُسِہِمۡ لَا تَقۡنَطُوۡا مِنۡ رَّحۡمَۃِ اللّٰہِ ؕ اِنَّ اللّٰہَ یَغۡفِرُ الذُّنُوۡبَ جَمِیۡعًا ؕ اِنَّہٗ ہُوَ الۡغَفُوۡرُ الرَّحِیۡمُ ﴿۵۳﴾ وَ اَنِیۡبُوۡۤا اِلٰی رَبِّکُمۡ وَ اَسۡلِمُوۡا لَہٗ مِنۡ قَبۡلِ اَنۡ یَّاۡتِیَکُمُ الۡعَذَابُ ثُمَّ لَا تُنۡصَرُوۡنَ ﴿۵۴﴾

“Say: O My servants, who have acted extravagantly against their souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah; surely Allah forgives the faults altogether; surely He is the Forgiving, the Merciful. And turn to your Lord time after time, and submit to Him before there comes to you the chastisement, then you shall not be helped” (Holy Quran, 39:53–54).

These are the most unique verses in the Holy Quran, for they contain solace and Divine promise even for the worst sinner, that it is not too late for you, provided you sincerely turn to Him, change the whole pattern of your life and faithfully follow the tenets of Islam, as revealed by Allah to the Holy Prophet [Muhammad (pbuh)] in the Holy Quran, for the mercy of Allah is limitless!

No other religion, new or old, holds out such a positive promise of Divine mercy and complete forgiveness, provided we mend our ways. Christians believe Christ died for their sins, so they are blameless, and Hindus believe there is no forgiveness at all for their sins. Consequently, today the world is in a bad shape morally.

Democratic Principles:

وَ الَّذِیۡنَ اسۡتَجَابُوۡا لِرَبِّہِمۡ وَ اَقَامُوا الصَّلٰوۃَ ۪ وَ اَمۡرُہُمۡ شُوۡرٰی بَیۡنَہُمۡ ۪ وَ مِمَّا رَزَقۡنٰہُمۡ یُنۡفِقُوۡنَ ﴿ۚ۳۸﴾

“And those who respond to their Lord and keep up prayer, their rule is to take counsel among themselves, and who spend out of what We have given them …” (The Holy Quran, 42:38).

Muslims are enjoined always to obey God and seek help and guidance from Him in their prayers, to observe strict honesty by only spending out of what they have earned, and to take “counsel” and settle all matters by a majority vote.

Thus, Almighty God told the Holy Prophet Muhammad some 1400 years ago the basis of a democratic form of government,

“by the people, and for the people”.

Consequently, the majlis ash-shura (Consultative Council) was brilliantly given effect to by the Early Caliphate.

Today all agree that no society can exist for long unless they all pull together, observe the law in letter and spirit, and settle all matters of national importance by a majority vote.

Yet it was centuries after the demise of the Holy Prophet that the whole world adopted the democratic principles to peacefully settle all matters of international importance, and promote peace and security in the world. First, the League of Nations came into being in Geneva after World War I, but unfortunately it did not last long due to clash of interests between the major powers.

Finally, after the Second World War the United Nations was formed by world acclaim and located at New York, where free land and other facilities were provided by the U.S.A. It is still functioning, but the big powers call all the shots and exercise the power of veto at their will and pleasure.

It is our firm belief that the world will one day find true peace when they sincerely accept and follow the tenets of Islam.

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