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Youth Section Sample:

Message For Muslims In The West
Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi (Rahmatullahi Alayh)
Summary of a speech delivered in Urdu
at Tablighi Markaz, Dewsbury in 1982.


Your warm reception and friendliness is a
source of great happiness for me. If I do not
respect your wishes and express my inner
feelings, I would be most ungrateful. If I desire, I
could shower you with praises, for Almighty Allah
has bestowed me with an abundance of vocabulary,
but I would not be fulfilling the right of friendship.

As you are aware, the Prophet Sallallaho Alahi
Wasallam had a burning desire to invite humanity to
accept Islam. Despite 13 years of untiring effort in
Makkatul Mukarramah and 7 years in Madinatul
Munawwarah, there was no large scale conversion of
non-Muslims into Islam. However, between 7 AH and
10 AH, after Fateh Makkah until the Prophet's demise,
there was such an influx of people entering into Islam
as was not witnessed in the preceding 20 years.

Imam Zuhri Rahmatullahi Alayh, an eminent
Muhaddith and Tabee, expresses surprise on this sea
change, with so many people embracing Islam in a
matter of just 3 years. He along with other
distinguished Muhaddith have commented that this
large scale conversion was due to non-Muslims having
an opportunity, for the first time, to observe and
intermingle with Muslims, witnessing their honesty,
fair dealing, compassion, and their sole reliance on
Almighty Allah. This left such a deep and profound
impression on non-Muslims that thousands entered
into the fold of Islam within a relatively short period of
time.

This incident also contains abundant lessons on how
Muslims should live in this country. Their conduct
should be so sublime and captivating that whosoever
sees us accepts Islam. Whosoever sits with us should
be inclined towards Islam. There should be no need to
convince anyone to accept the Truth.

Therefore, in this country, if you wish to live
peacefully and have an opportunity to present Islam to
the host community, you will need to inculcate and
manifest sterling qualities – not just inside the
Mosques – but also outside in the streets, in the
markets, in your daily activities, and at home. A life of
Taqwah will immediately attract non-Muslims towards
Islam.

As an ordinary student of Islam it is my religious
responsibility to warn you. If you do not lead an
upright life, if you continue to live an insular lifestyle,
and if you fail to manifest the beauty of Islam to non-
Muslims, then you face some real dangers. In such a
case, there is no reason for you to feel content and
secure in this country.

If ever the fire of race, religion or nationalism rages
here, then you will not be saved. In Spain, there were
Mosques a hundred times more beautiful than yours.
So do not feel content and self-satisfied. As an
ordinary student of religion, I would wish to express
my joy and happiness at this wonderful new Mosque.
But how shall I congratulate you on your achievement
when the words of congratulation are self-evident on
the walls. How better can I compliment you?

Others may not speak to you as plainly, but
remember the glorious Masjid-e-Cordova still stands
in Spain. Iqbal so eloquently reminisces the great legacy
of Islamic Spain in his famous poem Masjid-e-
Qurtaba. In Islamic Spain there were such brilliant
Mosques, celebrated Madressahs, famous scholars, for
instance Shaykh-e-Akbar, Ibne Hazm, Qurtubi, Shatbi
- and how many others shall I mention? However,
when the flames of religious sectarianism raged, then
the Mosques and Madressahs became deserted. Once
Islamic Spain boasted such magnificent structures,
distinguished educational centres, and a refined culture
and society. Regrettably the Muslims, despite such a
high standard of living, did not draw the native non-
Muslims of that country to see the Truth of Islam, to
warn them of the dangers of disbelief, with the result
that religious violence subsequently consumed
Muslims like a morsel. The Arabs with their glowing
history, architectural splendour, vast ocean of
knowledge, were displaced from the country, and
today the ears eagerly wait to hear the Adhaan and the
empty Mosques thirst for your Salaat.

You must earn your place in this country. You should
leave an imprint on the host community of your
usefulness. You must demonstrate your existence here
is more beneficial than that of the native people. You
must impart on them the lessons of humanity. You
should demonstrate how noble and principled you are,
and that there cannot be found more upright humans
elsewhere besides you. You need to establish your
worth, that you are a blessing and mercy for this
country. However if you decide to live in an enclosed
environment content with your Prayers and Fasting,
apathetic to the people and society you live in, never
introducing them to the high Islamic values, and your
own personal qualities, then beware lest any religious
or sectarian violence flares up. In such a situation you
will not find safety.

I pray to Almighty Allah my prediction is totally
untrue and baseless. Remember, you are guests here.
Your Tabligh, Mosques, Madressahs, Ibaadah, and
religious sacrifices are all worthy of commendation.
May Almighty Allah grant you Barakah, but do not
forget to earn your place in this country. Gain mastery
of the national language and become proficient so that
you can use it effectively to propagate Islam. Prepare
writers and orators and, although you will distance
yourself from their religion, do not distance yourself
from them. Earn credibility through your daily
activities, so much so that if you are entrusted with
onerous responsibilities, as was Prophet Yusuf Alayhis
Salaam, you do not shirk but embrace all challenges
wholeheartedly.

You will have to present a new pattern of life to this
country. You will not earn recognition by exerting
yourselves in the workplace. If you overwork, you will
looked upon disparagingly and be likened to horses
and bulls and labelled as money-making machines.
However if you can show to the natives here that you
are worshippers of Almighty Allah and not wealth,
you do not bow before power but only before virtue,
you are humans and think like humans, you are
concerned not only about yourselves but also about
others, and you are compassionate not just to your own
children but also to theirs - and to them - you are
earnestly concerned about the path of destruction they
have chosen for themselves, you will then earn their
respect. They will begin to respect Islam and become
desirous of studying it. They will ask you for literature
concerning Islamic beliefs and practices, and an
opportunity will arise here for you to propagate Islam.
However if you remain preoccupied in eating and
working and engaged in Prayers, indifferent to what is
happening in the country, insulated within Muslims,
totally apathetic to what is happening outside, which
direction the country is taking, in such a situation if
there is any trouble you will not be able to save
yourselves.

I have been meaning to convey and emphasise this
message to you, because I do not know whether I will
be able visit you in the future. You gathered here with
love and affection and therefore it was easy for me. As
a student of religion it would have been convenient for
me to suggest virtues of reciting various Zikr or
prescribe certain Wazifahs, but you might not have had
an opportunity of listening to the message I have just
conveyed from anyone else.

Please strengthen your position in this country and
earn your recognition. Do not be like a straw or crop
that is uprooted by the slightest breeze. You should be
so firm that not even a hurricane is able to shift you.
Display such noble character that you enslave the
natives, then see how these people will stand to defend
you. If there is the slightest opposition against you,
they will be the first ones to argue on your behalf and
vouch what a blessing you are for them.

May Almighty Allah grant us the ability to
understand what is right; may He bless and protect
you. Ameen.

Prepared by Sulaiman Kazi