Invitation to a Good Tidings – Book Sample
INVITATION TO A GOOD TIDINGS
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of worlds; peace and blessings of Allah be upon His messenger Muhammad, the trustworthy guide, and upon his family, his companions and those who follow his guidance till the Day of Judgment.
The Holy Qur’an starts with Surah Al-Fatiha, the greatest surah, and is followed by Surah Al- Baqarah, which classifies people into three general catego ries, as follows:
- The first category are the believers, as mentioned in four verses in the said Surah (Al-Baqara).
- The second one is the disbelievers, as mentioned in two verses thereof.
- The third one is the hypocrites, their features are mentioned in thirteen verses thereof. Commenting on these said verses, Al-Sheikh Sayed Kutub pointed out in his book “In The Shade of Qur’an” that by mentioning these three categories,
Allah orders mankind to select the straight path, which is totally pure (mono theistic), beneficial, ethical, successful, and dutiful – this is the character of the righteous.
Al-Sheikh Sayed Kutub (may Allah have mercy upon him) was exceptionally skillful in interpretation of the Holy Qur’an and when he came to the verse,
“O mankind! Worship your Lord, Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become pious” 1which came after mention ing the three categories, the believers, disbe lievers and hypocrites.
The way to straight guidance and to gain knowledge of the one ness of Allah and not joining others in worship with Allah, as clarified in the verse “…
Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know that He alone has the right to be worshipped” 2. A rival is a contestant or emulator, this applies on every illegal religious offensive, based on the type of offensive which could be as great as wor shiping others with Allah, the Greatest.
The worshiping others with Allah comes in three levels: Major, Minor and Hidden.
Let the noble reader with the interpretation of the clear verses be guided and directed to the straight way and explore faith through with sweet and bright interpretation from the book “In the Shade of the Qur’an”. Allah says the truth and He guides people to the straight path.
Allah says, “O Mankind! Worship your Lord who created you and those who were before you so that you may become the pious.
Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down rain from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you.
Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in wor ship) while you know that He Alone has the right to be worshipped” 3