Search for Truth
SEARCH FOR TRUTH
The theme of this book is evident from its title. Its purpose is to present Islam as it is, drawing on its original sources rather than judging it by the later day interpretations and commentaries or the practices of present day Muslims in different parts of the world.
A distinction is made between Islam as presented by the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions (information about which is available to us in the Qur’an and the sunnah) and Islam as represented by later Muslim generations—both in theory and practice.
This is what we call the scientific approach.
We are living in the age of the media. Before the advent of the modern media there were large numbers of people in the world who knew nothing of Islam.
With the invention of the printing press and now the electronic media it is difficult to find today a single person who is unaware of it.
But there is a clear-cut difference. In previous ages it happened that wherever Islam spread people were so impressed with it that most of them accepted it
as their religion. That is why today we find more than one billion Muslims throughout the world.
Strangely enough the present day publicity given to Islam has produced only a negative effect. People are now generally allergic to Islam rather than being interested in it.
In previous centuries when Islam was introduced, people used to say: Yes, “Mr Islam welcome to you!” Now when Islam is presented to them they say: “No thank you.” Why is there this difference?
The answer is very simple. In previous centuries Islam was introduced to the people of the world through its scriptures, as it is—without the slightest change in its original message.
Whereas in modern times, Islam is being introduced through the negative practices of certain Muslims as reported by the media.
There is a further and more severe problem that of selective reporting. According to their own criteria the media is interested only in ‘hot’ news, although so much ‘soft’ news is available about the Muslim people.
Because of their ingrained professionalism, they do not allow this ‘soft’ news to find its way into their columns of their broadcasts.
Islam is the religion of nature. If it were to be presented in its original form, people would turn to it quite naturally. For example, when a recently
converted American by the name of Gary Miller was asked why he had converted to Islam, he replied: “I didn’t convert to Islam I have rather reverted to my original religion.”
Unfortunately, a section of Muslims is engaged in violent and aggressive activities, wrongfully indeed, in the name of Islam.
It is such news as, through the media, has a great impact upon the general public and creates serious misunderstandings. People have come to take Islam as a militant religion.
Since modern man is in search of peace, he finds no appeal in a religion which, as presented by the media, is one of hatred and violence.
This book attempts to introduce Islam as it is. It calls for a distinction to be made between Islam and the practices of Muslims.
Taking a scientific attitude, you have to see Islam in the light of the Islamic scriptures and not judge it by Muslim conduct.
For surely, if you want to know what democracy is, you will examine the ideology of democracy as established by its champions.
You will not form an opinion about the democratic system merely on the basis of observing some self-styled democratic nation.
Everyone who wants to know what Islam is, should follow this scientific method while trying to form his opinion on Islam.