Saturday, 14 May 2011

The Conditions of the World before Islam

The Conditions of the World before Islam


After examining and reviewing the state of some world civilizations that preceded Islam, we are to outline the conditions of life, humans, and the globe before the mission of the Prophet (peace be upon him). We thus come upon the fact that how the life was in an urgent need to the coming of Islam and its civilization to remove the clustered darkness and unburden humanity.


The conditions of the World before Islam

Referring to the world scene before Islam, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) says, as reported by `Iyad Ibn Himar (may Allah be pleased with him): "Allah looked at the people of earth and disliked them all, Arabs and non-Arabs, except baqaya, i.e. some remnants, of the People of the Scripture."[1]   

People went on a heinous state of decline that incurred dislike of Allah on them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used the term baqaya, i.e. some remnants, to give the meaning of traces as if they were the only remaining traces of the ancient that held no value in the real world. Again, those remnants did not constitute complete communities but they were scattered individuals.  

Elaborating on this point, Abul Hasan Nadwi said, "Generally speaking, there was no nation on earth that had good morals and there was no society built on the moral foundation of virtue and ethics. At the same time, there was no government based on justice and mercy or a universal leadership depending on knowledge and wisdom, or religion that was authentically traced back to a prophet.”[2] 

Life was undergoing deteriorated and fallen state that overcame the entire human world. Corruption dominated the political, economic, social and religious life. The world went deep in darkness when arrogant ignorance ruled the world to drown the world in rough sea of superstitions and delusions that were only led by desires and avarice. People thus deified stones, sun, moon, fire and even animals. They also became divided; masters and slaves, and consumed the property of orphans, severed ties of kinship, built their life on murder, plunder, and pillage. They boasted of committing vicious crimes, as there was no law to rule but that of the jungle; the strong trod on and destroyed the weak; the rich enslaved the poor; and they all lived in darkness with no way out or guidance.

The outcome of this state was a lost, stray human being whose heart was filled with fear and hopelessness and mind was haunted with emptiness and superstitions. This was the state of man before Islam.     

This was the state of mankind before Islam during the fifth and the sixth centuries AD when the world civilization disappeared and was quivering on an undetermined brink of a precipice and disorder, because the creeds that helped the foundation of civilizations were collapsed and no valuable thing appeared to replace them. At that moment, it appeared that the great human civilization, built throughout four-thousand years, was about to fall and humankind was about to return to the previous state of savagery and barbarianism. The tribes were occupied with fight and war with no law or order and the orders set up by Christianity helped disunity and collapse instead of unity and order. The civilized human life was like a big, old tree with long branches that covered the whole world but was then wavering feebly and about to decay when its core experienced ruining diseases.[3]

This state continued until the dawn of Islamic Civilization rose and its light shone proving the right guidance for humanity and all humankind as would be seen later, God willing.

[1] Recorded by Muslim: Kitab al-Jannah wa-sifat na`imaha wa-ahlaha (Book of Paradise: Its Description, Bounties, and Intimates), Bab as-sifat-ulati yu`raf biha fi al-dunia ahlul-jannah wa-ahlul-nar (The Qualities by Which the Inmates of Paradise and the Denizens of Hell can be Recognized in This World) (Hadith number: 2765); Ahmad (17519); and Ibn Hibban (654).

[2] Madha Khasira al-`Alam bi-Inhitat al-Muslimin? (What the World Lost by the Decline of Muslims?), p. 91.  

[3] Emotions as the Basis of Civilization, by J.H Denison, quoted by Ahmad Shalaby, Mawsu`at al Hadarah al-Islamiyyah (Encyclopedia of Islamic Civilization), vol. Al-Mujtama` al-Islami (Islamic Society), vol.6, p. 36-37.

Now days we as Muslims have to spread the voice to learn quran online and so we could gain the true knowledge and the quran teaching that is give to us by our beloved prophet Muhammad peace be upon him and do quran reading. Do we as Muslim ask our self that why we are at the peak of destruction? The answer will be simple that we have left our roots the holy quran we should guide promote Islam from in our homes first and let learn our kids quran  and encourage them in doing quran memorization this should be our first goal for it we can do different stuff like let then participate in different online quran recitation competition to let them read quran from different online quran reciters and along with it we elders should learn quran also and improve our knowledge of quran and Islam and learn holy quran tafseer because to understand and learn quran Arabic and for this now a days there are many online quran tutor available who teach tajweed quran and its translation and tafseer so let us join our hands to be the voice of Islam and let improve the image of it as well and full fill our duty


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