it be possible for the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon whom) to be sent down
into the world once again by God what would his reaction be on seeing
the conduct and behaviour and the general design of life of the community
that passes today by the name of Muslim? And what advice and command would
he give to such of his followers who still posses in their hearts some
solicitude for the faith and whose souls have not yet frozen to and got
completely bereft of devotion and allegiance to Islam? Sarcastic Without
the least hesitation I can say that he will extremely pained at the spectacle
of utter moral and spiritual degeneration the bulk of Muslims present
these days, as much as he was by the brutal treatment meted out to him
by the people of Taif or by the savage assaults made by the callous Polytheists
at Ohud. And his message to earnest concern for the Faith will be to dedicate
themselves whole-heartedly to the task of improving and reforming the
lamentable religious state of his Ummat and of breathing into it again
the spirit of Faith and Islamic way of life.
So, if you find yourself in agreement with me and your heart concurs with
what I have said above you must resolve, here and how, and in all sincerity,
to make this endeavour a part of your life. For my part, I am absolutely
confident that it is the choicest way to earn the pleasure of God and
the blessings of the Prophet and to make his soul happy.
By the grace of God, efforts for the moral and religious revival of Muslims
are being made on a fairly large scale in India and Pakistan and in several
other countries also in the form of a movement called Tabligh. Wherever
you may be living you can take part in these efforts, according to your
means and circumstances, along with other earnest sons of Islam of your
place and also do what you can individually in respect of it.
This small book, which is now in your hands, is a part of this endeavour.
It has been written specially to meet the needs of Muslim men and women
who do not know much about Islam or who cannot avail themselves of more
advanced books on it. They can read it themselves or have it read out
to them by others and also communicate its contents to their brethren
by reading the book publicly in mosques and at other Muslim congregations,
and, do their bit towards their own religious correction and reform as
well as that of others.
Though the book consists only of about two hundred pages the sum and substance
of the Faith has been covered fully in it. Within its twenty lessons all
those teachings of the Quran and the Traditions have been compressed by
knowing which and by acting on which a common man can not only become
a good Muslim but a perfect man of faith and a friend of the Lord also.
Besides, it can be freely presented to non-Muslims who may be interested
in knowing about Islam and its precepts.
The humble Author could only produce the book, which he has done. Now,
to make it serve the purpose in a worthwhile manner, for which it has
been written, depends solely on your choice and cooperation. Had his financial
resources permitted, the Author would have got it printed in millions
and sent a copy of it, free of cost, to every educated Muslim in India.
The conditions now prevailing in India particularly cry out for it. But,
from the beginning, it has been the Will of God that those who cherish
such aspirations seldom have the means to realize them and, without a
doubt, there lies great wisdom of the Lord in it also.
Be it as may, it is beyond the power of the present writer to fulfill
his desire. But, if Muslims in whose hands the book may reach decide,
in their eagerness to propitiate God and give happiness to the soul of
the Prophet and to earn for themselves a bountiful reward in the Hereafter,
to make it available, or its contents, to as many of their brethren as
possible, the real aim of its writing and publication can be fulfilled
a good deal.
As it has been indicated already, in the new context of things in India
the religious future of Muslims rests apparently on the sole condition
that every follower of the Prophet here who is alive to the importance
of the Faith and knows what it means makes it a personal duty to strive
for the Islamic regeneration of the general body of Muslims and a missions
of his life to carry the message of Faith and the teachings of Islam to
each and every member of his community.