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Testimonies of Non-Muslims about Islam

By: Sayyid Muhammad Taqi Hakim
My child! Now we have to see which religion had all the above characteristics. A study of different religious faiths indicate that Islam1 is such a religion, because it is a collection of laws that ensure the prosperity of its followers. The Islamic religion commands to perform good deeds and to avoid bad ones. The Islamic religion calls for gentleness, fortitude, patience, steadfastness, resistance, struggle and sacrifice in the way of a holy cause, fairness, mercifulness, generosity, chastity, modesty, justice, honesty, truthfulness, equality, brotherhood, know-now and performance, glory, endeavour, earning a living, an cleanliness. And it warns against inactivity, laziness, idleness, begging, treason, telling lies, arrogance, selfishness, injustices and violating the rights others.
Count Henry Decasterie, the French scientist, in the book Islam and Thoughts, writes:
"Islam had occupied an extensive area of the world because of its grand and simple instructions. It was the sound and firm Islamic Laws that persuaded and uncivilized, fanatical idol worshippers to accept the faith of Islam and to fly its flag not only on the roof tops of their houses but also throughout their country as well as major countries of the world."
- Hygiene in Islam
Lothron Stoddard, the famous American scientist and historian says:
"For the greatness of Islam it is enough to say that despite all obstacles, it still manifests its truths and excellence in the world. It does so, because Islam is a simple and prudent religion."
- Hygiene in Islam
Wells, the famous English historian in the book General History writes:
"Islam is a social order, and a civil law for the humanity. It appeared in the Dark Ages and has struggled against any kind of tyranny, treason, crime, and injustice with its holy instructions."
- Hygiene in Islam
Dr. Gustave Lebon, the French historian, in the book, The Islamic culture and the Arabs, writes:
"The simplicity and clarity of the principles of Islamic beliefs and its beneficent way of dealing with masses, which is minted on the coin of the Islamic faith, is the reason for its conquering of the globe."
- Hygiene in Islam
Sir William an Englishman in a book in Islam, writes:
"Islam like a fast horse has taken big steps in the path of human progress and civilization. It has rapidly come a long and difficult way and has entered the land of truth. Its noble commandments teach lessons in morality, sociability and conduct in a beautiful way."
- Hygiene in Islam
Prince Boorguise in the book New Italy writes:
"The greatness of Islam is apparent from the fact that the Islamic civilization began with the start of Islam and the appointment of its prophet (p.b.u.h.) whereas the European civilization became apparent six hundred years after Christ and Christianity."
- Hygiene in Islam
The English Lady, L.E. Cobbold, in the book, Toward God writes:
"Islam in all senses is a great and flawless social law; because its principles are on the fundamental of civilization, progress, intellect and reason, it shall never die."
- Hygiene in Islam
Conte de Gobineau in the book, Three Years in Asia, says:
"Islam has brought a chaste, immaculate and flawless religion for humanity."
- Hygiene in Islam
Emile der Menghem writes:
"Islam, like a loud call, moved the hearts and its awakened the East and the West from impiety and ignorance. It had such an impact on hearts that throughout ages, the human history does not remember such a spiritual revolution and a social movement"
- Hygiene in Islam
Bernard Shaw, the famous writer in his book getting Married, writes:
"I have always looked at Mohammed's religion with extreme respect because it has wonderful energy and freshness. In my opinion, it is the only religion that can adjust itself to different stages of a free life. It's instructions are compatible with time.
- Hygiene in Islam

20.5 Islam and Productivity:
My child! Islam has form and valuable instructions on productivity. I will tell you of one such instruction so you would become aware of how its leaders have advised people to strengthen their financial mean and to increase their wealth through productive activities.
Imam al-Sadiq (a. s) says:
"Agricultural is the greatest Alchemy"
- Foru'e Kafi Fith Ed. p, 261
Everyone is in search of "Alchemy", hoping it will make their dreams in getting all they want in life come true. Here, our sixth Imam is saying that the best Alchemy is Agriculture. Whoever wants to meet all his needs must pursue them in this way.
Take a good look and see how beautifully he is expressing a noble idea in such a simple phrase. What a rich and meaningful statement. One cannot but to admire its clarity. I believe on order to better introduce Islam, Its leaders and its wealth of knowledge, this sort of maxims should be written in large letters and in a calligraphic manner and be placed in all agricultural colleges and learning centers.

20.6 The Hidden Treasures in the East:
My child! Our religious leaders through interpretation of the Holy Qur'an, as a duty, have explained to us all the good and the evil. Their instructions are concerned with our individual as well as social welfare and happiness in both this world and the world to come. Their word, without any shortcoming, is a complete guide for a happy, free from anxiety, and a prosperous individual and social life.
But unfortunately, we have not pondered into them deeply enough. In many literary sources of the East and the West, I have come across the fact, that more than a thousand years ago, our Holy Book and religious leaders have been the pioneers in revealing valuable sublime realities about life. They have excelled in doing so, at a time when there were no scientific or intellectual thoughts available.
Think about it and see the guidelines and instructions our religious leaders have given us on morality, hygiene, psychological, scientific, social and political issues. And see how recently we have been getting similar instructions as new and modern Ideas from the Western countries! At this time I would like to present you some guidelines and laws of others and in order to prove their truth would quote some Islamic religious commandments what I call, the hidden treasures (of knowledge) in the East as follows:
1. In the advanced countries, now they have found out that you cannot put a man's body and soul through too much work. And that the maximum length of work as well as minimum length of rest period should be eight hours. This idea is now a universal law, whereas this same thing was said by Imam Ali (as) more than thirteen hundred years ago. In the Nahjul-Balagha, his unique book of wisdom, he says:
"A believer divides his day into three parts. He spends one for worshipping Allah, another for making a living, and another for resting and for legitimate pleasurable activities."
- Nahjul-Balagha, p. 545
Of course, by worshipping Allah, we do not mean that one should spend all his time only in prayers, rather to become engaged in activities which pleases Him, such as serving people and charity of public interest.
The Holy Prophet (p.n.u.h) said:
"One who endeavours the most in goodwill toward people on earth, shall have the highest rank with Allah in the day of Judgement."
- Wafi, Third part, p.99
"The Prophet of Allah once was asked who is the most beloved person in the eyes of Allah. He relied: "'The one who benefits people most."
- Usul Kafi, Second Volume, pp.163-164
The Prophet (p.b.u.h) of Islam also said:
"He who spends a say without making any efforts in the affairs of Muslims, is not a Muslim himself."
- Usul Kafi, Second Volume, pp. 163-164
The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) also said:
"The best worshipper of all is the one who is the most truthful and the most benevolent to and the most found of the Muslims."
- Usul Kafi, second volume pp:163 -164.
Thus, if a person in addition to the prescribed obligations such as the daily prayers, engages himself in such actions as assisting, encouraging others by soft words, visiting the sick and ridding someone of his problems, he has done acts of worship. If every Muslim follows these instructions, by spending several hours a day in the affairs of public interest would not then the Islamic countries be the best countries and the Muslims people be the most tranquil people of the world?
II Dale Carnegie under the heading of Don't hurt of ungratefulness writes:
"The owner of a national corporation gave ten thousand dollars as a Christmas bonus to thirty four employees. None of them thanked him for it. And he was complaining about it."
- How to Live,k p. 138
Imam Ali (a.s) discussing this same topic said:
"Do not get discouraged when you do someone a favour but he does not appreciate you for it."
- Nahjul-Balagha
III. Homer Croy has entitled one of his articles:
"After any hardship there is a relief."
- How to Live. p.271
First of all, the Holy Quran under this subject matter says:
"Even with difficulty, there will be relief."
- The Holy Qur'an 94;5
Secondly, still in this matter Imam Ali (as) says:
"When hardship comes to an end, relief comes about, and when the rings of difficulty become too tight, there comes comfort."
- Nahjul Balagha. p. 536
IV. Dale Carnegie on page 95 of the book how to Live, under the topic of "Take with calm has no cure" concludes:
"Get along and cooperate with what is incurable."
He also quotes Schopenhauer as saying:
"Submitting to the incurable events is the most important provision for a journey through life."
Now, let us examine the sayings of our own religious leaders, which are full of wisdom and are based upon faith on Allah, regarding the topics earlier discussed.
Imam Sadiq (as) says:
"About the events, the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) never would say I wish they would have happened in a different manner."
- Usul Kafi, Second Volume p. 63.
He also asks:
"How could could one know that he is a believer?
He replies:
"Through submission to Allah, and being satisfied with whatever joy or anxiety that comes his way."
- Usul Kafi, second volumes p. 63
V. Dale Carnegie in the book How to live on page 130, concludes:
"Never attempt to take revenge because you will hurt yourself more then others."
With paying a little attention, you will find this same conclusion in what our own religious leaders have said.
On this subject, the Holy Prophet (p.h.u.b.) says:
"Shall I advise you of the best disposition in this world and the world to come? To the one who rejects you, attach yourself. To the one who deprives you, give. And to the one who treats you with injustices, offer forgivesness."
- Usul Kafi, second volume, p.107
Also Imam Ali (as) has spoken eloquently about this matter as follows:
"In being thankful for coming out victorious forgive your enemy after you have defeated him."
- Nahjul Balagha, p.470.
My dear child! These were just a few samples of the many brilliant topics on our faith and religious beliefs that explained to you. I hope you have found them interesting. You can take it from here to see that every single Islamic commandment is just as acceptable s these, as one can find no faults with them. Religion is an important topic and the discussions about it are extensive. There have been numerous books written on it. But for the sake of brevity, and in order to make you tired, I will stop at this point. I will never wish to impose upon you my opinion or to force you into accepting a certain belief without any logical reasoning.
As much as I thought it might be advisable, very briefly, I offered my guidance. That, I feel is enough for you. The rest, I shall leave up to you. Allah has granted man intellectual power by which he may distinguish the Good from the evil, and accordingly may select the best course for himself. I whole-heartedly accept and faithfully believe in the matters I have just discussed with you. You can think them over and if your intellects permits you may accept and believe in them, as well as other Islamic instructions and obligations regarding prayers, social, and ethical issues.

The Child:
Your explanations about religion have enlightened me and have created optimism in me. Now I am looking at religion with respect. What I have learned from you has made one realize that what I thought to be ambiguities in religion in fact are not. Rather, I had not understood them correctly. Through asking questions and research, we must eliminate any such uncertainties. At last, I understand that Islam can be a worldwide religion. It can manage the affairs of people. And it can establish discipline and universal peace. Finally, it can provide eternal happiness for humankind.

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