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Islam: Empire of Faith-2


Islam:Empire of Faith-1


Prophet Salih






The people of Thamud where the Salih(Alaih Assalaam) lived had beautiful gardens. Here there were springs, date palms and trees which had plenty of fruit. The houses of Thamud were carved into rocks and mountains.

Worship only Allah, Salih(Alaih Assalaam) told his people. You have no other god apart from Allah, so you should do good. I am giving you good advice: You should believe what I say, for Allah has made me His Prophet.

But only those people of Thamud who were not rich and not strong believed, and did as Prophet Salih (Alaih Assalaam) had said. The rich and powerful people of Thamud said to Salih(Alaih Assalaam): We don’t believe what you say and we are not going to do as you advise. You are nothing but a man, just like any of us. If you are speaking the truth, then show us a sign.

Salih(Alaih Assalaam) brought a camel and said: This camel will be a sign for you from Allah. Let her graze on Allah’s meadow and let her drink when she is thirsty. Think of how good Allah has been to you and all that He has give to you. You should not do evil and cause trouble on this earth. If you do, a harsh punishment will fall upon you.

Despite Salih (Alaih Assalaam)’s instructions and teaching, the proud and powerful people of Thamud still refused to listen to him. Instead of leaving the camel in peace to graze in the meadow, they did a very cruel thing: They cut the tendons on her legs. Thus they openly broke Allah’s command.

Afterwards, they called Salih(Alaih Assalaam) and said: Now bring us the punishment of which you have been warning us, or we shall not believe that you are the Prophet of Allah.

Salih (Alaih Assalaam)’s promise of disaster came true. After three days, there was a terrible earthquake and all the evil-doers perished. Such was their punishment because they did not obey Allah.


The Sayings of Prophet Muhammad


1.  {The believers, in their love, mercy, and kindness to one another are like a body: if any part of it is ill, the whole body shares its sleeplessness and fever.}1

2.  {The most perfect of the believers in faith are the best of them in morals.  And the best among them are those who are best to their wives.}2

3  {None of you believes (completely) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.}3

4.  {The merciful are shown mercy by the All-Merciful.  Show mercy to those on earth, and God will show mercy to you.}4

4.  {Smiling at your brother is charity…}5

6.  {A good word is charity.}6

7.  {Whoever believes in God and the Last Day (the Day of Judgment) should do good to his neighbor.}7

8.  {God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your hearts and looks into your deeds.}8

9.  {Pay the worker his wage before his sweat dries.}9

10.  {A man walking along a path felt very thirsty.  Reaching a well, he descended into it, drank his fill, and came up.  Then he saw a dog with its tongue hanging out, trying to lick up mud to quench its thirst.  The man said, “This dog is feeling the same thirst that I felt.”  So he went down into the well again, filled his shoe with water, and gave the dog a drink.  So, God thanked him and forgave his sins.}  The Prophet (S) was asked, “Messenger of God, are we rewarded for kindness towards animals?”  He said: {There is a reward for kindness to every living animal or human.}10




(1) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2586, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #6011. Back from footnote (1)

(2) Narrated in Mosnad Ahmad, #7354, and Al-Tirmizi, #1162. Back from footnote (2)

(3) Narrated in Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #13, and Saheeh Muslim, #45. Back from footnote (3)

(4) Narrated in Al-Tirmizi, #1924, and Abu-Dawood, #4941. Back from footnote (4)

(5) Narrated in Al-Tirmizi, #1956. Back from footnote (5)

(6) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #1009, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #2989. Back from footnote (6)

(7) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #48, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #6019. Back from footnote (7)

(8) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2564. Back from footnote (8)

(9) Narrated in Ibn Majah, #2443. Back from footnote (9)

(10) Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, #2244, and Saheeh Al-Bukhari, #2466. Back from footnote (10)




Diana, Ex-Mormon, USA

I was raised in a moderately Christian home in Colorado.  Religion was never much of an issue in my house.  My father was raised as a Mormon, my mother as a Protestant.  As I grew into adolescence, I became curious about God, wondering whether He existed, and if so, what did that mean to humans.  I studied the Bible and other Christian literature earnestly.  Even when I was in high school, I noticed that there were apparent discrepancies in the Bible, particularly concerning the nature of Jesus (may God raise his name).  In some places, it seemed to say he was God, in others, the son of God, and in others, only human.  However, I thought that these discrepancies existed only because I did not truly understand what I was reading.  I first turned to the Church of God after receiving literature from them in the mail.  I was impressed because they approached religion in a more logical and scientific manner than I had seen before.  They followed such practices as not eating pork, keeping the same holidays as Jesus, etc.  I attended their services once, but for some reason, I did not keep going.

When I went to college, I became involved in Bible studies through Campus Crusade for Christ.  I wanted to really understand God’s truth, but I just couldn’t see what it was, and I thought the Bible studies would help me.  They did.  Around the same time, I met a Muslim man.  I became curious as to why he prayed the way he did, so I started to read the Qur’an.  I soon realized that there was an aspect to Islam which I had really missed in Christianity: worship.  All the prayers I had ever heard consisted mostly of “I want this, I need this, please give it to me,” with the only real worship being “thank you Jesus for dying for my sins.” I wondered, what about God? I was convinced that the God of Islam was the same as the God I believed in, but I was still unsure about who Jesus was.  I was afraid to believe that he was not the son of God, because all my life I had been taught that such a belief meant eternal punishment in hellfire.

The leader of my Bible study had done missionary work to Muslims in Algeria, so I decided to ask him some questions, because at the time I was quite confused.  I asked him what would happen to my Muslim friend, and he told me he would go to hell, without a doubt.  I asked him how the Qur’an, which was so similar to the Bible, could be false.  He said it was an instrument of the devil to persuade people to disbelief.  Finally, I asked him if he had read the Qur’an, intending to next ask him a specific question about something I had read in it.  He answered, “No.  I tried, but it makes me sick to my stomach.” I was astounded and quickly left.  This man, whom I respected as a knowledgeable leader, who had worked with Muslims several times, did not know as much about Islam as I had learned in a few months.  And yet, he was not questioning or curious.  He was sure that my friend was going to hell and that the Qur’an was the work of the devil.  I suddenly realized that there was no way he could be sure unless he had studied, and he clearly had not.  This was my biggest clue that Islam was the path of God’s truth.  Alhamdoolellah (Thanks be to Allah) that I had that conversation.

I began to study Qur’an more, and in several months I said the Shahada [i.e. stated and accepted the creed of Islam].  That was less than a year ago.  I am still learning, striving to find God’s truth.  I am so grateful that God has guided me so.  Here is a religion of truth, which can stand up to any test of logic and reason! Just as I always thought religion should be.  It should make sense, it should be logical.

This is how I came to Islam.  However, I think it should be said that I am grateful I did not meet many Muslims before I became Muslim.  At the university I attend, the majority of Muslims are cold and distant.  They seem to be judgmental of anyone who is, or appears to be, non-Muslim.  If I had known these people, I would have been turned off from Islam because its representatives seem so cold.  Muslims have an incredible message to share — the message of truth! I had no idea what Islam was before I met my friend, if Americans just understood what it was, they would be more open to it, because it is TRUTH.

Also, I think it should be said that this was one of the hardest things I have ever done.  Converting to Islam has forced me to be disobedient to my parents, because they do not agree with such things as fasting, wearing the veil, or avoiding forbidden foods.  They think it is nonsense, and I have had to struggle all the way to do what I believe and at the same time try not to lose my family.  I have not begun wearing the veil yet, but I very much want to shortly.  I fear that in doing so, I may be disowned (at least temporarily), but I am still eager to do it, because I long to be modest before God in the manner ordained for women.


Bruce Paterson, Ex-Christian, UK

I would like to take the opportunity to share with you my journey to Islam and I feel that by sharing this experience with you I can help you on your journey through life.  We are all born into different cultures, countries and religions in what often seems a confusing and troubled world.  Actually, when we examine the world around us, we can easily see what a troubled state it is in: war, poverty and crime.  Need I go on?  Yet when we look at our own upbringing and our education, how can we be sure that all the things that we have been told, are in reality the truth?

Unfortunately, most people in the world decide to try to hide and escape from the world’s problems rather than stand up and deal with the truth.  Dealing with the truth is often the harder avenue to follow.  The question is: Are you willing to stand up for the truth?  Are you strong enough?  Or, are you going to escape and hide like the rest?

I started my search for the truth a number of years ago.  I wanted to find out the truth about the reality of our existence.  Surely, to understand life correctly is the key to solving all the worldly problems that we are faced with today.  I was born into a Christian family and this is where my journey began.  I started to read the bible and to ask questions.  I quickly became unsatisfied.  The priest told me, “You just have to have faith.”  From reading the bible I found contradictions and things that were clearly wrong.  Does God contradict himself?  Does God lie?  Of course not!

I moved on from Christianity, thinking the scriptures of the Jews and the Christians are corrupted so there is no way that I can find the truth from the false.   I started finding out about Eastern Religions and Philosophies, particularly Buddhism.  I spent a long time meditating in Buddhist temples and talking to the Buddhist monks.  Actually, the meditating gave me a good clean feeling.  The trouble was that it didn’t answer any of my questions about the reality of existence.  Instead it carefully avoided them in a way that makes it seem stupid to even talk about it.

I traveled to many parts of the world during my quest for the truth.  I became very interested in tribal religions and the spiritualist way of thinking.  I found that a lot of what these religions were saying had truth in them, but I could never accept the whole religion as the truth.  This was the same as where I started with Christianity!

I began to think that there was truth in everything and it didn’t really matter what you believed in or what you followed.  Surely though this is a form of escaping.  I mean, does it make sense: one truth for one person and another truth for someone else?  There can only be one truth!

I felt confused, I fell to the floor and prayed, “Oh, please God, I am so confused, please guide me to the truth.”  This is when I discovered Islam.

Of course I always knew something about Islam, but only what we naively hear in the West.  I was surprised though by what I found.  The more that I read the Quran and asked questions about what Islam taught, the more truths I received.  The striking difference between Islam and every other religion is that Islam is the only religion that makes a strict distinction between the creator and the creation.  In Islam, we worship the creator.  Simple.  You will find however, that in every other religion there is some form of worship involving creation.  For example, worshipping men as incarnations of God or stones, sounds familiar.  Surely though, if you are going to worship anything, you should worship the one that created all.  The one that gave you your life and the one who will take it away again.  In fact, in Islam, the only sin that God will not forgive is the worship of creation.

However, the truth of Islam can be found in the Quran.  The Quran is like a text book guide to life.  In it you will find answers to all questions.  For me, everything I had learnt about all the different religions, everything that I knew to be true, fitted together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.  I had all the pieces all along but I just did not know how to fix them together.

I would therefore like to ask you to consider Islam now.  The true Islam as described in the Quran.  Not the Islam that we get taught about in the West.  You may at least be able to cut down your journey in search of the truth about life.  I pray for your success, regardless.