From Makkah al-Mukarramah, God’s Inviolable City, where neither blood is to be shed nor tree hewn, seeking the opportunity to address our fellow human beings at a time of increasing world-wide consternation and senseless bloodshed.
We Muslims, are the adherents of the religion of Islam, the faith of one in every six people on Earth. Islam is not the religion of the Arabs alone but is adhered to in large numbers by over two hundred ethnic groups. We are found on every continent and in every country. Outside of the essential quality of being a human, there is no bond that joins people on earth in such strength or pervasiveness as that of Islam.
The message of Islam is simply complete submission to God and God has described Himself to us with these words:
Say: He is God, the One! God, the Self-Sufficient Master! He begets not nor was He begotten. And there is none comparable to Him. (112:1-4)
And with the following words:
He is God, than whom there is no other worthy of worship, the Knower of the invisible and the visible. He is the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful. He is God, than whom there is no other worthy of worship, the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One, the Bestower of Peace, the Protector, the Guardian, the Majestic, the Compeller, the Superb. Glorified be God from all that [humans] ascribe as partner (unto Him). He is God, the Creator, the Shaper out of naught, the Fashioner. His are the most beautiful names. All that is in the heavens and the earth glorify Him, and He is the Almighty, the All Wise. (59:22-24)
From God’s mercy to humanity is that He sent to them messengers from amongst themselves. God conveyed his admonition, guidance, and direction through these messengers. This communication directs us to happiness and success in this world and the next.
We believe in all of God’s prophets and all that he conveyed to them, and, make no distinction between them by accepting some and rejecting others. Among God’s messengers were Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus – may God’s peace be upon them all. The Prophet Muhammad, God’s last messenger to humanity, was sent to confirm that which was previously revealed. We Muslims are the heirs to that Divine message. God addressed the Prophet Muhammad saying:
Say (O Muhammad): O mankind! Verily I am sent to you all as the Messenger of God to Whom belongs the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth. There is none worthy of worship but Him. It is He Who gives life and causes death. So believe in God and His Messenger, the Prophet who can neither read nor write, who believes in God and His Words, and follow him so that you may be guided. (7:158)
The Qur’an is the final communication sent by God to humanity through the Prophet Muhammad. It commands us with the following:
Worship God and ascribe none as partner unto Him. (Show) kindness unto parents, kin, orphans, and the needy, and unto the neighbor who is of kin (unto you) and the neighbour who is not of kin, the fellow-traveller, the wayfarer and to those whom your right hands possess. Indeed God does not like those who are proud and boastful. (4:36)
Say: Come, I will recite unto you that which your Lord has prohibited you. Ascribe none as partner unto Him. And you should do good to parents, and slay not your children because of poverty – We provide for you and for them. Do not come near lewd things whether openly or concealed. And kill not anyone whom God has forbidden, except in the course of justice. This He has commanded you so you may understand And approach not the wealth of the orphan except to improve it, till he or she reaches maturity. Give full measure and full weight, in justice. We do not place a burden on any person greater than can be beared. And if you give your word, do justice thereunto, even though it be (against) a kinsman and fulfill the covenant of God. This He commands you that you may remember. Verily (He commands you, saying): This is My straight path, so follow it. Follow not other paths, for they will separate you from His path. This He has ordained for you, that you may be pious. (6:151-153)
We believe that life is a test to see how if conform to God’s guidance and avoid the things He has forbidden us. God says:
He Who has created life and death that He may try you, which of you is best in deed; and He is the All-Mighty, the All-Forgiving. (67:2)
And God says:
By the passage of time, Lo! Humanity is in a state of loss, except those who believe and do good works, and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to patience. (103:1-3)
“Good works” entails the worship of God alone, kindness toward God’s creatures and the improvement of humanity’s existence in all spheres of life.
We know that there will come a day when the world, indeed the universe, as we know it, will come to an end. All of humanity from the first human being, Adam, to the last humans on earth will be raised for Judgment on the Day of Resurrection.
That day humanity will issue forth in scattered groups to be shown their deeds. And whosoever has done good an atom’s weight will se it then, and whosoever has done ill an atom’s weight will see it then. (99:6-8)
Our View of Humanity
We believe that among God’s creatures humanity is honored and holds a special status:
Verily we have honored the Children of Adam and We have carried them on the land and the sea, and have made provision of good things for them, and preferred them above many of those whom We created with a marked preference.. (17:70)
For this reason we believe that every human life is essentially precious. God informs us in the Qur’an:
Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person for other than manslaughter or corruption in earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind, and if anyone saved the life of one human being, it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind. (5:32)
Moreover, we view humanity as equal in their essential humanity, the only true merit being that of piety before God. God addresses us in the Qur’an.
O mankind! We have created you from a single male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed the noblest of you, in the sight of God, is the best in conduct! And indeed God in All-Knowing, All-Aware. (49:13)
During his pilgrimage, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) left us with these beneficial words:
“There is no distinction of an Arab over a non-Arab, or a black person over a white person except in piety. You are all from Adam and Adam was from dust."
While it is true that the Muslims by virtue of their belief in God and His Prophet Muhammad constitute a single community in exclusion to the rest of humanity, our faith does not forbid us from peaceful relations with all those who desire no harm toward us. God instructs us in the Qur’an:
God does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily God loves those who deal in equity.. (60:8)
And He instructs us:
And if they incline to peace, you also should incline to it. (8:61)
This past century has been plagued with the evils of war and conflict to a scale never seen before in human history. The conclusion of the recent period of human history known as the “Cold War” has left the world in a state where the relevance of its international institutions have been brought into question by some.
It is from God’s infinite wisdom that no single human being can possess self-sufficiency to the degree to rule over all other humans; it is similarly not in the ability of any single group of humanity to rule over all of humanity. Hence God commands us to “help ye one another unto righteousness and pious duty;” and forbids us to “help one another unto sin and transgression.” (3:3)
Indeed, God tells us in the Qur’an of a previous group of humans who thought this and due to this arrogance met their doom:
As for A‘ad, they were arrogant in the land without right, and they said: “Who is mightier than us in power?” Could they not see that God Who created them, He was mightier than them in power? And they denied Our revelations. Therefore We let loose on them a raging wind in evil days, that We might make them taste the torment of disgrace in the life of the world. And verily the doom of the Hereafter will be more shameful, and they will not be helped. (41:15-16)
Many of today’s conflicts in the Balkans, Horn of Africa, the Caucus’, the Indian Sub-Continent, and Southeast Asia involve Muslim minorities whose rights have been denied, who have been oppressed, and have suffered racial discrimination which has compelled them to defend themselves. It is our belief that justice is the key to solution of all these conflicts. God commands us:
We also believe that justice demands that Muslims in the West have the right to live in freedom and hospitality, free from persecution and unwarranted suspicion and to be able freely express their religious convictions and practice their religion unhindered in accordance with the rights given to any citizen of those lands.
Palestine and Iraq
We hold that Palestine has a special and unique place in God’s revelation to humanity. Its lands are blessed and it was the land of many of God’s prophets. It was to Jerusalem that the Prophet Muhammad made his sacred journey and from there his ascension to heaven. Jerusalem was the first qibla (Prayer direction) of the Muslims. Iraq too is the land of many prophets like Noah, Abraham, and Jonah. It is the center of our civilization. Both Iraq and Palestine must retain its Arab and Islamic character. It is our firm conviction that the world will know no peace until the occupation in these lands ends. Muslims should seek to work with all in finding a just resolution to ending the occupation of these lands.
As a result of Muslim apathy toward their responsibilities placed upon them by God, many Muslim nations suffer from assorted related to backwardness and poverty. In the interest of sustained development Muslims must live their lives in accordance with Islamic Law. This is the only guarantee of secured life and continued growth, free from extremism and terrorism.
Humanity today faces a large number of other challenges outside of those brought on by war. Among these challenges to which humanity needs to focus its immediate attention:
- The disregard of fundamental human rights
- Continuing military conflicts and the threats of ethnic cleansing.
- The widening gap between what is termed as the “Global North” and the “Global South.”
- The increasing scarcity of potable water and other essential resources for life.
- The threats posed to the environment by global warning and various forms of environmental pollution and poisoning.
- The spread of infectious diseases and plagues and the lack of basic health care in many regions of the world.
- The challenges posed by various biotechnological advances to the definition of human life.
In conclusion we seek to communicate and work with everyone in finding solutions to these and other problems.
International Committee for the Support of the Final Prophet(ICSFP)