Letter: The Holy Koran (1)
With reference to the article published in The Jakarta Post on Sept. 28, 2010, entitled “World’s most powerful book” written by Al Makin, I have some comments:
The Holy Koran, which is believed to be the word of God (Allah) by all Muslims, declares Prophet Muhammad to be the best example for the whole of mankind. The prophet was sent as a “mercy for all the worlds”. The Koran quotes him as Rahmatul lil ‘alamin meaning that the prophet is a blessing for each and every one of us.
The Muslim and non-Muslim people can both come under his mercy. This title was given only to Prophet Muhammad in the history of prophethood. It was bestowed upon him by Allah Almighty.
As true Muslims, we are duty bound to spread peace and mercy to all nations and denominations, without discrimination.
Similarly, the Holy Koran presents Allah the Almighty as Robbul ‘alamin, which means the creator and sustainer of all the worlds, regardless of religion. The Prophet Muhammad said that all mankind is the family of Allah the Almighty.
If someone causes any harm to a Muslim or a non-Muslim, how can he win Allah’s approbation? Allah is not a monopoly for Muslims alone. The above examples indicate categorically that if we want to please Allah, we should discharge our obligations toward human beings and respect the basic human rights of every nation. This is the beautiful teaching of Islam, which needs to be the part of our life if we want to be safe and wish to progress in the world.
Hamid Ullah Kausar