Diplomat, Missionary and Social Worker
Why Do Westerners Embrace Islam? There are various reasons for
it. In the first place, truth always has its force. The basic tenets of
Islam are so rational, so natural and so appealing that an honest
truth-seeker cannot help being impressed by them. To take, for example, the
belief in monotheism. How it raises the dignity of man and how it frees us
from the grip of superstition! How naturally it leads to the equality of
men, for all have been created by the same God and all are the servants of
the same Lord. For the Germans, in particular, the belief in God is a source
of inspiration, a source of fearless courage and a source of the feeling of
security. Then the idea of life after death turns the tables. Life in this
world remains no more the main objective, and [a] great part of human energy
is devoted to the betterment of the Hereafter. The faith in the Day of
Judgement automatically spurs a man to give up misdeeds, for good deeds
alone can ensure eternal salvation, although the wrong deeds may prosper
here for a limited period. The belief that none can escape the consequences
of the judgement of a Just, Impartial and Omniscient Lord makes one think
twice before one does anything wrong and surely this internal check is more
effective than the most efficient police in the world.
Another thing that attracts foreigners to Islam is its emphasis on
tolerance. Then the daily prayers teach one punctuality and the one month of
fasting enables one to exercise self-control over oneself and without doubt
punctuality and self-discipline are two of the most important attributes of
a good man and a great man.
Now comes the real achievement of Islam. It is the only ideology which
has succeeded in instilling in its followers the spirit of observing the
ethical and moral limitations without external compulsion. For a Muslim
knows that, wherever he is, he is being observed by God. This belief keeps
him away from sin. As man is naturally inclined towards goodness, Islam also
offers peace of mind and heart --- and this is what is totally absent from
the Western society of today.
I have lived under different systems of life and have had the opportunity
of studying various ideologies, but have come to the conclusion that none is
as perfect as Islam.
Communism has its attractions, so have secular democracy and Nazism.
But none has got a complete code of a noble
life. Only Islam has it, and that is why good men embrace it.
Islam is not theoretical; it is practical. Islam is not a departmental
affair; it means complete submission to the will of God.