By Seyyed Hossein Nasr

ISBN-10: 1567444768

ISBN-13: 9781567444766

A tender Muslim's advisor to the fashionable global, by means of one among Islam's maximum modern students, was once written in particular for Muslims, and specifically younger Muslims, urging them to get to grips with their faith and to realize an knowing of the trendy global from the Islamic standpoint so one can reply absolutely to its demanding situations. This consultant, the 1st of its variety in any language, provides an exposition of the lessons of Islam as printed within the Qur'an, defined within the hadith and Sunna of the Prophet and commented upon by means of Muslim students and thinkers, in addition to outlining the Western non secular and highbrow culture. --This textual content refers back to the mass industry paperback version of this title

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And mankind answers, "Yea we testify'' (VII: 172). In this 'yea' of man is to be found the primordial covenant, (al-mithaq), made between man and Allah through which man accepts the Lordship of Allah and which means also that he innately bears testimony to His Oneness. The affirmation of taw};lid, one might say, is in the very nature of man and Islam is the religion that addresses itself to that deep, profound nature which, although covered by layers of 30 • Part I: The Message of Islam forgetfulness and egoism, is nevertheless present in the heart of every human being.

Man lives in a world utterly dependent upon Allah and open at Chapter 2: God, Man and the Universe • 29 every moment of time and point of space towards the Transcendent which is Allah. Islam emphasizes the extreme Transcendence of Allah who is beyond all that can be said of Him. Yet He is extremely close to man as in the famous verse, "We are nearer to him than his jugular vein," (L: 16) attests. Allah is even closer to us than ourselves. On the one hand He is utterly beyond and infinitely above us; on the other hand, He is at the center of our very being.

This would happen since no matter what man achieves in this world, there is always the certitude that these achievements will ultimately flounder and disappear. The greatest material achievements, not only of the individual but also of whole civilizations, can and in fact do wither away. It is only the eschatological realities which bring into focus the permanent, abiding and eternal consequences of human actions precisely because human beings are beings created for immortality and the eternal world.

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