Believers are United
[3:103] You shall hold fast to the rope of GOD, all of you, and do not be divided. Recall GOD's blessings upon you - you used to be enemies and He reconciled your hearts. By His grace, you became brethren. You were at the brink of a pit of fire, and He saved you therefrom. GOD thus explains His revelations for you, that you may be guided.
[3:104] Let there be a community of you who invite to what is good, advocate righteousness, and forbid evil. These are the winners.
[3:105] Do not be like those who became divided and disputed, despite the clear proofs that were given to them. For these have incurred a terrible retribution.
[3:106] The day will come when some faces will be brightened (with joy), while other faces will be darkened (with misery). As for those whose faces are darkened, they will be asked, "Did you not disbelieve after believing? Therefore, suffer the retribution for your disbelief."
[3:107] As for those whose faces are brightened, they will rejoice in GOD's mercy; they abide therein forever.
[3:108] These are GOD's revelations; we recite them to you, truthfully. GOD does not wish any hardship for the people.
[3:109] To GOD belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth, and all matters are controlled by GOD.
The Best Community
[3:110] You are the best community ever raised among the people: you advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and you believe in GOD. If the followers of the scripture believed, it would be better for them. Some of them do believe, but the majority of them are wicked.
[3:111] They can never harm you, beyond insulting you. If they fight you, they will turn around and flee. They can never win.
[3:112] They shall be humiliated whenever you encounter them, unless they uphold GOD's covenant, as well as their peace covenants with you. They have incurred wrath from GOD, and, consequently, they are committed to disgrace. This is because they rejected GOD's revelations, and killed the prophets unjustly. This is because they disobeyed and transgressed.
Righteous Jews & Christians
[3:113] They are not all the same; among the followers of the scripture, there are those who are righteous. They recite GOD's revelations through the night, and they fall prostrate.
[3:114] They believe in GOD and the Last Day, they advocate righteousness and forbid evil, and they hasten to do righteous works. These are the righteous.
[3:115] Any good they do will not go unrewarded. GOD is fully aware of the righteous.
[3:116] Those who disbelieved can never be helped by their money or their children against GOD. They have incurred Hell, wherein they abide forever.
[3:117] The example of their accomplishments in this life is like a violent wind that hits the harvest of people who have wronged their souls, and wipes it out. GOD never wronged them; it is they who wronged themselves.
As salaamu aleiqum....
This article is about Islamic-Universal Peace and Unity promotion. = Iman - Salaam - Al Wahdeh =Faith - Peace - Unity =
The advantage as a new Muslim is obvious - it is like a re-birth , a completely new way and life .. caused by the grace and mercy of Allah SWT .
It overcomes and endures all hardships , a Light shining in the darkness, seeking to connect with other Lights ...
New Muslims have no previous attachments to tribal affinities & families ,specific schools of thought or any other fixed and preset societies , that is the ideal situation.
As relative outsiders and observers they can analyse and sometimes recognize more clearly of what is going on in the Islamic Ummah , which is dear to all Muslims .
Understanding and observation requires knowledge and familiarization with the Glorious Qu'ran, Islamic Laws , the Shari'a and Muslim way of life.
The Islamic world is divided into Sunnah and Shi'a and none of us can change this fact, except for seeking guidance and understanding through prayers.
The key is love and respect for all Muslims , be they Shi'a or be they Sunnah ... Accept both as they are , without prejudice and blame , but in the Islamic spirit of Love and Brotherhood ...
The Islamic world is in a crisis , the modern world has advanced through knowledge and science ,whereas we are labeled - developing or third world countries , a shadow and hollow echo from a gloriuos past 900 years ago when we were in our prime ...
This is, of course , a distortion of the truth , we have numerous great examples throughout the Islamic Ummah.
Much progress has been made, however much work still needs to be done ..
Too many bright talents live abroad , away from home where they are really badly needed.
Too often we look to our governments and institutions to find the right solutions , not used to own initiative however small and limited they might be ..
Too often we tend to blame and lament our fate and misery , escaping and forgetting reality rather than to deal with it , head on ...
Our fight must be turned against our own obstacles , our lack of faith sometimes , curbing our desire to find the easiest way out, often worsening our situation rather than the opposite.
This is true individually and collectively ... We can only hope and actually cause change and transformation when we start with ourselves ...
We can't do it without help from above ... Without faith and acceptance by Allah Sabhanahou wa Ta'ala we cannot accomplish the real changes , the major turning around of our lives and our fate ... HE is the starting point, the key , HE offers freely of his grace and pours blessings upon blessing upon us. We must open our hearts to recognize and receive these blessings. Often they disappear into the barren shifting desert sands , what a tragic waste !
Instead isolated Oasis after Oasis must increase and form a spiritual fertile region , causing the deserts within us disappear ...
We must change from within us - fighting our own faults and shortcomings , even when poor we can improve our lot ... Those who are more fortunate , learned , perhaps wealthy - help and share of your talents - mentor a poor boy or girl through better education and skills so that they have a better chance in life - for the good of the Ummah ...
Those who are great and pious Muslims , Blessings upon you - we all have witnessed your help and generositiy , but more help is needed ..
please help so that our beloved Watan can overcome the crisis and take its due position it so rightfully and richly deserves ..
We must be industrious and innovative , rather than critical and dispairing Pious and faithful - discarting secular chains
Did not the Germans rebuild their country from total ruins and ashes and once again became a strong nation ? - We too can do it !!!
Smaller or larger groups & societies must be a part of the whole not a whole within themselves, ..Unity is the order of the Day !
Be a Light and a Delight - Make a difference - respect life - respect our mutual heritage Be true believing and faithful Muslims , not just by name and automatically because of your parents , EMBRACE ISLAM with all your hearts and beings - live by example - strive for Peace - make a difference !
It is difficult and requires effort - but it is possible !
Nobody can force you to do it - except your own heart ....
Wa salaamu aleiqum - wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatou
About this author: New Muslim from Germany - deeply committed to Islamic-Universal Peace and Unity
reprint of a Sep 2000 article upon the establishment of IslamPeace-IUT on August 31,2000 in Hamburg - Germany
Last Update: 17-02-06
Some group forums dating back to 2000 have been revised according to the new Mukharram 1427 H. - Feb 2006 standard.