Before Islam, the tribes of Arabia were notorious for their corruption and depravity: they buried female infants for the fear of false shame; they fought with each other over small things; after the death of their fathers, they took their mothers as their property and made them their own wives; they kicked the women out of their homes, when they did not need them, without even a formal divorce; they dishonored and oppressed women; and no crime was too small for them.
In that society that we call Jahiliyah, or society of ignorance, Islam came as a beacon to lead them out of the darkness to a new future. In the course of a few decades, these very people became the harbingers of knowledge and civilization to many other people in the world. Islamic civilization helped to revive, rejuvenate and enrich other civilizations. Internal decline and colonial intervention greatly impaired this civilization. It was a culture of civilized co-existence and not a culture of clash or coercion.
Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, came to remove the prevalent corruption that was rampant before his message. The Qur’an that was revealed to him is ‘a glad tidings as well as a warner’ that is meant to guide people and show them the right path. The Our’an reminds us of nations who were destroyed because they had rebelled, spread corruption and disobeyed. It also gives us a glimpse of the life in Hereafter of people who do good and who love and obey Alah. In the scheme of divine revelation, the past, present and the future are one continuum.
In Islam, service to humanity is a function of their duty towards Allah. The Qur’an says: “And from among you there must be a society, community or party that should invite people to all that is good and enjoin the doing of all that is right and forbid the doing of all that is wrong.” (Aal-`Imran :104)
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