Bigotry: The Dark Danger

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Throughout history, Allah has sent messengers to every society to tell them of much vital information, such as the moral values that will be pleasing to Him, about what is lawful and unlawful and how true peace and happiness can be attained in the hereafter. As we see in the Qur'an, the behavior and moral quality of these special people have been the best examples to the believers. For this reason, it is important for every believer to learn what they experienced during their lives.

What is revealed in the Qur'an about the struggles of the Messengers is certainly enlightening and instructive for believers. Our Prophet Muhammad (saas) is the last Messenger. As it is revealed in the Qur'an: 

"Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but the Messenger of Allah and the Final Seal of the Prophets. Allah has knowledge of all things. ." (Surat al-Ahzab, 40)

But as revealed in another verse, "Or did you suppose that you would enter the Garden without facing the same as those who came before you? Poverty and illness afflicted them, and they were shaken to the point that the messenger and those who believed with him asked: 'When is Allah's help coming?...'" (Surat al-Baqara, 214), future generations will experience similar things to what His Messengers have undergone.

Those who are foolishly hostile to our Prophet (saas) and other Messengers and so try to prevent the spread of the true religion they communicated will harass the believing community following their path. As it is revealed in the Qur'an: "Allah desires to make things clear to you, to guide you to the correct practices of those before you, and to turn toward you. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise" (Surat an-Nisa', 26). All Muslims will witness this. And so it is very important for them to examine carefully what is revealed in the Qur'an about the Messengers' struggles.

The examples given in this book serve to remind believers of the Messengers' good moral character and sincere efforts. The Qur'an contains many stories about these people, for:

"There is instruction in their stories for people of intelligence. This is not a narration that has been invented, but a confirmation of all that came before, a clarification of everything, and a guidance and a mercy for people who believe"(Surah Yusuf, 111)


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