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By: Syed Yasin Ali

The true religion with Allah is Islam. (Qur’an, Surah Aal-‘Imran, 3:19).
And whoever seeks another religion than Islam, it shall never be accepted of him. (Qur’an, Surah Aal-‘Imran, 3:85)

Islam is a true religion. It is the religion of Allah the Almighty and his beloved Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Islam is one of the major religions of the world, with Muslims making 20% of the total population of the world. It is also one of the fastest growing religions in the world. These are some of the several reasons for which I am proud to be a Muslim.

Islam is a complete way of life. The Holy Qur’an and the Hadith teach us how to live a civilized life. Islam teaches us purity and encourages cleanliness. It teaches us respect towards our parents and elders. It teaches us to help the less fortunate, by giving alms and charity to them. There is equality in Islam. All Muslims are equal in the eyes of Allah (Subhabahu wa Ta‘ala), whether they are Arabs, African or Indian. There is unity among Muslims. Each Muslim helps his fellow Muslim brother. These beautiful attributes of Islam make me proud to be a Muslim.

The most important reason for which I am proud of Islam is the Holy Prophet, Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is the greatest Prophet of Allah. There is not a single Prophet or a man that can match the qualities of our beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). He was a preacher, a statesman and a ruler. His Sunnah is the best example a Muslim can follow. He is still considered the greatest leader by many non-Muslims in the West.
Islam has also had a huge influence on the entire world. This is another important reason that makes me proud of Islam.

Muslim scientists and scholars formed the basis of the European Renaissance. Muslim mathematicians and scientists were important contributors to medicine, technology and philosophy. Islamic medicine and science influenced Europe greatly during the fifteenth century.

Muslims should be proud of their religion. They should not be embarrassed to be Muslims. Allah the Almighty says in the Holy Qur’an,

You are the best of people raised up for (the benefit of) mankind; you enjoin what is right and forbid the wrong and you believe in Allah. (Surah Aal-‘Imran, 3:110)

Muslims are the best nation created by Allah (Subhabahu wa Ta‘ala). We were created in the best stature and will remain so, as long as we obey Allah (Subhabahu wa Ta‘ala). He says in the Qur’an,

Surely, We created man of the best stature. Then We reduced him to the lowest of the low. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, for they shall have a reward without end.  (Surah, Al-Teen, 95:4-6)

The Companions of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) were proud of being Muslims. For this reason, they were able to defeat the non-believers and were able to conquer so many parts of the world. They did not hide themselves in a corner, afraid to declare their Faith. They were proud of their religion. An excellent example of this display of Muslim pride was Hadrat Abu Dharr Ghifari (Rady Allahu Anhu). He accepted Islam at a time when Muslims were being tortured and persecuted. After accepting Islam, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) told him not to tell anyone in Makkah about his acceptance of Islam because the non-believers might kill him. But Hadrat Abu Dharr (Rady Allahu Anhu) vowed to proclaim his Faith. He told the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) that he would go to the Sacred Masjid and proclaim his Faith. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) remained silent. Later, he went to the Holy Ka‘ba, where the Quraish were sitting and talking. He called out in a loud voice, “O people of Quraish, I testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” Immediately, they jumped on him and began to beat him cruelly. But Hadrat Abbas (Rady Allahu Anhu), the Prophet’s uncle saw him and told the Quraish to stop beating him up, since he belonged to the Ghifar tribe of Syria and his death could end the trade between Syria and Makkah.

This Sahabi had so much pride in his religion that he announced it in front of his enemies, even at the risk of his life. We should be proud of our religion. We are not supposed to hide our Faith unless our lives are in danger like the time when Muslims were being persecuted in Makkah. But once they had the strength to defend themselves, they spread their religion.

They took the message of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) to different people and different kings. They were proud of their religion because they knew that Islam was and is the truth. They knew that their duty was to spread Islam.
I am proud to be a Muslim and I feel that Muslims should be proud of their religion. They should display their Faith and should be proud to be a part of this beautiful religion called Islam.

The Holy Qur’an
Sha‘ban 1421, October 2000

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