Prof. Baron HÂRÛN MUSTAFÂ LEON (G.B.)
(Prof. Baron Leon comes from a prominent British family and possesses the title of Baron. He owns a Ph D. and other scientific titles. He became a Muslim in 1882. He had memberships in numerous scientific societies in Europe and America. Prof. Leon, who was a great authority especially in the linguistic and literary sciences, sprang into the universal limelight with his publication
that was called ‘Ethimology of the Human Lexion’. Upon this publication, the Potomac University of America gave him the degree of M.S. Prof. Leon is at the same time an expert geologist.
He was invited by many famous institutions and gave conferences of these areas. He was elected as the Secretary General for the Société Internationale de Philologie=International Society of Philology, Science and Fine Arts, which had been founded in 1875. He began to publish a magazine titled (The Philomeths).
He was awarded with various medals by the Ottoman Sultan Abd-ul-hamîd II, by the Shah of Iran, and by the Emperor of Austria.)
One of the most perfect essentials of the Islamic religion is that it never demands of Muslims to act against reason. Islam is a religion whose teachings are quite reasonable and perfectly logical. The other religions, on the other hand, force people to accept the tenets of creed that they can never understand, believe or find logical. In Christianity the church is the only authority in this respect. Contrariwise, Muslims are commanded to believe in anything only after mentally examining it (and finding it logical). Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ states, “Allâhu ta’âlâ has not created anything irrational or illogical.” He states in another hadîth-isherîf, “I tell you with certainty that even if a person performs (his daily prayers of) namâz (regularly), fasts, pays (the prescribed
alms called) zakât, goes on hajj (Muslim’s pilgrimage to Mekka), and carries out all the other commandments of Islam, he shall be rewarded in proportion to the degree of his using the mind and logic Allâhu ta’âlâ has endowed on him.”
The pure religion preached by Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ also contained similar rules. For instance, ‘First try everything! Accept only the good one.” Yet, these rules were forgotten in the course of time. The fifth âyat-i-kerîma of Sûra-t-ul-Jum’a of Qur’ân al- kerîm purports, “Those people who have been enjoined to learn the Torah and to adapt themselves to it, and yet who do not obey it, are reminiscent of an ass with a load of books on its back.” Alî ‘radiy-Allâhu ’anh’ states, “The world is dark. Knowledge is a nûr (light)! However, knowledge which is not correct is
Muslims hold the belief that “Islam is the very truth itself,” and they state that Islam’s light shines only with the energy it gets from knowledge and logic, that this knowledge ensues only from truth, and that truth, in its turn, is discovered by men owing to the common sense, which is a blessing Allâhu ta’âlâ has conferred upon them.
The last Prophet of Allâhu ta’âlâ, Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’, who is the greatest blessing Allâhu ta’âlâ has sent to humanity, showed them the path that they were to follow. It was during his final days (in this world), when the following incident took place: It was a couple of days before Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salâm’ passing away, and he was resting, half conscious, his head on the knees of Âisha ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’anhâ’, his beloved wife.
All the people of Medina were desperately sad about Rasûlullah’s illness, which enervated him day by day and against which they were helpless. Men, women, children were crying loudly. Among those who were crying were gray-haired, sallow-complexioned, aged warriors. Muhammad Mustafâ al-emîn ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wasallam’ was their commander, guide, leader, companion,
shepherd, an intimate friend with whom they exchanged confidences, and, the most important of all, their great Prophet who had rescued them from darkness and guided them to the light of truth owing to the Islamic religion which he preached. This great Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’, who had brought them peace and security by means of Islam, was now bidding ‘Farewell’ to them. The lamentable thought that their Prophet was dying was gripping their hearts like an iron clamp, bringing tears into their eyes, and causing them to despair deeply.
At last, they risked losing everything, and entered into his presence in that mood of hopelessness. In tears they asked, “O the Messenger of Allah ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’! You are gravely ill. Perhaps Allâhu ta’âlâ will invite you to His presence and you will no longer be with us. Then, what can we do without you?”
Our Prophet Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ stated, “You have the Qur’ân al-kerîm to consult.” Then they asked, “O the Messenger of Allah ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’! It is certain that the Qur’ân al-kerîm will be our guide in many respects. Yet if we cannot find what we are seeking by looking up in it, and if you have already left us, who will be our guide?” Upon this, our Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ stated, “Act in accordance with what I have told you.” This time they asked, “O the Messenger of Allah ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’! Since you will no longer be among us, what should we do if we encounter altogether new matters and cannot find anything about those matters in your hadîths?” Our Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ raised his blessed head slowly from the pillow, and said, “Allâhu ta’âlâ has given a personal guide to each and every one of His born slaves. This guide is the common sense, and his heart, which embodies a conscience. If you use this guide well and properly, you will never deviate from the right path, and in the end you will attain to Allâhu ta’âlâ.” “Istafti qalbek, Fe-innahâ teskunu bi-l-halâl.”
Here is the Islamic religion which I boast of having chosen. This religion is the true religion of Allah, which is entirely based on reason and logic. Beware boasting of wealth, nor say, “Who’s there like me!” Harvest-like, a cruel wind winnows all that belongs to thee.