LADY ZAYNAB EVELYN COMBOLD (G.B.)
I am frequently asked why I became a Muslim. I am the daughter of a renowned family, and my husband also is wellknown and rich. To those who ask me why I became a Muslim, I reply that I do not know for certain when the light of Islam rose in my soul. It seems to me as if I have been a Muslim forever. This is not something strange at all. For Islam is a natural and true
religion. Every child is born as a Muslim. If it is left to itself, it will choose Islam, none else. As a European writer observes, “Islam is the religion of people with common sense.”
If you made a comparative study of all religions, you would immediately see that Islam is the most perfect, the most natural, and the most logical. Owing to Islam, many complicated problems of the world are solved easily and mankind attains peace and tranquility. Islam always rejects the dogma that human beings are born sinful and that they have to expiate for it in the world.
Muslims believe in Allah, who is one. In their eyes, Mûsâ (Moses), Îsâ (Jesus), and Muhammad Mustafâ ‘salawâtullâhi ta’âlâ ’alaihim ajma’în’ are human beings like us. Allâhu ta’âlâ has chosen them as Prophets to guide people to the right way. For doing penance, for asking for forgiveness, or for praying, there is no one between Allâhu ta’âlâ and the born slave. We can supplicate Allâhu ta’âlâ on our own any time, and we are responsible only for what we have done.
The word ‘Islam’ means both ‘to surrender oneself to Allâhu ta’âlâ’ and ‘to have belief in Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’. ‘Muslim’ means ‘a person who lives in peace and happiness with all beings.’
Islam is based on two fundamental facts:
1) That Allâhu ta’âlâ is one, and that Muhammad ‘alaihissalâm’ is the final Prophet He has sent.
2) That humanity should be entirely freed from superstitions and unfounded dogmas. The Hajj, one of the (five) tenets of Islam, has a great impact on people. What other religion contains a form of worship as sublime as Islam’s pilgrimage, which brings together hundreds of thousands of Muslims from all four corners of the world regardless of their classes, races, countries, colours
and rank positions, and makes them put on the (uniformal garb called) Ihrâm and prostrate themselves with one accord before Allâhu ta’âlâ? It is a certain fact that Muslims’ worshipping together at these blessed places where the great Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’ announced Islam, struggled against Islam’s enemies, exerted himself with great determination and firmness, will attach them to one another with stronger affections, whereby they will try to find solutions for one another’s problems, and they will once again take an oath to cooperate along the way shown by Allâhu ta’âlâ. Another use of the Hajj is that thereby Muslims all over the world meet one another, know one another’s problems, and teach their personal experiences to one another. All Muslims assemble at the place whereto they turn their faces during their worships at home, and, all in one mass, one body in the presence of Allâhu ta’âlâ, they surrender themselves to Him. Seeing the Hajj once would suffice as an evidence to prove the greatness of Islam. Here is Islam, and I have been enjoying the pleasure and satisfaction of having entered this great religion. The philomel of soul is ever-desirous of the rose; Don’t you ever presume fighting others is its real cause! Ceaselessly it hovers round it, like a moth, Looking for a shelter where they could enjoy some repose.
I now know that the lovely rose has told none of its secret, It always yearns for the philomel, like a budding rose. From strangers that nymph has hidden her cheeks; Unrequited love puts up with the thorn, never gets the rose. Infatuated, the poor lover paces the road to his beloved; Craving for the sweetheart, the lover himself dissolves.