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 well-known 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 tranquillity.
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, Musa (Moses), Issa (Jesus),
and Muhammad Mustafa 'salawatullahi ta'ala 'alaihim ajmain' are
human beings like us. Allahu ta'ala 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 Allahu
ta'ala and the born slave. We can supplicate Allahu ta'ala on
our own any time, and we are responsible only for what we have
The word 'Islam' means both 'to surrender oneself to Allahu ta'ala'
and 'to have belief in Muhammad a.s.. 'Muslim' means 'a person
who lives in peace and happiness with all beings.' Islam is based
on two fundamental facts:
1) That Allahu ta'ala is one, and that Muhammad a.s. 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)
Ihram and prostrate themselves with one accord before Allahu ta'ala?
It is a certain fact that Muslims' worshipping together at these
blessed places where the great Prophet s.a.s. 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 co-operate along the way shown by Allahu ta'ala. 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 Allahu ta'ala, 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.