Letter to a non-Muslim

To The Seeker of Truth

No one is compelled to accept the truth, but it is certainly a shame upon the human intellect when a man is not even interested in finding out what the truth is!

Islam teaches that our Creator has given human beings the faculty of reason. Therefore, it is incumbent upon them to reason things out objectively and systematically for themselves to ponder, to question and to reflect.

Nobody should press you to make a hasty decision to accept any of the teachings of Islam, for Islam teaches that human beings should be given the freedom to choose. Even when a person is faced with the truth, there is no compulsion upon him to embrace it.

But before you begin to form an opinion about Islam, ask yourself whether your existing knowledge about it is thorough enough. Ask yourself whether that knowledge has been obtained through third party sources who themselves have probably been exposed to only random glimpses of Islamic writings and have yet to reason out on Islam objectively and systematically themselves.

Is it fair enough that one should form an opinion about the taste of a particular dish just by a mere hearsay from others who may themselves have not necessarily tasted the dish yet?

Similarly you should find out for yourself about Islam from reliable sources and not only taste it, but rather digest it very well before you form an opinion of it. That would be an intellectual approach to the truth.

In making your next move to the truth, Islam continually reassures you that your rights to freedom of choice and freedom to use that God-given faculty of thought and reason will be respected, for everyone has that individual will. No one else can take away that will and force you to submit to the true way of your Creator, you have to find out and make that decision yourself!

May your intellectual journey towards the truth be a pleasant and fruitful one.

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Al-Mubin

AL-MUBĪN (المبين) The Manifest

AL-MUBAYYIN (المُّبَيِّنَٰ) The One Who Makes His Signs Clear

Linguistically, MUBIN implies something which is clear in essence and clarifies something else. AL-MUBIN is the One who is far from and above anything else in any kind of resemblance. He manifests His signs to the creation. He will make everything clear to mankind and jinn on the Day of Judgment. He clarifies the truth from falsehood in this worldly life and ultimately in the Hereafter.

Evidence/s

  • On that Day Allah will pay them the recompense of their deeds in full, and they will know that Allah, He is the Manifest Truth. [An-Nur 24:25]

AL-MUBIN described His Book as MUBIN.

  • … Indeed, there has come to you from Allah a light (Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and a clear Book (this Holy Quran). [Al-Ma’idah 5:15]
  • These are verses of the manifest Book (that makes clear truth from falsehood, good from evil, etc.). [Al-Qasas 28:2]
  • By the manifest Book (that makes things clear, i.e. this Holy Quran). [Az-Zukhruf 43:2]
  • Chapter 98 is AL-BAYYINAH (The Clear Evidence), on which the word BAYYINAH is mentioned in 2 of its 8 verses.

AL-MUBIN described His Messenger (ﷺ) as MUBIN.

  • And say (O Muhammad ), “Indeed, I am the clear warner” [Al-Hijr 15:89]
  • Then do they not give thought? There is in their companion [Muhammad] no madness. He is not but a clear warner. [Al-Araf 7:184]
  • It has not been revealed to me except that I am a clear warner. [Sad 38:70]

Links/Sources

  1. Video: The Beautiful Names of Allah (Al-Haqq, Al-Mubin Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) by Shaykh Fadel Soliman
  2. Audio: Explaining the Names of Allah by Dr. Fadi Yousef Kablawi (Abu Ubeidah Al-Maqdisi): Part 53 (Al-Mubin)
  3. Article: With the Divine: Part 69 (Al-Mubin)

Al-Haqq

AL-HAQQ (الحق) The Truth
AL-HAQQUL MUBIN (الحق المبين) The Manifest Truth

Al-Haqq is the One who is the truth, the real and the truly existing. His essence is the only substance and the only reality. He is the One whose existence is undeniable; it is the fact of all facts. He was always there, is always there and will always be there. He is the One whose essence is wisdom and justice.

Evidence/s

  • So high [above all] is Allah, the Sovereign, the Truth. And, [O Muhammad], do not hasten with [recitation of] the Holy Quran before its revelation is completed to you, and say, “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.” [Taha 20:114]
  • That is because Allah is the Truth, and that which they call upon other than Him is falsehood, and because Allah is the Most High, the Grand. [Al-Hajj 22:62]
  • In that situation the only protection is from Allah, the Real. He gives the best reward and the best outcome. [Al-Kahf 18:44]
  • That is because Allah—He is the Truth, and what you call upon besides Him is falsehood. Allah is the All-High, the Most Great. [Luqman 31:30]
  • On that Day Allah will pay them the recompense of their deeds in full, and they will know that Allah, He is the Manifest Truth. [An-Nur 24:25]
  • The Prophet (ﷺ) used to glorify our Lord, saying: “You are the Truth, Your saying is the Truth, Your promise is the Truth, and the meeting with You is the Truth, and Paradise is the Truth, and the (Hell) Fire is the Truth.” [Bukhari]

The holy Quran is AL-HAQQ

  • And We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], the Book [i.e. the Holy Quran] in truth, confirming that which preceded it of the Scripture and as a criterion over it. So judge between them by what Allah has revealed and do not follow their inclinations away from what has come to you of the truth…. [Al-Maidah 5:48]
  • And that which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], of the Book is the truth, confirming what was before it. Indeed Allah, of His servants, is Acquainted and Seeing. [Fatir 35:31]

Links/Sources

  1. Video: The Beautiful Names of Allah (Al-Haqq, Al-Mubin Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) by Shaykh Fadel Soliman
  2. Audio: Explaining the Names of Allah by Dr. Fadi Yousef Kablawi (Abu Ubeidah Al-Maqdisi): Part 52 (Al-Haqq)
  3. Article: The Beautiful Names of Allah (Al-Haqq) by Dr. Ratib An-Nabulsi
  4. Article: With the Divine: Part 23 (Al-Haqq) by Jinan Yousef