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Fourteenth Characteristic

Because they lost the Next World and exerted all efforts in satiating their deceitful lusts and desires, the people of the ancient and modern Jahillyyah panic about death and about whatsoever indicates to it. In this regard, the Holy Qur'an says: "Say, 'If the last Home, with Allah, be for you specially, and not for anyone else, then seek ye for death, if ye are sincere.' But they will never seek for death, on account of the sins which their hands have sent on before them. And Allah is well-acquainted with the wrongdoers. Thou wilt indeed find them, of all people, most greedy of life,-even more than the idolaters: Each one of them wishes He could be given a life of a thousand years, but the grant of such life will not save him from due punishment. For Allah sees well all that they do. 2/94-96"

"Say, 'O ye that stand on Judaism! If ye think that ye are friends to Allah, to the exclusion of other men, then express your desire for death, if ye are truthful!' But never will they express their desire for death, because of the deeds their hands have sent on before them! And Allah knows well those that do wrong. 62/6-7"

"When fear comes, thou wilt see them looking to thee, their eyes revolving, like those of one over whom hovers death.


Despite everything, the Holy Qur'an decides for them an indisputable fact: "Say, 'The death from which ye flee will truly overtake you, then will ye be sent back to the Knower of things secret and open; and He will tell you the truth of the things that ye did!' 62/8"

"Say, 'Running away will not profit you if ye are running away from death or slaughter; and even if ye do escape, no more than a brief respite will ye be allowed to enjoy!' 33/16"

"Wherever ye are, death will find you out, even if ye are in towers built up strong and high! 4/78"

"Say, 'Even if you had remained in your homes, those for whom death was decreed would certainly have gone forth to the place of their death.' 3/154"

Fear of death then must be treated by preparing oneself for it through acting righteous deeds that achieve Almighty Allah's pleasure and take close to Him in addition to doing well in this world so that the result will be excellent in the Next World.

The aforementioned discussion is sufficient indication that contributes in opening wide the door of thinking in the matter since the most important step in the treatment of our social defects is the accurate identification of the malady before prescribing the remedy.

Throughout the aforecited points, it has been obvious that the title of Jahiliyyah can be said to the humankind at the present time. Nevertheless, Almighty Allah's observation to His servants (creatures) is always present in an equal degree for all peoples. The past Jahiliyyah was not preferred to the present and did not enjoy any privilege; therefore, in the same way as Almighty Allah bestowed upon the past Jahiliyyah with the Holy Prophet and the glorious Qur'an, He will never leave the modern one to no avail. The human community is now more requiring than any other time to the divine reformer, namely Imam al-Mahdi—may Allah accept our souls as ransoms for him—and to the Holy Qur'an so as to emancipate us from the bottoms of Jahiliyyah to the pinnacle of Islam. We thus are required to dedicate all our efforts to making use of the Holy Qur'an's capacity to cure the defects of humanity and take it up towards perfection. Indeed, the Holy Qur'an is everlasting, enduring and generous up to the Resurrection Day. One of the aspects of the Holy Qur'an's everlastingness is its capability to diagnose the malady of any community in any time and prescribe the treatment. Our mission is thus to consult its contents and seek for the treatment for our individual and social defects. For instance, when the community is inflicted with separation and disunity, the treatment will be Almighty Allah's saying, "And hold fast, all together, by the rope which Allah stretches out for you, and be not divided among yourselves. 3/103" Nevertheless, we must realize that the `rope of Allah' stands for the Holy Qur'an and the Ahl al-Bayt as has been explained by a hadith.


When the community is inflicted with cowardice and debility, the treatment must be Almighty Allah's saying, "Wherever ye are, death will find you out, even if ye are in towers built up strong and high! 4/78"

And His saying, "Say, The death from which ye flee will truly overtake you; then will ye be sent back to the Knower of things secret and open, and He will tell you the truth of the things that ye did!' 62/8"

When the community passes through ordeals, misfortunes and difficulties, the medicine must be Almighty Allah's saying, "Or do ye think that ye shall enter the Garden of bliss (Paradise) without such trials as came to those who passed away before you? They encountered suffering and adversity, and were so shaken in spirit that even the Messenger and those of faith who were with him cried, `When will come the help of Allah?' Ah! Verily, the help of Allah is always near. 2/214"

When the community feels frustrated and despairing, the treatment must be Almighty Allah's saying, "And never give up hope of Allah's soothing mercy. Truly, no one despairs of Allah's soothing mercy except those who have no faith. 12/87"

And His saying, "And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord but such as go astray? 15/56" "We will, without doubt, help our messengers and those who believe, both in this world's life and on the Day when the Witnesses will stand forth. 40/51"

If we hold responsible others or vicissitudes of time for our deviation and injustice, we must ponder over Almighty Allah's saying, "Whatever good, O man, happens to thee, is from Allah; but whatever evil happens to thee, is from thy own soul. 4/79"

And His saying, "Allah does not change a people's lot unless they change what is in their hearts. 13/11"

And His saying, "It is not Allah that path wronged them, but they wrong themselves. 3/117"

When people, without discernment or deliberation, go behind the majority raising the false slogan of 'Follow the majority', the Holy Qur'an replies them saying, "Yet no faith will the greater part of mankind have however ardently thou dost desire it. 12/103"

And saying, "Wert thou to follow the common run of those on earth, they will lead thee away from the way of Allah. They follow nothing but conjecture; they do nothing but lie. 6/116" And saying, "And most of them believe not in Allah without associating other as partners with Him. 12/106"

The Holy Qur'an has treated numerous social defects one of which is rumor. Rumor is in reality a lethal defect that causes isolation among the individuals of a society, shakes off its entity and confuses its settlement. Treating rumors, the Holy Qur'an says, "When there comes to them some matter touching public safety or fear, they divulge it. If they had only referred it to the Messenger or to those charged with authority among them, the proper investigators would have tested it from them direct. Were it not for the Grace and Mercy of Allah unto you, all but a few of you would have fallen into the clutches of Satan. 4/83"


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