In this short preface, we intend to draw the attention
of the readers to a few important points:
(1) We are Muslims, but is it enough for us to be
Muslims and should we feel pride in it without knowing that Islam, more
than anything else, stresses upon knowledge and action?
Islam means knowledge of a specific conception of
the cosmos for the intellectual and moral reform of mankind, of a superbly
calculated program put forth as a dynamic school of thought. It is knowledge
of articles of belief and articles of action.
Unfortunately many people consider themselves to be
Muslims simply because they were born in a Muslim family or in a Muslim
country, or because it was Islam which came to their minds first and they
accepted it. However, it is obvious that a true Muslim cannot be content
with such things, because Islam is not a thing to be received in inheritance,
nor is it a product of environments.
It is, therefore, necessary for a Muslim to have a
true understanding of Islam, both of its articles of belief and articles
of action so as to be able to give a convincing answer, howsoever brief
and simple, to the following two questions:
(i) What is Islam and how is it a blessing to humanity?
(ii) Why have you accepted Islam?
After learning the precepts and principles of Islam,
it is equally necessary to apply them in one's individual and social life.
(2) The book "Rationality of Islam" aims at a comprehensive
presentation of the basic teachings of Islam in a concise form. Subjects
dealt with in lengthy chapters, in voluminous books, have sometimes been
crammed into a few lines. Anyhow, an effort has been made to present facts
in a simple diction and yet to preserve the rational spirit of the book.
(3) It has also been our consistent effort that, in
discussing doctrines and tenets of Islam, the relevant authority should
always be quoted and nothing should be mentioned without a proof. As for
articles of action, reference has been made, as far as possible, to their
instructional and social philosophy, so that the reader may be encouraged
to act according to them.
(4) Though Qur'anic verses, sayings of the Holy Prophet
and Holy Imams have been extensively quoted, yet their Arabic texts have
been omitted for the sake of brevity and simplicity. Quotations from Western
scholars have been cited in only the first few chapters.
It is hoped that this book will enlighten the minds
of our conscientious young men and women, and will serve as an introduction
to a wider study of Islam. It will induce them to recognize Islam as a
great and creative school of thought, help them in shaping out their lives
and preparing them for great sacrifices. It will most certainly inspire
the young people to form a much better, healthier and happier society.