December 10, 2013

Surat Dr Aidh Al Qarni kepada Nelson Mandela

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Dengan menyebut nama Allah Yang Maha Pemurah lagi Maha Penyayang

Whenever I met a group of scholars and learned men, leaders, men of letters and wisdom in the Islamic world, they expressed their wishes and desires that, 'How we wish Nelson Mandela were a Muslim!' For you exemplify and embody the real qualities of nobility and honor that Islam enjoins on its followers.

Therefore, I request you, I beseech you, and I do sincerely hope to hear your declaration of Islam loud and clear, the eternal statement, 'La ilaha illa Allah, Mohammed Rasool-ullah', [There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah alone, and Mohammed is Allah's Messenger.] At that time, all slave-servants of Allah, the Almighty, in all the six continents will applaud you, the holy city of Makkah will salute you, the Door of the holy shrine of Ka'bah will be opened for you, and the pulpits of the Islamic world will salute your name in great tumultuous praise.

You have demonstrated patience in prison for twenty-seven long years until you finally broke the shackles, overcame oppression and tyranny and crushed the tyrant. [Great President], Record an epic of faith with your story by your embracing Islam, a journey of courage and bravery with a wonderful final victory of personal heroism.

Honorable President,

By Allah, we Muslims have recognized, in Islam, the true value of man and his honor. We have tasted the beauty and sweetness of faith and felt the joy of being enslaved only to Allah the Almighty alone, which also means our eternal freedom. We have realized the honor of prostration solely to Allah the Almighty. We have recognized the glory of following Allah's Messenger (PBUH). As you are dear and near to our hearts, we Muslims, due to your bright and honorable history, would love you to share with us this in this happy life shaded beneath the tree of Peace and take advantage of this great and eternal religion of Islam.

Just President,

We are sure that you will find all the supreme values you call and struggle for, are themselves embodied under the shade of Islam. You will find, in Islam, the true mercy, which your heart seeks. You will enjoy, in Islam, the true and ultimate justice that you have ever called for.

Islam loves and cherishes those who are patient and perseverant, and you are truly one of them. Islam respects and honors intelligent and intellectual people, and you are truly one of them. Islam respects and values straight and wise people, and truly you are a straight and wise man. Islam celebrates the courageous and brave people, and you are truly a brave and courageous man.

Brave President,

I have enjoyed some beautiful days reading and contemplating your autobiography, 'My Long Journey for Freedom'. I found in it a striking example of your greatness, patience and astonishing bravery. I thought to myself, 'I wish this noble, highly intellect and virtuous man was a Muslim. By Allah, there is no religion, on the face of earth, that deserves more to have a man like you. Moreover, there is no man like you, a man of your caliber, who deserves other than Islam. Islam is the religion of the pure natural creation. I, truly, know no other ideology that honors and respects both the heart and mind, addresses the soul and intellect, purifies the heart and psyche, vindicates morality, honors man and constructs the universe.

Guided President,

I am calling upon you from Makkah, just beside the holy shrine of Ka'bah, where the Glorious Quran was revealed, and Mohammed s.a.w, was commissioned as a Prophet and Messenger of Allah, the Almighty, to the whole of mankind. Makkah is the place where the Light of the Message had first pierced the darkness. It is the place where the pagan idols were destroyed, tyrants were deposed, human rights were declared, oppression was removed and Peace and Justice were finally restored.

Our Lord, Allah the Almighty, states in the Glorious Quran in chapter of

Baqarah  6:125,

'Those whom Allah (in His plan) willeth to guide, He openeth their breast to Islam; those whom He willeth to leave straying,'

Sincere President,

Life is far too short and much too arduous. What about the life of such a great man like you? You have spent almost half of your life oppressed and imprisoned, while innocent. Truly, there is an eternal life; a life of happiness and prosperity for those who believe in Allah and follow all His Messengers.

I do sincerely hope that you will not miss such success and happiness! As Descartes; the popular French philosopher, puts it,

'Life is but a play which we had only seen the first scene thereof, the scene of the oppressor and the oppressed, the conqueror and the conquered, the strong and the weak. Where is the second scene in which justice is prevailing?'

Muslim scholars replied to his question as follows,
'The second scene is the Day of Accountability, in the Hereafter. On that Day, Supreme Court of Justice would be set up, as there would be no other judge but Allah the Almighty in order that every soul would be paid what it earned, and none shall be dealt with unjustly. Allah, on that Day, will judge between His slave-servants in their quarrel.'

At the end, it gives me pleasure to present to you my book entitled, 'Don't Be Sad'. I wish you would conclude, as a result, the consensus of scholars and great wise men that the true happiness is truly found in Islam, for there is no doubt.

Great President, I ask Allah the Almighty, the Lord of the Mighty Throne, that He [in His own mystical ways], opens your breast and heart to [accept] Islam, and protects you in this life and the hereafter.

Great President, I wish to convey to you the kindest greetings and regards of all Muslims, men, women, elder men and youth all over the corners of the earth.

Please, accept my [most sincere] regards and utmost respect,

Dr Aaidh Qarni. phd

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