Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Learn! If You Want To Understand.

The very first thing to do in term of understanding what Islam is, I suggest, we start our conversation this time by, focusing on the definition of Islam. Islam (in Arabic : الإسلام) means "submission (to God)" and a monotheistic faith. This can be described as a ad-Din, meaning " a way of life" and/or "religion." Etymologically, it is derived from the same root as, for example, Salam meaning "peace" (also a common salutation). The word Muslim is also related to the word Islam and means "one who surrenders" or "submits" to God, or a "vassal" of God.

Followers of Islam, who are known as Muslims, believe that God (or, in Arabic, Allah) revealed His Will to Muhammad (c. 570–632) and other prophets, including Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. However, that which was revealed to Muhammad was considered to be the final and ultimate revelation, and corrective of Jewish and Christian traditions. The Muslims hold that the main written record of revelation to mankind is the Qur'an.

Allah is the personal name of the One true God. Nothing else can be called Allah. The term has no plural or gender. This shows its uniqueness when compared with the word "god," which can be made plural, as in "gods," or made feminine, as in "goddess." It is interesting to notice that Allah is also the personal name of God in Aramaic, the language of Jesus and a at the same time is a sister language of Arabic (both are Semitic languages[1]).

The One true God is a reflection of the unique concept that Islam refers to Allah. To a Muslim, Allah is the Almighty Creator and Sustainer of the universe, Who is similar to nothing, and nothing is comparable to Him. The Prophet Muhammad was asked by his contemporaries about Allah; the answer came directly from Allah Himself in the form of a short chapter of the Qur'an, which is considered to be the essence of the unity or the motto of monotheism. Allah says :

“ In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Say (O Muhammad), He is God, the One God, the Everlasting Refuge, who has not begotten, nor has been begotten, and equal to Him is not anyone”.

QS : 112 : 1-4

Everything and every phenomenon in the world, other than man is administered TOTALLY by Allah-made laws (Sunnatullah), they are obedient to Allah and submissive to His laws and they are in the STATE OF ISLAM. Man possesses the quality of intelligence and choice, thus he is invited to submit to the good will of Allah and obey His law by becoming a Muslim. Submission to the good will of Allah, together with obedience to His beneficial law, and becoming a Muslim is the best safeguard for man's peace and harmony. And if you ask me, if there is another option or alternative to seek such comprehensive system and way of life ? I’m afraid I have to say it clearly that there’s none, other than Islam. Why is it so? I can’t give you any satisfying answers to this question now. But my sincere advise, in order to love Islam, one will have to know, understand and open to it with full heart not only mind.


[1] The Semitic languages are a group of related languages whose living representatives are spoken by more than 467 million people across much of the Middle East, North Africa and the Horn of Africa. They constitute a branch of the Afro-asiatic language family. The most widely spoken Semitic language by far today is Arabic (206 million native speakers). It is followed by Amharic (27 million), Tigrinya (5.8 million), and Hebrew (about 5 million).

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Knowledge Is Useful, Ignorance Can Cause Complexity

In a survey entitled "Religious Perceptions in America with an In-Depth Analysis of US Attitudes towards Muslims and Islam", Gallup examined Americans' self-reported opinions and levels of prejudice towards followers of the world's four major religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism, with a special focus on Islam.

The Gallup study showed that 40 per cent of Americans admit to having very little knowledge about Islam, and 23 per cent say they know practically nothing about the faith. "Some of the most interesting findings were that those with little knowledge of Islam and Muslims were actually more likely to say that they feel no prejudice whatsoever towards Muslims," Younis noted, "while other variables, such as knowing the name of Islam's Prophet, made respondents actually more likely to self-report a great deal of prejudice."

- http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/994/focus.htm

Knowledge in Islam vs Ignorance

It is essential to understand that to remain in possession of, or to be developed of, the greatest gift of Allah – for which we are so overwhelmed with gratitude depends primarily on knowledge. Without knowledge, we cannot truly receive Allah’s gift of Islam. If our knowledge is so little that we will receive only a small portion of it. It will cost us to constantly run ourselves into the risk of losing even that part of the magnificent gift which we have received, unless we remain vigilant in our fight against our ignorance.

Islam is our greatest gift. We have to be thankful for this gift. We have to render to Allah His due. Allah has given us so much by making us a part of the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu’alaihiwasallam, so we must totally commit ourselves as followers of the Prophet Sallallahu’alaihiwasallam. We must become true Muslims. But in order to become one, we must first, totally aware of the difference between Islam and Kufr (rejection’s of God’s guidance and ingratitude) and the incongruity between Islam and Syirik (means taking gods besides Allah). Most likely our steps will wander aside or on to another path without us being aware of what is happening if we failed to make differentiate. And this is where we might become easy to be deceived by the sweet words of the Devil, and leads us to wrong (kufr or syirik) destination. We face these kind of dangers because we do not possess any light (knowledge) and therefore unable to observe the road signs. If we had the light, we would neither lose our way nor be led astray.

This shows that our greatest danger lies in our ignorance of Islamic teachings and in our unawareness of what the Qur’an teaches and what guidance has been given by the Prophet Sallallahu’alaihiwasallam. But if we are blessed with the light of knowledge we will be able to see plainly the clear path of Islam at every step of our lives. We shall also be able to identify and avoid the dangerous paths of Kufr, Syirik and immorality, which may cross it. And, whenever a false guide meets us on the way, a few words with him will quickly establish that he is not a guide who should be followed.

When we examine Islamic texts and phrases about identifying and describing the life of (pre-Islamic period) ignorance, we are able to understand the meaning of the idiom 'Jahiliyah' and the reason why the Qur'an has used it. Also we are able to understand why the same idiom has been applied to other nations throughout history. We are able to understand this terminology and labelling once we learns of the ignorance in the history of past nations and its connected parts, when we follow the unity of the line and trends which associated 'jahiliyah' through its effects and remains, and when we study the description of the Qur'an about the most important aspects of 'Jahiliyah", its ways of thinking, and its psychological and behavioral trends.

When we reach this awareness, we find that 'jahiliyah' means error, going astray, deviation from Allah's straight path, and negligence in His worship. That is because 'jahiliyah', in the Qur'anic viewpoint, means a religion and lifestyle that follows a line contrary to the line of Islam in nature and aim. It follows the line of deviation from the path of true religion and Allah's 'shari'ah' (law) which guides man.

'Jahiliyah' (ignorance) is a way of life. It has its own faith, way of thinking, and lifestyle including social manners, worship, values and concepts, viewpoint towards life, method to create civilization, and a direction for human activities in areas such as culture, art, literature, politics, economy, power, law and order, etc. In order to unveil the ugly face of 'jahiliyah' and discover the thread that entwines current ignorant international thoughts, it is better to return to the Holy Qur'an which describes 'Jahiliyah', and its people, and the dimensions of their lifestyle and the features of their civilization and social system. Also it denotes their general framework and the basic rules of their formation. The Qur’an recorded, that the ignorance says :

"And none but the guilty led us astray." (26:99), and he says : "And indeed they have led many astray, and nothing increases to the wrongdoers except perdition." (71:24), so that, Allah also says : "Then, after him We sent messengers to their people. They came to them with clear arguments, but they would not believe what they had rejected before. Thus do We seal the hearts of those who exceed the limits." (10:74) and at the end of time, recorded in Qur’an, where Allah says that : "And they say: Our Lord, we only obeyed our leaders and our Feat men, so they led us astray from the (right) path." (33:67).

With this Islamic analysis, we are able to know that the pre-Islamic society is the one which refuses to believe in Allah and deviates in its behaviour and life system from Allah's right path, irrespective of being an ignorant society like the Bedouins and pastorals or being a society which lives in the age of the atom, computer, space travel,...etc. For this reason, the Holy Qur'an calls the deviated person, 'dhal' (one who has gone astray), and those who deviate 'dhaloon'. 'Dhal' is the person who does not know the way and blunders far away from the truth and guidance whether in his thinking and faith or in his worship, life system, and way of his dealings.

Islam has shown that the ignorant person is deviated, lost, bewildered and restless, for such a person suffers from mental disorders. This condition has an influence on all aspects of his life. So as a result, man finds himself standing before two ways in every period or age. These two ways are: 1) The way of guidance and belief; and, 2) The way of ignorance and misguidance. The Qur'an highlights this in the following verse:

"Is it then the judgment of ignorance that they desire? And
who is better than Allah to judge for a people who are sure?"

Holy Qur'an (5:50)

To give man a clear idea of the aims and purposes which Islam strives to achieve, the Qur'an tells him about these aims and purposes:

"And thus did We reveal to you an inspired Book by Our command. You knew not what the Book was, nor (what) Faith (was), but We made it a light, guiding thereby whom We please of Our servants…"

Holy Qur'an (42:52)

"...and We have revealed the Book to you (Muhammad) explaining all things, and guidance and mercy and good news for those who submit (themselves to Allah)."

Holy Qur'an (16:89)

Finally, if we study similar ideas of ignorant life, we will reach the following conclusions :

1. 'Jahiliyah' (Global ignorance) was a social disease, It was a psychological state afflicting individuals, peoples, and nations in each period and generation. The aspects of this ignorant life are quite similar regardless of time and place. Allah, the Exalted, says:

"In their hearts is a disease, Allah increases their disease,..."

Holy Qur'an (2:10)

"And say those (pagans) who know not: 'Why does not Allah speak to us or a sign come to us?' Even thus said those before them; the like of what they say. Their hearts are all alike; We have indeed made clear the signs to people who are certainly sure."

Holy Qur'an (2:118)

2. The evidence to this similarity is the long history of mankind, the succession of nations and offsprings, the appearance of the symptoms of the ignorant life in many generations and nations in each period of history, and the deviation from the right path and the call to guidance and the Prophets.

3. On the pages of history and life's stage, we see standing examples belonging to the past and present life of mankind-we see atheism, oppression, tyranny, terrorism, bloodshedding, loss of truth, persecution of the oppressed, exploiting the poor, and widespread vices. These are the reflections of the ignorant current on the life of mankind. This current represents deviation from the truth, justice, belief. Consequently, bewilderment, going astray, and deviation from the straight path are the most important marks of 'Jahiliyah' from which man suffered too much crises and endured their pains.


Saturday, 24 July 2010

Islam Is A Knowledge Religion

Islam is a knowledge religion. Meaning, it consists, firstly, of knowledge and secondly, of putting that knowledge into practice. Allah’s Messenger ( Rasulullah Sallallâhu ‘alaihiwasallam, meaning : May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) encourages us to acquire knowledge of Islam in order to comprehend it. He says in the following authentic Ahadith:

Abu Hurairah (radhiallâhu anhu, meaning: May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that... the Prophet (sallallahu‘alaihiwasallam) said, Those who were the best in the pre-lslamic period of ignorance will be the best in Islam provided they comprehend the religious knowledge.”

(Bukhâri 4/572 and Muslim)

The reason is simple. In order to know the truth of Islam, to have faith in Allah and to live a life of a true Moslem, we have to have knowledge. Meaning, knowledge is a 'key' to seek the truth of Islam and to practice it Teachings. And for that, Allah (SWT) provided us with two means (ways) to know Him; firstly, the Qur'an, and secondly the nature. For example, the first ayah revealed to the prophet (SAWS) is, “Read! In the name of your Rabb (Only God and Sustainer) Cherisher, Who created — created man, out of a leech-like clot: Read! And your Rabb is Most Bountiful. He Who taught (the use of) the Pen, taught man that which he knew not.” (Qur’ân 96:1-4).

When we follow the divine commandment to read, we learn in the Qur’ân that aside from reading Allâh commands us: to know (e.g., 2:194, 196, 203, 223, 235, 14:52) to learn (e.g., 6: 151, 9:122, 12:2, 22:46 also 54, 40:58 and 68:37), to understand (e.g., 2:44, 6:32, 7:169, 10:16, 11:51, 12:109, 21:10, 40:67, 43:3, 47:24, 57:17), to ponder (4: 82 and 23:68) or contemplate (38:29), and even to ask questions (i.e., 10:94 and 43:45).

In line with the divine injunctions to acquire knowledge of Islam, Allah's Messenger (Muhammad Sallallahu’alaihiwaallam) inspires us to do our best to seek knowledge. We should, therefore, spend time, efforts, money and other resources to seek knowledge of Islam.

Anas ibn Malik Radhiallahu’anhu, narrated that Allah's Messenger Sallallahu’alaihwaallam said: “One who goes out to search for knowledge is (devoted) to the cause of Allah till he returns.” (Tirmidhi : 220).

Islam as a complete religion, does not limit the acquisition of knowledge into the field of religion. It also encourages us to seek other knowledge, which are beneficial to us. However, it stresses that knowledge of the Qur’an and authentic Ahadith and prescriptions rightly deduced from the two constitute the essential knowledge:

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr Radhiallahu’anhu reported that Allah's Messenger Sallallahualaihiwasallam said, “Knowledge consists of three things: the decisive verses (Qur’an), authentic Ahadîth and prescriptions rightly deduced from the two. What is beside them is superfluous.” (Ibn Mâjah 1/54)

This implies that knowledge, attainment of which is obligatory upon all Muslims covers the sciences of theology, philosophy, law, ethics, politics and the wisdom imparted to the Ummah by Allah's Messenger Sallallahualaihiwasallam. Al-Ghazali Radhiallahu’anhu has unjustifiably differentiated between useful and useless types of knowledge. However, Islam actually does not consider any type of knowledge as harmful to human beings as what has been called in the Qur'an as useless or rather harmful knowledge, consists of pseudo sciences or the lore prevalent in the Jahiliyyah.

As we all know, knowledge can be translated literally as 'ilm. However, in Islam ilm is not confined exclusively to the acquisition of knowledge only, but also embraces socio-political and moral aspects. Knowledge is not mere information; it requires the believers to act upon their beliefs and commit themselves to the goals which Islam aims at attaining. In brief, I would like to say that the theory of knowledge in the Islamic perspective is not just a theory of epistemology. It combines knowledge, insight, and social action as its ingredients. I would like to cite here a tradition of the Rasulullah Sallallahu’alaihiwasallam narrated by 'Ali ibn Abi Talib Radhialahu’anhu : “ Once Gabriel came to Adam. He brought with him faith, morality (haya') and 'aql (reason) and asked him to choose one of the three. When he chose 'aql, the others were told by Gabriel to return to heaven, They said that they were ordered by Allah to accompany 'aql wherever it remained.” This indicates how comprehensive are the notions of intellect and knowledge in Islam, and how deeply related they are to faith and the moral faculty.

Knowledge in Islam’s intellectuality tradition consists of two divisions, firstly is the revealed knowledge itself and secondly is the acquired one, which should be harmonized in order to observe the true definition of Islamic practice. And this shows us that Islam is formally came from The Creator himself, in order to suit or to provide the needs or demands of human nature.

The all-round development of various branches of knowledge pertaining to physical and social phenomena, as well as the process of logical argumentation for justification of Islamic doctrine and deduction of Islamic laws (ahkam) with reference to Qur'anic injunctions and the Prophetic tradition, is indebted to Islam's notion of 'ilm. Scientific knowledge, comprising natural and physical sciences, was sought and developed by Muslim scientists and mathematicians vigorously from the beginning of the last decades of the first century of Hijrah. The scientific endeavour found its flowering period with the establishment of the Bayt al-Hikmah in the reign of al-Ma'mun. Undoubtedly the major contributions in philosophy and sciences were made by Iranians, but the myth created by the orientalists that the fundamental sources of Islam, both the Qur'an and Sunnah, did not contain scientific and philosophical ideas is totally false. As said earlier, not only the Qur'an and hadith encouraged Muslims or rather made it obligatory for them to pursue truth freely from all possible sources, but also contained certain guiding principles that could provide a secure foundation for the development of religious and secular sciences. Some Prophetic traditions even give priority to learning over performing supererogatory rites of worship. There are several traditions that indicate that a scholar's sleep is more valuable than an ignorant believer's journey for pilgrimage (hajj) and participation in holy war, and that the drops of a scholar's ink are more sacred than the blood of a martyr. Ali ibn Abi Thalib Radhiallahu’anhu said that the reward for piety in the other world would be bestowed upon a believer in proportion to the degree of his intellectual development and his knowledge.

When we acquire knowledge of Islam we learn not only the divine purpose why Allah has created us but also understand the meaning of this temporary world, and how we should prepare our lives to enjoy the everlasting life in the hereafter. We know that only when we peacefully and completely submit to Allah, believe and fear in Him, follow His commands, do righteous deeds for the sole purpose of pleasing Him alone, and subsequently refrain from committing sins do we attain salvation. When we acquire knowledge we are assured of Allah's everlasting reward. We gain Allah's protection from the terrible punishments in the hell-fire that await those who do not believe because they are devoid of wisdom. For our benefit we should strive to acquire knowledge because Allah makes it very clear that those who know are not equal with those who do not know.

Islam never maintained that only theology was useful and the empirical sciences useless or harmful. This concept was made common by semi-literate clerics or by the time servers among them who wanted to keep common Muslims in the darkness of ignorance and blind faith so that they would not be able to oppose unjust rulers and resist clerics attached to the courts of tyrants. This attitude resulted in the condemnation of not only empirical science but also 'ilm al-kalam and metaphysics, which resulted in the decline of Muslims in politics and economy. Even today large segments of Muslim society, both the common man and many clerics suffer from this malady. This unhealthy and anti-knowledge attitude gave birth to some movements which considered elementary books of theology as sufficient for a Muslim, and discouraged the assimilation or dissemination of empirical knowledge as leading to the weakening of faith.

True Muslims never ignore socio-political economic and other problems pertaining to the physical including social reality and as well as any other rational and empirical disciplines. They contribute richly to human civilization and thought by their bold and free inquiry in various areas of knowledge.

In brief, it may be justifiably claimed that the Islamic theory of knowledge was responsible for blossoming of a culture of free inquiry and rational scientific thinking that also encompassed the spheres of both theory and practice. And this answers to a true definition of Islamic knowledge.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Some Basic Islamic Beliefs

1) Belief in God:

Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable God, Who has no son nor partner, and that none has the right to be worshipped but Him alone. He is the true God, and every other deity is false. He has the most magnificent names and sublime perfect attributes. No one shares His divinity, nor His attributes. In the Quran, God describes Himself:

Say, “He is God, the One. God, to Whom the creatures turn for their needs. He begets not, nor was He begotten, and there is none like Him.”

(Quran, 112:1-4)

No one has the right to be invoked, supplicated, prayed to, or shown any act of worship, but God alone. God alone is the Almighty, the Creator, the Sovereign, and the Sustainer of everything in the whole universe. He manages all affairs. He stands in need of none of His creatures, and all His creatures depend on Him for all that they need. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing, and the All-Knowing. In a perfect manner, His knowledge encompasses all things, the open and the secret, and the public and the private.

He knows what has happened, what will happen, and how it will happen. No affair occurs in the whole world except by His will. Whatever He wills is, and whatever He does not will is not and will never be. His will is above the will of all the creatures. He has power over all things, and He is able to do everything. He is the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, and the Most Beneficent. In one of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu’alaihiwasallam, we are told that God is more merciful to His creatures than a mother to her child.

God is far removed from injustice and tyranny. He is All-Wise in all of His actions and decrees. If someone wants something from God, he or she can ask God directly without asking anyone else to intercede with God for him or her. God is not Jesus, and Jesus is not God. Even Jesus himself rejected this. God has said in the Quran:

“ Indeed, they have disbelieved who have said, “God is the Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary.” The Messiah said, “Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord. Whoever associates partners in worship with God, then God has forbidden Paradise for him, and his home is the Fire (Hell). For the wrongdoers, there will be no helpers.”

(Quran, 5:72)

God is not a trinity. God has said in the Quran:

“Indeed, they disbelieve who say, “God is the third of three (in a trinity),” when there is no god but one God. If they desist not from what they say, truly, a painful punishment will befall the disbelievers among them. Would they not rather repent to God and ask His forgiveness? For God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. The Messiah (Jesus), son of Mary, was no more than a messenger...”

(Quran, 5:73-75)

Islam rejects that God rested on the seventh day of the creation, that He wrestled with one of His angels, that He is an envious plotter against mankind, or that He is incarnate in any human being. Islam also rejects the attribution of any human form to God. All of these are considered blasphemous. God is the Exalted. He is far removed from every imperfection. He never becomes weary. He does not become drowsy nor does he sleep. The Arabic word Allah means God (the one and only true God who created the whole universe). This word Allah is a name for God, which is used by Arabic speakers, both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians. This word cannot be used to designate anything other than the one true God. The Arabic word Allah occurs in the Quran about 2700 times. In Aramaic, a language related closely to Arabic and the language that Jesus habitually spoke, God is also referred to as Allah.

2) Belief in the Angels:

Muslims believe in the existence of the angels and that they are honored creatures. The angels worship God alone, obey Him, and act only by His command. Among the angels is Gabriel, who brought down the Quran to Muhammad Sallallahu’alaihiwasallam.


3) Belief in God’s Revealed Books:

Muslims believe that God revealed books to His messengers as proof for mankind and as guidance for them. Among these books is the Quran, which God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu’alaihiwallam. God has guaranteed the Quran’s protection from any corruption or distortion. God has said:

“ Indeed, We have sent down the Quran, and surely We will guard it (from corruption).”

(Quran, 15:9)

4) Belief in the Prophets and Messengers of God:

Muslims believe in the prophets and messengers of God, starting with Adam, including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and Jesus (peace be upon them). But God’s final message to man, a reconfirmation of the eternal message, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu’alaihiwasallam. Muslims believe that he is the last prophet sent by God, as God has said:

“ Muhammad is not the father of any one of your men, but he is the Messenger of God and the last of the prophets...”

(Quran, 33:40)

Muslims believe that all the prophets and messengers were created human beings who had none of the divine qualities of God.

5) Belief in the Day of Judgment:

Muslims believe in the Day of Judgment (the Day of Resurrection) when all people will be resurrected for God’s judgment according to their beliefs and deeds.

6) Belief in Al-Qadar:

Muslims believe in Al-Qadar, which is Divine Predestination, but this belief in Divine Predestination does not mean that human beings do not have freewill. Rather, Muslims believe that God has given human beings freewill. This means that they can choose right or wrong and that they are responsible for their choices.

The belief in Divine Predestination includes belief in four things:

1) God knows everything. He knows what has happened and what will happen.

2) God has recorded all that has happened and all that will happen.

3) Whatever God wills to happen happens, and whatever He wills not to happen does not happen.

4) God is the Creator of everything.

Monday, 9 February 2009


Knowing about Islam, should be simple. To believe and have faith with Islam is the simplest thing ever happened in the history of humankind. This goes with the fact that, rationally Islam is a religion that gives a proper consideration to every claims according to its concern. We called it as 'ADIL'.

Adil is a main character of Islam. It plays a huge and width role in Islam as a way of living. As we all now, that Islam itself is a system exclusively stressing on the significance of Adil. Adil applies in every ways in Islam. Socially, politically, economically, physically, mentally, morally and every aspects as well.

This can be seen by understanding Islam as what it is, not on how it has been carried out by Muslims. Rather saying, that not all Muslims are succeeding on translating or adapting the true and real demands in Islam. This is why, there are many Muslims who named with Islam names but visibly acting no better than the non-Muslims.

Back to the concept of Adil briefly. In Islam Adil interprets as placing something on its concern and exact position. For instant, Islam is putting Allah SWT exactly on his God's position. Which God should only be one god, rationally saying, that it will not be god if it has others.

Only a weak god needs another god to separate and share their actions. Humanizing God is totally killing god highest position. Why should god having a family? Why Jesus? Why isn't Adam? Or Moses? Or Solomon? Or David? Happen to be god son. Why was Jesus sent to earth two thousand years before? Why didn't god sent him after Adam's era for redeeming Adam's sin? These are the questions indicate that it should only be one God for us compulsorily and rationally.

That is why I am really thankful born as a Muslim. Not just "a Muslim", but the real one. The one who interprets and translates Islam exactly as required.

Friday, 21 November 2008

In Bukhari, "Wahab was asked: "Is it not true that uttering Shahadah is the key to Heaven?" He said " Yes. But every key has certain teeth. If you are to bring a key with teeth, it will open the door. Otherwise, it will not." ( He means by the teeth both worshipping Allah and adopting monotheism).