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C. The only true guidance

In the final analysis there remains only one source of truth: that one Supreme Being from whom you can get the necessary light. Allah (swt) is All-Knowing and All-Seeing. He knows the inner reality of all things. He alone can tell you precisely what is to your benefit and what is to your detriment. He alone can lay down which actions are right for you and which are wrong. He has no vested interests and no axe to grind. He has no need to secure any benefit by deception. Therefore, whatever directions that Holy and Self-Subsistent Being gives you will be without any ulterior motive and will be intended exclusively for your benefit.

Islam means total surrender to Allah (swt) and the Messenger, and that no one can become truly Muslim unless he gives up obedience to anyone or anything apart from Allah (swt). But why is so much stress laid on obedience to Allah (swt) and His Messenger? You may ask: Does Allah (swt) need our obedience so badly that He has to demand it so insistently that He has to insist His rule, cannot be sustained without subjugating us? Let us try to examine these questions.

It has been narrated by Sa’eed ibn Abu Burdah, from his father, from his grandfather, that the Prophet (saw) said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity. The people asked, ‘O Prophet of Allah! If someone has nothing to give (what should he do)?’ He said: ‘He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).’ The people further asked: ‘If he cannot even do that?’ He replied: ‘He should help the needy who appeal for help’. Then the people asked: ‘If he cannot do that?’ He replied: ‘Then he should perform all that is good and keep away from all that is evil, and this will be regarded as charity for him.’” (Bukhari)