27.1 Islam after Twenty Years
After nearly twenty years of struggle, Mohamed was now ordered to proclaim his religion to all men.
"And we have not sent you, except out of mercy to mankind," the Koran states.
During those twenty years he had constant communications from Allah, and the noble precepts of Islam had taken definite form. With meticulous planning and perfect timing each of the abhorrent customs of the Arabs was dealt with and replaced by what was more sane and more true, beginning with the main issue, the unswerving worship of Allah alone and the rejection of false deities. Gradually, step by step, year after year, the Muslims were led to the straight path as no new lesson was taught before the preceding one had been thoroughly digested.
After the sole worship of Allah, the basic principles of Islam were introduced; the principle that neither money, power, lineage or tribe was of any consequence to Allah and that purity of heart alone elevated one man above the other. Hand-in-hand with this precept that shattered the Arab class system came the idea that man was on earth to be tested and that his status in the eternal world depended on his deeds in this world.
Once this broad outline was accepted, the Muslims were daily inspired by Mohamed's example and by the teaching of Islam which covered everything from the great and noble principles of religion to the minor details of social etiquette. For example, a Muslim does not enter a house without permission and he does not depart without taking leave. If he is greeted he answers the greeting or says a better one. There is not a field of life that Islam does not tackle with judgment, fairness, and precision. There is no relationship between people that is not regulated with justice and mercy and with special care given to the weaker party that is women, children, and subordinates.
To discuss all the precepts of Islam is outside the scope of this work. Suffice it here to note that it changed the Arabs from being a people who lived amid rigid customs and superstitions on the one hand and great licentiousness and corruption on the other, to being a people who worshipped Allah with a clear perception and high morals. They were transformed from a people who used to bury their daughters alive, sacrifice their sons to stone idols, and torture their slaves to death, to a people who cherished their daughters as precious jewels, smashed idols, and set their slaves free. Instead of spending their nights in revels and drink they became a people who spent the night in prayer or looking after the needs of the poor. From people whose pride and joy was their children and their wealth they became a people whose greatest pleasure was to arrive one step closer towards pleasing their Maker.