For Newcomers to Islam

Every time they come to you with an argument, We bring you the truth and
the best of explanations.
(Qur'an, 25:33)

Answer to those who ask "If religion is between Allah and His servant, why do we communicate Islam's message to other people?" Answer to those who ask "Is everyone other than you wrong?"
Answer to those who ask "Religion is only a part of life. So, why do people need to live by the Qur'an's values in all aspects of life?" Answer to those who ask "Do believers always have to be together, or can they live by the religion on their own?"
Answer to those who ask "Does the Qur'an, which was revealed in seventh-century Arabia, address today's needs?" Answer to those who ask "Is there any class discrimination in Islam? Are people defined according their wealth, status, and beauty? Do believers convey the message only to a particular section of society?"
Answer to those who say "I have a sound heart" Answer to those who ask "Is possesing power, wealth and grandeur incompatible with the essence of Islam?"
Answer to those who say"I am still young. I will become religious when I am old." Answer to those who ask "Do new Muslims have to abandon their former pleasures and activities?"
Answer to those who ask "What do you expect from me after I embrace the Qur'an's morality?" Answer to those who ask "Once people embrace faith, can they still befriend the people with whom they used to associate?"
Answer to those who ask "Why do Muslims show great love for and interest in those peole with whom they have only recently become acquainted?" Answer to those who say "I want to live as a Muslim, but I am worried about my family's reactions."
Answer to those who ask "Might some of the negative news spread about believers be true?" Answer to those who ask "Am I responsible for my previous actions after I start to live by Islam?"
Answer to those who ask "If the Qur'an's morality promises such a good and perfect structure, then why does it have so many enemies?" Answer to those who say "I want to live by the religion, but I cannot find the internal strength to do so."



Societies all over the world have different social structures and values. As a result of their specific ideologies, traditions, and cultures, dissimilar and even contrasting opinions and behaviors, inevitably arise. Hence, what is accepted as true and right for one person might well be wrong for another.

However, beyond these cultural and ideological differences, there exists one distinction that is far more important and fundamental than the others. As the Qur'an informs us, humanity is divided into two groups: believers and unbelievers. The distinction between these two groups is so broad that, when compared to other differences, the ideological and cultural differences are insignificant.

Believers are fully aware of Allah's existence. They realize that Allah created them and everything surrounding them, that He controls everything in the universe, and that He possesses all wealth. They also are conscious of the facts that this world is transient and that Allah will hold them accountable for their actions. But unbelievers are totally unaware of these facts. In their eyes, all of the affairs in this world are random, and the world is its own master. In this chaotic setting, unbelievers seek to maintain their existence and pursue their interests. Thus, they may readily resort to fraud or dishonesty, for they are heedless of Allah's existence and their accountability to Him.

The outlook, and thereby the characteristics, moral values, and behaviors of these two groups of people, are mutually exclusive. The Qur'an provides detailed examples of these differences.

According to the Qur'an, an unbelieving society is made up of people who are unaware of Allah, who "made Him into something to cast disdainfully behind their backs" (Qur'an, 11:92) and "do not measure Allah with His true measure." (Qur'an, 6:91) The Qur'an refers to such a society as the "society of ignorance." A society may consider itself contemporary and civilized, but as long as its members fail to give Allah all of the respect due to Him and remain unaware of the Hereafter and the purpose of their existence, its people are, in actuality, ignorant (of religion).

In all societies ignorant of religion, believers are always in minority. As the accounts of the Prophets' lives related in the Qur'an indicate, throughout history, believers have always emerged within such societies.

However, just because believers have their own unique structure does not mean that they never associate with those who do not know Allah. On the contrary, in compliance with Allah's orders, believers maintain their bonds with unbelievers so that they can summon them to live by the values of true religion, for every unbelieving society contains people of intelligence and conscience who have remained ignorant because they have not yet received Allah's message. For this reason, believers communicate the values of the Qur'an to these people. This is also a recommendation of Allah's Messenger (pbuh) who said, "The best of you is he who has learnt the Qur'an and then taught it." ( Bukhari )

When such unbelievers encounter Muslims for the first time, they are likely to have many questions, because devoted believers, who possess the morality of the Qur'an, are unlike all other people they have ever known. Being used to living among selfish, conceited, remorseless, and arrogant people, they may well feel amazed when meeting conscientious, self-sacrificing, modest, reliable, self-possessed, and tolerant people. They may even think that such people may not be what they appear to be.

Nevertheless, believers are sincere and honest people, for they follow Allah's guidance, which is the unique true guidance. How could it not be, since it was determined by humanity's Creator? All of the doubts and questions belonging to those who have only recently been introduced to the Qur'an's morality stem from the ignorant beliefs and concepts upon which they were raised.

This book seeks to clarify the probable questions likely to occur to people who are new to the Qur'an's morality.