see that despite all the momentous clashes and revolutions down the long centuries, they have preserved the balance of the natural laws and social relations, which because of their minuteness are not apparent to people’s minds (al-‘uqūl) although they are completely in conformity and harmony with them. The more time passes, the more their interconnection becomes clear. It is plain from this that Islam is the natural religion for humankind and that it is truth (ḥaqq). For this reason it can never cease or diminish. Don’t you see that the healing antidote for the fatal poison in society is the proscription of interest and usury (ribā) and the obligatory payment of the purification tax (zakāt)? And these are only two of the thousands of matters of the Shari‘a.
Now, if you have grasped the above four points and three points that follow them, know too that although Muhammad al-Hashimi (UWBP) was unlettered and could neither read nor write, and had no outward power and no sovereignty, and neither did his forefathers, and although he had no desire for domination and rule, with all his heart and confidence and assurance in a position of the gravest danger and importance, he undertook a matter of supreme gravity and conquered minds and became the beloved of spirits, and dominated dispositions, and uprooted from the depths of their hearts their many habitual entrenched familiar savage practices and customs. He then planted in their place with the utmost firmness, as though fusing with their very flesh and blood, elevated morals and fine customs. He replaced the hard-heartedness of a people degenerated in the far-flung corners of barbarity, with fine sensitivities and he disclosed the jewel of their humanity. He took them out of their barbarity and raised them to the peak of civilization and made them teachers of the world of their time. For them he founded a state that swallowed up [other] states like Moses’ staff. It appeared like a brilliant flaming light that burnt up the [social] ties of tyranny and corruption, and in a short time established the seat of that state [which extended over] East and West. Doesn’t this situation prove that his way was truth and reality, and that he was truthful in what he was claiming?
The Sixth Matter
This is about the page of the future, and especially the question of the Shari‘a. Four points have to be considered in this matter:
The First: Even if he is exceptional, one person can become expert and proficient in only four or five sciences.