IT IS ALLAH'S SUNNAH TO WARN COMMUNITIES BY SENDING A HOLY BOOK BEFORE THEY ARE DESTROYED
We have never destroyed a city without giving it prior warning as a reminder... (Surat ash-Shu‘ara’: 208-209)
Throughout history, Allah has sent a reminder to every society that has become corrupted, inviting it to follow the true path. Yet, those who persisted in their wickedness perished after having fulfilled the time allotted to them, and became an example for succeeding generations. When we consider this law of Allah, a number of important mysteries are revealed to us.
The Last Day is the final calamity to fall upon the world. The Qur’an is the last divine book sent to advise humanity, whose guide it will remain until the end of the world. In one of its verses, it says, “… It is simply a reminder to all beings." (Surat al-An'am: 90) Those who think that the Qur’an speaks only to one particular time or place are seriously mistaken, because the Qur’an is a general invitation to all “worlds.”
Since the time of the Prophet (saas), the truth of the Qur’an has been communicated to the entire world. Because of the incomparable technological developments in our present age, the commands of the Qur’an can be proclaimed to the whole of humanity. Today, science, education, communication and transportation are about to reach the final point of their development. Thanks to computer and Internet technology in particular, people in distant parts of the world can instantly share information and establish communications. The revolution in science and technology has united all the nations of the world; expressions like “globalization” and “world citizenship” have been added to our stock of vocabulary. In short, all the obstacles preventing the unity of people throughout the whole world are being quickly removed.
In the light of these facts, it can be easily said that in our “information age,” Allah has put all kinds of technological developments at our disposal. It is the responsibility of Muslims to make the best use of these possibilities that Allah has offered, and to invite people from all walks of life to accept the moral teaching of the Qur’an.