Welcome To islam

Swiss Thinker Roger Du Pasquier

231-232

“Islam is the Absolute Expression of Divine Mercy”

 

Roger Du Pasquier grew up in a Protestant Christian environment, but was influenced by modern philosophy, especially existentialism. He believed religions were superstitious beliefs.

When he worked for the press, he began to travel to different countries … By the end of World War II, he travelled to Sweden and worked as a reporter for over five years. But he discovered that people there were miserable despite the progress and prosperity they lived in. He noticed the very opposite when he travelled to some Islamic countries in the Levant. He found that Muslims, despite their extreme poverty, feel happier, and that their lives are meaningful.

This observation made him think fully of the meaning of life and contemplate it through these models… In this perspective, he says:

“I used to ask myself: Why do Muslims feel happy about their lives despite their poverty?! … And why do Swedes feel miserable and bad despite the luxury and prosperity they live in?! The same is true about my homeland (Switzerland) which is considered a prosperous country with high living standards!

“Before all of these observations, I found myself in need to study the religions of the Levant. Thus I started studying Hinduism. I was not very much convinced of it; so I moved to studying the Islamic religion. The first thing that attracted me to Islam is that it does not conflict with the other divine religions; it rather expanded to include them all. I was more and more convinced of this truth as I read more and more until finally it became fully entrenched in my mind after I read the works of the contemporary French philosopher René Guenon who also embraced Islam.

“I discovered a fact that many others discovered – that Islam gives meaning to life contrary to the western civilization that is dominated by materialism, does not believe in the Hereafter, and believes in this mundane world only”.

As such, Roger Du Pasquier was influenced by the thought of the French philosopher René Guenon, as he was previously influenced by his visits to Muslim countries, as despite the materialistic hardship suffered by the people in these countries, these people nurture a deep-rooted faith in their souls…

Thus he reaches a conclusion which he expresses in this quote of his: “I realized that Islam and its principles spread serenity and tranquillity in the soul… This is contrary to the materialistic civilization that leads people to despair because they do not believe in anything… I also recognized that the Europeans do not realize the truth of Islam, because they judge it by their materialistic standards.

His book unveiling islam
The Great Secret:

When asked about the secret that attracted him to Islam, Du Pasquier said:

“What attracted me first to Islam is the testimony that there is no god but Allah and that Mohammad is his slave and Messenger. I discovered that Islam is an integrated religion, and everything in it is connected to the Holy Quran and the Prophetic Tradition. In my conviction, man can spend all his life contemplating this testimony.

“The testimony says: ‘There is no god but Allah’. This means that there is no absolute and permanent truth but Allah. As for modern philosophy, it says that there is no truth but this world. This is what existentialism and other philosophies say… I was startled because Islam expresses the truth which was overlooked by science and modern philosophy.”

After a contemplating sigh, he carried on saying:

“I was very much influenced by the Holy Quran when I started examining it. I studied and memorized some of its Holy Ayahs. Praise be to Allah, I can read the Holy Quran now. I was very much taken by this Holy Ayah: { And whoever desires other than Islam as a religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers} (Al Imran: 85) and the Holy Ayah: {Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error (Al Baqara: 256)”.

He adds with overjoy:

“I read the Prophetic Tradition too, and I was very much influenced by its wisdom and precise rhetoric and speech”.

The Light of Islam:

In this perspective, Du Pasquier says: “From the very first moment in which I announced my Islam and pronounced the two testimonies, I felt that a bright light shined within me and wiped the darkness that have arrested me for long years. I felt that the great emptiness which had haunted me has just been filled. Then I felt that it is my duty to bring this light to public. I returned hastily to Switzerland – my homeland, and I announced my Islam because there is no reason to hide it. I published many articles on Islam, its justice and freedom in an attempt to change the image in which Islam is depicted and was entrenched in the minds of the youth. My first interview was with “Journal de Geneva” and “Gazette de Lausanne” which sought to publish lengthy dialogues and some booklets that tackle Islamic issues or prominent figures who were guided to Islam. I also began to defend Islam and Muslims in all my writings to pave for others the way to Islam which opens horizons and offers solutions for many problems which had reached a deadlock.

On his view of Muslims as people who believe Islam to be a nationality or an ideology, he says in anger: “I disagree with some people who view Islam as a nationality; this is a wrong conviction among many Muslims … They consider Islam as an ideology, and this is a mistake too … Rather Islam is a path to Allah, the best way to achieve knowing Allah and reconciliation and harmony between the Creator and creature”.

On his opinion in criticism addressed to Islam as a religion of backwardness that does not lead to progress, he sarcastically said: “Praise be to Allah, Islam does not advance towards the materialistic progress they mean… Was Islam as such, it would not have caught my attention and the attention of those intellectuals who found in it the goodness and happiness of Mankind, such as Roger (Ragaa) Garaudy and others…”
Asked about his opinion on the idea evoked that there is a great disparity between Islam as a religion and Muslims as people, he shook his head and said with a smile:
“The answer to this question is in this story. I know a friend; his name is Mohammad. He was a Jew, and he converted to Islam at the age of 26. He became a Muslim scholar. He wrote a book entitled “The Road to Mecca” and had many other works … I met him recently, and I asked him the same question: ‘Is there a difference between Islam as a religion and Muslims as people?’

“He told me: ‘True we converted to Islam, but that was not because of Muslims. Rather the reason is that Islam is a fact that can’t be denied by anyone’.

“Even if Muslims are in a state of deterioration, their religion is able to grant them a happy reassuring life what assists them in overcoming moral crises. Islam is the expression of absolute divine mercy. Islam revives the link between man and his Lord – the link which today’s man had severed”.

Close