I am very pleased to thank Dr. Maneh Al-Johani, Secretary General of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth
(WAMY), for his positive remarks on my proposed Wisdom Enrichment Forum. Under the aegis of Wisdom Enrichment Foundation, the forum aims, among others, at encouraging young Muslim intellectuals to participate in Islamic research and propagation. Along this line, Dr. Al-Johani has, indeed, inspired me to start writing on Islam and other related issues.
Another WAMY official, brother Husain Zulqarnain, has also encouraged me (during our meeting in Dhahran) to pursue my plans related to Dawa. His challenging words "if not now, when shall we ever implement our noble plans" are still fresh in my mind. I sincerely thank him and I pray that he and the rest of WAMY Staff will always remain instrumental in the propagation of the true message of Islam and the development of Muslim youth worldwide.
I am very pleased to thank my brother in Islam from New York, Ahmad Nuroddin (Lecturer of English Language at the Institute of Public Administration and one of the prime movers of the Nasiriah Islamic Propagation Committee, both in Dammam, Saudi Arabia), for proof-reading and making constructive comments on this work. I would like to thank also the other members of Nasiriah Islamic Propagation Committee, especially Hussain Ali and Khalid AI-Dossary, for encouraging me to put into writing my lecture delivered at Nasiriah Mosque on the 24th of December 1987 on the same subject. This book is, in fact, an expansion of that lecture, hoping that it will be of interest to others. Moreover, I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Salim Awath Bin Silim, Sub-Branch Manager of A.S Bughsan & Bros. Co. (Komatsu Division) in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, for encouraging me to undertake further research into the subject.
Special acknowledgment goes to my wife, Dr. Norlain D. Mababaya, for her very valuable comments and suggestions as well as unyielding patience while I was writing this work. I pray that our children, Maryam and Ahmad, will in the future carry on the plans and projects of our own Wisdom Enrichment Foundation, which are all geared towards active service to Allah.
Above all, I thank Allah the Almighty for making this book a reality. Indeed, this book would not have been realized without His Grace and Guidance.
I pray to Allah the Almighty that He will bless this work and become a source of enlightenment to those who seek knowledge, truth and guidance. Ameen.
M. P. Mababaya
May 1988 (Ramadan 1408).
Dammam, Saudi Arabia.