Islam The Only True Religion

Islam The Only True Religion

ALLAH

Everything that exists,
except Allah, the Creator, is created by Him. Allah has full power over every
bit of His creation. Allah is not created; He existed always, having His
attributes; He will never perish, nor will His attributes diminish. Among His
attributes is that He has knowledge of all His creation, that He sees the
seeable and that He hears the hearable, and His knowing, seeing and hearing are
in no way similar to ours. Allah speaks and His Speech is not made up of
language or sound, nor does it resemble the speech of man in any way. He does
not need any of His creation for His existence and He does not resemble any of
His creation in any way. This means that Allah is not a man or a woman; He is
not “a Father” or “a Mother”. He does not have a wife, a mother, a father, a
son, or a daughter; He has no equal or partner. Allah does not divide into
parts; no creation, including man, has “a part of Allah” in him, nor can any
creation become like Allah. He is the only God.

Allah existed eternally
before He created any place, such as Paradise (Heaven), the skies, earth, or any
planets. Hence, we know He is now as He was before He created all these places;
He does not need any place to exist in. Allah has always known about every bit
of His creation; there is no thing in His creation which escapes or defeats Him.
No thing goes against the will of Allah. Both good and evil occur by His Will.
However, Allah orders humans to do only the good; humans make the choice to obey
or disobey Allah. Our ability to do good or evil is given to us by Allah, the
Exalted.

HUMANITY

Men and women are one of the creations of Allah.
They are distinct from plants, animals, jinn, and angels. They were created
after angels and jinn; the first man was created from clay. Allah puts a soul
into man but in no way is man’s soul Allah, or “a part of Allah”. The first man
was Adam and all human beings come from his family. Adam had no mother or
father; he was created and given life by Allah. Allah created a wife for Adam
who bore his children. Allah created the human beings to order them to believe,
profess the truth about Allah and His messengers, worship Allah only, and follow
His orders during life on earth. Some of mankind has and does worship Allah
correctly, obeys His orders, and will be rewarded beyond imagination. Some of
mankind has not and will not worship Allah correctly and will be punished by
Allah with severity in Hellfire.

JINN

Jinn are a distinct creation
of Allah, who are invisible to humans. Allah created them from the pure flame of
fire. They are male and female and have offspring. They exist here on earth and
out of it. Like humans, some jinn worship Allah, but some do not. The ones who
do not are known as the devils, whose head is Satan.

ANGELS

Angels
are another distinct creation of Allah. They are not male or female and have no
children. Allah created them from light. They never sin, obeying Allah in every
matter. Humans have angels near them that record all they do. Some angels have
appeared to men in the form of men but they never take a woman’s shape. Some
angels protect people from jinn by Allah’s will. The angel who brought
revelations to the prophets is Gabriel.

PROPHETS

Prophets are the
greatest men that ever lived. Prophets received Revelation from Allah and
conveyed it to the people. The prophets received the Revelations and conveyed
them exactly in the language Allah ordered. The language of the scriptures is
created, but Allah’s speech is not. A messenger is a prophet who comes with
abrogating some of the laws brought by the previous messenger or receives a new
set of laws. Prophets were intelligent, trustworthy, truthful, did not commit
major sins and never left their Religion. Many prophets have lived in the past.
Muhammad, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, who lived some 1400 years
ago, was the last and greatest prophet.

Other prophets before him
include: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Joseph (son of Jacob),
David, Solomon, Moses, and Jesus, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon all of
them.

The true scriptures were Revelations received by prophets. Moses
and Jesus both received scriptures, but what are now called the Torah and the
Bible have been tampered with by man and are not the true Revelations received
by the great messengers Moses and Jesus. The only scripture which is unchanged
and will never be changed is the Qur’an, which is the scripture Allah gave
Muhammad, His last prophet, in clear and eloquent Arabic. Allah has promised to
protect the Qur’an from any changes by man, and it has remained unchanged since
it was received some 1400 years ago. Unlike the prophets before him who were
sent to a particular people, Muhammad was sent to all people who lived at his
time and all people who live after him until the Day of Judgment when the earth
will be destroyed.

THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

This earth, planets and
stars were all created by Allah at a point in time. They did not always exist
and they will perish by Allah’s will. On a day which only Allah knows (not even
the angels or prophets know it), Allah will make everything on earth and in the
skies die (including angels, Satan, and all devils) and then He will resurrect
them all and judge humans and jinns on what they did during their lives. Because
humans and jinn made the choice to be believers or non-believers, pious or
sinners, they will be rewarded or punished, by Allah’s will, for what they
believed, said, and did.

PARADISE (HEAVEN)

Those of mankind and
jinn who believe correctly in Allah, and believe in the Messenger sent to them
and profess their belief (i.e., becoming followers of the true Religion) and die
with that status will dwell forever in Paradise, which Allah has created for
them. The life in Paradise is better than what any human living on earth can
imagine. Those in Paradise will experience it in body and soul, but the body
will be a new body with no defects. Paradise is not allegorical. It is very real
and actual. There will be wonderful riches, foods, joy, and peace. People will
be married and have interaction with one another. Those in Paradise will be in
ranks according to their piety. Those who are rewarded with Paradise will never
be sent out of it.

HELL

Hell, another creation of Allah, is the
everlasting dwelling place for those of humans and jinn who rejected the
revelations of the prophets. Hence, they disbelieved in Allah and His
messengers. Hell is also a particular place and is not experienced here on
earth. Its torture will not cease. The suffering will also be in body and soul.
Some humans who were followers of the true Religion will suffer in Hell for some
time, because they had sinned and did not repent of their sins during their
lifetime. Being believers of the true Religion, they will get out of Hell after
a time which Allah wills. Then they will enter Paradise and dwell there forever
and receive no further punishment. Some believers of the true Religion who die
as sinners will be forgiven by Allah on the Day of Judgment and will not go to
Hell before entering Paradise.

LIFE AND DEATH

This life of a human
or jinn always ends with death and there is no exceptio. Humans do not choose
their race, sex, parents, or birthplace and will not be held accountable for
those aspects of their life on the Day of Judgment. No human is doomed to Hell
because he was born as a certain sex or race. Allah the Merciful, has promised
any human or jinn who dies as a follower of the true Religion will receive
Paradise forever. Those people who truly never heard about the correct belief in
Allah and any of the messengers during their entire lifetime and died in that
state will not go to Hellfire. But those sane and pubescent people who have
heard of the correct belief in Allah and His messenger and die not embracing
this true Religion will dwell in Hell forever.

The correct belief in
Allah has never changed and every prophet and messenger has said the same
concerning belief in Allah: No one is God but Allah and mankind is to believe in
Him and worship Him only. The prophet for the people on earth at present is
Muhammad, may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, and the laws for the
present population are the laws that prophet Muhammad was given by Allah for
mankind. There will be no new laws given, for there will be no new
messenger.

Usually, the person is given one life in this world, so a
person is wise to live this life correctly. No matter how appealing it is to
some people, they will not “reincarnate” after they die. This and other false
beliefs about mankind and Allah are whispered into human’s minds by Satan and
the devils, and some men are fooled into believing
them.

SATAN

Satan, the first jinn, was present with the angels
when Allah ordered him and the angels to bow down in respect before Adam. Satan
did not bow down in respect. He objected to Allah and said he was better than
Adam, because he was made from fire whereas Adam was made from clay. Because of
this objection, Allah banished Satan. Satan vowed that he would try to persuade
humans into false belief and worship and shameful conduct. Allah promised that
Satan and those who follow him will be the inhabitants of Hell on the Day of
Judgment.

Satan is man’s accursed enemy and his vow to ruin many of
mankind is not to be taken lightly. He attempts to confuse and ruin man by his
prompting, making bad deeds seem good. A person is not sinful when Satan
whispers to him; he is sinful if he believes and/or acts on the prompting.
Although humans must believe that Satan exists and take the warning about him
very seriously, we must remember that Allah has full power over Satan. Satan can
do nothing against the will of Allah. When a believer of the true Religion
strives to follow Allah’s orders and asks Allah for protection from Satan, he
should not doubt Allah’s great protection and
mercy.

RELIGION

There is only one true Religion–that of believing
the correct belief in Allah and His messengers, worshipping Allah only, loving,
respecting, and following the prophet of the time, and loving and respecting
other prophets. Every prophet and messenger followed and called people to the
same Religion; this Religion is called ISLAM. A believer in Islam is called a
MUSLIM. The meaning of Islam is “to submit to Allah”. The meaning of the word
Muslim is “one who submits to Allah.” The name Allah is the name of the only
true God. Although prophets and messengers spoke different languages, what they
called people to was the same Religion. A person can declare that he believes
and follows the true Religion–Islam–in any language, for belief is known to
Allah regardless of the language. Those who say they are Muslim, yet deny the
true belief in their heart, with their tongue, or by some actions, are surely
not Muslim. Allah knows fully who are the ones who truly believe in Islam. Both
messengers Moses and Jesus called their people to the true
Religion–Islam–which is clearly described in the QUR’AN–the last and
preserved scripture for all of mankind on earth.

JESUS

Jesus, may
Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him, is dearly loved by Muslims, for he is
one of the greatest of messengers and he is one of the most loved creations to
Allah. Jesus has no father; he was created within Mary, and the Muslims believe
that his mother Mary is the best of all women.

By Allah’s will, Prophet
Jesus performed many miracles and was obedient to Allah in every way. Jesus
spoke only the truth and his followers were Muslim. Never did Jesus say he was
Allah, “the son of Allah”, or that his followers should pray to him or to anyone
other than Allah. Jesus is a man, but had no father; Adam was a man but had
neither a father nor a mother. The Qur’an tells us that the Jews did not crucify
Jesus as some believe. He was not crucified at all, by Allah’s will; Jesus was
raised from the earth. Jesus is alive, and Allah will send Jesus back to the
earth before the Day of Judgment. Jesus will attest that Islam is the true faith
and that Prophet Muhammad, is the last messenger. He will follow the laws that
Allah gave to Muhammad, and slay the one-eyed impostor. This is the truth,
although some do not believe.

SINS

When a person goes against
Allah’s orders (which are conveyed by His messenger), this person has sinned.
The worst sin is blasphemy, which is caused by any belief, saying, or action
that contradicts Islam. When a person becomes Muslim he leaves all blasphemy. A
Muslim must learn about all the types of blasphemy so to avoid committing any of
them as he proceeds through life. If a Muslim commits blasphemy, he becomes
non-Muslim and must become Muslim again. If he dies without becoming a Muslim,
he will be in Hell forever in the Hereafter. If a Muslim commits a sin which is
less than blasphemy and dies without repenting to Allah of the sin, then this
sin is counted against him on the Day of Judgment. Similarly, if a Muslim
follows Allah’s orders, in obedience to Him, this is counted in his favor. All
of this is known by Allah and no thing escapes Him.

When a Muslim commits
sins, he must repent of them immediately. To repent of blasphemy, one must utter
the Testification of Faith, clearing himself of the committed blasphemy. The
Testification of Faith (Shahadatan) can be stated as follows:

“I testify
that no one is God but Allah,

and I testify that Muhammad is

the
Messenger of Allah.”

For a sin less than blasphemy, one must stop doing
the sin, regret having done it, and have the intention not to commit the same
sin again. If the sin is stealing from a person, for example, then the stolen
goods must be returned in addition. Allah is ever-merciful to the Muslim and no
matter how many times he sins in his life, if he stops it, regrets having done
it, and intends not to do it again, he will be forgiven by Allah. But for those
who are non-Muslim, no matter what good things they do, those deeds are not to
their credit in the Hereafter; they must first become Muslim.

A few
examples of blasphemy are: believing that Allah has a son, worshipping an idol,
and saying that Allah does not know everything. Some examples of sins less than
blasphemy are: killing a person unjustly, adultery, drinking alcohol, and
stealing. When a Muslim makes sincere repentance as was described, it is as if
he did not sin, in that he will not be punished for what he repented of, for
Allah is ever-merciful to the Muslims. Also, when a person becomes a Muslim for
the first time, Allah forgives all his past sins.

PRAYER

Upon the
order of Allah, Prophet Muhammad commanded the Muslims to pray five times a day.
This order applies since the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad until the Day of
Judgment. The prayers have a specific format with the one praying praising and
thanking Allah, asking for His help and guidance, and asking Him to bless the
prophets and the pious Muslims. A Muslim knows that at any moment of his life he
can ask Allah for help and guidance, and he is encouraged to do so, but this
does not replace the five prescribed prayers, which have a specific format to be
followed.

BECOMING A MUSLIM

A person becomes a Muslim by leaving
all that contradicts the meaning of the following Testification of Faith,
believing in the heart and declaring with the tongue:

“No one is God but
Allah

and

Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”

believing in
all this implies–Allah, the Creator, has perfect attributes, only Allah must be
worshipped, Prophet Muhammad, the last prophet, was truthful in all that he
conveyed from Allah, all the prophets before him (the first of whom was Adam)
conveyed the same message of belief to their people and are to be loved and
respected, yet in no way do prophets (or any creation) have Allah’s
attributes.

A person can become Muslim, as aforementioned in the solitude
of a forest or in a crowded subway; he does not need to go to a mosque or have
Muslims witness his profession. Allah knows the hearts of His creation. However,
when he becomes Muslim he may declare his belief to some fellow Muslims so he
will be known as a Muslim among the people.

Anyone who has read this
booklet must know if you are not already Muslim you must become Muslim
immediately, for you do not know when you will die. To anyone who becomes Muslim
while reading this paper, we advise you to seek knowledge as to the practice of
Islam from a trustworthy Muslim teacher. As people go to college to be taught by
those learned on different subjects, one should go to a learned Muslim to learn
about the practice of Islam. There will always be more to learn and more ways to
improve for a devoted Muslim, so arrogance is not a part of a good Muslim’s
life.

All praise is due to Allah,

the Lord of the heavens and
earth

and Allah knows best

 

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