What Is Islam

What is Islam?

Among the blessings and favors that God has bestowed upon humanity is that He endowed them with an innate ability to recognize and acknowledge His existence.  He placed this awareness deep in their hearts as a natural disposition that has not changed since human beings were first created.  Furthermore, He reinforced this natural disposition with the signs that he placed in Creation that testify to His existence.  However, since it is not possible for human beings to have a detailed knowledge of God except through revelation from Himself, God sent His Messengers to teach the people about their Creator Who they must worship.  These Messengers also brought with them the details of how to worship God, because such details cannot be known except by way of revelation.  These two fundamentals were the most important things that the Messengers of all the divine revelations brought with them from God.  On this basis, all the divine revelations have had the same lofty objectives, which are:

1.    To affirm the Oneness of God – the praised and glorified Creator – in His essence and His attributes.

2.    To affirm that God alone should be worshipped and that no other being should be worshipped along with Him or instead of Him.

3.    To safeguard human welfare and oppose corruption and evil.  Thus, everything that safeguards faith, life, reason, wealth and lineage are part of this human welfare that religion protects.  On the other hand, anything that endangers these five universal needs is a form of corruption that religion opposes and prohibits.

4.    To invite the people to the highest level of virtue, moral values, and noble customs.

The ultimate goal of every Divine Message has always been the same: to guide the people to God, to make them aware of Him, and to have them worship Him alone.  Each Divine Message came to strengthen this meaning, and the following words were repeated on the tongues of all the Messengers: “Worship God, you have no god other than Him.” This message was conveyed to humanity by prophets and messengers which God sent to every nation.  All of these messengers came with this same message, the message of Islam.

All the Divine Messages came to bring the life of the people into willing submission to God.  For this reason, they all share the name of “Islam”, or “submission” derived from the same word as “Salam”, or “peace”, in Arabic.  Islam, in this sense, was the religion of all the prophets, but why does one see different variations of the religion of God if they all emanated from the same source?  The answer is twofold.

The first reason is that as a result of the passage of time, and due to the fact that previous religions were not under the Divine protection of God, they underwent much change and variation.  As a result, we see that the fundamental truths which were brought by all messengers now differ from one religion to another, the most apparent being the strict tenet of the belief and worship of God and God alone.

The second reason for this variation is that God, in His infinite Wisdom and eternal Will, decreed that all the divine missions prior to the final message of Islam brought by Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, be limited to a specific time frame.  As a result, their laws and methodologies dealt with the specific conditions of the people whom they had been sent to address.

Humanity has passed through numerous periods of guidance, misguidance, integrity, and deviation, from the most primitive age to the heights of civilization.  Divine guidance accompanied humanity through all of this, always providing the appropriate solutions and remedies.

This was the essence of the disparity that existed between the different religions.  This disagreement never went beyond the particulars of the Divine Law.  Each manifestation of the Law addressed the particular problems of the people it was meant for.  However, the areas of agreement were significant and many, such as fundamentals of faith; the basic principles and objectives of the Divine Law, such as protecting faith, life, reason, wealth, and lineage and establishing justice in the land; and certain fundamental prohibitions, some of the most important of these being idolatry, fornication, murder, theft, and giving false witness.  Moreover, they also agreed upon moral virtues like honesty, justice, charity, kindness, chastity, righteousness, and mercy.  These principles as well as others are permanent and lasting; they are the essence of all the Divine Messages and bind them all together.

But where does the message of Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, fit in with the previous messages revealed by God?  A brief history of the prophets might clear this point.

The first human, Adam, followed Islam, in that he directed worship to God alone and none else and abided by His commandments.  But through the passage of time and the dispersal of humanity throughout the earth, people strayed from this message and began directing worship to others instead of or along with God.  Some took to worshipping the pious who passed away amongst them, while others took to worshipping spirits and forces of nature.  It was then that God started to send messengers to humanity steering them back to the worship of God Alone, which accorded to their true nature, and warning them of the grave consequences of directing any type of worship to others besides Him.

The first of these messengers was Noah, who was sent to preach this message of Islam to his people, after they had started to direct worship to their pious forefathers along with God.  Noah called his people to leave the worship of their idols, and ordered them to return to the worship of God Alone.  Some of them followed the teachings of Noah, while the majority disbelieved in him.  Those who followed Noah were followers of Islam, or Muslims, while those that did not, remained in their disbelief and were seized with a punishment for doing so.

After Noah, God sent messengers to every nation who had strayed from the Truth, to steer them back to it.  This Truth was the same throughout time: to reject all objects of worship and to direct all worship without exception to God and none else, the Creator and Lord of all, and to abide by His commandments.  But as we mentioned before, because each nation differed in regards to their way of life, language, and culture, specific messengers were sent to specific nations for a specific time period.

God sent messengers to all nations, and to the Kingdom of Babylon He sent Abraham –  one of the earliest and greatest prophets –  who called his people to reject the worship of the idols to which they were devoted.  He called them to Islam, but they rejected him and even tried to kill him.  God put Abraham through many tests, and he proved true to all of them.  For his many sacrifices, God proclaimed that he would raise from amongst his progeny a great nation and choose prophets from amongst them.  Whenever people from his progeny started to stray away from the Truth, which was to worship none but God alone and to obey His commandments, God sent them another messenger steering them back to it.

Consequently, we see that many prophets were sent amongst the progeny of Abraham, such as his two sons Isaac and Ishmael, along with Jacob (Israel), Joseph, David, Solomon, Moses, and of course, Jesus, to mention a few, may the peace and blessings of God be upon them all.  Each prophet was sent to the Children of Israel (the Jews) when they went astray from the true religion of God, and it became obligatory upon them to follow the messenger which was sent to them and obey their commandments.  All of the messengers came with the same message, to reject worship of all other beings except God Alone and to obey His commandments.  Some disbelieved in the prophets, while others believed.  Those that believed were followers of Islam, or Muslims.

From amongst the messengers was Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, from the progeny of Ishmael, the son of Abraham, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, who was sent as a messenger in succession to Jesus.  Muhammad preached the same message of Islam as the previous prophets and messengers – to direct all worship to God Alone and none else and to obey His commandments – in which the followers of the previous prophets went astray.

So as we see, the Prophet Muhammad was not the founder of a new religion, as many people mistakenly think, but he was sent as the Final Prophet of Islam.  By revealing His final message to Muhammad, which is an eternal and universal message for all of mankind, God finally fulfilled the covenant that He made with Abraham.

Just as it was incumbent upon the those who were alive to follow the message of the last of the succession of prophets which was sent to them, it becomes incumbent upon all of humanity to follow the message of Muhammad.  God promised that this message would remain unchanged and fit for all times and places.  Suffice is it to say that the way of Islam is the same as the way of the prophet Abraham, because both the Bible and the Quran portray Abraham as a towering example of someone who submitted himself completely to God and directed worship to Him alone and none else, and without any intermediaries.  Once this is realized, it should be clear that Islam has the most continuous and universal message of any religion, because all prophets and messengers were “Muslims”, i.e. those who submitted to God’s will, and they preached “Islam”, i.e. submission to the will of Almighty God by worshipping Him Alone and obeying His commandments.

So we see that those who call themselves Muslims today do not follow a new religion; rather they follow the religion and message of all prophets and messengers which were sent to humanity by God’s command, also known as Islam.  The word “Islam” is an Arabic word which literally means “submission to God”, and Muslims are those who willfully submit to and actively obey God, living in accordance with His message.

There are many aspects of belief in which one who adheres to Islam must have firm conviction.  From those aspects, the most important are six, known as the “Six Articles of Belief”.

1)      Belief in God
Islam upholds strict monotheism and belief in God forms the heart of their faith.  Islam teaches belief in one God who neither gives birth nor was born Himself, and has no share in His caretaking of the world.  He alone gives life, causes death, brings good, causes affliction, and provides sustenance for His creation.  God in Islam is the sole Creator, Lord, Sustainer, Ruler, Judge, and Savior of the universe.  He has no equal in His qualities and abilities, such as knowledge and power.  All worship, veneration and homage is to be directed to God and none else.  Any breach of these concepts negates the basis of Islam.

2)      Belief in the Angels
Adherents to Islam must believe in the Unseen world as mentioned in the Quran.  From this world are the angels’ emissaries of God, each assigned with a specific task. They have no free-will or ability to disobey; it is their very nature to be God’s faithful servants. Angels are not to be taken as demigods or objects of praise or veneration; they are mere servants of God obeying His every command.

3)      Belief in the Prophets and Messengers
Islam is a universal and inclusive religion.  Muslims believe in the prophets, not just the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, but the Hebrew prophets, including Abraham and Moses, as well as the prophets of the New Testament, Jesus, and John the Baptist.  Islam teaches God did not send prophets to Jews and Christians alone, rather He sent prophets to all nations in the world with one central message: worship God alone.  Muslim must believe in all prophets sent by God mentioned in the Quran, without making any distinction between them.  Muhammad was sent with the final message, and there is no prophet to come after him.  His message is final and eternal, and through him God completed His Message to humanity.

4)      Belief in the Sacred Texts
Muslims believe in all books that God has sent down to humanity through His prophets.  These books include the Books of Abraham, the Torah of Moses, the Psalms of David, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  These books all had the same source (God), the same message, and all were revealed in truth.  This does not mean that they have been preserved in truth.  Muslims (and many other Jewish and Christian scholars and historians) find that the books in existence today are not the original scriptures, which in fact have been lost, changed, and/or translated over and over again, losing the original message.

As Christians view the New Testament to fulfill and complete the Old Testament, Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad received revelations from God through the angel Gabriel to correct human error that had entered into the scriptures and doctrine of Judaism, Christianity and all other religions.  This revelation is the Quran, revealed in the Arabic language, and found today in its pristine form.  It seeks to guide mankind in all walks of life; spiritual, temporal, individual and collective.  It contains directions for the conduct of life, relates stories and parables, describes the attributes of God, and speaks of the best rules to govern social life.  It has directions for everybody, every place, and for all time.  Millions of people today have memorized the Quran, and all copies of the Quran found today and in the past are identical.  God has promised that He will guard the Quran from change until the end of times, so that Guidance be clear to humanity and the message of all the prophets be available for those who seek it.

5)      Belief in Life after Death
Muslims believe that a day will come when all of creation will perish and resurrected in order to be judged for their deeds: The Day of Judgment.  On this day, all will gather in the presence of God and each individual will be questioned about their life in the world and how they lived it.  Those who held correct beliefs about God and life, and followed their belief with righteous deeds will enter Paradise, even though they may pay for some of their sins in Hell if God out of His Infinite Justice chooses not to forgive them.  As for those who fell into polytheism in its many faces, they will enter Hellfire, never to leave therefrom.

6)      Belief in the Divine Decree
Islam asserts that God has full power and knowledge of all things, and that nothing happens except by His Will and with His full knowledge.  What is known as divine decree, fate, or “destiny” is known in Arabic as al-Qadr.  The destiny of every creature is already known to God.

This belief however does not contradict with the idea of man’s free will to choose his course of action.  God does not force us to do anything; we can choose whether to obey or disobey Him.  Our choice is known to God before we even do it.  We do not know what our destiny is; but God knows the fate of all things.

Therefore, we should have firm faith that whatever befalls us, it is according to God’s will and with His full knowledge.  There may be things that happen in this world that we do not understand, but we should trust that God has wisdom in all things.

There are five simple but essential observances that all practicing Muslims accept and follow.  These “Pillars of Islam” represent the core that unites all Muslims.

1)      The ‘Declaration of Faith’
A Muslim is one who testifies that “none deserves worship but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”  This declaration is known as the “shahada” (witness, testimony).  Allah is the Arabic name for God, just as Yahweh is the Hebrew name for God.  By making this simple proclamation one becomes a Muslim.  The proclamation affirms Islam’s absolute belief in the oneness of God, His exclusive right to be worshipped, as well as the doctrine that associating anything else with God is the one unforgivable sin as we read in the Koran:

“God does not forgive anyone for associating something with Him, while He does forgive whomever He wishes to for anything else.  Anyone who gives God partners has invented an awful sin.” (Quran 4:48)

The second part of the testimony of faith states that Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, is a prophet of God like Abraham, Moses and Jesus before him.  Muhammad brought the last and final revelation.  In accepting Muhammad as the “seal of the prophets,” Muslims believe that his prophecy confirms and fulfills all of the revealed messages, beginning with Adam’s.  In addition, Muhammad serves as the role model through his exemplary life.  A believer’s effort to follow Muhammad’s example reflects the emphasis of Islam on practice and action.

2)      The Prayer (Salah)
Muslims worship five times a day: at daybreak, noon, mid afternoon, sunset, and evening.  It helps keep believers mindful of God in the stress of work and family.  It resets the spiritual focus, reaffirms total dependence on God, and puts worldly concerns within the perspective of the last judgment and the afterlife.  The prayers consist of standing, bowing, kneeling, putting the forehead on the ground, and sitting.  The Prayer is a means in which a relationship between God and His creation is maintained.  It includes recitations from the Quran, praises of God, prayers for forgiveness and other various supplications.  The prayer is an expression of submission, humility, and adoration of God.  Prayers can be offered in any clean place, alone or together, in a mosque or at home, at work or on the road, indoors or out.  It is preferable to pray with others as one body united in the worship of God, demonstrating discipline, brotherhood, equality, and solidarity.  As they pray, Muslims face Mecca, the holy city centered around the Kaaba – the house of God built by Abraham and his son Ishmael.

3)      The Compulsory Charity (Zakah)
In Islam, the true owner of everything is God, not man.  People are given wealth as a trust from God.  Zakah is worship and thanksgiving to God by supporting the poor, and through it one’s wealth is purified..  It requires an annual contribution of 2.5 percent of an individual’s wealth and assets.  Therefore, Zakah is not mere “charity”, it is an obligation on those who have received their wealth from God to meet the needs of less fortunate members of the community.  Zakah is used to support the poor and the needy, help those in debt, and, in olden times, to free slaves.

4)      The Fast of Ramadan (Sawm)
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar which is spent in fasting.  Healthy Muslims abstain from dawn to sunset from food, drink, and sexual activity.  Fasting develops spirituality, dependence upon God, and brings identification with the less fortunate.  A special evening prayer is also held mosques in which recitations of the Quran are heard.  Families rise before dawn to take their first meal of the day to sustain them till sunset.  The month of Ramadan ends with one of the two major Islamic celebrations, the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast, called Eid al-Fitr, which is marked by joyfulness, family visits, and exchanging of gifts.

5)      The fifth Pillar is the Pilgrimage or Hajj to Mecca
At least once in a lifetime, every adult Muslim who is physically and financially able is required to sacrifice time, wealth, status, and ordinary comforts of life to make the Hajj pilgrimage, putting himself totally at God’s service.  Every year over two million believers from a diversity of cultures and languages travel from all over the world to the sacred city of Mecca to respond to God’s call.

Who are Muslims?
The Arabic word “Muslim” literally means “someone who is in a state of Islam (submission to the will and law of God)”.  The message of Islam is meant for the entire world, and anyone who accepts this message becomes a Muslim.  There a over a billion Muslims worldwide.  Muslims represent the majority population in fifty-six countries.  Many people are surprised to know that the majority of Muslims are not Arab.  Even though most Arabs are Muslims, there are Arabs who are Christians, Jews and atheists.  Only 20 percent of the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims come from Arab countries.  There are significant Muslim populations in India, China, Central Asian Republics, Russia, Europe, and America.  If one just takes a look at the various peoples who live in the Muslim World – from Nigeria to Bosnia and from Morocco to Indonesia – it is easy enough to see that Muslims come from all different races, ethnic groups, cultures and nationalities.  Islam has always been a universal message for all people.  Islam is the second largest religion in the world and will soon be the second largest religion in America.  Yet, few people know what Islam is.

What Islam Stands For

By S. A. Maududi

Islam is not the name of some unique faith presented for the first time by
Mohammad (peace be upon him) who should, on that account, be called the founder
of Islam. The Quran makes it abundantly clear that Islam, the complete
submission of man before God, is the one and only faith consistently revealed by
God to mankind from the very beginning. Noah, Abraham, Moses and Christ –
Prophets who appeared at different times and places all propagated the same
faith. They were not founders of faiths to be named after them. They were each
reiterating the faith of his predecessor.

What distinguishes Mohammad (saw) from other Prophets?

He was the last Prophet of God; God revived through him the same genuine
faith which had been conveyed by all the Prophets; This original message was
corrupted, and split into various religions by peoples in different ages, who
indulged in interpolations and admixture. These alien elements were eliminated
by God and Islam, in its pure and original form, was transmitted to mankind
through Mohammad (saw); Since there was to be no messenger after Mohammad (saw),
the Book revealed to him was preserved word for word so that it should be a
source of guidance for all times; The life of Mohammad (saw), and the manner in
which he conducted himself, was also recorded in a unique manner by his
companions and by later compilers of the Tradition. A more complete and
authentic account of the life , sayings and actions of any Prophet or historical
personage, has never been compiled; In this way, the Quran and the authentic
Sunnah of the Prophet together became a reliable source of knowing Islam.

As Muslims, we believe in all the Prophets who preceded Mohammad
(saw).

But for instruction we turn to Prophet Mohammad (saw) alone. Not on account
of any prejudice, but because: As the last of God’s Prophets he brought us the
latest divine dispensation; the word of God which reached us through Mohammad
(saw) is pure divine language, free of human admixtures, and preserved in its
original form. Its language is a living language, spoken, and whose grammar,
vocabulary, idiom, pronunciation and script have remained unchanged from the
time of revelation till today; As said earlier, we have a complete historical
record of the life, character, conduct, sayings and action of the Prophet
Mohammad (saw), preserved with meticulous care, accuracy and detail. Since this
cannot be said of other Prophets we can believe in them, but we cannot emulate
them.

Mohammad’s (saw) mission was for the world as a whole, and for all
times;

for Its universality has been clearly confirmed by the Quran; It is the
logical consequence of the finality of his prophethood. A Prophet , after whom
there was to be no other , had to be a guide and leader for all men and for all
ages; God has provided through him a complete code which man needs, to follow
the right path, and this in itself supports the concept of finality, because
without completeness the need for other prophets would remain; It is a fact
during the last 1400 years no man has arisen whose life and work bears even the
slightest resemblance to that of a prophet. Nor has anyone presented a book
which could be remotely considered as divine communication. Still less has there
been a man to claim legitimate authority as a lawgiver for mankind.

Why God communicated with man through His Prophet?

This has to be examined in the context of the sources of human knowledge. At
the preliminary stage we gain knowledge through empirical observation. At higher
levels comes deductive reasoning accompanied by scientific investigation. Man is
sufficiently well-equipped in these fields not to require direct divine
assistance. Though, no doubt, there is an ever present Divine Will helping man
in his research and innovative endeavors and revealing to him progressively the
mysteries of His creation. Some gifted individuals achieve, in moments of rare
inspiration, new insights or discover new laws of nature. But there is another
type of knowledge which is beyond the reach of our senses or scientific study.
This sphere of knowledge does not submit to any instrument of scientific
examination. Philosophy and science can only speculate about it. Human theories
about ultimate realities, based on reason, never achieve the level of certainty,
and their authors, conscious of their limitations, do not present them as
conclusively proved. In respect of these realities man is dependent on whatever
knowledge is communicated to him by God. How is this knowledge conveyed? Not
through the operations of some publishing house, where books are printed and
handed over to each man, with instructions to read them, and to discover the
truth about himself, about the universe, and about the manner in which he should
organize his life. To convey this knowledge to mankind, God chooses prophets as
His messengers. He reveals the truth to them and they communicate it to the
people.

The work of a Prophet is not limited.

He has to explain, according to what is revealed to him, the relationship
between God and man and man and man as it factually is, and as it actually
should be. He has to prescribe a moral code, enunciate the principles of culture
and civilization, lay down the mode of worship, establish a frame-work of
belief, and define the moral imperatives, which must govern our life. The
Prophet determines the rules which should form the basis of social and cultural
relationships, economic, judicial and political dealings, matters of war and
peace and international affairs. The Prophet does not transmit merely a code of
rituals commonly regarded as ‘religion.’ He brings with him a whole system of
thought and action which is called Al-Deen in Islamic terminology.

The mission of A Prophet does not end with the announcement of this way of
life.

He has to guide the people who follow him, explaining to them the implication
of the Islamic creed, the moral code, the Divine Injunctions, and the form of
worship that sustains the whole system. He has to demonstrate, by practice, the
faith he preaches, and his life should be a model which people may be able to
follow to organize their own lives. He must give training to the individuals and
the Muslim society as a whole to prepare them for practical participation in the
evolution of Islamic culture and civilization. The believers must grow under his
guidance into an organized community engaged in establishing the Islamic system
of life so that God’s word should prevail over all other words. Every prophet
had the same message, and it is a fact of history that Mohammad (saw) succeeded
in establishing the Kingdom of God on earth, as it is in the heavens.

The audience of the Quran and Prophet Mohammad (saw) was the whole of
mankind.

At no time was the invitation of the Quran addressed to the people of any
particular race, color or language. The Quran always calls upon the “progeny of
Adam” or “mankind” to accept Islam. The specific instructions and injunctions
are meant for those who have come to believe in Islam, and the are always
addressed as “those who believe.” That the message of Islam was universal in
character is provided by the fact that those who accepted the message acquired
equal rights and status as believers, regardless of all the differences of
origin. The Quran says, “The believers are all like brothers.” The Prophet
announced, “Listen! You have one God as you have one father (Adam). There is no
distinction between an Arab and a non-Arab. There is no preference for the black
over the light-skinned, or the light-skinned over the black. There is
distinction only in the submission of God. The most virtuous among you is the
most honorable in the eyes of God.”

Belief in one God.

Not just the conviction that He exists or that He is one – but that He alone
is the Creator, Master, Ruler and Administrator of all that exists. The universe
exists because God Wills it to exist, it functions because God Wills it to
function, and God provides the sustenance and the energy which everything in the
universe requires for its existence and growth. All the attributes of
Sovereignty reside in God alone. He alone possesses all the attributes of
Divinity. He vies the whole universe, and all that it contains, in a single
instantaneous glance. He has direct knowledge of the universe, and all that is
there in the universe. He knows not only its present, but its past and its
future as well. This omnipresence and omniscience is an attribute of God alone
and of no other. There was none ‘before’ Him and there is none ‘after’ Him. He
has been there always and will be there always – eternal and abiding. All else
is transient. He alone is eternally living and present. He is no one’s progeny
and He has no progeny. Whatever exists, besides His self, is His own creation,
and no other can identify himself in any manner with the Lord of the universe,
or claim to be His son or daughter. He is man’s single Deity.

The Islamic concept of God.

God alone is the real Deity and no one other than God has any right to be
worshipped by man; God alone has authority over the forces of the universe, and
He alone can fulfill or frustrate man’s hopes. Man should turn to Him alone in
prayer. He should never imagine that prayers can be addressed to anyone but God;
God is the master of man’s destiny and no one else can interfere with the fate
of others or with his own fate. Man’s hopes and fears must, therefore, be
directed only to God; God is the Creator of the world and He alone has complete
and direct knowledge of the reality of man and of the world. Only He can guide
man through the complicated course of life and instruct him regarding good and
evil. Since God alone is the Creator and the Master he has exclusive authority
over the universe and man. It is an act of blasphemy for man to become
independent or claim authority over other men. His law has the status of the
supreme law. Man can legislate subjects to His Supreme law.

Belief in Mohammad’s (saw) Prophethood.

God conveyed His message to man through Mohammad (saw). This took two forms:
God revealed the Quran to the Prophet in his own language; The Sunnah of the
Prophet which is an unerring guide to man in respect to all that is permissible
and all that is prohibited in the eyes of God. Without this belief in the
Prophet, belief in God would become a mere theoretical proposition. It is the
example of practical leadership and the ideological guidance provided by the
Prophet, which transforms belief in God into a culture and a civilization, and
enables man to evolve a way of life. We get through the Prophet not only rules
of guidance, but a complete scheme of values and a practical code of conduct. No
one can be a practicing Muslim unless he believes in the prophethood of the
Messenger and follows his life example as he believes in God.

The position of the Prophet.

The Prophet is no more than a servant of God. He was to make people servants
of God and not servants of himself. At least seventeen times a day Muslims
recite in prayers: “I bear witness that Mohammad (saw) is a servant of God and
is His prophet.” The Quran leaves no doubt that the Prophet is but a human being
and has no share whatsoever in Divinity. The Prophet is neither superhuman nor
is he free of human weaknesses. He owns no treasure of God, nor does he possess
knowledge of the unknown to make him all knowing like God Almighty. Leave alone
being able to benefit others or cause them harm, the Prophet (saw) cannot do so
even in respect of himself. The precise task of the Prophet is to communicate
the message of God. He has no powers to make people righteous and faithful. Nor
can he call to account those who refuse to believe, and he certainly has no
power to punish them for their disbelief. Mohammad (saw) is one of the Prophets
of God, and above that he has no status. He cannot by himself prohibit or permit
any thing. Without a mandate from God he cannot legislate for the people. He has
to strictly conform to Divine commandments. Islam ensured that the believers
should not turn the Prophet into a demi-god. Some of the earlier prophets
suffered this fate at the hands of their followers. They attributed all kinds of
supernatural powers to their leaders and made them into God’s equal or progeny
or incarnation. By discouraging such exaggeration, Islam has established the
true position of the Prophet as follows: No one can claim to be a believer
without believing in the Prophet. He who obeys the Prophet, in fact, obeys God.
God has not designated any Prophet except to be obeyed according to His will.
The path of the Prophet is the path of Divine guidance. Whatever the Prophet
ordains must be accepted, and whatever he instructs to avoid must be avoided.
The Prophet clarified this when he said: I am a mortal like you. In matters
revealed to me by God, you must obey my instructions. But you know more about
your own worldly affairs than I do. The Sunnah of Mohammad (saw) is, in fact, an
exposition of the purpose of the Quran, and this exposition too was conveyed to
the Prophet by God Himself, as the author of the Quran. The Prophet’s
explanation of the Quran enjoys Divine Sanction, and no one else can interpret
the Quran in a way which may be in conflict with or repugnant to the explanation
given by Prophet. God declared the life of Mohammad (saw) as a model life.
Before deciding any matter Muslims must ascertain whether any analogous matter
was decided earlier by God and His Prophet, and if a precedent exists they must
follow it. God conveyed, through the Prophet to mankind, not only a supreme law
but also a permanent scheme of values. That which is good, according to the
Quran and the Sunnah, is good for all times, and that which is evil, shall
remain evil forever. In this law no amendment, deletion, addition or abrogation
is possible unless some person or community decide to renounce Islam.

The belief in the Hereafter (Akhira).

Denial of the Hereafter is the denial of Islam even though one may have
belief in God, in the Prophet, and in the Quran. In its detailed form, this
belief is composed of the following essential elements; Man has not been
unleashed on the earth as an irresponsible savage. he is accountable to God for
his actions. Today’s life is only a test and an examination. At the end we will
all be called upon to render a complete account of our acts of commission and
omission to God; The time for accountability is fixed by God. The tenure
allotted to mankind, on this earth, shall terminate on doomsday, when the
present order will be replaced by another. The whole human race will rise once
again in the new world; That will be the time when all will appear before God
Almighty, and everyone will face the consequences of this personal acts in his
individual capacity; the judgment will rest not on God’s own knowledge alone.
The requirements of due process of justice will be fully observed. A complete
record of the action of every individual, without the slightest alteration, will
be put in the open Court, and evidence, of different categories will be
presented to prove what was done by man in private or public, and the motives
which inspired his conduct; There will no undue intercession . No one will be
able to shift his burden to another. Man will stand by himself helpless and
alone and render his account, and await the pronouncement of the judgment, which
shall be in the power of God alone; The judgment will rest on one question: Did
man conduct himself, in submission to God, in strict conformity with the truth
revealed to the Prophets, and with the conviction that he will be held
responsible for his conduct in life on the Day of Judgment? If the answer is in
the affirmative, the reward will be Paradise, and if in the negative, Hell will
be the punishment.

Belief in the Hereafter divides people into three distinct categories.

First, there are those who do not believe in the Hereafter and regard life on
this earth as the only life. Naturally, they judge good and evil by the results
which manifest themselves in this world. If an action produces beneficial
results it is good, and it brings about harmful results it is evil. Quite often
the same action is regarded as good when the results are good and bad when its
results are bad. Second, those people who do not deny the Hereafter, but who
depend on the intercession or atonement of someone to absolve them of their
sins. Among them – there are some, who regard themselves as God’s chosen people,
who will receive only nominal punishment however grave their sins. This deprives
them of the moral advantage which they could have derived from their belief in
the Hereafter. As a result they also become very much like the people who deny
the Hereafter. Third, are those people who believe in the Hereafter in the form
in which Islam presents it. They do not delude themselves that they have any
special relationship with God, or that anyone can intercede on their behalf.
They know that they alone are responsible for their actions. For them the belief
in the Hereafter becomes a great moral force. A person who has the conviction
that he is fully accountable for all his actions finds a permanent guard,
stationed within himself, who cautions him and admonishes him whenever he
deviates from the right path. There may be no court to summon him, no policemen
to apprehend him, no witnesses to accuse him, and no public opinion to press
him, but the guard within him is ever on the alert, ready to seize him whenever
he transgresses. The consciousness of this inner presence makes man feat God
even wen he is all by himself. Should he succumb to temptation, and violate the
law of God, he is ever ready to offer sincere regrets, and to enter into a firm
contract with the future that he will not repeat the mistake. There can be no
greater instrument of moral reformation nor any better method to help man to
develop a sound and stable character. It is for this reason that Islam attaches
great importance to the belief in the Hereafter, and without it even the belief
in God and the Prophet is not sufficient for men’s guidance.

Islam represents a whole civilization.

Islam provides moral guidance in all walks of life. That is why Islamic
values are not for the ascetic who renounces the world, but for him who actively
participates in different spheres of life, and works within them. The moral
values which people look for in convents, monasteries, and cloisters, are
presented by Islam right in the current of life. Heads of governments, governors
of states, judges, members of the armed forces and police services, elected
representatives of the people in the parliaments, leaders of finance, trade and
industry, college and university teachers and students alike receive guidance to
organize their lives according to the principles of Islam. There is no
distinction in Islam between private and public conduct. The same moral code
which one observes at home applies to one’s conduct in public. Every institution
of society and every department of Government must conform to the laws of Islam.
Politics must be based on truth and justice. nations should deal with one
another on the basis of mutual recognition of rights, and due discharge of
obligations. When man decides to submit to the will of God, and accepts His law
as the supreme law, and organizes his life and laws in accordance with the
revealed moral code, on the principle of accountability of God, the equality and
character of his life cannot be limited to the precincts of prayer halls. It
must extend itself to every sphere of this work as a man of God.

This, briefly, is what Islam stands for. This is no dream or Utopia. The
Prophet of Islam, and his companions, developed and established a complete model
of Islam on this earth for mankind to follow.

Frequently Asked Questions)

Who is Allah?
Allah means God. It is a personal name, which Allah calls Himself in the Quran. That is where we get it. It can also be found in an Aramaic copy of the Bible, and even Christian Arabs say Allah.

Who is Jesus to us?

Jesus peace be upon Him is a true prophet. Sent by Allah like Moses, Abraham, Lot, Noah, Jonah, Joseph …etc.
Who were Jesus’s parents?

Jesus is the son of Virgin Mary, and he had no father. Allah created Jesus.
Can Jesus, or Mohammed peace be upon them be worshipped?

No, Allah does not accept that a cow, a person, an angel, a prophet, a stone, or anything be worshipped in place of him, or even along with Him. Worship must be to Allah the creator of them.
Is Allah the same as what Christians call the father?

Allah is the creator who Jesus worshipped. He is the Creator who spoke to Moses, and split the sea for Moses, and his followers. That is Allah. But Allah tells us: “Say Allah is one, He is Perfect, He has never begotten, nor was He begott, and there is no one equal to Him”.
Is there a trinity in Islam?

No. Allah is perfect.
Do we believe that Allah created the heavens and earth in 6 days?

Yes, but He did not rest on the seventh day, because He did not get tired. Allah is perfect He does not get tired, nor does He sleep, eat, go to the bathroom, feel pain, or die for that matter.
Can we see Allah?

Allah is not like the sun. Anyone can see the Sun. But Allah is the most beautiful. Nothing is as beautiful as Allah. Actually looking at Allah is the greatest pleasure of the people in Pradise. This pleasure Allah does not give anyone but the believers. So no one will see Allah before he dies.
Does Allah see us?

Allah sees us, and knows everything about us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. There is not a leaf on a tree that blows away, or stays in its place except that He knows it. There is not a dry spot, nor a wet spot, nor a grain in the depths of the earth except that Allah knows it.
Do we have free will?

Yes, of course. Allah does not punish us for something we did not do on our own. But at the same time, our will is not inspire of Allah’s will. We cannot do anything if Allah will not allow it. In other words nothing goes on in Allah’s kingdom without His will.
Did Allah create Evil?

evil is the result disobedience to Allah’s religious laws which is the willful sin of the man and jinn; everybody obeys natural laws whether they will it or not.
Thus Allah created the creatures who do evil, and knew that they would do evil, and he allows it to happen in His creation, and in this sense only He is the creator of evil in the meaning that He creates everything. Allah is all good and everything he does is good, and even this evil that exists has some good in it in that from the presence of evil he brings forth good, and He will judge all with perfect justice and reward those that do good and punish those that do evil and do not repent for that evil.
Do bad things happen to the believers (good people)?

Yes, they do.  But they appear bad to the believers cause they are things people don’t like. Who likes breaking a leg? However, when a bad thing happens to a believer this believer is patient. He praises Allah in all circumstances. He knows Allah does not decree something unless it is for his own good.
But how can breaking a leg are good for a beleiver?

Also because Allah forgives much of what we do, but those things we are not forgiven, they are forgiven due to our patience when we are struck by a calamity. Allah gives us better reward when a problem strikes us on earth if we are patient. This reward can be on earth, and it can be in Heaven.

Because it is a chance for the believer to think about what he did wrong.
Does Allah hear my prayers?

Yes.
Does Allah answer my prayers?

1- Get what we are asking for!

2- Get something as good or better!

3- We get spared something bad that would have happened otherwise.

4- We get rewarded on the day of Judgment with a much greater reward than what we were asking for on earth.

We know that Allah answers all the prayers of the believers. This can be in 4 ways:
When does Allah not answer our prayers?

* When we ask, but not from our heart!

* When we say: I asked and asked and He did not answer.

* When we eat, drink, and wear unlawful, food, and clothes, and property that wa earned either through interest from the bank, or that was stolen, or if the food was pork, or the like.

* When it is bad for us!
What can I ask of Allah?

You can ask Allah for guidance. Meaning you can ask Him to show you the correct religion.

Any thing but don’t ask Him to do things like make you a prophet. Cause He has already said that there will be no more prophets.
Who are my best friends?

Your best friends are the ones that care where you go after you are dead. This is like the prophets. They cared that we go to heaven, even if it meant some hardship on earth.
Who is my worst enemy?

That would be the devils, whether they are human devils (evil people), or Jinn devils (like Iblis) The Arabic word for a devil is Shaytan (similar to Satan). Satan wants us all to go to hell. He wants us to be bad on earth, even if we get rich, or do lots of wrong things that we appear to enjoy, he does not mind that. But he wants to make sure we don’t go to heaven.
What is it that keeps us from entering Heaven?

Worship of anyone other than Allah is the greatest sin. It is called shirk, and this is not forgiven except through repentance.
Where is Allah?

Allah is the highest. He is high above ALL of His creation. He is ascended upon a Throne, which is greater than the heavens, and the Earth. Much much much greater than the heavens and the earth. So much greater that the heavens and the earth could fit in the footstool of the throne, and they would be like a ring thrown into an open desert. Allah is certainly the greatest.
Does Allah look like us?

A Muslim does not say a single thing about Allah other than what Allah says about Himself. We don’t say He is like a clover, He got tired, He is Jealous!

Allah is Perfect, and Unique.

No Allah is perfect. He is not like any of His creation. He has told us that He has Hands, Eyes, a Face, and Foot. But all of these attributes are befitting to His might and Glory.
What does it mean to believe in Allah?

It means to believe in His prophets cause they are His, and He sent them. We cannot pick and choose. A Muslim must believe in all the prophets of Allah.

It means to believe in the Angles! We must love them all, we cannot hate an Angel say, for example, to hate Michael who is charged with rain, and the vegetation of the Earth, or Gabriel who is charged with revelation (brings down the scriptures to the prophets).

It means to believe in Allah’s predestination of good, and bad (relative to us, but to Allah everything Allah does is good).

It means to believe in the last day: The day of Judgment.

It means to believe in Allah in total perfection, and uniqueness.
When is the Day of Judgment?

Only Allah knows.
Are there signs for the day of Judgment?

To name a few,

Objects will begin to talk.

There will be much killing. The killer won’t know why he killed, and the guy that was killed won’t know why he was killed.

The Antichrist will come.

Prophet Jesus son of Mary will return.

Gog and Magog will be set free.

The sun will rise from the west (after this one there can be no more repentance)

Plenty, plenty, plenty. Many have already occurred.
What about non-Muslims do they go to heaven?

Allah only accepts Islam. He says in the Quran: “Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam it won’t be accepted of him, and he will be one of the losers in the hereafter”. I would rather lose anywhere, but not lose in the hereafter. This is because Hellfire is eternal. It never ends, and we never die when we go there, if we go there.
What about someone who never heard of Islam?

Allah is the most just. Don’t even think that we can be nicer than Allah. Allah is the Most Just, and He said in the Quran “We were not to punish till having sent a warner”. The “We” here is the majestic we used in Arabic. So if a person never heard about Islam, and was never warned clearly Allah would have a special test for that person that He knows is equal to the chance that person would have had on earth.
How do we know Islam is the truth?

1- Hold Allah as One, Unique, and Perfect.

2- A lonly worship of Allah, not Jesus, not an idol, and not an angel only Allah.

3- The Quran does not contain contradictions.

4- The Quran contains scientific facts, which are 1300 years ahead of their time. The Quran while revealed 1400 years ago contains scientific facts, which are only now being discovered. It is not in contradiction to science.

5- Allah challenges the world to produce the like of the Quran. And He says they won’t be able to.

6- Prophet Mohammed was the most influential man in History. Even a non-Muslim wrote a book called the 100 most influential men in History, and Prophet Mohammed was #1. Prophet Jesus was #3. Note even Prophet Jesus was a prophet sent by Allah. Would Allah allow a false prophet to be so successful? No. Even the Bible says this in Deuteronomy 18:19. A false prophet would die!!! Yet Prophet Mohammed did not die till he completely conveyed, and taught Allah’s religion.

7- He had many prophecies, and all of his prophecies have come true, or are still coming true.

It is the only religion that:
Most importantly is this:

Allah created us, and we know that we should only worship Him. This is an instinct Allah has created us with. He did not just leave us, rather He sent prophets for us. These prophets had miracles as proof. The miracle for us today is the Quran. There is no other religion that worships only Allah, and believes in Him as totally perfect, and believes in all of His prophets, and scriptures.
Can anyone become a Muslim?

1- To bear witness that no one deserves to be worship except Allah

2- To bear witness that Prophet Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah.

This makes a person Muslim. But it should be said in Arabic. Next a person takes a shower, and He/She is a Muslim.

Yes anyone can. There are two declarations, which are necessary:
Then What?

After a person becomes Muslim he/she is taught about Prayers, Fasting, the Poor due, Pilgrimage. These are pillars of Islam.
Then What?

Muslims are brothers. A Muslim should love for his brother what he loves for himself. Allah’s wealth does not run out, and Allah can provide for us all. We pray for each other, and love each other, and love for our brothers and sisters what we love for ourselves.

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There are five divine guidelines that the Qur’an clearly presents to Muslims for building tolerance and understanding among differing religions.

Everyone’s God-given human dignity must be respected, regardless of his or her faith, race, ethnic origin, gender, or social status (Qur’an 17:70). Because everyone is created by God Almighty, the Maker of all, humans must treat one another with full honor, respect, and loving-kindness.
Islam teaches it is by Divine Will that God’s human creation follows different religions, or no religion at all — no religion is nevertheless a faith, or belief-system (10:99). But God Almighty is not pleased when some humans choose not to believe (39:7)
The Qur’an states clearly that freedom of religion is a God-given right (2:256).
The final judgment of all humanity lies in the hands of God, the One Almighty, their Creator, to whom we all ultimately return (22:68-69), (42:15).
God loves justice and those who strive to practice it, especially toward people who are different from them in any way, including in matters of religious belief (5:8), (60:8).

Lets Understand Islam
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What is Islam?
Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God (Allah) revealed through all His Prophets to every people. For a fifth of the world’s population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness and the majority have nothing to do with the extremely grave events which have come be associated with their faith.

What does Islam mean?
The Arabic word ‘Islam’ simply means ‘submission’, and derives from a word meaning ‘peace’. In a religious context it means complete submission to the will of God. ‘Mohammedanism’ is thus a misnomer because it suggests that Muslims worship Muhammad (pbuh) rather than God. ‘Allah’ is the Arabic name of God, which is used by Arab Muslims and Christians alike.

Who is Muhammad (pbuh)?
Muhammad (pbuh) was born in Makkah in the year 570, at a time when Christianity was not yet fully established in Europe. Since his father died before his birth, and his mother shortly afterwards, he was raised by his uncle from the respected tribe of Ouraysh. As he grew up, he became known for his truthfulness, generosity and sincerity, so that he was sought after for his ability to arbitrate in disputes. The historians describe him as calm and meditative.

Muhammad (pbuh) was of a deeply religious nature, and had long detested the decadence of his society. It became his habit to meditate from time to time in the Cave of Hira near the summit of Jabal al-Nur, the ‘Mountain of Light’ near Makkah.

How did he become a Prophet and A Messenger of Allah?
At the age of 40, while engaged in a meditative retreat, Muhammad (pbuh) received his first revelation from the Angel Gabriel. This revelation, which continued for twenty-three years, is known as the Our’an.

As soon as he began to recite the words he heard from Gabriel, and to preach the truth which God had revealed to him, he and his small group of followers suffered bitter persecution, which grew so fierce that in the year 622, God gave them the command to emigrate. This event, the Hijra, ‘migration’, in which they left Makkah for the city of Madinah some 260 miles to the north, marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar.

After several years, the Prophet (pbuh) and his followers were able to return to Makkah, where they forgave their enemies and established Islam definitively. Before the Prophet (pbuh) died at the age of 63, the greater part of Arabia was Muslim, and within a century of his death Islam had spread to Spain in the West and as far East as China.

Who are the Muslims?
Over one billion people from a vast range of races, nationalities and cultures across the globe – from the southern Philippines to Nigeria – are united by the common Islamic faith. About 18% live in the Arab world; the world’s largest Muslim community is in Indonesia; substantial parts of Asia and most of Africa’s population is Muslim, while significant minorities are to be found in the Soviet Union, China, North and South America, and Europe.

What do Muslims believe?
Muslims believe in One, Unique, Incomparable God; in the Angels created by Him; in the Prophets through whom His revelations were brought to mankind; in the Day of Judgment and individual accountability for actions; in God’s complete authority of human destiny and in life after death. Muslims believe in a chain of Prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus, peace be upon them. But God’s final message to man, a reconfirmation of the eternal message and a summing-up of all that has gone before was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) through Angel Gabriel

How does someone become a Muslim?
Simply by saying ‘there is no god apart from God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God.’ By this declaration the believer announces his or her faith in all of God’s Messengers and the scriptures they brought.

Why does Islam often seem strange?
Islam may seem exotic or even extreme in the modern world. Perhaps this is because religion does not dominate everyday life in the West today, whereas Muslims have religion always uppermost in their minds, and make no division between secular and sacred. They believe that the Divine Law, the Shariah, should be taken very seriously, which is why issues related to religion are still so important.

Does Islam and Christianity have different origins?
No. Together with Judaism, they go back to the Prophet Abraham, and their three Prophets are directly descended from his sons – Muhammad (pbuh) from the eldest Ishmael, and Moses and Jesus from Issac, peace be upon them. Abraham established the settlement which today is the city of Makkah, and built the Ka’ba towards which all Muslims turn when they pray.

* pbuh – Peace be upon him; It is a Muslim practise to convey prayers of peace whenever the name of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and other prophets is taken

A Brief Introduction to Islam
Islamic Awareness

Islam and Muslims
The word “Islam” is an Arabic word which means “submission to the will of God”. This word comes from the same root as the Arabic word “salam”, which means “peace”. As such, the religion of Islam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heart, one must submit to God and live according to His Divinely revealed Law. The most important truth that God revealed to mankind is that there is nothing divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Almighty God, thus all human beings should submit to Him. The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of their race, nationality or ethnic background. Being a Muslim entails willful submission and active obedience to God, and living in accordance with His message. Some people mistakenly believe that Islam is just a religion for Arabs, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are there converts to Islam in every corner of the world, especially in England and America, but by taking a look at the Muslim World from Bosnia to Nigeria, and from Indonesia to Morocco, one can clearly see that Muslims come from many various races, ethnic groups and nationalities. It is also interesting to note that in actuality, more than 80% of all Muslims are not Arabs – there are more Muslims in Indonesia than in the whole Arab World! So though even though it is true that most Arabs are Muslims, the large majority of Muslims are not Arabs. However, anyone who submits completely to God and worships Him alone is a Muslim.

Continuity of the Message
Islam is not a new religion because “submission to the will of God”, i.e. Islam, has always been the only acceptable religion in the sight of God. For this reason, Islam is the true “natural religion”, and it is the same eternal message revealed through the ages to all of God’s prophets and messengers. Muslims believe that all of God’s prophets, which include Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, brought the same message of Pure Monotheism. For this reason, the Prophet Muhammad was not the founder of a new religion, as many people mistakenly think, but he was the Final Prophet of Islam. By revealing His final message to Muhammad, which is an eternal and universal message for all of mankind, God finally fulfilled the covenant that He made with Abraham, who was one of the earliest and greatest prophets. Suffice it to say that the way of Islam is the same as the way of the prophet Abraham, because both the Bible and the Qur’an portray Abraham as a towering example of someone who submitted himself completely to God and worshipped Him without intermediaries. Once this is realized, it should be clear that Islam has the most continuous and universal message of any religion, because all prophets and messengers were “Muslims”, i.e. those who submitted to God’s will, and they preached “Islam”, i.e. submission to the will of Almighty God.

The Oneness of God
The foundation of the Islamic faith is belief in the Oneness of Almighty God – the God of Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus. Islam teaches that a pure belief in One God is intuitive in human beings and thus fulfills the natural inclination of the soul. As such, Islam’s concept of God is straightforward, unambiguous and easy to understand. Islam teaches that the hearts, minds and souls of human beings are fitting receptacles for clear divine revelation, and that God’s revelations to man are not clouded by self-contradictory mysteries or irrational ideas. As such, Islam teaches that even though God cannot be fully comprehended and grasped by our finite human minds, He also does not expect us to accept absurd or demonstrably false beliefs about Him. According to the teachings of Islam, Almighty God is absolutely One and His Oneness should never be compromised by associating partners with Him – neither in worship nor in belief. Due to this, Muslims are required to maintain a direct relationship with God, and therefore all intermediaries are absolutely forbidden. From the Islamic standpoint, believing in the Oneness of God means to realize that all prayer and worship should be exclusively for God, and that He alone deserves such titles as “Lord” and “Savior”. Some religions, even though they believe on “One God”, do not make all of their worship and prayers for Him alone. Also, they also give the title of “Lord” to beings that are not All-Knowing, All-Powerful and Un-Changing – even according to their own scriptures. Suffice it to say that according to Islam, it is not enough that people believe that “God is One”, but they must actualize this belief by proper conduct. In short, in the Islamic concept of God, which is completely based on Divine Revelation, there is no ambiguity in divinity – God is God and man is man. Since God is the only Creator and continual Sustainer of the Universe, He is transcendent above His creation – the Creator and the creature never mix. Islam teaches that God has a unique nature and that He is free from gender, human weaknesses and beyond anything which human beings can imagine. The Qur’an teaches that the signs and proofs of God’s wisdom, power and existence are evident in the world around us. As such, God calls on man to ponder over the creation in order to build a better understanding of his Creator. Muslims believe that God is Loving, Compassionate and Merciful, and that He is concerned with the daily affairs of human beings. In this, Islam strikes a unique balance between false religious and philosophical extremes. Some religions and philosophies portray God as just an impersonal “Higher Power” who is uninterested, or unaware, of the life of each individual human. Other religions tend to give God human qualities and teach that He is present in His creation, by being incarnate in someone, something – or even everything. In Islam, however, Almighty God has clarified the truth by letting mankind know that He is “Compassionate”, “Merciful”, “Loving” and the “Answerer of Prayers”. But He as also emphasized strongly that “there is nothing like unto Him”, and that He is high above time, space and His creation. Finally, it should be mentioned that the God that Muslims worship is the same God that Jews and Christians worship – because there is only one God. It is unfortunate that some people mistakenly believe that Muslims worship a different God than Jews and Christians, and that “Allah” is just the “god of the Arabs”. This myth, which has been propagated by the enemies of Islam, is completely false since the word “Allah” is simply the Arabic name for Almighty God. It is the same word for God which is used by Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians. However, it should be clarified that even though Muslims worship the same God as Jews and Christian, their concept of Him differs somewhat from the beliefs of other religions – mainly because it is based completely on Divine Revelation from God. For example, Muslims reject the Christian belief that God is a Trinity, not only becaue the Qur’an rejects it, but also because if this was God’s true nature, He would have clearly revealed it to Abraham, Noah, Jesus and all of the other prophets.

The Qur’an
The Arabic world “Al-Qur’an” literally means “the recitation”. When used in regards to Islam, the word Qur’an means God’s final message to mankind that was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. The Qu’ran, sometimes spelled Koran, is the literal the word of God – as it clearly says time and time again. Unlike other sacred scriptures, the Qur’an has been perfectly preserved in both its words and meaning in a living language. The Qu’ran is a living miracle in the Arabic language; and is know to be inimitable in its style, form and spiritual impact. God’s final revelation to mankind, the Qur’an, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad over a period of 23 years. The Qur’an, in contrast to many other religious books, was always thought to be the Word of God by those who believed in it, i.e. it wasn’t something decreed by a religious council many years after being written. Also, the Qu’ran was recited publicly in front of both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities during the life of the Prophet Muhammad. The entire Qur’an was also completely written down in lifetime of the Prophet, and numerous companions of the Prophet memorized the entire Qur’an word-for-word as it was revealed. So unlike other scriptures, the Qur’an was always in the hands of the common believers, it was always thought to be God’s word and, due to wide-spread memorization, it was perfectly preserved. In regards to the teachings of the Qur’an – it is a universal scripture, and it is addressed to all of mankind, and not to a particular tribe or “chosen people”. The message that it brings is nothing new, but the same message of all of the prophets – submit to Almighty God and worship Him alone. As such, God’s revelation in the Qur’an focuses on teaching human beings the importance of believing in the Unity of God and framing their lives around the guidance which He has sent. Additionally, the Qur’an contains the stories of the previous prophets, such as Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus; as well as many commands and prohibitions from God. In modern times in which so many people are caught up in doubt, spiritual despair and “political correctness”, the Qur’anic teachings offer solutions to the emptiness of our lives and the turmoil that is gripping the world today. In short, the Qur’an is the book of guidance par excellence.

The Prophet Muhammad
Unlike the founders of many religious, the final prophet of Islam is a real documented and historical figure. He lived in the full light of history, and the most minute details of his life are known. Not only do Muslims have the complete text of God’s words that were revealed to Muhammad, but they have also preserved his saying and teachings in what is called “hadith” literature. This having been said, it should be understood that Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad was only a man chosen by God, and that he is not divine in any way. In order to avoid the misguided wish to deify him, the Prophet Muhammad taught Muslims to refer to him as “God’s Messenger and His Slave”. The mission of the last and final prophet of God was to simply teach that “there is nothing divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Almighty God”, as well as being a living example of God’s revelation. In simple terms, God sent the revelation to Muhammad, who in turn taught it , preached it, lived it and put it into practice. In this way, Muhammad was more that just a “prophet” in the sense of many of the Biblical prophets, since he was also a statesman and ruler. He was a man who lived a humble life in the service of God, and established an all-encompassing religion and way of life by showing what it means to be an ideal friend, husband, teacher, ruler, warrior and judge. For this reason, Muslims follow him not for his own sake, but in obedience to God, because Muhammad not only showed us how to deal with our fellow human beings, but more importantly, he showed us how to relate to and worship God, worship Him in the only way pleasing to Him. Like other prophets, Muhammad faced a great deal of opposition and persecution during his mission. However, he was always patient and just, and he treated his enemies well. The results of his mission were very successful, and even though his mission started in one of the most backward and remotes places on earth, within a hundred years of the death of Muhammad, Islam had spread from Spain to China. The Prophet Muhammad was the greatest of all of God’s prophets, not because he had new doctrines or greater miracles, but because the results of his mission have broght more human beings into the pure and proper belief in the One True God than any other prophet.

The Islamic Way of Life
In the Holy Qur’an, God teaches human beings that they were created in order to worship Him, and that the basis of all true worship is God-consciousness. Since the teachings of Islamic encompass all aspects of life and ethics, God-consciousness is encouraged in all human affairs. Islam makes it clear that all human acts are acts of worship if they are done for God alone and in accordance to His Divine Law. As such, worship in Islam is not limited to religious rituals. The teachings of Islam act as a mercy and a healing for the human soul, and such qualities as humility, sincerity, patience and charity are strongly encouraged. Additionally, Islam condemns pride and self-righteousness, since Almighty God is the only judge of human righteousness. The Islamic view of the nature of man is also realistic and well-balanced. Human beings are not believed to be inherently sinful, but are seen as equally capable of both good and evil. Islam also teaches that faith and action go hand-in-hand. God has given people free-will, and the measure of one’s faith is one’s deeds and actions. However, human beings have also been created weak and regularly fall into sin. This is the nature of the human being as created by God in His Wisdom, and it is not inherently “corrupt” or in need of repair. This is because the avenue of repentance of always open to all human beings, and Almighty God loves the repentant sinner more than one who does not sin at all. The true balance of an Islamic life is established by having a healthy fear of God as well as a sincere belief in His infinite Mercy. A life without fear of God leads to sin and disobedience, while believing that we have sinned so much that God will not possibly forgive us only leads to despair. In light of this, Islam teaches that: only the misguided despair of the Mercy of their Lord. Additionally, the Holy Qur’an, which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, contains a great deal of teachings about the life hereafter and the Day of Judgment. Due to this, Muslims believe that all human beings will ultimately be judged by God for their beliefs and actions in their earthly lives. In judging human beings, Almighty God will be both Merciful and Just, and people will only be judged for what they were capable of. Suffice it to say that Islam teaches that life is a test, and that all human beings will be accountable before God. A sincere belief in the life hereafter is key to leading a well-balanced life and moral. Otherwise, life is viewed as an end in itself, which causes human beings to become more selfish, materialistic and immoral.

Islam for a Better Life
Islam teaches that true happiness can only being obtained by living a life full of God-consciousness and being satisfied with what God has given us. Additionally, true “freedom” is freedom from being controlled by our base human desires and being ruled by man-made ideologies. This stands in stark contrast to the view of many people in the modern world, who consider “freedom” to be the ability to satisfy all of their desires without inhibition. The clear and comprehensive guidance of Islam gives human-beings a well-defined purpose and direction in life. In addition to being members of the human-brotherhood of Islam, its well-balanced and practical teachings are a source of spiritual comfort, guidance and morality. A direct and clear relationship with Almighty God, as well as the sense of purpose and belonging that ones feels as a Muslim, frees a person from the many worries of everyday life. In short, the Islamic way of life is pure and wholesome. It builds self-discipline and self-control thought regular prayer and fasting, and frees human-beings from superstition and all sorts of racial, ethnic and national prejudices. By accepting to live a God-conscious life, and realizing that the only thing that distinguishes people in the sight of God is their consciousness of Him, a person’s true human dignity is realized.

* pbuh – Peace be upon him; It is a Muslim practise to convey prayers of peace whenever the name of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and other prophets is taken.

Islam! The Modern Alternative
[From the ‘Invitation to Islam’ Newsletter
Some people think that to live an Islamic life is “restrictive”. Islam however, was revealed as a balanced way of living.

Allah (The Most High) created all the humans with what is called ‘A Fitrah’ (a natural state/desire) [1].

Islam recognises that within this Fitrah there are motivations that influence a man’s role on earth e.g. a desire for good food and drink, to have a home, a desire for love and sex, to protect and be protected and to be successful and strong. Without some form of control and limit, all of these legitimate motives could prove very dangerous.

So what constitutes the perfect control for the Fitrah? It must be a method that provides an organised yet practical demonstration of how to balance all these natural human desires. It cannot be something that goes against the Fitrah, by placing on it extra burdens. Likewise, it cannot be something that allows the human desires to run wild without any form of control.

Islam is the perfect control for the Fitrah. It provides a divine method that elevates man above animals and the rest of creation.

Limited Wisdom
Humans lack perfect knowledge as well as perfect wisdom. No matter how hard we try, we will never attain the perfect way of life by our own thinking and interpretation. This is the reason why Allaah being the Most Wise, sent us the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)[2], to show us this practical and organised way of life.

Allaah, being Perfect, in His Wisdom and Knowledge, perfected a complete way of life for us. He has set His limitations and rules, all of which are beneficial to mankind, and therefore, do not need changing:

“These are the limits (set) by Allaah, so do not approach them” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:1871)

“These are the limits set by Allaah, so do not transgress them” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:229)

This is why Islam does not allow celibacy, because it is against the Fitrah, i.e., the desire for sex. Celibacy goes beyond the limits required by humans, and is something that cannot be fulfilled because humans are designed to procreate. As humans we are not expected to fast every single day for the rest of our lives (for most 30 days of the year provides an up-hill struggle). It is also from ignorance to say that ‘I shall not sleep during the night, but rather I shall pray!’ [3] Humans have not been created by Allah to live life in such a manner. There is a balance which must be observed.

The following incident describes the Islamic stance towards such behaviour, Anas reported that some of the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger (SAW) used to say: “I will not marry women”; someone else said: “I will not eat meat”; and someone else said: “I will not lie down in bed”. (On hearing this): The Prophet (SAW) praised Allaah, and glorified Him and said: “what has happened to these people that they say so and so, whereas I observe prayer and I sleep too. I observe fast and I break my fast; I marry women also. And he who turns away from my Sunnah (i.e., my example or lifestyle), he has no relation with me” [Narrated in Saheeh Muslim vol. 2. p703. no. 32361].

Islam on the other hand, does not allow the person to surrender themselves to lust and desire, as in contemporary ‘civilisation’. Islam recognises the love a man has for women, children, gold, silver, and other possessions. But it provides a limit for the amount of this worldly pleasure which we require, and reminds us of the life in the hereafter.

“Beautified for men is the love of things they desire: Women, Children, much of gold and silver (wealth), branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land. This is the pleasure of the present world’s life, but Allaah has the excellent return (Paradise)” (Surah Aali-Imraan 3:141)

The inclinations and desires of the Fitrah are not to become the objective in life. Rather they are to be taken in a stabilised manner. The way to deal with them is real and Allaah (The Most High) has given us the detailed descriptions of a levelled approach. This levelled approach gives mankind the perfectly balanced pleasure in this worldly life. The method of maintaining a well-balanced life is not an endurance test to see who lasts the longest. Allah has revealed Islam, to show us how to attain this balance in a real manner. Life is not a torturous spiritual test, where you are ordered to Iive in mountains and trees. Fasting all year round is not obligatory. Marriage is permissible and you do not have to beat yourself senseless to purify your soul! Rather as Muslims, we must try to follow the Prophet and his balanced teachings of life and living. As Allah says in the Qur’an:

“Indeed in the Messenger of Allah (saw), you have a good example to follow..”
(Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21)

Restrictive Rules
The use of the word “restrictive” often comes from those who think they live a “free- life”. But the fact of the matter is that, wherever you go you will find rules and regulations. For example, in the workplace, in colleges and universities and more obviously on the roads, i.e. the highway and green cross codes. Wherever you are, there are rules and regulations.

Islam forbids us to follow many of the rules which are held by western culture and subcultures. Yet people in the west are more than willing to obey them, because they believe that these rules will protect them. How wrong they are! Rave subculture is a classical example of this. Informal dance floor rules dictate to us “. . . . to drink lots of water, have frequent breaks and don’t take too many pills in one go!” Despite these “recommendations”, young people are still dying [4].

Western society is obsessed with ‘safe sex’, in order to ‘prevent the risk of catching AIDS’. Despite the wide availability of contraceptives, AIDS is still on the increase, and people are dropping like flies from this killer epidemic.

Do we think of these rules as being restrictive? If anything you would expect them to bring about a sense of control and order, as well as increasing the pleasure. Without realising, people are ready and willing to accept many man-made rules. Rules that are invented by one group of people and to be obeyed by the rest of society. These rules are not perfect because man is imperfect, yet people accept them and hope and believe that they will benefit from them.

A Better Offer!
So when the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth is offering a reward which is high, and the Benefit is eternal, shouldn’t we at least see what’s on offer?

“You desire the good of this world, but Allaah desires (for you) the Hereafter. And Allaah is Almighty, All Wise” (Surah Al-Anfal 8:67)

“. . . in a lofty Paradise. Therein will be a running spring. Therein will be thrones raised high. And cups set at hand. And cushions set in rows. And rich carpets (all) spread out” (Surah Al-Ghaashiyah 88:10-16)

This worldly life has many good things in it. Things that Allah has created for us to utilise. But the reality is all of these luxuries and benefits of the world will come to an end. For example, a person’s good looks may do them many favours during their youth, but will it hold them on good ground when they are 60. Such is the reality of old age.

Likewise with wealth. Islam allows you to gain wealth as long as you do not oppress other people, and transgress the limits set by Allaah (The Most High). An example of this is making people pay back more money than they actually borrow, through usury or interest payments.

However wealth can not benefit you when you die, as it only passes on to your family as inheritance. Such is the civility of modem society, that many people are even killed, just so that inheritance can be gained sooner rather then later!!

Thus, we should see ourselves as travellers on a journey. A traveller is one who is constantly on the move. He will only take essential provisions, and not all his life’s possessions. Likewise, a person must realise that Allah did not design the luxuries of this world to last forever. They only exist to aid our worship of Allah, which will take us to the journey’s end, the hereafter. Being human, we must one-day die, and our worldly benefits and luxuries will also perish. The true wealth is indeed with Allah in the next-life. As Allah says:

“Seeking the perishable goods of the worldly life. There are much more profits and booties with Allah” (Surah An-Nisa 4:94)

Man-made restrictions exist in all aspects of western society. Industry, travel and leisure, are just a few of the sectors which are dominated by human restrictions. Humans automatically assume that these restrictions are there to protect them. In part this may be true, but what about the restrictions set by Allah which can save the whole of mankind? Such restrictions come from the One Who is Perfect, and not man, who is imperfect! The so-called ‘freedom’ of ‘modern civilisation’, is one which is defined for you, by another human. We are often told what is ‘politically correct’ and what is not. We are told that this is what everybody will be wearing this summer, and that this is the film to watch. Those are the new Hollywood stars to emerge. You shouldn’t be seen ‘dead’ in this dress and you should paint your fingernails this colour. The list is endless. All of this is then redefined to fit in with the next wave of fashion trends.

Those who do not conform are labelled, bigamist, narrow-minded, backward, out-dated and so on.

Modem civilisation allows you so much freedom, that you can even waiver the law if you are ‘well connected’. Laws are often defined by a small group of people, with everyone else conforming to what they consider right and wrong. What kind of justice is this? This would be more acceptable to those who accept the concept of man being divine. A concept where men decide what is moral and immoral even if it contradicts what God has already laid out for us. God has no part to play in such a civilisation, because man has adopted the role of god for himself. History bears witness to this as it was the way of the civilisations before the advent of the prophet Muhammad (SAW), as Allah says:

“They (Jews & Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allah (by obeying them in things which they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without being ordered by Allah)” (Surah 9:31)

The true freedom of man is found in a civilisation that has a divine value system. A civilisation in which man submits to his Creator alone. A civilisation that reacts with the life of this world and links it to the Day of Judgement. On that Day, everyone will be held accountable in front of ALLAH, the Creator and The True Master of the universe.

The Purpose
Allaah created man and man belongs to Him. Allah decreed that one day man shall die and return to Him. The world is just a temporary period. We are born, we live in this world and then we die.

So while we are on this earth Allaah has given us the instruction manual to shape our lives according to what He has decreed. This is the meaning of worship. It requires absolute obedience, humility and love for Allaah, the way He has prescribed it.

We cannot love Allaah the way we want to, especially if we do not know what Allaah loves or hates in the first place.

So through Allaah’s Perfect Wisdom and Infinite Knowledge, He sent us the Qur’aan and the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and told us how this love is to be expressed:

“Say (O Muhammad (SAW) to mankind): If you really love Allaah then follow me (i.e. the Prophet (saw), and accept that Allaah is the one truly deserving of worship, follow the Qur’an and the Sunnah). Allaah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allaah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful” (Surah Aali-Imraan 3:31)

The Problem with Human Law
Humans by themselves cannot determine what is good and bad for each other for all of the time.

Man-made laws are often defined by a person’s personal motives, emotions, limited intellect, beliefs and prejudices. Thus, they are designed with these built-in flaws. This is why human law has so many loop-holes and deficiencies. It is always requiring change, modification and re-modification, time after time!

So when Allaah (The Most High) revealed the Qur’an and the example of the Prophet (SAW), all the details about good and bad, or right and wrong, were not left for the limited nature of mankind to define for themselves. Allaah (The Most High) says:

“And We have sent down to you the Book (Qur’an) as an EXPLANATION of EVERYTHING and a GUIDANCE, a Mercy and glad tidings for those who have surrendered (to Allaah as Muslims)” (Surah An-Nahl 16:89)

So What is Islam saying?
The message of Islam fits the Fitrah of man. Allaah (The Most Wise) created man in the best form. He gave his Fitrah the ability to believe in the unseen. Thus, man’s soul and its horizons are broader and more open than that of the rest of creation – like the animals, bird’s and insects. In nature we can see the signs of Allah:

“Do they not look at the camels, and how they were created? And at the heavens, how it is raised? And at the mountains, how they are rooted and fixed firm? And at the earth, how it is spread out?” (Surah Al-Ghaashiyah 88:17-20)

In ourselves we can see Allah’s signs through the diversity of our languages, colours and nationalities.

“O mankind! We have created you from a male and female, and have made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another” (Surah Al-Hujuraat 49:13)

Having been told this, we must now recognise the Perfect way our Creator has chosen for us to follow, which is:

“Indeed, in the Messenger (Muhammad [saw]), you have a good example to follow” (Surah Al-Ahzab 33:21)

We have been commanded to worship Allah alone without partners. We must recognise and understand that He is the Only True God who deserves to be worshipped;

“So know (Muhammad [saw]), that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah” (Surah Muhammad 47:19)

To help us do this, Allaah (The Most High) sent the Prophet Muhammed (SAW), to deliver and explain the Final Message of Islam, and to help us recognise and worship our Lord in the best manner. We have been told to form our lives’ according to this Message, by following and imitating the Final Messenger who is our only guide to worshipping our Lord: Allah.

This is what is meant when we say: Laa-illaa-ha il-Allaah, wa Muhammadur Rasool-Allah. “There is no true God worthy of worship except Allaah, and Muhammad is the Final Messenger of Allaah”

Footnotes
1 This can be explained as, the inborn or innate nature of mankind to recognise the Truth about the Creator [Allah]; that he is the only one who truly and sincerely deserves to be worshipped.
2 Sallallahu Alayhi Wassallam, i.e. The peace and Blessings Of Allah Be upon him (the Prophet). We as Muslims have been commanded to say this every time the Prophet’s name is mentioned. This is done as a mark of respect and the honour which he deserves.
3 This is not to say that prayer at night is not important, but if you don’t get enough sleep how are you going to fulfil your other obligations, e.g. going to work in order to provide for your family. The times of praying at night have been explained by the Prophet (SAW) as being in the last 3rd of the night before the Fajr prayer.
4 The death of the teenager Leah Betts a few years ago [in England -SA], has shown how such rules work to destroy the very society which forms them

* pbuh – Peace be upon him; It is a Muslim practise to convey prayers of peace whenever the name of Prophet Muhamm

Living Islam in Daily Life
The principles of Islam provide the best practical guidelines to protect and uphold individual and collective freedoms, justice, welfare in all spheres of human activity (Social, Economic, Political and all other Issues).

The 5 obligatory duties
The 5 obligatory duties of Testimony of faith (shahadah),  Prayer (salaah), Charity (zakah), Fast (sawm) and Pilgrimage (Hajj) are not mere rituals but a gift from God which form the pillars for the development of a Muslim’s personality for collective life.

Pillars of Faith (Personality Development)

NO Alcohol, Gambling, Lottery, Astrology
ALCOHOL – FORBIDDEN Alcohol is detrimental to your health especially your liver. Alcohol befogs the mind and prevents rational thinking. Alcohol causes road accidents and innocent lives lost. Alcohol increases the occurrence of domestic violence. Alcohol addiction causes financial ruin. Any wonder why alcohol is prohibited in Islam.

ALCOHOL – A FALSE GOD by Saleem Ameen Ganam

The Lottery Craze by Dr. S. M. ad-Darsh

Islamic Ruling on Horoscopes by Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Fortunetelling by Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Economics, Business Rules & Ettiquettes
The essential feature of Islamic economics is that it is interest-free and is meant to establish socio-economic justice.

Islamic Guidelines for Business Basic guidelines from the Qur’aan and Sunnah for Muslim businesses.
ISLAMIC BANKING The essential feature of Islamic banking is that it is interest-free. How does this contribute towards a more equitable distribution of income and wealth, and increased equity participation in the economy?

Crime & Punishment
Islam and the Concept of Punishment
Islamic Criminal Law
Marriage
Marriage in Islam – What is Halal & What is Haram
Selecting your Life Partner
Marriage as a Social Duty to preserve Humankind
This section is under construction…
NEVER PLEAD IGNORANCE: by Harun Yahya

People sometimes plead ignorance of some faith-related facts: Be sure you don’t.

112 PAGES WITH 74 PICTURES IN COLOUR

Never plead ignorance …of Allah’s evident existence, …that everything was created by Allah, …that everything you own was given to you by Allah for your subsistence, …that you will not stay so long in this world, …of the reality of death, …that the Qur’an is the Book of truth, …that you will give account for your deeds, …of the voice of your conscience that always invites you to righteousness, …of the existence of the hereafter and the day of account, …that hell is the eternal home of severe punishment, …and of the reality of fate.

* pbuh – Peace be upon him; It is a Muslim practise to convey prayers of peace whenever the name of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and other prophets is taken
ad (pbuh) and other prophets is taken.

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