Islam at a Glance
Islam and Muslim
The word >Islam= in Arabic means submission, commitment, acceptance, and peace. A Muslim is one who accepts the Supreme Power of God (Allah) and strives for the complete reorganization of his life in accordance with his guidance. He further commits himself to the task of reorganizing the prevailing social, political, and economic systems to eliminate all kinds of exploitation, falsehood, and all other practices detrimental to mankind as a whole.
Unique and Universal
Islam furnishes us with a unique and comprehensive outlook on man, life, and the universe. It is not a heritage of a particular people belonging to a specific period in history; instead, it is the only system of life that is relevant to all people, at all times, and in all places. It is the true natural state for people in every land. As one acknowledges its principles one begins to discover the very best of ones inborn character being called forth. God, Alone, has guided man from the very beginning of his presence on earth. Islam is that Guidance; it is as old as mankind itself. Allah is the Creator and He, Alone, knows all the secrets of the universe and His creation. He, Alone, can provide a comprehensive guidance to man. This guidance, according to Islamic belief, is provided by Him in all ages.
AIndeed, we sent before you (O Muhammad) messengers to their own folk. They brought them clear proofs (of Allah=s Sovereignty@ (The Qur=an 30:47)
An Unfragmented View of Life
Islam provides guidelines for all walks of life; it covers the entire ranges of human affairs from the most personal relations to the most complex international problems. Islam teaches man proper behavior in every aspect of life. There is no distinction or conflict between religion and state, spirit and matter, or individual and society. When properly understood and completely implemented, Islam brings a peaceful mind, an integrated individual, a happy family, a harmonious society, prosperous people, and a peace-loving world.
The Oneness of God
The uncompromising belief in One God is the pristine essence of Islam. It is a dynamic belief and a revolutionary concept; a clear, pure, beautiful doctrine, simple and straightforward, intelligible to every mind. Banishing confusion, ambiguity, and mythology, it releases man from all fears and superstitions that have enslaved the human mind throughout history. It liberates man from the slavery of his fellow beings and the worship of manmade gods; it exalts him to a noble and dignified position, and endows his life with a lofty purpose.
Are diverse lords better or Allah, the Only One, Supreme and Irresistible? (The Qur=an 12:39)
In Islam, there is no priesthood, no intercession, A direct relationship open to all alike is established with Allah. Only the belief in the Supremacy of One God (Allah) can provide man with the best possible explanation of the mysteries of life. This belief alone can fill the human soul with unshakable confidence and undying hope, and lead him to the most constructive and fruitful life.
Jesus and Moses@ Prophets of Islam
Islam is not a religion brought by Muhammad (peace be upon him) alone; it is the message of Allah revealed to all His prophets. These prophets were human beings, chosen by Allah to deliver His message to mankind. Their purpose was to guide mankind to the right way of belief and behavior and to teach them what they may not or cannot know on their own.
All messengers of Allah, from Adam to Muhammad (peace be upon them), brought the same message: =Islam= (the submission to Allah). Thus, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, John, Jesus, and finally Muhammad (the peace and blessing of Allah be upon them all) were all prophets of Islam, the eternal message of Allah, for Muslims are told not to differentiate between the prophets of Allah as being inferior or superior to one another. Every Muslim must believe the truthfulness of Moses, Jesus and all the other prophets of Allah (peace be upon them). These apostle of Allah preached essentially the same message: submit to Allah, your Creator. However, in later periods of history, owing to extrapolations, different religions and creeds were created by the followers of these apostles. Islam came to restore the purity of message and unite mankind again on the Oneness of God.
Islam introduces a revolutionary concept of unity of mankind: it totally rejects barriers and bonds of color, race and language. It looks upon all men as equal and considers all humanity as
children of Adam under the Omnipotence of One God. The only valid ground for differentiation among them is their moral behavior. One who is virtuous and Allah-conscious deserves more
respect than the one who is unmindful of Allah, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe.
O Mankind, We created you from a single
pair of male and female. and made you
nations and tribes that you may know each
other. Lo, the noblest of you, in the sight
of Allah, is the most righteous of you, the
best in conduct.
(The Qur'an 49:13)
The Rational Appeal of Islam
Faith in Islam is not a blind acceptance, Islam awakens in man the faculty of reason, and exhorts him to use his intellect so that he may attain the highest level of knowledge and wisdom. At the same time, it prevents the human intellect from exceeding its limits.
Men who remember Allah. standing,
sitting, and reclining and contemplate the
wonders) of creation in the heavens and the
earth (and say) Lord! You created not this
in vain. Glory be to You. preserve us from
(The Qur'an 3:191)
Faith in Islam is a volitional act there is no force or compulsion.
There is no compulsion in religion.
(The Qur'an 2:,256)
The Accountability of Man
Man's life is not limited to the short span of earthly existence; man's tenure on this earth shall terminate on the day of judgment when a new order of the universe will be established. The
entire human race will be resurrected; everyone will appear before Almighty Allah and will face the consequence of his deeds in life. Thus, life hereafter is a continuation of the earthly life.
The belief in man's accountability to Allah makes life meaningful and differentiates human
beings from the inanimates; it keeps man upright and good and it is the most potent force for
producing virtues on earth. There can be no greater instrument of moral reformation, no better method of developing a sound and stable character than that of belief in the Hereafter. Such
a belief is, in fact, the surest protection against deviation, corruption, crime, immorality, and
Islam safeguards all human values and rights. Freedom, equality, justice and the protection of life, wealth, and honor are, consequently, the prime concerns of Islamic law.
Whosoever kills a human being for other
han man-slaughter or corruption in the
earth, it shall be as if he had killed all
mankind, and whoso saves the life of one,
it shall be as if he had saved the life of all
(The Qur'an 5:32)
Social justice is a fundamental value in Islam. Islam mobilizes its followers against those who exploit, oppress, or practice injustice.
O you who believe: Be steadfast witnesses
or Allah in equity and let not hatred of any
people seduce you that you deal not justly.
Be just; that is nearer to piety.
(The Qur'an 5:8)
O you who believe: Be you staunch in
justice, witnesses for Allah, even as against
yourselves or your parents or your kin....
(The Qur'an 4:135)
Science and Technology
Islam encourages use of scientific methodology. Acquisition of knowledge is
obligatory on every male and female Muslim. It makes science and technology subservient to
universal values of humanity, truth, and love for mankind .
He it is Who created for you all that is in
(The Qur'an 2:29)
It is your Lord, the Most Bounteous, Who
taught by pen, taught man that which he
(The Qur'an 96:2-5)
We shall show them Our Signs on the
horizons and within themselves untit will
be manifest unto them that it is the Truth. . .
(The Qur'an 41:53)
What Man Should Do
O Mankind, adore your Lord, WhoCreated
you and the generations before you so that
you may ward off evil
(The Qur'an 2:21)
Do they seek other than the Religion of
Allah? While all creatures in the heavens
and on earth have, willing or unwilling,
bowed to His Will (accepted Islam), and
unto Him they will be returned.
The Qur'an 3:88)
A Call to the Jews and Christians
O people of the Book (Jews and Christians),
come to common terms as between us and
you: that we worship none but Allah; that
we associate no partner with Him; that we
erect not, from among ourselves, lords and
patrons other than Allah...
The Qur'an 3:64)
The Current Situation
If people everywhere depended only on human mind to find ways to achieve the ideal
society, they will not succeed. The failure of such practice is manifested in a plethora of manmade
laws. The populace is caught in mismanagement, high taxes, curtailed freedom, high crime
rates, broken families, and the spread of alcoholism and drugs. It has been completely
forgotten that human wisdom is not only limited but is invariably subject to the influence of self
and other Interests and desires.
The only way for humans who wish to achieve an eternal life of bliss in the hereafter,
and have peace of mind and success in this life, is to accept Islam and implement that acceptance by being righteous in thought and deeds as laid down in the Qur'an and amplified as well
as exemplified by the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), to whom the Qur'an was
revealed by The God (Allah) about 1400 years ago.