Monday, September 28, 2009

A Brief Introduction To Islam

Presented here is a brief introduction to Islam, the main beliefs and the principles, and what is required of a muslim at  the most basic level.

“Say: He is Allah, the one and only; Allah, the eternal, absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him;” (Holy Quran-112)

The word Islam means complete “submission or surrender to the will of Allah”. It is derived from an Arabic root word, salam, meaning peace. A Muslim is one who completely submits himself to the will of Allah.

We Muslims believe that Allah is one and unique, he has no partners, he has power over all things, he is self sufficient and independent of any being, rather it is we who are dependent on Him.

A Muslim is required to believe in all the angels that Allah has created, in all the books that He sent down, in all the prophets that He raised, and the fact that He is going to bring us back to life and take us to account for all that we do in this world, one day.

We believe that Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Jonah, Job and others, including Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (peace be upon them all), were all prophets of Allah.

Allah raised a prophet from amongst the people to guide them to Allah and His oneness.
All these prophets came in different regions of the world, in different time periods and through Allah’s messages guided the people towards worshipping one true God.

Allah says in the Holy Quran,
“Now every community has had an apostle; and only after their apostle has appeared (and delivered his message) is judgment passed on them, in all equity; and never are they wronged.”  (Holy Quran- 10:47).

Allah further says in the Holy Quran,
“For We assuredly sent amongst every people a Messenger, (with the command), “serve Allah and eschew evil”: of the people were some whom Allah guided and some on whom error became inevitably (established). So travel through the earth, and see, what was the end of those who denied (The Truth).”  (Holy Quran- 16:36).

In the Holy Quran, by name are mentioned 25 prophets, few have been mentioned above.
Among all these prophets raised by Allah, Muhammad (peace be upon him), was the last to come. His message was the final message, and is to be followed universally by all throughout the world; this message is nothing but the Quran, which Allah revealed to Muhammad (peace be upon him), through the angel Gabriel. The Quran is the final word of God.

As Allah says in the Holy Quran:
“Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah, and the Seal of the Prophets: and Allah has full knowledge of all things.” (Holy Quran-33:40)

Islam is not a religion, but a way of life, a way, in accordance with the commands and instructions of Allah.

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