Islam is a complete way of life. It is the guidance provided by Allah, the Creator of the universe for all man kind. It covers all the things people do in their lifetime,Islam tells us the purpose of our creation, our final destiny and our place among other creatures.It shows us the best way to conduct our private, social, political, economic, moral and spiritual affairs of life. Islam is an arabic word which means submission and obedience.
Submission is acceptance of Allah’s commands. Allah, another arabic, is a proper name of God. Muslims should the word Allah rather than the word God. Obedience means putting Allah’s commands into practice. submission and obedience to Allah bring peace. .That is why Islam also means peace. A person who accepts the islamic way and acts upon it is a Muslim. Islam is the way of peace and harmony. If we look around, we see that everything including the sun, the moon and the stars, the high hills and the mighty oceans are obeying a Law -the law of Allah. We find no disorder or chaos in them. A superb harmony and and perfect order is evident in the system of nature.
The sun rises in the east and sets in the west and there has been no change to this rule. The moon and the stars shine at night. Day passes and night comes, so the process goes on. Flowers blossom and trees have green leaves in the spring. Everything has the set and nothing can violet it. have we ever noticed any violation of the law by these objects of nature? No, of course not. Why,? simply because they are made to obey Allah. They have no choice but to obey.
This is why we find eternal peace in the system of nature. But in case of human beings, it is different. Allah has given us the knowledge and will to choose right and wrong. not only this, He has also sent messengers and books for our guidance. Yet He does not force us to obey Him. Why is this so? It is because He want to test us. After this test there will be a day of reward and punishment.
This is the day of Judgement. Those of us who have passed the test will be rewarded with permanent happiness and peace in paradise and those who have failed will suffer a terrible punishment in hell . We can get this reward and escape punishment by obeying and worshiping Allah. We already know that there is peace and harmony among other objects of nature, because those things never disobey Allah.
So if we follow the guidance given to us through prophets and messengers, we are sure to have peace in the world we live in. All human beings by their very nature, like good things and dislike bad ones. For instance everyone of us approves and likes truthfulness and hates falsehood. Even a liar does does not like to be called a liar. Why? because telling lies is a bad thing.
In the same way, helping others, showing kindness, politeness, respect for parents and teachers, honesty and all other forms of good conduct are always liked liked and appreciated. but rudeness, cruelty, falsehood, hurting someone, disobedience to parents and teachers, using bad names and other bad conduct are despised and disliked by everyone. so we can say that human nature likes the right and dislikes the wrong. Right is Ma’ruf and wrong is munkar in the language of the Qur’an.
Human nature also loves peace and hates disorder. Peace is the result of obedience to Allah’s laws and disorder is the outcome of disobedience. Islam establishes this this peace which is part of man’s nature and hence, Islam is called the religion of nature which is in arabic (dinul fitrah). In order to achieve peace in society, Islam urges Muslims to to work together towards what is right and away from what is evil.
This is united effort to root out evil and establish the truth is called Jihad which means to try one’s utmost to see truth prevail and falsehood vanish from the society.
PURPOSE OF HUMAN CREATION
Allah, the Almighty created human beings to do His bidding and to obey his commands. Allah says in the Qur’an: “I have not created Jinn and mankind for any other purpose except to worship me” (51:56). Worship in this verse means total obedience to Allah’s commands. The Quranic word for worship is Ibadah. Everything we do comes under ibadah, if we do them for Allah’s sake. Our purpose in life is to please Allah through worship. worship is the reach success and happiness in the life after death.
MUHAMMADANISM IS A MISNOMER
Islam is sometimes incorrectly called muhammadanism and the Muslims Muhammadans. Other religions have been named after their founder or after the community in which the religion prospered. For example, Christianity has been named after christ, Buddhism after Buddah and Judaism after the tribe of Judas. But Islam has not been named after Muhammad (pbuh). It is the name of Allah’s guidance for mankind revealed through all the prophets, the last of whom was Muhammad (pbuh). so it is wrong to call Islam Muhammadanism and Muslims Muhammadans.
Islam and Muslim are the words of the Qur’an. the Qur’an says: “surely, the way of life acceptable to Allah is Islam” (3:19). Allah also says: “:He named you Muslims before and in this…(22:78). The message of all the Prophets and messengers from Adam (pbuh) down to Muhammad (pbuh) is the same. They asked people to obey Allah and none another. This completion is mentioned in the Qur’an: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your way of life” (5:3). This is what I wanted to share with you Brothers and Sisters in Islam! Till next time May Allah keep you safe !!!!!!!!