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ISLAM

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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 word 'Muslim' means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of their race, nationality or ethnic background. Islam is not a new religion but 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, Prophet Muhammad is not considered as 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 Prophet 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. According to traditional Islamic belief, the religion has existed since time immemorial. Allah, the Almighty God, created Adam (the father of the human progeny) out of a lump of clay and commanded the angels to greet him with a 'Sijda' (prostration in humility). All the angels obeyed the command with the exception of Iblis (the Satan) because he claimed his own superiority over Adam by virtue of his age long devotion to God and creation out of fire.

This resulted in Satan's condemnation and he was eternally banished from the pleasure of Allah. The Satan, however, pleaded with Allah that he and his progeny (the geniis) may be granted an everlasting opportunity to mislead mankind into error and sin in order to test the devotion of Adam and his progeny to God. This request was granted by Allah with the commandment that whosoever followed the Satan's path will forfeit His pleasure and that his abode will be in the fire of hell eternally. Those who follow the commandments of Allah and the path shown by Him would receive eternal blessings and go to the Heaven or Jannat. Thus, there has always been a mighty struggle between the followers of Satan and the believers of Allah ever since the creation of Adam in which the latter have always vanquished the former.

Basic Islamic Beliefs

(a) Tawheed: This means, believe in One, Unique, Incomparable God Who is the Creator, the Ruler and the Sustainer of the universe, and none has the right to be worshipped but He alone,
(b)Belief in the existence of Angels of God as the honored creatures,
(c) Belief in God's Revealed Books,
(d) Belief in the Prophets and Messengers of God
(e) Belief in the Day of Judgment and Life after Death and
(f) Belief in Predestination - God's complete authority over human destiny.

 

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