Islam basically means submission to Allah (The one and only God) and Belief in all the Prophets and their books. Islam teaches that one can only find true peace in one’s life by submitting to the one and only God (Allah) in heart, soul and deed. One who submits to the one and only God and follows Islam, is called a Muslim.
There are 6 pillars of faith in Islam.
The belief in the one and only God, Allah.
The belief in God’s Angels (They are not his partners or equals).
The belief in the Holy Scriptures
The belief in the Messengers
The belief in life after death and the Resurrection
The belief in divine decree (Qadr’)
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A Muslim is by definition one who submits his will to Allah and adheres to the principles of Allah’s religion. We therefore believe that all Prophets were by definition Muslim.
When his Lord said to him (Abraham), “Submit”, he said “I have submitted [in Islam] to the Lord of the worlds.” [Quran 2:131]
A Muslim is the one who accepts Allah as the One and Only God who is worthy of worship and that Muhammad (pbuh) is the last and Final Messenger.
There is also however a difference between a Muslim (One who submits) and a Mu’min (One who believes). As Allah states in the Quran:
“The bedouins say, “We have believed.” Say, “You have not [yet] believed; but say [instead], ‘We have submitted,’ for faith has not yet entered your hearts. And if you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not deprive you from your deeds of anything. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” [Quran 49:14]
To attain the status of a true believer in Islam one must strive to attain true faith. This is exemplified through the Quran and many of the Hadith ( Narrations) of Muhammad (pbuh).
“The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely,The ones who establish prayer, and from what We have provided them, they spend. Those are the believers, truly. For them are degrees [of high position] with their Lord and forgiveness and noble provision.” [Quran 8:2-4]
In the Hadith of Muhammad (pbuh) we also find
“”No one of you becomes a true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
“The most perfect believer in faith is the one who is best in moral character. The best of you are those who are the best to their spouses in manners.” [Al-Tirmidhi 1082].
“A true Muslim is one from [the transgressions of whose tongue and hands, all other Muslims are safe; And a true Mu'min is one from whom people’s lives and wealth are secured;" [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
“None of you will truly believe until I am more beloved to him than his father, his son and all of mankind.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Allah means the one and only God who is worthy of worship. We believe God is one, indivisible, has no associates and has no partners. He is the First and the Last. He is the creator and owner of all things in the entire universe and He is the only One worthy of worship. There is nothing like Him.
The attributes of Allah are described in the Holy Quran, whereby Allah says:
“Allah – there is no deity except Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of [all] existence. Neither drowsiness overtakes Him nor sleep. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is it that can intercede with Him except by His permission? He knows what is [presently] before them and what will be after them, and they encompass not a thing of His knowledge except for what He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and their preservation tires Him not. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.” [Quran 2:255]
There is also other examples included Chapter 112 of the Holy Quran, whereby Allah says:
Say, “He is Allah , [who is] One, Allah , the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” [Quran 112]
We believe the greatness of God is something we cannot imagine, because he was the creator of everything in this universe and more. We believe Allah is the God of all people, the same God of Jesus, the same of God of Abraham, the same God of all Muslims and Christians today, because God is One. Allah is the pinnacle and there is nothing before Him. Allah says in the Quran:
“Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god; Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.”
“Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god; the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He) above the partners they attribute to Him.”
“He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of Forms (or Colours). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: whatever is in the heavens and on earth, doth declare His Praises and Glory; and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.”
[Quran 59: 22-24]
We don’t say God is human, because the “human” is a creation, we say God cannot not have children because God does not have attributes of humans nor animals. Allah teaches us that there is nothing like Him at all.
“There is nothing like Him, and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer” [Quran 42:11]
We believe that all Prophets received divine inspiration to propagate the message of “One God”. This includes Adam, Moses, Noah, David, Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad (being the final and seal of all prophets). We do not worship any of the prophets, nor do we say they wrote the messages, they are simply messengers chosen by God to spread the message.
Muhammad is the final Prophet and seal of all Prophets. And was a mercy to mankind, and a man of the highest moral standard.
“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” Quran 21:107.
“And indeed, you are of a great moral character.” Quran 68:4
We don’t worship our Prophets, we just follow their teachings, as they are not acting from their own interest, but from what God has inspired them.
“Say (O Mohamed): I am only a man like you. I have been inspired that your God is One God (Allah). So whoever hopes for the meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.”
What Non Muslim Scholars have said
Sir George Bernard Shaw:
“I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving the problems in a way that would bring the much needed peace and happiness. Europe is beginning to be enamored of the creed of Muhammad. In the next century it may go further in recognizing the utility of that creed in solving its problems.”
Michael H. Hart of USA, compiled a ranking list of the 100 most influential persons in the history of the entire humanity, who authored book ?The 100 most influential persons”, published in 1978 by Hart Publishing Company Inc. He ranked Muhammad peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, as the number one, at the top of his list.
Following are brief excerpts from the chapter on Muhammad peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. “My choice of Muhammad to lead the best of the world?s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels.
“The idea of the unity of God proclaimed amidst the exhaustion of the fabulous theogonies, was in itself such a miracle that upon it’s utterance from his lips it destroyed all the ancient temples of idols and set on fire one-third of the world. His life, his meditations, his heroic revelings against the superstitions of his country, and his boldness in defying the furies of idolatry, his firmness in enduring them for fifteen years in Mecca, his acceptance of the role of public scorn and almost of being a victim of his fellow countrymen… This dogma was twofold the unity of God and the immateriality of God: the former telling what God is, the latter telling what God is not; the one overthrowing false gods with the sword, the other starting an idea with words.”
“Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Conqueror of Ideas, Restorer of Rational beliefs…. The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he?”. Alphonse de LaMartaine in ‘Historie de la Turquie,’ Paris, 1854.
Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh)
The most perfect of the believers in faith are the best of them in morals. And the best among them are those who are best to their wives.
None of you believes (completely) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.
The merciful are shown mercy by the All-Merciful. Show mercy to those on earth, and God will show mercy to you.
Smiling at your brother is charity…
Whoever believes in God and the Last Day (the Day of Judgment) should do good to his neighbor.
God does not judge you according to your appearance and your wealth, but He looks at your hearts and looks into your deeds.
As Muslims, we believe that certain Prophets were revealed divine books. For example the Torah, Zabur, Injeel (Gospel) and of course the Quran. All these books taught the belief and worship of One God, but overtime were changed, apart from the Quran, in which Allah promises to protect as his final revelation. The Quran also contains many scientific and unexplained miracles to prove it the book in which “there is no doubt”.
The Quran is for all people, from all walks of life, it was sent to the entirety of mankind. And is the most beautiful of books, and is even more beautiful when it is recited.
Blind Muslim convert from Canada “Abu Hafsa”, reciting the Quran.
Allay says in the Quran: “Do they not then meditate on the Qur’an? And if it were from any other than Allah, they would have found in it many a discrepancy.” (Quran 4:82)
Allah says in the Quran, if you want to contest it, come up with just “One Chapter” of it’s like, but you will not be able to.
“‘If all the humans and all the jinns bonded together in order to produce a Quran like this, they could never produce anything like it, no matter how much assistance they lent one another.’” (Qur’an 17:88)
And if you are in doubt as to which We have revealed to Our servant, thenproduce a sura like it, and call on your helper, besides Allah, if you are truthful. (Qur’an 2:23)
“O mankind! verily there hath come to you a convincing proof from your Lord: for We have sent unto you a light (that is) manifest.
Then those who believe in Allah and hold fast to Him soon will He admit them to Mercy and Grace from Him and guide them to Himself by a straight Way.” Qur’an 4:174-175 Surah An-Nisaa (The Women)
The Quran has never ever been changed since the moment it was brought down, studies have concluded these findings, and it is a true testament to the verse:
“Verily,We have sent down the remembrance (The Qur’an) and surely We will preserve it.” [Sooratul-Hijr 15:9].
There are many scientific miracles in the Quran, which have been proved by modern science these include examples of embryology, geology, oceanology and many more. Please check out this website for more. www.miraclesofthequran.com/
One of the five pillars of Islam is the Salaat, otherwise known as the 5 daily prayers. This is an obligatory act of worship performed by Muslims at 5 distinct intervals of the day in complete submission to their creator.
It is not only a personal time to reflect within the hustle and bustle of this world, but also a striking reminder that our overall purpose in life is greater than that which we may busy ourselves with, that is to worship God alone.
The following link provides detailed information on how to perform the 5 daily prayers.