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What is Islam

Islam differs from all other views about life with its unique ideology of One and Only God to Whom all the human actions are to be acts of worship. It does not contradict itself, not even a significant separation between the spiritual and mundane life. It encompasses the entire system of life, be it individual or social, physical or spiritual, political or economic, and so on. This is a very unique concept of life, because it is based on the peculiar concept of man's position in this world and the next.

It begins by making it explicit that there is One and Only God Who created this man, and that the man is in this world as a temporary domain for him to worship this One God only. He is to be judged and rewarded according to his actions and deeds on the Day of Accountability. In doing this, activity ordained for him, He gave him the thinking capability to distinguish right from wrong, and specified him with freedom of will and choice, to make good use of the resources He placed for him on earth, so that he will make good use of his life therein. This is the basis for the Islamic concept of life.

Allah, being the Just Creator, before bringing man into this world, signed an agreement with him. He said in the Qur’an:

{وَإِذْ أَخَذَ رَبُّكَ مِن بَنِي آدَمَ مِن ظُهُورِهِمْ ذُرِّيَّتَهُمْ وَأَشْهَدَهُمْ عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ أَلَسْتُ بِرَبِّكُمْ قَالُوا بَلَىٰ شَهِدْنَا أَن تَقُولُوا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّا كُنَّا عَنْ هَٰذَا غَافِلِينَ} (الأعراف: 172)

Interpretation of the meaning: {And (remember) when your Lord brought forth from the Children of Adam, from their loins, their seeds (or from Adam's loin his offspring) and made them to testify on themselves (saying): 'Am I not your Lord?' They said 'Indeed You are! We testify,' lest you should say on the Day of Resurrection: 'Verily, we have been unaware of this} (Qur’an 7: 172).

Thus it remains in the nature of mankind that feeling and quest for a Supreme Being to worship. No matter how you may interpret it or mismanage it, it is inevitable that in every man lies that zeal yearning for a Divine Being to be looked up to for help and guidance when there seem to be no way through. This is Islam itself.

From the beginning, Allah created the first man, Adam(may Allah be pleased with him), and taught him all he required. He had a revealed knowledge from Allah Himself. He led his life based on a divine code he got from his Creator, a total submission to the will and commandments of Allah. He served as the very first Prophet of Allah on earth. The life was so full of bliss. This was but a result of the total submission to Allah, which is ISLAM.

However, Allah the creator, out of His Divine Wisdom, has created man from dust and soul, and left for him a test machine through which his rating will be based on the Day of Resurrection. This machine stands for all that man faces in this world as he transits to the hereafter. These led to the deviation the children of Adam had after their first father on earth. And as a result, our Creator decided to send Prophets and Messengers to us from time to time to keep reminding us of the role we are here to play on earth, as well as to hold our hands down the road as we strive and face the challenges in carrying out that Divine assignment. This is the Shari'ah, a perfect way of life. Indeed, it is the perfect way of life. A code of life that perfectly bridges between religion and politics, the spiritual and mundane, economic and social etc. In fact, there is no aspect of life that the Shari'ah did not explain how man should handle and work his way through it. This is the Divine Law that was referred to in the Qur'an as:

{الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا} (المائدة:3)

Interpretation of the meaning: { This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion} (Qur’an 5:3).

Its peak and end was the coming of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the last of all the Prophets. The laws implemented by all past Prophets were fine-tuned and given the last packaging to befit all nations and times, races and kinds, waters and lands until the Last Day. If this code of life is implemented on earth, mankind shall know no sadness any more. He will thrive with real happiness all through his life time and in all his endeavors. The true essence of living will be recognized by all and that internal eternal bliss of fulfillment that everyone craves for will be achieved. Poverty and riches, races and gender will no more be the poles of our divisions. The lacunas between the routes of life, politics and social, rich and poor, black and white etc. all will be filled with no atom of itches behind the minds, and all shall be but brothers and sisters in a single nation for one course.


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