Sunday, November 1, 2009

What Is Islam?

Islam is not a noun, but a verb, a process—it comes from two root words, “peace” and“submission.” In other words, Islam means the process of attaining internal and external peace with humanity, nature, society, and oneself by willingly following the teachings of the Perfect and Most Merciful Creator—who is All Knowing, All Capable, One, Independent, and completely unlike any of his beloved creation. These teachings were found in the Torah, Gospel, and finally the Quran which state:

Say: He is God, the One and Only God, the Eternal, Absolute He begetteth not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him. Translation of the Holy Quran 112

Islam calls mankind away from submitting to and worshiping idols, frivolous desires, egos, wealth, materialism, prophets, other human beings, and all else that is finite

One who adheres to Islam is called a “Muslim,” which literally means, “one who submits.” A Muslim is anyone who believes in the Oneness of God and all of God’s Prophets and in the authentic Torah given to Moses, and the authentic Gospel, given to Jesus, and the Quran given to Muhammad (Peace be Upon Them All)

This was the message of all of God’s Prophets, who all called mankind to peace and serenity and to the worship of their Creator and Sustainer. Muslims believe that God did not send different religions to humanity, but rather this simple way of life which called people to attain peace by coming to know their creator—in Arabic, the name for this way of life is Islam. In essence all Prophets called towards peaceful submission, i.e.: Islam. Islam teaches that since all Prophets of God, from Adam to Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (Peace be Upon Them All), submitted their whole lives to God, they were all Muslim. The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) said "Both in this world and in the Hereafter, I am the nearest of all the people to Jesus, the son of Mary There was no Prophet between him and me. The prophets are paternal brothers; their mothers are different, but their religion is one.

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