What is the religion of Islam?

Islam is the name of religion or more properly the way of life that God has revealed and which was applied by all the Prophets and Messengers sent to humanity. The actual name of the religion leaps out amongst the other faiths as it means a state of being; it does not refer to any particular person such as Christianity, Buddhism or Zoroastrianism; a tribe like Judaism; or a nation like Hinduism. The Arabic language root from which comes the word Islam means peace, safety, salutation, protection, guiltlessness, wellness, submission, deliverance, acceptation, yielding and redemption. Islam specifically stands for a state of free submission and yielding to God, to revere Him alone, and to accept and obey His Laws.

Through this submission and surrender, peace, security and well-being involved in its actual meaning is accomplished. Hence the Muslim, whether male or female, is a person in this state of submission and surrender. Islam softens an individual through sin, ignorance and bad actions, and annulled in totality by associating partners with God, or disbelief in Him.

Who is the God of Islam?

Often the word Allah is mentioned when talking about the God of Islam. The word “Allah” is merely the transliteration of the Arabic word for God Almighty, and it is the equivalent name used by Christians and Arabic-speaking Jews. As a matter of fact, the word Allah was widely utilised before there was the word God, as the English language is a comparatively new language. If you read the Arabic translation of the Bible, you would see that the word “Allah” is used. For example, Arabic-speaking Christians allege that Jesus Christ is, in concording to their beliefs, the “Son of Allah”.

Furthermore, the Arabic word ” Allah” is interchangeable to the word God in other Semitic languages. In Hebrew, the word God is “Elohim” and in Aramaic, the word used is “Alaha”. For various reasons, some people believe that Muslims worship a god other than the God of Moses, Abraham and Jesus. That is a misconception because the tawhid (pure monotheism) of Islam calls upon every people to worship the God of Israel, the God of Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and all other prophets, peace be upon them all. In Islamic literature published in English, it is most common to find that the transliteration of Allah and the English word God oftentimes applied interchangeably but in order to not confound our readers, we will stick to the English word “God”.

While other religious communities lay claim to believe in One God, across time some ideas have entered into corrupt practices and beliefs of removing them pure and sincere prophets preached monotheism. Some took their prophets and saints as intermediaries with Almighty God. Some even thought that their prophets were manifestations of God, “God Incarnate” or the “Son of God”. All these misconceptions contribute to the adoration of created beings instead of the Creator, and contributed to the idolatrous practice of believing that Almighty God can be approached through intercessors . To protect their followers from these falsifications, the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, emphasised that he was only a human being with the charge of preaching and obeying the message of God. He instructed Muslims to refer to him as ” the Messenger and Servant of God”.

Who is Muhammad?

Muslims believe that the last prophet sent by God to mankind was Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him. At 40 years old, he received the revelation of God. Since then, he spent the rest of his life explicating, and living the commandments of Islam. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him , personified the greatest of all prophets for numerous reasons, but primarily because ihe was chosen by God to be the last prophet — whose mission to guide humankind continue until the Last Day — and because he was sent as a mercy to all mankind. The effect of his mission has brought in more people into the pure belief in One God than any other prophet. From the earliest times, God had sent prophets to the world, each to his specific people. However, the Prophet Muhammad was sent as the final Messenger to all of mankind.

Throughout his life and teachings, God made Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, the clear model for all of humanity; an exemplar of a prophet, national leader, military leader, ruler, instructor, neighbour, husband, father and friend. Contrary to other prophets and messengers, the Prophet Muhammad lived in the full light of history, and all his words and actions were carefully recorded and preserved . Muslims need not just have ‘faith’ that he existed, or that his teachings were continued, but they know through science and history that was indeed the case. God revealed to Muhammad that He will protect the Message and it will be prevented from being distorted, lost or forgotten. This was essential because God assured that Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, would be the last Messenger to mankind. All Messengers of God preached the message of Islam — that is, submission and surrender to the laws of God and the worship of the one God — but Muhammad, peace and blessings of God be upon him, is the last prophet who brought the final and complete message would not be altered until the Day of Judgement.

Who are the Muslims?

The Arabic word Muslim means one who is in a state of Islam (willing submission and surrender to the will and law of God). The substance of Islam is universal, and anybody who accepts this message becomes a Muslim. A lot of people erroneously believe that Islam is a religion only for the Arabs, but nothing could be farther from the truth. As a matter of fact, over 80% of the world’s Muslims are not Arabs. Although most Arabs are Muslims, there are also Arab Christians, Jews and atheists. If given a look at the diverse people who live in the Muslim world — from Nigeria to Bosnia and from Morocco to Indonesia — it is effortless to ascertain that Muslims come from dissimilar races, ethnic groups, cultures and nationalities.

Islam has always been a universal message for all people. This can be ascertained in the fact that a few of the early Companions of the Prophet Muhammad were not only from the Arabs, but were also Persians, Africans and Byzantine Romans. Being a Muslim connotes absolute acceptance and active obeisance to the teachings and laws revealed by God. A Muslim is an person who freely consents to base his beliefs , values and faith in God Almighty.

In the past — even if it isn’t used much today — the word “Mohammedans” to refer to Muslims was used. This word is erroneous, and the result of calculated distortion or plain ignorance. One cause for the misconception is that for centuries, Europeans were taught that Muslims worshiped the Prophet Muhammad in the equivalent way that Christians revere Jesus. This is completely false, since a Muslim does not associate God with some other deity or person.