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. Continue reading What is the religion 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, according to their beliefs, the “Son of Allah”. Continue reading Who is the God of Islam?
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. Continue reading Who are the Muslims?