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?
The foundation of the Islamic religious belief is the belief in absolute monotheism (the Oneness of God). This means to believe that there is one Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe, and that nothing is divine or worthy of being worshipped except Him. To believe in the Oneness of God means much more than simply believing that there is “one God” rather than two, three or four. There are a lot of religions that lay claim to the belief in “one God” and the existence of one Creator and Sustainer of the whole universe, but actual monotheism is to believe only One True Deity is to be worshiped as the revelation He sent to His Messenger. Islam also spurns the use of all intercessors between God and man, and asserts that people draw close to God directly and allow for Him every manifestation of worship and devoutness. Muslims also believe that Almighty God is Most Compassionate, Most Beneficent and Most Merciful. Continue reading What are the teachings of Islam?