Introduction to Islam
What is Islam?
is a religion which guides its followers in every aspect of their lives.
It is a way of life. Islam is the modern or latest version of the
message sent by God through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Islam
was sent to mankind through Prophet Muhammad. Islam is "modern" in the
sense that it has come to complement the teachings which were introduced
through Moses and Jesus. Islam is a religion which seeks to give a
meaningful purpose to our life on this earth. It seeks to guide us in
fulfilling that purpose by creating harmony between ourselves, our Creator
and fellow human beings.
The One & Only God
Islam is a
monotheistic religion. It teaches that there is only one God who is the
origin and creator of the universe. This is the foundation of Islam, and
is reflected in the famous sentence which says that, "There is no god but
Allah." (Allah is the Arabic name of God.) The belief in God relates us to
our origin and guides us throughout our life. The belief in one God shows
that man should not worship any material thing or person in this universe.
By teaching that there is only One God for all humans, Islam promotes the
sense of brotherhood and equality in human society--all are equally
related to God in the same way. The Qur'an, the holy book of Islam, says:
He (God) is One, God is Eternal; He has neither
begotten, nor has He been begotten; and there is no
one equal to Him.
The Purpose of Life
Our life on this earth has a specific purpose; it is not the result of
nature's accident, nor is it a punishment for eating the fruit of the
forbidden tree. We are here according to God's plan: the wordly life is a
test; it is a chance to prove ourselves as deserving of the eternal
blissful life in the hereafter. God did not create us just for few
years of this life. To be created just for this world's life would amount
to a joke played by the Creator with the human species. Muhammad, the
Prophet of Islam, said," You have not been created to perish; on the
contrary, you have been created for eternal life."
According to Islam, the final destination of mankind is the life
hereafter. At the end of time, all human beings will be resurrected and
will be held accountable for their wordly life. The life in hereafter will
be an eternal life. However, whether it will be blissful or full of sorrow
depends on how we spend our present life. It was to help mankind in
achieving this objective that God sent various prophets and messengers to
guide them. Muhammad is the last prophet, and Islam is the final and
complete version of God's message.
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