Faith is to develop a peaceful society

The Concept of Faith in Islam

“Have faith” and “keep the faith,” along with other adages, are phrases we use daily. We reference faith to help keep us confident and send out some positive energy – either by having faith in a higher deity, having faith in ourselves, or having faith in others. The basis of any religion is faith. Faith is not merely a conviction of the truth of a given principle, but it is essentially the acceptance of a principle as a basis for action. Without faith, a man is like a car without a steering wheel, drifting aimlessly upon a sea of doubt and confusion. Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا آمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَالْكِتَابِ الَّذِي نَزَّلَ عَلَىٰ رَسُولِهِ وَالْكِتَابِ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ مِن قَبْلُ ۚ وَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا بَعِيدًا

“O you who believe, have faith in Allah and His messenger and the book that He revealed to His messenger and the scripture which He revealed before. Whoever disbelieves in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray.“ (Surah An-Nisa 4:136)

The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of their race, nationality or ethnic background. Becoming a Muslim is a simple and easy process that requires no pre-requisites. The declaration of faith consists of two distinct parts, i.e., the absolute belief in the Unity of God and the belief in the Holy Prophet Muhammad as a mortal human being and the Messenger of God. Allah said:

أَنْ تُؤْمِنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَتُؤْمِنَ بِالْقَدَرِ خَيْرِهِ وَشَرِّهِ

“Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, the Last Day, and to believe in providence both its good and its bad.” (Sahih Muslim 8)

Islam teaches that God is the Most Just and that each person will be held responsible for their actions on the Day of Judgement. Each person is accountable, as they have freedom of choice and intelligence to discern between right and wrong. It is an absolute demand for justice that there be a Day of Judgement where every person is rewarded or punished, otherwise life would be unjust as not everyone receives true justice in this world.

Faith in Islam is the belief in the Unity of Allah, here are some important and benefits of Islam:

  1. Faith free to no longer slaves to fashion, or consumerism
  2. Faith emancipates from superstitions and uncertainties
  3. Faith itself is inherent with inner peace and tranquillity
  4. Faith allows a person to truly experience God’s love
  5. Faith is that God promises Paradise to the believer
  6. Faith trend to a believer to trust and hope in God
  7. Faith teaches us living in an Islamic way of life
  8. Faith teaches that ultimately we will be judged
  9. Faith will help and go to Heaven Inshaa’Allah
  10. Faith teaches that God is the most Justice
  11. Faith has a message applies to all people 
  12. Faith is to develop a peaceful society
  13. Faith considers to rights of others
  14. Faith in the future of the world
  15. Faith makes our life better
  16. Faith the true way of life
  17. Faith bend to mutual caring
  18. Faith is the source of all peace
  19. Faith teaches us true happiness
  20. Faith provides equal opportunity
  21. Faith having complete trust in Allah
  22. Faith forgive those who do you wrong
  23. Faith repent frequently for your mistakes
  24. Faith trend to a believer to sincerely seek
  25. Faith rules being Muslim is important in life
  26. Faith is commitment means striving for peace 
  27. Faith is giving charity needy and helping others 
  28. Faith encourages a balance of hope in God’s mercy
  29. Faith teaches us that good and bad luck does not exist
  30. Faith is following the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad
  31. Faith opens the Quran and sees what Allah wants to tell you
  32. Faith is thanking Allah for each and everything (Al-Hamdulillah)
  33. Faith is Muslim should have a close relationship with the Creator

The existence of unseen phenomena by observing their indirect effects. It is scientifically proven most of what exists in the universe cannot be directly perceived by the senses. In the same way, we can logically infer the existence of Allah by observing His signs in the creation. Allah says:

وَمَنْ لَمْ يَحْكُم بِمَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّه فَأُولَئِكَ هُمْ الْكَافِرُونَ

“Whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, then those are the unbelievers.” (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:44)

Islam’s timeless and beautiful message is the same message of all Prophets.  They all called their people to “Submit to the One True God” which, in Arabic, means to become a “Muslim”. This submission to God enables one to fulfil the purpose of life by acknowledging the greatness of God and sincerely worshipping him alone.

لَا يُؤْمِنُ أَحَدُكُمْ حَتَّى يُحِبَّ لِأَخِيهِ أَوْ قَالَ لِجَارِهِ مَا يُحِبُّ لِنَفْسِهِ

“None of you has faith until he loves for his brother or his neighbour what he loves for himself.” (Sahih Muslim 45)

Muslim belief and faith are often summarized in “Six Articles of Faith.” These articles of faith are the fundamental beliefs which every Muslim must refer to are described below:

  1. Believe in Allah: Being a Muslim it is obligatory on us to believe in Allah Almighty as One Lord of this entire universe and everything in it.
  2. Belief in the Existence of Angels: Angels are spiritual creatures that are present for Allah.
  3. Believe in Divine Books of Allah Almighty: Muslims believe in all divine books of Allah Almighty.
  4. Believe in the Day of Judgment: A Muslim has to believe that the Judgment day is inevitable and once it arrives, all the people will be held answerable for their deeds which they had done in this world.
  5. Believe in the Divine Decree: A Muslim has to believe that some things are beyond human power and capacity and these should be observed as elements of destiny or faith.

The Quran in many places demands to human reason in reaching true belief:

  • “There must be no coercion in matters of faith!” (Quran 2: 256)
  • “The Messenger only must convey (the message) in a clear way. ” (Quran 29: 18)
  • “No! Indeed, the Qur’an is a reminder. Then whoever wills will remember it.” (Quran, 74: 54-55)
  • “O ye who believe, remember Allah much. And glorify Him morning and evening.” ( Quran 33:42-43)
  • Those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allaah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allaah hearts are assured.”( Quran 13:28)
  • “O mankind! There hath come unto you an exhortation from your Lord, a balm for that which is in the breasts, a guidance and a mercy for believers.” ( Quran 10: 57)
  • “Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who looketh unto Allah and the Last Day, and remembereth Allah much.” ( Quran 33:21)
  • “When the signs of the Gracious Allah are recited unto them, they fall, prostrating themselves before Allah weeping.” (Quran 19:59)
  • “Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became as stones or even worse in hardness” (Surah Al-Baqarah:74)
  • “And He (God) answers those who believe and do good works, and gives them more out of His Grace.” (Quran, 42:26)

People who still feel sinful will continue to increase their worship and always improve themselves. They will not also be arrogant. In their heart would be no hatred if they saw other people get a lot of treasure. For them, everyone always has a chance to become a successful person. They will not feel satisfied and always feel less to continue to worship Allah Almighty. Allah said:

وَمَنْ لَمْ يَحْكُم بِمَا أَنْزَلَ اللَّه فَأُولَئِكَ هُمْ الْكَافِرُونَ

“Whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed, then those are the unbelievers.” (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:44)

Islam’s fundamental belief is the Unity of God. All other beliefs hang on this belief. Therefore the acknowledgement and ‘bearing witness’ of this is the key to the Muslim faith. Unless this is observed one cannot be a Muslim. A Muslim accepts only One God, the only Master, Lord, and Ruler with no partner sharing in any way His Being, Powers, and Attributes. He is One; He is Unique; He is not the father of anyone, nor He has or had any father. He is Almighty and Self-Sustaining. Allah said:

وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مِن رِّزْقٍ فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ آيَاتٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ

In the changing of night and day and in what Allah sends down from the sky of provision and gives life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness and in His directing the winds are signs for people who reason.” (Surah Al-Jathiya 45:5)

The basis of any religion is faith. Faith is not merely a conviction of the truth of a given principle, but it is essentially the acceptance of a principle as a basis for action. A true Muslim and complete in belief, a Muslim has to believe in and practice the core fundamentals of Islam. The personification of these fundamentals can be seen in the personality of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), therefore, every Muslim must find guidance from His Sunnah.