“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 benefits of Islam:
- Faith free to no longer slaves to fashion, or consumerism
- Faith emancipates from superstitions and uncertainties
- Faith itself is inherent with inner peace and tranquillity
- Faith allows a person to truly experience God’s love
- Faith trends to a believer to trust and hope in God
- Faith teaches us to live in an Islamic way of life
- Faith will help and go to Heaven Inshaa’Allah
- Faith teaches that God is the most Justice
- Faith considers to rights of others
- Faith in the future of the world
- Faith makes our life better
- Faith is the true way of life
- Faith bend to mutual caring
- Faith is the source of all peace
- Faith teaches us true happiness
- Faith is to develop a peaceful society
- Faith teaches that ultimately we will be judged
- Faith is that God promises Paradise to the believer
- Faith teaches us that good and bad luck does not exist
- Faith is following the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad
- Faith opens the Quran and sees what Allah wants to tell you
- Faith is thanking Allah for each and everything (Al-Hamdulillah)
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 as 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)
Faith or belief in Islam is the foundation of human life. In fact, the beliefs that all of us have shape and mould our lives regardless of what religion or way of life we ascribe ourselves to. These beliefs determine how we think, act and perceive life in general.
Muslim beliefs these fundamental Faith which every Muslim must refer to and are described below:
- 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.
- Belief in the Existence of Angels: Angels are spiritual creatures that are present for Allah.
- Believe in Divine Books of Allah Almighty: Muslims believe in all divine books of Allah Almighty.
- Beliefs in His Messengers – All of the messengers and prophets of God such as Noah, Moses, Solomon, Jesus, and Muhammad were mortal human beings who were endowed with Divine Revelations and appointed by God to teach humankind how to submit to His will and obey His laws.
- Believe in the Day of Judgment: A Muslim has to believe that Judgment day is inevitable and once it arrives, all the people will be held answerable for the deeds which they had done in this world.
- 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.
Faith is the basis upon which you believe in Allah, The day of Judgement, and all things that we’ve been informed about past, present and future that we cannot experience with one of our five senses (Touch, Smell, Hear, See and taste). We cannot perceive Allah but we know of Him through his revelation, the Quran. If you reject faith in the unseen then you reject the very existence of Allah.
The Quran in many places demands 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)
- “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)
- “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)
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 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-Maidah 5:44)
Islam’s fundamental belief is the Unity of God. All other beliefs hang on to this belief. Therefore the acknowledgement and ‘bearing witness to 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 does He have 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.