Islam means “complete submission to the One God (Allah)”. Allah is the creator of this world and He set some rules for us whom we have to follow for living our lives peacefully and happily. Muslims should live their lives according to the Islamic way of life. The essence of Islam is the very essence of humanity. Islam is a complete and comprehensive way of life leading to a balanced way of living. Allah says:
إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُوقِعَ بَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاءَ فِي الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْسِرِ وَيَصُدَّكُمْ عَن ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَعَنِ الصَّلَاةِ فَهَلْ أَنتُم مُّنتَهُونَ
“Satan plans to incite enmity and hatred among you with intoxicants and gambling and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah and regular prayer. Will you not then abstain?” (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:91)
The purpose of human life is to put a stop to the cycle of repeated birth and death. There are four real problems in life, namely birth, old age, disease, and death. These problems of life can be solved by understanding the spiritual nature of the self. Allah created man to serve Him, meaning that men should believe in the One Lord and do well. This is the main objective of human life. Allah says:
الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعًا
“Those – is lost their effort in the life (of) the world, while they think that they (were) acquiring good (in) work.” (Surah Al-Kahf 18:104)
Islam is the only religion that guides its followers in every step of their lives. There are various good manners and excellent morals that Islam teaches us and truthfulness is one of them. Islam has declared it as one key element of a good character. Allah created man to serve Him, meaning that men should believe in the One Lord and do well.
The Two Testimonies of the Islamic Faith
There are two ways one may come to believe in God. The first is relying on our spiritual instinct with which God created us, and that is why most people have believed in a Supreme God throughout history. That being said, no one can be %100 sure that their knowledge of God and that their relationship with Him is correct without an authentic revelation from Him.
1- “There is no deity except the One God” (Glory be to Him)
2- “Muhammad is the Messenger of God”.
When someone believes and declares these two testimonies then he/she becomes a Muslim (follower of Islam). These two testimonies are the key to eternal bliss in the holy presence of God Almighty. The Quran is a book of guidance but is also a miracle in itself. One would already assume that God’s own words should be miraculous simply because it is His words. Allah says:
الْمُسْلِمُ مَنْ سَلِمَ النَّاسُ مِنْ لِسَانِهِ وَيَدِهِ وَالْمُؤْمِنُ مَنْ أَمِنَهُ النَّاسُ عَلَى دِمَائِهِمْ وَأَمْوَالِهِمْ
“The Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand the people are safe, and the believer is the one people trust with their lives and wealth.” (Sunan al-Nasa 4995)
The unity of the rule, amid its wide diversity, is its life as a symbol of this process of growth.
- Islamic rule is expressed in the sayings of Muhammad
- Islamic rule is one should treat others as oneself
- Islamic rule has a history that long predates
- Islamic rule, Allah is The Merciful Forgiving
- Islamic rule is one should have fear of God
- Islamic rule is speaking kindly to orphans
- Islamic rule is that ultimately be judged
- Islamic rule is made our life be better
- Islamic rule is bent on mutual caring
- Islamic rule is an apologist religion
- Islamic rule does have an equivalent
- Islamic rule provides equal opportunity
- Islamic rule is a trend to a believer in God
- Islamic rule is one should not harm others
- Islamic rule reciprocity is a code of morality
- Islamic rule is considered to rights of others
- Islamic rule gives a person a clear perspective
- Islamic rule teaches that God is the Most Justice
- Islamic rule is a common part of human relationships
- Islamic rule is taught love for his brother and neighbour
Allah didn’t create anything without purpose everything is created due to some reason and has some purpose in life. God describes this life as a test, and people are tested in different ways. We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we react. Allah says:
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ لِتَحْكُمَ بَيْنَ النَّاسِ بِمَا أَرَاكَ اللَّهُ وَلَا تَكُن لِّلْخَائِنِينَ خَصِيمًا
“Indeed, We to you the Book with the truth so that you may judge between the people with what Allah has shown you. And (do) not be for the deceitful a pleader.” (Surah An-Nisa` 4:105)
God describes this life as a test, and people are tested in different ways. We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we react. Patience during adversities and gratitude for blessings is a means of getting closer to God and attaining eternal Paradise. Allah says:
كَيْفَ تَكْفُرُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَكُنتُمْ أَمْوَاتًا فَأَحْيَاكُمْ ثُمَّ يُمِيتُكُمْ ثُمَّ يُحْيِيكُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ
“How (can) you disbelieve in Allah? While you were dead then He gave you life; then He will cause you to die, then He will give you life, then to Him you will be returned.” (Surah l-Baqarah 2:28)
Allah revealed too many verses about truthfulness in The Holy Quran:
- “And consult them in the matter.” (Quran, 3:159)
- “And the Hereafter is better for you than the first life.” (Ad-Duhaa 93:4)
- “The life of this world is merely the enjoyment of delusion.” (Quran 3:185)
- “I have not created men except that they should serve Me.” (Quran, 51:56)
- “you have that day, nor for you will there be any denial.” (Ash-Shura 42:47)
- “These are they on whom Allah bestowed favours…” (Surah Maryam 19:58)
- “I have created the jinn and humankind only for My worship.” (Quran, 51:56)
- “O you who believe! Repent to God with most sincere repentance.” (Quran 66:8)
- “O you who believe! Have fear of God, and be among the truthful.” (Quran 9:119)
- “So put your trust in Allah, indeed, you (are) on the truth manifest.” (An-Naml 27:79)
The purpose of human life is to put a stop to the cycle of repeated birth and death. There are four real problems in life, namely birth, old age, disease, and death. These problems of life can be solved by understanding the spiritual nature of the self. Allah created man to serve Him, meaning that men should believe in the One Lord and do well. This is the main objective of human life.
The Nature of God (Allah)
The single most important belief in Islam is Tawhid, the oneness and unity of God. There is one God (Allah) who is the universal God of all humanity.
Muslims believe that God is:
- Immanent: God is always close by. The Qur’an says that God is
closer to each one of us than the veins in our necks (50:16).
- Transcendent: God is beyond all things, not limited by the rules
- Omniscient: God has all knowledge, nothing can be hidden from him.
- Beneficent: God is always kind; he loves us.
- Merciful: God is always fair; he forgives us if we are sorry.
- Judge: on the last day, God will be our judge.
- Creator: God is the beginning; He is the cause of all that exists.
Islam even honours those who teach people and impart knowledge to them, holding them in high esteem and promising them abundant rewards. Knowing the limited time that we have in this life, giving it anything more than its due proportion, therefore, wouldn’t be prudent. Allah says:
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
“Our Lord, give us goodness in this life and goodness in the Hereafter and save us from the punishment of the Hellfire.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:201)
Islam is a religion that balances worldly life and the life to come. Truthfulness is the backbone of any peaceful and sincere society. If all Muslims try to adopt this great and basic character, there is no doubt and no hurdle in the way of their success. The Religion of Peace greatly emphasizes the importance of adopting moderation in every matter of life. Allah says:
إِنَّ هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ يَهْدِي لِلَّتِي هِيَ أَقْوَمُ وَيُبَشِّرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ الَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ أَجْرًا كَبِيرًا
“Indeed, this Quran guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward.” (Quran 17:9)
The testimony of life is to live mindfully and passionately in the present moment, to love unabashedly, to be a lifelong learner, to seek adventure and growth. Muslims respect and honour the Quran and use it as a guide for their lives. It teaches them how to worship, how to treat other people and how to live good lives. We must come to know our Creator, Sustainer, and Ultimate Judge.