At the core of Islam is the focus of an individual’s relationship with God, their Creator. It encourages a believer to have sustained awareness of God which is a key to lasting happiness. Islam teaches that God is the source of peace. By focusing on this important relationship and following God’s guidance, believers will be able to acquire inner peace and tranquillity. Allah says:
فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا ۚ فِطْرَتَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا ۚ لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَٰكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
“So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. Adhere to the nature of Allah upon which He has created all people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.” (Surah Ar-Rum 30:30)
The primary reason for this close relationship is that Muslims have a direct connection with their Creator. There is no intermediary, such as praying to, or through, others, in worshipping God. Islam gives a person a clear perspective on the events that happen in their life, both good and bad, as they are, in fact, tested by God. It encourages a person to understand events in the context of the overall purpose of life, which is to acknowledge God and obey Him. Allah says:
لَّقَدْ أَنزَلْنَا آيَاتٍ مُّبَيِّنَاتٍ وَاللَّهُ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ
“Verily, We have sent down Verses clear. And Allah guides whom He wills to a path straight.” (Surah An-Nur 24:46)
He created humans with intellect and free will to test them as to who will willfully choose to follow His guidance. This life is an ultimate testing ground and although we cannot control everything that happens to us, we can control how we react. Islam encourages a person to focus on what is in their control, to be grateful to God for blessings, and to be patient during hardships. Patience or gratitude – this is the formula for a happy life.
Here are some importances and benefits of Islam:
- Islam trend to a believer to trust and hope in God
- Islam teaches us true happiness in Islamic life
- Islam has a message to all people at all times
- Isla emphasizes one should not harm others
- Islam teaches that God is the Most Justice
- Islam encourages a balance between hope
- Islam is promised Paradise to a believer
- Islam allows experiencing God’s love
- Islam teaches that we will be judged
- Islam teaches about good and bad
- Islam emancipates superstitions
- Islam bend to mutual caring
- Islam make our life better
- Islam the true way of life
- Islam Is the future of the world
- Islam itself is inherent in peace
- Islam encourages in God’s mercy
- Islam considers to rights of others
- Islam is to develop a peaceful society
- Islam gives a person a clear perspective
- Islam emphasizes both evidence and faith
- Islam commitment means striving for peace
- Islamic rules and being Muslim is important
- Islam is the fastest-growing religion on earth
- Islam help and make go to Heaven Inshaa’Allah
God is One and Unique:
- The attributes of God do not resemble that of His creation.
- God has no father, mother, sons, daughters or wives.
- No part of God is present in anyone or anything.
- God has full authority and power over all things.
- God has no partners, no equals and no rivals.
- God alone is worthy of all worship.
- There is nothing above or comparable to God.
- Obedience to God does not increase His Power, nor does disobedience decrease His power.
- God always maintains attributes of perfection and does not do anything to compromise this perfection such as “becoming a man” as claimed by other religions. God does not do ungodly acts, so if God became man and took on human attributes, he would, necessarily, no longer be God.
- God does not have any human limitations, such as resting on the seventh day after He created the universe.
Unlike other religions, Islam is not named after its founder or the community of its birth. Islam is an attributive title that signifies obedience to God, the Creator of the Universe. One of its main beauties is that it acknowledges the complete perfection, greatness, and uniqueness of God with absolutely no compromises. This is reflected in Islam’s pure teachings of the attributes of God. Allah says:
وَقَالَت طَّائِفَةٌ مِّنْ أَهْلِ الْكِتَابِ آمِنُوا بِالَّذِي أُنزِلَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَجْهَ النَّهَارِ وَاكْفُرُوا آخِرَهُ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْجِعُونَ
“A faction of the People of the Book say to each other: Belief in that which was revealed to the believers at the beginning of the day and reject it at its end that perhaps they will abandon their religion.” (Surah Ali Imran 3:72)
Islam is a religion in which faith is based on clear proof. It encourages people to use their God-given intelligence to think and ponder over their life and the universe. Although this life is a test, God has provided sufficient signs and guidance to people who are open-minded and sincere to be able to acknowledge the truth. Unlike other religions, there are many clear proofs, signs, and miracles that the book of Islam, The Quran, is from God.
هُوَ الَّذِي أَنزَلَ السَّكِينَةَ فِي قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ لِيَزْدَادُوا إِيمَانًا مَّعَ إِيمَانِهِمْ وَلِلَّهِ جُنُودُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا
“He (is) the One Who sent down [the] tranquillity in(to) (the) hearts (of) the believers that they may increase (in) faith with their faith. And for Allah (are the) hosts (of) the heavens and the earth, and Allah (is) All-Knower, All-Wise.” (Surah Al-Fath 48:4)
The most rational explanation for the many unique and miraculous aspects of the Quran is that it cannot be from other than God. Islam encourages a balance between hope in God’s mercy and fear of His punishment – both of which are required to lead a positive and humble life. We are born sinless but have the free will to commit sins. God created us and knows we are imperfect and commit sins, but the key is how we react to committing those mistakes. Allah says:
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
“Say, “O Those who have transgressed against themselves, (do) not despair of (the) Mercy (of) Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives sins all. Indeed He, He (is) the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful.” (Surah Az-Zumar 39:53)
Islam teaches that God is the Most Merciful and will forgive and pardon those who sincerely want to repent. The beautiful steps for repentance include being sincere, remorseful, refraining from committing the sin as well as having the intention not to repeat it. Islam encourages a continuous process of self-development and self-purification. This process happens directly between the individual and God – there is no need for sins to be shared or “confessed” to a righteous person/priest. Furthermore, God does not need to sacrifice himself to forgive sins, nor is anyone “born into sin”.
The Benefits of Islam in the Quran:
- “Truly Allah loves the Muttaqin.“(Quran, 3:76)
- “guidance for those conscious of Allah.” (Quran, 2:2)
- “Truly, in remembering God do hearts find rest.” (Quran 13:28)
- “Have taqwa of Allah so that you might succeed.” (Quran, 3:200)
- “And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out.” (Quran, 65:2)
- “And whoever fears Allah, He will make for his ease in his matter.” (Quran, 65:4)
- “O you who believe! If you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion (furqan).” (Quran, 8:29)
- “No! Indeed, the Qur’an is a reminder. Then whoever wills will remember it.” (Quran, 74: 54-55)
- “O ye who believe! Fear God and be with those who are true (in word and deed).” (Quran, 9:119)
- “So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.” (Quran, 7: 204)
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. Allah says:
وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَنُبَوِّئَنَّهُم مِّنَ الْجَنَّةِ غُرَفًا تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الْأَنْهَارُ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا نِعْمَ أَجْرُ الْعَامِلِينَ
“And those who believe and do [the] righteous deeds, surely We will give them a plain Paradise lofty dwellings, flow from underneath it the rivers, will abide forever in it. Excellent is (the) reward (of) the workers” (Surah Al-`Ankabut 29:58)
Islam teaches that ultimately we will be judged for how well we fulfilled our responsibilities and exercised our free will. We will be judged by God, the All-Knowing and All-Wise, who knows and sees everything we do. This encourages a more harmonious society and gives people contentment knowing that justice will ultimately prevail.
لَيْسَ الْمُؤْمِنُ بِالطَّعَّانِ وَلَا اللَّعَّانِ وَلَا الْفَاحِشِ وَلَا الْبَذِيءِ
“The believer does not taunt others, he does not curse others, he does not use profanity, and he does not abuse others.” (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 1977)
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. In doing so, one will acquire the countless benefits of Islam mentioned above. We should pray to Allah Almighty to guide us towards the right path and help us become pious and righteous Muslims. Ameen!