Islam (Part 1)

Islam is a religion which is free of superstitions and silly tales; it rejects fallacious miracles; it accepts man not as a sinner, but as Allâhu ta'âlâ's created slave; it provides them with an industrious and prosperous life; and it commands physical and spiritual cleanliness. Islam's essence is the belief in one Allah and His Prophet, Hadrat Muhammad (sall-Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam) who is, like us, a human being and a slave of Allâhu ta'âlâ. In Islam, a prophet is a man, but innocent and perfect. Allâhu ta'âlâ has chosen him as His messenger to communicate His commandments to humanity. Islam recognizes all the Prophets ('alaihi-mus-salâm), loves them all, and mentions their names with reverence. Essentially, the advent of the latest Prophet is written in ancient religious books as well as in the original Torah and Bible. Hadrat Muhammad (sall-Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam) is the latest (final) Prophet, and no other Prophet will succeed him.

To believe that Hadrat Muhammad (sall-Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam) is Allâhu ta'âlâ's Prophet means to believe that all the commandments and prohibitions written in the Qur'ân al-kerîm, which he communicated, are Allâhu ta'âlâ's commandments and prohibitions. If a person who so believes does not obey some of these commandments, he does not lose his îman (belief); that is, he does not become a non-Muslim. However, if he does not feel sorrow over disobeying even one of them, but instead boasts about this state of his, he will not have believed in the Prophet; he will lose his îmân and become a kâfir (disbeliever). If his head hangs in shame and his heart feels broken for his improper actions against Allâhu ta'âlâ's commandments, it becomes clear that his îman (faith) is firm.

Various rites, reforms and numerous feasts have no place in Islam and holy days are very few. Islam holds it essential for people to lead an honest and chaste life, but to enjoy life at the same time. It allots only a short time for worship. Committing one's heart completely to Allâhu ta'âlâ while worshipping is essential. Worships are done not as customs, but for entering the presence of Allâhu ta'âlâ, for thanking and calling upon Him with all one's heart and soul. Allâhu ta'âlâ does not accept a worship done for ostentation

Islam's holy book is the QUR'ÂN AL KERÎM. The Qur'ân alkerîm was revealed by Allâhu ta'âlâ to Hadrat Muhammad (sall- Allâhu 'alaihi wa sallam) and was communicated to the Sahâbat al-kirâm by him. While the Qur'ân al-kerîm was being revealed, it was also being recorded with great care, and survives even today; none of its words has been defiled. No other religious book is as eloquent as the Qur'ân al-kerîm. It has the same clarity and eloquence today that it had fourteen centuries ago.