What Islam Means

Islam means material and moral cleanliness; it prescribes a clean body and a pure heart.

Islam is the only path that leads to happiness in this world and in the life after death. A true Muslim (the one who believes in Allahu ta'ala's decree) always strives to live in this world peacefully. He believes that all rewards and punishments are from his Allahu ta'ala. Everything is the prearrangement of Allahu ta'ala. A Muslim believes that any thing that enters his life is from Allahu ta'ala and is eventually good for him. He even accepts an apparent defeat or loss with the belief that in the end it is in his own best interest; hence, he does not undermine his inner sense of peace. He easily overcomes great hardships. He is a beloved man of Allahu ta'ala. As such, in this world and in the world to come, this type of man will attain felicity.

Anyone who obeys the rules of Islam has in effect protected himself from every kind of danger and downfall in this world.

Islam and the religion of a Muslim are identical. Janab-i Haqq states in His Qur'an al-karim: "The only religion respected by Allahu ta'ala is Islam." Excluding Islam, the other religions are not regarded as religions. The New Testament in the hands of Christians and the Old Testament in the hands of Jews are holy books sent prior to the era of our Prophet. Qur'an al-karim has abrogated and replaced both of these books.

Islam means morality. Janab-i Haqq said to our Prophet 'sallallahu alaihi wa sallam': "I created you to perfect morality."

In every word (hadith[1]) of our Prophet 'sallallahu alaihi wa sallam' great lessons and supreme ethical virtues are embedded.

[1] hadith (sharif): i) a saying of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam).; al-Hadith ash-sharif: all the hadiths as a whole; ii) 'ilm al-hadith; iii) Books of the hadith ash-sharif. iv) Al-hadith al-qudsi, as-sahih, al-hasan: kinds of hadiths (for which, see Endless Bliss, II).