Islam

The religion of peace, love and equality...


The Religion

The religion of Islam was founded by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) (570-632 AD) in Mecca, Arabia.  “Islam” means “peace through submission to Allah’s Will”.  The word “Allah” is Arabic for God.  The primary focus of Islam is to achieve peace – inner peace for the individual, and societal peace for humanity.

The holy scripture of Islam is the Holy Qur’an, which was revealed to the Holy Prophet (sa) over the course of 22 years.  It is revered by Muslims as the complete and perfect Word of Allah, and is the primary source of the Islamic Law (Shariah)..


Non Violence

Islam does not advocate any form of coercion or violence. The Holy Qur’an states:

There is no compulsion in matters of faith. (Holy Qur’an 2:257)


Love and Loyalty to Country

The Holy Quran has condemned mischief, disorderly conduct and rebellion in an established society, however, where a country guarantees religious freedom for Muslims, Muslims residing in that country must exhibit loyalty and gratitude to that country.  The Holy Prophet Muhammad (sa) said:

Love of Homeland is part of Faith.


Equality

Islam is a universal religion which does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender or nationality.  The Holy Qur’an states:

O humankind!  We [Allah] have created you from a male and a female, and we have made you tribes and sub-tribes, that you may know one another.  Verily, the most honorable amongst you in the sight of Allah is the one who is the most righteous amongst you.  Surely, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware. (Holy Qur’an 49:14)


Believe in all Prophets and Books

Islam also respects all religions and considers them as all originating from Allah.  Belief in the truth of all prophets and messengers, including Jesus, Moses, Abraham and Krishna, and their respective holy scriptures are fundamental tenets of Islam.  For example, the Holy Qur’an states:

This Messenger of Ours [Muhammad] believes in that which was revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers – all of them believe in Allah, and His angels, and in His Books, and in His Messengers, saying, ‘We make no distinction between any of His Messengers.’ (Holy Qur’an 2:286)

“Surely, We [Allah] have sent revelation to thee [Muhammad], as We sent revelation to Noah and the Prophets after him.  And We sent revelation to Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and his children and to Jesus and Job and Jonah and Aaron and Solomon, and we have David a Book. . . .  And Allah spoke to Moses particularly. (Holy Qur’an 4:164-165)


Devotion, Discipline and Service to Humanity

The beauty of Islam’s practice is its simplicity.  Islam emphasizes devotion, discipline and service to humanity.  For example, the only obligatory rites practiced by Muslims are the performance of 5 daily prayers (Salat), fasting during daylight during the holy lunar month of Ramadhan (Saum), dedicating a portion of their income for the uplift and service of the poor (Zakat) and, if feasible, performing the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in one’s lifetime (Hajj).


The Later Day Reformer

Unfortunately, as with other religions, the faith and practice of Islam has become distorted and misused by many of its adherents as they seek to use it for their egotistical and political ends.  The Holy Prophet (sa) predicted this phenomenon when he stated:

A time will come upon people when nothing will be left of Islam except its name, and nothing will be left of the Qur’an except its script. (Mishkatul Masabeeh Vol 1, Page 91)

The Holy Prophet predicted the second advent of Jesus (as) who would return as a Muslim and as the Promised Messiah and Mahdi (Reformer) for the Muslims in order to revive the true practice of the religion of Islam and to bring all faiths together in harmony.