The Six Pillars of Faith >> Introduction

Islam is a complete way of life. It is the guidance provided by Allah, the Creator of the Universe, for all mankind. It covers all the things people do in their lifetime. Islam tells us the purpose of our creation, our final destiny and our place among other creatures. It shows us the best way to conduct our private, social political, economic, moral and spiritual affairs. 

Islam is Arabic word which means submission and obedience. Submission is acceptance of Allah’s God. Muslims should therefore use the word Allah rather than the word God. Obedience means putting Allah’s commands into practice. Submission and obedience to Allah bring peace. That is why Islamic way of life and acts upon it is a Muslim. 

Islam is the way of peace and harmony. If we took around, we see that everything – including the sun, the moon and the stars, the high hills and the mighty oceans – are obeying a Law – the Law of Allah. We find no disorder or chaos in them. Superb harmony and perfect order is evident in the system of Nature. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West and there has been no change to this rule. The moon and the stars shine at night. Day passes and night comes and so the process goes on. Flowers blossom and the trees have green leaves in the spring. 

Everything has a set course which nothing can violate. Have we ever noticed any violation of the Law of Allah by these objects of Nature? No, of course not, Why? Simply because they are made to obey Allah, They have no choice but to obey. This is why we find eternal peace in the system of Nature. But, human beings are different: Allah has given us the knowledge and will to choose between right and wrong. 

Yet, He does not force us to obey Him. He has given us the will to either obey or disobey Him. Why is this so? It is because He wants to test us. After this test there will be a day of reward and punishment. This is the Day of judgement. Those of us who have passed the test will be rewarded with permanent happiness and peace in Paradise and those who have failed will suffer a terrible punishment in Hell. We can earn this reward and escape punishment by obeying and worshipping Allah. 

We already know that there is peace and harmony among other objects of Nature, because those things never disobey Allah. So, if we follow the guidance given to us through prophets and messengers, we are sure to have peace in the world we live in. 

All human beings, by their very nature, like good things and dislike bad ones. For instance, we all approve of and like truthfulness and hate falsehood. Even a lair does not to be called a lair. Why? Because telling lies is a bad thing. In the same way, helping others, showing kindness, politeness, respect for parents and teachers, honesty and all other forms of good conduct are always liked and appreciated: but rudeness, cruelty, falsehood, hurting someone, disobedience to parents and teachers, using bad names and other bad conduct are despised and disliked by everyone. So, we can say that human nature like the Right and disliked the Wrong. Right is Ma’ruf and wrong is Munkar in the language of the Qur’an. 

It is also human nature to love peace and disorder. Peace results from obedience to Allah’s Law and disorder is the outcome of disobedience. Islam establishes this peace which is part of man’s nature and hence, Islam is called the Religion of Nature in Arabic this is Dinul Fitrah. 

In order to achieve peace in society, Islam urges Muslims to work together towards what is right and away from what is evil. This united effort to root out evil and establish the truth is called Jihad which means to try one’s utmost to see Truth prevail and Falsehood vanish from society. The aim of Jihad is to earn the pleasure of Allah. You will learn more about Jihad later in this book. 
Purpose of Human Creation 
Allah, the Almighty, created human beings to do His bidding and to obey His commands. Allah says in the Qur’an, His final revelation to Mankind: 
“I have not created Jinn and mankind (for any other purpose) except to worship me,”Worship in this verse means total obedience to Allah’s commands. The Qur’anic word for worship is ‘Ibadah. Everything we do comes under Ibadah, if we do it for Allah’s sake. Our purpose in life is to please Allah through Ibadah. 

Ibadah is the way to achieves success and happiness in the life after death. 

Mohammedanism is a misnomer
Islam is sometimes incorrectly called ‘Mohammedanism’ and the Mualims ‘Muhammedans’. Order religions have been named after their founder or after the community in which the religion prospered. For example, Christianity has been named after Christ, Buddhism after Buddha and Judaism after the tribe of Judah. But Islam has not been named after Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is the name of Allah’s Guidance for mankind revealed through all the prophets, the last of whom was Muhammad (pbuh). 

Islam and Muslim are words used in the Qur’an. The Qur’an says, “Surely, the way of life acceptable to Allah is Islam.” (3: 19) “He named you Muslims before and in this.” (22:78) The message of all the prophets and messengers from Adam (peace be upon him) down to Muhammad (pbuh) is the same. They asked people to obey Allah and none other. This message, sent through prophets was complete at the time of Muhammad (pbuh) who was the last in the chain of prophethood. This is mentioned in the Qur’an this: “This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed my favour upon you and have chosen for you Islam as your way of life.” (5: 3) So, it is wrong to call Islam Muhammedanism and Muslims Mohammedans.

Added: Nov-07-2015
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Category: The Six Pillars of Faith
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