A Brief Introduction to Islam - Islam and Muslims

Thursday, January 2, 2014
A brief introduction to the meaning of Islam 
The concept of God in Islam 
 His message to mankind through the prophets

The word " Islam " is an Arabic word which means " submission to the will of God. " This word comes from the same root as the Arabic word " salam " , which means " peace." As such , the religion of Islam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and assurance of heart, one must submit to God and live according to His Divine Law revealed . The most important truth that God revealed to mankind is that there is c none worthy of worship except Almighty God , thus all human beings should submit to Him .

The word of a "Muslim" who submits to the will of God , regardless of their means of race, nationality or ethnic origin. Being a Muslim entails willful submission and active obedience to God and live according to your message. Some people mistakenly believe that Islam is a religion only for Arabs, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are there converts to Islam in every corner of the world, especially in England and America , but take a look at the Muslim World from Bosnia to Nigeria, and from Indonesia to Morocco , one can clearly see that Muslims come from many different races, ethnic groups and nationalities. It is also interesting to note that, in fact , over 80 % of all 
Muslims are not Arabs - there are more Muslims in Indonesia than in the whole Arab world ! Thus, while it is true that most Arabs are Muslims , the vast majority of Muslims are not Arabs. However , anyone who submits completely to God and love alone is a Muslim.
Continuity message
Islam is not a new religion because " submission to the will of God" , ie Islam, has always been the only acceptable religion to God. For this reason , Islam is the true "natural religion " , and is the same eternal message revealed through the ages to all the prophets and messengers of God . Muslims believe that all God's prophets , which include Abraham , Noah, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad , brought the same message of pure monotheism . For this reason , the Prophet Muhammad was not the founder of a new religion , as many mistakenly think , but he was the last prophet of Islam. revealing his final message to Muhammad , which is an eternal and universal message for all mankind, God finally fulfilled the covenant he made with Abraham , who was one of the earliest and greatest prophets .

Suffice to say that the way Islam is the same as the way of the prophet Abraham, because the Bible and the Qur'an describes Abraham as an example of the imposition of a person who is totally submitted to God and worshiped him without intermediaries. Once done , it should be clear that Islam has the most continuous and universal religion of any message because all prophets and messengers were " Muslims " , ie those who submitted to the will of God, and preached "Islam " , ie submission to the will of Almighty God.
The oneness of God
The foundation of the Islamic faith is belief in the Oneness of Almighty God - the God of Abraham , Noah, Moses and Jesus. Islam teaches that a pure belief in God is intuitive in human beings and responds to the natural inclination of the soul as well. As such , the concept of God in Islam is simple, clear and easy to understand. Islam teaches that the hearts , minds and souls of human beings are receptacles mount for clear divine revelation, and that God's revelations to man are not clouded by the mysteries of self - contradictory or irrational ideas. As such , Islam teaches that even though God can not be fully comprehended and grasped by our finite human minds , He also does not expect us to accept false or patently absurd beliefs about it.

According to the teachings of Islam , Almighty God is absolutely One and His Oneness should never be compromised by associating partners with Him - neither in worship nor in belief. For this reason , Muslims are required to maintain a direct relationship with God , and therefore all intermediaries are absolutely forbidden . From the Islamic point of view , belief in the oneness of God means taking into account that all prayer and worship should be exclusively for God, and that He alone deserves such titles as " Lord" and " Savior." Some religions , even though they believe in " God " does not make all of their worship and prayer itself . In addition , they also give him the title of "Lord" to beings that are not omniscient, omnipotent and A- Changing - even according to their own scriptures. Suffice it to say that according to Islam , it is not enough that people believe that "God is One" , but they should update this belief by proper conduct.

In short, in the Islamic concept of God, which is entirely based on divine revelation , there is no ambiguity in divinity - God is God and man is man. Since God is the only Creator of the universe and continues, is transcendent above His creation - the Creator and the creature never mix. Islam teaches that God has a unique character and free from gender , human weaknesses and beyond anything humans can imagine. The Qur'an teaches that the signs and proofs of the wisdom, power and existence of God is manifest in the world around us. As such , God calls man to ponder over the creation in order to build a better knowledge of their Creator. 

Muslims believe that God is love , compassion and mercy , and he is concerned about the daily affairs of humans. In this, Islam strikes a unique balance between false religious and philosophical extremes . Some religions and philosophies portray God as a mere impersonal "higher power" that is indifferent , or do not know , the life of every human person. Other religions tend to give God human qualities and teach that He is present in His creation , by being incarnate in someone, something - or even everything. In Islam , however , Almighty God has clarified the truth , leaving humanity knows is "compassion ", " Merciful ", " Loving" and " answering prayers . " But also emphasized strongly that "there is nothing like him, " and it is time off , space and creation. 

Finally , we mention that the God that Muslims worship the same God that Jews and Christians worship - because there is only one God. It is unfortunate that some people mistakenly believe that Muslims worship a different God than Jews and Christians, and that " Allah" is simply the "god of the Arabs. " This myth has been propagated by the enemies of Islam , is completely false since the word "Allah" is simply the Arabic name of God Almighty. This is the word of God which is used by the Jews and Christians speaking Arabic . However, it should be noted that even if Muslims worship the same God as Jews and Christian , their concept of it differs somewhat from the beliefs of other religions - . mainly because it entirely based on divine revelation of God, for example , Muslims reject the Christian belief that God is a Trinity , not only because the Qur'an rejects it, but also because if that were true nature of God , He would clearly revealed to Abraham , Noah, Jesus and other prophets.

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