Islam is not a new religion or cult. So, before we understand what is unique about this great religion, let’s start this blog with the meaning of Islam, ‘Islam’ means ‘surrender’ or ‘submission.’ ‘Salam’ (which means ‘peace’) is the root word of ‘Islam.’ In a religious context, the term ‘Islam’ means “the surrendering of one’s will (without compulsion) to the true will of God to achieve peace.” It is the fastest-growing religion with followers over 1.6 billion across the globe.
A follower of Islam is term as “Muslim,” meaning “anyone or anything that surrenders itself to the true will of God.” By this definition, everything in nature (trees, animals, planets, etc.) are “Muslims” for the reason that they are in a state of surrender to God’s will. In other words, they are fulfilling the purpose for which Allah has created them.
Although Islam is the second most followed religion in the world after Christianity, it is also one of the most misunderstood among many non-believers. There is the various reason, first women rights, four marriages allowed for men, etc. However, talking about uniqueness about this is apart from most established religions, Islam is a natural way of life that encourages you to pay due attention to your relationship with God and His creation. Islam teaches that people will find true happiness and peace by doing good deeds and finding the joy of God. It is a universal way of living and civilization. With Judaism and Christianity, it traces its roots all through Prophet Abraham and back to the first humans Adam and Eve.
There are five pillars of Faith in Islam. These are the fundamental beliefs that one must have to be considered a true Muslim. They are the belief in:
- The profession of Faith (shahada). The notion that “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God” is central to Islam.
- Prayer (salat). Muslims pray facing Mecca five times a day: at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and after dark.
- Alms (zakat). Following Islamic law, Muslims donate a fixed portion of their income to community members in need.
- Fasting (sawm).All healthy adult Muslims are expected to abstain from food and drink during Ramadan’s daylight hours, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
- Pilgrimage (hajj). All Muslims whose health and finances allow it must make at least one trip to the Holy City of Mecca in Saudi Arabia today.
Islam is “exceptional” in the way it relates to politics in both theory and practice, Islam has been—and will continue to be—resistant to secularization, which ads one more quality of its uniqueness. According to most Muslims, Muhammad was the final Prophet of God and the messenger, and the final revelation of God was the Quran, considered to be God’s word. Since the time of the Prophet Muhammad, communities of faithful Muslims have responded to God’s word, interpreting the teachings of Islam in each new century and within many cultural contexts.
Islam presents us eternity in Paradise if we obey Allah’s commands. Whether we believe in Him, follow His Guidance, practice ethical, and forbid evil, Allah does not benefit anything from it. We are the ones who gain from surrendering to His Will. Likewise, if we refuse to believe, do evil, and avoid good, our behavior does not harm Allah one bit. Only we suffer from our misdeeds, on the contrary.
All Islamic teachings are based on these fundamental beliefs and are simple and straightforward. There is no priest hierarchy, farfetched abstractions, rituals, or complicated rites. Everyone can directly approach the Quran and put it into practice. Islam raises the power of reason in man and urges him to use his intellect. It forbids him to see things in the light of reality. The Quran advises him to seek. Also, the Quran is the only book that has never been altering or change being in any circumstance. There is a lot to talk about this fascinating religion. Just remember the more you learn about it, the more you will see yourself in it.