Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],
From the results of the past Quizzes, I found some people making mistakes in the very definition of Islam. so I see the need for a reminder about it. WHAT IS ISLAM:
The Arabic word إسلام ISLAM has a two-fold meaning: peace, and submission to the God (If you say "Islam means -peace- " and stop, then that's wrong. If you say "Islam means -submission- " and stop, then that's wrong).
This submission to the God requires a fully conscious and willing effort to submit to the one Almighty God. One must consciously and conscientiously give oneself to the service of Allah. This means to act on what Allah enjoins all of us to do (in his revelation, the Qur'an) and what His final Prophet and messenger, Mohammed -peace be upon him- encouraged us to do.
Once we humble ourselves, rid ourselves of our egoism and submit totally to Allah, and to Him exclusively, in faith and in action, we will surely feel peace in our hearts. Establishing peace in our hearts will bring about peace in our external conduct as well.
for more, please read here: PILLARS OF ISLAM AND ARTICLES OF FAITH:
Islam is careful to remind us that it is not a religion to be paid mere lip service; rather it is an all-encompassing way of life that must be practiced continuously for it to be Islam.
The Muslim must practice the five pillars of the religion:
1- testimony of Faith or belief in the Oneness of the God and the finality of the prophethood of Mohammed -peace be upon him-;
2- Establishment of the daily prayers;
3- Self-purification through fasting;
4- Concern for and almsgiving to the needy; and
5- The pilgrimage to Makkah (situated in Saudi Arabia) for those who are able.
Muslims believe in the six articles of faith: 1- belief in God,
There is One God, Supreme and Eternal, Creator and Provider, Who is Merciful and Compassionate. God has neither father nor mother, and no sons or daughters. God has never fathered anyone, nor was He fathered. God has no equals. He is God of all humankind, not of a special tribe, race, or group of people. He is the God of all races and colours, of believers and unbelievers alike. God is Mighty and Supreme, yet is also very near to pious, thoughtful believers, answering their prayers and helping them. God asks us to know Him, to love Him, and to follow His Law, for our own benefit and salvation. 2- the prophets,
All Messengers and Prophets of God such as Noah, Abraham, Lot, Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus and Mohammed -peace be upon them all- were mortal human beings endowed with Divine Revelations and appointed by God to teach humankind how to submit to His will and obey His Laws. 3- the Holy Books,
Muslims believe in the Revelations sent by Almighty God to His Prophets and Messengers including the Qur'an of prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-, the original Torah of prophet Moses -peace be upon him-, the original Gospel of prophet Jesus -peace be upon him-, the Scrolls of prophet Abraham -peace be upon him- and the original Psalms of prophet David -peace be upon him-. 4- the angels,
Angels are pure and spiritually obedient beings, created by God to fulfill His commands and worship Him tirelessly. 5- the Day of Judgment
After the world ends, Muslims believe that all people who have died will be brought back to life (or, resurrected) in order to face the Judgment rendered to each of them by Almighty God. Muslims believe in an appointed Day of Judgment and in Heaven and Hell. 6- God's decree, whether for good or ill.
Muslims believe that Almighty God has knowledge of, and control over, everything that exists in all time and space. A WHOLE WAY OF LIFE:
There are other injunctions and commandments which concern virtually all facets of one's personal, family and civic life. These include such matters as diet, clothing, personal hygiene, interpersonal relations, business ethics, responsibilities towards parents, spouse and children, marriage, divorce and inheritance, civil and criminal law, fighting in defense of Islam, relations with non-Muslims, and so much more. that's why Islam is more than just a religion, it's a whole way of life. and this is what makes Islam different from all other religions.
I hope this was beneficialreferences:
- Definition of Islam: [link]
- Six Articles of Faith [link]
see more of my articles about Islam:
if you want to know more about Islam, please visit these websites:A Quick Introduction To Islam
Another Introduction to IslamSeven Common Questions about Islam
If I am right, it's from Allah. if I am wrong, it's from myself.