About Islam (1)
What is Islam? In essence, Islam means willful submission to God. A Muslim, then, is a person who acknowledges God’s sole and unique right to worship, surrenders his will to God, and lives his/her life in the way that pleases Him. In fact, contrary to what many people believe, Islam is not a new or strange religion, at all; all of the Prophets, including Noah, Abraham, David, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed(peace and blessings be upon all of them) called people to submit to the Creator and to recognize His Oneness in His Attributes and His exclusive right to be worshiped. Interested in finding out more? At Chat Islam Online we will be more than happy to sit and talk to you more about Islam and you’re more than welcome to ask any questions you have. We promise to do our best to answer them.
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By Dr. Norlain Dindang Mababaya
It is a must that we strive to know Islam. Allâh’s Messenger (sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam, meaning: May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to the whole mankind encourages us to acquire knowledge of Islam in order to comprehend it. He says in the following authentic Ahâdith:
Abu Hurairah (radhiallâhu anhu, meaning: May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that... the Prophet (sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Those who were the best in the pre-lslamic period of ignorance will be the best in Islam provided they comprehend the religious knowledge.” (Bukhâri 4/572 and Muslim)
‘Abdur Rahmân ibn Abi Bakrah (radhiallâhu anhu) narrated on the authority of his father that the Prophet (sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “If Allâh wants to do good to a person, he makes him comprehend the religion; and of course knowledge is attained by learning.” (Bukhâri 1/67)
Mu‘awiyah ibn Abi Sufyân narrated that Allâh’s Messenger said, “Goodness is a (natural) habit while the evil is a stubbornness. To whomsoever Allâh wills to show goodness, He favors him with the understanding in the Religion.” (Ibn Mâjah, 1/221)