A call to true submission, not a submission to mankind, or any worldly things.
Author: The Reign of Islamic Da'wah Centre Source: [islaam.ca] Published: 1997
So Islam is a religion and way of life for all people from whatever race or background they might be. It is not a new religion. It is in essence the same message and guidance, which Allaah revealed to all His previous Messengers through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and finally Muhammad. It is a religion and way of life that guides its followers in all aspects of life. The Reign of Islamic Da'wah Centre, Toronto, Canada
In the Name of Allaah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
"Say (O Muhammad):
"We believe in Allaah and what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes (sons of Jacob) and what was given to Moses, Jesus and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between one another among them and to Him (Allaah) we have submitted (in Islam)"." (The Noble Qur’an 3:84)
Verily all praise is due to Allah, We praise Him, we seek His Help ans ask for His Forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allaah from all evils in our souls and from our sinful deeds. Whosoever Allaah guides no one can mislead and whosoever Allaah leaves to stray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allaah, He is One and has no partners. And I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His servant ant last Messenger. O believers have fear and consciousness of Allaah according to His right and die not except as Muslims. O mankind have fear and consciousness of your Lord, the One Who created you from one soul and from it, its mate and from them spread many men and women. And fear Allaah from Whom you demand your mutual rights and do not cut off family relations. Surely, Allaah is Ever an All-Watcher over you. O believers have fear and consciousness of Allaah and always speak the truth. He will direct you to do righteous deeds and will forgive you your sins. Whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger has indeed achieved a great achievement.
Allaah says in the Qur’an: (References of the Qur’an are English interpretations of the Arabic)
"This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion." (Qur’an 3:5)
"Say (O Muhammad): It is revealed to me that your God is only one God. Will you the submit to His Will?" (Qur’an 21:108)
Islam is a religion and way of life for all people from whatever race or background they might be. It is not a new religion. It is in essence the same message and guidance, which Allaah revealed to all His previous Messengers through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and finally Muhammad. It is a religion and way of life that guides its followers in all aspects of life.
Allaah says in the Noble Qur’an:
"The Creator of the heavens and the earth. He has made for you mates from yourselves, and for the cattle (also) mates. By this means He creates you (in the wombs). There is nothing like unto Him, and He is the All-Hearer, The All-Seer. To Him belong the keys of the heavens and the earth, He enlarges provision for whom He wills, and straitens (it for whom He wills). Verily! He is the All-Knower of everything. He (Allaah) has ordained for you the same religion (Islam) which He ordained for Noah, and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for Abraham, Moses and Jesus saying you should establish religion, and make no divisions in it. Intolerable for the (disbeliveers in the Oneness of Allaah, pagans, idolaters and polytheists), is that to which you (O Muhammad) call them. Allaah chooses for Himself whom He wills and guides unto Himself who turns to Him in repentance and in obedience." (Qur’an 42:11-13)
Islam is a religion and way of life based upon submission to Allaah, Whom is One. The very name of the religion "Islam" in Arabic, means submission, peace and obedience, for it is in submitting to Allaah’s Will that human beings gain peace in their lives. The message of Islam concerns Allaah and it addresses itself to humanity’s most profound nature. It concerns men and women as Allah created them – not as fallen beings. Each of us created not except by the Will of Allah. Thus it is by Him that we enter this world in a state of submission to His Will (Islam). Islam therefore, considers itself to be not an innovation of man’s desire to introduce something new but a reassertion of the universal truth of all revelation of Allaah’s Oneness. A call to return to this state of purity, peace, obedience and submission that we were born in, to which all Messengers and Prophets of Allah invited us. Islam means to submit one’s will and desires to the Will of Allaah and obedience to His Law. Allah’s Law totally administers everything and every phenomenon in the universe other than human kind. They are obedient to Allaah and submissive. Therefore, they are in a state of Islam. Man, however, possesses the quality of intelligence and choice. Submission to the Will of Allah, together with obedience is the only safeguard for man’s peace and harmony in this life and in the hereafter.
Allaah says in the Noble Qur’an:
"Glory be to Him, Who has created all pairs of that which the earth produces, as well as of their own (human) kind (male and female), and of that which they know not. And a sign for them is the night, We withdraw therefrom the day, and behold, they are in darkness. And the sun runs on its fixed course for a term (appointed). That is the Decree of the All-Mighty, the All- Knowing." (Qur’an 36:36-38)
"He brings out the living from the dead, and brings out the dead from the living. And He revives the earth after its death. And thus shall you be brought out (resurrected). And among His Signs is this, that he created (Adam) from dust, and then [Eve from Adam’s rib, and then his offspring from the semen, and], - behold you are human beings scattered. And among His Signs is this, that He created for you wives from among yourselves, that you may find repose in them, and He has put between you affection and mercy. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who reflect. And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your languages and colors. Verily, in that are indeed signs for men of sound knowledge. And among His Signs is the sleep that you take at night and by day, and your seeking of His Bounty. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who listen. And among His Signs is that He shows you the lightning, by way of fear and hope, and He sends down water from the sky, and therewith revives the earth after its death. Verily, in that are indeed signs for a people who understand. And among His Signs is that the heaven and the earth stand by His Command, the afterwards when He will call you by a single call, behold you will come out from the earth. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth. All are obedient to Him. (Qur’an 30:19-26)
"See you not that to Allaah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and the animals, and many of mankind?" (Qur’an 22:18)
Islam enjoins faith in the Oneness and Sovereignty of Allah, which creates an awareness of the unity and meaningfulness of the universe and man’s place in it. This belief frees him from all fears and superstitions by making him conscious of the presence of Allaah and his need to submit to Him (Allaah); To surrender all his desires and will to Allah’s Will with full faith that His Will for man is the best means of attaining peace in this life and in the hereafter. Thus he is invited to submit to the Will of Allah and obey His Law.
Allaah says in the Glorious Qur’an:
"Truly the religion in the Sight of Allaah is Islam. Those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) did not differ except, out of mutual jealousy, after knowledge had come to them. And whoever disbelieves in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, signs, revelations) of Allaah, then surely, Allaah is Swift in calling to account. So is they dispute with you (Muhammad) say: "I have submitted myself to Allaah (in Islam), and (so have) those who follow me." And say to those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and to those who are illiterates: "Do you (also) submit yourselves (to Allaah in Islam)?" If they do, they are rightly guided; but if they turn away, your duty is only to convey the Message; and Allaah is All-Seer of His slaves." (The Glorious Qur’an 3:19-20)
"Say (O Muhammad): "O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians): Come to a word that is just between us and you, that we worship none but Allaah, and that we associate no partners with Him, and that none of us shall take others as lords besides Allaah. Then, if they turn away, say: " Bear witness that we are Muslims." O people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Why do you dispute about Abraham, while the Torah and the Gospel were not revealed till after him? Have you no sense? Verily, you are those who have disputed about that of which you have knowledge. Why do you then dispute about that which you have no knowledge? It is Allaah Who knows, and you know not. Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim and he was not of the polytheists. Verily, among mankind who have the best claim to Abraham are those who followed him, and this Prophet (Muhammad) and those who have believed (Muslims), And Allaah is the Wali (Protector and Helper) of the believers." (The Glorious Qur’an 3:64-68)
Every action done with the awareness that it fulfills the Will of Allaah is considered an act of worship in Islam. But it is the specific acts of worship termed the Pillars of Islam, which provide the framework of Muslim life.
The Declaration of faith. "I bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His servant and last Messenger." The Prophethood of Muhammad obliges Muslims to follow his exemplary life in every respect.
Prayers are prescribed five times a day. It strengthens and enlivens belief in Allaah and inspires man to higher morality. It purifies the heart and controls temptation, wrongdoing and evil. A time to seek forgiveness and remember Allaah, The Sustainer and Giver of Life.
Fasting during the month of Ramadan. This means abstention from food, beverages and sex from dawn to sunset, and curbing evil intentions and desires. It teaches love, sincerity and devotion. It develops patience, unselfishness, social conscience and willpower to bear hardships.
Zakat is a proportionately fixed contribution collected from the wealth and earnings of the community. It is spent on the poor and needy in particular and the welfare of the society in general. The payment of Zakat purifies ones wealth and helps to establish economic balance and social justice in the society.
Hajj is pilgrimage to the Ka’bah in Makhah, once in a lifetime, provided one has the means to make the journey.
It is with this same obedience to submit to the Will of Allaah that Muslims today invite all mankind to follow as did all Prophets and Messengers before us .To remind us of our duty to our Creator and the benefits of submitting to His Will.
Allah says in the Glorious Qur’an:
"By Al-Asr (the time). Verily! Man is in loss, except those who believe and do righteous good deeds and recommend one another to the truth and recommend one another to patience." (Qur'an, 103)
We, who believe, therefore urge you to join us in submitting to Allaah’s Will; A Will that will remove these nettles and confusion from our hearts and set us upright and firm on the Straight Path to a glorious and everlasting prosperity.
Allah says in the Noble Qur’an:
"O you who believe! Fear Allaah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should be feared. [Obey Him and be thankful to Him always], and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims) with complete submission to Allaah." (Qur’an 3:102)
I close with an advice for those who would strive to seek the truth:
"Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists), has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is Most Generous, Who has taught (the writing) by the pen Has taught man that which he knew not. Nay! Verily, man does transgress all bounds. Because he considers himself self-sufficient. Surely! Unto your Lord is the return." (Qur’an 96:1-8)