Mankind and the universe were not created by accident or chance, but according to the plan of The Creator, who is known as Allah (The One and Only God)in Islam. The Qur'an states that it is the duty of all individuals to learn about Allah and to live according to His Will. As we cannot accomplish this by ourselves, Allah has sent Anbiya and Mursaleen (Prophets and Messengers) to guide humanity. All of these chosen individuals have brought the same message and have served as examples to their people of how Allah desires all human beings to live.
Through these selected people,
we have been told why mankind was created, what will happen to us after
death, and what Allah expects of us. But most importantly, we have been
told that Allah
is Unique-- He has no partners, no sons or daughters, and no competitors, as so many other man-made religious systems have erroneously asserted. This message always remains the same, whereas the laws laid down for a particular might show some slight differences.
Muhammad (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), The last of of the Anbiya, was sent to present the revelation of Allah in its final form for the last time. This was necessary because the message delivered by the previous Anbiya and Mursaleen had been corrupted or distorted by their followers. They had been mixed with philosophical speculations, superstitions, myths, and neglect. Therefore, Islam is not a new religion- it is a restatement of the original religion of Allah in its purest form and is designed to provide humanity with the uncorrupted message of Allah.
Islam is an Arabic word that
denotes submission and obedience to Allah. It also means "Peace"
for it brings peace of mind as well as peace on the individual on the social
level. The word "Islam" is not pronounced as "Iz-laam" but instead
the beginning of the word is pronounced softly with the same sound as the
end of the word,
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