As a servant of the almighty Allah, we all should try to gain his satisfaction firstly. To acquire that massive success Allah has given us the correct path. The Quran we have got is the solution to every question and problem we face in our life. The merciful Allah has given us the right instructions so that we can reach our expected destination. The almighty wants to have us together in heaven. To fill that mission, He has fixed up management of life for us. The name of this system is Islam. Below, we are going to have a clear look at the concept of Islam.

What We Mean by Islam

    Islam is a Religion

We know that; religion is a belief or theology that believes and worships in a superhuman controlling power (god or gods) following with great devotion. Similarly, the monotheistic concept of Islam also believes in a single God (Allah) who is the most powerful entity over all things and in worship Him. Islam believes that Allah is unique, all-powerful, merciful, and has guided humanity through various prophets, revealed scriptures, and natural signs. This religion was fulfilled over the last and final prophet Muhammad (SAW) through the Holy Qur’an and divine messages from the Almighty. This is the only religion determined by God himself. According to Qur’an:

“Truly, the only religion with Allah is Islam.”Al Imran:19

   Religion of Peace

The concept of Islam is the concept of peace. This is a universal and all-accepting manner of Islam that comes from the word SILM which means peace. However, like many widely spoken truths, the meaning and scope of the word ISLAM need to be properly understood. Because it is truly a religion of peace although all the religions of this world tell some tales of peace. see more.

   Way of Life:

Many of us judge Islam as a religion only. But the definition and the concept of Islam has a clear and far-reaching conception that is related to some basic and mandatory obligations. A person who has received the theme “there is no God except Allah and Muhammad (SAW) is His servant and messenger” is not enough of being a complete Muslim for him. To become a complete Muslim, we must have to pass our whole life through a specific system that has been provided by the Almighty Allah. So, Islam is a way of life. The Qur’an declares

“whoever seeks a DEEN (way of life) without Islam, it will never be accepted by Him”Al Imran:75

  Islam Means to Surrender:

Islam means to be surrendered. A Muslim always consigns his will to Allah. he remains grateful in every situation of his life. No matter whether he is in peace or sorrow he always remains calm and only seeks help from Allah. from the cradle to the grave It teaches us to lead our life through a definite system so that we can become surrender to the almighty and reach the destination of Jannah. In the Qur’an Allah, the Almighty is ordering the believers to become completely surrendered persons (Muslim) before their death.

“O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except being Muslims (the surrendered).”Al Imran:102

    Islam is the complete code of life:

Islam is a provision for a peaceful life. One and a half thousand years ago today, Islam was revealed as a complete and suitable way of life for all people of all ages. Even before the death of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Allah Almighty has perfected this religion for the Muslims. The words and guidance of the great Creator Allah and the teachings of the last Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are not only limited to beliefs and moral rules but also include applicable and suitable laws for human beings. As a result, nothing is missing in human life. Various verses of the great book Al-Quran have declared support for the concept of Islam to be a complete rule. One such verse in the Qur’an is:

 الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا

Today I have perfected your religion for you, and completed My favor upon you, and have chosen Islam as your DEEN (way of life). ‘ Surah Ma’ida, verse:3

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   Contents of Islam

The concept of Islam consists of three themes. These are-

1.Tawheed

 Tawheed is monotheism. The first and foremost thing in Islam is to confess and believe in the heart that Allah alone is the creator, sustainer, lawgiver, and giver of death as the only worthy of worship. The declaration of Tawheed comes in the Holy Qur’an as-

“Say: He is Allah, the one; Allah is the Self-Sufficient Master; He begets not, nor was He begotten; And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.”  -Surah Al Ikhlas: 1-4

2. Risalah

 Risalah is the process of sending Prophets and Messengers through the ages to reach the message of Tawheed of the great Allah to the world. It is one of the central themes in the concept of Islam. As the representative of mankind on the earth, Hazrat Adam (As) was the first and Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was the last and final messenger on the earth. The basic thing here is that Muhammad (PBUH) is the servant of Allah, the second is that he is the messenger sent by Allah, and the third is that he is the last messenger. Number four is that he is a messenger to the whole world. Allah himself is declaring the issue-

“Truly, you (O, Muhammad SAW) are one of the Messengers”  -Surah Yaseen: 03

03. Akhirah

 the hereafter is the ultimate theme of Islam. Islam believes that worldly life ends with death, but the journey to the afterlife begins with that. In Islamic ideals, the worldly life of mankind is mainly guided by the expectation of the afterlife. The result of worldly life will be revealed in the hereafter. Good deeds will have good and bad deeds will have harsh and bad results. In this regard the Holy Qur’an states-

“So, whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it. And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.” – Surah Al-Zalzala: 7,8

Belief in Islam

The belief in Islam consists of seven articles of belief. These are-

  • Allah as the one, unique, and most powerful entity who has created us for His worship;
  • His Angels who exist in countless numbers and various types and worship Allah and carry out His commands.
  • The prophets as the guidance for the misguided mankind throughout the eras. These individuals had received revelation from Allah and conveyed it to the people. Hazrat Adam (A) was the first and Hazrat Muhammad (SA) was the last and final prophet.
  • Divine books that contain messages of Allah as the guidance for human beings.
  • The predestination of the Almighty that is determined by Him thousands of years ago of creating the human being.
  • The Hereafter as an infinity destination that will begin with the term of death
  • And on the day of judgment as a certain period of getting the exchanges of this worldly doings.

Basic foundations of Islam

On the authority of Umar Ibn al-Khattab: He said:

Allah’s Messenger (Muhammad) said the pillars of Islam are five. Namely- There is no true god but Allah, and bearing witness to the word of Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, performing Salat, paying Zakat, performing Hajj, and observing the fast of Ramadan (fasting). -Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 08

1. Testimony

 The first and obligatory foundation of Islam is to testify to the Tawheed of Allah. It is also known as the sentence of Shahadah. Kalema Shahadat means saying (testifying) this sentence with the mouth and believing in the heart.

“I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, He is One, He has no partner. I also bear witness that Muhammad is the best servant of Allah and His Messenger.”

2. Salat

  Salat is the main act of worship in Islam. It is an obligatory order for every Muslim to pray 5 times a day in the concept of Islam. Prayer is the second and most important of the five pillars of Islam. Five daily prayers are Fajr prayer, Dohar prayer, Asr prayer, Maghrib prayer, and Isha prayer. The great order of Salat five times a day was imposed through the Miraj of the Prophet Muhammad SAW. There are many verses in the Holy Qur’an about Salat. One of these is-

And you establish Salat at both ends of the day at the beginning of the night. Indeed, good deeds cancel out evil deeds. This is advice for those who take advice. (Surah Hud 11:114)

3. Fasting

Sawm (Arabic سوم), or Siam, is the third of the five pillars of Islam. Fasting is the abstinence from all kinds of food, drink, sin, lust, and also from all bad pleasures from dawn till sunset. According to Islamic law, every adult Muslim must fast every day of the month of Ramadan. Besides this obligatory fasting, there are some other variations of fasting in Islam like Sunnah, Nafal, and Mustahab. The order of fasting is given in the Qur’an as follows-

“So, whoever of you sights the month (Ramadan), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month.” From: Surah-Al Baqarah: 185

4. Zakat

 Zakat is one of the five pillars of the concept of Islam. This is the practice of distributing to the poor and needy a fixed portion of every free, adult Muslim male and female person’s income and property every year if it exceeds the Islamic Shariah prescribed limit (nisab amount). Generally, 2.5 percent (2.5%) or 1/40th of the total assets must be distributed if the property exceeds the prescribed limit for 1 Hijri year. Among the five pillars of Islam, Hajj and Zakat are only conditional, and obligatory for the wealthy. The word “Zakat” is mentioned 32 times in the Holy Quran of Muslims. It is mentioned most often after Salat.

Surely Sadaqah (zakat) is for the poor, the needy, the dependents, those who have been inclined (towards Islam), those who are in the way of Allah, and for the wayfarers – this is Allah’s decree. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. (Surah Tawbah: 60)

5. Hajj

 Hajj or pilgrimage is an obligatory act of worship or religious worship for Muslims. It is the fifth pillar of Islam. It is also compulsory for every physically and financially able Muslim male and female to perform Hajj once in a lifetime. 8th to 12th of Arabic Zilhajj is the appointed time for Hajj. Hajj requires travel and stay in Saudi Arabia’s city of Makkah and nearby Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah, etc. In the Qur’an Allah says-

“And complete the Hajj and ‘umrah for Allah”   -From: Surah Al Baqarah: 196

The clear concept of Islam presents Islam to a man as an ideal religion, an infrastructure of peace and prosperity, and the only chosen way of life of God Almighty. Belief in the fundamentals of Islam and surrendering all one’s instincts to Allah alone is the ultimate success as the best creation. May the great Lord grant us all the ability to build our lives according to the great teachings of Islam.    (Ameen)