Islam & Humanity


 ( ISLAM AND HUMANITY )

Allah sent his messenger Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) to all people to elevate them from being human beings to virtuous humaneness which sprang from Islam. Mohamed (PBUH) told about the reason of his mission, saying: “I was sent to perfect good manners.” [Malik]
The message Mohamed (PBUH) has brought is likely to seek supporting people’s virtues and lighting the perfection horizons in front of their eyes, so that they me seek them with insight and wisdom.
The religious duties imposed by Islam on those who embrace it are repeated practices that aim to accustom one to live with correct ethics and to hold to these ethics regardless of the changing circumstances.
If we look at the worships legislated in Islam, we find that they aim at making the Muslim person reach the virtuous ethics.
*** When Allah ordered to perform the obligatory prayer, He clarified the reasons of their performance. Allah the Highest says: “and establish regular prayer: for prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds” [Al-Ankabut 45].
This means that the wisdom of performing the prayer is avoiding vices and purifying from the bad sayings and deeds.

*** The imposed Zakah (almsgiving) is not a tax taken from pockets, but rather it is primarily implanting the feelings of compassion and mercy, establishing the relationships of love and intimacy, cleansing people from avarice, and elevating the community to higher levels of nobility and love.
Allah the Highest says: “Of their goods, take alms, that so Thou mightest purify and sanctify them”. [Al-Tauba 103]
*** Fasting is not a temporary deprivation from foods, but rather it is a step to deprive the self from its forbidden lusts and caprices. Mohamed (PBUH) says: “Fasting is not merely abstention from eating and drinking; but also from vain speech and foul language. If someone curses you, say ‘I am fasting.’” [Ibn Khozima]
Allah the Highest says: “O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.” [Albakara 183]
*** Hajj: Allah the Highest says: “Hajj are the months well known. if anyone undertakes that duty therein, let there be no obscenity, nor wickedness, nor wrangling In the Hajj.” [Albakara 197]
Hajj is a jihad for the self and bearing difficulties, avoiding fornication and vices, and accustoming to love, intimacy, and cooperation among people.

The abovementioned worships vary in their essence and appearance; however, they meet at the end drawn by the messenger (PBUH) when he says: “I was sent to perfect good manners.” [Malik]
This end is at the heart of the message of Islam.
Violating these means is considered deviating from Islam. Rather, they are the basics of religion.
Allah’s messenger (PBUH) has the best ethics. Allah orders Muslims to follow the example of Allah’s messenger (PBUH). Allah the Highest says: “Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah a beautiful pattern (of conduct) for any one whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day.” [Al Ahzab 21]

*** Every religion may have its own rituals. Islam has its own rituals which are  imposed on its followers. These are considered stated things among them, not correlated.
* However, moral instructions are not like that. Muslims are ordered to meet all people on earth with undoubted virtues. Honesty is an obligation of Muslims with Muslims and others, and so are magnanimity, faithfulness, generosity, gallantry, cooperation, as well as chastity, purity, intimacy, love, patience, and courage, … among others.
All the above-mentioned attributes are obligations of Muslims with Muslims and obligations of Muslims with other people.

*** Concerning the Family:
We find that good manners are the basis of matrimonial life from start to end. Allah the Highest says: “Live with them on a footing of kindness and equity” [Al Nisaa 19]
Allah’s messenger (PBUH) says: “The best amongst you is he who is the most kindest to his wife and I am the kindest amongst you to my wives.

*** Islam honors women:
The Holy Quran talks about many women who have acknowledged effort in the history of mankind, such as: Eve, Adam’s wife .. Balkis, Sabaa’s queen .. Moses’ mother .. the Holy Quran also talks about Moses’ sister and wife, about Pharaoh’s wife and about Mariam daughter of Imran.
Quran considers men and women as equals in penalty, responsibility, reward and punishment. Allah the Highest says: “Then shall anyone who has done an atom's weight of good, see it! And anyone who has done an atom's weight of evil, shall see it.” [Al zalzala 7, 8]
Allah the Highest says: “And their Lord hath accepted of them, and answered them: "Never will I suffer to be lost the work of any of you, be he male or female.” [Al Imran 195]
Islam honors women as mothers, sisters, daughters and wives.

Islam also honors Man with all his/her sects and genders. Allah the Highest says: “We have honored the sons of Adam; provided them with transport on land and sea; given them for sustenance things good and pure; and conferred on them special favours, above a great part of Our creation.” [Al Israa 70]

*** Islam is the religion of work and building the universe:
Allah appointed Man as His successor on earth in order to build and reform it. Allah the Highest says: “It is He who hath produced you from the earth and settled you therein.” [Huud 61]
Allah the Highest says: “Do no mischief on the earth, after it hath been set in order.” [Al Araaf 56]
Therefore, Islam hurried to activate the liveliness for work, hope, and benefiting the people and the countries.
Allah the Highest says: “As to those who believe and work righteousness, we shall not suffer to perish the reward of any who do a (single) deed.” [Al Kahf 30]



*** If you look at transactions:
Allah’s messenger (PBUH) says: “May Allah’s mercy be upon the mild mannered man in his buying, selling, receiving and judging.
Allah’s messenger (PBUH) says: “The honest trader is with the prophets and the trustful.

***DIVINE DOCTRINE
Allah is the All-Powerful over all things and nothing can frustrate Allah .. He is above all imperfections. He has the absolute perfection.
Muslims’ doctrine can be summarized in:

There is no god but Allah
This means:
** That there is no god but Allah. Allah is the One and Only. He has no partner. He has no counterpart. None is like Him. No one is match to Him. No one is equal to Him.
** This means that everything having a partner, everything having a counterpart, everything having a match and everything having an equal is a creature and not a god.
** This means that He begets not; because if a god begets, he would beget a god. Thus, gods multiply; but the truth is that He is One God. This means that He was not begotten. God was not begotten because nothing is before Him, since he is the Creator; and the Creator must be before the creature. If God was begotten, who managed the affairs of the universe before the god was begotten.
** Allah is the Only Creator, and He created everything. All things below Him are creatures; i.e. the divine self was not preceded to existence by anything. That is, Allah is the First and He is the Last. Allah is        the Everlasting. Everything below him is to fade.
** That is, everything that has a beginning, everything that has an end, everything that is created is a creature and not a god. Everything that has an end, everything that has a beginning and everything that fades is a creature and not a god.
** Allah is the Creator of place and time. Allah is before place and before time. Therefore, Allah is not limited to place or time. God is Everlasting and Eternal.

** Allah is Unseen:
Allah is Great that He cannot be seen by sight or comprehended by mind. Everything that comes to your mind shall fade, but not Allah. Everything that you see and realize, and everything that minds can imagine is a creature and not a god.
** Allah has the utmost power and grant, the utmost knowledge and patience, the utmost wisdom, the utmost mercy and forgiveness, the utmost justice and benefit, and the utmost charity, munificence and generosity.
**** Islam and other celestial religions:
Although there is a clear difference in doctrine among celestial religions, Islam respects other celestial religions. Islam does not force anyone to embrace it. History did not mention that Muslims had forced anyone to embrace Islam. Every Man has the full freedom to choose his religion and doctrine. Allah the Highest says: “There is no compulsion in religion” [Al-Bakara]
All celestial religions came from Allah calling people to profess in the unity of God and to adhere to the good manners, and that all people are but one nation.
Allah the Highest says: “Verily, This brotherhood of yours is a single brotherhood, and I am your Lord and Cherisher: Therefore serve me (and no other).” [Al Anbiaa 92]
Muslims believe in all messengers and revere them.
Allah the Highest says: “The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to Him from His Lord, as do the men of Faith. Each one (of them) believeth In Allah, His angels, His books, and His apostles. "We make no distinction (They say) between one and another of His apostles."”  [Al Bakara 285]
Muslims deal with other nations with mercy and leniency.
Allah the Highest says: “Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just.” [Al-Mumtahana 8]


*** Perhaps you are asking: “How can I embrace this great religion?”
We tell you:
1-    Profess from your heart and tongue and say that there is no god but Allah (see how you know Allah by mind and knowledge) and that Mohamed is the Messenger of Allah (see the book of Mohammed, Allah’s messenger and the last prophet).
2-    Perform the prayer
3-    Pay Zakah
4-    Fast Ramadan
5-    Go on pilgrimage if you can (see the worships)
The Holy Quran and the Sunna of Mohamed (PBUH) are Muslims’ approach.

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