Archive for October, 2008

What does Islam mean?

Posted in Extra Knowledge, Learning Islam on October 16, 2008 by Muslimah

 Every religion of the world has been named either after its founder or after the community or nation in which it was born. For instance, Christianity takes its name from its prophet Jesus Christ; Buddhism from its founder. Gautama Buddha; Zoroastrianism from its founder Zoroaster; and Judaism the religion of the Jews from the name of the tribe Judah (of the country of Judea) where it originated. The same is true of all other religions except Islam, which enjoys the unique distinction of having no such association with any particular person or people or country. Nor is it the product of any human mind. It is a universal religion and its objective is to create and cultivate in man the quality and attitude of Islam.

Islam, in fact, is an attributive title. Anyone who possesses this attribute, whatever race, community, country or group he belongs to, is a Muslim. According to the Qur’an (the Holy Book of the Muslims), among every people and in all ages there have been good and righteous people who possessed this attribute — and all of them were and are Muslims.

What does Islam Mean?

Islam is an Arabic word and connotes submission, surrender and obedience. As a religion, Islam stands for complete submission and obedience to Allah.1 (1. Another literal meaning of the word Islam is “peace’ and this signifies that one can achieve real peace of body and mind only through submission and obedience to Allah. Such a life of obedience brings with it peace of the heart and establishes real peace in society at large.   

 

Everyone can see that we live in an orderly universe, where everything is assigned a place in a grand scheme. The moon, the stars and all the heavenly bodies are knit together in a magnificent system. They follow unalterable laws and make not even the slightest deviation from their ordained courses. Similarly, everything in the world, from the minute whirling electron to the mighty nebulae, invariably follows its own laws. Matter, energy and life — all obey their laws and grow and change and live and die in accordance with those laws. Even in the human world the laws of nature are paramount. Man’s birth, growth and life are all regulated by a set of biological laws. He derives sustenance from nature in accordance with an unalterable law. All the organs of his body from the smallest tissues to the heart and the brain, are governed by the laws prescribed for them.  In short, ours is a law-governed universe and everything in it is following the course that has been ordained for it.

This powerful, all-pervasive law, which governs all that comprises the universe, from the tiniest specks of dust to the magnificent galaxies of the heavens, is the law of God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe. As the whole of creation obeys the law of God, the whole universe, therefore, literally follows the religion of Islam — for Islam signifies nothing but obedience and submission to Allah, the Lord of the Universe. The sun, the moon, the earth and all other heavenly bodies are thus ‘Muslim’. So are the air, water, heat, stones, trees and animals.  Everything in the universe is ‘Muslim’ for it obeys God by submission to His laws. Even a man who refuses to believe in God, or offers his worship to someone other than Allah, has necessarily to be a ‘Muslim’ as far as his existence is concerned. 

  
“The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein praise Him, and there is not a thing but hymneth His praise; but ye understand not their praise. Lo! He is ever Clement, Forgiving.” (Qur’an, Al-Israa:44)
  

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

Both these aspects co-exist side by side in man’s life.
In the first he, like all other creatures, is a born Muslim, invariably obeying the injunctions of God, and is bound to remain one. As far as the second aspect is concerned, he is free to become or not to become a Muslim. It is the way a person exercises this freedom, which divides mankind into two groups: believers and non-believers.  An individual, who chooses to acknowledge his Creator, accepts Him as his real Master, honestly and scrupulously submits to His laws and injunctions and follows the code. He has achieved completeness in his Islam by consciously deciding to obey God in the domain in which he was endowed with freedom of choice. He is a perfect Muslim: his submission of his entire self to the will of Allah is Islam and nothing but Islam.
 

 

He has now consciously submitted to Him Whom he had already been unconsciously obeying. He has now willingly offered obedience to the Master Whom he already owed obedience to involuntarily. His knowledge is now real for he has acknowledged the Being Who endowed him with the power to learn and to know. Now his reason and judgement are set on an even keel — for he has rightly decided to obey the Being Who bestowed upon him the faculty of thinking and judging. His tongue is also truthful for it expresses its belief in the Lord who gave it the faculty rof speech. Now the whole of his existence is an embodiment of truth for, in all spheres of life, he voluntarily as well as involuntarily obeys the laws of One God — the Lord of the Universe. Now he is at peace with the whole universe for he worships Him Whom the whole universe worships. Such a man is God’s vice-regent on earth. The whole world is for him and he is for God.
 

 

 
Overall, Islam is “PEACE”, not hate, not terrorism. Its a religion of love and forgiveness. Nobody should judge a religion by peoples actions or how represent their religion. Thats because not all Muslims are considered good, there are different people,, and there are people who practices Islam the correct way. Read the Qur’an, find the truth and LEARN! Rather than watching all these news about Islamic extremists and people talking badly towards Islam, YOU have the opportunity to gain knowledge about Islam! and mostly… ISLAM respects all other religions!
 
 

 

May Allah guide you to the right path, AMEEN!
 

 

 

 
 

 

 


 For his entire life, from the embryonic stage to the body’s dissolution into dust after death, every tissue of his muscles and every limb of his body follow the course prescribed by God’s law. His very tongue, which, on account of his ignorance advocates the denial of God or professes multiple deities, is in its very nature ‘Muslim’. His head which he want only bows to others besides Allah is born ‘Muslim’. His heart, which, through his lack of true knowledge, cherishes love and reverence for others, is ‘Muslim’ by intuition. These are all obedient to the Divine Law, and their functions and movements are governed by the injunctions of that law alone.
 

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*”And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon. They float, each in an orbit.” (Qur’an, Al-anbbiya:33)

 

Creative Islam style

Posted in Islamic Images on October 5, 2008 by Muslimah

 

“StyleIslam® wants to show the true side of our faith, because we love peace.”


These creative shirts were made by a Muslim guy that lives abroad. It said that he designed them as a reply to the “Islamaphobia” thoughts! All i can say, is Mashallah and thank you for spreading this creativity around the world.



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Sultan Mosque in Singapore

Posted in Islamic Images on October 2, 2008 by Muslimah

I INTRODUCE TO YOU, SULTAN MOSQUE FOUND IN SINGAPORE, ONE OF THE AMAZING MOSQUES IN THE WORLD.. JUST WONDERFUL..

To all.. a Happy Eid

Posted in Islamic Cards on October 1, 2008 by Muslimah