Basic Beliefs of Al-Islam
The word ISLAM means voluntary “Submission” or “Surrender” to the Will of G-d. It derives from the root word “SALAM,” meaning peace. In the Qur’an, G-d defines that the only purpose for which He created humankind is to Worship Him. Al-Islam (commonly referred to as just Islam), recognizes that humankind has free choice in whether to obey or disobey G-d, but ultimately we will be held accountable to G-d in the next life for the choices that we make in this life.
G-d sent Prophets to teach humankind how to worship Him; starting with Adam, including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the last of the messengers, Muhammad (peace be upon them all). The Islamic position is that all of these prophets came with the same message, that there is no deity worthy of worship except the One True G-d, known in Arabic as Allah.
The One True G-d
Muslims believe that Allah – the One True G-d – alone has control over life and death, that He alone sends the rain and bestows sustenance, that He alone can save people when in distress and in trouble, that He alone controls and owns whatever is upon the Earth and in the Universe and may direct it in whichever way He wills. And hence, for true satisfaction and peace or ease of mind, He alone should be made the object of people’s yearning and desire, and He alone, turned to for the things that people seek and need. From this perspective the worship of other things besides Allah, can be seen to be futile and useless and this is why the worshiping of saints, prophets, angels, idols and other created, material things is considered the worst evil a human can commit.
This, then is the meaning of: “None has the right to be worshiped except Allah (alone)”, the first part of a Muslim’s declaration of his faith – that no created thing is deserving of, or has the right to subservience and worship. Rather, Allah alone, by virtue of His being the Originator, Owner and Controller of the Universe has this sole right.
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