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We have witnessed the glaring and illustrating reality of the Sacred and Beautiful Names of ALLAH co-existing in the Quran, Hadith, and Bible. In spite of linguistic differentiation, we find the wonderful similarity both from phonetic and connotative point of view.
It is time that we take to heart, the call of ALLAH. We should give the required attention and response to the global, universal, humanistic and forward-looking call.
As stressed by the Holy Quran (2:21) “O mankind! Serve your Guardian-Lord Who created you and those before you so that you may guard (against evil)“. And it also calls upon mankind (35:3) “O mankind! Call to mind the favour of ALLAH on you; is there any creator besides ALLAH who gives you sustenance from the heaven and the earth? There is no God but He; whence are you then turned away?“
“The Tauhid” affirms Annemarie Schimmel, “the acknowledgment of God’s Unity was to remain the heart of Islam in whichever way it was understood, and the only sin that cannot be forgiven is shrik, ‘associating something to God.'”
“The duty of human beings is to surrender to this Unique, Omnipotent God, the Merciful, the Compassionate; to surrender from the bottom of one’s heart, with one’s whole soul and one’s entire mind. The word ‘Islam’ means this complete surrender to the Divine Will; and the one who practices such surrender is a Muslim” (Islam: An Introduction, State University, NY, 1992, p.14).
Thus, “Islam is not a new religion founded by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was chosen by God to deliver His Message of Peace, namely Islam. He was born in Arabia, and was entrusted with the Message of Islam when he was at the age of forty years. The revelation that he received is called Koran, while the Message is called Islam (A peaceful way of surrendering to God). Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is the very last Prophet of God to mankind. He is the final Messenger of God. His Message was also to the Christians, the Jews and the rest of mankind. He was sent to those religious people to inform them about the true mission of Jesus, Moses, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham (Peace be upon them). Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is considered to be the summation and the culmination of all the Prophets and Messengers that came before him. He purified the previous
Wednesday, 18th January, 2017