The Basic Beliefs In Islam

Islam: Believing in One God and doing good deeds

Islam is a Way of Life

Islam means voluntary submission to One Creator. Islam also means peace. To Muslims, Islam is a way of life that brings about peaceful submission to the Divine Will to earn God’s pleasure. Believing in all the basic tenets of Islam is the first step to revert to Islam. When someone submits to the Will of God, he is a Muslim, which means the one who submits. Muslims believe that all the prophets submitted to God’s Will, and were Muslims.

Humans are God’s Ambassadors on the Earth

The Quran tells us that human beings are created as God’s ambassador on the earth. God gave mankind intelligence, free will, inbuilt intuition towards goodness (Fitrah) and Divine guidance in the form of revelation. Those who use all these tools to fulfill their role as God’s envoy on the earth, are known as Mumin, a faithful Muslim.

This is our Earth, and we are God’s envoys..

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Status of an envoy comes with responsibilities

The status of God’s envoy on the earth is a highly respected one. This status comes with responsibilities. These responsibilities are elaborated in the Quran and in the reveled books sent to the prophets in the past. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be up on him) is the last prophet and the Quran is the last divinely revealed book. Muslims believe that the Quran is the final testament from God.

Belief in One God

Among the basic beliefs in Islam, the most fundamental tenet is the belief in the concept of One Omnipotent God. Allah, God in Arabic, is One and there is none comparable or equal to Him. The name Allah is not unique in the Quran. In the Arabic Bible and in the Torah, Allah is used as the name of the One Omnipotent God. Millions of Arab Christians and Jews use Allah as the name for God.

Belief in God’s Messengers

The basic beliefs in Islam include believing in the prophets and the messengers who were sent by Allah throughout time to guide human beings. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace and blessing to all of them) are some of the prophets and messengers mentioned in the Quran. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be up on him) was the final messenger in this prophetic chain.

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Belief in the Divine Revelations

God sent revelations to guide human beings with one core theme: submission to One God and doing good to others. This thematic unity of all the revelations point to the reality of one true religion coming from One God. Previous revelations have changed over time due to human errors of recording and differing interpretations from the successive generations of followers. The Torah to Moses, the Gospels (the Injil) to Jesus and the Quran to Muhammad (Peace be on them all) are all revelations from God.

Belief in Angels

Believing in the angels are among the basic beliefs in Islam. Angels are creations made by Allah from Light (Noor) and are not visible in our dimension. They do not have free will as humans do. They carry out their responsibilities as commanded by Allah. The Archangel Gabriel was responsible for delivering the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Belief in the Day Of Judgement

For Muslims, death does not bring the end of our existence. Believing in life after death is one of the fundamental beliefs in Islam. Muslims believe that Allah’s purpose for mankind on this earth is to test us. Allah created us for a limited time on this earth, but our life after death will be forever. We will be accountable to Allah for fulfilling our purpose on the earth. Once death separates the body from the soul, the body disintegrates and the soul will continue it’s journey. The soul enters a temporary interim period in the grave, when the righteous souls rest comfortably and the unjust souls get some taste of their evil deeds. On the Day of Judgement, our souls will once again unite with our physical body. On this day of reckoning, Allah will judge us for our beliefs and our actions. We will receive reward or punishment according to our deeds.

Belief in Qadr

God is beyond the dimension of finite time and space as we know it. He knows everything of the past, present and future at the same instance. Nothing happens against His will and knowledge. Allah gives us both good and bad events in our lives as tests from Him. Our test is in how we respond to the challenges. To face the challenges, Allah gave us the freedom to choose, our intelligence and Divine guidance in the form of the revealed books and the examples of the prophets and messengers. The line between human free will and the Divine decree is beyond human comprehension. Muslims believe that Allah is the All Knowing. So, the the result of all our decisions are within Allah’s full knowledge.

Islam, The Second Largest Religion

Islam is the world’s second-largest religion. It has over 1.9 billion followers making around 24.4% of the world’s population[4]. Muslims, the followers of Islam, make up a majority of the population in 50 countries.[6] Source

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