Islam is the religion of the Muslims. Unlike many other religions, Islam is not named after a
particular person, or tribe, or nation. Islam literally means “submission,” and in the religious
context, Islam means submission to the “Divine Orders of the Creator.” According to statistics,
there are more than one billion Muslims worldwide. Muslims come in all colors and practically all
nationalities. Islam is not a religion for people of a particular race, language, or country. Islam is
for all of humanity.
Because of extremists and terrorists who commit evil acts in the name of Islam, many people are
confused about the genuine message of Islam itself. The essence of Islam is in the Declaration of
Faith (Shahadah): “Nothing deserves to be worshiped except Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger
of Allah.” The word “Allah” is the Name of the Creator (God) in the Arabic language. Muslims
believe that the Creator alone should be worshiped and not any of the creations.
This universe could not be “selfcreated,” and it could not be beginningless. The universe must
have a start, and it must have a Creator. Muslims believe that there is One, Perfect, Eternal
Creator, Who is the Creator of everything and ABSOLUTELY does not need or resemble anything.
The Creator existed before the Heavens and Earth, before light and darkness, before distance and
direction, before time and place. Before there was space, there was a Creator. God exists without
being in Heaven or all places (as we know, God existed before Heaven or any other place); God is
not an object, or an image, or a spirit, or anything that has a size shape, or other dimensions. The
Creator is TOTALLY different from the creations. Whatever one imagines, the Creator is
completely different from that.
In addition to believing in One Perfect Creator, Muslims believe that God sent Prophets. Since
God is One and God is Perfect, then we know that God does not change. All the Prophets came
with the same essential Divine Message: “Worship the Creator and not the creations.” There were
many Prophets—among those Prophets were Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Aaron,
Zechariah, and Jesus. Also, the Prophets informed us about Sacred Law. God knows everything
and knows what is best for us. The Creator gave us Divine Laws through the Prophets to inform
us about what would be to our benefit and to our harm not only in this temporary world, but also in
the life after death.
The last of the Prophets is Muhammad. He was lived in Arabia about 600 years after Jesus was
born. (Prophet Muhammad was born around the the 570 C.E.) Muslims do not say that Prophet
Muhammad “invented” the religion of Islam, but that he renewed the call to Islam—the call to the
submission to the One True Lord of Creation. In his lifetime, Prophet Muhammad had tens of
thousands of followers. He received a Divine Book called the “Qur’an.” Prophet Muhammad is
the final Prophet—there will be no new Prophet after him, and the Qur’an is the last of the Divine
Books. Muslims do believe that some of the earlier Prophet did receive Sacred Books, but in time,
those books either became lost, corrupted, or otherwise are no longer existent amongst nowadays.
Muslims believe in the unseen. There are dimensions beyond our senses. God has created Angels,
who are perfectly obedient beings made from light. And God has also created “jinn” (genies).
Unlike the angels, who are all righteous, most of the genies are wicked disbelievers (demons).
Much of the genuine supernatural activity can be attributed to the workings of these demonic
entities. There are, however, some genies who are upright Muslims.
Muslims believe in an Afterlife. We will all die. We do not take our fame, fortune, family, or
friends to the grave with us. We will take our creed (belief) and our deeds. We will experience a
stage of consciousness while we are in the grave, and after a period, when life on earth will be
made to end, all of us will be resurrected and brought into account. Muslims believe that salvation
is through Islam: belief in One Perfect Creator, and belief in all of God’s Prophets—the last being
Muhammad, and testifying with the Declaration of Faith. The way to earn safety and success in
the Hereafter is for one to die as an obedient Muslim—that one, strives to obey God in all
situations and circumstances with pure sincerity to the Creator. This requires that one learns and
puts into practice the Divine teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
May Allah guide us and enable us to end our lives on Islam.