What is Islam?
Islam is a religion of PEACE, love, coexistence, tolerance and modernity. The Message of Islam is “Allah is the only One, Who is the Creator of the world and He alone is worthy of Worship and that Mohammad (saws) is His Messenger".
About 1,400 years ago, the message of Islam was revealed to the Holy Prophet Mohammad (saws). It was revealed through angel Hazrat Jibraeel (Gabriel) which had been well preserved in the Holy Quran. Its main message is to worship Allah (God) and to treat all Allah's creation with kindness and compassion. Rights of parents, orphans, neighbours and the needy are all clearly defined. 1400 years ago, when the rest of the world was in total darkness, women’s rights were totally safeguarded by this religion.
In Islam, one is encouraged to lead a healthy active life with the qualities of kindness, chastity, honesty, mercy, courage, patience and politeness. In short, It had brought a perfect and complete system of life. The entire message of Islam is derived from the Holy Quran and indeed the Sunnah [practices of the Holy Prophet and his sayings (saws) ]. In actual fact it is most certainly an adaptable way of life regardless of human changes, which will be rewarded certainly in Hereafter. It teaches that the path to spiritual development is open to all. It believes that each person is born pure, and the Holy Quran tells that Allah (God) has given human beings a choice between good and evil.
Remember that each individual has to meet Allah, Who would take a final decision on his deeds. Therefore, any individual can seek nearness to Allah through worship and good deeds and establish a perfect relationship with the Almighty. Ultimate end is a reward in the form of PARADISE in the Hereafter.
Please note that at present Islam is the second largest religion, Over 1.6 billion followers worldwide and they form the majority in more than 50 countries of the world. Today Islam is the fastest growing faith in the world and its beautiful and meaningful message is reaching millions, in the far corners of the earth. It is therefore very very important that all the Muslims must come forward to present before the world the correct picture of our dynamic and beautiful religion by way of exhibiting the qualities like, we should be kind to our neighbors, keep smiling when we meet others, pray and do charity. We should form a habit to serve humanity. We should not show hostility toward others, even to the followers of other faiths. We should present before the world a model through our behavior, character, nature and presentation. We must show to the world that we are followers of such a Beautiful and Dynamic Religion. There is no compulsion in religion, is well known principle of Islam.
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