Allah has created mankind. Therefore, He is the one Who knows best how mankind should lead their lives on earth. He sent divine guidance from heaven from time to time to His chosen messengers on earth to guide human beings. Thus ISLAM is like an operating manual supplied by Allah to the human beings.
The Qur'an is the last and final revealation of Allah sent to His Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) for the whole mankind. All the previous revelations of Allah (although most of them are now corrupt and altered by men) foretold about the coming of the Last Messenger of Allah and the Book Al-Qur'an.
The Qur'an states that it is the duty of all individuals to learn about Allah and to live according to His will. As we cannot accomplish this by ourselves, Allah has sent messengers and prophets to guide humanity All of these chosen individuals have brought the same message and have served as examples to their people of how Allah desires all human beings to live.
The message always remains the same, whereas the laws laid down for a particular messenger might show some slight differences. However, from time to time some minor changes in the law were made and some new laws were also formulated for the betterment of human beings, who were also undergoing changes in their biological system from time to time. For example, in the early dyas of Adam, marriage between brothers and sisters were permitted so the humans can multiply, but at later stages, it was forbidden. Not only that, marriage between some close relatives is discouraged. Let us give you another example- During the early days of Muhammad's (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) Prophedhood, the people used to drink wine, but it was not stopped all on a sudden, as they were habituated with it. Llater, when the followers became obedient to Allah in following the other commandments, the consumption of wine was finally forbidden. The Qur'an admits that wine has some good thing, but the bad in it overshadows it. Therefore, Allah has totally forbidden wine for the human beings for their good.
Muhammad, the last of Allah's prophets, was sent to present Allah's revelation in its final form and for the last time. This was necessary because the message delivered by the previous prophets and messengers had been corrupted or distorted by their followers. They had been mixed with philosophical speculations, superstitions, myths, and neglect. Therefore, Islam is not a new religion-it is a restatement of the original religion of Allah in its purest form and is designed to provide humanity with the uncorrupted message of Allah. Islam is the religion which was given to Adam, the first man and the first prophet of Allah, and it was the religion of all the prophets sent by Allah to mankind. The name of God's religion lslam was not decided upon by later generations of man. It was chosen by Allah Himself and clearly mentioned in His final revelation to man. In the final book of divine revelation, the Qur'aan, Allah states the following:
"This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion".(Soorah Al-Maa'idah 5:3)
"If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah (God) never will It be accepted of Him" (Soorah Aal'imraan 3:85)
"Abraham was not a Jew nor Christian; but an upright Muslim." (Soorah Aal'imraan 3:67)Nowhere in the Bible will you find Allah saying to Prophet Moses' people or their descendants that their religion is Judaism, nor to the followers of Christ that their religion is Christianity. In fact, Christ was not even his name, nor was it Jesus! The name "Christ" comes from the Greek word Christos which means the annointed. That is, Christ is a Greek translation of the Hebrew title "Messiah". The name "Jesus" on the other hand, is a latinized version of the Hebrew name Esa. Like the prophets before him, he called the people to surrender their will to the will of Allah; (which is Islam) and he warned them to stay away from the false gods of human imagination. One may now raise the issue here, Was Jesus a Muslim? The answer is YES. (Jesus a a Muslim)
It should further be emphasized that ISLAM is not merely a religion, but it is the "way of life" or "the complete code of life". Unlike the other currently existing religions, it has everything to offer: it deals with everything in this life like the social, political, economical, cultural aspects on earth and also prepares oneself spiritually for the life hereafter. The mission of human beings is to lead life on earth according to the guidance of Allah and prepare for the life hereafter so that one can enter Paradise, which is actually designed for human beings. And that is what Allah wants.
was not a new religion brought by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Arabia
in the seventh century, but only the true religion of Allah re-expressed
in its final form.
In the words of the Prophet Muhammad: "Every person is born with the innate religious faith (to submit to Allah, the Almighty".
Thus when an individual accepts Islam, he is not turning his back on any prior revelation but rather is returning to the original and true revelation of Allah and to his own nature as a creation of Allah. This being the case, Islam is your birthright-other religious or ideological systems are either corruptions or outright denials of Islam.
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