Mankind and the universe were not created by accident or chance, but according to the plan of the Creator, who is known as 'Allah' in Islam ('Elohim' in the Bible; According to the Aramaic or Hebrew Language the suffix 'im' denotes a plural of respect/dignity, and it goes after a proper name to mean 'The Great' so and so. Therefore, 'Eloh-im' in the Bible means The Great Eloh, Elah or Allah, although the Christians have translated the proper name 'Allah' as God. A similar plural of respect/dignity is also present in the Arabic language to denote the Greatness or Supreme Authority. For example, when Allah wants to mean I, He says We in the Holy Qur'an in Arabic. It does not, however, mean that Allah is more than One!).
The name of the first human being is Adam ('Adam'-means clay or earth, as he was created from clay). Allah has created Adam (peace be upon him) without any father and mother. Then Allah created Eve (Hao-wa) as Adam's companion and partner from part of Adam's rib bones. 'Hao-wa' means who has been created from Hai-oo, a living being. Then the whole mankind was created from this single pair of man and woman.
"O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other (not that you may despise (each other). Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all things)" Al-Qur'an, 49:13
However, there was an exception in creating Jesus, the Messenger of
Allah. Jesus was created without a father, and there is no miracle on the
part of Allah, the Creator to do so, as He created Adam (peace be upon
him) without any father and mother before and He also created Eve
from one of the rib bones of Adam (peace be upon him).
A GUIDANCE/ OPERATING MANUAL FROM ALLAH TO MANKIND
Islam is an Arabic word that denotes complete or total submission to the will of Allah. It also means "peace," for, when practiced, it brings peace of mind as well as peace on the individual and the social levels.
When we buy an electrical and/electronic appliance, we are given an operating manual from the manufacturer. This manual tells us how to use the appliance and how to look after it so that it provides us with the best service. Likewise, as Allah has created mankind, He is the one Who knows best how mankind should lead their lives on earth. Therefore, He sent divine guidance from heaven from time to time to His chosen messengers on earth to guide mankind.
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 corrupt and altered by men now) 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. Through these selected people, we have been told why mankind was created, what will happen to us after death, and what Allah expects of us. But most importantly, we have been told that Allah is unique-He has no partners, no sons or daughters, and no competitors, as so many other man-made religious systems have postulated. This message always remains the same, whereas the laws laid down for a particular might show some slight differences.
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 true religion of "Allah" and as such, its name represents the central principle of Allah's "God's" religion; the total submission to the will of Allah "God". The Arabic word "Islam" means the submission or surrender of one's will to the only true god worthy of worship "Allah" and anyone who does so is termed a "Muslim", The word also implies "peace" which is the natural consequence of total submission to the will of Allah.
Hence, it 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.
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 Esau.
For simplicity's sake, Prophet Esau (PBUH) will be referred to as Jesus. As for his religion, it was what he called his followers to. 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.
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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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