Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Religion and Mankind

What is the relation between religion and mankind?

All mankind descended from Adam (AS) and Adam has a position of honour with Allah. All mankind is created to worship Him and Him Alone. Being slaves of Allah constitutes the essence of mankind. Man cannot therefore attain to his true humanity and acquire peace of mind unless he realises this aim for which he was created. From the beginning when Allah created the heavens and the earth as well as Jinns and human beings, He clarified the wisdom of this creation by saying:

‘And I (Allah) created not the Jinns and the men except they should worship Me (Alone)’

Surat Adh-Dharyat: Ayat 56

Then Allah illustrated that whoever follows this Guidance shall never fear nor shall grieve and whoever disobeys His commands indeed will be astray. The religion, which Allah has commanded mankind to follow, consists only of His words and the sayings of His Messenger Muhammad (SAW). Allah said:

‘Say (O Muhammad (SAW)): “Obey Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad (SAW)).” But if they turn away, then Allah does not like the disbelievers’.

Surat Al-Imran: Ayat 32

What are the bases of religion?

Religion can be classified into three basic aspects: Islam, Iman and Ihsan. The meaning of each has also been fully defined through the questions of the angel ‘Gabriel’ and the answers of the Prophet (SAW). In a similar context, the Holy Quran has categorised mankind into three classes. This is signified in Allah’s words:

‘Then We gave the Book (the Quran) for inheritance to such of Our salves (the followers of Muhammad (SAW) whom We chose. Then of them are some, who wrong their ownselves, and of them are some who follow a middle course, and of them are some who are, by Allah’s leave, foremost in good deeds. That (the inheritance of the Quran), - that is indeed a great grace’
Surat Fatir: Ayat 32

Islam: means complete surrender to the Will of Allah, the total submission of all our affairs to Him. Islam (complete submission to the creator ‘Allah’) was the religion passed down to the first human beings Adam and Eve (AS).

Iman: means faith; highest spiritual aspiration should be the hope of meeting Allah and attaining His Pleasure. To uphold such a hope, we have to have strong Faith and submit our wills to Allah. Only those are faithful who have believed in Allah and his Messenger (SAW), and have never since doubted.

Ihsan: is the foremost in Faith. They worship Allah as if they see Him. They have reached the highest degree in spiritual understanding, such as the great Prophets, teachers of religion, etc. those who are the first in time-the quickest and readiest-to accept Allah’s Message.
Source: Branches of Faith by Dr Abdul Karim Awad

Introductory word by SOLAFA

Sallam Alykum Wa Ra-Hamtul Allah Wa Ba-Raktuh

First, I am glad that I am to contribute in this blog, and it’s my pleasure to spread the word about Islam and pass information to those who are seeking it, and give straight answers to those who are keen and willing to assure their existing information and refresh their brain.

Like the owner of the blog stated that this blog will serve to find answers to questions and clear confused minds.

However, this blog will not only be a Q&A blog, yet it will feed in diverse information in various aspects and prospects, without having to focus or shade the lights on specific Islamic sects, for we are not here to prove any one wrong or right but we are here to distribute the truth and genuine teachings of Islam sourcing from Quran and Sunnah the prophet Muhammad (SAW) teachings.