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Islam: God's Message of Guidance to Humanity

 

By Hassan Ali El-Najjar

 

Table of Contents

 

I. Introduction: Basic Information

 

1. Islam: A Brief Introduction

 

2. Three Levels of Faith: Islam, Iman, and Ihsan 

 

3. The Scientific Evidence That God Exists and the Holy Qur'an Is His Message to Humanity 

 

4. Creation and Evolution in the Holy Qur'an

 

5. Humans, As God's Caliphs on Earth

 

6. Adam's Contest With the Angels, and Getting Out of Paradise


7.
Worshippers By Choice Or Forced Slaves?  

 

8. The Relationship Between the Spiritual and the Physical Aspects of Islamic Teachings  

 

9. Mind, Self, Soul, Spirit, and Happiness from an Islamic Perspective 

 

10. Heart-Mind Relationship in the Holy Qur'an  

 

II. Islam: The Five Pillars of the Faith Structure

 

1. Islamic Proclamation of Faith

 

2. Performing Islamic Prayers

 

3. Giving Zakah (Charity)

 

4. Fasting and Ramadhan, Great Gifts from Allah to Muslims

 

5. Haj, Pilgrimage, the Fifth Pillar of Islam

 

III. Iman: Allah, His Angels, Messengers, Messages, Latter Day, and Qadar

 

1. Allah, As He Described Himself in the Holy Quran 

 

2. Angels

 

3. Noo'h, Noah, in the Holy Quran  

 

4. Ibrahim, Abraham, in the Holy Quran

 

5. Moussa, Moses, in the Holy Quran

 

6. 'Eissa, Jesus Christ, in the Holy Quran  

 

7. Muhammed in the Holy Quran

 

8. Prophet Muhammed's Night Journey and Ascent to Heavens, Al-Issra Wal Mi'raj

 

9. Latter Day (Day of Resurrection)

 

10. Qada and Qadar: God's Foreknowledge and His Decree

 

IV. I'hsan: Watching Allah in Speech and Deeds

 

1. Introduction to Islamic Law, Shari'a, Part I, Prohibition, Don't Do, and Do Commands in the Holy Quran

 

2. The No (La) Commands

 

3. The Imperative Commands 

 

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Articles with Islamic Perspective:

 

Health Care Crisis in the US: An Islamic Perspective

 

"Terrorism" & "Islamo-Fascism" Propaganda Campaigns: An Interactive Lecture

 

Six Questions About Islam, Muslims and Jews

 

Five Islamic Issues: Predestination and choice, position toward other religions, angels, and the End of Days

Food Islamic Rules and Teachings
 

 

Are Muslim women second-class citizens  

 

The French Ban on Islamic Headscarf, an Interview with

 

Links to Islamic Topics 2007-2010

 

Links to Islamic Topics 2007

 

Links to Islamic topics 2006

 

Links to Islamic topics 2005

 

Links to Islamic topics 2004

 

Links to Islamic topics, 2003

 

2002 Links to Islamic topics

 

 

 

 

Islam:

God's Message of Guidance to Humanity

 

II.1

 

Islamic Proclamation of Faith

 

By Hassan Ali El-Najjar

 

7th of Mu'harram, 1436, 31st of October, 2014

 

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1436 - 2014

 

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I seek refuge with Allah from the Stoned Shaytan

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

 

 

Introduction

 

The proclamation of faith is the first of the five pillars of the Islamic faith structure, followed by performing the five daily prayers, giving Zakat (charity), fasting the month of Ramadhan, and making the pilgrimage (Haj) to the First House of Allah on Earth, Al-Ka'aba, in Makkah.

 

Overall, these ways of worshipping Allah, praise to Him, are beneficial to the worshippers, their families, their communities, and the world as a whole. [1]  However, the proclamation of faith directs the ways of worship towards pleasing God, in order to gain His blessings in this life and in the Hereafter.

  

In order to be a Muslim, a person has to believe in and announce the Proclamation of Faith, which states:

 

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"I bear witness that there is no other god than (except) Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah." 

 

The importance of this proclamation of faith is that a person acknowledges the existence of Allah (God), praise to Him, as the Creator of the Universe, and acknowledges that Muhammed, peace and blessings be upon him (pbbuh) is the Messenger of Allah. [2]

 

Thus, the proclamation of faith means that a person accepts the Message of Allah revealed to humanity through His Messenger, Muhammed (pbbuh), as expressed in the in the Holy Qur'an and the Sunna.

 

For those who are seeking for the truth, reading the Holy Quran will be your guide towards knowing that Allah (God) exists and the Holy Quran is His Message of Guidance to humanity. As a start, you may want to read these two articles. [3]

 

 

Verses proclaiming that there is no other god than (except) Allah

 

There are many verses in the Holy Quran which proclaim that there is no other god than (except) Allah, praise to Him. Here are some of them:

 

 

ٰ ۚ ٰ   ( 3: 18).

 

ٰ ٰ  ۚ ( 20: 98).

 

 ۚ (  21: 22).

 

ٰ  ۖ  ۖ ٰ ﴿٢٢

 

ٰ  ۚ ﴿٢٣

 

 ۖ ٰ ۚ  ۖ ﴿٢٤﴾  ( 59: 22-24).

 

 

Allah witnesses that there is no other god except Him, and (so do) the angels and those of knowledge. (and that He is) maintaining (creation) with justice. There is no other god except Him, the Exalted in Might, the Wise (Al-'Imran, 3: 18).

 

Your god is Allah, with whom there is no other god. He has encompassed all things in knowledge (Taha, 20: 98).

 

Had there been within the heavens and earth gods besides Allah, they both would have been ruined. So exalted is Allah, Lord of the Throne, above what they describe (Al-Anbiya, 21: 22).

 

He is Allah, other than whom there is no god (deity), Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. (22)

 

He is Allah, other than whom there is no god (deity), the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. (23)

 

He is Allah, the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. (24) (Al-'Hashr, 59: 22-24). 

 

 

Verses proclaiming that Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah

 

There are also many verses in the Holy Quran which proclaim that Muhammed, peace and blessings be upon him (pbbuh) is the Messenger of Allah. Here are some of them:

 

 

( 7: 158).

 

ٰ  ۖ  ۖ  ۚ ٰ ( 4: 166).

 

ٰ ۗ   ( 33: 40). 

 

 ۚ  ( 3: 144).

 

 ۚ  ۖ   ( 48: 29).

 

ٰ  ۙ   ( 42: 2).

 

 

Say, (O Muhammed), "O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all (Al-A'araf, 7: 158).

 

But Allah bears witness to that which He has revealed to you. He has sent it down with His knowledge, and the angels bear witness (as well). And sufficient is Allah as Witness (Al-Nissa, 4: 166).

 

Muhammad is not the father of (any) one of your men, but (he is) the Messenger of Allah and last  of the prophets. And Allah is, of all things, Knowing (Al-A'hzab, 33: 40). 

 

Muhammad is not but a messenger. (Other) messengers have passed on before him (Al-'Imran, 3: 144).

 

Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves (Al-Fat'h, 48: 29).

 

And those who believe and do righteous deeds and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad - and it is the truth from their Lord - He will remove from them their misdeeds and amend their condition (Muhammed, 47: 2).

 

 

Conclusion

 

The Islamic proclamation of faith is the first article of faith. It gives peace of mind to the worshippers that they are not here by accident and they are not left lonely on Earth. Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate Creator, out of His love and care, has completed His messages of guidance to humanity by sending His final Message through His final Messenger, Muhammed, peace and blessings be upon him.

 

Thus, the proclamation of faith gives a profound meaning to the other ways of worship. It puts them in the context of pleasing the Creator, Allah, praise to Him, by observing His commands, as revealed in the Holy Quran, in order to live happily in this life and gain His everlasting reward of living in Paradise in the Hereafter.

 

 

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Notes:

 

More information can be found in the following articles by the author:

 

[1] The Relationship Between the Spiritual and the Physical Aspects of Islamic Teachings

 

[2] "Allah, As He Described Himself in the Holy Quran" 

 

"Muhammed in the Holy Quran ."

 

 "Prophet Muhammed's Night Journey and Ascent to Heavens, Al-Issra Wal Mi'raj ."

 

[3] "The Scientific Evidence That God Exists and the Holy Qur'an Is His Message to Humanity "and

 

"    "Creation and Evolution in the Holy Qur'an

 

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* Dr. Hassan Ali El-Najjar has a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Georgia, USA. He is also a native speaker of Arabic.

 

 

 

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