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Can we find an explanation of the great universe? Is there any convincing interpretation of the secret of existence? We realize that no family can function properly without a responsible head, that no city can prosperously exist without sound administration, and that no state can survive without a leader of some kind. We also realize that nothing comes into being on its own. Moreover, we observe that the universe exists and functions in the most orderly manner, and that it has survived for hundreds of thousands of years. Can we, then, say that all this is accidental and haphazard? Can we attribute the existence of man and the whole world to mere chance?
Man represents only a very small portion of the great universe. And if he can make plans and appreciate the merits of planning, then his own existence and the survival of the universe must also be based on a planned policy.
This means that there is no Designing Will behind our material existence, and that there is an extraordinary power to bring things in to being and keep them moving in order. In the world there must be great force in action to keep everything in order. In the beautiful nature, there must be a Great Creator who creates the most charming pieces of art and produces everything for a special purpose in life. The deeply enlightened people recognize this creator and call him Allah (God). He is not a man because no man can create or make another man. He is not an animal, nor is He a plant. He is neither an idol nor is He a statue of any kind because none of these things can make itself or create anything else. He is different from all these things, because He is the maker and keeper of them all. The maker of anything must be different from and greater than the things which he makes.
There are various ways to know Allah, and there are many things to tell about Him. The great wonders and impressive marvels of the world are like open books in which we can read about Allah. Besides, Allah Himself comes to our aid through the many messengers and revelations He has sent down to man. These messengers and revelations He has sent down to man. These messengers and revelations tell us everything we need to know about Allah.
The complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of Allah as revealed to His messenger Muhammad (PBUH) is the religion of Islam. Islam enjoins faith in the oneness and sovereignty of Allah, which makes man aware of the meaningfulness of the Universe and of his place in it. This belief frees him from all fears and superstitions by making him conscious of the presence of the Almighty Allah and of man’s obligations towards Him. This faith must be expressed and tested in action. Faith alone is not enough. Belief in one Allah requires that we look upon all humanity as one family under the universal Omnipotence of Allah the Creator and Nourisher of all. Islam rejects the idea of chosen people. Making belief in Allah and doing righteous deeds is the only way to heaven. Thus, a direct relationship is established with Allah, without any intercessor.
Islam is not a new religion. It is, in essence, the same message and guidance which Allah revealed to all prophets. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ismael, Isaac, David, Moses, Jesus (PBUT). But the message which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is Islam in its comprehensiveness, complete and final.
The Quran is the last revealed word of Allah and the basic source of Islamic teachings and laws. The Quran deals with the basis of creeds, morality, history of humanity, worship, knowledge, wisdom, god-man relationship, and human relationship in all aspects. Comprehensive teaching on which, can be built sound systems of social justice, economics, politics, legislation, jurisprudence law and international relations, are important contents of the Quran. Hadith, the teachings, sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), meticulously reported and collected by his devoted companions, explain and elaborated the Quranic verses.
The Fundamental Articles of Faith in Islam
The true faithful Muslim believes in the following principal articles of faith:
The Five Pillars of Islam
Faith without action and practice is a dead end, as far as Islam is concerned. Faith by nature is very sensitive and can be most effective. When it is out of practice ir out of use, it quickly loses its liveliness and motivation power.
There are five pillars of Islam: