There have been many religions in the history of the world and in today’s time. Mostly, religions are based over “Good” and “Bad” philosophies. But some of them have personal values of good and some have absolute values of good. The personal good is a perceptional good which is acquisitive through different practices but the absolute good is from The Divine who is the creator and he knows all about his creation and declares good and bad for us.
We are going to discuss the religion which is absolute from The divine (Allah) and today’s question is what is islam?; The Abrahamic religion and about islam.
The Abrahamic Religion
Islam is an Abrahamic religion which was also practiced by Prophet Abraham and his followers. There are 3 phases of Abrahamic religion (1) Judaism (2) Christianity (3) Islam.
These are not three religions rather they are 3 phases of knowledge or revelation from the Divine (Allah) over different Prophets in different times.
Concept Of Divine (Allah) in Abrahamic religion:
Abrahamic religion is based on monotheism. There are no concepts of different deities (polytheism) in it. These religions are prohibiting its followers to believe in Polytheism and keep their belief only in one God.
Concept of The God in Islam
Concept of Revelation in Abrahamic religion
In Abrahamic religion the concept of Prophethood (a chosen one from the Divine for the communication with human beings) exists. The revelations from the Divine were descended over The Prophets and Messengers in different time spans in the form of books or through Angels as intuitions. The books or revelations are written below:
Judaism: The Torah (also known as the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses)
Christianity: The Bible is the Christian holy book. It is divided into the Old and New Testaments
Islam: The Qur’an is the holy book for Muslims, revealed in stages to the Prophet Muhammad over 23 years
Connection between Religions
There are very straight and strong connections between these religions. At the time of Prophet Moses, revelations from The Divine were precise for the nation or followers of Prophet Moses. Moses announced the order of Divine which were about the Prophet Essa (Jesus) and The Last Prophet Muhammad (s). When Prophet Jesus came the revelations were amended for his followers by The Divine, the Divine revealed an intuition about arrival of The Last Prophet Muhammad (s). Over both Prophets,
the basic laws from divine didn’t change but the rules amended for the betterment of humanity.
Islam The only Religion
The Last Prophet Muhammad (s) was Born in 571 AD and with the order of Allah he announced his Prophethood at age of 40 years but in between he was serving the humanity for betterment. He was chosen as The Last Prophet of Allah (The God)for human beings. After the announcement of prophethood he started preaching Allah’s order (Quran’s revelations) and he testified the Prophethood of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, other Prophets and also testified his own self as The Last Prophet and Messenger of Allah.The meaning of word Islam means “Peace” and Muslim “who makes peace”.
There are five fundamental pillars in islam which are based on five essentials orders for being a Muslim or for muslims (1) Shahada (2) Fasting (3) Pilgrim (4) Alms/zakat (giving charity to the poor) (5) Prayer (salat). Read More
The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of God. The first principle of Islam is known as the Shahaadah (Testimony of Faith), and is as follows:“There is no one worthy of worship except Allah (God) and Muhammad is the Final Apostle (Messenger) of God.” The followers of Islamic teachings are called Muslims.
The Quran (Holy Book) is the revelation from Allah over the Last Prophet Muhammad (s). Quran was revealed through Angel Gabriel over a period of 23 years.The majority parts of the Quran are Based over jurisprudence, ethics, prohibition of polytheism, good morals and lifetime values etc. This is a complete book of guideline for all Humans.
The Mysticism in Islam
The mysticism in islam called “Sufism”. The practitioners are known as Sufis. The people who practice islam through love and serving humanity through knowledge are sufis. These people are well in both types of educations (Academic and religious).They are preaching religion through love and easy methods. The legendary sufis are Mevlana Rumi, IbnArabi and Shaykh Abdul Qadri Gillani etc.
Teachings of Islam
Allah is teaching us through The Quran (The Holy Book) and life of The Prophet Muhammad (s). In Quran Allah said
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنكُمْ ۖ-
O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you
In short, Islam is a Peaceful religion and against any kind brutality. The justice is the priority and to be unjust with anyone is prohibited in islam. The values of good and bad are defined by Allah (The God) himself which is absolute instead of the ones defined by humans.
The Muslim Population (World Atlas)
According to a study in 2015, Islam has 1.8 billion adherents, making up about 24.1% of the world population. Muslim’s Population Map are given below.
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