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Submission to the good Will of Allah – Almighty God, together with the obedience to His beneficial Law, is the best safeguard of peace and harmony. It enables man to make peace between himself and his fellow men on the one hand, and between the human community and Allah – Almighty God on the other.
وَمَن يَرْغَبُ عَن مِّلَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ إِلَّا مَن سَفِهَ نَفْسَهُ ۚ وَلَقَدِ اصْطَفَيْنَاهُ فِي الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَإِنَّهُ فِي الْآخِرَةِ لَمِنَ الصَّالِحِينَ [٢:١٣٠]
And who turns away from the religion of Abraham but such as debase their souls with folly? Him We chose and rendered pure in this world: And he will be in the Hereafter in the ranks of the Righteous.
إِذْ قَالَ لَهُ رَبُّهُ أَسْلِمْ ۖ قَالَ أَسْلَمْتُ لِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ [٢:١٣١]
Behold! his Lord said to him: “Bow (thy will to Me):” He said: “I bow (my will) to the Lord and Cherisher of the Universe.”
It creates harmony among the elements of Nature. According to Islam, everything in the world, or every phenomenon other than man is administered by Allah – Almighty God-made Laws. This makes the entire physical world necessarily obedient to Allah – Almighty God and submissive to His laws, which, in turn, means that it is in a state of Islam, or it is Muslim.
تُسَبِّحُ لَهُ السَّمَاوَاتُ السَّبْعُ وَالْأَرْضُ وَمَن فِيهِنَّ ۚ وَإِن مِّن شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَٰكِن لَّا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ ۗ إِنَّهُ كَانَ حَلِيمًا غَفُورًا [١٧:٤٤]
The seven heavens and the earth, and all beings therein declare His glory: there is not a thing but celebrates His praise; And yet ye understand not how they declare His glory! Verily He is Oft-Forbear, Most Forgiving!
The physical world has no choice of its own. It has no voluntary course to follow on its own initiative but obeys the Law of the Creator, the Law of Islam or submission. Man alone is singled out as being endowed with intelligence and the power of making choices. And because man possesses the qualities of intelligence and choice he is invited to submit to the good Will of Allah – Almighty God and obey His Law. When he does choose the course of submission to the Law of Allah – Almighty God, he will be making harmony between himself and all the other elements of Nature, which are by necessity obedient to Allah – Almighty God. He will be consistent with the truth and in harmony with all the other elements of the universe.
وَمَن كَفَرَ فَلَا يَحْزُنكَ كُفْرُهُ ۚ إِلَيْنَا مَرْجِعُهُمْ فَنُنَبِّئُهُم بِمَا عَمِلُوا ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ الصُّدُورِ [٣١:٢٣]
But if any reject Faith, let not his rejection grieve thee: to Us is their return, and We shall tell them the truth of their deeds: for Allah knows well all that is in (men’s) hearts.
نُمَتِّعُهُمْ قَلِيلًا ثُمَّ نَضْطَرُّهُمْ إِلَىٰ عَذَابٍ غَلِيظٍ [٣١:٢٤]
We grant them their pleasure for a little while: in the end, shall We drive them to a chastisement unrelenting.
But if he chooses disobedience he will deviate from the Right Path and will be inconsistent. Besides, he will incur the displeasure and punishment of the Law-Giver. because Islam means submission to the Good Will of Allah – Almighty God and obedience to His Beneficial Law, and because this is the essence of the message of all Allah – Almighty God-chosen messengers, a Muslim accepts all the prophets previous to Muhammad without discrimination. He believes that all those prophets of Allah – Almighty God and their faithful followers were Muslims and that their religion was Islam, the only truly universal religion of Allah – Almighty God
To sum up this discussion, it may be helpful to reproduce my statement which appeared in the Observer Dispatch (O. D.) of Utica on December 4, 1972. The statement shows how much distortion and confusion there is in this regard. The partial overlapping and repetition may be forgiven because of the extreme sensitivity of the issue and the need to reiterate the Islamic point of view: A particular news item (O. D., Nov. 25) is alarming. It invites sympathy for the misinformed public and pity for many a school teacher or man of the pulpit. It calls upon every man of good will and conscience to stand up to his moral obligations. Marcus Eliason reported from Israeli-occupied Jordan that “ The Moslems,” among other things. “ worship Abraham as Ibrahim…”
It is incredible in this day and age, in this small world of ours, to read in fresh print that the Muslims worship Ibrahim. It is more incredible yet that this news comes from sources presumably knowledgeable and is passed on to a public entitled to know. For centuries, many Westerners held and propagated the idea that the Muslims worshipped Muhammad, whose religion was called Mohammedanism and whose followers were known in the West as Mohammedans. Then it somehow becomes apparent to those Westerners that the Muslims worshipped Allah, a “ deity of sorts.” And now this new discovery that they worship Abraham as Ibrahim.
Some outsiders call our religion “Mohammedanism” and address the believers in Islam as “Mohammedans “. the Muslims both reject and protest the use of these words. If our faith is classified as Mohammedanism and if we are called Mohemmadans, there will be seriously wrong implications. This misnomer implies that the religion takes its name after a mortal being, namely, Muhammad and that Islam is no more than another “ism” like Judasim, Hinduism, Marxism, etc.
Another wrong implication of this misnomer is that outsiders might think of the Muslims, whom they call Mohammedans, as worshipers of Muhammad or as believers in him in the same way as Christians, for example, believe in Jesus.
A further wrong implication is that the word Mohammedanism may mislead the outsider and make him think that the religion was founded by Muhammad and therefore takes its name after the founder. All these implications are seriously wrong or at best misleading. Islam is not just another “ism”. Nor do Muslims worship Muhammad or look upon him the same way as Christians, Jews, Hindus, Marxists, etc., look upon their respective leaders.
The Muslims worship Allah – Almighty God alone. Muhammad was only a mortal being commissioned by Allah – Almighty God to teach the word of Allah – Almighty God and lead an exemplary life. He stands in history as the best model for man in piety and perfection. He is a living proof of what man can be and of what he can accomplish in the realm of excellence and virtue.
Moreover, the Muslims do not believe that Islam was founded by Muhammad, although it was restored by him in the last stage of religious evolution. The original founder of Islam is no other than Allah – Almighty God Himself, and the date of the founding of Islam goes back to the age of Adam. Islam has existed in one form or another all along from the beginning and will continue to exist till the end of time.
The true name of the religion, then, is Islam and those who follow it are Muslims. Contrary to popular misconceptions, Islam or submission to the Will of Allah – Almighty God, together with obedience to His Law, does not mean in anyway loss of individual freedom or surrender to fatalism. Anyone who thinks or believes so has certainly failed to understand the true meaning of Islam and the concept of Allah – Almighty God in Islam.
The concept of Allah – Almighty God in Islam describes Him as the Most Merciful and Gracious, and the Most Loving and most concerned with the well-being of man, and as Full of Wisdom and care for His Creatures. His Will, accordingly, is a Will of Benevolence and Goodness, and whatever Law He prescribes must be in the best interest of mankind.
When the civilized people abide by the laws of their countries, they are considered sound citizens and honest members of their respective societies. No responsible person would say that such people lose their freedom by their obedience to the Law. No rational being would think or believe for a moment that such law-abiding people are fatalists and helpless.
Similarly, the person who submits to the Will of Allah – Almighty God, which is good Will, and obeys the law of Allah – Almighty God, which is the best Law, is a sound and honest person. He is gaining the protection of his own rights, showing genuine respect for the rights of others, and enjoying a high degree of responsible, creative freedom. Submission to the good Will of Allah – Almighty God, therefore, does not take away or curtail individual freedom.
On the contrary, it gives freedom of a high degree in abundant measures. It frees the mind from superstitions and fills it with the truth. It frees the soul from sin and wrong and quickens it with goodness and purity. It frees the self from vanity and greed, from envy and tension, from fear and insecurity. It frees man from subjugation to false deities and low desires and unfolds before him the beautiful horizons of goodness and excellence.
The following are some of the common wrong philosophies of life. People often express these wrong philosophies in their day-to-day utterances. They, therefore, become parts of their life and driving forces of their actions in life.
1. “WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE”
Whatever will be will not be; you have to make it be. You have a part to play in what will be in your life, so don’t leave it to chance.
2. “HALF BREAD IS BETTER THAN NONE!”
Why settle for half bread when you can get a full bread or even own a bakery. This is a limiting belief that positions you to settle for less and it is a mediocre philosophy.
3. “A FOOL AT FORTY IS A FOOL FOREVER”
A fool at any age can be a fool forever if he refuses to let go of his foolishness. It is never too late to become wise because the day you wake up and wise up is the day you CHANGE!
4. “ALL FINGERS ARE NOT EQUAL”
Yes! Physical fingers in your hands are not equal but that does not make any of them valueless financially, and you realize that they are all valuable. You are not even a finger, so why look down on yourself.
5. “LIFE BEGINS AT FORTY”
If you are below forty and believe this, I feel so sorry for you because it means you are not yet alive.
6. “WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN”
Is your age coming down? Is your wisdom and knowledge coming down? Is the price of goods coming down? Think my friend!
7. “HE WHO LAUGHS LAST, LAUGHS BEST!”
Why laugh last when you can laugh always and why laugh best when laughter is not a competition. When we program ourselves with these strange philosophies,they limit and restrict us.
8. THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, IS BETTER THAN THE ANGEL YOU DON’T KNOW.
Why do you want to associate with the devil, the devil depicts evil, no matter how you want to make it look. The Angel you don’t even know is doing its primary assignment of guarding you always. Nothing good comes from the devil. Desist from such philosophy.
Change the way you think and talk.. You will change the world around you. You have the opportunity to RECREATE YOUR WORLD