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" For the sake of humanity we need more understanding and less misrepresentation."-
Let's spend more time to talk and understand each other rather than guess or judge based on hearsay..
What is Islam?
Islam is an Arabic word that means submission in English. The key idea is submission to the will of God. The word is so misunderstood even though the concept itself is extremly simple and a philosphy that the vast majority of the world strives to acomplish under different lables.
Even though the word Islam is used as a label for one of the world's three main monotheistic religions, it can actually be applied to all three if one truly tries to understand what it means. All three Judiasm, Christianity, and the religion of Islam belive in the same God of Abraham and the practcitioners of all three faiths strive to submit to the will of God. By definition any person who tries to submit to the will of God, they are practciing what in Arabic would be termed Islam. Even though in practice we see the world divided amongst faiths, Islam is a uniting term that represents what most people strive to achieve. Unfortunatly, animosity among people leads to a far distorted version that we see in the media.
Islam is not a new idea, or a new religion. It is an ageless, and timeless concept that has it's roots at the begining of time as we know it. There is only 1 Creator, and thus the laws of that creator have always been the same.
So many, including many Muslims think that Islam is a religion introduced by Mohammed, and before that there were other religions such as Christianity. But that is not true. Islam simply means submitting to God, and thus Adam submitted to God, Abraham submitted to God, as did Isaac, and Ishmael, and Moses, and Jesus, and as did every prophet who have been sent revalation throughout time. They were are all given the same guidance by the same God and they all did their best to submit to God. They did not follow different religions from different god's, nor was one told to worship one God, and another told to worship many. If we put aside our desire to label who is right and wrong, it becomes quite easy to see that all were right, and all had to be right as all were guided by one and the same God. In Arabic this idea of submitting to God's will is termed "Islam". It does not matter what label a person uses; wether you call it submtting to God, or simply consciously doing your best to follow One God and righteous principles, or call it Islam, it's really all one.
So what are righteous principles? I think for the most part we know what righteousness is but get lost again in different labels. Here is one example of what the Quran says about righteous. I want you to notice one thing when it starts, about east and west. In the religion of Islam the direction of prayer is very important and sometimes people will argue over slight differences in orientation, but notice how God makes it clear that those are details that have nothing to do with righteousness. We often confuse the details of our traditions with being a righteous person, while true righteousness is forgotten:
"Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in One God, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives to the needy; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous." Quran 2:177
Contrary to popular belief, Islam is not a new religion. It begins as long as there has been God. All of God's creation submit to His will, including creations before man; ie: the angels, jinns, even the non-living creations throughout the universe.
Say, "We have believed in One God and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are in submittion to Him." Quran 3:84
Often we spend so much time arguing about who is right, who is better that we forget that ALL the prophets came from the same One God and all brought the same message of worshiping only Him, and Him alone. Instead of realising that faith in One God means that we all equal beings from one source, we spend so much time judging each other and arguing over differnces. Even religious leaders/scholars get caught up in arguing over who's prophet is right, who's better, etc. But if you pause to look at the actual scripture and ponder what it says, you see a beautiful message of unity. We are to make no distinction between any of the prophets, and respect them all equally. And it makes sense if you think about it: wouldn't God send the same message with all the prophets? The same teachings, the same guidance for people? That is why we have so many basic ideas in common regradless of wether we call ourselves Muslims, Christians, or Jews. It is not because of one copying off the other, but because we are all from the same source. It stands to reason that we have more in common than we admit. If we drop our cultural differnces and look at only our scriptures, I think it becomes clear that we have everything in common and the differnces are so minute that they can easliy be attributed to being variations in translations.
Can you imagine what would happen if we spend less time arguing with each other about who is wrong, and instead spent the time to read each other's actual scriptures and realised that we are all fundamentally on the same foudations and have no differences to fight over.
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What Is Islam?
Say, "We have believed in One God and in what was revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Descendants, and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are in submition to Him."
Say, "O People of the Scripture, come to a word that is equitable between us and you - that we will not worship except One God and not associate anything with Him and not take one another as lords instead of God." But if they turn away, then say, "Bear witness that we are in submittion to Him."