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al-ISLAM (A Monotheistic Faith)
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General Introduction to Islam
The word Islam is derived from the Arabic root word salama which translates to the meaning "peace". The word tasleem (derived from word salama) means "total submission".
The follower of Islamic principles is called a Muslim (i.e. total submission to the Will of Allah(SWT), our Lord, the Creator of all things).
The Muslim greet each other by saying assalam-o-a'alakum, a phrase in Arabic which means "Peace be upon you".
The principles of Islam are contained in the Message sent down by Allah(SWT), to mankind through His messengers.
The Message has reached the entire human race throughout Time. It was brought to them by messengers from amongst the people Intended by the Divine Will of Allah(SWT). Mohammed(SAWA) is the last Messenger, sent to mankind with the complete and final Message from Allah(SWT), and was sent to the land of Arabia.
The Message is designed for the spiritual and worldly health of the intended people, and often did not need to be accompanied with Scriptures. Messengers of significance brought Codes of Law as ordained by Allah(SWT). These Codes of Canonic Law, are referred to the suhuf of the prior messengers, the Taurait of Muse', Zubur of Daud(AS), Ingeel of Isa(AS), or al Qur’an, the Last Testament from our Lord (The Creator of all things), and conveyed to us through the last messenger Prophet Mohammed(SAWA).
al Qur'an is the sacred Book of Islam, the Divine Word of Allah(SWT), the creator of all things. It contains no quotes from Mohammed(SAWA) or his companions or contemporaries. The total content is based on Divine Revelations received by Mohammed(SAWA) from Allahs(SWT)' through the mediation of the Arch Angel Gabriel. It illuminates the Path of Righteousness with illustrations from past experiences of mankind and predictions for the Ultimate Human Destiny.
There are volumes of quotes from the Prophet (SAWA) and descriptions of his life and conduct narrated by his companions and contemporaries. These collections are called Ahadees (also named Tradition).
All prophets preceding Prophet Mohammed (SAWA) were Messengers of varying significance, sent by Allah(SWT) according to the needs of the people at various places and at various periods of time. It is an integral part of Islamic faith to believe in all the Messengers before Mohammed(SAWA), and to accept their scriptures with reverence befitting the Divine Communication from the Lord of all the creation.
Islam is not a new religion. It is the religion favored by Allah(SWT) and brought down by Adam(AS) to his people, or Ibrahim (AS), or Musa(AS), or Isa(AS) to theirs. It reached its completion with the delivery of the Last Message by Prophet Mohammed(SAWA), and the verse announcing this was received by him as he traveled home from his last pilgrimage to Makkah shortly before he died.
The role of Mohammed (SAWA) was to correct the doubts and evil deeds promulgated by non-believers as well as the "People of the Book". It is necessary to scrutinize one's beliefs critically and mend one's ways before it is too late to repent.