Islam is the name given by Allah the Almighty to the true religion revealed by God to Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, for the guidance of mankind, over 1400 years ago in Arabia. Prophet Muhammad, received revelation from the Almighty Allah in which he was told that Islam was the final Divine Guidance for mankind. The Holy Quran is the holy book of Islam, which was revealed to him, over the period of 23 years. The followers of Islam are called Muslims.
Islam is an Arabic word; which literally means Peace and submission; Surrender of one’s Will; and to be in amity and concord with the Will of Allah. The significance of the name Islam is the attainment of a life of perfect peace and eternal happiness through complete surrender to the Will of God.
Islam is the religion that provides true understanding of God and prescribes His true worship. Islam is inherent in human nature and humans are created in accord with Islam. Islam teaches that the highest reach of human faculties is to meet God, the Exalted, through purification of the soul by worshipping Him and performing good deeds.
Islam is the essence of all truth. There is not a single fundamental verity that is not comprised in the Holy Qur’an. Islam is a living faith and claims to be able to place the relationship of man with God on the same plane as it was in the days long past. Islam does not consider revelation and communion with God to be a thing of the past. It believes that the avenues of spiritual bliss trodden upon by Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and, above all, the Holy Prophet of Islam, are still open and beckoning to those desirous of close communion with God.
One of the distinctive characteristics of Islam is that it requires its followers to believe that all the great religions of the world that prevailed before it were sent by God. It requires faith in all Prophets and in the revelation that was vouchsafed to them. It is thus a universal possession and a perfect guide.
Islam is a very comprehensive religion. It presents a way of life and gives guidance under all possible situations. Islam covers the entire sphere of human activities. Furthermore, in Islam, the beliefs must be reflected in actions. Islam delivers a message of peace to its adherents in their relationship to fellow human beings as well as in their relationship to God. Islam condemns discrimination based on nationality, colour or social class. There can be no master-race or aristocracy. The Holy Quran states:
O mankind, We have created you from a male and a female; and We have made you into tribes and sub-tribes that you may recognize one another. Verily, the most honourable among you, in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous among you. (49:14)
Islam conforms to human nature and fulfills all human needs. Furthermore, Islam is the only religion that accepts previous teachings and their bearers as coming from God. Islam teaches that the Holy Quran incorporates in itself the true meanings of these previous teachings, and that its own integrity will always be guarded by Allah Himself.
But, very unfortunately, on the name of God, Islam and the Holy Prophet Muhammad – the mercy for all the worlds, peace be on him, some fanatic and extremists Muslims are spreading hatred and intolerance. This hatred which was started from the sub-continent has now spread to many countries as well as to the United Kingdom. In 2010, in England some pamphlets were published against the peaceful and law abiding Islamic Community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat; as a service to Islam. But, in reality, it is service to no one, it is disservice to our peaceful religion Islam and it is disservice to mankind.
The real service to Islam and humanity is to spread the message of: Love for all – Hatred for none.