What Does It Mean to Be Muslim?

          I am a Muslim because I surrender to the will of God.  Muslim, comes from the Arabic root word sa-la-ma which means peace, but it also comes from the verb, as-la-ma to give up, to surrender to God Almighty. 

         To give up our free will (completely or to certain extents depending on your levels of spirituality) means to trust that God is most Capable of steering us to the Right way. And this allows peace to enter our hearts.  The opposite of peace is chaos.  A chaotic heart and mind is most unhappy.

          We are happy when God is happy with us.  God created us in order that we worship Him, and only Him.  Therefore, to declare our commitment to the One God, Muslims submitted their will to God by saying: 

"There is no God worthy of worship but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God."

In Arabic, the word "god" is "Ilah".  However, with the participle "Al" (like "el" in Spanish, and "la" in French) added to the beginning of the word "Ilah", it becomes "Al-Ilah" though it is pronounced "Allah" which means "The God".   This is the word for God, for Christian Arabs and Muslims alike. 

There is no God worthy of worship but ALLAH.

From the beginning of time, God promised Adam that He will always send a messenger to help the descendants of Adam find their way back to God.  After each messenger departed (Noah, Moses, Jesus etc.) the people lost their way.  God promises that the last messenger, The Prophet (who is mentioned in the Torah and the Bible) will arrive with a book delivered for the whole humankind.  A book that confirms the previous books (Psalms, Torah, Bible) yet improves on what they lacked or straigthens any misinformation contained therein as a result of centuries of tampering by humans.  Thus, Muhammad left us with the Holy Qur'an.  And today, we await the return of Jesus, the Messenger of God to confirm the message of Muhammad.

All praise and blessings be on Muhammad and his family.  Peace be on all the Messengers of God.

nourradiance nourradiance
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40 Responses Jul 27, 2007

I'm sorry for the late reply. But I don't get your question...it's not about me. It's Islam.
Sunjib, the khilafah agenda does not solve our problem if the citizens of your caliphate does not reflect an Islamic worldview about everything under the sun. First we need the men and women who reflects Islam in their thoughts, words and actions - then we will have success.

Blood from my heart virtually bleeds when my eyes see these perversions & when I see how some innocent Muslim people are being killed mercilessly, Muslima's are gang raped by non believing people. I feel shame thinking about our Muslim international leaders. What contribution they have for our Ummah? Our leaders are only busy with this materialistic worlds comfort, making black money, enjoying sex with non believing women secretly & to get all these supply continuously they are worshiping America, UK & other non believers. Trust my words brothers & sisters, our international leaders are worse than a Hore. A Hore is also having minimum ethics, loyalty toward customer which our leaders have don't!! We must condemn our Present Muslim leaders though it's late because already the damage they have caused for Ummah it's almost unrepeatable. But before it's too late we the general people have to oak up, must have to revolt & resist. No matter how strong they are when general people get united & call for  revolution Govt/so called leaders can't sustain. Trust me, it's universal fact we don't look towards history, Just couple of days back revolution brought historical victory against all evils (Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain & in many more countries). We must revolt & success will be in our right hand inshalla. Allah says in holy Quaran "He doesn't change the faith of any nation/group until they try for themselves". 
Just think on this example some one is home less, have no food & security on humanatory ground U gave food, shelter & security. Once the stranger became stronger through yr love & carting, all on a sudden the stronger kicked on yr (Palaistain) *** & send U out of yr home & calmed that house belong to strangers (Israel) .
I don't think I need to explain how stronger bondage is there between Jewes & USA, in fact all the non believers. We Muslims should learn from them. Just enagine though Isreal's militery is one if the strongest but its not a taugh job fir any Arab country to capture Isreal physically. But can u imagine what will be the consuqurncs? Do U think USA, UK & theur alluance will jerp mum & will wait untill neutral decision comes from UN? No, aling with UN instantly they will jump into CRUSADE & sime of our muslim leaders will arrange all necessary suppirts for US to establush US base!! I'm not a gay even thiugh sime time I realky feel like to **** heard in our Muslim leaders ***!! What role is playing by OIC? It could be alternative power of UN but just because of the negligence of our so called Muslim leaders its useless & instead of addressing OIC it would be more appropriate if we address it like "Tiger's Den for She-Males". Let us condemn OIC along with similar origination & let us reformed newly with new sprit as circumstantial  evidence indicates these organisations are only executing the tasks of non believers & indirectly they are upholding the non believers only. Let the general people rule the world once again. It's not so easy to execute but WITH THE PERMISSION OF ALLAH EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE, Trust me.
What would I/U feel if these tragedy would have taken place with our family members? Would We be able to keep  my patience -- no matter how stronger group/opponent  has done it? I know I couldn't & I'm sure you also! Then why we are silent in this case? Muslim Ummah is a Famile & my family members are being torchered in each day from differen angel by some speasic identified groups & shamelessly I'm watching it only!! So, some times I feel do I've any right to keep a Muslim name to address me? Why don't I change my name through afidfit & keep a nice non believes name!!
Demicriecy  is a system of Kufri, its also forbidden to accept & practice. Because whatever the majority wants is RIGHT!!
To get justice & to establish transparency in every sector no alternative but to establish KHELAFA. Though after the death of our beloved prophet only upto 08th century this system was functional & later on due to internal  conflicts, conspiracy, unethical different of opinion this system had to shut down. But in Islam only this system is accepted. To know more on it pls visit: http://www.khilafah.com/


In Short a Muslim should be:<br />
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"The Corrupt -- Fear US<br />
The Honest -- Support US <br />
The Heroic -- Join US".

Dear Sunjib,
It's good to feel passionate for God's sake, but let me remind you that US or USA or America does not have anything to do with your Islam or my Islam. There are emperors, empires and nation-state in the past that threatened or crushed Muslims, but these events did not crush our faith in God and His Messenger. America is just a passing character in our world history. Get up and get on with the next episode - you can be the winner in that one if you change your negative attitude.

ijustdon'tlikehumanbehavior,<br />
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"Surrender" and "submit" are two different English words - the word that is key to our understanding is the Arabic original: "Aslama"<br />
Arabic root words come with a variety of meanings, and sometimes, the meaning before the arrival of the Prophet Muhammad is different than the new Islamized meaning after the revelation to him. Aslama indicates a kind of barter where you give up something to get a peaceful state of mind. That's why the word "salam" conveys the meaning of peace. When someone gives you the greeting of peace (Salamu 'alaikum) it indicates that you are in a peaceful territory, and your life and property is safe with that person. <br />
Surrender in English, indicates somekind of difficulty is involved in this process, but that is fine - many people go through difficulty to become Muslim. Submit seems to indicate a full willingness, and some people become Muslims in this way, or ease slowly throughout their lives into this higher station of submission. God knows best.

In response to Neotone (Aug 9, 2012)<br />
What you're referring to in regard to succumbing to oppressors is known as fatalism. People used to accuse pious Muslims, and mystics in other religions - of fatalism, indicating the lack of free will in the face of aggression. However, you must keep in mind that the Prophet did not ask Muslims to turn their other cheeks to the aggressors. During colonialism, the same people who rose up to fight for independence in Muslim lands, were the pious Muslims who give up their free will when that is what God wants (as you indicate their will is God's will), and thus fight to their death when God strengthened (ayyad bi ruhih) them.

Assalamualaikum ya ukhti,<br />
I used to use 'surrender' but now I prefer submission. I wonder, is there any different? :) <br />

No free will, eh?<br />
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I am a Buddhist and do not believe in getting rid of all free will. But I do believe in PURIFYING free will. Surrendering to the will of God sounds about right... but allowing for the presence of your own free will seems to suggest that humankind's suffering is YOUR responsibility. You can't just leave it to God without taking some responsibility yourself.

Sorry I took so long to respond to this. There is no such thing as not exerting any free will - we all realize this I'm sure, except under some circumstances of duress or chance where we can't explain ourselves. The amount of free will that one lets go of, depends on one's dependance and trust on God.

See, that's exactly the problem. That seems to imply that the more religiously pure you are, the less free will you have, when it seems to me to be the opposite. I think like the parable (maybe it was you who shared this) of the man who had lust for so many women, and asked a religiously pure man to pray for him. And, I'll never forget this wording, the religious man was so pure, his prayer was like God talking to God... how could such a prayer not be answered? Thus it seems like if you're religiously pure, your will is enacted, because it is in fact the will of God. And in the same light, I see the idea of surrender in that, because while indeed your will is enacted, it's in fact the will of God, so you can't claim it as your own. But I worry that this emphasis on taking yourself out of the equation is easily perverted by oppressors. Perhaps this is a cultural difference, but in America, when a preacher tells you to put God in the driver's seat, the next sermon he's going to tell you to vote Republican and go to war in Iran.

Assalamu'alaykum brother Amman,<br />
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I hope to feel as lowly as you. Allah loves the humble ones and our Prophet Muhammad (S) was humble. May Allah raise your station with Him and bestow his grace and blessings on you and your family. And all of us. Amin.<br />
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May Allah give success to the Ummah and peace to the world.

subhanAllah Sister this is really truth of my life which I left behind and just wandering here and there with lame reasons..<br />
I need my Imaan back I need my Islam.. back... I am soo weak and helpless because I turned myself away from the blessings of Allah swt... A Muslim can never be confident unless he has his imaan in his heart.. It is a power which keeps him strong and confident for any situation... to all my brothers and sisters in Islam please pray for me that i could restore my imaan in true sense.. and Allah swt bless me with the treasure of patience and courage to stand ever for the truth of Islam inshaAllah..

Salam and Peace to you all,<br />
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Systemsman, apology accepted. Please don 't think that I have "the" understanding. Actually one of my weak points is that I appear too confident about things I say, but I can be very wrong. I pray for God guidance daily, so that He keeps me aright. You can learn from us all combined, I hope. But we are all still learning as well, I am sure I can speak for the others on this. May God accept from us. If you really are serious, you wouldn't keep a stock on all the negative questions that other people have asked. You'd just be thinking of God when you are alone, asking Him in your heart, and then you can ask those very questions to Muslims like us, in case we have an answer. Fogghorn just became a Muslim a few days ago - you might want to ask her how she feels with the change. May Allah reward all of those who helped our sister Fogghorn.<br />
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Your sister, NR.

Please accept my apologies, I am sorry, I did not mean to offend any one. I was given this information by a friend of mine who has read many books on different world religions. There was also many other comments that I chose not to post, and good thing. I don't mean to attack you, but the few Muslims that I do know personally have no interest in their faith and don't know why they believe what they do. My person thought is "it's what their parents told them". I also have many friends who are Christian and Hindu and also lack of knowledge and reasoning of why the believe what they believe.<br />
Nourradiance seems to have much more understanding and knowledge than anyone that I have spoken to personally on the Muslim faith, and I respect her for that. As I have mentioned before I still trying to discover "who's right and who's wrong". My Unitarian Universalist friend want to validate all world religions and I keep on telling her that they contradict each other. I do believe in a God that created this universe and that we are all His special creations. But I don't believe that all religions are equal. <br />
If I offended anyone, please understand that was not my intentions. I am on a personal search and I believe that if a certian religion is correct it can also stand the test of ob<x>jection. If you don't want any more question, I understand.

Assalamu'alaykum Shengam,<br />
I learn a lot from this comment. Keep it up sis!<br />
Systemsman, <br />
I'm so sorry bro. I'm just human, so I'm gonna give up on you now. But I won't be surprised if God doesn't give up on you. Keep on questioning, but don't purposely gravitate to the negatives. We Muslim women are not like you think. If you become a Muslim one day, you'll get to marry a Muslim woman of your choice, and you'll see how beautiful, modest and loyal she will be to you. Nothing is better than her. Some hadith of the Prophet Muhammad even says that a pious Muslim woman will be re-created more beautiful and satisfying than the "Hur" or virgin of Paradise. May God guide you to the Truth.

A man can threaten divorce if his wife is not meeting his sexual needs, according to surah 66:5" it may be, if he divorced you Allah will give him in exchange consorts better than you. <br />
" As to those women on whose part you fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them."surah 4:34. " Avoid disfiguring her or beating her excessively or abandoning her except at home" hadith 7.62.77<br />
Hadith days,"Wives are playthings so take your pick"<br />
Islamic Shari'a (law) seems to suppress and oppress women. Prohibit a women from even wearing shoes that make noise, and forbid them to be educated and looking directly into a mans eye.<br />
Three times in the Hadith, Muhammad's vision of hellfire is recorded, each time similar. Muhammad said, 'I was shown the Hell-fire and that the majority of its dwellings are women.<br />
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How do you defend this Islamic beliefs concerning women?

By Sami Zaatari

Without a doubt women in Islam have a very honorable and respected position, contrary to what many none-Muslims say which is that Islam looks down upon women. If one read the Quran and Islamic hadiths with an open heart holding no biasness or ill-will then one would see this for themselves, that Islam holds women in a very high honorable status, sadly many none-Muslims choose to either ignore these hadiths, or they sadly don’t even bother to read them at all leaving themselves in ignorance and claiming that Islam is anti-women.


Let us read some of these Islamic hadiths for ourselves to see a ladies honorable position within Islam, no anti-Islamic can read these hadiths and then claim that Islam is anti-women because that would be illogical.


Abu Hurairah reported that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) and asked:  



 “O Messenger of Allah, who is the person who has the greatest right on me with regards to kindness and attention?” He replied, “Your mother.” “Then who?” He replied, “Your mother.” “Then who?” He replied, “Your mother.” “Then who?” He replied, “Your father.”(Sahih Al- Bukhari)


So notice a man comes and asks the blessed prophet Muhammad about who has the greatest right to received kindness and respect, and as you can see the prophet said that it is the mother not one time, but 3 times in a row! So this hadith shows how important your mother is in Islam, that you should show more kindness and attention to her than you do your father, unlike in Christian where our mother Eve is blamed for everything including our downfall! This hadith alone is enough to refute every assertion that anti-Islamics make that Islam is an anti-women faith, how can Islam be an anti-women faith with such a saying of the prophet Muhammad?




Here is another hadith of the Prophet Muhammad:


“Fear Allah in respect of women.” And: “The best of you are they who behave best to their wives.” And: “A Muslim must not hate his wife, and if he be displeased with one bad quality in her, let him be pleased with one that is good.” And:”The more civil and kind a Muslim is to his wife, the more perfect in faith he is.”


As you can see, the blessed prophet Muhammad said that the best among us are those who are good to their wives, logically this means the worst ones among us are the ones who are bad to our wives, so therefore since a believer strives to be as good as he can he will be very good to his wife. Notice the hadith also says that a man must not hate his wife, put this with the part where the prophet says the best among us are the good ones to their wives leaves us with the only conclusion that we MUST treat our wives in an honorable and very respectful way, causing her no harm, nor distress. Obviously this doesn’t sound as anti-women faith!


Here is another lovely saying of the blessed and final prophet:


“Among my followers the best of men are those who are best to their wives, and the best of women are those who are best to their husbands. To each of such women is set down a reward equivalent to the reward of a thousand martyrs. Among my followers, again, the best of women are those who assist their husbands in their work, and love them dearly for everything, save what is a transgression of Allah’s laws.”


To begin with, it must be said that being a martyr in Islam is one of the best and most honorable status you can get in the sight of Allah, the Quran and countless hadiths establish this fact. Now having said that, notice this hadith states that a good wife will have the reward of 1000 martyrs! So a lady who is simply a good wife, who pleases her husband, takes care of him, and does all the things a wife should do will have such an honorable high reward! Does this sound like an anti-women faith?


Here is another hadith of the blessed and final prophet:

Mu’awiyah, the son of Jahimah, reported that Jahimah came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said,  


 ” Messenger of Allah! I want to join the fighting (in the path of Allah) and I have come to seek your advice.” He said, “Then remain in your mother’s service, because Paradise is under her feet.”


The hadith basically means that treating your mother with love, kindness, and respect, and showing no rudeness is essential for a Muslim’s entrance into paradise itself! If this isn’t a sign of how much respect we should have towards our mothers then what is?! Again, does this sound like an anti-women faith?


So as you can all see, women have a great status within Islam, they are not looked down upon, quite the opposite as you can see! How can anyone but a liar claim Islam is an anti-women faith with such sayings of the prophet of Islam?

there is only one HADITH in ISLAM and is QURAN ALONE

That's not true, actually. I rarely reply to comments but I feel like this deserves a reply. In Islam, we have to learn the Quran AND the Hadiths because the Hadiths pretty much explain a lot of the information mentioned in the Quran. Following Hadiths is like following Prophet Mohammad, which is what God told us Muslims to do. I actually learned recently in religion class about the importance of Hadiths. There are 2 sources of Islam, the Quran and the Sunnah.

Assalamu'alaykum brother,<br />
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No, not that kind of heart. A heart of faith. A heart with God-consciousness will know right and wrong.<br />
What is the difference between learning Islamic Studies from a non-Muslim Ph.D professor and learning Islam from a Sheikh who practice his utmost piety. Both of them give you knowledge and show you how to use your brain to acquire religious information. However, the pious believing Sheikh will impart his faith into your heart if Allah wills. We see truth with the heart.

I agree but when some one makes judgement of another person(s). Mind and rational thinking is the only way. heart cannot make u a fair judgement . And i guess we all -humans- agree about this. If a judge uses his heart to judge all trails and cases the world will go insane.

Anything and everything is possible. It is not enough to view the world with our eyes and rational mind, we also need to feel our world with our hearts, and respond the way our Prophet would have.

And what about if I tell u that there is no such a thing that is called extremist groups that r made by muslims. and All those violent groups are created by western intelligence services to create what they call "False Flag Operation" which means showing the public that their enemy is attacking them to hyper the nation towards certain type of people. And i need to ask u one thing. Have u met someone jihadist all ur life? answer is Nope cuz me myself and all the muslims i know never met such a people. and i only heard about this type of people on TV,lol<br />
They want muslims to be scared to talk and show the rest of the world the injustice being done by their-the world- own governments . For example, they bring u on TV a guy with middle eastern look and tell him -train him- to talk and threat the people on TV -by video- and then he brings the reason why he is doing this and when he mentions that he is doing this because of -occupying our countries and killing our brothers,blah blah thing- so when u start to talk about it-injustice- to others u will seem like u r using the same language while u r not a terrorist at all, u can see even other muslims thinking that u r a terrorist project walking. And people won't even listen to u. So, this is the goal behind all this. to shut up voices of justice all over the world. And yes by time the result came as they wanted and yes muslims do not talk about their suffering otherwise they will be seen as "they try to have excuse to kill us" and they just wait for any non-muslim who have the heart and mind to tell the truth. So, i rather shut up instead of being accused of supporting the terrorists or giving sympathy to them.lol so i just SHUT UP.<br />
And if this non-muslim is not white he can be shut up by accusations of supporting the terrorists,lol and if he is white he be called a conspiracy theorist,lol . And if he is a jew , he will be called a self-hating jew specially if he talks about occupation of Palestine. So, this is the world we are living in now.

Assalamu'alaykum Bro,<br />
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Yeah, thanks for commenting on that previous comment about Muslim killing people. It's true that the majority of Muslims are obedient to God and do not commit such a major sin. But sometimes, Muslims - like others, break under pressure, and we hear of people committing things against their religion including committing suicide. <br />
To make it worse, there are now groups of people who misunderstand the religion, yet claim to be religious clerics, who recruit and train our young men and women to be extremists. Muslims must be careful where they send their children to study and the youth/mentors they mix around with. Muslims governments and non-Muslim governments should be aware that it is Islamic teachings that will train young Muslims to be peaceful and caring world citizens, and it is extremist teachings that will deviate them from the Islam that the Prophet Muhammad came with. It is important to differentiate between real Islam and extremist Islam, and to offer more opportunities for learning in real Islam, in order to eliminate extremist Islam. We see examples of educated practicing Muslims in Egypt, Malaysia, Turkey and the West (just to name a few) and we should work together to encourage the development of successful Muslim communities all over the world. Like the brother said, if Muslims didn't suffer in their countries due to internal or outside sources, they wouldn't be running amok. In fact, the youths got nothing better to do with their lives. They need a focus.<br />
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Thanks for the site brother. InshaAllah I'll check it out.

Someone asked about why muslims wanna kill all non-muslims kinda question. Well, there is no such a thing that muslims wanna kill non muslims. The thing is there is a fact called corporate media that controls what u r allowed to know so they fool u that u choose ur judgment freely while they chose in advance what u r allowed to know so u make ur judgment using the resources that they allowed u to have and any one bringing u another resource with a different point of view than what they try to feed ur brain with they just call that person a conspiracy theorist.<br />
So, there is one simple fact u have to know. 60% of the world resources is in the muslim world. To make u have the acceptance of sending ur kids to occupy those resources u have to feel one of two feelings:<br />
1- Either revenge by making u angry and making u feel that they -muslims- wanna kill u for no reason. and i wonder how non-muslims believe such a thing? and why now? islam was more than 1400 years ago and why in the last 10 years suddenly muslims got a new quraan telling them to kill every one?!!<br />
2- or making u believe that for ur own safety u have to send ur kids to occupy muslim countries otherwise they will attack u at home.<br />
The thing is it is all about politics and we all humans suffer from those who r sitting on top and putting their hands in our pockets every month and take our taxes and they spread hate among us. <br />
And believe me if it wasnt muslims who has 60% of worlds resources , let us say if it was Buddhists instead, believe me, the terrorists wouldn't be muslims . they would just be Buddhists.<br />
If u don't believe me and i really only care about us humans and i do not get paid for telling this. but go read yourself a site like globalresearch dot ca , it is ca not com and this site is managed by a non muslim. Myself i learned too much from it.<br />
Thank u and keep the love people.

Wa'alaykumsalam Br. Ticktok,<br />
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May Allah reward you for reminding us of the love the Rasul (sallahu 'alayhi wassalam) has for us. We need such a reminder to build our own love for him, for nobody should be more beloved to us before Allah and His Prophet (S). May Allah bless you daily and eternally.<br />
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Br. Sharpshoota,<br />
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Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of the religion with us. It's amazing to me that you admitted that you don't practice enough of the religion. Still, with that much commitment, God has endowed you with such love for Him to defend Islam so fervently. I can't imagine how knowledgeable and beneficial you might become after you've committed yourself to the daily prayers. May Allah make it easy for you and bless you. Amin.

Systemsman,<br />
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Now you sound like a true seeker. You said, "If one religion is right, that makes the other religions wrong." Now not many people believe this anymore even amongst some priests and rabbis. Many people out there are agnostics - they don't know what to believe. In interfaith dialogue, we try to operate at this level. But you seem so close to the Truth of God. God bless you!<br />
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Muhammad's proof is too much to write here. First of all, he is a man whose existence is proven by history. Nobody can claim that he is a mythical figure for instance. The book that he conveyed, the Qur'an was memorized by him and his followers upon revelation and is still memorized today. I'm working on the memorization myself - in Arabic (not my mother tongue).<br />
So everything is intact.<br />
Prophesies and miracles are innumerable. He has a seal (birthmark) on his shoulder blade - written "La ilaha illaAllah" - there is no God but God". At the time before he received the revelation, the Christians in Arabia was waiting for the "comforter" mentioned in the Bible. Once, a Christian monk (Bahirah- look him up!) of the desert had seen Muhammad passed by his small monastery and enquired about him due to his prophetic nature. Second, upon revelation, Muhammad thought he was turning insane, so his wife sought out a cousin of hers who was a Christian monk (Waraqah), and he confirmed that Muhammad was the prophet he was waiting for. He wished he lived long to help him, but he didn't. He prophesied that the people of Makkah will throw Muhammad out, like they did to all prophets of the past.<br />
When Muhammad migrated to Madinah, there were many Jews living there to escape the polytheism of Mecca then. They were still waiting for Jesus, whom they didn't accept when he came to them in Jerusalem. They also had some evidence about the "Comforter" and knew a lot of details about him. When Muhammad came to them, they did not deny him to be the "Comforter" - however, they did not accept him because he was not from a Jewish tribe - and the Jews were expecting him to be from amongst the Israelites.<br />
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Prediction: The fall of Rome<br />
"The Romans have been defeated. In the nearest land and they, after their defeat will be victorious. Within three to nine years... " (Qur'an: Ar-Rum,30:2-4)<br />
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Of course, this is from the Qur'an, so Muslims consider this to be the words of God, not Muhammad. Muhammad has countless predictions that came true. Amongst his prediction is that Muslims will be great in number but weak in power. That's us Muslims today.<br />
Amongst his predictions is that many Christians will be converting to Islam and that Jesus will return as a prophet of Islam. The former is in progress right now, as more Christians than Jews become Muslims in Western lands. It's the fastest growing religion in many countries.<br />
The return of Jesus is imminent. May God make us worthy of him.<br />
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In a hadith(narration) of the Prophet, he said: "Any man who....(not relevant). And if any man of the people of the sc<x>riptures believes in his own Prophet and then believes in me (Muhammad) he too will get a double reward.....(more irrelevant information) " (Sahih Bukhari, Vol.7 #20)<br />
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Systemsman, you believe that there should be only one true religion. This is a true insight that not every religion admits due to insecurity about their religion. Islam does not necessarily contradict all the tenets of other religion. My husband was a Christian and he became a Muslim and adopted the name Isa (Jesus) because he feels that being Muslim is an extension of being a Christian. Muhammad is the next Prophet after Jesus. It's a continuation - not a cut-off of everything good about Christianity.<br />
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The Prophet said, "By Him (Allah) in Whose Hand Muhammad's soul is, there is none amongst the Jews and Christians (of these present nations, not before Muhammad) who hears about me and then dies without believing in the Message with which I have been sent, but he will be from the dwellers of the fire." (Sahih Muslim, vol 1 #240).<br />
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Islam is the only true religion. It is the religion that God taught to Adam and all the Prophets. People assigned different names to it over the years. The Prophets are many, but the message is the same. If you have any other questions you can ask more here or message me privately.<br />
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I pray that you become our brother in religion - if that's what Allah wills for you. If you don't, then you are our brother in humanity and we should still help each other in upholding God-consciousness and obedience. Take care and God bless.

Islam offers a variety of ways society can solve its problem?? Culture needs Islamic support tools like polygamy and early marriage to uphold the sanctity of marriage??<br />
Muhammad was created with the highest morals - the opposite of what I think of him.?? I'm just asking real questions that should be easy to answer. <br />
I would agree with you on the problems of America and many western countries that women are taken advantage of.<br />
Since I'm having trouble with the founder of your religion and I'm not relating your opinion on him maybe you can answer this question? In order to be called a prophet, the person must have prophesied something and later found to be true. What did Mohammad predict? What proof does your religion have to call him a prophet? <br />
Other religions claim to have their proofs. I guess that's what I'm looking for, before I would choose to follow anyone. All religions have a founder. And yet all religions contradict each other.<br />
If your still up to answering me, show me the proof that Muhammad is prophet. I don't mean to sound like I'm attacking you but I'm looking for a logical and plausible answer to which religion is right. After all, most people believe their parents without ever questions them. I do know this... If one religion is right, that makes the other religions wrong.

My proof is the Quran. If you read it you would see how it is so well written that no writer in the world can ever write anything like it. It mentions recent scientific discoveries that would have been impossible to know at that time period. Like the atom, genetics, the big bang theory, and some even say it mentions the mobile. Not one letter or anything in it has ever been changed since it was written. I respect your opinion but i just want you to know why i believe it is the right religion :)

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It's good to be honest with yourself. But don't take religion from human beings like myself. Who cares what my proof is. You want real proof, pick up the Qur'an and read it with honesty. Those other issues - polygamy, child marriage has to do with society's problems and needs - and nothing at all with your spiritual needs for God. You live in America - an advanced society that has gone through various social transformation and experiments to understand human nature. America and many Western countries have provided the world with proofs that humans are prone to making mistakes and injustice towards certain members of society - women, children, the poor, even average white men. Women are constantly in compromising situations in America, sexually and are sometimes taken advantaged of economically.<br />
I tried to explain how God-given commands in the Qur'an can solve some societal problems in my previous comments above, but I guess I need to explain at length. You're welcome to post more questions on this. <br />
The bottomline is this: Islam offers a variety of ways society can solve its problem. You don't have to practice polygamy if it's not suitable to your culture (most Indo-Pakistanis are not polygamist for instance), but if your culture is sexually permissive (eg. flirtatious people, rampant sexual outlets etc.) then that culture needs Islamic support tools like polygamy and early marriages (not 9-years old) to uphold the sanctity of marriage.<br />
Muhammad was created with the highest morals - the opposite of what you think of him. Time will tell.

As I am questioning all religions to show me the proof, the Bible believers make their claims. So I am now asking my other friends who are Unitarian Universalist. The UU make claims that all religions valid. The only problem with that thinking is they contradict each other. So if one is correct that makes the other religion wrong, and the UU also wrong. So if Muhammad is God's last and final prophet I believe that God would give us the proof. <br />
Even after re-reading your post on Muhammad multiple wives and having sexual relations with a 9 year old child, I must be honest with you that it doesn't sit well with me. I live in America and in this country women have different rights. Muhammad would be sitting in prison for polygamy and child rape, not to mention murder and other things. If you could shed some light on these things I would appreciate it.

Systemsman,<br />
There is no scientific proof for the Bible or the historical Jesus. I am not saying this to attack Christianity, because we Muslims also believe that God sent the Gospels and His messenger Jesus. <br />
How can we prove that Judas was on the cross? We can't. How can we prove that Jesus was not on the cross? In the Bible, he was quoted to have said, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"<br />
Forsaken? Why would God forsake his prophet (or son, according to majority of Christians). Didn't Jesus realize God's mission for him? Wasn't Jesus suppose to be patient enough to bear what his Creator test him with?<br />
To me, that is a proof that Jesus was not on the cross. God has already saved him from humiliation and defeat for he is an honored prophet of God. The Prophet Muhammad said, Jesus (Isa) will return as a prophet of Islam, perhaps we can ask him, God willing.

Hello nourradiance. I am a follower of Jesus (Issa). I understand that you are a follower of Muhammad. I do believe that Jesus is completely unique among all men who have ever lived for many reasons, including, without limitation, the fact that God raised (resurrected) Jesus from death back to life and that someday in the future Jesus will return (as you stated in your last sentence) from where Jesus is at this very moment, which is sitting with God.

You present some interesting questions to which I would share an answer. You state: In the Bible, he was quoted to have said, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" Then you ask: Forsaken? Why would God forsake his prophet (or son, according to majority of Christians). Didn't Jesus realize God's mission for him? Wasn't Jesus suppose to be patient enough to bear what his Creator test him with? Thank you for this opportunity to respond.

As Jesus approached his death while suffering the incomparable Roman torture of "death by crucifixion," Jesus had placed upon him the sins of every person who has ever lived. In other words, Jesus was fulfilling the very purpose of Jesus living thirty-something years culminating with the most-horrific form of death that has ever been devised. As predicted in the Old Testament (Tawrat and the Zabur), Jesus became like a lamb, a sacrificial lamb, to absorb the punishment and wrath of God that you and I deserve for every time that you or I have fallen short of God's requirements and expectations for you and me. Every single time I fall short of God's intention for me is a sin. Every single time you fall short of God's intention for you is a sin. The cumulative sins of everyone in the world who has ever lived -- all of those sins combined -- was placed upon Jesus so that Jesus could bear them through Jesus' death. So Jesus has become the sacrifice for my sins, and the death of Jesus is the payment in substitution for the punishment that I deserve because of my sins. It is like Jesus went to jail for my jail sentence. It is like Jesus paid the fine for my speeding ticket. That is what it means when people say "Jesus bore my sins." It is like all of my sins were bundled up into sacks, and Jesus carried all of them on his back to and through death, in my place so that I can trust him to have accomplished that.

Now back to your questions. Part of what God is, is infinite holiness. In God there is total perfection. In God there is no sin. God is so holy that he will not have sin in his presence. If I or any human tried to approach God with our own sins, we would be incinerated by God's holiness. So as Jesus Christ neared death, with the weight of everybody's sins burdened upon Jesus, God turned away from Jesus. Jesus, who had lived with the favor and with an open communications with God, experienced God's turning away (or shunning or "forsaking") for the first time, and it was all because of the sins (my sins and your sins) that Jesus was carrying to his death. To answer your final questions: Yes, Jesus realized God's mission for him, but it was painful nevertheless. And you asked, "wasn't Jesus suppose to be patient enough to bear what his Creator test him with?" to which the answer can be plainly seen: Yes, Jesus was entirely patient to endure his own death on the cross. At any moment, Jesus could have called down thousands of angels to destroy everyone who was hurting him. Jesus could have pronounced a curse upon all of us whose sins were causing the break of fellowship between Jesus and God the Father, when God the Father turned His back (or shunned or foresook) on Jesus. But Jesus didn't do any of that, did he? Instead, Jesus endured the penalty that God the Father imposed for the substitution punishment of my sins and your sins.

I hope that you will understand the answer to your questions. This answer, by itself, perhaps still does not provide you with proof that Jesus was not on the cross. Perhaps there never will be enough proof for you that Jesus was on the cross. Even though you said "there is no scientific proof for the Bible of the historical Jesus" (according to your first paragraph in your reply), would you at least agree that (1) the Gospels are true because God sent them? and (2) God's messenger Jesus historically existed because God sent this Jesus?

Thank you for your sharing of your thoughts on this website. I hope that we can talk more. May God open the eyes of our hearts as we discuss more of God's ways to the glory of God. Blessings to you!

I appreciate the opportunity to understand this perspective. It's always a pleasure to hear from believers of God. As a Muslim, I believe in Jesus and the Gospels, for it is one of the required 6 articles of Faith that Muslims must believe in (God, Angels, His Holy Books, His Prophets, The Last Day, His Predestination and Fate). The theological disagreement exists in regard to Jesus's crucifixion. In Islamic theology, there is no ground for another person to carry the burden of another's sins, and there is also no instance for God to turn His back on someone who worships Him. These are theological differences. Turning His back on His believer, violates many of the attributes of God, that He stated in the Qur'an such as The Most Loving, The Most Merciful, The Most Forgiving, the Most Just. It is not just for God to allow one man to carry the sins of all humanity, while they are free to continue disregarding God's law that was codified for the sake of humanity's themselves. We see today, many Christians who claim piety and love for Jesus and the Father, yet are unremorseful of their sins. Why? Because the sins can easily be tagged on Jesus. And this concept also gives credence to Jesus's divinity. The more indebted humans are to Jesus for carrying their sins, the more divine Jesus becomes, and he is exalted sometimes higher than God the Father, and he is praised more often through church hymns, gospels etc. Is this what the Creator intended.
Please forgive me for questioning your religious tenets, but we are free to discuss if both sides are willing. If I have offended you, please forgive me and accept that theologically Islam and Christianity are not one of the same, but there are many shared aspects as well. Blessings too!

Does anyone have any proof of the claims that Judas died on the cross and not Jesus?

Hi I am a British Muslim, I am not a Muslim scholar nor am I am a weak muslim that means I do not pray 5 times a day but yet I keep my fast in the month of Ramadan, I attend Friday prayers, yet I shamefully I have forgotten how to read the Arabic quran.<br />
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I grew up and went to a Christian school, when I was a small boy I went to church with the school I sang hyms until I understood the concept of Christianity that Jesus is the son of god, and how it goes against the fundamentals of Islam. <br />
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Islam simply means peace. To live a peaceful life in peaceful worship in order to to spread the true message of God we must do it with the way of the pen and not the way of tge sword. What do I mean? I went to school out of 175 students in my year group we had two Muslims me and my couson. Yes everyone questioned my religion so what did i do about it? I read up on my religion and have them examples of why we do what we do.<br />
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Every religion has Jihad, Jihad in English language means Struggle, it is NOT a holy war it is struggle (please to all non Muslims if you talk to anyone and Jihad is mentioned please say every human has Jihad because it means struggle)<br />
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Violence has never been preached in any religion, from my basic understanding in any religion killing or violence only come in a battlefield. An eye for an eye in Christianity, the crusaders that killed many people to spread christianity, the Jews that killed many Christians and according to the bible crucifix of Jesus.<br />
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To try and answer your question why Muslims kill or try to kill us, first and foremost suicide in Islam is a major sin so suicide bombing is a huge sin, killing innocent people especially women and children. The middle east conflict is not religious but rather it is to do with occupation of land, Muslims and Jews have lost there lives. Those Muslims who kill do not represent Muslims as a while but rather they are angry men who need educating on the true message of Islam which is peace. If a man or women kills a fellow human and the person who committed the murder is jewish or Christian does not represent the Christian religion. The media is so grate at promoting hatred by constant use of Islam in the negative form yet they are not so great in promoting world peace such as the commonality of all religions especially that of Christians and Muslims.<br />
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The media and politicians come up with names that are not even a real word such as Islamists? This is not a real word its a made up label made by politicians and media.<br />
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If the media and politicians understand Islam and their own religions you will see all we want is a simple and peaceful life. Do many non muslims know we believe in Mary mother of Jesus? Do they know we have the beautiful chapter on Mary mother of Jesus and the birth of jesus? I don't think they will tell you such things. The media will say women in Islam are oppressed and they are forced to cover their hair, but do they tell you that when you enter every single church in the world you will see that the image of Mary mother of Jesus has her hair covered you can even Google image virgin Mary and see for yourself. The media say that Muslim men have rights over women, yet do they say the wife has rights over her husband? Such as the man has to feed, shelter, and be the bread winner whilst the wife can sit at home, but if she decides to work, her money is her own not her husbands and she can keep all of it, but when the husband works he has to give to his wife its a joint account.<br />
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Look at jesus an image of jesus is similar to a muslim they have long beard. There ate many men and women who LOVE JESUS yet fail to dress like him and his Mother, guess what muslims do, do you know it? <br />
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I am sorry i went on and on i wanted to write short reply, please feel free to correct my mistakes as i amnot a islamic sholar.

Dear Systemsman,<br />
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What is hard to believe? Everything is possible because the possibility is endless - the universe seems infinite to us, but God knows best about things He creates.<br />
God allowed Muhammad only four wives. The people and societies around him at that time were used to having dozens of wife, and for certain tribal leaders even hundreds of wives or more. So, perhaps God wants to limit the injustice that women suffered from, without making it too difficult and dramatic for men who can't handle life with just one desirable companion. A'isha is one of the mother of the believers - she had the honor of living in close companionship with the Prophet since childhood and is therefore a source of information for all Muslims on the do's and don'ts of the Islamic religion and especially in regard to husband-wife relationship. She did not consummate her marriage with the Prophet of God until it was physiologically possible for that to occur, that is after she reaches puberty - which for girls can occur at 9 years of age or beyond. (In very rare cases, earlier than that and the girls' physiological make-up usually provides evidence that she has reached puberty)<br />
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Islam is a universal religion. It's hard to accept things that are beyond what our culture has indoctrined us to believe to be right or wrong. This is a religion that can be applied by any culture, time-period and emergency situation without it causing hardship on the people. A girl who is sexually-active does not have to bear the burden of teenage motherhood alone and suffer the rest of her life due to a "mistake" or her natural inclination towards love and sex. The Islamic solution is simple. A girl who is in love can marry the man she loves as long as he promises to take care of her needs as a loving husband. She can enjoy her relationship with him as often as she likes even if she is a minor. However, a Muslim should abide by the rule of the country that he/she resides in. Rule of law is set up to protect citizens from abuses that have been recorded to occur in the past. Muslims should obey the law of the land they are in for as long as it does not cause undue hardship to the practice of the basics of the religion. Allah knows best.

I just wanted to know why Muhammad was allowed to have more than 4 wives as he tell us in the Koran? And why his last wife was only 6 years old and consummate the marriage when she was only 9 years of age? Thats is hard to believe.

is not true ..people follow hadiths ...Quran alone gives everything we need as best explanation ...

Hi Steffie,<br />
The Prophet Muhammad said, a Muslim is someone who other Muslims feel safe from his tongue and hands, and a Mukmin (who is a truer believer than a Muslim) is someone who humanity feels protected from. <br />
People don't sacrifice their life (in violence act) for the sake of religion. They're not always that willing to die and leave everything before God's appointed time comes - there are lots of reasons and emotions involved - oppression, anger, poverty, shame, jealousy, hopelessness - it's just so easy to make one feel good and bolder to do it and to rouse others to violence by claiming to do it for God and religion. <br />
The Middle East is a very tough place. You can find the answer for yourself. Go there for a job or something - there are plenty of jobs in the Arab Gulf countries that pay a lot. While you're there, you can hop over to poorer Arab states and take a look at Palestine and Iraq. The answers all there.<br />
Their pain continues on...

You seem so nice. I just want to know why your muslum people want to kill us all. Why can all people be happy and believe what they want to/ I do not believe in the Gods of some in Japan or the other types of beliefs, ut I do not go try to kill them. That is ther right. If they want to worship a rock that is there choice, I do not try to kill them. Why do people from Middle East try to kill us?

I know you were not asking me but I felt compelled to answer. I am a Musimiah. I converted or reverted almost a year ago. Alhumdilulah. Learning Islam and learning about the different people was interesting cause I was raised the same that all muslims want to kill. You have to study and get to know the people. There are fanatics out there in every religion and race. All the muslims I know are peace makers. I was a christian before and the ones i was around only spread hate. So does that mean I lump all Christians with these few people. No. True muslim people are sweet, kind thoughtful and would welcome you in there home dispite your hate and feed you and give you clothes. Not all Muslims are bad. And that really hurts to see such hate. There are extremests everywhere. My husbnad is from India and wont even harm a fly because it is Gods creation. There are some Indian people that are bad too but he is not one of them. There are alot of innocent people you hurt with your words who would never harm anyone. By saying things like this you are no better than the muslims who kill. You spread hate. All life is precious that is what Islam has taught me. There are many sects to Islam just like there are many religions to Christians. Babtist, Methodist, ect. Please think about what I have said and please I am not attacking you only trying to get you to look at in another way.

Hi theloved, <br />
There are many Muslims who won't be willing to admit that we have the same God and vice versa many Christians and Jews who don't admit that "Allah" simply means the God of Abraham as Amira pointed out (May God reward you). Yes, religion is simple. One God created everything, and this God sent out messengers throughout our human existence. The Jews call Him Yahweh, the Christians call Him the Father and the Qur'an says, He calls Himself "Allah" - along with 99 other names that are in the Qur'an. <br />
"In the Name of God Most Merciful and Kind. Say He is God, One. The Self-Sufficient One. He did not give birth nor was He born. And none is equal or comparable to Him." (Qur'an: Purity, 112)<br />
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The people in this EP group are average Muslims, and we are all similar and different in various ways. The only constant is "There is no god worthy of worship but (the) God - Allah, and there Muhammad is His Messenger." You can ask anything! May God be with you.

In summary: Our Islamic theology is divided into 6 pillars: The Belief in God (Allah), the one and only one worthy of all worship (Tawhid). The Belief in ALL the Prophets (Nabi) and Messengers (Rusul) sent by God. The Belief in the Angels (mala'ika). The Belief in the Books (kutub) sent by God (Torah of Mussa (Moses), Enjeel of Eissa (Jesus) and Qurān of Mohammad peace be upon them). The Belief in the Day of Judgment (qiyama) and in the Resurrection (life after death). The Belief in Destiny (Fate/qadar). <br />
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These pillars are a condition and must to be a Muslim as well as Believer! <br />
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The Prophets and The Messengers we believe in are: Adam, Idris (Enoch), Nuh (Noah), Hud, Saleh, Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma'il (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac), Lut (Lot), Ya'qub (Jacob), Yousef (Joseph), Shu'aib, Ayyub (Job), Musa (Moses), Harun (Aaron), Dhu'l-kifl (Ezekiel), Dawud (David), Sulaiman (Solomon), Ilias (Elias), Al-Yasa (Elisha), Yunus (Jonah), Zakariyya (Zechariah), Yahya (John), 'Isa (Jesus), Muhammad... And there are more who we don't know, but still believe in them! <br />
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Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him WASN'T the FOUNDER of Islam as other thought, as if so then Allah WON'T inspire him to follow the Creed of His Father Prophet Ibrahim, Father of Prophets and Messengers of Children of Israel as well as Prophet and Messenger Mohammad peace be upon them.. <br />
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Allah said in Quran what means in English: [16:120] Abraham was indeed an exemplary vanguard in his submission to GOD, a monotheist who never worshipped idols. [16:121] Because he was appreciative of His Lord's blessings, He chose him and guided him in a straight path. [16:122] We granted him happiness in this life, and in the Hereafter he will be with the righteous. [16:123] Then we inspired you (Muhammad) to follow the religion of Abraham, the monotheist; he never was an idol worshiper.<br />
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The Message of ALL Prophets and Messengers of God was ONE which is to believe in God (Allah), the one and only one worthy of all worship (Tawhid) and we Muslims ONLY follow ALL of THEM!

I have a question. do you serve the same God as the Jews ? the same God as the Chrisians? I just don't know what the average Muslim believes. We see all the bombings, and assume the worst .

Wa'alaykumsalam wbt, <br />
You are so right! Thank you for that beautiful du'a. I'm glad you enjoy the storis. Please share your writing and thoughts as well. Others who don't like my style of writing may like yours instead, but the point is to serve Allah. :)<br />
May Allah accept our efforts for His sake. Sister Nourradiance.

salam alyikum, very nice story my brother/or sister in islam. very nice points in your writing, its good to see people who write with such meaning very good for posting it. alhamdulliah. may allah direct us all, and let us all focus on allah alone instead of all other pointless things in this world today, and lets us focus on what really matters. ameeeen :)))

There is no might and power but by God. May Allah answers your prayer for me, and give the same to you. Hope to hear more from you Jannah. May He place us in Jannah, with faces radiant - beholding our Lord Most High, free from all that people falsely ascribe to Him. Amin.

I really enjoyed reading this, Many thanks for posting it.. Allah be with you -Always..

Thank you for visiting. My writing is simple about this religion because Islam is a simple and primal religion when practiced with sincerity.

You write with eloquence and simplicity about your faith. :)