The Islam ideology is based on revelation (Qur’an and Hadith) and hence without weakness, loop-holes, imperfections and contradictions. Qur’an is in Arabic, the text is absolutely pure, and the whole world has failed to meet the challenge of writing even a verse like it. If you are asked in the West to explain the conduct of the rulers in a Muslim State, tell them politely and clearly that you are wrong in assuming that Islam s that which Muslims practice! Qur’an is the only Divine Book that has not undergone any change with time whatsoever.
Delivered by Prophet Muhammad Sallalahu-Alayhi Wasallam in the Valley of Arafat.
O people, perhaps you shall not see me again after this. Therefore listen to what I am saying to you very carefully and take these words to those who could not be present here today.
O people, just as you regard this month, this day, this city as sacred, so regard the life and property of every Muslim as a sacred trust. Return the goods entrusted to you to their rightful owners. Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that he will indeed reckon your deeds. Allah has forbidden you to take usury (interest), therefore all interest obligation shall henceforth be waived …
Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in big things; so beware of following him in small things.
O people, it is true that you have certain rights with regard to your women, but they also have rights over you. If they abide by your rights, then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them for they are your partners and committed helpers. And it is your right that they do not make friends with anyone whom you do not approve, as well as never to commit adultery.
O people, listen to me in earnest, worship Allah, say your five daily prayers (Salah), fast during the month of Ramadan, and give your wealth in Zakat. Perform Hajj if you can afford to. You know that every Muslim is the brother of another Muslim. You are all equal. Nobody has superiority over another except by piety and good action. Remember, one day you will appear before Allah and answer for your deeds. So beware do not stray from the path of righteousness after I am gone.
O people, no Prophet or Apostle will come after me and no new faith will be born. Reason well, therefore O people, understand my words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the Quran and my example the Sunnah and if you follow these you will never go astray. All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Be my witness O Allah, that I have conveyed your message to your people.”
Islam is international in its outlook and approach, and addresses the conscience of humanity and banishes all false barriers of race, status and wealth. The message of Islam is for the entire human race (See Qur’an 1 : 1, 7 : 158, 25 : 1, 21 : 102 for Universalism and Humanism). Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said: “All creatures of Allah from the family of Allah and he is the best loved of Allah who loves best His creatures”. (Hadith)
Unlike Christianity, Islam does not stand for life-denial or asceticism but for life-fulfillment regarding life as a unity where you live piously according to Sharii’a and Sunnah without renouncing the world. Thus, there is no separation between “matter” and “spirit”, “material and moral”, “mundane” and “spiritual” and everything that the Sharii’a does not forbid is permissible, and with the good intent of the pleasures of Allah all life-activities of a Muslim can be a source of piety and closeness to Allah. Islam teaches: “Our Lord! Give us the good in this world and the good in the Hereafter” (Qur’an: 2 : 201), “Eat and drink but exceed not the limits” (Qur’an: 7 : 31), “…..for your body has a right over you, and your eyes have a right over you, and your Wife has a right over you,…” (Hadith).
A unique feature of Islam is that it neither neglects the individual nor the society but establishes harmony and balance between the two assigning to reach its proper role and creating the spirit of co-operation and collaboration among individuals which forms the basis of the positive social structure of the Muslim community and society. Islam belives in the individual personality of man and holds everyone personality responsible and accountable to Allah. No mediator, no priesthood, no confession to a priest, no dying for the sins of others, etc. in Islam. Islam guarantees fundamental rights to the individual and does not permit anyone to tamper with them. Man must not lose his individuality in the collective social life or in the state but properly develop the personality according to Sunnah (Qur’an 13:12). The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) has said: “The example of believers in their mutual affection and Mercy on each other is that of the body: when an aspect of it complains, all the other organs sympathize with it by remaining awake”, “He is not a believer who takes his fill while his neighbor starves”, and “He who has extra food should give it to those who have no food”, etc. Congregational prayers, Zakaat, charity, good treatment of neighbours, generosity with guests, doing good to blood relations, extension of loan, helping -people out of their distresses truthfulness, and prohibition of lying, back-biting, calumny, false charges, false witness, false oaths, confiscation of other’s property etc. are virtues leading to happy social life and the miraculous wide-spread of Islam in a remarkably short interval of time.
Jesus Christ himself admitted that he had not come with the final or complete Divine messages for the time was not yet ripe for it and someone else after him will guide you into all truth (John 16 : 12, 13). He was Muhammad (S.A.W.), the last and final Prophet and the Qur’an (5 : 3) says : ”This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you Islam as the religion .” Islam alone gives guidance in all walks of life : individual and social, material and moral, economic and political, legal and cultural, national and international ,private and others, purification of the soul and the reformation and the reconstruction of society on the eternal and all–embracing principles sets forth in the Qur’an and the life example of Muhammad (Sunnah). Islam alone gives complete guidance concerning a man’s relation with Allah (as in worship or ‘Ibaadah’) or a man’s relationship with his fellow –man (as in business or Mu’amalah), or a man’s relationship with his society (as in way of life or Mu’asharah),or a man’s relationship with himself (as in morals, Tasawwaf, Akhlaq and Islamic Mysticism), or the deeds of one’s heart (beliefs or ‘Aqaid) and body ,etc. Complete guidance for the public on these Islamic subjects can be obtained by reading Bahishti Zewar (Heavenly Ornaments) by Maulana Mujaddid Ashraf Ali Thanwi. It is possible for the Christians to produce such a complete book for the public providing definite guidelines in all walks of life.
Christianity believes that the Israelites are a “chosen” people and acknowledges the prophets of Israels only. Only Muslims are broadminded enough to accept the prophets and scriptures of all nations (see Qur’an, 35, 24, 10: 48, 40: 78, 2: 213 and 2: 136). Unity of Allah, unity of mankind, and unity of all races and creeds in a singles all –embracing faith and brotherhood is the teaching of Islam alone.
Jesus came only for the children of Israel (Mathew 15:24) and not for gentiles (mathew10:5, 6) but Muhammad (S.A.W) was a world Prophet, a Mercy to all the nations (Qur’an 21:107) and a messengers of Allah to you all, O mankind (Qur’an 7:158).
Islam is an Arabic word meaning peace, purity, obedience and submission (to the will of Allah), and a Muslim is the believer who accepts Allah’s sovereignty and completely surrender himself or herself to His Law (called “Sharii’a” and based on Qur’an and Sunna’ or the Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, (S.A.W)). All are equal before the Divine Law without any distinction of colour or sex . No critical reader can fail to miss the point made here. Islam gives guidance on many important matters and aspects of human relations on which Christianity is silent. The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) completed what was left incomplete by Prophet Jesus. Islam is in fact the true religion of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, son of Mary, revived by a fresh and final revelation (Qur’an) and perfected to cover all aspects of human actions and relations and to give guidance to the people of all times and nations. It is, in short, a Universal Religion. Islam is the truth expressed in a simple and direct way, and consequently has a tremendous appeal to any sincere and rational mind. It is a solution to all the problems of life, and a guide towards a better, contented, happy and peaceful life. Islam is the religion of peace as you shall see from the following merits, advantages, virtues, balance of mind or moderation, ease and grace not found in others.