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    Posted: 24 April 2008 at 12:24pm
the world islam itself  simply means submission to Allah.    Allah is simplythe arabic word for God.  yes the same God for christianity and judaism.  any person that bends or submits to the will of God is called a muslim.  so you can see that islam was not named after a prophet or a tribe.   i want to add that arabic speaking non muslims call God Allah.
 
Islam is not a "new" religion but reaffirmation of the truth that was revealed throughout time by all of Gods prophets to every people.
 
 
the holy book of Islam is the Qu'ran.  it was revealed to the prophet, Mohammed, pbuh, by God through the angel jabril (gabriel).   in the Qu'ran, God is stressing His law for the final time to His final prophet (mohammed).  this book is meant for all people for all time, not just the people in the area.  it is meant to surpass time, generations, races, nationalities.
 
the concept of Islam is that we are on this earth to worship Allah and obey His command with our reward being the promise of the next life.  Allah has no need of our worship, our worship does not increase His status or kingdom, no.  but by worship, praying, fasting, good works, faith, being kind and respectful, moral....we increase our own chances of reaching jannah (paradise or heaven).
 
Islam teaches equality. total equality. no race, nationality, financial status will improve  your hope of reaching Jannah. each person stands on his own in this world. each person has to strive for the better through his piety and worship.
 
 

"O humankind! Verily! We have created you from a male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. Verily! the noblest among you in the sight of Allah is the most God-fearing. Verily! Allah is The Knower, The Aware." The noble Qur'an, Al-Hujrat(49):13.

 
 
 
And hold fast, all together to the rope of Allah and do not separate.”Âl’ Imran:103)

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any person that bends or submits to the will of God is called a muslim
 
What does it mean to submit to the will of God? How does submission manifest itself in someone's life?
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you tube video...5 min intro to islam.
 
And hold fast, all together to the rope of Allah and do not separate.”Âl’ Imran:103)

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you know amy,  after isha last night i was thinking about this very thing. we always hope to submit to the will of God, but humans are stubborn.   even when we know something is not quite right and we may even ask to do Gods will..........humans sometimes still just go right on and do the very opposite.  i dont mean huge sins necesarily.
 
even with istikhara....ive read before that one shouldnt pray istikhara if they plan on doing what theyve already decided anyway.
 
 
bending, submitting.........giving way to Allah.  living our life the way HE wants and expects us to even when we are stubborn and resistant.
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What does it mean to submit to the will of God? How does submission manifest itself in someone's life?
 
because islam is deen al-fitrah (the primordial religion) its teachings are generally accessible through reason.
for this reason it might not always be self-evident how submission to god manifests itself in the life of a muslim. aren't we simply doing things that are reasonable?
 
in fact, there is a tremendous difference in the life of one who submits his will to god and one who does not. the most fundamental of these differences is with respect to intentions. even when two persons perform the same action their motivations may be completely different.
 
the second major difference, i believe, is in the attitude. a person who submits to the will of god is content in every state that he may find himself in. when the person is blessed he is grateful and when the person is tested he is patient. the prophet (peace be upon him) said:
“Wondrous are the believer’s affairs. For him there is good in all his affairs, and this is so only for the believer. When something pleasing happens to him, he is grateful, and that is good for him; and when something displeasing happens to him, he is patient, and that is good for him” (Muslim).
 
the person who submits his will is content with trials and hardship because he believes they are from god. and if he is patient and persevering through these tests then he will be rewarded. so a seemingly negative situation is turned into a positive one:
(002:216)
But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.

 
finally. submission is most evident when the believer limits his thoughts and actions in obedience to god's command even when the hikmah (wisdom) of the command is not apparent. the quran describes the men of faith as those who say:
(002:285)
"We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys."
 
 
for example we have been commaded to perform salat (the ritual prayer) in a very particular manner. can we prostrate 3 times instead of 2 during each raka (cycle) to show the intensity of our devotion? rather we submit to the command of allah.
similarly, with dietary restrictions, with restrictions that deal with gender relations, with financial affairs... in deed with all matters relating to life.
 
allahu alam (god knows best)
 


Edited by khany - 28 April 2008 at 11:14am
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