Islamic teachings emphasize the Balance in God's Attributes. The Balance
between His Magnificent Powers and Might, on one hand, and His Compassion,
Mercy, Love, and Forgiveness on the other. He is Just. He is All-Knowing.
He does it all in balance and in wisdom, a balance beyond our
understanding and a wisdom beyond our comprehension. He is the only one to
be praised whether one be in health or in sickness, in richness or in
poverty, in times of ease or in times of hardship.
Relationship between God and Human: The
relationship between Allah and us humans in Islam is a direct one, with no
mediators. In this direct relationship, we recognize that there is no
other party which can help, give, take, support, provide, or grant
forgiveness but Allah. In such a direct relationship, we do not associate
any other deities with Allah. Moreover, our faith and submission to Allah
become complete and pure.
Salvation in Islam: Islam teaches that all
humans are born sinless. We are only responsible for the sins we commit
intentionally. Recognizing our human nature, Allah the Most Merciful,
accepts our sincere repentance and forgives our sins.
Islam also teaches that true belief and righteous deeds are two key
elements for one to attain Allah's pleasure and satisfaction. It takes
both elements to establish healthy individuals and healthy societies.
Belief alone is not sufficient; it must be practiced. Practicing the
belief by doing righteous deeds maintains that belief and nourishes it.
*(The Qur'an is the last revelation
from God and is the basic source of Islamic teachings and laws. It was
revealed in Arabic to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and was scribed during his
lifetime. Being the word of God, only translations of the meanings as
understood by scholars are available in other languages)
A Brief Introduction
Islam? Islam is an Arabic word for
submission and peace. Submission: total submission to and acceptance of
God (Allah, the One and Only) and His will. Peace: inner peace
(peace with oneself), peace with the Creator, as well as peace with all
creations. It is through the total submission to the Will of God that
one reaches this form of peace.
With this definition and understanding of Islam, all of God's
Prophets, peace be upon them (pbut), received the call to "Islam" since
all of them preached the same message, i.e. the acceptance of God and
total submission to His Will. In other words, Islam is not a new religion.
What we refer to as Islam is nothing but the final revelation of the
series. Islam acknowledges all previous Prophets and Messengers from God,
starting with Adam (pbuh) and ending with Muhammad (pbuh). Islam
acknowledges the messages of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus (pbut), to name
just a few.
Who is God in Islam?
We know God through His attributes related to us in the Qur'an*
is He, than Whom there is no other god- who Knows (all things) both secret
and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Allah is He, than Whom there
is no other god- the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and
perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted
in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He)
Above the partners they attribute to Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the
Evolver, the Bestower of forms (or color). To Him belong the Most
Beautiful names: Whatever is in the heavens and on earth doth declare His
Praises and Glory; and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise."
"And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Full of