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Re: muslim and peace/obedience
By:jawaid ahmed,uk
Date: Monday, 16 October 2017, 7:47 am

A muslim is one who brings about peace BY submitting to the will of Allah; the two are connected.
The two are tied because the only way to bring lasting peace is to follow what Allah has revealed, to obey His laws. A 'non muslim' who has no idea about what Allah has revealed can be peaceful and make peace, but they would not be considered a 'muslim' because they are doing this through their own thoughts/actions, noble acts which Allah will judge them for, but ultimately it is the Quran and Islam it creates that is acceptable to Allah.

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S-L-M س ل م

Since this is the root from which the word “اِسْلَامٌ” (Islam) is derived, its basic meanings must be comprehended properly, because these meanings will be used to explain various aspects of the word Islam.

“سَلِمَ” (sa-lima): he became clean (or free) from all sorts of faults, limitations, weaknesses. All his shortcomings were removed .
“سَلَمَ الدَّلْوَ” (salamad dalau): he prepared a strong bucket (e.g. for drawing water from a well).

In surah Al-Baqrah it is said about the cow of Bani Israel:
2:71 It is free from all bodily marks (faults) and is spotless مُسَلَّمَةٌ لَا شِیْةَ فِیْهَا

As such “سَلِمَ” (sa-lima): basically means to be pure and to be without any blemish. This is in realtion to the complete development of human abilities so that no failings and inadequacies remain in the Self.

The other meaning of this root is to be protected from dangers, accidents, or disasters.

Ibn Faris has said that it means more of health and wellbeing than anything else.

“سَلِمَ مِنَ الْاٰفَۃِ سَلَامَۃً” (salima minal aafateh salamah): he remained safe from disasters.
“سَلَّمَہٗ اللّٰہُ تَسْلِیْماً” (sallamahullahu tasleemah): Allah kept him safe from any disaster.

The Quran has mentioned one attribute of God as “اَلسَّلاَمُ” (as-salam) in 59:23, which is generally taken to mean “free of all blemishes and weaknesses”. However, Taj-ul-Uroos says that those who have used this meaning have committed a grave error. This is because “اَلسَّلاَمُ” (as-salam) is something from which protection is sought, and “سَالِمٌ” (salim) is one who seeks protection, or someone who wants to be protected against evil or misfortune that is imminent. Thus Allah has been pronounced “اَلسَّلاَمُ” (as-salam) because He has protected all creations from disasters and His system e.g. the Solar System is thus running well protected without interference from outside for a time appointed. Therefore, “” (salaam) would also mean to be safe from disasters and troubles. This is the second meaning of the root.

“اَلسُّلَّمُ” (as-sullam) means a ladder, i.e, a safe and dependable means for climbing. Thus the third meaning of this root is the means through which somebody can reach new heights safely and reliably.

“اَلسِّلْمُ” (as-silm) means to live peacefully and amicably. It means amity and thus the fourth meaning of this root would be to live peacefully and to establish peace and security for all in the world.

“تَسَالَمَتِ الخَیْلُ” (tasaalamatil khail): horses moving together, synchronizing their feet and galloping in tandem, and for none of the horses doing something which may frighten other horses or cause stampede. This projects a concept of harmony and team work of an Islamic Society.

“اَلسِّلْمُ” (as-silmu), “السَّلَامُ” (as-salsaam): obedience, to bow before. Therefore, the fifth basic meaning of the root would be to completely and willingly follow the laws of the Quran.

Nawab Siddiq Hasan Khan writes that S-L-M basically has the element of compassion and humility {Al-ilm-ul-akhlaaq}.

“اِسْتَسْلَمَ ثَکَمَ الطَّرِیْقِ” (istaslam akamat tareeq): he walked in the middle of the road and kept straight path.
“قَالُوْا سَلَاماً” (qaalu sal-ah): they adopt the balanced path as defined in the Quran and do not do anything that is against the permanent values. Thus the sixth meaning of this root would be to adopt the balanced path of moderation and to avoid things which have negative influences and are obstructive.

“اِسْتَلَمَ الزَّرْعُ” (istalamz zar-u): the ears of corn came out. This is the seventh meaning of this root which refer to the multiplied reward of human righteous efforts. .

“اَلسَّلِمَۃُ” (as-salimah): refers to a woman who is extremely pretty and attractive. Thus the eighth meaning of this root refer to beauty and pleasant looks.

To summarise all this Islam “اَلْاِسْلَامُ” (al-islam) is the name of a system in which all shortcomings of an individual are addressed and his potentials are fully developed. The system in which he/she is given protection from the negative forces and influences and he/she feels secure. The individual lives in peace and works to extend this peace to his fellow human beings across the world. He lives in complete harmony with others in his society and does nothing to cause annoyance to others and thus contribute to imbalance in the society. . This is only possible when he willingly follows the permanent values of the Quran He does not cross the defined limits knowingly and believes in the working of the law of requital. This way his efforts will be fruitful and do not go waste. Not only will his own personality be balanced and develop further, but he will contribute effectively for the well being of others.

This is the path that will result in success. If anyone adopts any other path, he will not be able to produce these results and he will ultimately be a loser (3:84). This is called Islam and is preserved within the folds of the Quran (20: 47). This means that Islam = The Quran.

The Quran has used the word “مُسْلِمٌ” (muslim) extensively that it is not possible to mention all references. Some selected ones are presented:
2:71 he is free from all faults and is impeccable مُسَلَّمَةٌ لَا شِیَةَ فِیْهَا
2:33 when you have given (handed over) اِذَا سَلَّمْتُمْ
8:43 (you had started to quarrel among yourselves) so Allah protected you from its destructive effects وَلٰکِنَّ اللّٰهَ سَلَّمَ
52:38 reaching loftiness سُلَّمٌ
8:61 amity وَاِنْ جَنَحُوْا لِلسَّلْمِ
2:112 obedient مَنْ أَسْلَمَ

Surah Ar-Rom has mentioned “اِسْلَامٌ” (islam) and “اِیْمَانٌ” (iman) separately (30:53). “اِیْمَانٌ” (iman) means to believe in something which is Ture and “اِسْلَامٌ” (islam) is to then follow it with complete unity of thought and conviction. As against those who have accepted the faith by word of mouth, but their hearts are devoid of the faith. They too are said to be “مُسْلِمٌ” (muslim), but not “مُؤْمِنٌ” (momin) (49:14).

Surah An-Namal has used the word “مسلمین” (muslemin) to mean those who do not break the limits, or transgress them, but rather become obedient (27:3).

Surah Maryam has used the word “سَلَامٌ” (salam) opposite to “لَغْوٌ” (laghu) which means useless things – something which wastes time and energy.

A man with these characteristics has been called one with a “سلیم” (saleem) heart (26:89), and a nation with these characteristics is called “اُ مَّۃً مُسْلِمَۃً لَّکَ” (ummatan muslimal-laka), or a nation which follows the laws of Allah (2:128). Every individual of this nation has a duty to say “سَلَامٌ عَلَیْکُمْ” (salamun alaikum) to everyone he meets (7:46). It means that I wish you peace and security and all the good things mentioned above. The other returns the same complements and thus the whole society rings with the sounds of “سَلَاماً سَلَاماً” (salaman salaman).

It is said in 3:66 about Ibrahim that he was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but rather “حَنِیْفًا مُّسْلِماً” (hanifan muslima). This is the title used for followers of Allah’s Deen, even before the advent of the Quran (22:78). To belong to some sect is against Islam, because sectarianism is against the Quranic teachings (30:32) - the Quran has declared mankind as one community (2:213).

“مسلم” (muslim) and “مشرک” (mushrik) are opposite of each other at thought and belief level, same is meant by “کفر” (kufr) and “اسلام” (islam) (9:74). It must be well understood that a Muslim can never be a criminal, if he commits a crime, then he is technically not a Muslim anymore. That is why the Quran says:

68:35 Would We make Muslims as criminals? اَفَنَجْعَلُ الْمُسْلِمِیْنَ کَالْمُجْرِ مِیْنَ

Therefore he who follows Allah’s laws is a Muslim.

“اَلْاِسْلَامُ” (al-islam) is the code of conduct for life that Allah has designated for mankind available as an alternative and it is upto us to accept it or not to accept it. No other code of life is acceptable to Allah than Islam – because this is not based on human emotions and is based on the permanent values which do not change with time.

Surah Aal-e-Imran says:
3:82 Do these people prefer a Deen other than that designated by Allah? اَفَغَیْرَ دِیْنِ اللّٰهِ یَبْغُوْنَ
3:82 (Even though) everything in the heavens and the earth is subjected to His laws accepting it willingly or unwillingly and at every step they have to follow his law وَلَهُ اَسَلَمَ مَنْ فِی السَّمٰوٰتِ وَالْاَرْضِ طَوْعاً وَّکَرْهاً وَاِلَیْهِ یُرْجَعُوْنَ

After that it is said:
3:84 And if man wants to experiment (another Deen) then he can try, but then he will find that ultimately he is the loser وَمَنْ یَبْتَغِ غَیْرَ الْاِسْلَامِ دِیْنَا فَلَنْ یُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ

Anyone who adopts any other code of life except Islam will not be accepted i.e. will not get the benefit as one will get by following Islam. This is the same code of life that was given to all previous messengers and ultimately was completed with the advent of the Quran.

Allah has chosen this code of life for all humanity (5:3). As such, under the Sun, there is no other code of life other than that which Allah has termed “اَلْاِسْلَامُ” (al-islam), and is not to be found anywhere else except in the Quran. The followers of this Deen are called “مسلمین” (muslimeen), and a “مسلم” (muslim) is one who believes that the Quran is a complete code of life revealed by Allah . Since it is complete therefore there is no need for any other messenger.

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Re: muslim and peace/obedience
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Re: muslim and peace/obedience
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