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Re: Only Al-Islam is acceptable to Allah
By:Iftekhar Hai, CA
Date: Saturday, 21 October 2017, 9:34 pm
In Response To: Only Al-Islam is acceptable to Allah (M. Asghar, Bangladesh)

My answer: I have from the last 10 years defining the word Islam. Gulati and Asghar have also received my explanation. Radical Islamists have defined Islam the way ISIS had been doing.

We do have radical interpretation no doubt................Here is how we are changing it by re-defining. Kindly read below:

DEFINITIONS GIVEN TO INTERFAITH COMMUNITY

Key Definitions: How do we define and explain key words is absolutely important to understanding of The Quran in the light of Global Inter-religious peace movement that is going on. It creates a mind-set that can become very narrow and selective in creating antagonistic divisions or it can create a more accommodating and tolerant mind-set bringing believers from other religions into one large global family. Some of the key words which are essential to better understanding are the following:

Islam: The Quran is very clear in explaining the definition of the word Islam. What does it mean and what does it stand for. The uniqueness of this word is - that it is not named after any person (in this case our Prophet). It means total surrender or submission to the Creator of all humanity. People have always called their Creator by various names like: Allah, God, Bhagwan, Adonai, The Great Spirit, etc. When Muslims say their religion is Islam, what they are saying is they are aligning themselves of what was ordained by God to be the religion of all humankind…which is total surrender and submission. This total surrender and submission is done voluntarily and in the most peaceful ways.

The Quran says that the religion (Islam) of all the Prophets is submission and surrender to the One Supreme Creator. There are numerous ways of submission and surrender with the core principles always remaining the same in all the religions. For example Muslims five pillars of Islam are found in all the religions that is: belief in One Creator, prayer, fasting, charity and pilgrimage.

The following Quranic verse proves that Islam was the religion even before Prophet Mohammed was born; (pbuh) as is evidenced in Chapter/Surah 42:13

"The same religion has He established for you that which He enjoined on Noah. That which We have send as inspiration to you (Mohammed pbuh) and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses and Jesus (Buddhism, Hinduism and other paths are also included that existed before the coming of Prophet Mohammed) that you should stay steadfast in religion (submission/surrender to our Lord) and make no divisions therein. (This means work for the unity of humankind) As for those who worship other things than God (meaning – money, power, idols, humans, etc.) They are on difficult and wrong way (hard) to call from. God chooses to Himself those whom He wills and guides those people who turn towards Him.

Commentary: According to this if a Christian, a Jew or any believer from Buddhism or Hinduism surrenders to One Supreme Being. They are falling within the definition of the word Islam which means total surrender or submission. The art of surrender or submission is called Islam. This art of submission/surrender was shown to all the Prophets and their people as evidenced in The Quran 10:47, 14:4 & 16:36 which says, “To every people we send an Apostle in their own language and in their own country to clarify.”

Islam is very inclusive and broad in its definition. Muslims believe in Allah (God) and take Mohammed (pbuh) as their role model - messenger, just as Christians and Jews believe in the same God and take Jesus and Moses as their respective messengers. Likewise, the Buddhists and Hindus also have been blessed with their Apostle. Muslims believe in the Holy people coming from all the major and minor religious sects with the same core message.

Muslim scholars strongly recommend not to judge believers from other faiths. The depth of surrendering or submission of other believers is known only to God who is All Knowing and full of perfect Wisdom. God is THE ONLY JUDGE fully capable of passing judgments. Here Jesus advice is more relevant, “Do not Judge others lest you not be judged.”

Surah 3:85, “If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him.”

Here the definition of the word Islam must be taken in its inter-religious and global context as explained above.

Messages In This Thread

Only Al-Islam is acceptable to Allah
M. Asghar, Bangladesh -- Saturday, 21 October 2017, 9:32 pm
Re: Only Al-Islam is acceptable to Allah
Iftekhar Hai, CA -- Saturday, 21 October 2017, 9:34 pm
Re: Only Al-Islam is acceptable to Allah
Dr Shabbir, Florida -- Saturday, 21 October 2017, 9:36 pm