Can science explain religion? Though it provides many clues for people who ponder but if you are looking for an answer like 2 + 2 = 4, then then you might not get it. Reason being that science is the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. It is a concerted human effort and if humans have a limitation in seeing, hearing, smelling etc then they also have limits when it comes to thinking! There are many things which are beyond human limits, should those be denied? e.g. in complete darkness, it takes tawny owls less than 0.01 of a second to assess the precise direction of a scurrying mouse. Should we deny this just because its beyond our limits? A dolphin can detect a 2.5 cm object, such as a big coin, from over 70 meters away! Should we deny this just because its beyond our limits? Continue reading Is there a God?
Source: Abd ar-Rahman Robert Squires
One misconception that many people have about Islam is to do with the word “Allah”. Many people think that Muslims worship a different God than Christians and Jews. This is not correct since“Allah” is simply the Arabic word for “God”. Muslims worship the same God, the God of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus and all other prophets (peace be upon them all). Though the Jews, Christians and Muslims have different concepts of God e.g. Muslims and Jews reject the Christian beliefs of the Trinity and the Divine Incarnation. This, however, doesn’t mean that each of these three religions worships a different God. Continue reading Who is Allah?
The concept of “One of God / Monotheism” is the most fundamental concept in the Islam. It holds that God (Allah) is One (Al-ʾAḥad) and Single (Al-Wāḥid). The Arabic word “Tawhid” is from “Wahdah”, which means “Oneness”, and is used for someone who is alone and distinguished in his entity and qualities. According to the Islamic concept of Tawhid, there is no one like God and neither is there anyone that shares with Him, anything, from His entity and qualities. Monotheism constitutes the foremost article of the Muslim profession. Continue reading Islamic Monotheism
Worship is the essence of mankind’s creation:
“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” [Qur’an 51:56]
However worship in Islam is not limited to performing some established rituals only. In Islam the concept of worship revolve around the following:
- Monotheistic faith (or ‘Iman’ as commonly known in Arabic).
- Obedience to both Allah and His Messenger.
- Doing good deeds.
According to the Islamic faith, invocation in all its forms is a manner of worship:
“And your Lord says, Call upon Me; I will respond to you. Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell in humiliation!” [Qur’an 40:60]
The Prophet said:
“Dua (invocation / supplication) is the core and essence of worship” [Recorded by Tirmidhi #3371]
The main prerequisite of Islamic monotheism for worshiping Allah is that He is worshiped alone:
“And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him…” [Qur’an 17:23] Continue reading Invocation is Worship
“O You who believe! Fear Allah and find the means of approaching Him and strive in His cause that you may succeed.” [Qur’an 5:35]
The word used for “means of approaching Allah (God)” in the Qur’an is “Wasila”. Literally the word wasila means a tool, path, course, a means of access etc. whereas in this context it would mean the acts that would bring someone close to God. These acts are striving in Allah’s way (as mentioned in the above verse) and following His orders and doing good deeds (as mentioned below). The Prophet said: Continue reading Seeking Means (Wasila) to Approach God