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Heart of Islam

9 May

 

Islamic thought has experienced much advancement since the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him); with the emergence of new schools of thoughts such as the Mu’tazila, the bewildering world of Sufism, etc.  At the same time, a Muslim is inclined to ask the question: Was it true advancement?  After all, knowledge as it were, was complete with the Holy Qur’an.  Why search for more? – The answer is provided by the Qur’an; as Allah says to the Prophet of Islam, “Say: O Lord! Give me more knowledge! (Surah 20)”

            The Prophet Muhammad had said, “Seek knowledge even if you must go to China.”  Hence, the scientists and scholars of Islam left no stone unturned to seek greater knowledge about the heavens and the earth.  The ordinary believers who may not spend as much time with knowledge as do the saints, scientists, and scholars; were left to answer the essential question for themselves: Who is more correct – the scientist, the scholar, or the saint?  Also in Islam there are various schools of thought teaching dissimilar albeit similar modes of the five daily prayers, e.g. Hanafi, Shafi, etc.  To add to the variety of practices from which to choose, the modern-day cosmopolitan youth is confronted by a host of global religions, some of which remind him about truth that is intrinsic to the soul.   

            Allah says in the Qur’an:  “Those who believe and those who are Jews, Christians and Sabeans, [in fact] anyone who believes in God and the Last Day, and acts honorably will receive their earnings from their Lord: no fear will lie upon them nor need they feel saddened” (Surah 2).  The Qur’an insists on belief in oneness of God.  And so, all saints, scholars and scientists of Islam in addition to the ordinary believers have one belief in common: Belief in One God, Allah Supreme, Lord of the universe.  This is the heart of Islam.  Belief in Muhammad as the prophet of Islam, and beliefs in the Day of Judgment as well as the unseen world of angels are also essential.

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