What does Islam teach?
Islam is the second largest religion in the world. Islam spread all around the globe with about 1.5 billion members. If the present trends continue, it’s expected that Islam, with a rate of growth at least four times than any other religion, will become the world’s largest religion in the next 20 years.
The core message of Islam is all about justice and establishing it among all people on earth. In the holy Quran, we see examples of the seriousness with which Allah takes justice and injustice toward any person
If we can utilize the past events as any indication, Islam will continue to play a major role in geopolitical events. Islam’s primary message, as understood by the overwhelming majority of Muslims, is the continuation of the Abrahamic monotheistic tradition’s belief in one God. The three major dimensions of Islam include beliefs, ritual practices, and the effort to improve one’s character and actions. There are six major beliefs in Islam and five central practices that are referred to as the Five Pillars of Islam.
Islam places great emphasis on manners and on the proper way to deal with others, whether they are Muslims or not. Relations between people are very important in Islam, and maintaining good relations with others should be a main priority of a practicing Muslim. In fact, Islam teaches us that the goal of the entire message is the perfection of the best of manners.
The last dimension of Islam focuses on the cultivation of excellent moral character to better oneself and the world around us. Islam teaches a set of values that promote the life of Muslims, such as love, peace, liberty, equality and justice. Some of these values include:
- Respect for the earth and all creatures
- Care and compassion for those who are less fortunate
- The importance of seeking knowledge
- Honesty and truthfulness in word and deed
- Striving continuously to improve oneself and the world
However, we should admit that there are certain verses in the holy Qur’an that permit violence. But we should look at these verses and study them without bias. These verses are often cherry picked without providing the above context in which these verses were mentioned. The logical conclusion one arrives at when reading these verses is that Islam teaches and encourages Muslims to love all people, including those of different faiths. However, it forbids Muslims from allying themselves with enemies who fight against Muslims and ban them from their homes simply because of their religion. In other words, the Qurʾān does not teach Muslims to fight non-Muslims, but to fight religious intolerance.
To conclude this debate, Muslims understand that Islam and the Holy Quran is a complete package that tells Muslims how to spend their life in a good manner. The life of Prophet Muhammad reflects the teachings of the holy Quran and Allah Almighty. Islam sheds great importance on behaving during our lifetime. The rights of Allah Almighty and the rights of individuals, whether Muslims or not, are considered very important pillars in the lives of Muslims. While the rights of the lord are the main goal of life, the way to it largely depends on how we participate in the rights of individuals.
According to the Quran, the faith of Islam teaches love and compassion for every human being, no matter their religion. Muslims believe that the problem for the majority of Muslims is that some groups are following traditions and superstitions invented centuries after the Quran was first sent and the Prophet lived, and these have gotten more radical over time. Thus, the right path to follow is to utilize the holy Qur’an as our basic reference to the faith of Islam.