Islam is at once a religious and a complete way of living adapted for humankind by our Creator. It is the only religion which deals with all aspects of human life.
“(Establish) Allah’s handiwork according to the pattern on which He has made mankind.” (30: 30). Islam is the religion of one and all, from the cradle to the grave. Prophet Muhammad (saw) has stated: “All babies are born in accordance with the nature of Islam.” (Bukhari). Islam contains not only religious precepts but also comprises a lot of knowledge and wisdom.
Peace and human rights
Islam is a religion of peace and pacifism. Islam has nothing to do with violence. On the contrary, Islam lays down that, in order to achieve divine piety, it is imperative to establish a healthy relationship with the Creator as well as the creatures.
In other words, a devout Muslim has to fulfil his duty to his Creator and have respect for human rights and the rights of animals. Can anyone be a true believer by simply performing his prayers and observing fast if he neglects common rights? Just as one must fulfil religious obligations, it is also imperative to free oneself from the rights of individuals.
Prophet Muhammad (saw) used to spread peace and was himself a paragon of justice and brotherhood for one and all. He never struck or killed anyone. He has stated: “God has no mercy for whoever has no pity for human beings.” (Bukhari)
On one occasion, Prophet Muhammad (saw) has stated: “Show compassion for earthly beings, the One who is in Heaven will show mercy towards you.” (Tirmizi) The Prophet (saw) has also declared that the Creator will reward those who show respect for living beings, human or animal.
The Protection that Islam provides.
Islam protects us from aids and other diseases by making marriage bonds sacred (nikah). Islam prohibits the use of narcotics and drugs and spares us from a host of social evils. A Muslim who does not indulge in games of chance brings a certain stability to the family budget.
Islam symbolizes salvation
Man is in perdition in a world that is disorientated. Islam is like a lifeboat and symbolizes salvation. Many people here and elsewhere have, on their own, embraced Islam and believe in an only God.
One understands the harmony that is present in nature because there is an only God. The Qur’an states: “If there were, in the heavens and the earth, other gods besides Allah, there would have been confusion in both!” (21: 22). In short, shouldn’t we be grateful to our Creator for all His favours?