World is a place of trial and you are sent here to be tested

Dubai - Thus belief in God and His Prophet means commitment to obey them and to fashion individual and collective life

By Khwaja Mohammed Zubair

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Published: Tue 6 Jun 2017, 10:51 PM

Last updated: Wed 7 Jun 2017, 12:53 AM

The code of behaviour, the standard that determines rightness of any particular thing, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and is known as the Shari'ah (the path).
Belief in the Prophet involves acceptance of the Shari'ah and the attempt to implement it in all matters of daily life.
About the Prophet, it is explicitly stated: "The test of one's acceptance of God and His Prophet lies in conducting all human affairs in accordance with the Law revealed to them: And those who do not judge by what God has sent down are disbelievers.(Holy Quran 5:44)
Thus belief in God and His Prophet means commitment to obey them and to fashion individual and collective life in the light of the law and the guidance that God revealed to His Prophet.
This automatically raises the question: Are those who follow the law and those who refuse to accept or abide by it on the same level of existence?
Are they going to be treated in the same way? What are the consequences of differing attitudes and behaviors? This brings us to the third basic postulate of Islam: belief in the Hereafter.
The world, according to Islam, is a place of trial, and man is being judged in it. One day, he will have to give an account of all that he did during his lifetime. After death, man will be resurrected in a new world, and it is here that he will be rewarded or punished for his deeds.
Those who live a life of obedience to the Lord in the present world will enjoy eternal bliss in the Hereafter, and those who disobey His commands will have to face the bitter fruits of their disobedience
Thus the basic articles of Islamic faith are: (a) belief in the oneness of God, (b) belief in the prophets and in the guidance that they bequeathed, (c) belief in the angels, (d) belief in the books, (e) belief in the Day of Judgment, and (f) belief in fate. Whoever professes these is a Muslim.
And all of these concepts are epitomised in the this phrase: "There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is His Prophet."
George Bernard Shaw is reported to have said: "I have always held the religion of Muhammad (PBUH) in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phases of existence which can make itself appeal to every age.
"I have studied him-the wonderful man-and in my opinion far from being an Antichrist, he must be called the Savior of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness. I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad (PBUH) that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today."
The question is, what are those characteristics of Islam which have won millions of followers to the faith in the past and which make it so appealing to the modern age? Some of the major characteristics of Islam, in words of G. B. Shaw, are its Simplicity, Rationality and Practicality.
"Islam," he writes, "is a religion without any mythology. Its teachings are simple and intelligible. It is free from superstitions and irrational beliefs. The oneness of God, the prophethood of Muhammad (PBUH), and the concept of life after death are the basic articles of its faith. They are based on reason and sound logic. All of the teachings of Islam flow from those basic beliefs and are simple and straightforward.
"There is no hierarchy of priests, no farfetched abstractions, no complicated rites and rituals. Everybody may approach the Quran directly and translate its dictates into practice."
(The writer is a former KT staffer)

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