Saturday, December 30, 2006

To Begin,

Assalamu Alaikum,

This is how Muslims greet others and themselves, it means "May peace be upon you"

I guess there must be a reason why God ordered us, Muslims, to greet with peace, and not for example with happiness or well-being...

Even to non Muslims, and even to those who hate Islam, we are taught to greet them with "May peace be upon those who follow the right path."

Q/ So, what if someone came to me (me, that is, a Muslim) and did not greet me with peace, can I kill him?!
A/ No, instead, I greet him with peace, whether or not he greets back.

This is how every Muslim begins their every single conversation in their daily life. Think for one moment how this would effect a society that is, ideally, Islamic.

Is peace this important in Islam?
Oh wait, what does the word Islam mean anyway?

In old Arabic (when the religion of Islam was first introduced by Prophet Abraham), Islam means, simply and surprisngly, "Peace".

However, with the changes that happened to the language along the thousands of years, the word Islam now carries another meaning, still very relevant and important. It means "Submission".

So, Peace and Submission are the title of this religion.
This needs to be reflected upon deeply......

What is peace?
and, Submission to what? or why should I submit to something I don't know anything about? what about Freedom?
Are Peace and Submission the most important things in life?

we shall explore this step-by-step... Insha'Allah.

Insha'Allah means "if God wills", and this is obviously deeply connected to the meanings of submission.

meanwhile, Praise be to Lord who inspired me, and enabled me to write this, and enabled you to read it.

Please hesitate not to leave any questions/comments on the comment section.

8 comments:

Precious said...

Salam alaikom bro..

Very intresting and well written introduction to your blog..

Anxiously waiting to read more from you..

Fi aman allah :)

irving said...

And excellent first post :) Welcome to the Islamosphere. May Allah guide your pen to write only truth.

Ya Haqq!

Don Singleton said...

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Don Singleton said...

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USpace said...

..
absurd thought -
God of the Universe thinks
up ways to keep women down


absurd thought -
God of the Universe cares
what women wear...
..

Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Masha'Allah, this is such an excellent post. I love the whole idea of having a blog out there to teach others (muslim and non).

May Allah reward you for you efforts. Ameen.

Ma'salaama
Farhana

Idris said...

As salaamu alaykum!
Thankew for your blog. I am a newcomer to Islam, (6 years) and
am still learning. It is a blessed thing to have a way to learn more about Islam. Your blog is written
well and easy to understand.
Peace and Blessings
Idris

Muslim said...

USpace said...
..
absurd thought -
God of the Universe thinks
up ways to keep women down


absurd thought -
God of the Universe cares
what women wear...
..

uspace,
God created nothing for uselessness or for His own joy or entertainment.
The entire universe, both as a whole and as a composition of infinite particles, is created for a purpose.
every particle and every creature in this universe is created for a purpose.

Have you ever thought that the ant you were looking at as it was trying to do some kind of an amazing effort (carrying a rice maybe), maybe that ant was created only for the purpose of encouraging you to reflect on the Creator of everything?
have you ever thought how many things God has created ONLY to serve You, and you have ignored?

how would you think that God would create human, with the most advanced organ in the entire universe - the brain, and would just leave him without setting rules and cutoms to outline man's life?
you think that God has better things to do than making rules for human?
Human, is God's most complicated and magnificent creation.

certainly, God would never leave a woman that He created without teaching her how to dress or eat.

certainly, God shall account her, me and you for every single thing we did and did not in our lives.