A Muslims true character.

A brief look at a Muslim's relationship with God

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem ( In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful),

I was asked once by someone why I had changed my faith from Christianity to Islam. The question, in a way, caught me off guard. After thinking about it I replied that Islam was for me a way of life that made me better as a person spiritually, morally, and socially. At the time it seemed a satisfactory answer. Sometime later I found myself recollecting on that conversation whenever asked about my faith again (and there have been many since then), and the question comes to mind. "How does Islam as a way of life affect me as a person, how does it shape my character?" This is a question I ask of myself, and also encourage Muslims, and even non Muslims who believe in God to ask themselves. 'How have my religious beliefs made me a better person in every aspect of my life?' One of the things that brought me to Islam from Christianity was the clarity of the faith itself. One God, Who alone is worthy of worship. In the teachings of the Qur'aan, and the example of Muhammed (Peace be upon him), and what I learned of it through some research into what Islam taught compared to what Christianity taught, I came to the intelligent conclusion that Islam was the Way, with a capital 'W'. It is the way that leads the individual to a closer more profound relationship with their Creator. That Islam takes the person who embraces it, and builds them up from whatever lowly, or standard state they maybe in, and elevates them to honorable status in God's sight.

You may be wondering how I came to this conclusion which in some ways seems to exclude everyone else who isn't Muslim. God in the Qur'an answers so eloquently,

" Is he who was dead(being without faith); and We gave him life (by giving him faith) and set for him a light of faith; whereby he can walk among men, be compared to him who is in the deep darkness ( of disbelief) from which he can never come out.." (6:122)

God presents two types of people, and asks to compare them to one another. Which one is better? The one who was dead to faith, and then God guided him, or the one who gropes around in the darkness of unbelief, note the emphasis in the verse concerning the aspect of unbelief being darkness. Our next question is, what examples do we have to support Islam as this light by which God guides? This question is best answered by taking an example from everyday life, and by seeing how the sources of Islam deal with that aspect of life. What we are looking for in this excercise is, will make sense to the everyday person as well as the intellectual. Will it through not only belief, but also actions, and self reform develop the individual to tread a path to his true purpose? We'll take spirituality as an example. To begin the Prophet (sws) said

" Islam is built upon five pillars; 1. To testify that none is worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammed is His Messenger. 2. Establish (in your everyday life) Salaat (obligatory prayers). 3. Give the Zakat (obligatory charity). 4. Perform Hajj. 5. Fast the month of Rammadan." {Bukhari}

That Islam is represented as a canopy supported by pillars, and that these pillars hold up, and support this way of life fits the criteria we are looking for exactly. Man, by himself cannot lead a disciplined life, and maintain it through his life. Thus he needs a system which is built with strong pillars so his way of life will not teeter toter beneath him. The first pillar is saying with your mouth and believing in your heart, that there is nothing worthy of worship but God Alone, and that Muhammed (sws) is His final Prophet. The other four pillars basically spell out what types of actions the believer should be doing as a result of these beliefs, and the way of life he is following. I was once asked by someone a good question, they asked, " I see you holding fast to praying five times a day, yet see you go through so many difficulties in life. Do you think God hears those prayers? " I assume her seeing all that movement, five times a day, her mind was begging to ask that question. Which is pretty common from non Muslims, especially Christians. To give a short, but comprehensive answer, Islam gives more depth to prayer than the commonly practiced idea of ' ask and you shall receive', or simply giving God a list of our needs. Prayer in Islam has that, but it is rather one component of prayer in Islam. Prayer in Islam is a form of worship where the Muslim is totally focused on God, His speech, actions, and thoughts engaged in the remembrance of God. As a result, of this outlook on worship, and due to the frequency of the prayer a Muslims' life revolves around his religion which is also his way of life, rather than the other way around.

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yoginijoy 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

Very important topic! For me, I was brought up Christian but now am Buddhist. I think it is important to educate folks about our faiths. There are many paths to god. Voting up and beautiful!

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ahmadj3 4 years ago from Tacoma, Wa Author

Thank you for your comment, indeed it is a very important topic, it shows that the diversity that God created the world in is beautiful, and not something we should be afraid of, or afraid to share. :)

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