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Updated on September 10, 2010

Complete Submission to the Will of Allah

This topic is about my personal understanding and opinion about the world's most faithful religion, Islam.

This is a subjective essay on my personal view and observation about how Islam is observed in the most conservative Muslim country in the world, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Definition of Islam

What a Muslim does?

Muslims believe that God revealed his final message to humanity through the Islamic prophet Muhammad via the archangel Gabriel. For them, Muhammad was God's final prophet and the Qur'an is the revelations he received over more than two decades. In Islam, prophets are men selected by God to be his messengers. Muslims believe that prophets are human and not divine, though some are able to perform miracles to prove their claim. Islamic prophets are considered to be the closest to perfection of all humans, and are uniquely the recipients of divine revelation-either directly from God or through angels. The Qur'an mentions the names of numerous figures considered prophets in Islam, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, among others.

Islamic theology says that all of God's messengers since Adam preached the message of Islam-submission to the will of God. Islam is described in the Qur'an as "the primordial nature upon which God created mankind",and the Qur'an states that the proper name Muslim was given by Abraham.

Therefore to be a Muslim is to completely submit to the will of God, his Creator and Provider. Muslims also believe in the Judgment Day as Christian do.

As to way of their lives, you may see most of them inclined to the material world but a true Muslim does not value anything material as what happened to the late King Fahd. He seems to have all he ever wanted during his lifetime. As a King of the oil-rich country he practically can have anything and everything he wants. He has more than anybody could have but when he died, he was buried on a simple public cemetery not o a glamorous sepulcher, he was dressed and wrap with a linen cloth not with robes and royal dress. This symbolize simplicity much of all this means that whoever you are or whatever you have in this world you are still same as anybody, same in the eyes of your Creator.

FOODS:

Many practices fall in the category of adab, or Islamic etiquette. This includes greeting others with "as-salamu `alaykum" ("peace be unto you"), saying bismillah ("in the name of God") before meals, and using only the right hand for eating and drinking. Islamic hygienic practices mainly fall into the category of personal cleanliness and health, such as the circumcision of male offspring. Islamic burial rituals include saying the Salat al-Janazah ("funeral prayer") over the bathed and enshrouded dead body, and burying it in a grave. Muslims, like Jews, are restricted in their diet, and prohibited foods include pig products, blood, carrion, and alcohol. All meat must come from a herbivorous animal slaughtered in the name of God by a Muslim, Jew, or Christian, with the exception of game that one has hunted or fished for oneself. Food permissible for Muslims is known as halal food.

In Saudi, the Islamic law highly forbids pork to be considered as part of your dining table. Why? Because they believe that pigs or pork is an abomination to Allah and not suited for human consumption. Well, medically speaking pork causes a number of diseases like hypertension, severe arteriosclerosis and many more... for this is the reason why it is forbidden. It is just not right for human consumption.

As far as Islam is concerned, although i am not a Muslim, i see that following most of its teachings is better than any other religion out there... i am not saying the other religions are evil or whatever but i say, to my own point of opinion Islam makes man a bit better.

Consider how Muslims value and respect their God. It is incomparable to Christians and other monotheistic religions. They love Allah more than anyone, more than themselves. They are willing to die for their faith as Jihad states.

Also do not isolate their respect for family and its values. Here in Saudi Arabia males and females should not be seen in public together or mingling and talking with one another unless they are families or husbands and wives. This is to protect prostitution and stuff like that. You should not be seen publicly flirting with the opposite sex or else your in jeopardy.

RELATIONS TO NON-MUSLIMS

They, Muslims same as Christians and other factions believe the golden rule, that is to do unto other what you want them to do to you. In layman's term, do not do things to them that you won't like them do to you. They, as much as possible in any hot conversations avoid getting into fury. They are calm and most of the time silent for they believe it is better to be silent than to say things of no good.

Same as other religions, Islam share also some unbecoming of its believers not because Islam itself is evil but because those who prefer to do things against Islam chose it to be. They have their own FREE WILL, and same as Christianity teaches free-will is the ultimate measure of your capacity to be good.

These are just some of my observations during my stay here in Saudi. Muslims are great people, they are even better as friends but when they become your enemy specially matters deteriorating to their FAITH, they are ready to fight and DIE for it.

How about you?

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      Mas_Radit 6 years ago

      Wah.. Nice lense.. Thanks For Your Share.. Please visit me later.. I have nice info about islam for you...

      http://infopublic-hot.blogspot.com/

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Nice lens.. keep up the good work :)

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      gem 1121 7 years ago

      Hillary Clinton has spoken a second time, using the occasion of a big foreign policy speech, to denounce the Qu'ran burning coming up Saturday in Florida. And, since yesterday, a few more Republicans have come out against the event, including the old Embarracudah herself.

      But here's an idea. Why shouldn't Clinton go down there Saturday and confront this ignorant jackanapes of a pastor? Not with the expectation of stopping these people. But bearing calm witness against it. In full awareness that the whole thing will be on YouTube within minutes. What an image that would be to show the rest of the world.

      In a better America than the one we currently have, she would be joined by two senators, one from each party: Chuck Schumer, say, who is Jewish and a Democrat, and John McCain, the only Republican senator known to some extent around the world. They would say very little. They would mostly stand and watch, visiting the silent and profound wrath of civic morality down on the heads of these "religious" cretins.

      Yes, this is way, way outside the box. But the box we're now in is a pretty ugly and cold place: for Democrats, yes, but for our better traditions and our civic culture. Maybe it's high time to step way, way outside it.

      TAKEN From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/michaeltom...

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      gem 1121 7 years ago

      @abuhamza: malaikum assalaam!

      thanks abuhamza for the information about the muslimwiki.. i would be very glad to drop by there... insha allah!

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      abuhamza 8 years ago

      salaam

      Some recommended links

      my squidoo lens on Islam in London http://www.squidoo.com/islamInLondon

      and i noticed you have the wikipedia article for islam. there is a muslim wikipedia

      www.muslimwiki.com