In the Name of Allah (God), most merciful and most compassionate

ISLAM and HUMANITY

INTRODUCTION

Islam is one of the latest and the last divine religion that was revealed to the Holy Prophet "MOHAMMAD’’ of Arabia. Islam is not just a religion; it offers a comprehensive guidance to a Complete Way of Life in this World and the ever-lasting World after the dooms day. The Two Worlds concept is central to Islam and it reflects clearly that this world is just a passing station to the final destination, for all humanity. A permanent destination where every INDIVIDUAL will be rewarded according to their deeds performed in this world. Those who have lived their lives in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Prophets and the Holy Books will acquire the place in Heaven and others will have a lasting place in the Hell.

The concept of the Heaven and Hell is not new in Islam, it is well known in all other divine religions of the world. What makes Islam different from all previous divine religions is that Islam has the latest message and updates in references to all past Prophets, from the Allah almighty through the Holy Prophet "MOHAMMAD" of Arabia (May Allah’s Peace be upon him –P.B.U.H). Therefore completing the comprehensive divine guidance process for the humanity for ‘This World’ and the Next ‘Ever-Lasting World’ with the revelation of the Holy KORAN, the Holy Book of Muslims. The Holy KORAN was revealed in Arabic to the Prophet MOHAMMAD (P.B.U.H) over a period of 21 years at the Arabian cities of MEKKA and MIDEENA. The explanations and background to each chapter in the Holy KORAN has been documented in the HADITH. This is written in the more common Arabic language for the ordinary people to understand the entire message of Islam as the Prophet MOHAMMAD (P.B.U.H) preached to his followers during his life time from (571 - 632). Translation versions of both the Holy KORAN and the HADITH are now available in almost all the major languages of the world for all humanity to benefit from the complete and comprehensive teachings of Islam.

The Holy Koran

The Hadith - Saheih Al-Bukhari

It is not surprising the almost 25 percent of humanity today are believers in Islam and it has the fastest followers growth rate despite the often negative coverage of Islam by some media. The negative coverage is purely the result of odd events happening in different parts of the world, which suits some media companies and their hidden agenda against Islam and Muslims. It is unfortunate that often it is due to their complete ignorance about Islam, and their inability to distinguish between an Individual’s action or behaviour and the vastness of Islam, going back to the year 570AD with the birth of Prophet MOHAMMAD. Therefore to confuse any religion with an individual, or a group of people behaving badly is completely wrong and in particular for Islam totally out of context. Any sane and sensible person understands that it is wrong to spread hate, suspicions and falsehood about any person, community and religion or its followers.

The word Islam, means Peace and that’s what Islam stands for and offers peace within an individual, between neighbours, in community, among nations and in the world. It is duty of every Muslim to maintain peace and harmony unless forced to defend the very peace they believe so deeply.

THE HOLY PROPHET'S CHARACTER with Hadith references

191. Anas said: I served the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for ten years and he never said to me, "Shame!" or "Why do you do this or that, or "Why did not you do such and such." (Bukhari, Muslim).

192. Jabir said that when God's messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked for anything, he never said, "No". (Bukhari, Muslim).

193. A'isha said: God's messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to patch his sandals, sew his garments and conduct himself as anyone of you would do in his house. (Tirmidhi).

194. Anas told that when a man had asked the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for enough sheep to fill the valley between two mountains and had received them. He went to his people and said, "Accept Islam, my people, for I swear By God that Mohammad gives gifts to such an extent that there is no fear of poverty. (Muslim)

195. Anas said: God's messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was one of the men in character. One day he sent me to do something, and I said, "I swear by God that I will not go." But in my heart I felt I should go to do what God's messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has commanded me, so I went out and came upon some boys who were playing in the street. All of a sudden God's messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who had come up behind caught me by the back of the neck, and when I looked at him he was laughing. He said, "Did you go where I ordered you, little Anas?" "Yes, I am on my way, messenger of God." (Muslim).

196. Abu Huraira told that when God's messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was asked to invoke curse on the polytheists he replied, "I was not sent as one given to cursing; I was sent only as a mercy." (Muslim).

197. Al-Aswad told that he asked Hazrit A'isha what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) use to do in his house? She replied that he used to engage himself in Mihna i.e. the service of his family, and when the time for prayer came, he went out for prayer. (Bukhari).

199.If anyone of you sees something objectionable, he should change it with his hand, but if he cannot, he should change it with his tongue, and if he cannot he should do it in his heart, that being the weakest form of faith. (Muslim).

200. Anas told that when God's messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) shook hands with a man, he did not withdraw his hand till the other did so, and he was not seen to put forward his knees in front of one with whom he was sitting. (Tirmidhi).

201. Hind, son of Hazrit Khadija from her former husband, says about the Prophet (peace be upon him): "Kind of heart, he was nice and sweet-tempered. He never liked to displease or cause offence to anybody. He thanked even for trifling favours. He took whatever food was placed before him, without making any adverse remark. He never got angry for anything concerning his own person, nor did he think of taking revenge or letting down anybody, but if anyone opposed what was just and right, he used to get sore and helped the right cause with all his might.(Tirmidhi).

202.Abdullah bin Al-Harith said he had not seen any one more smiling than God's messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). (Tirmidhi).

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