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Islam at a Glance
By Suhel Farooq Khan
What is Islam?

Islam is the oldest religion on earth. It is the final version of the same religion that God had sent to mankind repeatedly, through His many Messengers.
Adam, Noah, Abraham, Lot, Ishmael, Isaac, David, Solomon, Job, Moses and Jesus were some of the Messengers of God who had brought Islam to their people (Peace be upon them). Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was the last Messenger in the long chain of Messengers of God.

Islam means obedience to God, the Sole Creator and Sustainer of the universe.

The root word for Islam is Silm meaning Peace. Islam is a religion of peace that has no room for violence, which it considers as one of the worst crimes. Followers of Islam live in peace and harmony with the entire creation of God. Forcing anyone into Islam is forbidden (The Holy Qur-an 2:256). Luring anyone into Islam for material gains is also not allowed.

Islam is free from discrimination based on cast, creed, color of skin, language or nationality.

Unlike other religions, Islam does not only consist of a few rituals that are to be practiced occasionally; instead it offers a complete way of life. Islam has set simple guidelines to lead life in a manner that pleases God.

Islam is the simplest of all religions. It does not require intermediaries for carrying out any of its religious rituals; therefore there is no clergy in Islam.

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