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The beliefs and articles of faith give us the foundation and bases on which we live our lives. We have the path of Islam, as a way of life, leading us to a good life on earth while striving to do good deeds as individuals to enter Paradise forever, by Allah’s will, This is a lifelong journey on earth with various goals, tasks, and trials along the way. With the final Revelation, the Holy Qur’an, and the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him), humanity has been given a “complete message” from the Almighty God, (Allah, Highly Exalted is He). Striving for excellence personally and collectively in our neighborhoods, communities, and societies, it is an active practice to live by this message during our time on earth. Therefore, let us look still further at the ideas of a “a complete message to humanity” with:  the ancestry of humanity with Prophets and Messengers ‎‎‎(Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Them all); the selection of a religion; and a gift from our Creator.

The ancestry of humanity began with the creation of Prophet Adam (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him) and his wife Eve ‎‎(May Almighty God Have Mercy on Her) thousands of years ago. This is described to us in the verses of the Holy Qur’an: 

{خَلَقَكُم مِّن نَّفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ ثُمَّ جَعَلَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَأَنزَلَ لَكُم مِّنَ الْأَنْعَامِ ثَمَانِيَةَ أَزْوَاجٍ ۚ يَخْلُقُكُمْ فِي بُطُونِ أُمَّهَاتِكُمْ خَلْقًا مِّن بَعْدِ خَلْقٍ فِي ظُلُمَاتٍ ثَلَاثٍ ۚ ذَٰلِكُمُ اللَّهُ رَبُّكُمْ لَهُ الْمُلْكُ ۖ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ فَأَنَّىٰ تُصْرَفُونَ} (الزمر:6)

Interpretation of the meaning: {He created you from one soul. Then He made from it its mate, and He produced for you from the grazing livestock eight mates. He creates you in the wombs of your mothers, creation after creation, within three levels of darkness.That is Allah, your Lord; to Him belongs dominion. There is no deity except Him, so how are you averted?} (Qur’an 39:6). 

Just like today, man/woman before needed a clear understanding for living his/her life on earth with purpose. Therefore, Almighty God ‎‎‎(Allah, Highly Exalted is He) sent Prophets and Messengers to humanity to give and teach us this information as well as be examples. “… The Prophets…were sent by Allah The Almighty to the people to lead them in the right direction. [Almighty] God (Allah, Highly Exalted is He) has guided the Prophets, and we need therefore to follow their footsteps. These Prophets have come from the time of the creation of the human, Adam (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him)‎ ‎himself for example, was a Prophet to his own family. The total number of those sent are one hundred and twenty-four thousand, of whom three hundred and thirteen are Messengers or Apostles and the remaining are Prophets (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Them)”. (The Twenty-Five Prophets by Nassir Al-Kindy). The final Prophet and Messenger was Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him), teaching and living the final Revelation (The Holy Qu’ran).  This is verified in the following verses: 

{مَّا كَانَ مُحَمَّدٌ أَبَا أَحَدٍ مِّن رِّجَالِكُمْ وَلَٰكِن رَّسُولَ اللَّهِ وَخَاتَمَ النَّبِيِّينَ ۗ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمًا} (الأحزاب:40).

Interpretation of the meaning: {Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him) is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah (Highly Exalted is He) and the last (end) of the Prophets. And Allah (Highly Exalted is He). is Ever All-Knower of everything} (Qur’an 33:40).

Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (May Almighty Allah Have Mercy on Him), The Prophet ‎‎Muhammad , (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him) said:

[كَانَ النَّبِيُّ يُبْعَثُ إِلَى قَوْمِهِ خَاصَّةً، وَبُعِثْتُ إِلَى النَّاسِ كَافَّةً].

[Every Prophet was sent to his nation only , but I have been sent to all of mankind] (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 430).

Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him) was the recipient of the final Revelation (The Holy Qur’an) which happened during twenty-three years since fourteen hundred years ago.

In addition to sending Prophets and Messengers to humanity, Almighty God, (Allah, Highly Exalted is He)informed us that He has selected Islam as a religion for mankind, based on its beliefs and practices that one should worship only one God, Allah (Highly Exalted is He), without joining partners with Him while following the example and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him)‎, as he taught his Companions (May Allah Have Mercy on Them) in details.  Almighty God, ‎‎‎(Allah, Highly Exalted is He). tells us in the Qur’an:

{الْيَوْمَ أَكْمَلْتُ لَكُمْ دِينَكُمْ وَأَتْمَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ نِعْمَتِي وَرَضِيتُ لَكُمُ الْإِسْلَامَ دِينًا} (المائدة:3).

Interpretation of the meaning: {This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion} (Qur’an 5:3).

He Allah also said:

{أَفَغَيْرَ دِينِ اللَّهِ يَبْغُونَ وَلَهُ أَسْلَمَ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ طَوْعًا وَكَرْهًا وَإِلَيْهِ يُرْجَعُونَ} (آل عمران:83).

Interpretation of the meaning: {Do they seek other than the religion of Allah (true Islamic Monotheism worshipping none but Allah Alone), while to Him submitted all creatures in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly. And to Him shall they all be returned} (Qur’an 3:83).

Allah also emphasized saying:

{وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الْإِسْلَامِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ}(آل عمران:85).

Interpretation of the meaning: {And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted from him [her], and in the Hereafter he [or she] will be one of the losers} )Qur’an 3:85). 

Allah mentioned again saying that:

{هُوَ الَّذِي يُنَزِّلُ عَلَىٰ عَبْدِهِ آيَاتٍ بَيِّنَاتٍ لِّيُخْرِجَكُم مِّنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ ۚ وَإِنَّ اللَّهَ بِكُمْ لَرَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ} (الحديد:9).

Interpretation of the meaning: {It is He(Allah) Who sends down manifest ‎‎‘Ayat’ (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) to His slave (Muhammad –Peace and Blessings of Allah Be Upon Him), that He may bring you out from the darkness into light. And verily, Allah is to you full of kindness, Most Merciful} (Qur’an 57:9).

A “Complete Message” has been given to us for seeking the best of the good life on earth and striving for the best of the Hereafter, also via Almighty God’s [Allah, Highly Exalted is He] Mercy and Willingness. Islam is the path of never ending solutions to all our affairs to help us live by the message. Our time on earth is limited and not announced exactly. Contrary to some current thinking, there will be no other revelations, messengers, or prophets to come to us with divine laws and instructions other than what has been described above.

Think carefully, deeply and sincerely about “The Complete Message”. Research more, reflect, pray, and ask Our Creator to guide you. We invite and encourage you to come join us on this noble path which uplifts us personally and collectively in humanity for it is “a gift” from Almighty God, (Allah, Highly Exalted is He).

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