Are all religions the same? How do I know which is correct? Why should I choose Islam?
pamphlet aims to discuss some of the beauties, benefits and unique
aspects of Islam as compared to other beliefs and religions.
1. Close Relationship with the Creator
the core of Islam is the focus of an individual’s personal
relationship with God, their Creator. It encourages a believer to have
sustained awareness of God which is a key to lasting happiness.
teaches that God is the source of peace. By focusing on this important
relationship and following God’s guidance, believers will be able to
acquire inner peace and tranquility. Seeking lasting happiness through
other means, such as following one’s desires or the accumulation of
material possessions, will never fill the void we have. This need can
only be filled with the awareness of God.
True contentment is found in acknowledging and obeying the Creator: “Truly, in remembering God do hearts find rest.” Quran 13:28
primary reason for this close relationship is that Muslims have a
direct connection with their Creator. There is no intermediary, such as
praying to, or through, others, in worshipping God.
2. Positive Outlook on Life
gives a person a clear perspective on the events that happen in their
life, both good and bad, as they are, in fact, tests from God. It
encourages a person to understand events in the context of the overall
purpose of life, which is to acknowledge God and obey Him. He created
humans with intellect and free will to test them as to who will
willfully choose to follow His guidance. This life is an ultimate
testing ground and although we cannot control everything that happens to
us, we can control how we react. Islam encourages a person to focus on
what is in their control, to be grateful to God for blessings, and to
be patient during hardships. Patience or gratitude – this is the
formula for a happy life.
encourages the believer to remain free from the extremes of worldly
happiness that may cause one to forget God, and the extremes of sadness
that may cause one to lose hope and blame God. By not being overly
attached to the material world, a Muslim is empowered not only to better
handle any calamities, but to be beneficial and generous to society.
This leads to a more balanced and optimistic outlook on life.
3. Pure and Clear Concept of God
other religions, Islam is not named after its founder or the community
of its birth. Islam is an attributive title that signifies obedience
to God, the Creator of the Universe. One of its main beauties is that
it acknowledges the complete perfection, greatness and uniqueness of
God with absolutely no compromises. This is reflected in Islam’s pure
teachings of the attributes of God.
God is One and Unique:
- God has no partners, no equals and no rivals.
- God has no father, mother, sons, daughters or wives.
- God alone is worthy of all worship.
God is the All-Powerful:
- God has full authority and power over all things.
- Obedience to God does not increase His Power, nor does disobedience decrease His power.
God is the Most High:
- There is nothing above or comparable to God.
- The attributes of God do not resemble that of His creation.
- No part of God is present in anyone or anything.
God is Perfect:
- God does not have any human limitations, such as resting on the seventh day after He created the universe.
God always maintains attributes of perfection and does not do anything
to compromise this perfection such as “becoming a man” as claimed by
other religions. God does not do ungodly acts, so if God became man and
took on human attributes, he would, necessarily, no longer be God.
4. Emphasises Both Evidence and Faith
is a religion in which faith is based on clear proof. It encourages
people to use their God given intelligence to think and ponder over
their life and the universe. Although this life is a test, God has
provided sufficient signs and guidance to people who are open-minded and
sincere to be able to acknowledge the truth.
“We (God) have certainly sent down Signs that make things clear: and God guides whom He wills to the straight path.” Quran 24:46
Unlike other religions, there are many clear proofs, signs and miracles that the book of Islam, The Quran, is from God.
- Is free from any errors or contradictions, despite it being revealed over a period of 23 years.
Is preserved, word-for-word, since it was revealed in its original
Arabic language, unlike other scriptures which have been distorted,
changed or lost.
Contains a simple, pure and universal message that has a profound
effect on all those who are sincerely searching for the truth.
Contains a unique and inimitable style of language that is universally
known as the pinnacle of Arabic eloquence and linguistic beauty – yet
the Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who was
known to be illiterate.
- Contains many amazing scientific facts which have only been discovered recently, despite being revealed over 1400 years ago.
The most rational explanation for the many unique and miraculous aspects of the Quran is that it cannot be from other than God.
5. Forgiveness of Sins
encourages a balance between hope in God’s mercy and fear of His
punishment – both of which are required to lead a positive and humble
are born sinless but have the free will to commit sins. God created us
and knows we are imperfect and commit sins, but the key is how we
react to committing those mistakes.
“Do not despair of God’s mercy; He will forgive you of all your sins.” Quran 39:53
teaches that God is the Most Merciful and will forgive and pardon
those who sincerely want to repent. The beautiful steps for repentance
include being sincere, remorseful, refraining from committing the sin
as well as having the intention not to repeat it. Islam encourages a
continuous process of self-development and self-purification. This
process happens directly between the individual and God – there is no
need for sins to be shared or “confessed” to a righteous person/priest.
Furthermore, God does not need to sacrifice himself to forgive sins,
nor is anyone “born into sin”.
6. Accountability and Ultimate Justice
teaches that God is the Most Just and that each person will be held
responsible for their own actions on the Day of Judgement. Each person
is accountable, as they have freedom of choice and intelligence to
discern between right and wrong.
is an absolute demand of justice that there be a Day of Judgement
where every person is rewarded or punished, otherwise life would be
unjust as not everyone receives true justice in this world.
teaches that ultimately we will be judged for how well we fulfilled
our responsibilities and exercised our free will. We will be judged by
God, the All Knowing and All Wise, who knows and sees everything we do.
This encourages a more harmonious society and gives people contentment
knowing that justice will ultimately prevail.
7. Practical and Balanced Way of Life
provides the right balance between faith and action, as both are
required for a stable life. It provides guidance for all situations and
circumstances. It is a practical religion with practical acts of
worship that are designed to fulfil the spiritual, physical,
psychological and social needs of people.
Examples of practical acts of worship that have numerous benefits include:
The five daily prayers – Enriches the soul by satisfying the spiritual
need of being in regular contact with God (especially in today’s busy
lifestyle); makes one humble by bowing and prostrating to God; removes
any barriers/pride/racism between believers praying in congregation;
helps one refrain from committing sins given the person stands regularly
The obligatory charity – Purifies a person from selfishness;
encourages empathy to the poor; reminds one of the blessings of God;
helps reduce poverty; bridges the gap between rich and poor.
The fasting in Ramadan – Promotes spiritual self-purification,
self-restraint and growth; scientifically proven health benefits;
empathy and awareness of those less fortunate; trains people to acquire
the habit of obeying God.
The pilgrimage – Unites people of every colour, race, status and
nationality, as pilgrims wear simple and similar clothing, while
performing a range of good deeds in congregation.
that Islam is from God, every command found in the religion is
ultimately good and beneficial to the individual and society when
practised correctly. Quranic examples include being honest, forgiving,
truthful, kind to one’s wife, patient, fair, moderate, modest, sincere,
and respecting parents, family and the elderly. There are also many
principles in the teachings of Islam that prevent or reduce many of the
individual and social ills facing the world today.
8. Universal and Timeless Message
has a message that applies to all people at all times, from the
creation of Adam up until the Day of Judgement. It is applicable today
as it always has been.
is accessible to everyone. People may distinguish themselves and earn
God’s favour through belief and righteous actions only – not through
race, wealth, gender, nationality or social class.
timeless and beautiful message is the same message of all Prophets,
including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them
all). They all called their people to “Submit to the One True God”
which, in Arabic, means to become a “Muslim”. This submission to God
enables one to fulfil the purpose of life by acknowledging the greatness
of God and sincerely worshipping him alone. In doing so, one will
acquire the countless benefits of Islam mentioned above.
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