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Rita Alcalde Dr.Yazicioglu

REL 241 23rd February, 2015

Islamic Perspective of Belief

Belief in the Islamic tradition is referred to as the result of a choice. This choice implicates embracing, understanding, and following the central idea of the religion: al-Islam, which means “surrender”, and the harmony and concord that emanates from our surrender to God. Islam says that our commitment must be complete not limited; it implies not only internal but also external submission to God. In this essay, I would like to explain importance of belief in the Islamic religion, by presenting the fundamentals of belief, and their indispensable relationship with surrender.

There are two key ingredients to get the reward to an eternal life in presence of God: believing in and surrendering to God. But one may ask: Why believe and surrender to One being? What does surrender to the One involve? Who is that One? All these questions have an answer. The One God, Allah, is the central reality of Islam in all of its facets. The word Allah is composed of “Al” which means “the,” and “ilah” which means “god”. The corroboration of this oneness is the nucleus of the Islam and, from the Muslim perspective, of every authentic religion.

But the oneness of God is not the only creed. According to the Qur’an there are five elements Muslims have to believe in: God, angels, prophets, the scriptures, and the hereafter. There is another concept that is not explicitly stated in the scripture, which is also considered part of the articles of faith: Destiny. These have been condensed in three fundamentals of belief: “There is no god but God,” “Muhammad is the messenger of God,” and the belief in an life after death.

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