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Dakwah Cara Mudah
Part 2 (Cont): What does a Muslim Believe in?

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Islam is a monotheistic religion believing in the Oneness of God. Muslim holds steadfast to the believe that he is the Almighty creator. He is One, not begotten nor does having a gender. He is in His own form not represented in any way like His creator.

According to the Islamic statement of witness, or shahada, “There is no god but Allah”. And through his Prophets, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and lastly Muhammad, who called people to worship only him, rejecting idolatry and polytheism.

Linguistically this can be define in a form of word structures. The term “Allah” in Arabic, being the main language used in spreading the religion is not subject to plurality. For example, the word “God” in English is singular and can be changed to “Gods” as plural. This alone emphasized the monotheistic nature of Islam.  In Arabic also “Allah” does not lend itself to any gender. For example, in English, you can have the word “God” and “Goddess” as a representation of the male and female gender. This feature is a defining factor in the fundamental of the religion going forward in our discussion.

The primary pillar of Islamic belief clearly states that there is nothing worthy of worship except God. Associating partners with God or attributing qualities of lesser beings to Him is considered to be the greatest sin in Islam.

In the past, this often took the form of idol worship or praying to multiple lesser gods. Although this is less common now, the current era has replaced many of the physical ‘idols’ of the past with other contemporary ‘gods.’  People today allow passions like entertainment, drugs or material object as their focus of daily life. For example, if a drug addict allows their addiction to control their actions, beliefs, feelings, and behaviors, causing them to risk their personal safety and the safety of others, that drug has essentially become their god. Likewise, if another person puts a loved one before God by obeying that person even if that causes them to transgress against God’s commands, their loved one has taken precedence over God.

Islam is not a new way of life; rather, it is the final message, which upholds the same essential beliefs that God sent to humanity through all of His messengers. Through this message, God calls on each individual to lead a conscientious life by drawing close to Him and to remain cognizant of their final accountability in front of the one and only God.

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