Thursday, 14 December 2006

Islam - A Complete Way Of Life

Literally, "religion" could refer to:

Millat: Prayer or a set of rituals confined to a particular time or place, but not related to the activities of daily life.

Deen: Divine law regulating every sphere of life, i.e. a complete way of life.

Islam embodies every sphere of life. It does not draw a distinction between "spiritual" or "mundane" life. Every aspect of life, be it the mode of dress, diet, education, commerce or politics, all are governed by the Qur'an. It has laid down cogent principles regarding worship, social conduct and mutual dealings.

The Holy Qur'an states:

"This day I have perfected my favour unto you and chosen Islam as a way of life for you."

Islam basically constitutes a dual obligation:

Duty towards Almighty Allah; and
Duty towards Mankind.

The Holy Qur'an states:

"Seeth thou one, who denies the Judgment (to come)? Then such is the one Who repulses the orphan, And encourages not the feeding of the indigent. So woe to the worshipppers, Who are neglectful of their Prayers, those who (want but) To be seen, But refuse (to supply) (even) neighbourly needs." ( i.e. duty unto man)

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