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Islam: The Call To Peace In The Midst Of Hell

Tuesday, July 14, 2009Mustafaa Abdul Muhammad

Islam, the most vilified-misunderstood religion in the world today, is a way of life revolving around 5 principles that create a positive state of being in the believer who practices. Depending on whom you speak with you will come away with opinions as varied as the distance East is from the West. On one hand the practitioners of the faith say it is of peace. The others who misunderstand or who are outright hostile to the faith will say it is evil, violent and of the devil himself.

Islam, in it's principle of essence, is about the making of peace in the individual, family, community and nation by teaching obedience to Almighty God ALLAH, who is the only one worthy of worship and praise. Islam in English translation from Arabic only means submission/obedience to the will of the Supreme Being and a Muslim is one who has entered into peace by such submission. This principle(submission) has been taught by all the prophets, according to both the Bible and Holy Qur'an, and is seen in nature & the universe as the natural order of things.

Today, the world in which we live, as it goes through a wobble, is creating hellish conditions for many members of the human family. The current recession(or depression depending on whom you speak with) is the proverbial spark that has started the fire. We hear daily of many people losing their homes, cars, jobs, health care and their ability to take care of family and children. This reality creates stress and ultimately desperation. 

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, who was taught by the Messenger-The Most Hon. Elijah Muhammad, is calling black people and through us all of humanity to the principle of obedience to the will of God. He teaches that you can be obedient to the will of God whether you follow Moses, Jesus, Muhammad(of 1400 years ago or the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad(The Muhammad of today). Therefore, when we were at the Million Man March in 1995 he told us to take the principle of that day back to the NAACP, SCLC, Church, Mosque or wherever we meet.

The question may be asked: How is Islam as a faith or principle of action a source of peace in the midst of hellish conditions?

I once read in a book titled: "How to stop worrying and start living" by Dale Carnegie of the author's awe at the Muslin preservation despite reverses, defeats and loss. He inquired why did they have such calm during such troubles and was told by one of the believers that we put our trust in ALLAH and accept his will.

 It is Faith and faith alone that is our greatest currency in this falling world. The Bible says, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things hoped for." and "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can remove mountains."  When you are in the midst of your worse trial, your darkest moment, faith will be the light to carry you on through the darkness back into light. 

To grow in faith and to sustain a faithful attitude, we are taught in Islam the importance of praying five times daily. Some have said that praying 5 times daily is too much. However, I have found that it only takes 25 minutes to do all five prayers daily which leaves 23 hours and 35 minutes left in your day. Almighty God gives us so much and only asks for little in return. This prayer is not for the glory of God only, but is like water which allows vegetation to grow. Likewise, prayer is the means by which our faith will grow stronger and stronger in our Lord. 

Lastly, we are taught in the Holy Qur'an of the power in remembering Almighty God in our hearts and minds. Jesus taught as a person thinks in their heart so are they. It is common knowledge that our thoughts have the power to change us individually and our circumstances for the good or bad. 

The Holy Qur'an says the following in support: "Those who believe and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah. Now surely in Allah’s remembrance do hearts find rest." The prayer that we give must create such God consciousness that we remember him all day-everyday and lean on him and trust in him to get us through it all. 

So, in closing, true Islam as opposed to ritualistic interpretation of the religion is a call to peace in the midst of hell. If we follow the  three principles that Islam teaches it will create a life of peace and contentment in God. The three principles are faith, prayer and remembering Almighty God, whom the Muslims refer to as ALLAH.

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