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Ramadan 1434

Volume 29 No 7

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

True Islam (Submission)

Most people know but do not comprehend what the word “Islam” really means. It is high time that it should be re-discovered. This is because what is going around under the “brand” of Islam is not just a fake but a totally shameful, disfigured and mutilated copy of the immaculate original. God’s true religion is under an enormous assault from various quarters almost entirely and most regrettably from people who claim to be “Muslims”. We can, God willing, argue our case rationally, persuasively and convincingly and rebut the charges.

Submission (true Islam, as seen in the Quran) is not named after a person as in the case of Zoroastrianism after Zoroaster, Buddhism after Gautama Buddha, Confucianism after Confucius and Christianity after Jesus Christ. Nor was it named after a tribe, as Judaism after the tribe of Judah or a geographical area, as Hinduism after the inhabitants of the land of the River Indus.

Submission is not a religion brought by Prophet Muhammad in 7th Century Arabia. It is the true religion of God re-expressed in its final form.

[5:3] … Today, I have completed your religion, perfected My blessing upon

you, and I have decreed Submission as the religion for you. It is the religion given to Adam, the first man, first submitter and first messenger, and it was the religion of all the prophets and messengers sent by God to humankind.

[3:85] Anyone who accepts other than Submission as his religion, it will not be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be with the losers.

The essence of worship is a complete submission to the will of God, and thus the core understanding of Submission (Islam) is that we must worship God alone and directly, and reject the worship of any person, place, animal, event or thing. Since everything in the universes is God’s own creation we can say that Islam in its spirit calls us away from the worship of creation and invites to worship only the Creator. A Creator will always be greater than a creation.  When we are aware that God is One and is distinct from His creation we can become a true Submitter (Muslim) both in body and soul.  However, merely recognising will not do, we have to submit and choose between right and wrong and such a choice involves accountability. Only then can we start the process of

eligibility to Paradise.

The opening verses of the Quran should inspire our thinking. [1:2] Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe. The third attribute (after Most Gracious, Most Merciful) which God introduces Himself as is “Rabb.” It is so comprehensive—Cherisher, Sustainer, Maintainer and includes the role of creation, security and the complete procedure of evolution from conception to birth and from the cradle to the grave.

This awareness should principally instill a feeling of reassurance in us that it is God alone who feeds us, cares for us, protects us from dangers, and heals us from illness. [26:78-80] “The One who created me, and guided me. The One who feeds me and waters me. And when I get sick, He heals me.”  It should promote love and kindness for all His creatures and negate the concept of aggression.

Throughout our lives from childhood till we die, God shows us signs till it becomes clear that there is only one True God. If we are honest with ourselves, reject all false gods and seek to please God alone, the route will be made easy for us. However, if we continuously

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