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Based on the meaning of “Islam” as was broadly defined, the objective of this section is to show how Islam as revealed to The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) revived the old teachings through establishing a conceptual frame of reference that can be a guideline for generations to come.

The revelation to The Prophet (PBUH) clarifies in a unique way the main principles around which, man's life can revolve. Those principles sprung from basic concepts, which are connected and related to one another. We choose to call them “chain concepts” because they interlink. Each concept leads to the other ones and explains them. Those concepts give orientation to man's life and motivate her/him to nurture her/his heart and soul. They clarify a lot of confusions that have been prevailing in the history of humankind. While it is true that some of those concepts were tackled before in other revelations, Islam as revealed to The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) focuses on certain dimensions of these concepts and develops them to enhance man's endeavor and support her/him in her/his way. The four concepts that are dealt with in this section are “the Divine Law, man as Servant of Allah, “al-Shahada” (witnessing that there is no god but God and Muhammad is His messenger), and “al-Quibla” (to have a direction where Ka’ba is its symbol). Those concepts were the base on which the spiritual training or what is commonly called the worship systems were built and practiced, and on which the guidance to lead fruitful worldly activities is founded.

The belief in the Divine Law is a prerequisite for any human being who seeks meanings for her/his life. This belief stimulates human’s will to search for ways to develop spiritually according to that Law. Man is endowed with the potentiality of living in harmony with the Divine Law. Here where the second concept emerges to enlighten man’s way. It is going to be clear that the highest rank man can achieve is to be a Servant of Allah. The end goal of being a Servant of Allah is to be spiritually all free. Witnessing that “there is no god but God” is the practical expression of that freedom, for man will take no power or authority as her/his end goals. Everything s/he does is devoted to Allah. In her/his way to realize her/his servitude to Allah, s/he is following the footsteps of the great Teachers of humanity where Muhammad (PBUH) stands as a model of them. Al-Shahada as the first pillar in Islam resumes this relationship between faith in the Divine Law or Allah and man’s spiritual evolution. Al-Quibla, or the necessity to take a direction, is a concept that is of paramount importance in Islam. It is another way of expressing al-Shahada. It is to Allah that one should direct all her/his actions, and to Him, s/he should devote her/his life. That cannot be accomplished without a clear way where company of prophets is needed. That is the reason why al-Quibla is symbolized by Al Ka’ba as the “House of God” Baytullah. It is on earth, not in heaven that one takes the way to Allah, and the message of Allah and His messenger is always there, and is visualized through enlightened human beings and can be sought from within one’s heart. Al-Quibla is the direction that unifies not only between the followers of Muhammad (PBUH), but also between seekers of truth everywhere.

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