Our second point is to clarify the fact
that Islam as revealed to The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) guides humanity to the path, and the method to live according to the Divine Law, demonstrating that all revelations target this same purpose.

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The Revelation to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was/is a continuation, confirmation, and clarification of ONE MESSAGE that the Divine sent to human beings since Father Adam. The core of that Message is a reminder to man as how to realize the ultimate goal of her/his existence and how to approach life from a perspective that supports her/him achieve that goal. “Islam” as revealed to prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a rejuvenation of the Divine’s Call to humankind to “surrender” to the Law of creation in both its physical and metaphysical manifestations. And because that Law is inherent in the primordial nature of man, Fitra, Islam is termed as the Primordial Religion: Deen Al Fitra, the Religion that all prophets carried, and that was revealed to (PBUH) as Al Deen Al Haneef: the Religion of Straightforwardness and Righteousness. As such “Islam” as revealed to prophet Muhammad (PBUH) emphasized the One Origin of all revelations. Accordingly, “Islam” did/does not require from followers of other revelations to convert to its system of worship or legislation, nor did/does it ask Muslims to impose their system on others. “Islam” only guides ALL to come to “common terms”: “our God and your God is One; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam)"(HQ: 29: 46).

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Even though the core Call of that Revelation was/is to spread love, peace, tolerance, freedom, knowledge and justice, alas, many misconceptions have been accumulated throughout the years, and hindered humans in different cultures and civilizations from benefiting from its wisdom. Misunderstandings took place within societies, which carry the Islamic label as well as non-Islamic ones. However, tracing and analyzing those misconceptions deserve to be the subject of another work. The focus in this book was to demonstrate the authors’ approach to how Islam as revealed through prophet Muhammad (PBUH) guided humanity to a balanced approach to life. The authors assume that modern world needs learning about that “balanced Path”. Discerning basic principles embedded in the Revelation, humans would lead fulfilled life. Authors see that such principles are of paramount significance to the modern world, which lacks balance in many aspects. First, many conflicts in our world find their roots in humans’ tendency to feel, somehow superior to others. Being fully indulged in realizing their distinction politically, economically, militarily, racially and/or culturally, people oppress each other. Islam guides people to realize that, being human implies that they share an origin that transcends any differences of race, color, language, nationality or even religious affiliation. It attracts their attention that their shared goal is to be fulfilled as humans, and in the meantime respect existing diversities on all levels. Balance between feelings of that commonality and respect of diversity, would enhance peace, tolerance, justice and cooperation among all humans. Second, the world has been interested in the superfluous aspects of life and forgetting about the spiritual dimensions. Man is hurt on many levels because of lack of balance. Islam guides people to realize that man’s earthly life serves the spiritual dimensions. The two aspects of life, the spiritual and the worldly are integrative, not contradictory as long as man is aware of the ultimate goal of her/his existence. Third, modern world suffers from the growing feelings of individuality that has been leading to the spread of selfishness among humans, and pushing individuals to try to fulfill their personal goals by any means even if hurting others or damaging nature. Islam respects the individuality and uniqueness of each human being, does not treat her/him as unanimous person in a herd. In the meantime, s/he is guided to feel her/his oneness with others on a more transcendental level. As such s/he can be balanced on the two levels of existence, the individual and in her/his relations with the surroundings.

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Each section of this part of the site (Second Point) handles a dimension in the Islamic Revelation that gives much knowledge to humans about how they can lead such a balanced life. Herein, we shall trace the message concluded along the book, and what it can offer to modern man.

It gets very clear that the Holy Qur’an points to Islam, not as a creed, but as the Way to surrender to the Divine Law. Hence, all prophets are termed in the Holy Qur’an as Muslims because each had a life in which he lived in full submission to the Law. And each, somehow, was a manifestation of who a Muslim is. Their stories are narrated in a way that shows a Muslim as one who respects reason, seeks knowledge, works hard, and in the meantime seeks being spiritually free, namely devoted to God.

Because Religion revealed by the Divine is one, it was very natural that each prophet came to confirm and clarify the revelation that preceded him. Jesus (PBUH) said that he came to fulfill the Law that Moses (PBUH) revealed. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) teaches that the Revelation he conveyed was confirming the Revelations to Moses (PBUH) and Jesus (PBUH) by reviving the origins of the Religion to Abraham (PBUH). Confirmation of previous revelations included also clarification of misconceptions that took place along the years. The biggest deviation from original teachings is that people tend to turn Religion into sets of dogmas, stagnant traditions and ready-made shapes and forms. Absence of understandings leads humans to worshiping their own made images of God, and they forget about the Unseen aspect of life. Without spiritual awareness they think of prophets as mere historical figures and consequently followers of each Revelation think that loyalty to their prophet should make them show his superiority over others. They forget about the oneness of Religion, and the shared Path of prophets. Islam as revealed to Muhammad (PBUH) was a reminder of that oneness.

By reminding people of the shared Path of prophets, the Revelation to prophet Muhammad (PBUH) may bring together followers of all revelations, prophetic or natural. It can help them be liberated from the imprisonment of names and labels. It teaches them to remember the core of all of them, and live accordingly.

Man is guided to discern that everything in the universe is created and ordered according to the Divine Law. The Natural Law is but a manifestation of the transcendental existence of the Divine. Man can experience that Divine aspect within her/himself. This experience reveals to her/him the spiritual aspect of existence, which in turn strengthens her/his faith in the continuation of life. The more s/he approaches the worldly life from that dimension, the more s/he would sense freedom. That freedom is symbolized in the Islamic Testimony (Al Shahada): To witness that there is no god but God La Ilaha Illa Allah is to be devoted to nothing and to no one but Allah. The second part of Al Shehada: Muhammad is the Messenger of God (Muhammad Rasulu Allah) is a symbol of the fact that the freedom that a person seeks was achieved through Muhammad (PBUH). Muhammad (PBUH) in this context is a symbol of all prophets and teachers of humanity. They should be present in the heart of the seekers. Their presence provides seekers with spiritual support.

Because the faith in the Messenger of God is not mere historical or physical, the Revelation to Muhammad (PBUH) uncovered that Al Ka’ba, the House of God that was revealed to Abraham (PBUH), is a symbol for the Light that humans can turn to seeking guidance. Namely, that holy shrine is not a mere building it is a symbol of man’s need to have a “direction” or a focus in her/his life. That direction or focus is symbolized in the Islamic concept of Al Quibla: turning one’s face towards Al Ka’ba as a symbol of divine guidance. When man is all devoted to Allah only, and is aware of the ultimate goal of her/his existence, s/he is transformed into a Servant of Allah. So, to be a Servant of Allah is to be spiritually free and to have a focus in life; a goal that deserves man’s attention and strive.

Such teachings can guide modern man to the balance and draw her/his attention to the link between heaven and earth. That balance saves her/him from the arrogance s/he feels as a result of the scientific and technological advancement. The realization that there is higher and spiritual existence that is unknown to her/him, s/he would rather try to link what s/he is doing in this life with the life hereafter. The criteria of good inventions are to be measured by their contributions to humane purposes. Believing in the unseen aspect of life liberates man from the imprisonment of matter. S/he can realize that life is not confined to the temporal one. He will have a focus and fills in the gaps which s/he suffers from currently. However, knowledge and faith are not something that is attained once and for all. Spiritual knowledge grows when man is spiritually purified.

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The spiritual training system that the Revelation to Muhammad (PBUH) presented, and which exists in different forms in other revelations, supports man in her/his struggle for purification. The spiritual training system revealed to Muhammad (PBUH) is a system that expresses the embedded meanings in the Testimony “there is no god but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God”. Namely, each aspect is a means for being spiritually liberated from the constraints of matter by being exposed to the graces of God along one’s day in the Ritual Prayers; by living as a spirit for a month in Fasting; by being a tool of charity in the Hands of the Divine once a year in Zakat; and experiencing life as journey in which one metaphorically travels to Allah’s House once in one’s life in Pilgrimage. Ritual Prayers, Fasting, Alms giving (Zakat), and Pilgrimage are means for spiritual purification as well as a reminder to man to pursue her/his goal as a Servant of Allah so that s/he can be in balance.

With spiritual purification man can handle everything in life from a perspective that would enhance love, beauty and goodness. However, it is not only in Worship that man can attain spiritual elevation. It is when s/he performs every action in the daily life from the perspective of witnessing her/his oneness with everything around. Islam guides man to the way of how to get aware of the oneness of life. Because the One expresses His existence through everything that He originated, everything points to Him. Life then follows one order, and every thing is linked to the whole. When human perceives things as fragmented, s/he would create conflict with her/his surroundings, but when the belief in the One becomes deep inside the heart, harmony is perceived and sought. In short, the oneness of Allah should be reflected in realization of the oneness of life. With this realization, Man would lead a just and balanced life within her/himself, with nature, and with her/his human brethren and sisters. The Islamic Shari’a (Divine Path to Truth) introduces man to principles that would make daily life very rewarding spiritually. Principles of Islamic Shari’a are not ready-made forms or rules. Rather, they are basic principles that can inspire humans with many means and tools to live a balanced life on both the individual and the societal level. Within the basic belief in the oneness of origin, Shari’a guides man to respect that oneness on practical level. All aspects of Islamic Shari’a support man strike a balance between her/his needs without violating justice and balance.

Principles embedded in Islamic Shari’a can help man in the modern world readjust her/his approach to her/his personal needs, to nature, and to others. S/he would see how to respect the natural environment instead of dominating it. S/he would learn how to satisfy her/his physical needs without harming her/his spiritual growth. S/he would seek building her/his human relations from a perspective that guarantees justice for all. And humans would think of political and economic systems that help humans be fulfilled spiritually through cooperation, not conflict. International relations would also be designed in a way that each country would see how it could help others instead of seeking its own growth by making use of others or dominating them. The invitation to discern oneness of humanity through the relationship with people from other faiths is highly indicative in Islamic teachings.

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Spreading peace was/is the core goal of the Islamic Call. The Prophet (PBUH) never attempted to impose the revealed belief system on non-believers or followers of other revelations. As a messenger of God, he was attracting their attention to a way of life where no one should dominate or exploit others because devotion of all should be to Allah alone. His opponents both in Macca and Madina were the ones who not only rejected the Call because it would put limits to their oppression of others, but also initiated wars against him and Muslims. When dealing with followers of Jesus (PBUH) and Moses (PBUH) (People of the Book) the core invitation was to share with them the “common terms” that are recommended in their revelations. Those “common terms” reflect an approach to life that all revelations recommended: to be devoted to Allah, and reflect that devotion by expressing love to humanity.

Naturally, a Revelation that calls for spreading peace within and around is keen to guide its followers to the means by which they would realize their goal. To be good models for what the Revelation to prophet Muhammad (PBUH) epitomizes, and to be followers of Muhammad (PBUH) truthfully implies being living exemplars who, by their very existence radiate light that unsurprisingly attracts searching souls, and who spread peace, love, tolerance, and knowledge wherever they be. “No compulsion in religion” is a basic principle that followers of the Islamic Revelation should abide by. Out of believers’ loving hearts, they would invite themselves and others to seek the common Path in all revelations, putting in their consideration that they all should seek the better way. The Islamic Call suggests dialogue as a mechanism for humanity to spread openly all kinds of knowledge and wisdom, old and modern. The frame of distinction between the true and the fake does not depend on names or temporal goals, but rather on the degree to which any new knowledge serves humans to recognize how to live according to the Divine Law, so their spiritual growth would take place and they will discern clearly the path of Truth.

The world, which has not stopped to fight and the enmity, which has caused terror around the globe, means that the Islamic call for peace is needed today more than ever. The Call that prophet Muhammad (PBUH) conveyed more than 1400 years ago is not a historical one, it is valid now.