What Is Eiman (Belief) ?


by G.A. Parwez

WHAT IS EIMAN (BELIEF)?
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A person is hungry for the last three days and feels extremely weak. He goes to the house of friend who offers his a plateful of warm delicious pudding. He voraciously steps towards it. But as soon as he brings a spoonful of it to his mouth, somebody rushes towards him and tells him that by mistake arsenic has been put in the pudding instead of sugar. Do you think the hungry man shall eat the pudding? No, he shall never eat it. He shall bear the pangs of hunger but shall never put the poisonous food into his mouth. He shall rather throw away the plate. Why has he not taken this food inspite of being extremely hungry? Because he has got the firm belief that he shall die after taking it. How much one might induce him to eat, he shall never do so. A firm belief like this in the laws initiated by God is called “Eiman”. And one who holds such a belief called “Momin”. It is apparent that such a man shall always remain safe from the injurious effects which arise from disobedience of the laws of Allah. That is why a firm belief in the laws of Allah results in (امن) peace. A “Momin” not only saves himself from such injurious effects he also saves other people from it. He thus becomes an instrument of making peace in the world. As humanity remains safe and peaceful by obedience of the Divine laws, that is why one of the attributes of Allah is (المومن) (59:23), which means one who provides peace.

Islam is Not Religion


by Nasiruddin Ghani

Islam is not religion. Religion is belief system. Religion constists of creed, rituals and priesthood. Religion is all about salvation in the life hereafter. Islam is not belief system. Islam regulates all aspects of personal and social life. Islam is the social system of Allah (Quran 3:19 & 85, 5:3) which leads to love, righteousness, social justice, unity of mankind, equality in this world; and success and Paradise in the life Hereafter.

Peace is absence of injustice, inequality and disorder. Peace is attained through self-surrender to the “will/plan/law of Allah”, that is the Quran, which is a guide to good living for entire mankind (2:185). The Quran upholds the ideal of service to all mankind. In Islam service to mankind is service to Allah.

The key to peace is: gaining knowledge for the benefit of mankind, righteous life of moderation, and doing of good to others. If no social justice and peace, no Islam.

The social system of Islam includes quranic political system, quranic economic system and quranic cultural values. Caliphate is the political ideal of the Quran (24:55).

There is no priesthood in Islam. There is no division of priesthood and laymen in Islam. Islam is not theocracy dominated by priest. Islam is the Quran-way and not the so-called Ulama-way. If you follow the Quran in letter and spirit, you are a Muslim.