January 27, 2015 Leave a comment
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.