The Purity of Islam
It is important in this present day that the children of Adam clearly understand the true meaning of Islam.
We must know the value of its purity, of its peacefulness, its unity, its sincerity, its honesty, and the value of its spirit and justice and truth. We must know the greatness of Allah Who rules over all this, and we must find tranquility in our lives, so that we will be able to guide others toward peacefulness.
To all those who have accepted Allah and His Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon him), with perfect faith, certitude, and determination before we can bring peace to all life, before we can eliminate poverty, suffering, illusion, and disease in the world, before we can come to love every life as we do our own, we must first understand the value of absolute faith.
To have firm faith in Allah, the Almighty Lord, to know Him, to pray to Him, to believe with complete certitude in His messengers, prophets, and angels, to carry out the commandments sent through them, to bring into our consciousness His gracious qualities and all His attributes, and to dedicate our lives to His worship – this is the true meaning of Islam.
Islam is equality, peacefulness, and unity. Islam is inner patience, contentment, trust in Allah, and greatness of Allah. One who understands this and puts it into practice will be a true believer; he will know Allah and His commandments and practice the injunctions given through His revelations.
Allah sent His prophets to man to free him from his enslavement to earth, wealth, sensual pleasures, desires, thoughts and attachments. And yet man is suffering and can find no freedom; he is a slave to so many things. He has no peace, tranquility, equality, or love. The children of Adam must release themselves from the bondage of worldly pleasures.
If only man could acquire the wealth of Allah’s love and integrity, the wealth of His beautiful laws, then he would never lack in anything. That wealth is pure; it is the purity of Islam. If man had such inner wealth, he would never meet with loss in this world or in the Hereafter. He would be safe and secure in both worlds. Allah has asked mankind to accept this, to find freedom, and to raise the banner of unity on the staff of love.
People with strong faith know that it is important to cleanse their own hearts, while those with unsteady faith seek to find fault in the hearts and prayers of others. This becomes a habit in their lives. But those who pray to Allah with faith, determination, and certitude know that the most important thing in life is to surrender their hearts to Allah.
If the fountain of the heart is full, then all creations can come and partake of its clear water. If it is shallow, then all those who come will stir up the mud and have nothing but dirty water to drink.
Let us constantly strengthen our faith, certitude, and determination. Allah sent this gift of faith to each of the prophets and finally gave it in perfection to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The fundamental explanations of perfect faith were given to Allah’s messengers, and they in turn shared them with mankind. There are very deep meanings to be found in these.