Islam is unique. The only religion not named after a human, or any thing in this world; but after a purpose. A world wide purpose. Not Christ-ians, or Mormans, or Jews from Judea – everyone in the world belongs to Islam – Submission to our Creator, a freedom above all other worldly things.
Islam – submitting to the will of Allah, God. Submitting not in the way most would think, given the predisposition of “western” thinking. When hearing the word “submit” they only understand “against their will”. Fitting to their behavior in the world, only understanding what they know.
The submission I know is one that is willfully given to Allah. The only One who knows what is best for me. The only One who knows me inside and out in every way even I cannot fathom. Who am I to be so arrogant as to think I know what is best for me?
“…and it may be that you dislike a thing while it is good for you, and it may be that you love a thing while it is evil for you; and Allah knows while you know not.” (Quran 2:216)
Performing the physical outward actions of Islam; praying 5 times daily, fasting, manners, charity, etc. has brought me relief, happiness, faith and freedom from worldly desires leading to depression and worry.
Then came the involuntary submission, that crept in and settled within me during practice. Alhamdulilah. Only through Allah was I truly guided. La ilaha il-Allah. The starting point, the Shahada. The willful declaration of your intention to submit to Allah, and worship only Him, to accept Muhammad (saw), an example of what every human should be like – as His Prophet. Before you know it, the gift of true faith, belief and freedom came to you not only through compelling evidence of our Quran, but by the Will of Allah.
لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله
Ašhadu an la ilaha illa-llah, wa ašhadu anna Muhammadun Aabduhu wa rasuluh
I bear witness that there is no god but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is Allah’s servant and Messenger