|What I love most about Islam|
Everything about Islam is so beautiful it’s really difficult to say what I love most.
Islam is a complete way of life that governs all facets of life: moral, spiritual, social, political, economic, intellectual, etc.
There are over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world today, which equates to approximately a fifth of the world’s population. So Islam is a truly global faith and not just confined to a particular nation, color or race.
The advancements in Europe during the Renaissance were based on ideas brought by Muslims from the Islamic World.
Muhammad (PBUH) said, “There is no disease that Allah has created, except that he has also created its remedy,” (Sahih Bukhari) This led to Muslims trying to make new discoveries in the field of medicine during the Golden Age of Islam. During this period of time, the Islamic world was very advanced in medicine.
Muhammad (PBUH) urged Muslims to seek knowledge and travel around the world. After his death, from the 8th to 13th century the Islamic World became very advanced in Science, Technology, Medicine, Maths, Astronomy, and Art.
The Quran is the most memorized book in the world. There are many Muslims who do not speak Arabic as their mother tongue but have memorized the whole Quran. Even children as young as four have memorized the Quran off by heart.
The Quran has not been changed or tampered with since its revelation 1400 years ago. Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of America had his own personal copy of the Quran which he used to read.
The Quran is the most explained book in history with thousands of volumes elucidating its many wonders. Muhammad (PBUH) is mentioned 4 times in the Quran by name, and Jesus (PBUH) is mentioned 25 times in the Quran by name.
Islam stresses the importance of being kind to one’s parents. In fact, the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) mentioned that “Paradise lies beneath the feet of your mother”. He also said that being kind to one’s parents is the second most loved act by God.
The first person to become a Muslim was Muhammad’s wife, Khadija bint Khuwaylid. Islam is based upon five pillars: Testimony of faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting, and Pilgrimage.
Islam teaches us to be kind to our neighbors, Muslims, and non-Muslims. However, in Islam, your neighbor is not just the person who lives next to you, but the people living in a distance of 40 houses in front of you and behind you; left of you and right of you.