This is the universal Islamic greeting wishing for peace, mercy and blessings of Almighty Allah between those who choose to believe in Him.
No other faith or religion has this kind of greeting because it originates from Almighty God Himself!
When we meet fellow Muslims regardless of their origin, ethnicity, appearance, status of wealth, power or position, language or culture, this universal Salam is used to cut through all such differences and unites us in one sincere spirit of brotherhood or sisterhood and forges us into becoming a solid ummah where we overlook all and everything that divides us and come to be one people, one harmonious grouping of Global Muslims!
- The average Muslim is one who believes in Allah, the One True God of us all.
- He or she is obliged to also believe in Allah’s 124,000 prophets and messengers sent to guide Mankind through the Ages culminating in the mission of Muhammad ibni Abdullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, the greatest and final Messenger of Allah sent to be the Seal of Allah’s prophets and messengers.
- Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) is sent to all Mankind and to those who have studied the faith of Islam and come to a state of understanding that is based upon proper and accurate learning of Al Quran Al Karim, the Final and Complete Guidance from Allah the Almighty and authentic Hadiths @ Sayings of the Last Messenger, will come to an understanding that explains all about this earthly life to the Knowledgeable Muslim.
- Each and every Muslim is obliged to perform his or her 5 daily solats @ prayers if one is able to physically or to perform such prayers according to one’s state or condition.
- Starting from the Suboh ~Fajr solat ~ pre Dawn prayer
- Dzohor solat ~ Midday prayers
- Asar solat ~ Afternoon prayers
- Maghrib solat ~ Sunset prayers
- ‘Isya solat ~ Night prayers
- Muslims are to fast during the blessed month of Ramadhan. Starting from before the Suboh ~Fajr – pre Dawn prayers and to break their fast upon the onset of the Maghrib -Sunset prayers. Women who are having their periods ~menses or breastfeeding are not obliged to fast. They can make up for it later throughout the year.
- Muslims are also expected to pay their zakat payments ~ tithes which is 2.5% out of their excessive wealth to the Baitulmal – The Islamic Charity Board which is entrusted to help the poor and needy. This zakat payment is only to be paid by those who can afford to do so and is totally voluntary. The Islamic Authorities are empowered to take appropriate legal action upon the wealthy who refuse to do so out of their greed and miserliness.
- Muslims who are able bodied, free from debts and can afford to travel and have the needed funds to provide for their food, lodging and travelling expenses are obliged to go perform their Hajj pilgrimage to Makkah, Arabia at least once in their lifetime.
- Those who can’t perform the complete Hajj can opt to perform the Umrah which is considered the Minor Hajj. Pilgrims are also obliged to visit the Maqam of Prophet Muhammad at Masjidil Nabawi situated in Madinah al Munawwarah, Arabia as part of their pilgrimage.
- In between, Muslims are to live their life in a manner befitting their status as Believers in Allah and followers of the blessed Final Prophet and Greatest Messenger of God.
- Muslims are obliged to be honest, trust worthy, righteous, law abiding, sincere, loving, compassionate, merciful, understanding, tolerant, useful citizens of their countries.
- By observing all the tenets of the Islamic faith, Muslims can be all the above and be the ambassadors of their faith in Allah the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate. They can then be exemplary examples of how true Muslims can be and ought to take pride and feel good about themselves in living amongst others in a civilized society.
- It is incumbent upon those of us who profess to be Muslims and Mukmins to live according to what Allah the Almighty commands us and what His beloved Final Messenger enjoins us to do whilst we are still alive and able to?
- Sharing the right and accurate information about Al-Islam with our fellow human beings regardless of their ethnicity or form of belief is among the commandments of Allahu Ta’ala upon us as revealed in the Surah An Nahl, Chapter 16 verse 125 in the Al Quran Al Karim :
‘Ood ‘Uu ila sabeeli rabbika bilhikmati walmaw ‘iithatill hasanaah! Wajaa dill hum billatee hiya ahsanu * Inna rabbaka huwa Aa’ lamubiman dhalla aan sabeelihi * Wahuwa a’lamu bilmuhtadeen!meaning
Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.
If we can do this, then our life here on Earth will be that of a blessed existence of a Believer in Most Merciful Allah and a life that will be celebrated and remembered throughout Eternity.
Insya Allah! God Willing!
Till we meet again in the next article, here’s wishing you the best in your affairs here on Earth.
Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.