The submission of man to his Creator is the essence of
Islam. The word "Islam" literally means, "to submit" or "to
surrender. "The real question one should ask is: "submit and
surrender" to whom? Muslims submit and surrender their will
and desires to the will and the laws of the Creator. This is
what "Islam" truly means. By referring to, "The Creator",
Muslims are talking about "Allah."
Allah is the Creator of all that is in the heavens and the
earth. In Islam, Allah is the True and
Only Creator, and only he deserves to be worshipped. Nothing
else is worthy of worship; not stones, statues,
crosses, tombs (of any religion), the sun, the moon, stars,
temples, animals, Prophets (from any religion), messengers,
saints, priests, movie stars, musicians, athletes, or
religious scholars. All of those are created beings, and are
not worthy of worship in Islam. In fact, doing that is to
associate partners with Allah, and it is the only sin that
would never be forgiven on the Day of Judgment.
Allah is the Arabic word for God. This is the way all Arab
Jews, Christians and Muslims call God. Allah is the personal
name of God, which He gave to Himself in the Qur'an. The
Qur'an is the last and final revelation from Allah to
mankind, that Allah gave to Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu
alayhe wa sallam, through the Angel Gabriel. The name
"Allah" is unique. It has no feminine or masculine form
(unlike 'god' or 'goddess'). It also has no plural form
(unlike 'gods' and goddesses'). The name "Allah" simply
means "The One and Only True God."
The name "Allah" was not a name invented by the Arabs. It
has been the name of God since the beginning of time. In the
Torah, we can easily find the name that God gave Himself, "Elah",
or in some cases, "Eloh" (Elohim -[im] being a form of
respect in the Hebrew language). It was also used in the
Aramaic language, which was the language spoken by our
beloved Prophet Jesus, alayhes salam.
The Creator, Allah, has perfect attributes. He is the First;
there was none before Him, and He is the Last. Allah is the
Ever-living; everything will end in death, except Him. He is
the Protecting Friend and to Him is the Final Return, where
everything will be dealt with and judged in the Most Perfect
and Just way.
Muslims are confident of the Just and Perfect Judgment of
Allah, The Creator, because He tells us repeatedly in the
Qur'an that He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Gracious, Most
Merciful, and perfectly just.
Allah also tells us in the Qur'an, that He does not beget,
nor is He begotten. Begetting offspring, eating and sleeping
are all characteristics of created things. Compare this, for
example, to the Biblical ideas of God resting on the seventh
day of creation, and begetting a son.
Muslims believe that Allah does not have the characteristics
of people, animals or any created things. Muslims also
believe that Allah is All- Powerful and able to do all
things, He merely says to it "Be" and it is. Such as the
case of the miraculous birth of Prophet Jesus, alayhes salam,
and when Allah created the heavens and the earth and all
that is in them.
The most important point about Islamic worship is to
understand that Muslims worship One God only. This pure and
simple message of Islam has remained unchanged since the
first man walked on earth. From the Prophet Moses, alayhes
salam, calling out to his people, "Hear 'O Israel: The Lord
our God is One" [Deuteronomy 6:4 (English-KJV)]; to Prophet
Jesus, alayhes salam, teaching and reprimanding his
disciples, "Why does thou callest me good? There is none
good but one, that is, God" [Matthew 19: 17; Mark 10: 18;
Luke 18: 19 (English-KJV)]; to the last messenger of
monotheism who came with the final revelation from God
proclaiming, "Your God is One God, there is none who has the
right to be worshipped but He, the Most Beneficent, the Most
Merciful" [Qur'an 2: 163].
Allah, The One. This is whom over one-billion Muslims across
the world pray to five times each day.
The declaration of faith for one who wants to embrace Islam
is: "Ashadu Alla Ilaha Illallah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan
rasoolullah", which means when translated to English: "There
is nothing worthy of worship but Allah; alone, and Muhammad
is His Messenger."
This simple, yet profound belief is what draws thousands of
Westerners and people from all walks of life, religions,
cultural and ethnic backgrounds to Islam every year and has
made the religion of Islam the fastest growing religion on