Abu Darda (RA) narrated that Rasool Allah (SAW) said, “Should I not tell you of such a thinga which are the best and purest deeds in the court of your Lord, high in ranks (darajat), better for you then spending gold and silver (in Allah’s path), and better than slaying the neck of the enemy during war? The Sahaba said, “Yes, Oh Rasool Allah! (SAW) .” He (SAW) said, “It is Zikr of Allah.” (Tirmizi)
In this section we aim to provide a brief overview of Islam, its principles and practices. It is aimed at a basic level for those who possess little or no knowledge about the Islamic faith. It is hoped that the following pages will provide some insight and understanding of the religion.
The Arabic word ‘Islam’ means voluntary surrender to the Will of Allah and obedience to His commands. Allah, also an Arabic word, is the unique name of God.
The Islamic way of life is based on total obedience to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) . This is the way to obtain peace both in this world and in the hereafter; hence, Islam also means peace. A person who freely and consciously accepts the Islamic way of life, and sincerely practices it, is called a Muslim.
Islam informs man about the purpose of his creation and existence and it provides him with Guidance (Hidaya) to lead a balanced and purposeful life which will enable him to be rewarded with a place in Paradise (Jannah) in the life after death.