Who is a Muslim ?
Any person, anywhere in the world, who submits himself or herself to the
will of the One True God and organizes his/her life according to the
teaching of the last Prophet of God, is a Muslim, i.e., one who practices
The Name Muslim
Muslim is a name given to any person who practices islam. It is mentioned
in the Final Revelation of God ,the Holy Qur'an:
" ... It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this [
revelation ]; ...[ 22:78 ]
" Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a strict
Muslim. " [ 3:67 ]
All Creatures Are Muslims
Submission can be recognized at two (2) levels:
1. Compulsory submission
It is where there is no question of freedom of choice. All creations ( the
sun, moon, ocean, plants,animals and etc.) submit to the laws devised by
God in nature. So they are all Muslims. A stone thrown up in the air,for
example, cannot choose to remain
up, or come down after a little more time. Even those persons who deny the
existence of God submit to the laws set by God in the biological system
have no choice to go against the laws set by God. So, at this level are
2. Freedom To Choose
Freedom in choosing to do or not to do something in some aspects of life [
like moral laws, obedience to the commands of
God ], which is enjoyed by the humans. If a person chooses to obey God's
laws in her/his daily life, it will be a " willing "
or " concious " or " voluntarily submission. " With a
harmony in this universe and will be at Peace.
So, we could say that Islam is a natural way of life ,or it is the
religion of nature.
The Holy Qur'an says:
" Do they seek for other than the religion of God ?
while all creatures in the heavens and on earth have, willing or
unwilling, bowed to His will ( being a Muslim)
and to Him shall they all be brought back. " [ 3:83 ]
3. Children Are Muslims Too
In Islamic concept every child, born in a non-Muslim or Atheist family, is
a Muslim. Till it reaches the age of discreation [ to be able to choose
between the right and the wrong path] it is in a state of compulsory
submission. So they are Muslims;
if they dies, they will go to Paradise. It will not be held accountable
for its deeds.
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) says:
" The pen records not the deeds of three: of the child until he
becomes a youth, of the unconcious until he awakes, and of the insane
until he regains sanity. "
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