Ihsan. What’s that?

Now we have gone over what Faith and Islam is but, what is Ihsan? It comes in the Hadith when Angel Jibril asked Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) “What is Ihsan?. His reply was: “To worship Allah as though you see him, if you cannot achieve this, then indeed he sees you.”(Al-Bukhari and Al-Muslim).

This is an encouragement for us Muslims to focus on submission to our Lord. Here’s a scenario for you: “You’ve accepted this challenge ,which has a HUGE reward in the end. In order to get that reward you must impress the one who is in charge of the reward.” Wouldn’t you want to do everything you can to achieve that goal?

The challenege: Islam; Reward: Paradise; Holder of the Reward: Allah;

And yes, Islam is a challenge. We must fight within ourselves. It can be challenging to with-hold ones anger, fight laziness, being motivated to learn the religion; etc.. As long as we are aware of who we are worshiping, why we are worshiping Him, and what is the outcome of that worship—Insh’a Allah (if god wills) it becomes easy upon an individual.


What is Islam?

In the previous post we covered “Faith in Islam”. So, what is Islam?

It is the religion which was sent with the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). When someone is upon the religion of Islam, we call them Muslims. The term Muslim means One who submits to One God. Just like faith and its pillars, Islam has its own pillars. When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked the question by Angel Jibril (Gabriel): “What is Islam?”, his reply was;

  1. To worship Allah alone and no one else.
  2. To perform Salat (prayer, 5 times a day).
  3. To give Zakat (charity)
  4. To fast in the month of Ramadan.
  5. To perform Hajj (pilgrimage to mecca, if one has the means)

These are the 5 pillars of Islam in which every Muslim (male and female) must follow!


Faith in Islam

What is faith in Islam? What do we believe in? These questions are asked by non-muslims, new muslims, and our children who watch us worship one God (Allah). So what do we tell them?

When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked the question by Angel Jibril (Gabriel): “What is Faith?”, his reply was;

  1. To believe in Allah (God)
  2. Believe in his Angels
  3. Believe in his books.
  4. Believe in his Messengers.
  5. Believe in the Day of Resurrection (Judgement day)
  6. Believe in the Qadr (Decree, Gods will) The good and bad.

These are the 6 articles of faith which are essentials and one of the basics of being a Muslim.