If we look at the religions of the world, one realizes that Islam is a religion loathed by a number of people. What is the reason for this open enmity? If we scrutinize those who openly display their enmity towards Islam, we can categorize them into one of the following categories:
as Islam is the religion of truth which disallows worshipping and showing humility to anything other than Allah.
Say, [O Muhammad] ‘Is it other than Allah that you order me to worship, O ignorant ones?’ (39:64)
as Islam is a religion which agrees with the natural disposition of humans.
So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the natural disposition upon which Allah has created all people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know (30:30)
as Islam is a religion of justice and equity.
Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded (16:90)
as Islam is the religion of righteousness and reform.
…And they [the disbelievers] strive throughout the land [causing] corruption, and Allah does not like those who cause corruption. (5:64)
as Islam is the religion of peace.
Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not commit aggression. Indeed, Allah does not like aggressors (2:190)
as Islam is a moderate religion.
And thus we have made you a moderate and just community that you will be witnesses over the people and the Messenger will be a witness over you (2:143)
as Islam is a religion of chastity.
And do not approach unlawful sexual intercourse. Indeed, it is ever an immorality and is evil as a way (17:32)
as Islam is a religion of mutual support and mercy which fights exploitation of people’s needs and weaknesses.
And do not consume one another’s wealth unjustly or send it [in bribery] to the rulers in order that they might aid you to consume a portion of the wealth of the people in sin, while you know [it is unlawful] (2:188)
as Islam is a religion of equality which fights all forms of racism and prejudice.
O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the Sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted (49:13)
Dear reader, after having read this far, I believe many of the notions that you may have come across in the media about Islam have already started to crumble and the truth about Islam is now becoming more apparent. Let us note down for you the key qualities of Islam:
1.Islam is the religion of truth which disallows worshipping and showing humility to anything other than Allah. Allah, the Exalted, says: Say, [O Muhammad] ‘Is it other than Allah that you order me to worship, O ignorant ones?’ (39:64)
2.Islam is a religion of peace that denounces all forms of injustice and tyranny. Allah, the Exalted, says: Allah does not forbid you from being righteous and just toward those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly. (60:8)
3.Islam is a religion that encourages education and the spread of knowledge. Allah, the Exalted, says: …Say, 'Are those who know equal to those who do not know?' Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding. (39:9)
4.Islam is a religion of purity and hygiene. Allah, the Exalted, says: Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves (2:222)
5.Islam is a religion of justice and good conduct. Allah,the Exalted, says: Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded (16:90)
6.Islam is a religion of ease. Allah, the Exalted , says: Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship (2:185)
7.Islam is a religion of mercy. The Prophet said: “Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by God. Be merciful to those on the Earth and God shall be merciful to you.” (Tirmidthi)
8.IslamIslam is a religion of complete justice. Allah, the Exalted, says: “…Do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness (5:8)
9.IIslam is a religion that calls for cooperation in goodness. Allah, the Exalted, says: And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression (5:2)
10.Islam is not a religion for a select group, race or ethnicity. It is for humankind at large. Allah, the Exalted, says: And We have not sent you except comprehensively to mankind as a bringer of good tidings and a warner. But most of the people do not know. (3:103)
11.Islam is a religion that effaces all sin. Allah, the Exalted, says: Say, ‘O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.’ (39:53)