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What is Islam?

Many people try to describe what Islam is in a nutshell, but Allah has sent a most concise answer to us in the following exchange between the Angel Jibreel (Gabriel) and the prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon both of them) related by Omar Ibn al Khattab:

One day, while we were at the messenger of Allah a man approached us of intensely white clothes and intensely black hair with no visible signs of travelling and none of us knew him.  He sat towards the prophet (sallallahu aleihi wasallam - Peace be upon him) and rested his knees towards his (the prophet's) knees and placed his palms on his (the prophet's) thighs and he said:

"O Muhammad, inform me about Islam". The messenger of Allah said: "Islam is to testify that there is no Ilah (God) but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah (sallallahu aleihi wasallam - Peace be upon him), to establish the prayers, to give the zakat, to fast Ramadan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House (the Kaaba in Mecca) if you are able to do so."  He said:"Truthful (you are)", so we were puzzled at his asking him then affirming him.

He said: "So, inform me about Iman (faith)."  He (the prophet) said:"To believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day; and to believe in divine destiny, providential (good) and direful (bad)."   He said:"Truthful (you are)".

He said: " So, inform me about Virtue (Ihsan - perfection of goodness)" He (the prophet) said: "To worship Allah as though you are seeing Him - for if you do not see Him, He sees you".

He said: "So, inform me about the Hour". He (the prophet) said: "The questioned (one) knows no more about it than the questioner." He said: "So, inform me about its signs." He (the prophet) said: "That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted, naked, destitute herdsman competing in building (lofty buildings)." Then he set off and I stayed for a while. Then he (the prophet) said: "O Omar, do you know who the questioner was?" I said: "Allah and His messenger know best". He said: "It is Jibreel come to you to teach you your religion."

narrated by Muslim


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