Islam in 100 words
Religion is a system that guides one to live in balance with the self and what surrounds one—the universe. Last week, I wrote about Hinduism in 100 words, and next week, it will be Christianity, and the series will continue for about 13 faiths. Later it will be followed by a 500 words series.
Islam remains a myth to many people, including Muslims. Its purpose was rarely explained, and its role vis-à-vis humanity is seldom understood.
“The purpose of Islam is to build cohesive societies—where each of us takes the responsibility to be Amin- i.e., someone who is trustworthy, truthful, just, kind, and cares for the common good of humanity and the environment. A Muslim believes in the Universal God (Rabbul Aalameen) and follows the example of Prophet Muhammad (Amin-the mercy to the universe), and becomes Mukhlooqul Aalameen – a universal being who respects and accepts the otherness of the others. To be a Muslim is to be a conflict mitigator and a goodwill nurturer and make this world a better place for all of God’s creation to live in harmony. If it is not common sense, then it is not Islam” – Mike Ghouse.
This is a series on Religions in 100 words. Go to www.CenterforPluralism.com and in the search box place Hinduism in 100 words or any religion as we go forward.
When we live as neighbors, fellow workers, students, players, activists, passengers in buses or planes, and inhabitants of the same city, it behooves us to learn about one another’s beliefs, motivations, moments of celebrations, devotions, or commemorations. The more we know about the other, the less biased we will become, creating a friendly environment for all of us to function efficiently in whatever we do. Knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance of the otherness of the others, freeing us from the phobias, bias, prejudices, hate, and ill-will and giving us a joyful life.
Dr. Mike Ghouse is Social Scientist, Public Speaker, thinker, author, newsmaker, and Interfaith Wedding Officiant. He is deeply committed to Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, Human rights, and religious freedom. He is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism, Director at the World Muslim Congress, a think tank, and a wedding officiant at Interfaith Marriages. His new book American Muslim Agenda is available on Amazon, and “Standing up for others” and “Madame President” are coming soon. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to issues of the day. His mission is to open people’s hearts and minds toward fellow humans. More about him at TheGhouseDiary.com