STANCE of a MUSLIMAH

Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide in our hearts as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatsoever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah. {Quran, 14:38}

7/19/2006

Name Game

"You Alone we worship, and You Alone we ask for help for each and everything."
{Quran 1:5}
What’s in a name? The sound, the ease on the tongue, the uniqueness of it or just the way it flows? My favorite name growing up was “Jessica”, and thinking back it was probably because one of my friends had an older sister with that name. For whatever reason “Lisa” was a favorite too. I wonder if my brother remembers these names I loved especially when we played our little pretend school thingy. Language is a pretty amazing thing, a gift. Without it you wouldn’t be able to read these words, and I wouldn’t be able to express them. There are an endless amount of languages and in many styles of oral communication and sign language along with everything in between (and yes there are many others like cued speech, or audio-verbal) and included in these forms are all the other methods of communication through body language and facial expressions. Then of course is an accent thing. Groups of people speak with various accents from all over earth. What means “Hey” in American English here in New England, might mean “Howdy” down South. What means “Laban” (milk) in Egyptian Arabic, might mean Halib (in normal Arabic! J) Glorified is Allah who has given us this mean to communicate and grant us with means of sharing our hearts and minds through a process that is almost always taken for granted. All Praise is to Allah alone. Alhamdulilah.

Understanding that language itself is such a complex system granted to humanity, it’s no wonder that names sound different, strange, or sometimes even obvious. History and current events demonstrate that names of societies, places, or events are labeled to describe them or the leaders somehow.

What leads me to all of this is that I was listening to an Imam (a Muslim leader who gives sermons) online. He mentioned something that I hadn’t thought of before, nor do I remember it ever being pointed out to me. Masha’Allah (what God wills), may Allah reward him for this useful information. Ok, so we all know there are like a billion different religions right? (Maybe not a billion, but you get the point) Well out of the endless list of religions that people follow, only one religion is NOT named after a person or a place. Check out my research below:

Bahai: named after the religion's founder, a man named Bahaullah
Buddhism: named after the religious founder, man named Budha
Christianity: named after the word Khristos that is a Greek translation from the Hebrew word meaning Massiah
Confucianism: named after a male Chinese Philosopher, Kung Fu Tzu
Druze: named after Darazi who is one of the 1st 3 founders
Hinduism: à named after Hind, which is a region between the Himalayas: and the Indus River
Judaism: named after Judah which was one of the Tribes of Israel
Zoroastrianism: named after an ancient Persian philosopher Zoroaster
Taoism: named after Tao Te-Ching one of the “fathers” of this belief system
Sikhism: named after Gobind Singh, (and even the word itself, “Sikh” that comes from the Sanskrit language means a “deciple”.)
ALLAH SAYS:
"Mankind were one community and Allah sent Prophets with glad tidings and warnings, and with them He sent the Scripture in truth to judge between people in matters wherein they differed. And only those to whom (the Scripture) was given differed concerning it after clear proofs had come unto them through hatred, one to another. Then Allah by His Leave guided those who believed to the truth of that wherein they differed. And Allah guides whom He wills to a Straight Path."
{Quran 2:213}
I have more examples for proof, but you probably get the point I’m trying to make here. If not let me explain. ISLAM is the ONLY Religion, Faith, Prescribed Way of Life that it’s name "ISLAM” is NOT taken from a human, nor taken after a thing! This would make sense and support the claim that us Muslims are hoping people would just understand. That notion is the following: Islam is the One True Relgion commanded for all of humanity throughout the history of time, from the creation of the first human, Adam (may Allah send him peace) to the last person to ever be born. There’s One God Who indeed created differences amongst people, languages and looks yet every human has blood, every human has organs, and every human has the natural inclination to do the right thing in worshipping God the way He ordained us too, right from the moment of conception. People make the differences in that and follow faiths because their parents did, their society did, their culture did but not because they thought, and not because they were sincere in knowing the Truth for what it purely is: The Truth! Now please, those of you who are not Muslims and are thinking I am really wack, ask yourself this, what proof do you have that you are following the Right Way? Does it really make sense to you that God the Creator of the stars and oceans would seek a son when He is the Originator of everything? Does the concept of Atheism make sense to you even when you see the planets floating effortlessly? Does it make sense to you that you should seek God through speaking to an idol that human hands have made? Our minds are so limited that we choose to believe irrational things sometimes, but with a purified heart, I mean really sincerely wanting to know Truth, then one will find it. This is a promise from Allah. No matter what faith one currently has. The True Relgion is so much simpler than all this. ISLAM is the ONE prescription of life for everyone.

Way back when I was in Miami I had to take an elective course. I chose Theology. My professor was not one of my biggest fans. She would ask questions and I would be left to answer things that did not comply with what was in one of the course textbooks. I remember her asking: “What was the religion of Jesus, Moses, and Ibrahim” (may Allah have mercy on them all). Someone yelled out that they were all Jewish. Well me and my big mouth said that we Muslims believe that they are Muslim and I got into the same shpeal that they were all sent to humanity to teach one message of Islam, and that people make differences and these differences spread like gossip and people believe gossip for facts. Anyways, I ended up with barely a 'C' and I had to do extra credit in that course because at first she gave me an incomplete. She was not happy with me, but I could have cared less!!

I’ve gotten side-tracked again. Back to the naming game. So ISLAM is the one faith that is name for what it is, and not named after the most Muslims, not named after the most sacred of places, and certainly not even named after any object. ISLAM is the only religion with a name the signifies the concept of worshipping God. A simple name for a simple religion: “Salema” In Arabic, is the root word for words such as peace, submission and obedience. Islam itself means to Submit one’s will to the Will of God. Basically this means to accept that we are nothing without Allah, and that the whole purpose of this life is to worship through praying and living within the limits and means Allah has given to us without stepping on boundaries. We should never underestimate the smallest of deeds, good or bad because they will all be on the Scale on Judgment Day. To believe in this concept is crucial in being a real Muslim.


Let me also point out that Allah promises those who are sincere in finding truth..will find it, those who love Allah more than the life of this iddy biddy tiny life, will proclaim it, and those who trust in Allah more than their families, husband’s and wives and everyone they claim to respect are going to hold firm to the truth: ISLAM. They will realize that Islam is a Devine prescription of life detailing what to do, how to do what, and what to avoid. We tiny specs, called humans didn’t create life. And contrary to some people’s belief we life is not random! So I know, there’s cloning, and I know there are technological advancements, therefore I won’t get into the intricate design of the heart or even something as simple as a piece of grass! But wait a minute, what about the SOUL? You know you have one, right? But you can’t see it, touch, and feel, or even smell it. Ironically, you can purify it, improve it, rectify it, and be at peace with it. Our bodies are just costumes.

If my long-winded rambled entry was unclear and unorganized let me just say the my whole point of this entry is to say that ISLAM is the only faith ever known to be named for exactly what it stands for and is. Submission and Obedience through Peace to the Will of Allah; that is the True Islam. Named by ALLAH, not just my God, but everyone's.

"Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam. Those who were given the Scripture (Jews and Christians) did not differ except, out of mutual jealousy, after knowledge had come to them. And whoever disbelieves in the evidences, of Allah, then surely, Allah is Swift in calling to account." {Quran, 3:19}

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