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"What do I say when someone asks me: "Exactly, who is a Muslim?", or if they ask, "Where do Muslims come from?", or "What are Muslims doing around the world?"
Bismillah was salat was salam ala Rasoolullah. Allah 'Alim. In the Name of Allah, and the peace and blessings be upon His messenger, Allah is the All-Knower!
Your questions are good and many of us are asking the same questions right now.
Here's what we have on one of our older websites: www.islamtomorrow.com/muslim.asp
Everyone is asking about "Muslims" - who they are, where they come from, what they believe and what they are doing around the world.
Some are interested to know why so many people are turning to Islam and how it has become the world's fastest growing religion in the world today, being only second to Christianity.
Good questions. But before we begin, it is necessary to provide some understanding of the meaning of words from the Arabic language so as to better present an accurate picture of what is "ISLAM" and who are the "MUSLIMS." [video about Islam]
According to the Arabic dictionary, the word "Muslim" comes from the word "Islam."
Both "Muslim" and "Islam" come from the same root: "S", "L", "M" (silm) -
It must be mentioned before going any further, the teachings of Islam are based on the "Recitation of Speech" (Arabic; "Quran") to Muhammad, peace be upon him, and his teachings ("sunnah").
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Muslims literally "submit" to the Will of Almighty Allah (Arabic for "The One God of the universe, and stronger in meaning than "god" in English).
Everything is in the control of Allah and the Muslim is the one who recognizes this and submits himself or herself to the Allah's Will in all matters.
Christians can understand this by looking into the New Testament of the Bible, where Jesus, peace be upon him, instructs his followers to pray the Lord's Prayer with the words, "Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
This is clearly the proper attitude for one who is turning to the Creator of everything and asking Him for His Will to prevail in all matters and indicates a willingness to accept whatever Allah may decree.
The difficulties and the pleasures alike would be seen by the true believer in this concept as all eminating from the same source, Allah, and as such the Muslim is at peace with whatever takes place.
The statement, "This too, is from Allah" very well suits a Muslim and should be his goal in all that occurs on a daily basis.
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