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No God except Allah, Muhammad is Allah's messenger!

Islam has an open invitation to felicity in this life and, in the next life to the Gardens of Paradise, with rivers flowing beneath.

The Islamic tradition is the primordial and eternal message, it is that which is handed over, or revealed from Allah through His prophets, not necessarily people's customs.
The understanding and practice of Islam has to be based on the authentic Islamic tradition .

‏فَٱسْتَمْسِكْ بِٱلَّذِىٓ أُوحِىَ إِلَيْكَ ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ صِرَطٍۢ مُّسْتَقِيمٍۢ ‎

{Hold fast to what has been revealed to you- you truly are on the right path.}

Islam steers towards knowledge and love of God (ʿilm, maghrīfa ) while instilling mercy and compassion (raḥma) in the world. Therefore it is a struggle against injustice, indifference and the ongoing curtailment of mercy.

Islam is a proven way to Allah (may His Majesty be exalted) in piety and reverential fear or awareness ( تقوى‎ taqwā).

وَأَنزَلَ اللَّه عَلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ وَالْحِكْمَةَ وَعَلَّمَكَ مَا لَمْ تَكُن تَعْلَمُ وَكَانَ فَضْلُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكَ عَظِيمً

{Allah has sent down to you the Book and wisdom, and He has taught you what you did not know, and great is Allah’s grace upon you.}

Quran: Their reckoning has drawn near to men, in heedlessness are they turning aside.

ٱقْتَرَبَ لِلنَّاسِ حِسَابُهُمْ وَهُمْ فِى غَفْلَةٍۢ مُّعْرِضُونَ

Sh Mahmoud Khalil Al-Hussary, Sura The Prophets v. 1 - 3 Arabic - English

Islam, which is submission to the will of God - Allah, is also a worldview, a best practice, the answer sought for – from the super-human or the divine level: for normal humanity.

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Islam is universal, because it is applicable for all men and women in all times and places and its scripture wields global appeal, having existed at the centre of life for thriving communities across the enormously-diverse Islamic world for many centuries.

It is not a made-up system of human thought, although human thought (intellect عقل) is necessary, and every generation has to rediscover the true prophetic message and to discard what is false: the misrepresentations, lies, and innovations, and the greatest bidʿa/ innovation is tanfīr, repulsing people with harshness and extremism.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ

The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

The message of Islam is exemplified by the extraordinary person of Prophet Muhammad, the Beloved of Allah, (the blessings and peace of Allah upon him) who realised the perfect human being in all its aspects.

His shining light {قَدْ جَاءَكُم مِّنَ اللَّهِ نُورٌ وَكِتَابٌ مُّبِين} enables us - rather feeble human beings - to live according to the Will of Allah (Islam) the way our Prophet ﷺ taught his companions (ṣaḥābah), and how generations of Muslim scholars and saints have guarded and actualized those teachings over the centuries.
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True felicity can be found, but you need to repent and always improve your relation to Allah (may His Majesty be exalted!) so as not to fall back.

Among what is necessary - to forgive others, to be thankful, to endure patiently, to read the Quran regularly.

Ask yourself: How can I find God/ Allah? And when I find Him, how does He want me live my life?

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The post-modern idea of the self leading us to self-realization and therefore happiness is not working. Nafs (greed, egotism) is driving the show. Siddiq Habib

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