Islam, Nothing Compares To It
Religion in Arabic is called 'ad-din'. The word 'ad-din' provides various meanings which includes rules, advice, authority, submission, obedience and consideration. Based on these meanings, religion can be defined as the way, or system, of human life.
Islam is the only religion accepted by Allah SWT as the perfect religion and the religion which He approves of. Choosing an alternative to Islam will not be accepted by Allah SWT and those who proceed otherwise shall eventually lose out in the Hereafter.
Islam is a syumul (all encompassing) system which covers all aspects of human life. Hasan Al-Banna states in Risalah al-Ta'lim, the first motion: "Islam is a complete system that covers all aspects of life. Islam is a nation, homeland, government, and ummah (people). Islam is morality, strength, grace and justice. Islam is culture, law, science and judiciary. Islam is material, property, business and wealth. Islam is jihad, propagation, military and ideology. Islam is a true belief and a true religion ".
A good example that illustrates Islam as a way of life is Rasulullah SAW. This is the main reason why the apostles were not appointed among angels, but appointed among humans. In the personality and character of Rasulullah SAW, there are all aspects or fields of human life.
Rasulullah SAW is a son, husband, father, in-law, grandfather and companion. Rasulullah SAW is a prophet, apostle, teacher, shepherd, employer, businessman, head of family, head of government, commander of an army and everything else. Rasulullah SAW is a person that can be emulated from the very tips of his hair to the ends of his toes.
As stated by Allah SWT in Surah al-Ahzab, verse 21: “There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.”
Similarly, in a hadith recorded by Imam Muslim and narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah RA, Rasulullah SAW was reported to have said:“Indeed, the parable of myself and the Prophets before me is that of a man who built a house, perfected it, and beautified it, except for the place of one brick at its cornerstone. The people walk around it and are amazed by it, and they say: Why is this brick not placed? Thus, I am the brick and I am the seal of the Prophets.”
Islam is a religion of mercy not only for mankind but for the whole universe. In the aspect of law, the Maqasid al-Shari'ah contained in Islam safeguards the five main aspects of human life.
Generally, it is aimed at achieving the benefits or, maslahah, and rejecting mafsadah, which is damage, destruction or ruin. Therefore, the Shari'ah is aimed at safeguarding the five human interests (aldaruriyyat al-khams) namely religion, life, intellect, progeny and wealth. It can be understood as follows:
First: Protection of religion, is manifested through the stabilization and preservation of the faith of the Ummah from misguidance as well as intensifying efforts to improve religious knowledge.
Second: Protection of life, is manifested through a ban of either deliberate or accidental killing.
Third: Protection of intellect, is manifested through the banning of alcohol, drug abuse and so on.
Fourth: Protection of progeny, is manifested through the ban on adultery and all similarly destructive acts.
Fifth: Protection of wealth, is manifested through the banning of stealing, robbing, bribery, cheating, gambling, conducting illegal businesses and so on.
However, protection of the Islamic laws (Syarak) over these five areas is from the point of view of Allah SWT towards His servants, and not from the point of view of the servants towards Allah SWT.
The purpose of Islamic laws, from the point of view of the beings to Allah SWT, is devotion and obedience to the Creator. This is the Maqasid al-Shari'ah or the main objective of the Shari'ah, as described in Surah al-Zariyyat, verse 56:“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me”
As a Muslim individual, we should realize the purpose of life and death is for servants to devote themselves towards the worshipping of Allah SWT. The life and death of this world as explained in Surah al-Mulk, verse 2, is to test and show the essence of one's devotion, who, among His servants, is the best in performing his deeds.
Therefore, as a believer, we need to be committed in implementing this religious demand by safeguarding all the commandments and prohibitions of Allah SWT, sensitive to the things that are allowed or prohibited by Allah SWT and endeavor to be the servant with the best deeds.
In ending the sermon today, let us review the takeaways from it:
First: Islam is the only religion that is proclaimed as complete and approved by Allah SWT. Appreciate the comprehensiveness of this religion that we believe in by always implementing all its demands.
Second: Understand the true concept of Maqasid Asy-Syariah so that its benefits can be enjoyed and shared by all Muslims and nonMuslims.
Third: Indeed, the purpose of the enforcement of Islamic laws in Islam is to ensure happiness of mankind as a whole.
Allah SWT declared in Surah Ali Imran, verse 85: “And whoever desires other than Islam as religion - never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.”