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Islam

Step 2: Witnessing the truth.

Principle: Hope

Muslims wholeheartedly believe that Allah will show them the path to liberation and salvation. "God guides to the right path whomever He wants." (2:213). However, it requires that each person make their spiritual path and work their lifetime work. The results are not up to God, but a combination of God's mercy and man's right actions. "Those who seek the protection of God will certainly be guided to the right path." (3:101) The path is described by Allah as an "uphill path" and outlines the required works: freeing people in bondage, helping those in need, and feeding the poor.

Text or Verse

But the Prophet and those who have embraced the faith with Him,
and have fought wealth and soul (in the way of God),
are blessed and will be successful.
The Qur'an 9:88

They alone are believers who come to believe
in God and His Apostle, then never doubt again,
and struggle wealth and soul in the way of God.
They are the truthful and the sincere.
The Qur'an 49:15

I call to witness the sun and his early morning splendor,
And the moon as she follows in his wake,
The day when it reveals his radiance,
The night when it covers him over,
The heavens and its architecture,
The earth and its spreading out,
The soul and how it was integrated
And given the faculty of knowing what is disruptive
and what is intrinsic to it.
He who nourishes it will surely be successful,
And he who confines it will surely come to grief.
The Qur'an 91:1-10

Satan only wishes to create among you
enmity and hatred through wine and gambling,
and to divert you from the remembrance of God and prayer.
Will you therefore not desist?
The Qur'an 5:91

Practice

The practice describes doing good works: setting free those who are in bondage, helping those in need, feeding the poor and providing resources for those without.

Resources

IMAN, Iranian Muslim Organization of North America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

IMAAM Indonesian Muslim Association in America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Islamic Center of America (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Islamic Foundation (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Nation of Islam Study Center (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

Qur'an (to order) - Islamic Discovery (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

U.S. Organization of Islam (go to Links menu to connect to the web site)

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