A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم) is an adherent of Islam, the religion founded by Prophet Mohammed (SAWS). Literally, the word means someone who has submitted/surrendered himself or herself to the will of God. The word, Islamic relates to any matter or material connected with the religion of Islam.
Most Muslims accept as a fellow Muslim anyone who has sincerely pronounced the Shahada, a ritual declaration of ones submission to God and an assertion that Mohammed is His Prophet. Muslims also believe that Mohammed (SAWS) is the seal (or last) of the Prophets - (i.e. that God would not cause or have any communication with mankind after Mohammed (SAWS). Muslims include many figures of the Torah and Bible, such as Musa (Moses) and Isa (Jesus), as Muslims because they submitted completely to God.
Islam (Arabic: الإسلام; al-'islĝm; pronounced [ɪs.ˈlæ˝m]) is a monotheistic, Abrahamic religion originating with the teachings of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. The word Islam means "submission", or the total surrender of oneself to Allĝh. Allah is an Arabic word for God, which was used by the Christians of the Middle East for hundreds of years before the advent of Islam.
Guru Nanak on being a Muslim
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|ਪੰਜਿ ਨਿਵਾਜਾ ਵਖਤ ਪੰਜਿ ਪੰਜਾ ਪੰਜੇ ਨਾਉ ॥ ਪਹਿਲਾ ਸਚ ਹਲਾਲ ਦਇ ਤੀਜਾ ਖੈਰ ਖਦਾਇ ॥
ਚਉਥੀ ਨੀਅਤਿ ਰਾਸਿ ਮਨ ਪੰਜਵੀ ਸਿਫਤਿ ਸਨਾਇ ॥ ਕਰਣੀ ਕਲਮਾ ਆਖਿ ਕੈ ਤਾ ਮਸਲਮਾਣ ਸਦਾਇ ॥ ਨਾਨਕ ਜੇਤੇ ਕੂੜਿਆਰ ਕੂੜੈ ਕੂੜੀ ਪਾਇ ॥੩॥
|Panj nivĝjĝ vakẖaṯ panj panjĝ panje nĝ▫o. Pahilĝ sacẖ halĝl ḝu▫e ṯījĝ kẖair kẖuḝĝ▫e.
Cẖa▫uthī nī▫aṯ rĝs man panjvī sifaṯ sanĝ▫e. Karṇī kalmĝ ĝkẖ kai ṯĝ musalmĝṇ saḝĝ▫e. Nĝnak jeṯe kūṛi▫ĝr kūrhai kūṛī pĝ▫e. (3)
|There are five prayers and five times of day for prayer; the five have five names.|
Let the first be truthfulness, the second honest living, and the third charity in the Name of God.
Let the fourth be good will to all, and the fifth the praise of the Lord.
Repeat the prayer of good deeds, and then, you may call yourself a Muslim.
O Nanak, the false obtain falsehood, and only falsehood. (3)
SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: Let mercy be your mosque, faith your prayer-mat, and honest living your Koran. Make modesty your circumcision, and good conduct your fast. In this way, you shall be a true Muslim. Let good conduct be your Kaabaa, Truth your spiritual guide, and the karma of good deeds your prayer and chant. Let your rosary be that which is pleasing to His Will.
FIRST MEHL: There are five prayers and five times of day for prayer; the five have five names. Let the first be truthfulness, the second honest living, and the third charity in the Name of God. Let the fourth be good will to all, and the fifth the praise of the Lord. Repeat the prayer of good deeds, and then, you may call yourself a Muslim.
SHALOK, FIRST MEHL: It is difficult to be called a Muslim; if one is truly a Muslim, then he may be called one. First, let him savor the religion of the Prophet as sweet; then, let his pride of his possessions be scraped away. Becoming a true Muslim, a disciple of the faith of Mohammed, let him put aside the delusion of death and life. As he submits to God’s Will, and surrenders to the Creator, he is rid of selfishness and conceit. And when, O Nanak, he is merciful to all beings, only then shall he be called a Muslim.
Allah is hidden in every heart; reflect upon this in your mind. The One Lord is within both Hindu and Muslim; Kabeer proclaims this out loud.
Be kind and compassionate to me, O Creator Lord. Bless me with devotion and meditation, O Lord Creator. Says Nanak, the Guru has rid me of doubt. The Muslim God Allah and the Hindu God Paarbrahm are one and the same.
To be Muslim is to be kind-hearted, and wash away pollution from within the heart. He does not even approach worldly pleasures; he is pure, like flowers, silk, ghee and the deer-skin. || 13 || One who is blessed with the mercy and compassion of the Merciful Lord, is the manliest man among men. He alone is a Shaykh, a preacher, a Haji, and he alone is God’s slave, who is blessed with God’s Grace. || 14 || The Creator Lord has Creative Power; the Merciful Lord has Mercy. The Praises and the Love of the Merciful Lord are unfathomable. Realize the True Hukam, the Command of the Lord, O Nanak; you shall be released from bondage, and carried across.
I am not a Hindu, nor am I a Muslim. My body and breath of life belong to Allah — to Raam — the God of both. || 4 || Says Kabeer, this is what I say: meeting with the Guru, my Spiritual Teacher, I realize God, my Lord and Master.
- See Wikipedia article on Muslim for more information
- Guru Granth Sahib's guidance for Muslims
- Guidance for all
- Bhai Mardana
- Gurdwara Baba Jaani Shah
- Sikh Bhagats
- Sheikh Farid
- Bhagat Kabir
- Saint Hazrat Mian Mir
- Guru Amar Das Ji And The Muslim Faqir
- Gurbani and Islam
- World Muslim Sikh Federation
- Recognize the human race as one
- WikiIslam A largely anti-Islamic website, with some response articles written by Muslims.
- MuslimWiki Written from a Muslim perspective.
- "Islam" at BBC Religion
- Auckbaraullee, Rassool, ed. Guru Nanak: The Father Of Sikhism, Was A Muslim.., Novels 2009 (Library of America, 2009) ISBN 978-0-9813122-2-4