Islam cannot be associated with a certain type of people. Muslims today are over a billion and a half world wide. They live on every continent and almost every corner in the world. So what is it about Islam that attracted so many people from across the world and why does it continue to grow ?
What people need to understand about Islam is that it can be a very simple faith to follow. The Shihada (deceleration of faith) is to declare there is no god but the one God (Allah) and Mohammad is Allah’s prophet. When a person declares this out loud with sincere and pure intentions in their hearts, they become Muslims. That’s all it takes. As many writers in the past have said ” How can anyone compete with such a religion, when at the end of the declaration, YOU ARE AN INSTANT BROTHER”. No matter where you come from, how rich, how poor, how smart. The Muslim body is supposed to view things as a whole society and not be built on personal achievements.
The base of the teachings of Islam encourage constant charity for those able to do so, don’t build wealth for yourself in this life. The true wealth is in the hereafter. Strive in the way of good and Allah will reward you for all your deeds and no reward is greater then the reward from Allah, even if the reward was the size of the sun. That big is such a small reward compared to the rewards Allah has prepared for the believers.
Islam attracted so many of the poor and oppressed. Those who felt weak and isolated, had a renowned vision of strength and steadfast against those oppressing them. Now they truly realized that their oppression is not cause because of themselves, but the actions of those around them. Almost all of the first Muslims to walk with Mohammad, peace be with him, were among the poorest.
At the time in Mecca, Pagan idols were being worshipped and the adulterers came from all sides of the areas. It is said that the Kaba was filled with over 300 plus statues of man made statues. These statues were not only views as gods by the Meccans, but more so as a way to cheat many of those traveling and those seeking spiritual help or guidance. It was big business for them and they were very rich from it.
Mohammad’s vision was unlike anything they wanted to hear. Destroy all the statues and worship the one true (unseen) God over all that exists. All people have equal rights , no one is better then another except by their actions and piety. Giving all human beings equal rights in front of God.
For example :
Just because you are poor, does not mean Allah’s reward will be any less for you.
Just because you are from a different race, does not mean Allah’s rewards will be any less for you.
Just because you are from a non Arab country, does not mean Allah’s rewards will be any less for you.
Just because you are rich, does not mean Allah’s reward’s will be any less for you.
Another important factor is the tremendous attention to charity and how the rewards will increase in folds to those who take part or donate the most charity. Charity is money as well as endless things like a smile.
Women’s rights is another misunderstanding about Islam, for what the west today is coming to accept as woman’s right, these same laws were already given to women 1400 years before that in the Quran.
Did anyone know that a marriage must be written in contract and the wife to be must agree to it? Let’s say a husband didn’t fulfill an obligation in the contract, she has every right to divorce him .
Are you astonished? You should be, because this existed that many years ago. Don’t act surprised about the culture takeover in many of the Arabic countries, for whenever you see an oppressed woman who is Muslims then know it’s not because of Islam.
What Mohammad peace be with him left humanity is a way to be directly connected with God all the time. That is what people must understand about Islam and Mohammad peace be with him.
I suggest more people study Islam and learn as much as you can.
Peace be with you all.