Islam gives a complete of human life, spiritual as well as temporal. Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism fail in guiding worldly life. Buddhism and Christianity preach monastic and asceticism which is unnatural and impracticable. Islam rejects monasticism and asceticism as preached by Christianity and Buddhism and declares that this world is a part of the hereafter. Hinduism – the Caste-system divided humans into four Castes – Brahmans, Khastriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras but this bred great inequality. Islam has presented principles of Equality and Justice, also a living code of manners and morals.
Distinctive aspects of Islam:
Islam addresses the whole mankind – First of all, previous religions addressed certain periods of time and people of a certain region. Islam addresses the whole mankind. The call of Islam is general and universal. Verily, no one before the Holy Prophet of Islam had beckoned the whole of humanity, and no book before the Holy Quran had addressed the entire world. And then Say ‘0 mankind, truly I am a Messenger to you all’ (7:159). Islam not adulterated with time – In time, wrong beliefs and superstitions were incorporated in previous religions. The principle of belief in oneness of Allah, that is, oneness, the belief of oneness, was partly changed. Islam remains as fresh and as pure as the first day it was, without being spoiled. As God has said in the Quran: They pervert the words from their proper places and have forgotten a good part of that with which they were exhorted.(5:14) It accepts that Islam not only Religion of world – The Quran tells us that there is neither a race nor a people, who have not been blessed with the bounty of divine guidance, and there is neither a region of the earth nor ~ body of people who have not received prophets and Messengers of God (35:35). No Book of any other religion verifies or even mentions the possibility of other peoples and nations having received light and guidance from Allah at any stage in history. For instance, the Bible presents only the God of Israel, and it repeatedly says: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel (Chronicles 16:36). Jesus had declared that his advent was intended for the guidance of the Hebrew tribes alone. and said. I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Isamuel; 25:32.)
AN ETERNAL RELIGION: The Almighty Himself claims in the Quran: I have this day perfected your faith for you in every way and, having completed My bounty upon you. have chosen for you Islam as religion. (5:4). The religion the end of mankind.
Safeguarding of the Quran: We have sent down this Book and verily We shall safeguard It (15:10)
Islam corrected other religions teachings – The religion of Islam, preserved in its structure all of the true judgments and principles that the other religions contained. It corrected the principles that were spoiled and changed in time. This indeed is what is taught in the earlier scriptures; the scriptures of Abraham and Moses (87:19-20)
Islam is a complete code of life.
Islam presents details of rights and duties. No other religion of the world bears this characteristic.
Fixed status of woman in Islam.
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