This Holy Surrender is facilitated even more by the confirming knowledges delivered through Divine revelation, that there not only is indeed a God, only One, (Arabic: Al-llah!), belief in Whom facilitates trust, which facilitates Surrender, but that God is without doubt Merciful, Forgiving and Caring for all His creation. ("Harisun `alaikum. Bil Mu'mineena Ra`ufun Rahim").
This message of Truth and Reality was delivered to the point of utter perfection through His Prophet, Muhammad, and carried on by twelve generations of his direct descendants, from there to spread across the world as the "True Faith".
Another practice of "being" Muslim
is a simple confession of belief
that there is indeed (ultimately) only One True God
and that Muhammad is indeed (at least one) of the true
understanding of this reality may be acquired later,
but this statement
of recognition is the lowest common denominator and at
least the opener
Stating your recognition or willingness to recognize the obvious is what makes you a Muslim outwardly; and coming to really understand it, and know the truth of it in your heart and act upon it according to your understanding is what distinguishes you, In Islam, as a true believer in the whole truth of God.
This statement in recognition of the obvious is made in the form of a "witnessing" by simply stating that your are a witness to the truth of "la ilaha illa llah" - that there is only one God and that Muhammad is (the last of His true Prophets. It need only be said as a simple confession of faith basically stating that, "I, too, am a believer". It is a basic statement of Surrender and equality, and accepted without question by all Muslims. (For more, see "Shahada" - Bearing Witness.)
In Islam, all faiths are
recognized and honored. There are no enemies
except those who make enemies. Believers in God are
believers in God,
matter what their faith. They are to be protected and
assistance to the Muslims in their defense of Peace
and the "Land of
(DarusSalam - Jerusalem). Disbelief is to be reasoned
with or left
but not to be persecuted or oppressed, as long as
there is no overt
against the land of Peace.