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 What is Religion?

What is religion? Why does man need religion?


Religion is the way of belief that regulates believes of people in their Creator, the entire worship of people to their Lord and how their behaviours should be according to their faith.

Religion is a contact between Allah and slave

Despite the fact that man can comprehend the existence of Allah when he observes the universe carefully, he cannot understand why Allah has created man, what He wants his slaves to do, to what He consents, how his slaves should worship Him, what his Lord prepared for him in the afterlife and many other questions that he cannot find the answer just with mind. Man who wants to know and love his Creator can find answers to these questions only with religion.

Religion is the body of divine laws that regulates both personal and social life

Since the owner and the creator of the universe is Allah, certainly His laws are the most essential need for both the universe and man. For example, for a device’s being used properly without being broken, directions that determined by its engineer are required, because the one who knows that device best is the one who made it.
Similarly, Allah has provided the laws that mankind needs by means of religion. Religion, by explaining and declaring the purposes of the creation of the universe, the world, life and man, saves them from being meaningless and purposeless. It provides mankind with a fraternal social life in peace and with an eternal happiness in the hereafter.
As a matter of fact, even if people do not accept and believe in the divine religions, certainly they cannot live without laws regulating the social life. Hence, they make laws for a society living in peace. If we think that religion is the body of laws made by the Creator of the whole universe, can laws that mankind made be adequate for personal and social life?

Religion consists of the three concepts which are Islam, imaan and ihsan

The three concepts Islam, iman(faith) and ihsan(performance of good deeds) are also included in the content of “religion”.
Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra);
“One day we were sitting in the company of Allah's Prophet (pbuh) when there appeared before us a man dressed in pure white clothes, his hair extraordinarily black. There were no signs of travel on him. None amongst us recognized him. At last he sat with the Prophet (pbuh) He knelt before him placed his palms on his thighs and said:
“Muhammad, inform me about al-Islam.”
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said:
“Al-Islam implies that you testify that there is none worthy of worship (in truth) but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and you establish prayer, pay Zakat, observe the fast of Ramadan, and perform pilgrimage to the (House) if you are solvent enough (to bear the expense of) the journey. “
He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth.
He (Umar ibn al-Khattab) said: It amazed us that he would put the question and then he would himself verify the truth.
He (the inquirer) said:
“Inform me about Iman (faith).”
He (the Prophet) replied: That you affirm your faith in Allah, in His angels, in His Books, in His Prophets, in the Day of Judgment, and you affirm your faith in the Divine Decree about good and evil. He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth.”
He (the inquirer) again said:
“Inform me about al-ihsan (performance of good deeds).”
He (the Prophet) said: That you worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, for though you don't see Him, He, verily, sees you.
He (the narrator, Umar ibn al-Khattab) said: Then he (the inquirer) went on his way but I stayed with him (the Prophet) for a long while.
He then, said to me: “Umar, do you know who this inquirer was? “
I replied:
“Allah and His Prophet knows best. He (the Prophet) remarked: He was Gabriel (the angel). He came to you in order to instruct you in matters of religion."
(Sahih Muslim)

Religion is a test

Allah (swt) examines His slaves through the divine laws called “religion”, so that on the Day of Judgment, people who perform bad deeds in the world will be separated from the ones who perform good deeds. The difference between the believers and non-believers will come out.

The last religion is Islam

“Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam.” (Surah Al-I İmran, 19)
“And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him.” (Surat-u Al-I İmran, 85)
“He it is Who sent His Apostle with the guidance and the true religion that He may make it prevail over all the religions; and Allah is enough for a witness.
Muhammad is the Apostle of Allah, and those with him are firm of heart against the unbelievers, compassionate among themselves.” (Surat-u Fath, 28- 29)

religion is

The life and the soul of society,
Light of the happiness,
Peace of conscience,
Guide of mankind,
Nourishment of soul,
Provider of the improvement of mind and reason,
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