Universal Call of Prophets: Total Submission to The Lord

Universal Call of Prophets: Total Submission to The Lord
 The concept of submission to Allah has been described as the core of the Islamic religion and the gist of faith. ‘Islam’ is an eternal Divine Religion – the Message of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) – and is a general message for the calls of all the prophets.

Since all the prophets called for monotheism and invited mankind to worship the Almighty God alone and liberate themselves from servitude to others, Islam is thus a general title for their calls.

In attempting to analyze this subject, one should refer to Quranic verses which deal with the concept of ‘Islam’. Among these numerous verses which discuss religion, servitude and submission to the Lord of the worlds, preached by the prophets and messengers from Noah (PBUH) to Mohammad (PBUH), one should also note when and how the term ‘Islam’ has been used. In this way, the clear meaning of ‘Islam’ and its relation with the calls of all the prophets becomes readily clear.

Total submission to the Lord of the worlds

The Quran uses this word repeatedly and in diverse forms to define true faith and complete submission to Allah’s commands. ‘Islam’ has been used in the form of commands, benedictions and other expressions by the prophets and their faithful followers, announcing their submission or response to its call.

Allah, the Exalted, proclaims through His servant Noah (PBUH) in Quran:

“But if you are averse I have asked of you no wage; my wage is only with Allah, and I am commanded to be of those who are Muslims (submit to Him).” (Quran, 10:72)

Also, Allah proclaims through Abraham (PBUH):

“When his Lord said to him; be a Muslim, he said: I submit to the Lord of the worlds. And the same did Abraham enjoin upon his sons, and (so did) Jacob, (saying): O my sons! Surely Allah has chosen for you this (We) faith, therefore die not unless you are Muslims.” (Quran, 2:131 – 132)

“….the faith of your father Abraham (is yours). He named you Muslims before (in previous scriptures)….” (Quran, 22:78)

Allah also relates Joseph’ prayer:

“My Lord! You have given me (something) of the kingdom and taught me (something) of the interpretation of events: Originator of the heavens and the earth! You are my Guardian in this world and the hereafter; make me die a Muslim and join me with the righteous.” (Quran, 12:101)

Allah the Exalted, relates Moses’ proclamation in the Quran:

“And Moses said: O my people! If you believe in Allah, then rely on Him (alone), if you have indeed become Muslims (those who submit to Him).” (Quran, 10:84)

Allah also says:

“Surely We revealed the Torah, in which Was guidance and light, by which the prophets who submitted themselves (to Allah) judged the Jews…” (Quran, 5:44)

And,

“And when I inspired the disciples, (saying): Believe in Me and My Apostle (Jesus), they said: We believe and bear witness that we are Muslims (have submitted).” (Quran, 5:111)

Allah also commands Mohammad (PBUH) like all other prophets to say:

“I am commanded only to serve the Lord of this land (Mecca), Who has made it sacred, and His are all things: And I am commanded to be of those who are Muslims (submit to Him)” (Quran, 27:91)

Thus, all these divine invitations meet along the line of submission – Islam – to the Lord of the worlds in its true context; that is, servitude and true faith in Allah, the Exalted.

The explicit meaning becomes apparent in Abraham’s (PBUH) words: “I submit to the Lord of the worlds”; that is, he regards his submission as a religion for worship, as a trust he commits to his sons and his followers, as a slogan for the monotheists, and as a motto for the invitation to faith:

“….. the faith of your father Abraham (is yours); He named you Muslims before (in previous scriptures)…..” (Quran, 22:78)

Through these Quranic verses we understand that all the prophets followed this unified line of faith with a single aim: The implementation of servitude to Allah mankind’s submission to the Lord of the worlds liberating them from the worship of tyrants or their own inner desires.

Belief in Prophets – a major basis of a Muslim’s ideology

As such, the Quran regards belief in the prophets as a major basis of a Muslim’s ideology and as a historical and logical proof of the truthfulness of prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) message:

“Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and (in) that which has been revealed to us, and (in) that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and (in) that which was given to Moses and Jesus, and (in) that which was given to the prophets from their Lord, we make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we submit (become Muslims).” (Quran, 2:136)

“Say: I am not the first of the apostles, nor do I know what will be done with me or with you: I do not follow anything but that which is revealed to me, and I am (nothing) but a plain warner.” (Quran, 46:9)

Salvation for Humanity

All the prophets, as is understood from the above verses, offered to mankind the same religion and the same belief which Allah considered to be the base and the starting point for the reformation of man.

It would deliver him from the dark labyrinth of ignorance which has resulted from the ages of legends and myths fabricated by primitive peoples. Man has suffered from this ignorance as he has suffered from the oppression of tyrants, and from poverty, injustice and corruption.

He will continue to suffer unless he turns to the path of the prophets who all shared the same call. This call aimed at the salvation of humanity – generation after generation, nation after nation – from its sufferings and tragedies.

Islam prevails all other religions

Allah, the Exalted, willed that all His messengers should pour their offerings into the same stream, which their flames should unite into a single illumination. This was the call of Islam, the message of dear prophet Mohammad (PBUH), as the eternal religion, the final message, and the theme dominating and encompassing all other missions of the apostles.

“And We have revealed to you the Book (Quran) with the truth confirming whatever of the Book(s) was before it and a guardian over it, so judge between them by what Allah has revealed, and do not follow their low desires (to turn away) from the truth which has come to you; for every one of you We have appointed a divine law and a (traced out) way…” (Quran, 5:48)

“He it is Who sent His Apostle with the guidance and the true religion; that He may make it overcome (other) religions, all of them, however much the polytheists may be averse.” (Quran, 61:9)

Islam overcame all other religions as it is characterized by equality, rationality, universality and eternity, enabling it to expand over vast periods of man’s history, encompassing all aspects of human growth and development.

 

 

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Iranian Police Seize over 22 Tons of Narcotics in 21 Days

Iranian Police Seize over 22 Tons of Narcotics in 21 Days
The drug combat squads of Iran’s Law Enforcement Police have seized more than 22 tons of illicit drugs across the country in less than one month of operations, a senior Iranian anti-drug official announced on Wednesday.

“We have seized a sum of 22,500 kilograms of narcotics from drug traffickers in the past 21 days, including 15,252 kilograms of opium,” Deputy Head of Iran’s Anti-Drug Headquarters Assadollah Hadinejad said on Wednesday.

He noted that the Law Enforcement police also arrested 778 drug traffickers in the said period.

Iran lies on a transit corridor between opium producing Afghanistan and drug dealers in Europe.

The Iranian police officials maintain that drug production in Afghanistan has undergone a 40-fold increase since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

While Afghanistan produced only 185 tons of opium per year under the Taliban, according to the UN statistics, since the US-led invasion, drug production has surged to 3,400 tons annually. In 2007, the opium trade reached an estimated all-time production high of 8,200 tons.

Afghan and western officials blame Washington and NATO for the change, saying that allies have “overlooked” the drug problem since invading the country 13 years ago.

 

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Iran Calls on Netanyahu to Show Respect for World Nations’ Understanding

Iran Calls on Netanyahu to Show Respect for World Nations' Understanding
 Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said the Israeli prime minister’s Tuesday night address at the US Congress against Iran was a futile attempt to camouflage Tel Aviv’s crimes in Gaza, and asked Benjamin Netanyahu to show a little respect for the world nations’ power of understanding and reasoning.

“Netanyahu’s remarks were repeated lies; the (Zionist) regime’s hostilities towards the Iranian nation are obvious and the regime’s lies have been completely revealed on the international scene,” Afkham told reporters on Wednesday.

Stressing that the Zionist regime is isolated more than ever due to its repeated crimes against the Palestinians, promotion of state terrorism and violation of human rights, she said, “Such attempts that are made to make the world nations forget the crimes against the Palestinian people are wrong.”

“They (the Zionists) cannot make the world community to forget the crimes in Gaza through statements and trips,” Afkham said.


Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham
She stressed that no new words were heard in Netanyahu’s remarks, and said, “The regime is entangled in a whirlpool of its mistakes, extremism and spread of insecurity and Netanyahu had better respect the global community’s understanding and avoid repeating such words.”

Afkham, meantime, downplayed Netanyahu’s remarks, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran participates in the negotiations based on the nation’s interests.”

“A good agreement (with the world powers) is an agreement which includes all the rights of the (Iranian) nation,” the foreign ministry presser underscored.

In relevant remarks in February, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined that Iran would never accept a bad agreement with the world powers, adding that the country is in favor of a single-phase comprehensive deal which would respect the Iranian nation’s inalienable rights and entail all details.

“I agree with an agreement if it can be struck, but I disagree with a bad agreement,” the Supreme Leader said in a meeting with the commanders and personnel of the Iranian Air Force and Air Defense in Tehran last month.

Netanyahu’s controversial speech started on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (local time). He was invited by US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner hours after President Barack Obama threatened to veto any sanctions legislation against Iran during his State of the Union address on January 20.

More than 50 House Democrats boycotted the event. The Obama administration is both angry at Netanyahu’s accepting the Republican invitation to address Congress two weeks before the Israeli election without consulting the White House and excessive Israel Lobby interference in American foreign policy.

Shortly after the Israeli prime minister spoke against the ongoing Iran’s nuclear talks, US President Barack Obama told reporters that Netanyahu “did not offer any viable alternative.”

The US President said there was ‘nothing new’ in Netanyahu’s speech.

After Netanyahu’s speech on Tuesday night, Afkham strongly condemned his remarks, describing them as a propaganda effort to rally support in Israel’s upcoming parliamentary elections.

“Netanyahu’s speech was totally a deceitful show and part of an electoral campaign made by radicals in Tel Aviv,” Afkham said.

She underlined that the world public opinion gave no attention to the child-killer regime of Israel.

“Netanyahu’s speech indicated his weakness and extreme isolation of the radical groups even among their supporters,” Afkham added.

She noted that it was also an effort to impose their radical and irrational agenda on international policy, and said, “Constant lying of Netanyahu about goals and purposes of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program is very much boring and not new.”

“The Iranophobia scenario is facing serious problem now as the (nuclear) talks are continuing and Iran’s is seriously determined to settle this fake crisis,” Afkham said.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) are negotiating to narrow their differences over Tehran’s nuclear energy program ahead of a July 1 deadline

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Spiritual Tradition

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A new book from Mohammad Fanaei Eshkevari has been recently published, titled Spiritual Tradition, An introduction to Islamic Mysticism and its history. This book has been published by MIU Press, located at 133, High Road, Willesden, London NW10 25W.

Considering current tendencies towards various mystical schools in the world on the one part, limitedness of the western world’s knowledge of Islamic mysticism to Sufism on the second hand, and particular point of view of Shi’ism on mysticism on the third part, Spiritual Tradition attempts to deal with this multi-dimension problem in a somehow thorough way.

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The Impact of Islam on European Civilization

The impact of Islamic civilization on the European civilization is undeniable. Muslims’ philosophical, theological and scientific thoughts that were introduced to the Medieval West had a remarkable impact on different aspects of European life. Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd and Ghazali’s works left a tremendous influence on Western Medieval philosophy and theology. Mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy and medicine are other areas of influence. Some Western scholars in the Middle Age studied Arabic, and translated Islamic sciences into Latin. Through trade and crusade wars too some aspects of Islamic culture were transmitted to the West. Continue reading “The Impact of Islam on European Civilization”

The Theory of Perfect Man in Islamic Mysticism

Epistemologically, Islamic mysticism is a kind of intuitive ontology obtained through a mystical journey. Given this perspective, the real being is the Absolute Being or the Almighty God Who is unique, infinite and absolutely perfect. Among the creatures in the universe, man enjoys a special status. He is composed of a physical body and divine soul. Whatever exists in the world of existence can be found man. Continue reading “The Theory of Perfect Man in Islamic Mysticism”

Imamate in Shia

1_mamzaman01Imamate and leadership of the Ahlul Bayt is mentioned as the most important pillar of Islam. Shia’s believe that imamate is a divine authority which along prophecy has a substantial role.  Regard to Shia theologians, Imam at least has three grand authorities: 1. scientific authority; 2. Spiritual authority; 3. Political authority. Continue reading “Imamate in Shia”

The Concept of the Perfect Man in Islamic Mysticism

Islamic mysticism as a system of knowledge is a kind of ontology or world view obtained through mystical experiences via living a mystical way of life. In this view, the real being is the Absolute Being or the Almighty God, Who is one, infinite and absolutely perfect. The world with all its multiplicity is the manifestation of His names and attributes. Among the creatures of the world, the human being… Continue reading “The Concept of the Perfect Man in Islamic Mysticism”

‘Fajr Decade’ starts; 35th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution

alalam_63526867575755_25f_4x3Every year Iranians mark anniversary of their Islamic revolution from February 1 to 11, as the “Decade of Fajr.” February 1, 1979 was the date when late Iranian charismatic leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned from exile in Paris to Tehran, to a greeting by several million Iranians.

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Iran researchers build indigenous ‘flying robot’

Iran has unveiled a new indigenously designed and manufactured ‘flying robot’ which can be used for a number of civilian purposes.

Seyyed Amiduddin Mousavi, the head of the Zanjan branch of Sama Technical and Vocational Training College, said on Tuesday that the aircraft has been developed by seven Iranian researchers at the  faculty, can fly up to 400 meters (1,312 feet) above the earth’s surface, weighs 1.3 kilograms, and is capable of carrying a three-kilogram payload.

He added that the radio-controlled aircraft can remain steady in flights, and can fly without an operator.

Mousavi further noted that the vehicle can be used to perform videography missions; transport freight and goods; monitor electricity and telephone lines; as well as identify, track, and chase people and objects.

On November 18, 2013, Iran unveiled its biggest indigenously developed drone, which can be used for reconnaissance and combat operations.

The remote-controlled aircraft, dubbed Fotros, has an operational radius of up to 2,000 kilometers, an operational altitude of 25,000 feet and flight endurance of up to 30 hours.

On September 28, 2013, the Iranian Army Ground Forces unveiled an indigenously designed and built combat drone, dubbed Yasir, in a ceremony attended by senior military officials.

Iran unveiled its first indigenously manufactured long-range combat drone, the Karrar (Striker), on August 23, 2010. It has an operational radius of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and can carry two 115-kilogram bombs or precision-guided munitions weighing 227 kilograms.

The first Iranian medium-altitude long-endurance UAV, the Shahed-129 (Witness-129), was unveiled in September 2012, which is capable of carrying out combat and reconnaissance missions for 24 hours.

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