What Does it Really Mean to Be a Muslim
Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:53 PM
There are lots of similarly worded hadiths in Bukhari. They seems to be saying that so long as you testify to the ascendency of Allah and Her messenger, what you actually believe is up to you, and that your private life is between you and God.
Of course there's a lot more to it than that, (eg. in social relations:
This is where Islam is [potentially] extremely strong.
And more generally:
Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:43 PM
"The Muslim is he who who the people are safe from his tongue (words) and hand (actions)."
The word used for safety in the original Arabic hadeeth comes from the same root of peace/sallam as Islam too.
It is necessary for a Muslim to be one who does not needlessly harm any other person, Muslim or non-Muslim. We shouldn't even harm other non-human living creatures.
Also, that last verse you posted is so beautiful and moving...
The Prophet salla Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam said: "The slave shall utter with a word he does not see harmful that will cause him to fall into Hellfire for seventy autumns." Narrated by Thirmidhi.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:20 AM