The Clear Islam


Muhammad climbed to the top of al-Ṣafā, a high place near the Kaʽba in Mecca, and he called out, “My people!”
“Who’s that?” they said, and gathered around him.
“All praise is due to God Almighty. I praise him and seek His help. I believe in Him and trust in Him, and I testify that there is no god besides He alone without peers.”
“If I were to inform you that an enemy’s cavalry was about to come out from around this mountain, would you believe me?”
They said, “We have never known you to lie.”
“Then know,” he declared, “that I am a Warner to you in the face of a severe punishment.”
And he struck another parable, saying, “The scout does not lie to his people. By God, even if I were to lie to the whole world, I would never lie to you. And even if I were to deceive the whole world, I would never deceive you. And by the One True God, aside from whom there is no other god, I swear to you that I am the Messenger of God, sent to you in particular and to all humankind in general. I tell you, with God as my witness, that you will die just as easily as you sleep, and you will be resurrected just as you wake from sleep, and you will be taken to account for what you do, and you will be rewarded; for the beautiful of your deeds you will be given honor, and for the evil of your actions you will be given disgrace. That is, Paradise forever or the Fire forever.”











Islam means to recognize that the One True God has power over all things and to then achieve a state of peace and security by surrendering to God and faithfully upholding His commandments as He has conveyed them through His prophets. While every nation has been sent prophets at some point in history, earlier prophets carried commandments and messages for their nations in limited times and places. God’s final prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him), has brought teachings for all humankind, teachings that will continue to guide us until the Last Day. The implementation of those teachings into a way of life constitutes the religion of Islam.






To God belongs the East and the West, so wherever you turn, behold the Face of God! People have claimed many things about God, but He is Far Beyond and High Above what they claim. Everything in the Heavens and the Earth is His, and everything is obedient to Him. He is the Originator of the Heavens and the Earth. When He decides a matter, He only says to it “Be!” and it is. (see Q 2:115-7)

Power and Rulership over the Cosmos belongs only to God, so make your obedience, your worship, your ultimate trust & reliance, your religion for God alone (see Q 40:65 He is the Ever-Living. There is no god except Him. So call upon Him with sincere devotion, ˹saying,˺ “All praise is for the One True God – Lord of all realms,” & Q 16:52 To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and the earth, and Sovereignty is His alone. Will you then fear any other than God?)

With Him are the keys of the unseen—no one knows them except Him. And He knows what is in the land and sea. Not even a leaf falls without His knowledge, nor a grain in the darkness of the earth or anything—green or dry—but is ˹written˺ in a perfect Record. (Q 6:59)

All praise is for God Who created the heavens and the earth and made darkness and light. Yet the disbelievers set up equals to their Lord ˹in worship˺. It is He who created you from clay and then decreed a term and a specified time [known] to Him; then [still] you are in dispute. He is the Only True God in the heavens and the earth. He knows whatever you conceal and whatever you reveal, and knows whatever you do. (Q 6:1-3)

God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. His light is like a niche in which there is a lamp, the lamp is in a crystal, the crystal is like a shining star, lit from ˹the oil of˺ a blessed olive tree, ˹located˺ neither to the east nor the west, whose oil would almost glow, even without being touched by fire. Light upon light! God guides whoever He wills to His light. And God sets forth parables for humanity. For God has ˹perfect˺ knowledge of all things. (Q 24:35)


They ask you ˹O Prophet˺ regarding the Hour, “When will it be?” Say, “That knowledge is only with my Lord. He alone will reveal it when the time comes. It is too tremendous for the heavens and the earth and will only take you by surprise.” They ask you as if you had full knowledge of it. Say, “That knowledge is only with God, but most people do not know.” (Q 7:187)

But I can give you its description:

The Trumpet will be blown and all those in the heavens and all those on the earth will fall dead, except those God wills ˹to spare˺. Then it will be blown again and they will rise up at once, looking on ˹in anticipation˺. (Q 39:68)

At last, when the Trumpet will be blown with one blast, and the earth and mountains will be lifted up and crushed with one blow, on that Day the Inevitable Event will have come to pass. The sky will then be so torn that it will be frail, with the angels on its sides. On that Day eight ˹mighty angels˺ will bear the Throne of your Lord above them. You will then be presented ˹before Him for judgment˺, and none of your secrets will stay hidden. As for those given their records in their right hand, they will cry ˹happily˺, “Here ˹everyone˺! Read my record! I surely knew I would face my reckoning.” They will be in a life of bliss, in an elevated Garden, whose fruit will hang within reach. ˹They will be told,˺ “Eat and drink joyfully for what you did in the days gone by.” But as for he who is given his record in his left hand, he will say, “Oh, I wish I had not been given my record And had not known what is my account. I wish death was the end! My wealth has not benefited me! My authority has been stripped from me.” ˹It will be said,˺ “Seize and shackle them, then drive them into Hell, then tie them up with chains seventy arms long. For they never had faith in God, the Greatest, nor encouraged the feeding of the poor. So this Day they will have no close friend here, Nor any food except from the discharge of wounds; which none will eat except the evildoers.” (Q 69:13-37)

So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it. And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it. (Q 99:7, 8)

Whoever comes with a good deed will be rewarded tenfold. But whoever comes with a bad deed will be punished for only one. None will be wronged. (Q 6:160).

And the record ˹of deeds˺ will be laid ˹open˺, and you will see the wicked in fear of what is ˹written˺ in it. They will cry, “Woe to us! What kind of record is this that does not leave any sin, small or large, unlisted?” They will find whatever they did present ˹before them˺. And your Lord will never wrong anyone. (Q 18:49)

As for those who are given their record in their right hand, they will have an easy reckoning, and will return to their people joyfully. And as for those who are given their record ˹in their left hand˺ from behind their backs, they will cry for ˹instant˺ destruction, and will burn in the blazing Fire. (Q 84:7-12)


To [God] belong all those in the heavens and the earth. And those [angels] nearest to Him are not too proud to worship Him, nor do they tire. They glorify ˹Him˺ day and night, never wavering. (Q 21:20-1)

For each [person] there are successive angels before and behind, protecting them by God’s command. Indeed, God would never change a people’s state ˹of favour˺ until they change their own state ˹of faith˺. And if it is God’s Will to punish a people, it can never be averted, nor can they find a protector other than Him. (Q 13:11)

God (glorified and exalted be He) has exceeding numbers of angels who rove about seeking gatherings in which God’s name is being mentioned: they sit with them and encircle them one by one with their wings, filling that which is between them and the lowest heaven [in a column]. When [the people in the gathering] depart, [the angels] ascend and rise up to heaven. Then God (mighty and sublime be He) asks them – (while of course His knowledge encompasses them): From where have you come? And they say: We have come from some servants of Yours on Earth: they were glorifying You, exalting you, witnessing that there is no god but You, praising You, and asking things of You. He says: And what do they ask of Me? They say: They ask of You Your Paradise. He says: And have they seen My Paradise? They say: No, O Lord. He says: And imagine how much more they would do if they had seen My Paradise! They say: And they ask protection of You. He says: From what do they ask protection of Me? They say: From Your Hellfire, O Lord. He says: And have they seen My Hellfire? They say: No. He says: And imagine how much more they would do if they had seen My Hellfire! They say: And they ask for Your forgiveness. Then He says: I have forgiven them and I have bestowed upon them what they have asked for, and I have granted them sanctuary from that from which they asked protection. The angels say: O Lord, among them is So-and-So, a much sinning servant, who was merely passing by and sat down with them. And God says: And to him also I have given forgiveness, for it is not befitting for such a fine gathering to have any of their guests be dishonored. (Narrated by Muslim, al-Bukhari, at-Tirmidhi, and an-Nasa’i).

The Great and the Glorious Allāh has said [to His angels]: Whenever My slave (human being) intends an evil deed, do not record it against him. If he commits it, then write it as one evil deed. And if he intends to do a good deed but does not actually carry it out, then still record it as a good deed in his credit. If he actually carries it out then record it as ten good deeds. (Saḥīḥ Muslim)

To God ˹alone˺ belong the armies of the heavens and the earth. And God is Almighty, All-Wise. (Q 48:7)


Indeed, We revealed the Torah, containing guidance and light, by which the prophets, who submitted themselves to God, made judgments for Jews. So too did the rabbis and scholars judge according to God’s Book, with which they were entrusted and of which they were made keepers. So do not fear the people; fear Me! Nor trade my revelations for a fleeting gain. And those who do not judge by what God has revealed are ˹truly˺ the disbelievers. We ordained for them in the Torah, “A life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth—and for wounds equal retaliation.” But whoever waives it charitably, it will be atonement for them. And those who do not judge by what God has revealed are ˹truly˺ the wrongdoers. Then in the footsteps of the prophets, We sent Jesus, son of Mary, confirming the Torah revealed before him. And We gave him the Gospel containing guidance and light and confirming what was revealed in the Torah—a guide and a lesson to the God-fearing. (Q 5:44)

Ḥâ-Mĩm. By the clear Book! Certainly, We have made it into an Arabic Recitation so perhaps you will understand. And indeed, it is—in the Master Record with Us—highly esteemed, rich in wisdom. (Q 43:1-4)

So ˹always˺ remind, ˹even˺ if the reminder is beneficial ˹only to some˺. Those in awe ˹of God˺ will be mindful ˹of it˺. But it will be shunned by the most wretched, who will burn in the greatest Fire, where they will not ˹be able to˺ live or die. Successful indeed are those who purify themselves, remember the Name of their Lord, and pray. But you [O mankind] prefer the life of this world, though the Hereafter is better and more lasting. This is certainly ˹mentioned˺ in the earlier Scriptures— the Scriptures of Abraham and Moses. (Q 87:9-19)

We have certainly sent messengers before you ˹O Prophet˺ and blessed them with wives and offspring. No messenger could have brought a sign without God’s permission. Every destined matter has a ˹set˺ time. God removes or confirms whatever He wills [of the scripture], and with Him is the Master Copy of the Book. (Q 13:38-9)


Alif-Lãm-Mĩm. This is the Book! There is no doubt about it—a guide for those mindful ˹of God˺, who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and donate from what We have provided for them, and who believe in what has been revealed to you ˹O Prophet˺ and what was revealed before you, and have sure faith in the Hereafter. It is they who are ˹truly˺ guided by their Lord, and it is they who will be successful. (Q 2:1-5)

Righteousness is not in turning your faces towards the east or the west. Rather, the righteous are those who believe in God, the Last Day, the angels, the Books, and the prophets; who give charity even from what they love to relatives and neighbors, orphans, the poor, ˹needy˺ travellers, beggars, and for freeing slaves and captives; The righteous are those who establish prayer, pay tithes, and keep the pledges they make; and who are patient in times of suffering, adversity, and in ˹the heat of˺ battle. It is they who are true ˹in faith˺, and it is they who are the mindful. (Q 2:177)

And hasten towards forgiveness from your Lord and a Paradise as vast as the heavens and the earth, prepared for those mindful ˹of God˺. ˹They are˺ those who donate in prosperity and adversity, control their anger, and pardon others. And God loves the good-doers. ˹They are˺ those who, upon committing an evil deed or wronging themselves, remember God and seek forgiveness and do not knowingly persist in sin—and who forgives sins except God? Their reward is forgiveness from their Lord and Gardens under which rivers flow, staying there forever. How excellent is the reward for those who work ˹righteousness˺! (Q 3:133-6)

The Jews and Christians each claim that none will enter Paradise except those of their own faith. These are their desires. Reply, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Show ˹me˺ your proof if what you say is true.” But no! Whoever submits themselves to God and does good will have their reward with their Lord. And there will be no fear for them, nor will they grieve. (Q 2:111-12)