What is Islam?

by James William Lovegrove (Habeeb-Ullah)

Declaration of Faith

The formula of the Muslim faith is very simple; it consists of two sentences.

There is no other deity but Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger.

If sub­mission to the Divine will, which amounts to our declaring, There is no deity but Allah, completes the faith, we need a revelation of His will to us. We believe that the needed revelation came by the message given to us through Muhammad [pbuh]. In the second part of the declaration,

“Muhammad is His Messenger,”

we do not express adoration or worship of Muhammad, but simply say that we resign ourselves to the will of the Lord, as disclosed to us through His messenger, Muhammad [pbuh].