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Who is a Muslim?

Postby Prismatic567 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 4:43 am

Whenever the term 'Muslim' is mentioned most people do not take into account the utmost critical requirement for a person to be a Muslim as stipulated in the Quran, i.e.

    -to qualify as a Muslim, the person must enter into a personal DIVINE CONTRACT with Allah with the promise to comply with all the terms of the contract in exchange for a promise of salvation to paradise with eternal life.

The terms of the contract are stipulated within the 6236 verses of the Quran -the final authority Islam - and no where else.

To initiate the acceptance of the offer from Allah to formalize the contract, the person must first declare the Shahada.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahada;

    The Shahada ("the testimony")] is an Islamic creed, one of the Five Pillars of Islam, declaring belief in the oneness of God (tawhid) and the acceptance of Muhammad as God's prophet.

The effective stance is once the contract is formalized, the Muslim is obligated to comply with all the terms within the 6236 verses in the Quran without exception but subject to the best of one's ability. [e.g. if one is a handicap then one's physical ability is limited]

Thus if the terms of the contract in the Quran stipulated, do X, then the Muslim has to to X, else he may not receive nor granted the salvation as promised.

My point above is to highlight the element of a personal divine contract with Allah, which in most cases are not mentioned on the subject of Muslims within Islam.
Such an understanding will enable us to understand why Muslims behave as they are whether rightly or wrongly with reference to the terms of the contract.

Agree/ disagree with the above?
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Re: Who is a Muslim?

Postby Prismatic567 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 5:05 am

In most cases, the definition of 'who is a Muslim' do not cover the imperative personal contract the person has to "sign" with Allah, e.g.

    Muslims are people who follow or practice Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion. Muslims consider the Quran, their holy book, to be the verbatim word of God as revealed to the Islamic prophet and messenger Muhammad. The majority of Muslims also follow the teachings and practices of Muhammad (sunnah) as recorded in traditional accounts (hadith).[31] "Muslim" is an Arabic word meaning "submitter" (to God).
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslims

Here are verses in the Quran which mention the critical element of a personal contract with Allah,

    3:7. Remember Allah's grace upon you and His covenant [MThQ; Mīthāqahu] by which He bound you [Muslims] when ye said: We hear and we obey; and keep your duty to Allah. Allah knoweth what is in the breasts (of men).

    5:1. O ye [Muslims] who believe! Fulfil your undertakings [3QD: uqud: aqeeda as covenanted]. … …

    6:152. … … and fulfil the covenant [3HD; ahdan] of Allah. This He commandeth you that haply ye [Muslim] may remember [tadhakkarūna].

    13:20. Such as [1] keep the pact [convenant] of Allah, and break not the covenant [MThQ; Mīthāqa];

    16:91. Fulfill the covenant [3HD: biʿahdi] of Allah when ye [Muslims] have covenanted [ʿāhadttum], and break not your oaths [YMN; ayman] after the asseveration [tawkīdihā: affirm positively] of them [the oaths], and after ye [Muslim] have made Allah surety [kafīlan] over you. Lo! Allah knoweth what ye do. [covenant =Aahdi] [see v6:152] [see 10;46]

    33:23. Of the believers [Muslims] are men who are true [SDQ; ṣadaqū] to that [Islam -essence of being Muslim] which they covenanted [3HD: āhadū] with Allah. …

    57:8. What aileth you [infidels] that ye believe [AMN; tu'minūna ا م ن] not in Allah, when the messenger calleth you [infidels] to believe [AMN; litu'minū] in your Lord, and He hath already made a covenant [MThQ; Mīthāqakum] with you, if ye [as Muslims] are believers [Muslims] [ AMN; mu'minīna ا م ن]

The concept of the 'covenant' [divine contract] is repeated in many other verses.
In the Quran there are two types of covenant, i.e. the general covenant Allah made with a group of people and the personal covenant an individual has to enter into with Allah.

In most cases in the discussion of Islam and Muslims, the critical concept of the personal contract with Allah is not brought into the discussion, and thus the essence of the topic is lost.

My point is;
For whatever activities related to Muslims and Islam, we must first ask who are the contractual parties in the Muslims' divine contract with Allah and what are the contractual terms.

Example, if we praise Muslims as good, we must refer and verify whether they are complying with the contract terms as truer Muslims.
Similarly if we noted Muslims are 'evil' and 'violent' again we must refer and verify whether they are complying with the contract terms as truer Muslims.

Question: Can Muslims ignore the above and decide for themselves 'who is a Muslim' without reference to the contractual terms within the Quran -the words of Allah?

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