Islam is a universal meaning not bound to any group of people, nor even to any particular figure or event in history. It is another word for true religion itself, and is the direct relationship between any worshipper — human, animal or even inanimate — and the only Being worthy of worship: Allah.
The goal is not to "make the world submit", as some misunderstand, but to invite each soul to its own willful surrender to the Creator alone, not to any human force or worldly desire. This is the true source of inner and outer peace, and is the most liberating concept ever taught to humanity.
Surah Ya-Sin is one of the famous often-recited surahs of the Makkan Qur’an. It is a very beautiful surah, and I will try to give you an overview of this surah breaking it up into six distinct parts. That’s probably one of the best ways to remember what’s covered in this remarkable surah.
We may live in this world, and have all the goods and possessions of deception that anyone could dream of, but have completely failed at the object of our existence. And if the object of our existence is, as Allah tells us, only to serve Him, then it would follow that only that which brought us closer to that end...
When we are overwhelmed by worry and sadness, relief comes from turning to God. If we live our lives according to His guidance, we gain the means and the ability to overcome any despair.
Falling into error, realizing the mistake, and seeking Allah’s forgiveness whilst hoping for His mercy, is spiritual growth that develops a person’s love for Allah. Allah loves those who constantly turn to Him seeking forgiveness.
Why in a Makkan surah would Allah tell His Prophet and the Muslim community to deal with People of the Book kindly, and to engage in conversation with them? The reason for that is that they are about to leave Makkah, and they are about to go to Madinah. And when they go to Madinah they are going to be dealing with the People of the Book.
There is not punishment if you want to call it of doing something that is not correct, and you have to fear that there is a consequence. If you fail your exams, if you fail your tests you may not get into college. If you don’t have a proper GPA, no college would want to accept you.
The individual who succeeds in securing his spiritual rights and growth receives the ‘Eid with a victorious spirit. The individual who faithfully observes the duties, which are associated with the ‘Eid, is a triumphant one. He proves that he holds a strong command over his desires...
Knowing that not all Muslims represent Islam does not solve the problem. Just what is this religion called Islam and how is it that many people who declare themselves Muslim misrepresent their own way of life?
Now what is really cool about this Surah in particular is we really appreciate the power of the Qur’an discourse if you appreciate how it is organized. Take some observations about how the Surah is organized. This is a fairly long Surah, and what you will notice is that at the end there is a replica.
In the first two stories, the contrast was between under-estimating the youth, in the story of the People of the Cave, and over-estimating the wealth in the case of one of the two gardeners. In the two stories in the second half of the Surah, Allah teaches us something else...