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Single Religion for All Humanity

Dear readers,

Materialist philosophy denies the existence of a creator. It considers all the existence to be consisting of matter which it believes is eternal. As a result, it attempts to explain every event based on matter and intellect. One of the theories posed by materialists when creating the skeleton of their own belief systems is the Theory of Natural Law.

According to them, no law, no state and no external pressures exist in the nature. The nature manages its course of action based on its own unique laws. Natural laws are the laws of intellect and understanding and they are above all the other human laws. In the beginning times when everything was originated from the nature, natural laws, that is, the law of intellect and understanding ruled everything. Humans obeyed the natural commandments of goodness and fairness.

So, according to them, in a nutshell, “intellect” was the source of justice and law.

# The nature of intellect is to protect individual interests

Dear readers, this materialist approach appears to be very true in the first sight. When we observe the societies which are deprived of religious beliefs and practices, however, we see that intellect has failed to create any justice and law system but that, on the contrary, everyone became lost in the race of protecting their own interests and getting the biggest share.

Dear readers, this is a very natural result because intellect is a mental mechanism which is programmed in suitable way to protect an individual. It is not a mechanism which can create a “law system”. By means of this thinking mechanism, humans get to know their environments; they make analyses, syntheses and interpretations which enable predicting future events. And based on these, they render judgments and decisions. In those individuals who don’t have the divine education, however, such interpretations and decisions are always under the control of “ego” and in the direction of its desires and wishes.

# The source of social ethics is the divine education

Social ethics is a characteristic which an individual gains subsequently by divine education. In all societies, some established value judgments expressing “goodness” such as justice, honesty and politeness which everyone considered to be right were transmitted to those societies through the messengers of Allah.

In the case of those human beings who have not attained divine education, the interpretations and decisions of intellect are always in the direction of the ego’s desires. Therefore, such an individual will consider anything which suits to their ego as “good” and anything otherwise as “bad”. And this is the biggest enemy of the sense of justice because that person is caught in between two senses of acting justly and protecting their own interests. An individual who has not got divine education will always prefer their own interests in the face of this dilemma.

The concepts which take an individual to objective goodness such as justice, honesty and patience can only be obtained by being subject to the divine will. And the start point for this is “faith”. If a person believes in Allah (swt) and submits himself to His will, the virtues of almighty Allah will begin to manifest in that person. As the number of believing individuals increase in a society, the objective value judgments such as justice, patience and mercy, which are not based on personal interests of these faithful people, will become the common values of that society in time.

# The religion of submitting to the will of Allah

Dear readers, in our day, many individuals believe that prophets brought different religions such as Judaism, Christianity and, Muhammadanism. However, no prophet actually introduced a different religion. Since the time of Prophet Adam, all the prophets introduced a single religion. And that religion is “the religion of believing in one Creator who has no equal, similar or partner, and submitting to His will”. This religion was finally communicated to Muhammad (a.s.) in the Arabian Peninsula, where unbelievable evils reigned. It was named as “Islam” which means “submission” in Arabic. Those who submitted to the Creator’s will were called “Muslims”.

Dear readers, the religion which all the prophets from Adam (a.s.) to Muhammad (a.s.) communicated to all humanity is Islam. That is, “the religion of submission to Allah’s will”. And all the prophets were also Muslims. In other words, they were all individuals who submitted to Allah’s will and complied with His orders, advices and recommendations.

Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian; but he was true in Faith, and bowed his will to Allah’s (which is Isl├ím), and he joined not gods with Allah. [Al-I Imran, 67]

The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions therein. [Shura, 13]

# Islam is the religion of all times and all humanity

All the books that God’s messengers brought to teach us Allah’s messages, orders and prohibitions (the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospels and the Quran) are also the books of Islam. Each book was sent to confirm the previous one. The religion declared in each one of them is Islam. Each of these books corrected the misinterpretations made about the previous one, indicated the right path for humanity again, and made some warnings to humanity about the afterlife:

Say: We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in (the Books) given to Moses, Jesus, and the Prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and to Allah do we bow our will (in Islam). [Al-I Imran, 84]

With the Holy Quran, the protection of which has been personally assumed by Allah, misinterpretations regarding the beliefs and practices of the previous years were corrected, universal rules which all humanity is required to comply with until Judgment Day were shown, and good and bad behaviors were exemplified with lifestyles of prophets and ancient civilizations.

As can be understood from the above explanations, Islam, that is, the religion of believing in Allah (swt) and submitting to His will, is the only religion of all times and all humanity. As a matter of fact, there is no religion other than Islam in the sight of Allah:

The Religion before Allah is Islam (submission to His Will). [Al-I Imran, 19]

And verily this Ummah of yours is a single Ummah, and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other). [Muminun, 52]

If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost. [Al-I Imran, 85]

# One god without a match, similar or partner

Dear readers, as you can remember from my previous articles, the Holy Quran was written down as soon as it was communicated, and it was compiled with a great sensitivity by the scholars of the time by being marked with suitable punctuation marks so as to prevent any misunderstanding and thus, it was protected without a change of a single letter until today. For this reason it is the most reliable divine source.

Our glorious Creator declared His name as Allah in the Quran. He notified us His characteristics in detail and wanted from us to qualify Him with those characteristics. So:

Allah (swt) is one. He has no equal, similar or partner. He created everything. He does not look like anything He created. He is eternal. “He begetteth not, nor is He begotten.” He needs nothing to sustain His existence. But each living being needs Him for survival. It is He who sustains everything. He is the owner of the earth and heavens, of all the visible and invisible realms. It is He who gives their energy, power and strength to everything. He has power to do everything. He knows, sees, hears and speaks everything. He has will. It is not difficult for Him to simultaneously manage trillions of events occurring in the universe. He is the one who creates both good and also bad deeds of humans. But he likes their good deeds and dislikes their bad deeds. He is fair and impartial. He does not persecute anyone, but humans persecute themselves by disregarding His rules. He has a great mercy towards His creatures. He is the greatest friend and helper of believers.

Dear readers, Allah (swt) bestowed humans with innumerable blessings. Having completed these blessings with a divine educational system like Islam, He wants to carry them to the summit of maturity:

Allah doth not wish to place you in a difficulty, but to make you clean, and to complete his favor to you, that ye may be grateful. [Maida, 6]

# The door to all kinds of goodness: Faith

The blessing doors of Allah (swt) are open to everyone at any moment. However, only the possessors of “faith” believing in Him may benefit from this divine mercy. The faithless cannot benefit from that.

Faith means believing in the existence and unity of Allah, giving up one’s own will (desires of one’s ego) and submitting to the holy will of Allah (swt) (His prohibitions, orders and recommendations).

A human being who fulfills the requirements of religion, if they are sincere with their belief and deeds, will soon attain all the beauties that make a person a real human being. Ethically, they will reach the summit of maturity. They will become a respectable person possessing high manners.

# A mature and well-mannered human being

Such a human being who is mature and well-mannered will be far from any extremity. They are clean. They will not commit acts which are forbidden by their Creator such as adultery, alcohol, gambling, sorcery, false testimony, gossip, commercial transactions involving interest, theft, bribing, usurpation, homosexuality, etc. They will not use drugs. They will not cheat with measurement or weighing. They will not envy. They will not feel grudge against anyone. When fulfilling the desires of their selfhood, they will never exceed the limits drawn by his Creator. They will not become arrogant or look down on or make fun of anyone. They will not break anyone’s heart. They will strive to the extent possible to fulfill such orders of their Creator as prayer, fasting, alms, pilgrimage, etc. They will be obedient towards their mothers and fathers and always try to please them. They will never encroach anyone’s right. They will always behave justly even if this is to their detriment. They will not lie. They are honest. They always tell the truth. When they make a promise, they will keep it. When anything is entrusted to them, they will protect it as their own goods. When they are oppressed by someone, they will forgive them. If someone apologizes from them, they will accept it. They will not hurt anyone or damage their belongings.

They will frequently visit their kin and relatives. They will try to help them if they have any problems. They observe the rights of their neighbors and do nothing that will disturb them. If they are disturbed by their neighbors, they display patience against them. They deal with the problems of their neighbors. If there is anything that they can do for them, they will do it. They will greet anyone regardless of if they know them. They are interested with poor, ill, disabled, elder, powerless people and widows and orphans around them. They are generous. They will not show off over the favors they make. They show respect towards their elders and love, compassion and mercy towards their juniors. They are also compassionate towards animals. They will never damage their environment or the ecosystem in which they live.

They try to earn their life through lawful ways. They are abstinent. They feel gratitude for the blessings provided by Allah. They are patient against the problems and troubles they encounter. In each opportunity, they attempt to recommend good and beautiful things to people and discourage them from evil things. They will love whatever Allah (swt) loves and avoid whatever Allah (swt) does not love. They respect the laws and orders of the state in which they live. They keep away from terror, anarchy and all kinds of illegal activities. In summary, a believer is a complete gentleman, a perfect individual who is respected and approached lovingly by everyone from whom they will only expect good, and take a great pleasure from being together with them.

# Let’s not be indifferent to divine mercy

Dear readers, all these beautiful characteristics that I listed above which make a human being a mature and perfect individual can only be possessed by believing in Allah (swt) and sincerely submitting to His will. Our Creator sent numerous prophets beginning with Adam. We should be grateful to each of them. All these favors and beauties have reached us through prophets. These are universal favors and beauties which are the common value of all times and all humanity as explained in all the books of Islam.

So let’s not stay indifferent to these. Let’s believe in Allah (swt) and get under His umbrella of mercy as soon as possible so that all these beauties may manifest in our lives as well. Also, let’s not forget that these are the key of an eternal happiness covering the world and the Hereafter.

Be entrusted to Allah.

Mens Bags Can Be Utilised For All Sorts Of Uses

No modern man in the 21st century looks fit without some sort of bag. The man bag has become something of a fashion accessory in recent times and it has become acceptable for a man to carry his bag round for all sorts of different activities. Some men are even starting to accessorise the outfit they wear with the kind of bag they have or vice versa. There are many different reasons why you would use a bag as shown below:

Sport

If you are a member of a local sports club, there is a good chance that you with specialised equipment or clothing for that particular activity. For example it could be a pair of football boots, a table tennis bat or your team’s dedicated strip. Whatever it is, mens bags have the capacity to accommodate such essentials and keep them both secure and protected against damage.

School/college/university

We have all at some point forgotten to take a piece of work into school, college or university and got into trouble over it. Retro bags could make the difference between detention and ‘A’ stars as the beauty of a stylish retro bag will be enough to make you remember everything when you need it, such will be your aesthetical admiration towards it. Most messenger bags can be used to transport binders, books and stationery from home to your educational institution.

Work

We all like to look professional and organised at work and a male bag will help you display authority to others you come across. If you have meetings with potential clients a bag is the ideal solution when you want somewhere to keep essential paperwork, business cards and accessories.

Investing in a bag is a great idea as it is a wonderful accompaniment to many different looks and styles.

Continuing Dental Education For Professionals

The field of dental education is huge and varied. It covers a lot of different jobs. People can train as general dentists, as specialists, as dental hygienists, dental assistants and also as dental laboratory technicians. The length of time each group has to spend in school varies tremendously.

Dentists obviously have to spend many years training, and will have to do further courses if they then choose to specialize in a particular field such as orthodontics. The training for dental assistants and hygienists is generally only a couple of years. Dental technicians can spend between two and four years doing their initial training. The length of training for all groups may vary from country to country.

Once a dental health professional has qualified they cannot just rest on their laurels. The world of dentistry is fast changing as new technology is being brought in all the time. It is vitally important that everyone keeps up to date, and is able to use the latest techniques and equipment.

Many countries demand that their dental health professionals are registered. Part of this registration may involve taking part in a program of continuing education. A professional may have to collect a certain number of hours every year, or over a period of two or three years.

They may have to collect verification that they have completed the courses, and will have to notify their registering body of this. Some of the hours can be made up from attending dental shows. The ideas is that these shows contain a lot of information from suppliers and that the health professionals can walk around and talk to the manufacturers of all the latest products and find out if they would like to use them.

The hours spent at these shows are usually verified by the dental health professional having their badge scanned when entering and leaving. Other ways that dental health professionals can build up the hours for their continuing professional development include reading dental journals and attending courses and seminars. There are lots to choose from.

These courses range from being hands on to viewing videos online. While it may seem better for students to physically attend courses as they will get a lot out of it, the online courses have much to recommend them. The online courses are often done by leading experts in the field.

This gives the students the chance to see the very best people at work. It is often a good idea to watch an online course even if you are intending to physically go to the course, as you will be much better prepared to learn, and may have more questions to ask. An online course will show the professional working in great detail. This detail is sometimes difficult to see in a classroom situation.

It can be difficult to take the time off from work to travel to and from courses, but sometimes it is necessary to make the effort. A live course or seminar does give you a much greater opportunity to learn about a subject in depth. Another advantage is that you will be able to discuss it with colleagues also attending the course. Continuing dental education is important.