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E b o o k - E n g l i s h 3 f o r I s l a m i c S t u d i e s
First we are obliged to examine the nature of the path so that we mayourselves realize what Islam is. The first pillar of Islam is Muhammad is theprophet of God. The approximate meaning of bearing witness there is no Godother than God is this; God is the exclusive possessor of divinity, and none of Hiscreation shares in any of the aspects or properties of divinity, and none of hiscreation shares in any of the aspects or properties of divinity. The first aspect of divinity is absolute rule, whence arises the right to legislate for his whispers, toordain paths for their lives, to prescribe values on which their lives should bebased. It is not possible to bear witness that there is no god other than Godwithout recognizing that God alone has the right to ordain the path which humanlife should follow, and without attempting to establish that path, and noneother, in human life. Anyone who claims for himself the right to lay down a pathfor the life of a group of human beings has claimed also the right of divinity overthem for he claims the greatest of all aspect of divinity.So that we may ourselves realize that attribute of Muslim which we claim.This is possible only through bearing witness that there is no god but God andMuhammad is His prophet. This profession of faith is possible only by recognizingGod as the sole possessor of divinity, and alone entitled to lay down a path forhuman life. We must attempt the realization of that path conveyed to us fromGod by Muhammad, the peace and blessings of God be upon him.We must do so for reason connected with the nature of the path itself. Itis the only path which realizes the neberity of man grants him true freedom andreleases man from slavery. It is the only path that enables him to liberate himself completely within the limits of his humanity and his services of God, for serviceof God releases man from servitude to others. There is no other path in theworld possessing this quality. For Islam, by recognizing God Almighty as the solepossessor of the right to legislate for the life of humanity, leaves only one Godand one Master for humanity. It prevents some men from being the gods of others with legislative and directive rights over them, as a result of the servitudeof these who accord these gods the aspects of divinity.
New Vocabularies :
Oblige (v) : mengharuskanBear witness (v) : bersaksiWhence (adv) : dari manaLegislate (v) : membuat undang-undangOrdain (v) : mentakdirkanPrescribe (v) : menentukanConvey (v) : menyampaikanImplement (v) : melaksanakanHence (adv) : karenanyaAttribute (v) : sifat