Islam is a religion quite different from its predecessor religions. It is unique and special in many ways, like no other religion has ever been before it. Almost all of the religions before Islam were meant to teach and guide a particular segment of society at any particular time and place, while Islam is the only religion chosen by Almighty Allah for guiding humanity till The Day of Judgment.
This day, I have perfected your religion for you and completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion…” (Holy Qur’an, 5:3)
Islam is also gifted by the presence of the last Apostle of Allah Almighty, i.e. Muhammad (PBUH), who also serves to be the last of messengers Allah (SWT) ever bestowed humanity with. Thus, Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Holy Quran complement the religion that Islam is, with the graciousness and generosity of The Mightiest towards human beings.Now, only those people are deemed successful in the eyes of Allah (SWT) and His Apostle Muhammad (PBUH) who follow these two sources of guidance to regulate their lives with. In fact, Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also once said: “I am leaving you two things and you will never go astray as long as you cling to them — they are the Book of Allah and my Sunnah.” [Reported by Al- Haakim - Sahih].
Given below are some of the basic principles and values that should be inculcated in Islamic lifestyle. They might include:
Abstinence From Interfering In Other’s Issues Have you ever tried to find the reason(s) why your life seems to be the epicenter of so many social issues? A neutral and mindful analysis would lead you to the conclusion that majority of problems we come across in our daily lives are due to unnecessarily bothering into others’ affairs. This type of issue arises only when a person thinks that he is the one with all the knowledge and wisdom, and therefore, has the right to poke into others’ affairs to guide them, which is absolutely wrong according to the teachings of Holy Quran that tells us:
[Al-Naml; 27:6} As to thee, the Qur'an is bestowed upon thee from the presence of One Who is Wise and All-Knowing.
Forgive Others And Seek Forgiveness Most of the times, it is our unforgiving nature that gives birth to so many of our daily life problems. Forgiveness is a virtue Allah Almighty beholds towards all of His creatures, and likes forgiveness Himself: An-Nisa [4:110] If anyone does evil or wrongs his own soul but afterwards seeks Allah’s forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.Therefore, if we want to please Allah Almighty, we should try to follow an accommodating and forgiving behavior towards fellow human beings.
Abstinence From Jealousy Jealousy is also a very negative aspect of human character, which when overcomes other characteristics of human nature, causes a lot of problems in our social lives. Therefore, one should stay away from such negative feelings. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also advised us to stay away from jealousy, except in the following situation:
“Envy is not permitted except in respect of two persons — one whom Allah blesses with the recitation of the Quran and he remains engaged in it day and night, and the other is one who given abundance of wealth by Allah and he spends it (in Allah’s path) day and night”. May Almighty Allah bestow us the character and strength to follow these principles of a successful and peaceful life.
KNOWLEDGE: When a man dies no further reward is recorded for his actions, with three exceptions: Sadqa which continues to be supplied, or knowledge from which benefit continues to be reaped, or the prayers of a good son to his dead father. (Muslim).