Pronouncing the Shahadah does not make us a Submitter (Muslim in
Arabic) or a
Believer (Mu'min in Arabic).
submission to the Will of God makes us Submitter. Our journey should
the submission to the Will of God. It is a state of mind choosing
between the two: God or Satan, good or evil, correct Shahadah or
corrupt shahadah, worshiping God Alone or worshiping many gods,
seeking the righteous path or seeking the unrighteous path, adopting
the correct path or adopting the crooked path, performing a true jihad
or killing innocent people, etc. , etc.
verse 3:67, the religion of Submission (Islam in Arabic) is as old as
Abraham who was Muslim (Quran 2:128, 2:131, 2:133). God specifically
tells us that Abraham was neither Jewish nor Christian, but a
monotheist Muslim. God even tells us that Jesus and the Disciples
were Muslims (Quran
5:111), Solomon was Muslim (Quran 27:44) and all the prophets who were
were Muslims (Quran 5:44) According to the Quran, Islam is not a new
religion and Muhammad was one of the follower of Abraham's religion,
which is Islam (Quran 16:123). According to the Quran, a Jews,
Christian, Muslim or any one can be Muslim if he/she is righteous
based on the Quranic definition.
[3:85] Anyone who accepts other than Islam his religion, it will not
be accepted from him, and in the Hereafter, he will be with the
Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and
the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the
Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their
recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they
are Submitters but not all Submitters are Believers. We begin our
journey with the submission to the will of God. We need to
gradually develop our souls by observing righteous works and
forsaking unrighteous works. Through this process, we gradually become
a Believer from a Submitter. A Submitter and a Believer both get
salvation, however a Believer gets higher rank because of their
[49:14] The Arabs said, "We are Mu'mens (believers)." Say, "You have
not believed; what you should say is, `We are Muslims (submitters),'
until belief is established in your hearts." If you obey GOD and His
messenger, He will not put any of your works to waste. GOD is
Forgiver, Most Merciful.
Thank you and may God guide me,