Originally Posted by sister herb
My sheikh (Islamic teacher) (may Allah bless him)
explained to us that Prophet Muhammad sallalahu alayhi wasallam (peace and blessings be upon him)
was sent to the entire universe, which means that we among humanity have "Community of the Call" (ummat ad-dawah
) and the "Community which responded to the Call" (ummat al-ijabah
And my sheikh (may Allah bless him)
also said that even in each "Muslim" there is a "kaffir" ("disbeliever") which comprises of hidden idolatry that includes making idols in heart against God such as having pride, or envy or any other evil characteristics that was responsible for Iblis (Satan) being thrown out of Paradise. And we already know that God doesn't accept evil characteristics for entry into Heaven.
Also, he (may Allah bless him)
explained that on the Day of Promises, all humanity agreed that we are servants of our Lord but we forgot the Original Promise when we came into the world. All human souls were created on innocence and are divine and pure, only in our world we become different.
That is why Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam (peace and blessings be upon him)
in a hadith (prophetic tradition) yoolid al-insaan `ala al-fitra fa imma abawayhim yumajisaanihi aw yuhawidanihi
meanings human beings are born on innocence and either his parents make him Jew or Christian or fire-worshipper or whatever beliefs. But he (may Allah bless him)
explained Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam (peace and blessings be upon him)
did not say they [parents] make them Muslim in this hadith (prophetic tradition)
because Allah already created all us humanity as "Muslim" in the Heavens. Then we humanity split into two groups: One group said "la ilaha ill 'Llah Muhammad rasoolullah" they did not change and they are the Muslims accepting of their reality in this world. And there is the other group which is not cognizant of their reality and therefore do not accept that they are Muslim in this world. Allah sent Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam (peace and blessings be upon him)
as mercy to humanity and that mercy is from beginning to end.
Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam (peace and blessings be upon him)
said you are created on innocence (fitra), on the noor (light)
of Islam. That innocence is in everyone's heart. My sheikh (may Allah bless him)
explained in Muslim that noor
is ignited. In non-Muslims ignite too but they do not reflect that noor
when they dress themselves with other than Islam, and he (may Allah bless him)
said we respect them and are to leave their case to be between themselves and Allah.
Those things that I wrote are essential spiritual heart of Islam.