Role of the Body in Islam
An analysis of how Islam looks at the human body, and a history of this view.
“The word “Islam,” in Arabic, means submission to God and peace. As a term, ‘Islam’ refers to the Message that was revealed to Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) by Allah (the name of the Islamic God), the One Creator, and a ‘Muslim’ is the one who believes in Islam. In sharp contrast to Christianity, Judaism, and other religions, Islam is not merely a religion. Rather, it is a unique and comprehensive ideology that guides the life of the human beings that follow this religion. Like any other ideology, Islam consists of a creed or doctrine, and a system of rules. Islam is careful to remind us that it is not a religion to be paid mere lip service; rather it is an all-encompassing way of life that must be practiced, through our actions and intentions, continuously for it to be Islam.”