What Muslims believe is encapsulated in the simple creed that forms the foundation of their faith, namely: There is no god but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God.
Consistent with this, Muslims believe in one omnipotent and omniscient Creator that has elevated humankind above all other creation by imbuing him with intelligence, free will and above all a soul. Pivotal to the Muslim’s belief is his relationship with the Creator and the knowledge that God is always near:
“If [My servant] draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw near to him a fathom’s length. And if He comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.” (Muhammad).
It is through this relationship that every individual soul has the capacity to attain inner and eternal peace.
Muslims believe that Muhammad is the last in a line of Prophets sent by God with the same timeless message. It is the same message, given to Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus that underpins the Muslim’s belief and implores her / him to contemplate and consider their role and responsibilities in relation to themselves, the Creator, the rest of humanity and other life forms that they share the universe with. The message is above all a comprehensive and far-reaching code for harmonious coexistence with the rest of humankind and indeed the whole of creation.
Muslims also believe that when the body dies, the soul lives on and continues another existence – this ‘afterlife’ is one in which we will be resurrected and judged based upon our earthly lives in the light of God’s grace and mercy.