Islam is a holistic way of life that entails faithful devotion to God, with the word Islam translated as ‘submission to the will of God’. Muslims believe that the universe and all that exists has a Loving & Caring Creator, known through contemplation of His signs and recognition of His favours upon us. The Arabic word for God is Allah, and He is described through several Names & Attributes in Islam such as The Compassionate, The Merciful, The Wise, The Loving, The Just, The Forgiving, The Gentle and many more.
At the core of the Islamic belief is gratitude to God alone for all that exists, and praise for all that He has created. Muslims believe this to be the path of Abraham (peace be upon him) and all the Prophets before & after him including Adam, Noah, Moses, Jacob, Joseph, Jesus and several more (peace be upon them all). Muslims respect each & every one of the Prophets as role models; individuals whose lives we draw lessons from and seek to emulate. We believe that certain Prophets were given Scriptures and that the final Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) received through revelation The Quran, the final message from God and guidance for mankind.
Muslims consider this life to be a temporary testing ground towards our final abode, in an eternal afterlife of reward or punishment based upon our actions on earth. Our purpose in this life is to worship God, which involves leading a life of devotion to Him with heart, body & mind. This manifests as being God-conscious & humble individuals, purifying our hearts, reforming our characters, practising patience & forgiveness, embodying gratitude to our Creator through prayer, and embedding an altruistic attitude of charitable acts & kindness to all of creation.