Besides the religion of Islam, many other religions exist in the world such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and others. Most of them have existed for a very long time. In fact, as we learn from history, the world has never been without religions. All the well-established religions of the world have the following features in common:
They were founded by the Messengers of Allah (prophets) and their teachings were based on the revelations from Allah.
They define a purpose of human life; to achieve nearness to Allah and to understand one’s duty towards one’s fellow-beings.
To attain this purpose, they present a set of beliefs, acts of worship and rules of conduct governing social and moral behaviour.
We may conclude, therefore, that: Religion is a divine system of beliefs, acts of worship, and rules of conduct to enable human beings to achieve nearness to Allah and to lead a peaceful life.