Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem In the name of Allah, The Most Merciful, the Most Kind
Who is Allah and what is His message?
Allah is our Magnificent Creator. He is the Creator of all that is in the heavens and earth and all that is between them. "He is Allah, Al-Khaliq (The Creator), the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And, He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise." (Qur'an 59:24)
He is One. There is no other god but Allah. He is my God, he is your God.
Allah's message was sent down to us through all of the Prophets including Adam, Noah (Nuh), Abraham (Ibrahim), Moses (Musa), Jesus (Isa), and Muhammad (Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon them all). His final message was sent down, through the Angel Gabriel (Jibreel) to the final Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasalaam, May the Peace of Allah be upon Him). This message, in its entirety, is found in the Qur'an. The Qur'an is the word of Allah alone. No human voice is in the Qur'an. It is a book of guidance for all of humanity. The Qur'an was revealed through Jibreel (Alaihis salaam, Peace be upon him). After each verse was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW), he taught it to his companions. It was written down and has been preserved with no additons or removals, to this day. There are many translations of the Qur'an in different languages, by different scholars, however the Qur'an itself is only in Arabic. It is very difficult to grasp the full meaning, if not read and understood in Arabic. However, for those of us who are not fluent in Arabic, a translation will be sufficient. We must, however refer to the meaning of each verse explained further and the historical context of each verse.
In the second chapter of the Qur'an, Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala (SWT), the Most Glorified, the Most High;) confirmed the truth of the Qur'an:
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem "This is the Scripture in which there is no doubt, containing guidance for those who are mindful of Allah, who believe in the unseen, keep up the prayer, and give out of what We have provided for them; Those who believe in the revelation send down to you (Muhammad), and in what was send before you, those who have firm faith in the Hereafter)" (Qur'an 2:2-4).
In the third chapter of the Qur'an, Allah SWT, addresses this again: Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem "Allah: there is no god but Him, the Ever Living, the Ever Watchful. Step by step, He has send the Scripture down to you (Muhammad) with the Truth, confirming what went before; He send down the Torah and the Gospel earlier as a guide for people and He has send down the distinction between right and wrong. Those who deny Allah's revelations will suffer sever torment; Allah is Almighty and capable of retribution. Nothing on earth or in heaven is hidden from Allah: it is He who shapes you all in the womb as He pleases. There is no god but Him, The Mighty, The Wise" (Qur'an: 3-2-6)
His message is a very simple message. The message is to Worship Him alone, to not associate any partners with Him. Seek His Guidance, seek His Mercy and Forgiveness. It is through our worship of Allah SWT, that we attain the rewards of Paradise (Jannah) in the Hereafter. It is through our denial of our Creator, that we attain the punishment of the hellfire.
In the same chapter of the Qur'an, Allah tells the story of Jesus (Isa) confirming this: "And I have come confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful to you part of what was forbidden to you with a proof from your Lord. So fear Allah and obey me. Truly! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worhip Him (Alone). This is the Straight Path " (Qur'an: 3:50-51)
As you can see from the above verse, Jesus (Isa, AS) is also confirming that he is not Allah (God). He is confirming that Allah is your God and my God. Your God and his God. One and the same.
The rewards of Jannah cannot be explained fully as we do not have the ability to understand the full reward. In simple terms, Jannah is the most beautiful place in eternity that one can only imagine. Anything and everything that we want, everything of beauty is found in Jannah. There is no filth, there is no poverty, there is no sin, there is no hunger, there is no pain. Think of the beauty of this world, the mountains, the streams, the creations...then imagine how much more beauty one will find in Jannah.
The punishment of the Hellfire (Jahannam) cannot be fully explained as well, but there are many descriptions and the descriptions are so very frightening. The Hellfire is torment for eternity. Fire, intense burning, intense pain. Agony!
Allah SWT gave us free will to choose either path. The path of belief that will lead to Jannah, or the path of disbelief, which will lead to the Hellfire. Which do you choose?
I have been told that the best way to learn of Allah's Magnificence is to learn about Him through is beautiful names (Asmal Al-Husna) and attributes. The list of 99 names of Allah are below. I would suggest that you research these names so that you begin to understand His Glory and Magnificence.
99 Beautiful Names of Allah
Ar-Rahman: The Exceedlngly Compassionate, The Exceedingly Beneficient, The Exceedingly Gracious Ar-Rahim: The Exceedingly Merciful Al-Malik: The King Al-Quddus: The Holy, The Pure, The Perfect As-Salaam: The Source of Peace and Safety, The Savior Al-Mu'min: The Guarantor, The Affirming Al-Muhaymin: The Guardian Al-Aziz: The Almighty, The Invulnerable, The Honorable Al-Jabbar: The Irresistable, The Compeller, The Lofty Al-Mutakabbir: The Majestic, The Supreme Al-Khaliq: The Creator Al-Bari: The Evolver, The Fashioner, The Designer Al-Musawwir: The Fashioner of Forms Al-Ghaffar: The Repeatedly Forgiving Al-Qahhar: The Subduer Al-Wahhab: The Bestower Al-Razzaq: The Provider Al-Fattah: The Opener, The Victory Giver Al-Aleem: The All Knowing, The Omniscient Al-Qabid: The Restrainer, The Straightener Al-Basit: The Extender, The Expander Al-Khafid: The Abaser Ar-Rafi: The Exalter Al-Mu'izz: The Giver of Honor Al-Mudhill: The Give of Dishonor As-Sami: The All Hearer Al-Basir: The All Seeing Al-Hakam: The Judge, The Arbitrator Al-'Adl: The Utterly Just Al-Latif: The Gentle, The Subtly Kind Al-Khabeer: The All Aware Al-Haleem: The Forebearing Al-"Azeem: The Magnificent Al-Ghafur: The Much Forgiving Ash-Shakur: The Greatful Al-'Aliy: The Subliime Al-Kabir: The Great Al-Hafeez: The Preserver Al-Muqeet: The Nourisher Al-Haseeb: The Bringer of Judgment Al-Jalil: The Majestic Al-Karim: The Bountiful, The Generous Ar-Raqib: The Watchful Al-Mujib: The Responsive, The Answer Al-Wasi': The Vast, The All-Embracing, The Omnipresent, The Boundless Al-Hakim: The Wise Al-Wadud: The Loving Al-Majid: All-Glorious, The Majestic Al-Ba'ith: The Resurrecter Ash-Shahid: The Witness Al-Haqq: The Truth, The Real Al-Wakil: The Trustee, The Dependable, The Advocate Al-Qawwiy: The Strong Al-Matin: The Firm, The Steadfast Al-Waliy: The Friend, Patron, Helper Al-Hamid: The All Praiseworthy Al-Muhsiy: The Accounter, The Numberer of All Al-Mubdi': The Originator, The Producer, The Initiator Al-Mu'id: The Restorer, The Reinstater Who Brings Back All Al-Muhyiy: The Giver of Life Al-Mumit: The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death Al-Hayy: The Living Al-Qayyum: The Subsisting, The Guardina Al-Wajid: The Perceiver, The Finder, The Unfailing Al-Majid: The Illustrious, The Magnificent Al-Wahid: The One, The Unique Al-Ahad: The Unity, The Indivisible As-Samad: The Eternal, The Absolute, The Self-Sufficient Al-Qadir: The Omnipotent, The All Able Al-Muqtadir: The Determiner, The Dominant Al-Muqaddim: The Expediter, He Who Brings Forward Al-Mu'akhkhir: The Delayer, He Who Puts Far Away Al-'Awwal: The First, The Beginning-less Al-'Akhir: The Last, Then Endless Az-Zahir: The Manifest, The Evident, The Outer Al-Batin: The Hidden, The Unmanifest, The Inner Al-Waliy:: The Patron, The Protecting Friend, The Friendly Lord Al-Muta'aliy: The Supremely Exalted, The Most High Al-Barr: The Good At-Tawwab: The Ever Returning, Ever Relenting Al-Muntaqum: The Avenger Al-'Afuw: The Pardoner, The Effacer, The Forgiver Ar0Ra'uf: The Kind, The Pitying Malik-Ul-Mulk: The Owner of all Sovereignty Dhu'l'Jalali wa-l-Ikram: The Lord of Majesty and Generosity Al-Muqsit: The Equitable, The Requiter Al-Jami: The Gatherer, The Unifer Al-Ghaniy: The Rich, The Independent Al-Mughniy:The Enricher, The Emancipator Al-Mani': The Withholder, The Shielder, The Defender Ad-Darr: The Distressor, The Harmer, The Afflicter An-Nafi': The Prpitious, The Benefactor, The Source of Good An-Nur: The Light Al-Hadiy: The Guide, The Way Al-Badi': The Incomparable, The Unattainable Al-Baqiy: The Immutable, The Infinite, The Everlasting Al-Warith: The Heir, The inheritor of All Ar-Rashid: The Guide to the Right Path As-Sabur: The Timeless, The Patient