Some Islamic scholars define the greatness of Islam by its many characteristics, as described in the verses of the Qur'an and as recorded in the Hadiths, ( speeches and comments made by the Prophet Muhammad ) and the Sirah (the way The Prophet conducted his daily life). Such characteristics include following, but not all of the characteristics:
* The fundamental and solid foundation of Islam is," The Tawheed, ",meaning, the belief in the "The Oneness of God). Remember that the whole Arabia was mainly Pagan.
* Islam asks its adherents of the faith to follow moral path and pious deed in their daily lives.
* Knowledge, whether technical or abstract, is highly respected and encouraged in Islam.
* Ignorance is, at least, criticized, if not condemned in Islam.
* The element of flexibility does exist in Islam.
* Love, friendship, unity, justice, and tolerance are embodied in the teachings of Islam.
* Islam calls for moderation even in eating foods.
* Islam is kind to the poor and sides with the underdogs in any society.
* Islam is compatible with new invention and new discoveries.
* Islam stands firmly against slavery.
Although all the characteristics cited above about Islam are true,the writer of this essay believes that the greatness of Islam stems from its unique simplicity. Such a simplicity lies in the following characteristics:
~ Islam requires no middle human acter to be between a Muslim and his God,(Allah).
~ The Muslim can spread his little rug on the ground of any place in the world and face the direction toward the Holy ground of Ka'bah in Mecca and pray. He needs not to go to a mosque to pray,although Muslims go to the mosques to pray together,especially on Fridays.
~ Muslims can adhere firmly to the five pillars of Islam, listed and outlined in Topic (4) of this short course and be good practicing Muslims.
There are other characteristics of Islam, but all the foregoing characteristics are enough, for the time being, to remember by the novice readers who are interested in learning about Islam.