By Hesham A. Hassaballa
Islam is more than just a private religious faith, although it is precisely that. It is, as has been said many times before, a way of life. It is a pathway which has been laid by God throughout the ages of human history. It is a road upon which scores of Prophets have tread, from our father Adam, to his sons Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, and finally the Prophet Muhammad. It is a path of active work, and thus, its shine on the heart of the believer can wane with the vicissitudes of time and the hypocrisies of the human condition. Thus, it behooves us to step back and see how we can improve ourselves as we walk on the path back to the Lord our God.
Hesham Hassaballa writes regularly for Beliefnet and he is also a physician.