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Faith or belief. Suggests security for believers against untruth and misguidance in this world and punishment in the afterlife. Assumes belief in the oneness of God, angels, prophets, revealed books, and the hereafter. Faith is a matter of free choice in Islam but is also considered a gift from God; no one is to be compelled to believe. The Quran establishes the close connection between faith and action, so that true faith manifests itself in right conduct. Believers are commanded to obey God, Muhammad, and authorities; fulfill their commitments; be truthful; perform ritual prayer; spend their wealth and struggle steadfastly to do the will of God; shun drinking, gambling, and exploitative business practices; and avoid treating people condescendingly.

Subjects: Islam.

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