Dr. Israr Ahmad
Source: The Way to Salvation
The first condition of salvation, or deliverance from this sheer destruction, is ‘Iman’ (faith). The word ‘Iman’ has been derived from ‘aman’ meaning peace. Its literal meaning is to provide peace and tranquility. But in its technical sense the word ‘Iman’ is used with the prepositional letters (Lam) or (Ba). In this form its literal meaning is to have trust in and to testify.
In order to understand the real meaning of ‘Iman’ (faith) it is necessary to realize that any man who has attained maturity of intelligence obviously starts thinking on perennial questions like ‘‘Who am I ‘?”, “From where did I come ?”, ‘‘What is the nature of the Universe ?“ and “What is the last destination of the journey of my life ?” Those who have studied philosophy know that throughout the history of human thought many thinkers continued to ponder over these questions, and tried to find satisfactory answers. Without an answer to these questions, a human being is in the dark, knowing little about his real self, or about the universe, or his own beginning, or the beginning or end of the Universe.