WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE MUSLIM / MOMIN ?
A question: Peace and Harmony is not intrinsically (base instincts) the make-up of the Homo-Sapien species, instead Fear and Survival is.
Until fear and survival are addressed, peace & harmony is a pipe dream.
So how does the Quran address the base instincts of mankind?
Our basic instinct is how to survive and live a long and healthy life. There is no eminent fear for a modern man because he knows how to defend or take care of himself. His only fear is losing his job or failing to earn money and it is a part of his survival instinct. The entire Quran is about man’s desire to have better life but that message we have lost in bad translation.
In short the instructions of Quran are for people who are compassionate, social and merciful [Homosapiens / Insaan]. We cannot complete the definition of human being if we are not helpful to other human beings. To help other human being we need to be capable. We cannot serve tea to other people if our own cup is empty. For that we need to fill our own cup first. The essence of this statement is that first we must become Momin [safe / secure] and Muslim [sound / peaceful], then only we can serve peace, soundness, safety and security to others, otherwise it will be just a pipe dream without any positive result.
The main emphasis of the book Quran is to become safe, secure, sound and peaceful. We cannot become Muslim unless we have sound health, wealth and peaceful mind. We cannot become Momin if we are not safe and secure financially, health wise and mentally. These are the basics which all mankind must know. The message of the book Quran is for thinkers and researchers, how anyone can become a good thinker or researcher if his stomach is empty, his health is weak and mentally he is disturbed. If he cannot take care of himself how is going to take care of others? One who lacks these basics economics cannot become Muslim or Momin. The main criterion to understand the book Quran is to have sound health, mind and is not worried about his survival. The message of the book is for those who are above the situation of survival. I always advice people who want to understand Quran to earn first, pay taxes then only they can become Muslim / Momin a basic eligibility to understand higher sciences.
After we are satisfied / content with our own survival [including our family] we can go to study the nuance of Kalimah Shahdah, Salat, Zakat, Saum and Hajj etc. These are development tools for our further evolution. The eligibility to understand Kalimah Shahdah, Salat, Zakat, Saum and Hajj etc is to become Muslim and Momin first. If we are not sound and secure [Muslim / Momin] all these talks of providing Peace and Harmony to others are futile. Hope I am able to explain.