Every Muslim believes there is only One God, Supreme and Eternal, and He is the Creator and Sustainer, the Merciful and Compassionate. God asks us to know Him, to love Him, and to follow His Law for our own prosperity and salvation.
As God Almighty explains this in Qur’an
Say: “He is Allah, the One and Unique; Allah, Who is in need of none and of Whom all are in need; He neither begot any nor was He begotten, and none is comparable to Him.” – Qur’an 114:1-4
“And your god is One God. There is no God but He.” – Qur’an (2:163)
There is no god except ‘Allah’.
God has created these spiritually pure obedient beings. Their sole objective is to worship God and fulfill His Commands.
Every Muslim must believe in the Revelations sent by God Almighty to His Prophets. That includes the Scrolls of Abraham (peace be upon him), Psalms of David (pbuh), Torah of Moses (pbuh), Gospel of Jesus (pbuh) and the last and final Revelation to Muhammad (pbuh) – the Holy Qur’an.
The Qur’an believes that the core message of all these Revelations is the same: to declare that there is only One God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, and that human beings have to worship and submit to His will.
God Almighty has conveyed His Revelations through the institution of prophethood. The primary role of the prophet/s was to teach the Revelation and show the practical implementation of God’s commandments. These prophets were chosen by God alone – and no human can attain this status on their own no matter how pious and upright that person may be.
Every Muslim must believe all the prophets such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon all of them) as divinely appointed – the most honourable and morally upright persons.
Muslim believe that every human being is accountable for his actions in his lifetime. These actions are partially responsible for the final abode – Heaven or Hell.
Al-Qadr is the belief in predestination. This means that God the Omniscient already knows everything that is going to happen, and nothing happens except it is according to Allah’s will.
This, however, does not mean that the people cannot make choice/s of their own. Instead, it means that God Almighty knows what people will chose to do.
Every Muslim must believe that on the Day of Judgement all dead will be brought back to life (i.e., resurrected) to face the verdict rendered by God Almighty.
The testimony of faith is saying with conviction, “La ilaha
illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah.”
This saying means “There is no true god but God (Allah),1 and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.”
The first part, “There is no true god but God,” means that none has the right to be worshipped but God alone, and that God has neither partner nor son. This testimony of faith is called the Shahada, a simple formula which should
be said with conviction in order to convert to Islam. The testimony of faith is the most important
pillar of Islam.
Muslims perform five prayers a day. Each prayer does not
take more than a few minutes to perform.
Prayer in Islam is a direct link between the worshipper and God. There are no intermediaries between God and the worshipper. In prayer, a person feels inner happiness, peace, and comfort, and that God is pleased with him or her.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: ‘Bilal, call (the people) to prayer, let us be comforted by it.’ Bilal was one of Muhammad’s (PBUH) companions who was charged to call the people to prayers.
Prayers are performed at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset,
and night. A Muslim may pray almost anywhere, such as in fields,
offices, factories, or universities.
All things belong to God, and wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust.
The original meaning of the word zakat is both ‘purification’ and ‘growth.’ Giving zakat means ‘giving a specified percentage on certain properties to certain classes of needy people.’
The percentage which is due on gold, silver, and cash funds that have reached the amount of about 85 grams of gold and held in possession for one lunar year is two and a half percent. Our possessions are purified by setting aside a small portion for those in need, and, like the pruning of plants, this cutting back balances and encourages new growth.
A person may also give as much as he or she pleases as voluntary alms or charity.
Every year in the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn
until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations.
Although the fast is beneficial to health, it is regarded principally as a method of spiritual self-purification.
By cutting oneself off from worldly comforts, even for a short time, a fasting person gains true sympathy with those who go hungry, as well as growth in his or her spiritual life.
The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is an obligation once in a lifetime for those who are physically and financially able to perform it.
About two million people go to Makkah each year from every corner of the globe. Although Makkah is always filled with visitors, the annual Hajj is performed in the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. Male pilgrims wear special simple clothes which strip away distinctions of class and culture so that all stand equal before God.
The rites of the Hajj include circling the Kaaba seven times and going seven times between the hillocks of Safa and Marwa. Then the pilgrims stand
together in Arafa and ask God for what they wish and for His forgiveness, in what is often thought of as a preview of the Day of Judgment.
The Qur’an, the last revealed word of God, is the primary source of every Muslim’s faith and practice.
Note that the Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad (PBUH) in Arabic only. So, any Qur’anic translation, either in English or any other language, is neither a Qur’an, nor a version of the Qur’an, but rather it is only a translation of the meaning of the Qur’an. The Qur’an exists only in the Arabic in which it was revealed.
The Qur’an was revealed to Muhammad (PBUH) in the 7th century and exists only in the language in which it was revealed – Arabic. However, the translation of the meaning of the Qur’an is available in many languages.
It deals with all the subjects which concern human beings: wisdom, doctrine, worship, transactions, law, etc., but its basic theme is the relationship between God and His creatures. At the same time, it provides guidelines and detailed teachings for a just society, proper human conduct, and an equitable economic system.
Following are few main points which reflect the purpose of revelation:-
“Verily, We have sent down to you (O Muhammad (PBUH)) the Book for mankind in truth. So whosoever accepts the guidance, it is only for his own self; and whosoever goes astray, he goes astray only for his own loss ” – Quran (39:41)
‘This is the book about there is no doubt, a guidance for those concious of Allah’ – Qur’an (2:2)
‘Verily, We have sent down to you (O Muhammad (PBUH)) the Book for mankind in truth. So whosoever accepts the guidance, it is only for his own self; and whosoever goes astray, he goes astray only for his own loss’ – Quran (39:41)
This book is revealed to take you out of Darkness into the Light. Gives you Freedom from the man made idols and leads you to One True God.
Don’t YOU owe it to yourself to at least read this Noble Book?
Belief and worship of The One True God is the cornerstone of a Muslim’s belief.
Many religions claim belief in One God however, they associate partners with Him. The are Examples:-
The above mentioned beliefs or actions all go against very principles of Islam.
Muslims believe that Allah is: The One:
Muslims believes that Muhammad(PBUH) in the final prophet in the long chain of prophets sent to call the people obedance and worship of God alone (‘Allah’ in Arabic). Some of these prophets include Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon and Jesus (peace be upon them all).
Just as Moses (peace be upon him) was sent with the Torah (The original, uncorrupted revelation sent to Moses) and Jesus (Peace be upon him) with the Gospel ( The original, uncorrupted revelation – not the present-day version), Muslims believe that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was sent with Qur’an to demonstrate how its teachings should be applied.
If there is any personality that has lived on the face of this earth who was complete in every regard and the life of whom can serve as a beacon of guidance for people of every walk of life, that personality would undeniably be the personality of Muhammad (PBUH).
The Character of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Women in Islam are thought to be sub judged, degraded, oppressed – but are really? Are millions of Muslims simply that oppressive or are these misconceptions fabricated by a biased media?
Before Islam, women were considered shameful, female children were buried alive, prostitution was rampant, divorce was only in the hands of teh husband, inheritance was only for the strong, and oppression was widespread. Islam came and abolished these practices.
Islam regards women as precious and valuable, not to be disrespected or disgraced. The mistreatment of women in some countries or families is due to ‘cultural‘ factors that some Muslims wrongly follow, not because of Islam.
Why would many women around the world willingly enter Islam if it is an oppressive religion?
The Qur’an is the final revelation from God to humanity. Although the Qur’an (revealed over fourteen centuries ago), in not primarily a book of science, it does contains scientific facts that have been scientifically discovered recently through the advancement of technological equipment. Moreover, it does not promote an anti-scientific stance, but rather, encourages scientific research. Indeed, studying and understanding the nature of creation enables people to further appreciate their Creator and the extent of His Sovereignty.
Here is an example of ‘Human embryonic development‘ mentioned in the Qur’an. In the Qur’an, God speaks about the stages of man’s embryonic development:
‘We created man from an extract of clay. Then we made him as a drop in the place of settlement, firmly fixed. Then we made drop into an alaqah (leech, suspended thing, and blood clot), then we made teh alaqah into a mudghah (chewed substance)…’ – Qur’an 23:12-14
So be of those who read and discovers the beauty and truth of the Qur’an, so that you may discover the beauty and truth of this world and the world of the afterlife to come!
Have you ever wondered why a Nun can be covered from head to toe and she is respected for devoting herself to God, but when a Muslim women covers, she views as ‘oppressed’,? Or why a Jew can grow a beard and he is just practicing his faith, and when a Muslim does it, he is ‘extremist’?
People in the West seem to have many misconceptions about Muslims and Islam. One reason for this belive is that the media time and again portrayed the Muslim in a way contrary to Islamic teachings. The key to understanding Islam and Muslims is to resist sterotypes and eximine each situation according to Islamic teachings and NOT some Muslims actions.
For this reason, we have felt it is our duty to address the most common misconceptions.
The day of resurrection will be the time when all of humankind will be brought back to their physical form. This day is called the “Day of Judgment.”
The Day of judgment will begins when the people come out of their graves. The people will be gathered for the judgment, and their deeds will be presented to them. Also, their deeds will be weighed in the Balance. It will lasts until the people of Paradise reside in Paradise and the people of Hell in Hell. In Qur’an, God has mentioned these events in following verses:
I swear by the Day of Resurrection, (75:1) And I swear by the self-reproaching conscience, (that Resurrection is a reality.) (2)
Does man think that We will never reassemble his bones? (3) Why (can We) not (do so), while We are able to reset (even) his fingertips perfectly? 1 (4) But man wishes to go on violating Allah’s injunctions (even in future) ahead of him. (5) He asks, “When will be this Day of Resurrection?” (6)
So, when the eyes will be dazzled, (7) And the moon will lose its light, (8) And the sun and the moon will be joined together, 2 (9) On that day man will say, “Where to escape?” (10)
Never! There will be no refuge at all. (11) On that day, towards your Lord will be the destination (of everyone.) (12) Man will be informed of what he sent ahead and what he left behind. (13) Rather, man will be a witness against himself, (14) Even though he may offer his excuses. (15)
(O Prophet,) do not move your tongue (during revelation) for (reciting) it (the Quran) to receive it in hurry. 3 (16) It is surely undertaken by Us to store it (in your heart), and to let it be recited (by you after revelation is completed). (17) Therefore, when it is recited by Us (through the angel), follow its recitation (by concentration of your heart). (18) Then, it is undertaken by Us to explain it. (19)
Never, (your denial of Resurrection is never based on any sound reason!) Instead, you love that which is immediate, (20)
And neglect the Hereafter. (21)
Many faces, that day, will be glowing, (22) Looking towards their Lord, (23) And many faces, that day, will be gloomy, (24) Realizing that a back-breaking calamity is going to be afflicted on them. (25)
Never, (you will never remain in this world forever!) When the soul (of a patient) reaches the clavicles, (26) And it is said, “Who is an enchanter (that can save him?)” 4 (27) And he realizes that it is (the time of) departure (from the world,) (28) And one shank is intertwined with the other shank, 5 (29) Then on that day, it is to your Lord that one has to be driven. (30)
So (the denier of the Hereafter) neither believed, nor prayed, (31) But rejected the truth and turned away (from it), (32) Then he went to his home, puffed up with pride. (33) (It will be said to such a man,) Woe to you, then woe to you! (34) Again, woe to you, then woe to you! (35)
Does man presume that he will be left unchecked? (36) Was he not an ejaculated drop of semen? (37) Then he became a clot of blood, then He created (him) and made (him) perfect, (38) And made from him two kinds, male and female. (39)
Has He no power to give life to the dead? (75:40)