The basics of Islam.
Who is Allah?
The ONE true God. The Originator. The Designer. The All Knowing.
The most Merciful. The Master of the Day of Judgement.
The meaning of Islam
Surrendering to the One God; Submission to God's Will
The meaning of Muslim
A person who submits to Islam. In other words a follower of God and all His prophets and His message.
Islam: like Judaism and Christianity is one of the three major Abrahamic Faiths.
Revelations of the Quran
The Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) from the Angel Jibreel(Gabriel) that was sent by God. The message and our Prophet was sent as a mercy to mankind.
The five pillars
Shahada - Declaration of belief in one God with no partners and that Muhammed (PBUH) is his messenger.
Salat - Five daily obligatory prayers
Zakat - The givings of charity to the poor, orphans, and those in need.
Hajj - A pilgrimage muslims must take at least once in their life to Mecca if we have the means to.
Fasting - During the month of Ramadan when the Quran was revealed.
Who is Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?
A man who went against the odds and beliefs of common day people, who risked his life to share this message of peace. An orphan, illiterate, and was kicked out from his own home as he spread the message, had little possessions and lived a simple life. A man with the best of character.Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is from the Quraysh tribe, the descendant of Ishmael
A collection of sayings and actions attributed to the Prophet. A thorough exploration of his character and interactions.
Sunni, Shia, Sufi
Allah has ordained no sects in religion. While some have "branched" - the main message is followed by all three. Insh'Allah I can share more details on this in future posts.
No compulsion in Religion
"Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things." - Quran 2:256