Islam 101

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What is Islam?

“Islam” is an Arabic term which means to submit one’s will to the will of God. Islam is a monotheistic religion that teaches that there is only one divine being, one supreme Creator of the universe.

Islam is a complete way of living that covers every aspect of life. Islam leaves no stone unturned as it teaches mankind on how to behave in every area of life: individual, social, material, moral, ethical, legal, cultural, political, economical, and global.

What is a Muslim?

A Muslim is anyone who submits their will to the one and only true God who is worthy of worship, “Allah” (God). A Muslim also believes in the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) as the last and final prophet of God. By submitting oneself and worshiping Allah (God), a Muslim attains peace through obedience to his commandments.

Who is Allah?

Allah is the name God Almighty has given Himself as is mentioned many times in the Holy Quran.

Say: He is Allah, (the) One; Allah, the Eternal; He did not beget (give birth) and He was not begotten (given birth to); And there has never been anyone equal to Him.

Qu’ran, Chapter 112, Verses 1 – 4

Muslims believe He has no partners in divinity and nothing in the universe is similar to Him. Muslims believe that Allah is the Originator and Sustainer of the universe and that he created human beings for only one purpose: to worship Him alone.

The Holy Quran

A core belief taught in Islam is that human beings are unique from among God’s creation. We have the ability to think freely and choose to behave in any way we wish. In order to communicate and guide mankind, Allah sends Prophets and Messengers with scriptures to teach mankind about the true message.

Muslims believe that many scriptures have been revealed to mankind in the past. They include the Torah sent to Moses, the Psalms sent to David, and the Gospel sent to Jesus Christ (peace be upon them all).

The Holy Qur’an is the last revelation from Allah sent to all of mankind and it was revealed to his final messenger, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslims believe that Islam is not a new religion, but rather a continuation and completion of the message revealed to the Prophets of the past.

Prophet Muhammad (peach be upon him)

This chain of prophethood began with Adam and ended with Muhammad (peace be upon him), the final Prophet of Allah.

He was born in Makkah in the year 570, about six centuries after Jesus. He grew up to be known as a truthful person throughout the city. When he reached the age of 40 he was chosen to be a Prophet of Allah.

He was chosen at a time when mankind had turned away from the original message of Islam that the previous Prophets had come with.

Allah sent the archangel Gabriel to reveal the Qur’an to Muhammad (peace be upon him) to spread the teachings of Islam to the four corners of the globe. Allah gave Muhammad (peace be upon him) the ability to carry on the message successfully and today over 1.6 billion believe in this faith.