Mankind and the
universe were not created by accident or chance, but according to
the plan of the Creator, who is known as Allah (lit.: the one God)
in Islam. The Qur'an states that it is the duty of all individuals
to learn about Allah and to live according to His will. As we cannot
accomplish this be ourselves, Allah has sent messengers and prophets
to guide humanity All of these chosen individuals have brought the
same message and have served as examples to their people of how
Allah desires all human beings to live. Through these selected people,
we have been told why mankind was created, what will happen to us
after death, and what Allah expects of us. But most importantly,
we have been told that Allah is unique-He has no partners, no sons
or daughters, and no competitors, as so many other man-made religious
systems have postulated. This message always remains the same, whereas
the laws laid down for a particular might show some slight differences.
last of Allah's prophets, was sent to present Allah's revelation
in its final form and for the last time. This was necessary because
the message delivered by the previous prophets and messengers had
been corrupted or distorted by their followers. They had been mixed
with philosophical speculations, superstitions, myths, and neglect.
Therefore, Islam is not a new religion-it is a restatement of the
original religion of Allah in its purest form and is designed to
provide humanity with the uncorrupted message of Allah.
Islam is an
Arabic word that denotes submission and obedience to Allah. It also
means "peace," for it brings peace of mind as well as peace on the
individual and the social levels.
THE FIVE PILLARS
In Islam, the
term "worship" covers any action that one does in accordance with
the will of Allah. It can be mental, physical, spoken, or otherwise.
All such actions will be rewarded.
There are five
acts of worship that are so fundamental that the Prophet grouped
them together as the five pillars of Islam. Every Muslim is expected
to fulfil these obligations. They are:
and acknowledging the monotheistic nature of Allah stands at the
core of Islam. This consists of a public affirmation that "there
is no god but Allah (God), and Muhammad is His Messenger." One cannot
be a Muslim until he states this fact in the presence of Muslim
A Muslim must
perform the five daily prayers. These must be performed at specific
times, corresponding roughly with dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset,
and nightfall. The prayers can be made in any clean place, but it
is preferable to pray them with others in a mosque, for this communal
undertaking acts as a reminder that all Muslims are equal. When
many people are praying together, it becomes clear that color, economic
status, social position, and all other artificial distinctions have
no importance to Allah, for all Muslims are commanded to stand together,
shoulder to shoulder, and prostrate themselves before Him. There
are no exceptions. Prayers also elevated the individual to a higher
level of morality, purifies his heart, and helps him to resist his
desire to engage in forbidden activities.
MONTH OF RAMADAN:
Every year during
the Muslim month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink, and
sexual activity from dawn to sunset. While this gives the body a
much needed rest and improves ones health by getting rid of excess
weight, it also increases ones commitment to Allah, develops his
social conscience, and reminds him of how the less fortunate live
every day In addition, it strengthens one's patience, self-restraint,
will power, and sincerity.
whose net annual savings are above a certain specified minimum must
pay an annual
amount of 2.5%
to the poor and needy This action purifies one's accrued wealth,
fosters the quality of sacrifice, and rids him of selfishness and
greed. It also helps to reduce resentment and envy between a society's
poor and rich classes.
Hajj is an act
of worship that is to be performed at least once in a lifetime,
provided that one is physically and financially able to do so. During
this time, Muslims meet from all corners of the world in an international
congregation for the sole purpose of responding to the call of Allah.
It also reminds the participants that all Muslims are equal, irrespective
of their geographical, cultural, or racial origins.
. The oneness
of Allah. Allah has no partner, son, daughter, helper, or competitor.
There is nothing that even remotely resembles Him, for He is unique.
. All of the
messengers and prophets of Allah. The Qur'an states that each people
has received revelation from Allah in its own tongue so that all
individuals know what is required of them. The Qur'an mentions twenty-five
of them by name, among them Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Issac, Jacob,
Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, John, Jesus, and Muhammad. There
are, however, many others who are not named. Muhammad, the last
prophet, was sent with a universal message meant for all of humanity
The message revealed through him is the Qur'an, which is Allah's
final presentation of the original revelation received by mankind
in its purest form. A Muslim must accept all of Allah's prophets
and messengers as legitimate, for denial of one means denial of
all. For western readers who are not convinced that Muhammad is
a prophet of Allah, proof of this claim can be found in the Bible
(Deut. 18:15-18, 33:2-3; Isaiah 29:12; Songs of Solomon 5:16;John
14:1516, 16:12-14) as well as in the biographical accounts of Muhammad's
life, which was lived in full view of his contemporaries.
. The original
messages revealed through Allah's various prophets and messengers.
The purest of these is the Qur'an, for it was recorded during the
lifetime of the Prophet and under his direct supervision. The revelations
mentioned in the Qur'an as having been received by other prophets,
such as the Suhuf of Abraham, the Torah of Moses, the Zubur (Psalms)
of David, and the Injeel (Bible) of Jesus, have all been either
lost or corrupted.
. The existence
of angels as part of the unseen world. They are spiritual beings
who have no need for food, drink, or sleep.
. The Day of
Judgment. The Qur'an teaches that life is a test for each individual,
for everyone must choose whether he will or will not follow the
commands of Allah. On this day, a person will be resurrected and
asked to account for what he did while he was alive. Those with
good records will be rewarded and enter paradise, while those with
bad records will be punished by being sent to hell. This belief
develops within the individual an awareness of Allah's presence
and a desire to obey His laws sincerely and voluntarily
. A Muslim believes
that nothing happens without the knowledge and permission of Allah.
While we may not understand why certain things happens, it is part
of the divine plan for our lives.
Islam does not
divide life into "spiritual" and "secular" realms. As all of life
is thus unified and interconnected, Islam avoids the dangers of
the extreme ritualism, secularism, or materialism that is found
in other civilizations. Activities are not classified as belonging
to the state or the individual, religion or daily life, but as belonging
to Allah alone, Who has provided guidelines for individuals. These
are to be followed in every aspect of their lives: individual, social,
governmental, political, economical, spiritual, and otherwise Reflecting
this moderation, the Qur'an has entitled the Muslims the "moderate
way of life is based on the teachings and laws found in the Qur'an
and the example (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad.
The Qur'an is
the word of Allah and was revealed in potions to Muhammad, via the
Angel Gabriel, over a twenty-three year period. Each portion was
recorded in writing by his official scribes and memorized by thousands
of his followers. After his death, the written collection was given
to Abu Bark, the first caliph, who oversaw its collection into one
volume. The third caliph, Uthman, prepared several copies and sent
them to different Muslim territories. Ever since that time, the
same version has been used by Muslims. The wording, order, and language
have never been altered in the slightest manner. No other book claiming
to be a divine revelation can make this claim, and no one has ever
been able to refute the claim of the Qur'an to complete authenticity
The Sunnah consists
of the teachings, sayings, and actions of Prophet Muhammad. This
information was meticulously reported and collected by his Companions.
It is essentially an elaboration of the Qur'anic verses that shows
how they are to be implemented in one's daily life.
RELIGION OF EQUALITY
no man-made artificial distinctions based on colour, tribe, race,
nationality, or otherwise. As all people come from the original
couple-Adam and Eve-they are all one family and therefore equal
before God. What distinguishes people from each other is their commitment
to Islam: "The most honoured in the sight of Allah is (he who is)
most righteous." (Qur'an 3:86).
ISLAM IS YOUR
clearly that everyone is born a Muslim and is therefore monotheistic
by nature. We read in the Qur'an that humanity has been created
with the natural disposition towards the unity of God. This is to
be expected, for Allah, who has breathed His spirit into each of
us, is Himself the example of perfect unity. In the words of the
Prophet Muhammad: "Every person is born with the innate religious
faith (to submit to God Almighty)." Thus when an individual accepts
Islam, he is not turning his back on any prior revelation but rather
is returning to the original and true revelation of Allah and to
his own nature as a creation of Allah. This being the case, Islam
is your birthright-other religious or ideological systems are either
corruptions our outright denials of Islam.
How do you know
if your belief system is true? Take a moment to look at the following
. Are the teachings
of your belief system rational? Do they conform to the norms of
human reason and intellect?
. Is the creator
of your belief system perfect? Allah, the creator of Islam, is.
. Does your belief system contain superstitions or myths? Islam
presents humanity with only true knowledge.
. Can your belief
system withstand the discoveries and claims of modern science? Islam
can and does.
. How accurate
are your belief system's prophecies and predications? Islam's are
always completely accurate.
. Could a person
have devised your belief system? No one has ever been able to imitate
the Qur'an, although many have tried over the centuries.
Islam is not
a new religion founded by Muhammad, but a final restatement of the
original revelation that has been conveyed to humanity by messengers
and prophets sent by Allah for that very purpose: "This day I have
perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and
have chosen for you Islam as your religion" (5:3). As the Qur'an
is the final revelation and Muhammad is the final prophet, humanity
is obligated to accept it: "If anyone desires a religion other than
Islam, never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he
will be in the ranks of those who have lost all spiritual good"
IS YOURS TO MAKE!!!