Introduction

Islam in brief
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What is doctrine of Islam ?

  • Belief in God: Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable God, Who has no son nor partner, and that none has the right to be worshipped but Him alone. He is the true God, and every other deity is false. He has the most magnificent names and sublime perfect attributes. No one shares His divinity, nor His attributes.
  • Belief in the Angels.
  • Belief in God’s Revealed Books.
  • Belief in the Prophets and Messengers of God.
  • Belief in the Day of Judgment.
  • Belief in Al-Qadar (Divine Predestination): Muslims believe that God has given human beings freewill. This means that they can choose right or wrong and that they are responsible for their choices. The belief in Divine Predestination includes belief in four things: 1) God knows everything. He knows what has happened and what will happen. 2) God has recorded all that has happened and all that will happen. 3) Whatever God wills to happen happens, and whatever He wills not to happen does not happen. 4) God is the Creator of everything.

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What are the pillar of Islam ?

  • Shahadah (Declaration of Faith): Saying, “Ash hadu an la ilaha ill Allah wa ash hadu anna Muhammadar Rasul Allah.” “I declare there is no god but Allah and I declare that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.”
  • Salat (Prayer): This is the ritual prayer that Muslims perform at five set times each day. To neglect any one of them counts as a sin. The names and times of each prayer are as follows:
    1. Fajr. Before sunrise.
    2. Zuhr. About a half an hour after noon.
    3. ‘Asr. About two to three hours before sunset.
    4. Maghrib. Immediately after sunset.
    5. ‘Isha. After the last light of the departing sun is gone from the sky.
  • Zakah (Purifying Charity): It is the annual payment of 2.5% of our yearly economic accumulations, after expenses, for the benefit of the poor, orphans, the needy, etc…
  • Saum (Fasting): During the month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from all food, drink, anger, sex, smoking and bad deeds from just before fist light until sunset. This is a training time for us to learn to control our gluttony, anger and bodily needs. We learn our mind is stronger than our urges, weaknesses and desires.
  • Hajj (Pilgrimage): A once in a life-time trip to Mecca to purify your soul and reconnect with our ultimate purpose in life. The month of Hajj is when millions of Muslims all over the world arrive to serve Allah wearing only simple, white clothes and no status or titles. We remember the real poverty of this world and the severity of the Day of Judgment.

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Why Islam is the truth ?

In order to talk about truth, we need to agree upon a platform that describes our reality. All major religions or -ism talk about our reality and our purpose in life from different perspectives including Islam. Islamic teachings give more realistic view with using logic and testable evidences. Islam provides persuasive message, certain and stimulating discourse with no contradiction in its teachings. Islam message gives guidance for inner peace, practical lifestyle, and being better human being. Islam message keeps us attached to the one god ( Allah ) with no partners or intermediaries. Here few things we should think about to evaluate our view of our reality:

  • “Rather, they say, “Indeed, we found our fathers upon a religion, and we are in their footsteps [rightly] guided.” And similarly, We did not send before you any warner into a city except that its affluent said, “Indeed, we found our fathers upon a religion, and we are, in their footsteps, following. [Each warner] said, “Even if I brought you better guidance than that [religion] upon which you found your fathers?” They said, “Indeed we, in that with which you were sent, are disbelievers.”
    Quran (43:22-24).
  • “Or were they created by nothing, or were they the creators [of themselves]?. Or did they create the heavens and the earth? Rather, they are not certain.” Quran (52:35-36)
  • “Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned?” Quran (23:115)
  • “There is no superiority of an Arab over a non-Arab, or of a non-Arab over an Arab, or of a white man over a black man, or of a black man over a white man, except in terms of Taqwa [cautiously aware of the one God Allah]. The people are from Adam, and Adam is from dust.” Prophet Muhammad narrated by al-Tirmidhi (3270).

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