A brief introduction to Islam


Islam

Islam is the last heavenly religion, which abrogates all other religions.

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Features  of Islamic law:

Islam came with fair & easy laws that guarantee peace & dignity for human beings.

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What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe that the beauty of the universe & its superb order is a proof of the existence of a mighty Creator.

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What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe that the greatness of heaven & earth is a proof of its Creator’s greatness.

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What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe that the director of all heavenly & earthly creations’ balanced and orderly activities is Allah, the One and Only.

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What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe that the order of relationships of living beings & their coordination with non-living beings is a proof that the creator is one God who has no partner.

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What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe in Allah's Oneness & that He is the owner of His creation, because if there were other gods, life would be ruined as a result of their attempts to overcome one another.

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What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe in the Oneness of God because the existence of more than one god would result in an unorganized & uncoordinated life .

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What do Muslims believe ?

Muslims believe that there is no god but Allah & that He has no partner and that He is above the heavens and earth.

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Muslims & the idea of coincidence:

If a box of colors accidentally spilled on a blank white paper, could a colorful, accurate map of the world ever be accidentally painted?!

Thus, how could such a mighty universe come in to being coincidentally?!

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uslims & Nature:

Muslims believe that nature is a term which refers to entities that cannot comprehend, create, own & organize. Who created nature and brought it into being?

It was Allah, the Creator of all creations.

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How can people know what God wants from them?

Muslims believe that Allah chooses Prophets to guide humans towards what He prefers for them.

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Evidence of true prophecy:

Muslims believe that the Prophets' sanity, morals, miracles & the fairness of their laws are compatible with human nature and provide peace & dignity to mankind. This in-and-of-itself is a proof of their honesty.

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The belief in all prophets:

Muslims believe in all Prophets and Messengers who were mentioned in the Holy Quran and Sunnah (Sayings and life of the Prophet Mohammad ).

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Abraham, peace be upon him:

Muslims believe in the “Father of Prophets”, Abraham peace be upon him.

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Prophets of the People of Israel:

Muslims believe in the first Prophet of Israel, Jacob, and the rest including Moses and Jesus, peace be upon them.

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Who is Mohammad ؟

Muslims believe that Mohammad, the son of Abdullah al-Qurashi  is the last prophet. He was born in Makkah and died in Madinah.

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Signs of the coming of the Prophet of Islam:

Previous divine books like the Torah (the Old Testament) & the Bible indicated the coming of Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him.

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Prophet Mohammad's  greatest miracle:

Muslims believe that the Holy Quran is the greatest miracle granted to Prophet Mohammad .

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The Qur'an is the word of Allah:

Muslims believe that the Holy Qur'an is miraculous in many ways and are confident that it is the word of Allah.

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The greatest challenge humanity knows:

Muslims believe that no one can come up with something similar to a Surah (a chapter from the Holy Quran), nor even a verse.

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Miracles of the Holy Qur'an:

The Holy Qur'an talks about the history of ancient nations and describes living and non-living creatures accurately, in a way that a human mind could never describe on his own.

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The Day of Resurrection

Muslims believe that this life is not the end and there is another life where good is rewarded, sin is punished & Allah will give just and appropriate judgments to those who were deprived of them here.

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Resurrection:

 Muslims believe that the one who created humans from nothing & causes plants to grow in the arid desert to feed living beings is capable of resurrecting humans after their death.

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Requirement of justice:

The greatness of creations is a sign of the mightiness of the Creator & His justice. Would it be fair if the oppressed die without getting a chance to take their rights from the oppressors? Muslims believe in the Day of Resurrection when the oppressed will receive justice.

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Why were we created?

 Muslims believe that Allah has created humans for a specific purpose - to worship Him.

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Faith creates inner peace and tranquility:

Muslims' faith in God & their knowledge of the purpose of their existence guides them towards  tranquil & happy lives.

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Muslims' worship:

Muslims believe that acts of worship will not be accepted unless they are made faithfully for Allah alone, in accordance with the way the Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon him, demonstrated and described.

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Allah's mercy & kindness:

Muslims believe that there is no intermediary between Allah and His creations; so they supplicate to Him, appeal to Him and rely on Him directly.

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Muslim's Qiblah (direction in prayers):

Muslims face east towards the holy Ka'abah in Makkah five times a day in prayers.

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Muslims wash themselves five times a day:

Muslims clean their bodies five times a day before praying. This is called wudu’ (ablution).

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The value of cleanliness in Islam:

A Muslim must pray in clean clothes and in a clean place, both of which are conditions for the prayer to be accepted.

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Islam's easiness:

Islam’s easiness is evident in its allowance for Muslims to pray anywhere as long as the place is clean.

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Islamic Law is merciful to the poor & needy:

Islam instructs rich Muslims to pay 2.5% of their savings in charity to poor and needy people.

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Fasting the holy month of Ramadan:

In submission to Allah's order, Muslims fast the daylight hours of a whole month, annually - the holy month of Ramadan.

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The influence of fasting on Muslims:

Fasting encourages Muslims to be thankful for Allah's blessings and help their needy brothers and sisters.

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One nation:

Fasting is a personal and social experience that develops a sense of unity among Muslims all over the world.

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Hajj is obligatory once in a lifetime:

Allah obliged Muslims to perform Hajj once in a lifetime – if they have the means to do so. It is a religious pilgrimage to the holy places in Makkah.

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Conference:

Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) is an international Islamic convention. It reflects the power of Islam. It is an opportunity for Muslims to meet, exchange experiences and be guided together towards a better life.

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Islamic brotherhood:

Hajj is a great act of worship in which Muslims from all over the world meet each other in Makkah.  Their bonds of love and brotherhood are strengthened and the concept of their belonging to Islam above all else is reinforced. Hajj also reinforces equality amongst all mankind with the most noble of them in the sight of Allah being the most righteous.

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Islam's spread:

Since the emergence of Islam, the numbers of its devotees has been rapidly growing. The number of new converts has been increasing in spite of differences of cultures, languages and races.  In fact, most converts to Islam are non-Arabs.

 





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