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What is Islam?

What is Islam?

       Islam is the Inherent religion of mankind revealed through creation by God, the Creator.

       Islam is the Prophetic religion of mankind, taught by the Messengers and Prophets of God, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.
       Islam is the Birthright religion of mankind; for every child is born in a state of "Islam" i.e. in a state of submission to the Will of God, its Maker. 

       Islam, is striving to submit ones self spiritually and physically, ones own will and judgment, to the Will and Judgment of God.
       Islam is striving to attain Salaam (Peace), total and complete peace, harmony, unity, and love with God the Creator, and His creation, which can only be attained by accepting, believing and learning about:

 

1. Belief in His Oneness.
2. Belief in His Angels.
3. Belief in His Books.
4. Belief in His Prophets.
5. Belief in the Day of Resurrection.
6. Belief in the Day of Judgment.
7. Belief in the Premeasurement of all and good and evil.

       And by accepting and practicing:

1. (Iman) Belief in the One God and the Prophethood of Muhammad.
2. (Salat) Making the Five (5) obligatory daily
Prayers.
3. (Zakat) Paying the annual Poor Tax.
4. (Sawm)
Fasting the month of Ramadan.
5. (Hajj) Pilgrimage to the Holy City Mecca.

       This is the process by which one comes into a proper relationship with God.
       La ilaha illa-llah, Muhammadar Rasulu-llah. There is no god but the One God, Muhammad is the Messenger of the One God.

Knowledge of Muhammad, the Prophet

       He is Muhammad, son of Abdullah, son of Abdul Muttalib, son of Hashim, of the tribe of Quraysh. One of the Arab tribes of the descendants of Ishmael, the son of Abraham (peace be upon them all).
       He was born in Mecca, Arabia. He lived for sixty-three years, forty before his mission, and twenty-three years as a Prophet and a Messenger. He was initiated into the Prophethood by the revelation of these verses which were the first portion of the Qur`an to be revealed: "Read! In the name of your Lord Who Created. He created man out of a clot. Read! And your Lord is the Most Bountiful, He taught with the pen, He taught man what he had not known".

Was Muhammad a Prophet?

       Born in Mecca in 570 A. D. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) became an orphan. He lost his father before birth, and his mother passed away while he was still a child. He had no tutor to teach him, so he was illiterate. The people among whom he lived were ignorant, primitive, and vile. They used to worship stones and bury their female-babies alive. Instead of falling as a natural victim under the spell and magical power of the habits and practices of his people, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) shunned all kinds of evil and formed a character of his own. Later, in a solitary cave, he devoted himself to meditation and worship until the Word of Allah came to him in his solitude and ordered him to arise and preach, and to perform his duty as the Prophet of Allah.
       During the next 23 years, Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) teachings transformed the meanest people on earth into one of the most civilized, who were soon ruling an empire extending from Spain to Persia. This metamorphosis itself is enough proof of Muhammad's Prophethood (pbuh). 
       The greatest proof that Muhammad (pbuh) was the Prophet of Allah is indeed the Qur'an, which has a magical charm of its own, a charm which has swayed the masses through all ages and times.
       Today ISLAM is over 1400 years old and the number of its followers exceeds One Billion scattered all over the world. Only a Prophet of Allah could have exercised such an enduring influence on mankind.

"Angels of Allah"

The most important "Angels of Allah" are four in number;

1. Isra'fil (who will blow the Trumpet on the Last Day.)
2. Jibra'il (Gabriel) The Messenger Angel.
3. Mika'il (Michael) The Warrior Angel.
4. Azra'il (The Angel of death)

       The Codes of Religion or the "Books of Allah" are four in number;

1. Taurat (Torah, old testament)
2. Zabuur (Psalms)
3. Injeel (Gospel)
4. Qur'an

       Among the prophets whose names are mentioned in the Holy Qur'an are; Adam, Idris (Enoch), Noah, Hud, Salih, Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma'il (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac), Yaqub (Jacob), Yusuf (Joseph), Ayyub (Job), Shu'aib, Zulkifl (Ezekiel), Musa (Moses), Haroun (Aaron), Lut (Lot), Yunus (Jonas), Al-Yas'a, Dawud (David), Sulaiman (Solomon), Zakaria (Zacharias), Ilyas (Elias), Yahya (John the Baptist), 'Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus son of Mary), and Muhammad. May Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon them all!

"Power of doing good or evil"

       The articles of food and drink that have been decreed unlawful for a Muslim are;

1. All kinds of intoxicates, wines, liquors, etc.
2. Flesh of swine (pork) and all wild animals that employ claws or teeth for killing their victims e.g. tigers, leopards, wolves, etc. and all birds of prey as hawks, eagles, vultures, crows, etc.
3. Rodents, reptiles, worms.
4. Flesh of dead animals that are otherwise sanctioned as legitimate.
5. Flesh of animals and birds (sanctioned) that are not slaughtered or slain in the prescribed manner.
6. Flesh of animals that are offered as sacrifice to idols.

       Some of the acts that are major sins and are liable for severe punishment are;

1. To believe in anyone as partners of Allah.
2. To disbelieve in Allah or His prophets or His books or to deny any of the fundamental principles of Islam.
3. To lie.
4. To commit adultery or fornication or sodomy.
5. To rob or steal.
6. To cheat or deceive anyone.
7. To bear false witness.
8. To bring false charges against anyone.
9. To backbite.
10. To abuse anyone or injure anyone's feelings.

As Salaamu `Alaykum.