Post 9/11, there has been much confusion about the monotheistic faith called Islam. In my previous article, we have established that Islam is a faith, similar to Judaism and Christianity founded 1400 years ago by a man, believed to be a prophet by many, Muhammad.
- What is Islam and who are Muslims?
Islam is a faith that encourages one to give their due attention to God and His creation. It teaches that one finds peace and happiness through the submission of their will to God. The message of Islam is simple: to believe in and to worship the One True God, and to accept that Muhammad was His last and final messenger. Muslims are simply people who follow this faith and profess this belief.
- Who is Allah?
Allah is the Arabic word for God. In fact, if translated exactly, it means “The God”. Al “The” Lah “God”. We must first note that there is a language called Arabic, just as there are thousands of other languages. In Italian, God is Dio, in French, God is Deus, in Spanish, God is Dios and the list goes on. In Islam, Allah is one, has no partners, equals, parents or children. Quick note to point out, this fundamentally contrasts with Christianity, where the belief is that God has a Son, Jesus, by which Salvation stems from him alone. The Qur’an has 99 attributes of Allah, some of which are The Creator, the most merciful, The All-Powerful, The Most Just, The All-Wise and The All-Knowing.
- What is Jihad?
Contrary to popular belief and what the media say about jihad, the word Jihad comes from the Arabic root word Jahada which means to strive or to struggle for the sake of God. It refers to performing good deeds, giving charity, or at times, joining an Islamic military action for reasons of war, oppression and so forth. The most commonly known form is the military Jihad, which is permitted in order to preserve the well-being of society, to prevent oppression from spreading, and to promote justice.
- What are the sources of Islam?
The Qur’an is the primary source of Islamic knowledge and lays out the principles of Islamic teachings. The Sunnah is the secondary source, and is a collection of thousands of sayings and actions of Muhammad as conveyed by his companions. The secondary source is also known as the authentic Hadiths.
- What is the Qur’an?
The Qur’an is believed by many Muslims to be the final revelation to mankind, and is a guide and criterion between right and wrong. It is believed to be the literal word of God, and revealed to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. It is believed to supersede all previous revelations such as the Gospels, the Psalms and the Old Testament. It includes the stories of the Prophets and their lessons, accounts of heaven, hell, and the day of judgement. It claims to have been preserved and remains unchanged since it was revealed over 1400 years ago.
Hopefully these questions shed some light regarding Islam, its beliefs and what it is all about! Let us be above the ignorance of politics, media and other platforms which know very little, if anything about this faith, its beliefs and practices.
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