In Islam, the beliefs have primary position; they are the roots, and the practices are branches that are dependent for their existence on the roots. The primary belief is that of the Unity and Supreme Sovereignty of Allah, the Almighty, the Everpresent, the Everlasting, the All-knowing. Allah is Just. He sent prophets to convey His message. He ordained a Day of Judgement when the deeds of His creatures will be measured and rewarded or punished accordingly. Belief in Allah, therefore, entails belief in all of the above.
Islam is the last divine religion and Prophet Muhammad is the last Messenger of Allah. In Islam, Allah has encompassed all His commandments and decrees - decrees that will suffice for humankind til the end of the world. The commandments are there not only to guide His creatures to proper belief, but also to show them the proper way to live their lives. Islam says that its practices are for benefit of the followers, benefit in this world and in the hereafter.
The ethical and moral degeneration of the western society and the predominance of suicide, drug abuse, and crime, seem to clearly indicate that spiritual health of an individual and a community is as important as physical health. The factors of physical and spiritual well-being form the basis of Islamic practices. All that is necessary for a person's spiritual and physical well-being is obligatory, and all that is harmful is haram (prohibited). Islam shows ways of dealing with the world around us; the responsibilities of a person to oneself, to parents, to siblings, to offspring, to spouses, to neighbors, to society, to nation; what habits to cultivate and what to avoid; what things to possess and what to give away; what time to sleep and what time to wake up; when and how to make love and when and how to refrain from it; when to speak up and when to remain silent; what to eat; how to eat; how to seek knowledge, etc. In short, Islam teaches values and priorities concerned with every...
...“Define the term Muslim and Islam?”
In Arabic, the word “Islam” means submission or surrender to God. However, it was derived from the root word “salam”. From this root word, you can also derive the word peace. Many people feel that Islam implies some sort of enslavement to Allah, but others find it more helpful to define the word “Islam” as surrender. Many religions have a concept of surrender to God. In Jewish history, when the ancient Hebrews obeyed God’s commands, they had a long period of prosperity and stability. In Christianity, surrendering to God is a way of putting your life into more capable hands, in fact, Jesus asked many of his disciples to surrender their livelihoods and follow him.
When we look at the word ‘Islam’ in this way, we can understand why obeying Allah’s commands and trusting in Allah’s wisdom could bring about peace for a Muslim. The word does not represent a one-sided relationship, where the believer is enslaved to Allah. Rather, the word Islam indicates a covenant or promise between Allah and his followers, where a Muslim surrenders his or her will to Allah in return for peace or safety. This submission requires a fully conscious and willing effort to submit to the one Almighty God. One must consciously and carefully give oneself to the service of Allah. This means to act on what Allah enjoins all of us to do in the Qur'an and what His beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) encouraged us to do.
The Muslim Religion |
Marlia J. Kegler |
Hum 130 Religions of the World |
Professor John L. Meeks |
Religion has become one of the biggest diverse topics in today’s society. Throughout the last weeks we have taken the journey to learn about different religions and in this paper I will attempt to take you on that journey with me learning about the Muslim religion. The Muslim religion dates all the way back to 570 BC when the prophet Muhammad was said to be born. Muhammad is considered by Muslims to be the last continuing chain of prophets who has come to restore what they consider real religion. (Fisher, 2005, Para. 1). The Muslims scared book is called the Qur’an, which according to the Muslims revealed a series of revelations to Muhammad to include that Abraham and Ishmael together built the holiest sanctuary in Islam; the Muslim refer to this place as Ka’bah. (Fisher, 2005) Please do not be mistaken Allah (GOD) is the focus in Islam, the sole authority, not Muhammad. However his life is important to the Muslims because his character is considered a model of the teachings in the Qur’an. According to the Islamic tradition reciting the Qur’an is thought to have both a healing and soothing effect but can also bring protection, guidance, and knowledge.
The Qur’an are to Muslims as the bible is to Christians, However they...
...A speech about MuslimBeliefs
Good morning, I’m here to talk to you today about Muslimbeliefs. I will explain to you what Muslims believe in and describe how different and similar it is to Christianity.
Firstly, our beliefs. We Muslims believe that there is one God (Allah). Islam teaches that there is only one God. He has no family or partners. He is the only one who people should worship. Several times a day I say “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger) this is known as the Shahdah (confession of faith). If someone was to convert to Islam, they have to say the Shahdah in front of Muslim witnesses. Allah is “Tawhid” because he is the absolute oneness with God. Allah also has 99 names. This is similar to Christianity because you also believe in one God, however God has 102 names in the Bible and Allah has 99. They both believe that they should only worship him and no other gods. Instead of saying the Shahdah they say part of the bible. They both pray every day. They are different because Allah isn’t God he is oneness with God.
Muslims also believe that Islam teaches that angels are God’s servants who carry out his orders. They brought God’s message to the prophets, including Muhammad himself. Other angels spend their time keeping records of human actions. Nevertheless they can’t be seen by us. Islam and Christianity are the...
October 16, 2013
The six basic faith affirmations
Muslims have been taught to practice their religion through these six basic faith affirmations. This religion was instituted through a prophet named Mohammed and his Muslim people. Muslims believe that these six basic faith affirmations are very essential to the religion and obtaining God’s Grace. Muslims believe there is only one God and the word for God is Allah. This brings us to the first basic faith affirmation, the belief in Allah. It is said in the book ok Quran that, “He is the One God. God the Eternal, the Uncaused Cause of All Being. He begets not, and neither is He begotten; and there is nothing that could be compared with Him” (Quran 112: 1-4). The purpose of this first affirmation is to recognize Allah and His almighty power. Once Muslims understand the power of Allah and that He is the one who they should be following they can truly devote all of their worship and praise to Him and Him alone. It is important to understand the difference in how Muslim’s view God and how other Christians view God. Other Christian view God as the trinity, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost, while Muslims view God as beyond our sight and understanding. This concept is further explained in the Quran where its states, “Indeed, they disbelieve who say, “God is the third of three (in a trinity),”...
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam. The month last 29- 30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon. The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad which means scorching heat or dryness. Fasting is a wajib(obligatory) for adult Muslims, except those who are ill, traveling or going through menstrual bleeding. While fasting from dawn until sunset Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking and sexual relations; and swearing. According to Islam, the sawab (rewards) of fasting are many, but in this month they are believed to be multiplied. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran. (Holy book of Islam).
In the Quran
Chapter 2, Revelation 185 of the Quran states:
The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed in the Quran; “ A guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. The lord desires for you ease; he desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify The Lord for having guided you, and that perhaps you be...
...Unanimous faith of every Muslim on One Allah, His Messenger (Muhammad PBUH) as last prophet, Holy Quran and Sunnah/Hadith of Prophet became a binding force bringing together people of different region as one Ummah. However, anti-Islamic force couldn’t swallow this growing religion and unity among them considering it as major threat towards their ideologies and religions. Muslim history is replete with glory and down fall, having difference as a healthy and creative activity, however there was no question on differences on religious matters as are prevailing today.
“Muhammad (PBUH)” as Binding force for unity of Ummah
His teachings clearly elaborate affection and love for prophet and if we critically analyze, it is evident that anti-Islamic forces have been trying to diminish love of Muhammad (PBUH) in the heart of Muslims, by creating clear division among them. He has quoted so many versus of Holy Quran,
“Obey Allah, his prophet and the one Who is designated to command amongst you (Verse 59 Al Nissa-Chapter 5),
O Believer don’t shout in front of Prophet and avoid talking with him as you normally talk with each other, otherwise your worships will go wasted and you will not be aware of it (Verse 2, AlHoojrat, Chapter 26),
The one who obey Prophet, without any doubt he obeys Allah(Verse 80, Al Nissa, Chapter 5).
Therefore to take out love of Muhammad (PBUH) from the heart and lives of Muslims,...
Awareness of the Muslim Culture
The Muslim culture is becoming more prevalent in the United States. It is also widely misunderstood. Since the terrorist attack in New York City on the Twin Towers on 9/11, there has been an increase in discrimination on this culture. Generalizations of the Islamic religion are made and people of this culture are seen as evil and terroristic in nature. Discrimination occurs from lack of knowledge and understanding of a culture that is different from our own. To become educated on various cultures promotes understanding and acceptance of others that are different from us.
There are many commonalities amongst the Islamic, and Judaism religions. Christianity has a wide range of practices and beliefs, making it difficult to compare to other religions (Comparing and contrasting Christianity and Islam, 2014). All believe in one God. All religions believe in angels and demons. The way to salvation is through good deeds. Islam follows the prophet of Muhammad, Judaism follows the prophet Abraham. Both reject Jesus as God’s son, which is the major difference between Islamic, Judaism and Christianity (beliefnet, 2014).
The Muslim culture varies slightly in each country it is practiced. The fundamental of the culture remain...
...PRINCIPAL BELIEFS OF ISLAM
Write the 6 Articles of Faith (Aqida) below:
3 Books of Allah
Islam is monotheistic
‘Witness’ or ‘Shahada’ – “There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his prophet”
Tahwid = belief in the oneness of God
Allah is the eternal and all powerful creator
Allah is absolute unity, all-seeing, all-hearing and all-knowing
Are important to Islam – eg Angel Gabriel gave the Quran to Muhammad on behalf of Allah
Islam affirms the existence of spiritual beings, intermediary between humanity and Allah, who carry out Allah’s will in the world
They do not have free will
They do a variety of tasks eg help Muslims in battle, protect the gates of heaven and hell
3. Books of Allah
God revealed his truths to his prophets
Followers of Islam believe the Torah, Psalms and Gospels, had much in common with the teachings of Islam but over time the original teachings became distorted or lost
The Quran is the most complete and most true of all the Books of Allah
Messengers or prophets from God
Muslims believe Islam is the oldest of the major religions as it has existed from the beginning of time and has been progressively revealed by God to humankind through a series of prophets who have spoken on behalf of God
Each rusul received a message that contained the same message as the...