WHAT IS ISLAM
Islam is not a new religion founded by Prophet Mohammed (peace be on him). Islam is the same way of life practiced and preached by all the Prophets of God right from Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Solomon, Job, Moses, Jesus (peace be on them all). The last and final Prophet of God who came to preach this way of life called Islam is Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).
Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion which professes that there is only one and incomparable God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the last messenger of God
It is the world's second-largest religion and the fastest-growing major religion in the world with over 1.7 billion followers[or 23% of the global population known as Muslims Islam teaches that God is merciful, all-powerful, and unique and He has guided mankind through revealed scriptures, natural signs, and a line of prophets sealed by Muhammad (PBUH) . The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran, viewed by Muslims as the verbatim word of God, and the teachings and normative example (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570–8 June 632 CE).
2)The word "Islam" means peace and submission to the Will of the only God worthy of being worshiped. This peace is contentment with yourself and your surroundings that could only be achieved by willfully submitting to God, obeying what He commands and abstaining from what He forbids.
FAITH IN ISLAM
WHAT ARE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH?
- Belief in Allah, His Oneness and ascribing no partners to Him.
- Belief in the Angels (Gabriel, Michael, Israfil, etc.).
- Belief in the revealed scriptures (Torah, Psalms, Gospel) in their original form, not as they exist today.
- Belief in Allah’s Messengers right from Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Solomon, Job, Moses, Jesus (peace be on them all). The last and final Prophet of God who came to preach this way of life called Islam is Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).
-Believe in Judgment Day – A Muslim is to have the belief that the Judgment day is inevitable and once it arrives, all the people will be held accountable for their deeds which they committed in this world.
- Belief in Pre-Ordainment, The good or bad of it.
THE FIVE PillARS
Islam has five (5) Pillars.
1. (Imaan) Belief that no deity is worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is His Last Prophet and Messenger.
2. (Salat) Prayers, which are performed 5 times a day.
3. (Siyam) Fasting in the month of Ramadan. Abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations with spouses from sunrise to sunset.
4. (Zakat) Charity is the requirement of 2.5% of a Muslims’ saved earnings given to the poor once a year as purification of his wealth.
5. (Hajj) Pilgrimage is a journey to the Kab’ah in the sacred city of Mecca. Muslims are required to do this at least once in a lifetime if they are physically and financially able.
Sayidina Abdullah bin Umar narrates that he heard Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم saying:
‘Islam is built on 5 Pillarrs:
Testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the [final] Messenger of Allah and establishing the prayer and giving Zakaah and making pilgrimage to the house [of Allah] and fasting in Ramadhan.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]
• WHO IS A MUSLIM?
One who practices the 5 pillars of Islam and believes in the fundamentals of faith.
One can become a Muslim by saying; "Ashadhu An Laa ilaha illa Allaah, wa ashadhu anna Muhammad ar-rasulullah." This means, "I bear witness that no deity has the right to be worshipped except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Final Messenger."
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR CREATION?
As we examine Allah’s creation, we will inevitably conclude that all things have a purpose. If we look at the delicate balance of our universe, as vast as it is, orchestrated in perfect synchronization. The human body and its various different processes like thought, movement, vision and its ability to heal itself. The earth and its countless number of life forms, various plants, vegetables and animals. The weather system, the seasons and the water cycle. Surely, these things have some purpose, more so for human beings.
Allah says: " I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me (alone)." Quran51:56 As the verse states , all things are in a state of submission to the Creator by following the natural laws that they have been created for. We were born in a state of submission, not in a state of sin as we had no choice in the matter and we will die in submission. Between these two time spans, man has been given the rational ability to choose to submit to his Creator.
Allah created mankind and made us responsible for our actions by granting us freedom of choice, and intelligence to discern right and wrong. • If there were no afterlife in which the good were rewarded and the bad punished, that would contradict the perfect justice of Allah. • Hence it is an absolute demand of justice that there be a Day of Judgement on which every soul is brought to account. “And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me. I do not want from them any provision, nor do I want them to feed Me.” [Quran 51:56-57]
Know for surety that we will all die and none of us knows when we’re going to die. Isn’t it time you submitted to your Lord?
A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim, so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor. Whoever has fulfilled the needs of his brother, Allah will fulfil his needs; whoever has brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort, Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever has screened a Muslim, Allah will screen him (of his faults) on the Day of Resurrection.