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  • Understanding Islam

  • Muslims Internet Directory 2Muslims.comPresents

    Understanding Islam & Muslims

    Bismillah Alrahman Alraheem

  • World Muslims1.2 billion, Muslims represent between 19.2% and 22% of the world's population.One of every five humans in the world is a MuslimSecond largest religion in the worldFastest growing including Europe and America

  • World Distribution of MuslimsSource: Britannica Yearbook, 1997

  • American Muslims6 million (The New York Times, Feb. 21, 1989)About 40% Afro-AmericanNot all Muslims are Arabs, Not all Arabs are Muslims

  • The Basics of FaithBelief in One God (Allah)Belief in ProphethoodAll the Divine Books as revealed by God to various prophetsAngels, Life after Death and the Day of Judgment, Heaven and Hell

  • Allah One GodAllah is the Arabic name for God used by Muslims of the world as well as Arab Christians.Say: He is Allah, the One and Only; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; He begets not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him. (The Quran, Surah 112)

  • Prophets and ScripturesSOME PROPHETS: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Ishaq, Jacob (Israel), Joseph, Benjamin, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Zakareyya, John, Jesus, Muhammad. (peace be on them)BOOKS: Torah, Zabur (Psalms), Injeel (Gospel), QuranBelief in ALL prophets of GodSource of All Books is GodMain Message of all Prophets: Islam

  • Prophet MuhammadDescendant of Ishmael, the first son of Abraham.Born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, in the year 570 C.E. Received first revelation at the age 40 through angel Gabriel. Died in the year 632 C.E, after preaching Islam for 23 years.

    GEORGE BERNARD SHAW said about him: "He must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it much needed peace and happiness." (The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936)

  • Quran: The Holy Book23 Years of Revelations (610 - 632 C.E.)114 Chapters; One Chapter, Multiple RevelationsChapter (Surah) namesHistoric ContextVerses Explain VersesCommentary needed in the light of Arabic, History, and Sunnah

  • Forms of WorshipPrayers (Salah)Charity (Zakat)Fasting ( Ramadan)Pilgrimage (Hajj)

  • Prayers (Salah)Five Daily Prayers from Dawn to Late Evening regulate a Muslims dayPrayers involve ablution, standing, bowing, prostrating, sitting posturesFace Kabah, prayers in Arabic as taught by the Prophet.Additional Prayers optional

  • Charity (Zakat)

    024.056 So establish regular Prayer and give regular Charity; and obey the Apostle; that ye may receive mercy. (The Quran)Required 2.5% charity on yearly savings

  • Fasting (in Ramadan)002.183 O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint. (The Quran)Ramadan is 9th month in Islamic Lunar calendarDaily dawn to sunset fast for 29/30 days (no food or drink)Eidul-Fitr Holiday at the end

  • Hajj (Pilgrimage)Pilgrimage to Makkah once in life time for able MuslimsAbout 2-3 million Muslims perform Hajj each year from all over the world.Eidul-Adha: the biggest Muslim Holiday

  • Food002.172 O ye who believe! Eat of the good things that We have provided for you, and be grateful to God, if it is Him ye worship.

    002.173 He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of God. But if one is forced by necessity, without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits,- then is he guiltless. For God is Oft-forgiving Most Merciful.

  • Human Rights in IslamProphet Muhammad (PBUH) said:"No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab. Nor does a white man have any superiority over a black man, or the black man any superiority over the white man. You are all the children of Adam, and Adam was created from clay"

  • Justice in IslamThe Holy Quran says:"Do not let your hatred of a people incite you to aggression" (5:2).

    "And do not let ill-will towards any folk incite you so that you swerve from dealing justly. Be just; that is nearest to heedfulness" (5:8).

  • People of the BookChristians and Jews enjoy a special status in Islam and are called People of the BookFor example, their food (except which is prohibited in Islam) is allowed for Muslims

  • Suicide is a Grave SinO ye who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves in vanities: But let there be amongst you Traffic and trade by mutual good-will: Nor kill (or destroy) yourselves: for verily God hath been to you Most Merciful! (Quran, 4:29)

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