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The word “Islam” means peace and submission to the Will of the only God worthy of being worshipped.. This peace is contentment with yourself and your surroundings that could only be achieved by wilfully submitting to God, obeying what He commands and abstaining from what He forbids. 1. WHO IS ALLAH? Allah is the name in Arabic for the “One God”. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Planner and Organizer. He is the only deity that has the right to be worshipped (i.e. praying, supplicating, fasting, etc.). In Islam, the belief in the One God cannot be separated from the acts of worshipping the One God. In other words, it is not enough to simply think you believe in the Oneness of the Creator but that belief must be affirmed by your statement and actions. Example, it would negate ones belief in the Oneness of the Creator if he directs his worship to a man (or any of the other created things). 2. WHO IS A PROPHET? A Prophet is a person who is appointed by God to call the people to the worship and belief in the One God. All Prophets were given miracles by Allah to prove that they were Prophets. For example, Moses was given the miracles to free the Children of Israel, Jesus was given the ability to heal the sick and raise the dead and Muhammad was given the Qur’an which is the everlasting and literal speech of Allah. May Allah send His peace and blessings on all the Prophets, Ameen!
Allahs' Word rather; it is a general interpretation of the meaning of the Qur’an. The Qur’an confirms the truth in the Torah, Psalms and the Gospel. 4. WHO WAS MUHAMMAD? Muhammad was the Final Prophet and Messenger sent to mankind. He was born into the tribe of Quarish in the year 570 AD. His ancestry goes back to the Prophet Ishmael, the son of Prophet Abraham. His father died before his birth and his mother died before he was six. As a young man he was known as AlAmeen (the trustworthy). He would retreat to a cave outside of Mecca where, he would ponder and reflect about the immoral practices and customs of the Pagan Arabs. He received revelation from the Creator at the age of 40 through the Angel Gabriel. Subsequently, the Revelations came over the period of 23 years and are collectively in the Qur’an. 5. WHAT ARE THE PILLARS OF ISLAM? Islam has 5 Pillars. 1. (Iman) 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 Ramadhan. 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. 6. 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.).
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Belief in the revealed scriptures in their original form, not as they exist today (Torah, Psalms, Gospel.) Belief in Allah’s Messengers (Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad etc.) Belief in the Day of Resurrection. Belief in Pre-Ordainment. The good or bad of it.
7. WHO IS A MUSLIM? One who practices the 5 pillars of Islam (Question #5) and believes in the 6 fundamentals of faith (Question #6). One can become a Muslim by saying; “Ashadhu An Laa ilaha illa Allah, 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.” All Prophets preceding Muhammad were Muslims. This includes Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Jesus. Is there a doubt that these Prophets did not submit their will to the Creator? Allah says in the Qur’an: “Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim and he was not of the idolaters.” (Qur’an 3:67) It is important to note that other religions are derived from the name of a place or a person. Examples of this are: Judaism is derived from the tribe of Judah, Hinduism is from the Indus River, Buddhism is from Goutam Buddha and Christianity is from Jesus Christ. Islam is the only revealed religion and way of life that directly attaches its worshippers to the servitude of the Creator. 8. IS ISLAM THE ONLY RELIGION ACCEPTABLE TO THE CREATOR? Yes! As explained in the introduction, Islam means peace through the submission to the Will of Allah. One who does this is called a Muslim. Therefore, the only thing acceptable to the Creator is submission to Him. Allah says: “Do they seek other than the Religion of Allah (Islam)? While to Him submit all other creatures in the heavens and the Earth, willingly or unwillingly. And to Him they
shall all be returned. Say, ‘We believe in Allah and what was sent down to us, and what was sent down to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the tribes, and what was revealed to Moses, Jesus, and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between them, and to Him (Allah) we have submitted (in Islam).’ And whosoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the hereafter he will be of the losers (in the hellfire). (Qur’an 3:83-85) 9. WIL L THE ACTIONS OF N ON-B E LI EV ERS BE WASTED? Yes! Allah says: "Say, 'Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of their deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds. They are those who deny the revelation of their Lord and the meeting with Him (in the Hereafter). So their works are in vain and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall not give them any weight. That shall be their recompense, Hell; because they disbelieved and took My revelations and My Messengers by way of jest and mockery. Verily, those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah-Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds shall have the Garden of Paradise for their entertainment.” (Qur’an 18:103-107)
10. WHAT IS THE HEREAFTER?
The “Hereafter” is the final destiny of all worldly existence starting at the time of death. The day mankind will be resurrected from their graves then they shall be brought to account for their deeds whether good or evil. Allah says: “I (Allah) swear by the Day of Resurrection, and I (Allah) swear by the self-reproaching soul. Does Man think that We shall not assemble his bones? Yes, We are able to put together in perfect order the tips of his fingers. Nay! (Man denies Resurrection and Reckoning.) So he desires to continue committing sins. He asks, ‘When will be
3. WHAT IS THE QUR’AN?
The Qur’an is the Last Revelation from your Lord. It was revealed in the pure Arabic language to the Prophet Muhammad and has been kept preserved and unchanged. The English interpretation of the Qur’an will be used as reference in this brochure. It is not
if yes. The reasons for this are that they didn’t have any legal rights. or created things. making a living bird out of clay and speaking as a new born infant. WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE “SON OF GOD”. statistics show that because of wars there are more women in the world than there are men. Surely. as vast as it is. In the western society many men who are married to only one wife 11. as we had no choice in the matter and we will die in submission. more so for human beings. Look how Allah makes the revelations clear to them. “Verily. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR CREATION? As we examine Allah’s creation. vision and its ability to heal itself. No one would like to be told that they were an accident. 1988. provide different residences and be able to divide his time equally amongst them. yet look how they are deluded away (from the truth). ‘I am only a man like you. Thus a survey was published in the USA Today (April 4. On that day man will say. The man must first be financially capable to take another wife. they are allowed to keep their own money. He is not to be worshipped as the “Son of God!" Jesus was raised alive up to Allah from where he will return to re-establish the Law of Allah on earth. They said. and what he left behind (of his good or evil practices). whosoever sets up partners in worship with Allah. Which means there are 1. It is not permissible for a Muslim to pray. and the sun and the moon will be joined together. Muslims are found in every country. did they have animal souls or human souls? Until recently women were stripped of their last names to illustrate that they were the property of their husbands. WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS? Jesus. Saints. As a result. In the West. The Messiah. supplicate. most married men engage in extramarital affairs and there is an increase in homosexuality amongst men. orchestrated in perfect synchronisation. ‘ Where is the place that I can flee to?' No! There is no refuge! Unto that your Lord (Alone) will be the place of rest that day. have the right to inheritance and have the right to be protected and maintained by their husbands. Know for a surety that we will all die and none of us knows when we’re going to die. DOES ISLAM OPPRESS WOMEN? No. On the contrary. ‘O Children of Israel! Worship Allah. Allah says in the Qur’an that Jesus was born of a miraculous birth.' ” (Qur’an 18:110) 12. when the sight shall be dazed. Nay! Man will be a witness against himself. movement. alcohol and even bubble gum. We see them being used to sell cars. Allah says: “ And I (Allah) created not the spirits and men. We were born in a state of submission. whether they are European. Jesus brought the same message as the other Prophets. Is it not time you submitted to your Lord? 13. Surely. DO MUSLIMS WORSHIP MUHAMMAD? No! Muslims do not worship Muhammad nor do they worship any other Prophets. Islam is clearly against extra or premarital affairs (fornication) as this leads to corruption in the society and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. If we look at the delicate balance of our universe.” (Qur’an 75:1-4) following the natural laws that they have been created for. let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the Worship of his Lord. then Allah has forbidden Paradise for him. 1 in every 5 people on the earth is a Muslim. He created him from dust.’ Verily. family. Asian or American. And for the polytheists there are no helpers. the disbelievers are those who said.” (Qur’an 5:72-75) 15. healing the blind and sick. women have been elevated to a stature that surpasses the roles placed upon them by any religion or culture.this Day of Resurrection?’ So. they have disbelieved who say: ‘Allah is the Messiah (Jesus). man has been given the rational ability to choose to submit to his Creator. and the moon will be eclipsed. my Lord and your Lord. Section D) which asked 4700 mistresses. So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord. He performed many miracles as a Prophet by Allah’s permission such as resurrecting a dead man. the seasons and the water cycle. 14. they keep their last names. They both used to eat food (As other human beings. Will they not repent to Allah and ask for His Forgiveness? For Allah is Oft Forgiving.’. 18. Don’t people feel bad when they have children out of wedlock? These children have the right to grow up knowing that they have parents who are responsible enough to have planned to bring them into the world. DOES ISLAM PROMOTE TERRORISM? No. Many were the Messengers that passed away before him. have the right to divorce. vegetables and animals. thus causing an excess amount of women to men. except that they should worship Me (alone). As for Islam. They have been dignified and exonerated by the Hijaab (Islamic covering). Between these two time spans. In Islam. “I prefer being a second wife rather than the other woman”. The weather system. and right to practice his/her religion or fighting tyranny and oppression. And if they cease not from what they say. son of Mary is no more than a Messenger. choose who they want to marry. Islam condemns all acts of oppression. As for those against polygyny. 1400 years ago Islam liberated women. “TRINITY” AND MARY? Your Creator says: “Surely. At that time in Europe.” (Qur’an 51:56) As the verse states in question #8. then (He) said unto him: ‘Be’ and he was. 16. Christian scholars were debating whether women had souls. Muslims who blow up buildings and kill innocent people are not acting in accordance with what Islam teaches. nor did they have the financial equality of the legally married wives and it appeared that these men were using them. the likeness of Jesus before Allah is the likeness of Adam. His mother was a truthful woman. Islam promotes racial . various plants. what would they like their status to be (mistress or second wife). IS POLYGYNY PERMISSIBLE? Yes! Islam regulated matrimony in that men are permitted to marry up to four wives provided they treat them fairly and equally. Women are not to be abused or oppressed but they are to be respected and cared for. while Allah does not eat). women are portrayed as sex objects to be used and discarded.2 billion Muslims in the world. and the Fire will be his abode. these things have some purpose. Most Merciful. we will inevitably conclude that all things have a purpose. It has been inspired to me that your God is One God. IS THERE RACISM IN ISLAM? No. The earth and its countless number of life forms.” (Qur’an 3:59). Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world amongst women. The Islamic solution of polygyny is the best solution to the seemingly difficult problems that plague our society in our man to woman relationships. The human body and its various different processes like thought. ‘Allah is a third of the three (in a trinity). a painful torment will befall the disbelievers among them. women are equal to men in all acts of piety. all things are in a state of submission to the Creator by usually have extramarital affairs. Necessary force is permissible only when one is defending oneself. On that day men will be informed of what he sent forward ( of evil or good deeds). the son of Mary is a servant and Messenger of Allah. Other reasons are. verily. But the Messiah said. Allah says: “Say (to them Muhammad).’ But there is no god but the One God. 17. African. or direct any type of worship to any created thing in rivalry to the Lord of all that exists.
1 The 20 Most Frequentl y Asked Questions about Islaam . Allah is All Knowing. Allah warns us in the Qur’an: “O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared. Will they then not believe?” (Qur’an 21:30) The trimester: “…He (Allah) created you in the wombs of your mothers. Examples of this are. HAS THE QUR’AN PREDICTED THE NEW DISCOVERIES OF MODERN SCIENCE? Yes! Since the Qur’an came from the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. give you a respectful. Verily. Allah says: “Do they not consider the Qur’an carefully? Had it been from other than Allah. Fard Muhammad’. Verily. and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another. they would have found therein many contradictions. creation after creation in three veils of darkness. refer to question #7 and call us anytime. Allah says: “O mankind! We have created you from a male and female. dignified. SHOULD YOU BECOME A MUSLIM RIGHT NOW? Absolutely! You are now accountable for what you know about Islam. it is only befitting that science would later confirm what is in the Qur’an. Verily. excessive materialism.harmony and tolerance. substance abuse. For more information contact:: . in saying that. Visit www. .”(Qur’an 4: 82) 20. We invite you to become a Muslim. created a form of discipline. All Aware."(Qur’an 3:102) If you wish to become a Muslim.troid.org Introductory Information for non-Muslims No. Islam will balance your life. peaceful and tranquil life in a society that has been ravaged by mental illnesses. then We parted them? And We have made from water every living thing. such is Allah your Lord. the most honourable of you in the Sight of Allah is the believer who has the most piety.org or email dawah@troid. ‘Allah appeared in the person of Master W.” (Qur’an 49:13) This is in opposition to Louis Farrakhan’s disbelieving lies against Islam. The Believers seek refuge with Allah from such lies against Allah and His Religion. the expansion of the universe as stated in the Qur’an: “With power did We construct the heaven. or ‘We the original (black) nation of the earth’. increase in crime and an all time decline in human morality. Ameen! 19. We expand the vastness of space.” (Qur’an 51:47) Every living thing is created from water: “Do not those who disbelieve know that the heavens and the earth were joined together as one united piece. And die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims). How then are you turned away (from the truth)?” (Qur’an 39:7) There are several other examples proving that the Qur’an is from your Lord.
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