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Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people. For a fifth of the world's population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the majority have nothing to do with the extremely grave events which have come to be associated with their faith.

Who are the Muslims?
One billion people from a vast range of races, nationalities and cultures across the globe -- from the southern Philippines to Nigeria -- are united by their common Islamic faith. About 18% live in the Arab world; the world's largest Muslim community is in Indonesia; substantial parts of Asia and most of Africa are Muslim, while significant minorities are to be found in the Soviet Union, China, North and South America, and Europe

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Source: Islamic Affair Department Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia-Washington

 

  Brief Illustrated guide to understanding Islam with scientific evidences

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This book is a brief guide to understanding Islam. It consists of three chapters. The first chapter, “Some Evidence for the Truth of Islam,” answers some important questions which some people ask:


- Is the Qur’an truly the literal word of God, revealed by Him?
- Is Muhammad 1 truly a prophet sent by God?
- Is Islam truly a religion from God?


In this chapter, six kinds of evidence are mentioned:
1) The Scientific Miracles in the Holy Qur’an: This section discusses (with illustrations) some recently discovered scientific facts mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, which was revealed fourteen centuries ago.


2) The Great Challenge to Produce One Chapter Like the Chapters of the Holy Qur’an: In the Qur’an, God challenged all human beings to produce a single chapter like the chapters of the Qur’an. Ever since the Qur’an was revealed, fourteen centuries ago, until this day, no one has been able to meet this challenge, even though the smallest chapter in the Qur’an (Chapter 108) is only ten words.


3) Biblical Prophecies on the Advent of Muhammad , the Prophet of Islam: In this section, some of the Biblical prophecies on the advent of the Prophet Muhammad are discussed.

 

4) The Verses in the Qur’an That Mention Future Events Which Later Came to Pass: The Qur’an mentioned future events which later came to pass, for example, the victory of the Romans over the Persians.

 

5) Miracles Performed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) : Many miracles were performed by the Prophet Muhammad . These miracles were witnessed by many people.

 

6) The Simple Life of Muhammad (pbuh) : This clearly indicates that Muhammad (pbuh) was not a false prophet who claimed prophethood to attain material gains, greatness, or power.

 

From these six kinds of evidence, we conclude that: The Qur’an must be the literal word of God, revealed by Him. Muhammad (pbuh) is truly a prophet sent by God. Islam is truly a religion from God.

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  Concept of Worship in Islam

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The concept of worship in Islam is misunderstood by many people including some Muslims.  Worship is commonly taken to mean performing ritualistic acts such as prayers, fasting, charity, etc. This limited understanding of worship is only one part of the meaning of worship in Islam. That is why the traditional definition of worship in Islam is a comprehensive definition that includes almost everything in any individual's activities. The definition goes something like this:

"Worship is an all inclusive term for all that God loves of external and internal and actions of a person."

In other words, worship is everything one says or does for the pleasure of Allah. This, of  course, includes rituals as well as beliefs, social activities, and personal contributions to the welfare of one's fellow human-beings.

Islam looks at the individual as a whole. He/She is required to submit himself/herself completely to Allah, as the Quran instructed the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) to do:

"Say (O Muhammad) my prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death belong to Allah; He has no partner and I am ordered to be among those who submit, i.e.: Muslims." (Holy Quran (6:162-163)

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Source: The Institute of Islamic Information and Education III@E Brochure Series No.5

 

  Religion of Islam

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The first thing that one should know and clearly understand about Islam is what the word "Islam" itself means. The religion of Islam is not named after a person as in the case of Christianity which was named after Jesus Christ, Buddhism after Gotama Buddha, Confucianism after Confucius, and Marxism after Karl Marx. Nor was it named after a tribe like Judaism after the tribe of Judah and Hinduism after the Hindus. Islam is the true religion of "Allah" and as such, its name represents the central principle of Allah's "God's" religion; the total submission to the will of Allah "God". The Arabic word "Islam" means the submission or surrender of one's will to the only true god worthy of worship "Allah" and anyone who does so is termed a "Muslim", The word also implies "peace" which is the natural consequence of total submission to the will of Allah. Hence, it was not a new religion brought by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) I in Arabia in the seventh century, but only the true religion of Allah re-expressed in its final form.

Islam is the religion which was given to Adam, the first man and the first prophet of Allah, and it was the religion of all the prophets sent by Allah to mankind. The name of God's religion lslam was not decided upon by later generations of man. It was chosen by Allah Himself and clearly mentioned in His final revelation to man. In the final book of divine revelation, the Qur'an, Allah states the following:

"This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion". (Soorah Al-Maa'idah 5:3)

"If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah (God) never will It be accepted of Him" (Soorah Aal'imraan 3:85)


"Abraham was not a Jew nor Christian; but an upright Muslim." (Soorah Aal'imraan 3:67)

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Source: Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

 

 

  Pillars of Islam

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The 'Five Pillars' of Islam are the foundation of Muslim life:


1. Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophet hood of Muhammad (pbuh);


2. Establishment of the daily prayers;


3. Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;


4. Self-purification through fasting; and


5. The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

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  Islam against Terrorism

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Source: Dr. Zakir Naik

 

  What is bidah?

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The word Bid'ah in Arabic is taken from 'Al-Bada', that is to create something without precedence. Allah says in the Qur'aan, which translated means: "Badei' (the Originator)  of the heavens and the earth." [Soorah Baqarah (2): 117]

This means that Allah created the heavens and the earth  without precedence. He also said: "Say (O Muhammad (sallallhu alahi wa-sallam): I am not Bid'an (a new thing) among the Messengers." [Soorah Ahqaf (46): 9]

This means: 'I am not the first of Allah's Prophets to His slaves, many (Prophets) preceded me.' When it is said that a person has performed a Bid'ah, this means that he has innovated a new thing without precedence.

Bid'ahs in the matters of life, like the new scientific inventions are permissible because originally, what is a matter of life or habit is permissible. The prohibited Bid'ah is to innovate in the religion. This is because the religion is 'Tawqifiyah' which means that religion can  only be revealed by Allah and He has completely revealed His religion. Consequently, there is no room for any innovation. As will be manifest and clear from the following text.

Allaah Alone has the right to tell us how to worship Him. Allah says: "Follow what has been sent down to you from your Lord (the Qur'aan and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (sallallhu alahi wa-sallam) and follow not any Auliya (protectors, or helper etc. who order you to associate partners in worship with Allah), besides Him (Allah)." [Soorah Al-Aa'raf (7): 3]

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  The Book of Imaan (Faith)

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Mohammed Rasulullah (peace and blessing of Allah on Him) Said: "Imaan is suspended between hope and fear"

Topics covered in his book:


۞  Introduction
۞  Definition of Imaan
۞  Technical or Shar'i meaning
۞  Difference between the two fundamentals
۞  The effect of the existence of only one fundamental
۞  The meaning of Tasdeeq (Acceptance)
۞  Shar'i meaning of Tasdeeq
۞  The verbal assertion of concise Imaan
۞  The Usool (principles) of Deen
۞  The position of Amal (practice) in Islaam
۞  Hukm (effect) of Imaan
۞  The Islaamic belief in Allah
۞  Islamic conception of Allah
۞  Allah, the Creator of all actions
۞  Belief in Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)
۞  Risaalat (Prophethood)- Is a requisite of Imaan
۞  Axiomatic to belief
۞  Salaat and Zakaat
۞  The Kaafireen
۞  The Arkaan or foundations of Islaam
۞  The Quraan
۞  The Malaa-ikah
۞  The Divine Books
۞  The Ambiyaa (Alayhimus Salaam)
۞  Wahi (Revelation)
۞  Ilhaam
۞  Mu'jizah
۞  Karaamat
۞  Istidraaj
۞  Aakhirah or the Hereafter
۞  Commencement of Qiyaamah
۞  Jannat and Jahannam
۞  The belief of Jannat and Jahannum
۞  Avicenna's (Ibn Sina) conception of paradise and hell
۞  Imaam AI-Ghazali's refutation of Avicenna's conception of Kufr
۞  Qadr (predestination)
۞  The meaning of Imaan Bil-Qadr
۞  Qabr or Barzakh
۞  Athaab in the Qabr
۞  Munkir and Nakeer
۞  The signs of Qiyaamah
۞  The lesser signs
۞  The greater signs
۞  Hazrat Imaam Mahdi (Alayhis Salaam)
۞  The description of Imaam Mahdi (Alayhis Salaam)
۞  Nabi Isaa (Alayhis Salaam)
۞  Dajjaal (AntiChrist)
۞  Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj (Gog Magog)
۞  The 40 days fog
۞  The night of three nights
۞  The rising of the sun in the west
۞  Daab-Batul Ardh or the beast from the earth
۞  The breeze
۞  The reign of Africans
۞  The Soor
۞  Shafaa-ah or intercession
۞  Khulafaae Raashideen
۞  The Sahaabah
۞  The Sahaabah the criterion of truth
۞  Ambiyaa and Auliyaa
۞  Sahaabah and non-Sahaabah
۞  Legalizing sin is Kufr
۞  Jesting, mocking and thinking lightly of any Deeni matter are Kufr
۞  Istihzaa and Istikhfaaf
۞  Taqleed
۞  Ilmul-Ghaib or the knowledge of the unseen
۞  Dhurooriyaat-e-Deen or essentials of the Deen
۞  Kaafir
۞  The types of Kaafir
۞  Munaafiq
۞  Murtad
۞  Mushrik
۞  Kitaabi
۞  Dahriyyah
۞  Muattil
۞  Zindeeq
۞  The meaning of Ahle Qiblah or the people of the Qiblah
۞  Some examples of Kaafirs
۞  Ta'weele Baatil (baseless interpretation)
۞  The four classes of Kufr
۞  Creation
۞  Arsh
۞  Kursi
۞  Sidratul Muntahaa
۞  Baitul Ma'moor
۞  Hayaatun Nabi
۞  Creation of Hazrat Aadam (Alayhis Salaam)
۞  Creation of mankind
۞  Sihr (Magic)
۞  Creation of earth
۞  Embracing Islaam
۞  Practical measures for improving the quality of Imaan and
     for safeguarding Imaan
۞  Deviate sects and false religions operating under Islaamic guise
۞  Overcoming the dilemma of confusion
 

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