What is Islam?
Allaah is the name in Arabic for the "One God". Allaah 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).
WHO IS A PROPHET?
A Prophet is a person who is appointed by God to call the people to the worship
and believe in the One God. All Prophets were given miracles by Allaah 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 by Allaah's’ leave and Muhammad was given the Qur’an which
is the everlasting and literal speech of Allaah. May Allaah send His peace
and blessings on all the Prophets. Ameen!
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, in its original form. The English interpretation of the Qur’an
will be used as reference in this brochure. It is not Allaah's' 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.
WHO WAS MUHAMMAD?
Muhammad is the Final Prophet and Messenger. 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 Al-Ameen (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
WHAT ARE THE PILLARS OF ISLAM?
Islam has 5 Pillars.
1. (Iman) Belief that no deity is worthy of worship except Allaah 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 Ramadaan. 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.
WHAT ARE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH?
Belief in Allaah, 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 Allaah’s Messengers (Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad
Belief in the Day of Resurrection.
Belief in Pre-Ordainment. The good or bad of it.
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 Allaah 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? Allaah says in the Qur’an: "Abraham was
neither a Jew or 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.
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 Allaah. One who does this is called a Muslim. Therefore, the
only thing acceptable to the Creator is submission to Him. Allaah says: "Do
they seek other than the Religion of Allaah (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 Allaah 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 (Allaah) 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)
WILL THE ACTIONS OF NON-BELIEVERS BE WASTED?
Yes! Allaah 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 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
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.
Allaah says: "I (Allah) swear by the Day of Resurrection, and I (Allaah)
swear by self-reproaching person. 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 this Day of Resurrection?’ So,
when the sight shall be dazed, and the moon will eclipsed, and the sun and
the moon will be joined together. On that day man will say, ‘ 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. On that day men will be informed
of what he sent forward ( of evil or good deeds), and what he left behind (of
his good or evil practices). Nay! Man will be a witness against himself." (Qur’an
DO MUSLIMS WORSHIP MUHAMMAD?
No! Muslims do not worship Muhammad nor do they worship any other Prophets,
Saints, or created things. It is not permissible for a Muslim to pray, supplicate,
or direct any type of worship to any created thing in rivalry to the Lord of
all that exists. Allaah says: "Say (to them Muhammad), ‘I am only
a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your God is One God. So whoever
hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate
none as a partner in the Worship of his Lord.' " (Qur’an 18:110)
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR CREATION?
As we examine Allaah’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. Allaah says: "And
We (Allaah) created not the spirits and men, except that they should worship
Me (alone)." (Qur'an 51:56) As the verse states in point #8, 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. 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
WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS?
Jesus, the son of Mary is a servant and Messenger of Allaah. Allaah says in
the Qur’an that Jesus was born of a miraculous birth; "Verily, the
likeness of Jesus before Allaah is the likeness of Adam. He created him from
dust, then (He) said unto him: ‘Be’ and he was." (Qur’an
3:59). He performed many miracles as a Prophet by Allaah’s permission
such as resurrecting the dead, healing the blind and sick, making a living
bird out of clay and speaking as new born infant. Jesus brought the same message
as the other Prophets. He is not to be worshipped as the "Son of God!" Jesus
was raised alive up to Allaah from where he will return to re-establish the
Law of Allaah on earth.
WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE "SON OF GOD", "TRINITY" AND
Your Creator says: "Surely, they have disbelieved who say: ‘Allaah
is the Messiah (Jesus).’; But the Messiah said, ‘O Children of
Israel! Worship Allaah, my Lord and your Lord.’ Verily, whosoever sets
up partners in worship with Allaah, then Allaah has forbidden Paradise for
him, and the Fire will be his abode. And for the polytheists there are no helpers.
Surely, the disbelievers are those who said, ‘Allaah is a third of the
three (in a trinity).’ But there is no god but the One God. And if they
cease not from what they say, verily, a painful torment will befall the disbelievers
among them. Will they not repent to Allaah and ask for His Forgiveness? For
Allaah is Oft Forgiving, Most Merciful. The Messiah, son of Mary is no more
than a Messenger. Many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His
mother was a truthful woman. They both used to eat food (As other human beings,
while Allaah does not eat). Look how Allaah makes the revelations clear to
them, yet look how they are deluded away (from the truth)." (Qur’an
DOES ISLAM OPPRESS WOMEN?
No. On the contrary, 1400 years ago Islam liberated women. At that time in
Europe, Christian scholars were debating whether women had souls, if yes, 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.
As for Islam, women are equal to men in all acts of piety, they keep their
last names, they are allowed to keep their own money, choose who they want
to marry, have the right to seek a divorce, have the right to inheritance and
have the right to be protected and maintained by their husbands. They have
been dignified and exonerated by the Hijab (Islamic covering). In the West,
women are portrayed as sex objects to be used and discarded. We see them being
used to sell cars, alcohol and even bubble gum. In Islam, women have been elevated
to a stature that surpasses the roles placed upon them by any religion or culture.
Women are not to be abused or oppressed but they are to be respected and cared
for. As a result, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world amongst
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. The man must first be financially
capable to take another wife, provide different residences and be able to divide
his time equally amongst them. In the western society many men who are married
to only one wife usually have extramarital affairs. Thus a survey was published
in the USA Today (April 4, 1988; Section D) which asked 4700 mistresses, what
would they like their status to be (mistress or second wife). They said, "I
prefer being a second wife rather than the other woman". The reasons for
this are that they didn’t have any legal rights, nor did they have the
financial equality of the legally married wives and it appeared that these
men were using them. Islam is clearly against extra or premarital affairs (fornication)
as this leads to corruption in the society and the spread of sexually transmitted
diseases. 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. No one
would like to be told that they were an accident. As for those against polygyny,
statistics show that because of wars there are more women in the world than
there are men. Other reasons are, most married men engage in extramarital affairs
and there is an increase in homosexuality amongst men, thus causing an excess
amount of women to men. The Islamic solution of polygyny is the best solution
to the seemingly difficult problems that plague our society in our man to woman
relationships. Additionally, it is a permissible act, with conditions, legislated
by the Creator. Wheras, the concept of monogomy is a neo-christian concept
with no textual evidence from any of the revelations, a practice not used by
the prophets and messengers.
DOES ISLAM PROMOTE TERRORISM?
Absolutely Not. Islam condemns all acts of oppression. Necessary force is
permissible only when one is defending oneself, family, and right to practice
his/her religion or fighting tyranny and oppression. Muslims who blow up buildings
and kill innocent people are not acting in accordance with what Islam teaches.
IS THERE RACISM IN ISLAM?
No. Muslims are found in every country, whether they are European, African,
Asian or American. 1 in every 5 people on the earth is a Muslim, Which means
there are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. Islam promotes racial harmony and
tolerance. Allaah says: " O mankind! We have created you from a male and
female, and made you into nations and tribes that you may know one another.
Verily, the most honourable of you in the Sight of Allaah is the believer who
has the most piety. Verily, Allaah is All Knowing, All Aware." (Qur’an
49:13) This is in opposition to Louis Farrakhan’s disbelieving lies against
Islam, in saying that, ‘Allaah appeared in the person of Master W. Fard
Muhammad’, or ‘We the original (black) nation of the earth’.
The Believers seek refuge with Allaah from such lies against Allaah. Ameen!
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,
it is only befitting that science would later confirm what is in the Qur’an.
Examples of this are, the expansion of the universe as stated in the Qur’an: "With
power did We construct the heaven. Verily, 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,
then We parted them? And We have made from water every living thing. Will they
then not believe?" (Qur’an 21:30) The trimester: "…He
(Allaah) created you in the wombs of your mothers, creation after creation
in three veils of darkness, such is Allaah your Lord. 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. Allaah says: "Do they
not consider the Qur’an carefully? Had it been from other than Allaah,
they would have found therein much contradictions." (Qur’an 4: 82)
PURPOSE OF LIFE
Why is it that we were created? Were we created without a purpose, intended
to wander aimlessly and be guided by our whims and desires? Was mankind not
given Prophets and Messengers to guide then along the one true path to God?
Allah mentions in his final revelation, the Qur'an: "I did not create
the Jinn and Mankind except to Worship" [Qur'an, 56:51] The single-most
important question for mankind. Now 'you' can know the answer!
SHOULD YOU BECOME A MUSLIM RIGHT NOW?
Absolutely! we strongly
suggest that you don’t delay. You are now accountable for what you know
about Islam. For many people Islam has balanced their lives, created a form
of discipline, given them respect and dignity and given them peace and tranquility
in a society that has been ravaged by mental illnesses, excessive materialism,
substance abuse, increase in crime and an all time decline in human morality.
Allaah warns us in the Qur’an: "O you who believe! Fear Allaah as
He should be feared. And die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims)."(Qur’an
We invite you to become a Muslim. Click here for information on how to become