What Is Islam?
The Islamic religion is a magnificent and outstanding faith. Islam is a religion that combines fear and hope, action and destiny, and struggle and sacrifice.
Once you accept Islam as your way of life, you are embarking on a dynamic journey. A journey with one, never-ending goal:
To enjoin what is good, and forbid what is evil.
Is the Islamic religion the same as the Christian and Jewish one? What do Muslims believe?
The only purpose of this site is to answer these questions. All I want to do is help you understand the basics…the very basics…of the Muslim religion.
Islam isn’t really all that complex. Islam is a very simple faith. Some people try to complicate it by adding cultural and heretical beliefs. But the truth is that Islam is a very simple set of beliefs.
Islam is so simple because it consists of TWO very important beliefs:
- Reserving all worship for Allah Almighty, the creator of all that exists.
- Following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the last and final messenger of Allah.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty easy to me.
Okay, yes there are a lot of practices within the Islamic religion. And yes, we have to follow a strict set of moral guidelines. And yes, the guidelines permeate every facet of our lives.
But that’s part of the beauty of Islam. Once you accept that Allah Almighty is the only deity worthy of worship, you will find it easy, even fulfilling, to follow these guidelines. In fact, you will soon come to wonder how you ever got by without practicing Islam.
Remember above when I mentioned something about moral guidelines? Yeah, well most of these guidelines are found in all of the major religions.
- Don’t lie.
- Don’t steal.
- Don’t kill. (I know what you’re thinking…we’ll get to that later).
- Obey your parents.
- Be kind to others.
- Help the poor and needy.
- No sex before marriage.
- No sex outside of marriage.
Of course, there are some things that are unique to Islam…or that are not as universal.
- Don’t eat pork.
- Don’t drink alcohol.
- Don’t gamble.
- Men…don’t wear gold or silk. (Bet you didn’t know about that one!)
- Women must wear a hijab.
Now, even I must admit…Islam is much, much deeper than just a big list of do’s and don’ts. However, if you’re looking for more information about the basics of the Islamic religion, then this is the place to start. You are probably not ready for the more intense Islamic subjects such as:
- Usul Ul-Fiqh (Foundation of Islamic Law)
- Tafseer ul Quraan (Explanation of the Quran)
- Tafseer ul Hadeeth (Explanation of the Hadith)
- Nahwa (Arabic Grammar)
- …and so forth and so on.
So if you’re looking for these high-powered subjects…you’ll find some of it here, but you might have to search elsewhere.
However…if you want to know what Muslims believe, and the basics of the Islamic faith, and if you want all of this in simple, direct, English…then you’ve found the right spot.
Rest assured, you do not have to study any complex subjects in order to be a good Muslim. In fact, if you just follow the basics of the Islamic religion, avoid sins as best you can, and make repentance for those sins you do commit, you can be an excellent Muslim.
Later on, if you think you’re ready to go on to more complex studies and learn about the nuts and bolts of this magnificent way of life, you may decide to travel to the Middle East or Africa or Asia. There, you can study in one of the many renowned Islamic universities.
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This is where it all starts. All Muslims must do these 5 practices as taught to us by Prophet Muhammad (may Allah be pleased with him). It may seem like a lot at first, but they’re really not. Only one of them – the Islamic prayers – must be performed on a daily basis.
Here we’re going to look at Tawheed, or Islamic monotheism, as well as other important aspects of Islam. We’ll also cover Islamic cleanliness and some very critical Islamic practices.
Now we’re getting into the Islamic faith. Islam is not just about “do this” and “do that.” Islam is really about what one believes. And here we talk about the essence of faith and belief. This is what makes a Muslim a Believer.
Ever noticed how Muslims seem to have a distinct look? And how we seem to have similar names? It’s because Muslims the world over share a common culture. This culture is manifested in our names, our dress, and our marriage and family life.
History can be so boring. But not the history of Islam! From the day Prophet Muhammad (may Allah be please with him) first addressed the angel Gabriel, to the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate, our history if vibrant and dynamic. It’s a fantastic history that outlines how Islam spread around the world.