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Title: Understanding Islam

  • Understanding Islam

Muslims Internet Directory 2Muslims.comPresents
  • Bismillah Alrahman Alraheem
  • Understanding Islam Muslims

World Muslims
  • 1.2 billion, Muslims represent between 19.2 and
    22 of the world's population.
  • One of every five humans in the world is a Muslim
  • Second largest religion in the world
  • Fastest growing including Europe and America

World Distribution of Muslims
Source  Britannica Yearbook, 1997
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American Muslims
  • 6 million (The New York Times, Feb. 21, 1989)
  • About 40 Afro-American
  • Not all Muslims are Arabs, Not all Arabs are

The Basics of Faith
  • Belief in One God (Allah)
  • Belief in Prophethood
  • All the Divine Books as revealed by God to
    various prophets
  • Angels, Life after Death and the Day of Judgment,
    Heaven and Hell

Allah One God
  • Allah 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 Scriptures
  • SOME 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),
  • Belief in ALL prophets of God
  • Source of All Books is God
  • Main Message of all Prophets Islam

Prophet Muhammad
  • Descendant 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,

Quran The Holy Book
  • 23 Years of Revelations (610 - 632 C.E.)
  • 114 Chapters One Chapter, Multiple Revelations
  • Chapter (Surah) names
  • Historic Context
  • Verses Explain Verses
  • Commentary needed in the light of Arabic,
    History, and Sunnah

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

Prayers (Salah)
  • Five Daily Prayers from Dawn to Late Evening
    regulate a Muslims day
  • Prayers involve ablution, standing, bowing,
    prostrating, sitting postures
  • Face Kabah, prayers in Arabic as taught by the
  • 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 calendar
  • Daily 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
  • About 2-3 million Muslims perform Hajj each year
    from all over the world.
  • Eidul-Adha the biggest Muslim Holiday

  • 002.172 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 Islam
  • Prophet 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 Islam
  • The Holy Quran says
  • "Do not let your hatred of a people incite you to
    aggression" (52).
  • "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" (58).

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

Suicide is a Grave Sin
  • O 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, 429)

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