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Title: Understanding Islam and Muslims

Understanding Islam and Muslims
  • A Presentation for a
  • Religious Diversity Series
  • in the work place
  • November 4, 1998 A.D.
  • 14 Rajab 1419 A.H.

What is Islam?
  • According to Websters History of words The root
    of Islam is salaam which means PEACE and Islam
    means SUBMISSION.
  • In the religious context it means attaining PEACE
    through SUBMISSION to the divine natural order
    created by the ONE Almighty God.

What is Islam? Continued
  • It is not a new religion, but the same truth that
    was revealed to all the Prophets. Adam, Noah,
    Abraham, Moses, Jesus Muhammad. (Peace be upon
  • The Prophet believes in what has been revealed to
    him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers
    they all believe in God and His Angels and His
    Books and His Prophets. Say, We make no
    difference between any of His prophets. And they
    say We hear, and we obey (We seek) Thy
    forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of
    all journeys. Quran 2285

What is Islam? Continued
  • "Say we believe in God, and that which was
    revealed unto us, and that which was revealed
    unto Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob, and
    the tribes, and that which was bestowed upon
    Moses and Jesus and the prophets from their Lord
    We make no distinction between any of them, and
    unto Him we have surrendered. " The Holy Qur'an

Who are Muslims?
  • A Muslim is one who submits to the will of God.
  • (The term Muhammadan is misleading and
  • They comprise one fifth (1.2 Billion ) of the
    world population.
  • There are about 6 to 8 million Muslims in the US.
  • About 30 million Muslims in Europe.

What is the Quran ?
  • The Quran is a record of the exact words revealed
    by God through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet
    Muhammad, fourteen centuries ago.
  • It was memorized by Muhammad (pbuh) and then
    dictated to his Companions, and written down by
    scribes, who cross-checked it during his
  • Not one word of its 114 chapters (Surah) has been
    changed over the centuries.

What is the Quran ? Continued
  • The Quran, the last revealed Word of God, is the
    prime source of every Muslim's faith and practice
  • It deals with all the subjects which concern us
    as human beings wisdom, doctrine, reasoning,
    worship, and law, but its basic theme is the
    relationship between God and His creatures
  • At the same time it provides guidelines for a
    just society, proper human conduct and an
    equitable economic system.

Who is Muhammad (pbuh) ?
  • Born in Makkah (Arabian Peninsula) in 570 AD
  • Like all the prophets before Muhammad he was a
    human-being sent by God to remind people of
    their One True Creator and establish a system of
    peace and justice for all
  • The practice and example of the Prophet, is the
    second source of guidance for Muslims

Who is Muhammad (pbuh) ? Continued
  • A hadith is a reliably transmitted report of what
    the Prophet said, did, or approved. e.g. The
    Prophet said
  • 'God has no mercy on one who has no mercy for
  • Whoever believes in God and the Day of Judgment
    should do good to his neighbor
  • 'God does not judge according to your bodies and
    appearances but He scans your hearts and looks
    into your deeds.'

What are the Basic Islamic Beliefs?
  • One, Unique, Incomparable God, Who has no son or
  • Allah is the proper name of god. The God
  • Belief in Gods Revealed Books Torah, Injil
    (Bible) Quran
  • Belief in prophets of God Adam, Noah, Ishmael,
    Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Jesus and the Final Prophet
    and Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon them)
  • Belief in the Day of Judgment When all of
    humanity will be held accountable for their
  • Belief in the Angels of God.
  • Belief in Qadar. Predestine and Due Measure.
  • __________________________________________________
  • Innocence of Humankind at Birth.
  • No Intermediary between God and Humans.

What are the Five Pillars of Islam?
  • Testimony of Faith There is no deity but God
    (Allah) and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet)
    of God
  • Prayer Daily at Dawn, Noon, Mid-Afternoon,
    Sunset and Night. Each prayer takes a few
  • Poor Due (Zakat) An annual payment of 2.5 of a
    Muslims wealth which is distributed among the
    needy. Optional charity is encouraged.
  • Fasting Total abstinence from food and liquid
    from dawn to sunset during the month of Ramadan.
  • Hajj Annual pilgrimage to Makkah for those who
    are physically and financially able.

Abrahamic Connection?
  • Genesis 175 No longer will you be called Abram,
    your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a
    father of many nations.
  • Quran 2124 And (remember) when his Lord tried
    Abraham with (His) commands, and he fulfilled
    them, He said Lo! I have appointed thee a leader
    of many nations. (Abraham) said And of my
    offspring (will there be leaders) ? He said My
    covenant does not include the unjust.

Abrahamic Connection?
  • It is here in Makkah that Prophet Abraham and his
    son Ishmael built a house of worship for God.

What do Muslims believe about Jesus?
  • Quran confirms his virgin birth
  • 345 - Behold! the angels said O Mary! God gives
    thee glad tidings of a Word from Him his name
    will be Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, held in
    honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the
    company of) those nearest to God (46) He shall
    speak to the people in childhood and in maturity.
    And he shall be of the righteous.

What do Muslims believe about Jesus? Continued
  • Quran 347 - She said My Lord! How can I have a
    child when no mortal has touched me ? He said So
    (it will be). Allah creates what He will. If He
    decrees a thing, He says unto it only Be! and it
  • Quran 359 - The likeness of Jesus before God is
    as that of Adam He created him from dust, then
    said to him "Be". And he was.

What does the Quran say about Creation?
  • The Quran encourages humankind to use the powers
    of intelligence and observation.
  • Origin of Universe Do the unbelievers not
    realize that the heavens and the earth used to be
    one solid mass that we exploded into existence?
    And from water we made all living things. Would
    they believe? Quran 2130
  • Expanding Universe "The heaven, We have built it
    with power. Verily. We are expanding it. Quran

What does the Quran say about Creation? Continued
  • Embryology ... Subsequently, we reproduced him
    from a tiny drop, that is placed into a well
    protected repository. Then we developed the drop
    into a hanging (embryo), then developed the
    hanging (embryo) into a bite-size (fetus), then
    created the bite-size (fetus) into bones, then
    covered the bones with flesh. We thus produce a
    new creature. Most blessed is GOD, the best
    Creator. Then, later on, you die. Then, on the
    Day of Resurrection, you will be resurrected.
    Qur'an 2312-16

How does Islam adjust in the USA?
  • Islam in America - News Segment (2 min, 32 sec)
    (Produced by CBS Evening News - January 25, 1998)
  • http//islam.org/Video/cbs1.ram

What aspects of Islam effect the work place?
  • Holidays Two main Holidays
  • One to celebrate the end of the fasting month
    (Ramadan). Second to commemorate the example of
    Prophet Abraham (pbuh). The end of annual
    pilgrimage (Hajj)
  • Dietary Restriction No Pig meat (pepperoni, ham,
    pork, bacon, etc.) No intoxicants
  • Ablution Washing before prayers
  • Prayers Noon, Mid Afternoon and Friday
  • Fasting in Ramadan No food during lunch meetings

What does Islam say about Diversity?
  • O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of
    a male and a female, and made you into nations
    and tribes, that you may know each other (not
    that you may despise (each other). Verily the
    most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he
    who is) the most righteous of you. And Allah has
    full knowledge and is well acquainted (with all
    things). Quran 4913

  • On-line
  • www.Islam.org
  • Books
  • Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai
  • ISLAM 2000 by Dr. Murad Hofmann
  • Struggling to Surrender by Dr. Jeffrey Lang

Peace Submissionto the One Almighty God
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