MAN’S NEED FOR FAITH

Man is weak and vulnerable; many unpredictable forces can affect him, obstructing his desires and goals. He becomes ill, he loses things, he gets hurt, he plans – and he often fails. As man looks at the scale of the universe around him – seas, mountains, the grandeur of the heavens and galaxies – he must consider his insignificance and weakness. At this point, unless he is extremely arrogant, he will begin to feel humble and helpless next to the [Read More]

Islam

ISLAM According to Islam, everything that we see, as well as that which we don’t see, in this immeasurable universe – including us – is the domain of one Supreme Being, Allah, the one true God and Master. He exists without need of anything, not born or created, but Who Himself created everything and provides for every entity; every atom. Islam is not a new religion; it simply represents the original message and Revelation which was sent since the appearance of [Read More]

The Messenger of Islam

THE MESSENGER OF ISLAM Muhammad (peace upon him) was the Prophet and Messenger through whom God sent the last divine revelation to humankind. Biblical prophecies on the advent of the Prophet Muhammad are numerous. (ref. Deuteronomy 18:18-19, John 1:19-21 and 16:7-14) He was born around the year 570 C.E. in the Arabian city of Makkah. In the middle of the city stands an ancient house of worship called the Ka’bah, which is believed to exist from the time of Adam and [Read More]

The Books of Islam

THE BOOKS OF ISLAM God has revealed various Books at different times to guide mankind, such as the Torah, the Gospel and the Psalms given to Moses, Jesus and David. The Qur’an is the last holy book, or scripture; the Word of God, originally transmitted to Muhammad in Arabic by the Angel Gabriel. But it was always meant for all humanity, not for any exclusive group. At its heart is the teaching of monotheism — the worship of One God and no others — [Read More]

Tolerance in Islam

TOLERANCE IN ISLAM There are five divine guidelines that the Qur’an clearly presents to Muslims for buildingtolerance and understanding among differing religions. • Everyone’s God-given human dignity must be respected, regardless of his or her faith, race, ethnic origin, gender, or social status (ref. Qur’an 17:70). Because everyone is created by God Almighty, the Maker of all, humans must treat one another with full honor, respect, and loving-kindness. • Islam teaches it is by Divine Will that God’s human creation follows different religions, or [Read More]

The Ka’bah

THE KA’BAH The Ka’bah is the black cubical stone structure in the courtyard of the Great Mosque at Makkah. It was built by Adam and rebuilt by Ibrahim (Abraham) and his son Ismail (Ishmael) as the first place on earth wholly dedicated to the worship of God Almighty, the One True Creator of all. It has been given the honorary name, Beit-Allah-alharam, meaning ‘the sacred house of God.’ The interior of the Ka’bah is empty and it is not entered except on [Read More]

How Do Muslims Practice Their Faith?

HOW DO MUSLIMS PRACTICE THEIR FAITH? In Arabic Islam means ‘submission’, in other words, submission to the will of God. It also means ‘to enter into peace’, specifically, the peace one finds through submission to God’s will. Muslims accept five primary obligations in life, commonly called the Five Pillars of Islam. In practice, of course, Muslims can be seen observing all of these to varying degrees, for the responsibility of fulfilling the obligations lies on the shoulders of each individual. [Read More]

Understanding the Islamic Calendar

UNDERSTANDING THE ISLAMIC CALENDAR The Islamic calendar is based on a lunar year of 12 full lunar (monthly) cycles, taking 354 days. Each new year in the Islamic calendar thus falls 10 or 11 days earlier according to the 364 day solar calendar. The 12 months of the Islamic year are: 1. Muharram 2. Safar 3. Rabi’ al-Awwal (Rabi’ 1) 4. Rabi’ al-Thani (Rabi 2) 5. Jumada al-Ula (Jumada I) 6. Jumada al-Akhirah (Jumada II) 7. Rajab 8. Sha’ban 9. Ramadan 10. Shawwal 11. Dhu al-Qa’dah 12. Dhi al-Hijjah The first day of [Read More]

Islam’s Contribution to Human Civilization

ISLAM’S CONTRIBUTION TO HUMAN CIVILIZATION Islam’s golden age in science, technology and intellectual culture spanned about 500 years, from the ninth until the 14th centuries. Muslim achievements in these areas greatly influenced the European Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries, as well as the birth of modern scientific method in the 17th century. Bertrand Russell, the famous British philosopher, has rightly claimed it was Muslims “who introduced the empirical method” in the study of nature, and cultivated it widely when [Read More]

Articles of Faith

ARTICLES OF FAITH There are seven Articles of Faith in Islam. These basic beliefs shape the Islamic way of life. 1  Belief in the Oneness of God There is One God, Supreme and Eternal, Creator and Provider, Who is Merciful and Compassionate. God has neither father nor mother, and no sons or daughters. God has never fathered anyone, nor was He fathered. God has no equals. He is God of all humankind, not of a special tribe, race, or group of people. [Read More]

Islamic Law

ISLAMIC LAW Here is a list of terminologies in Islamic Law and Jurisprudence: Halal – that which is permitted by God the Law-Giver; Mustahabb – that which is loved by God but is not obligatory and is rewardable; Makruh – that which is disliked, but is a lesser degree than Haram; and Haram – that which is prohibited. Anyone who engages in Haram is liable for God’s punishment and may be subject to legal prosecution and discipline. Some supportive issues and principles in Islamic Law include: The basic principle [Read More]

Dress & Dietary Requirements

DRESS & DIETARY REQUIREMENTS In Islam, clothing has two purposes; to cover the body and to modestly beautify one’s appearance. Men are to dress modestly, not imitating women. Women’s clothing must cover all of the body including the head, and should not be tight or transparent. For a Muslim, there are two types of food and drink; Halal (lawful) and Haram (unlawful). Unlawful, forbidden (Haram) food and drink includes: Meat from dead animals that died naturally through accidents [except fish], or [Read More]

Hadith

HADITH This is a body of literature that comprises the sayings, teachings, behaviour and silent approvals of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muslims try to emulate the character of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in their daily lives and use the Hadith as a key source to that end. The Qur’an together with authentic Hadith constitute the two most authoritative sources for moral, ethical and spiritual guidance for Muslims.   Read sayings of the Last Prophet (peace be upon him) [Read More]