Frequently Asked Questions on Islam
What is Islam?
Islam is the voluntary ‘submission’ or ‘surrender’ to the Will of God, in exchange for the acquisition of peace and contentment in this life and in the hereafter. In the Religion of Islam, one submits to God by believing in Him and living in accordance with His Divine Law. Only when one submits to the Will of God does one enjoy an innate and lasting sense of security, true peace of mind, and surety of heart. The religion of Islam demonstrates that only through good works and the seeking of God’s pleasure can one find true happiness, peace, and contentment in life. The Religion of Islam is a monotheistic religion; a faith in which followers acknowledge and recognize the existence of One Supreme God and Being Who is Almighty, All-Powerful, All-Knowledgeable, All-Loving. Islam stresses the existence of Only One God. The same God of Prophet Adam, Prophet Noah, Prophet Abraham, Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus, and Prophet Muhammad. May peace be upon them all.
Who is Allah?
The word ‘Allah’ is the unique name of God. He is The One and Only, the Absolute & Eternal God. He is the creator of the Heavens and Earth, the creator of the Universe. He is the Lord of all lords, King of all kings. He is the Most Compassionate and Most Merciful. Allah Neither Begets, nor Is He Begotten. And He knows no equal. The word Allah translates to mean God. Allah is not a foreign God and does not bear a foreign name. Allah, rather, is the semantic term for God. Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable God, who has no son, no family, and no partner. None should be worshipped but Him alone. He is the true God, and every other deity is false. God is unique, indivisible and similar to nothing. Whenever you try to compare God to anything in this world, it cannot be God; because God, to put it simply is incomparable. God as a concept cannot be fully comprehended and grasped by our finite human minds. Allah is the creator of everything from atoms to galaxies, from the smallest of animals to the largest. He is the Director of all that is created. He is the Master of the Day of Judgement.
What is the Quran?
God revealed His Wisdom, Laws, and Instructions through his final Book, the Holy Quran. The Quran states that in every age, a book is revealed. God has sent forth a number of books in the past; but the last and final revelation is the Glorious Koran, which was revealed to the last and final Prophet, Muhammad. All Revelations preceding the Holy Quran were sent only to a particular group of people and pertained to a certain time period. Yet the final and ultimate revelation, the Koran, was not revealed for only a particular group of people but for all of mankind, until the end of time. The Holy Quran is the verbatim word of God. Unlike other sacred scriptures like the Bible, the Quran has been perfectly preserved in both its words and meaning–and in a language that still exists today. Whereas Muslims believe that the original Bible was sent from God, the Bible has been altered, distorted, and modified during the last centuries, so that it contains words of man and not the Divine Being. The Qur an is the primary source of Islam for all Muslims. The Qur an is a personal guidance book that will navigate one throughout the course of his daily struggles.
Who are the Prophets?
God has sent thousands of Prophets and Messengers to humankind. Every nation on Earth received a Prophet. They all preached the same general message that there is Only One Deity worthy of worship. He is the One and Only God, without a partner, son, daughter, or an equal. All other gods are false and are only creations of God and not the actual Creator. All the Prophets and Messengers came with the same purpose; to lead mankind to God. Muslims believe that God communicates His guidance through human Prophets. Belief in the Prophets who God chose to relay His message to humans is a required article of Islamic faith. The Prophets of Islam do not seek anything for their personal interest in this world. Rather they seek things for the public interest by warning their people against what may harm them. The Prophets of God came to guide mankind to build a relationship with their creator, to get to know Him and to love Him with all their hearts. The Prophets of God taught humanity that life is only a test where the success will enter Heaven eternally and the unsuccessful will enter the hellfire.
The Holy Quran mentions recounted stories of previous nations that received Prophets and Messengers to convey God’s Message. While a few of believed, the majority of their people of those past nations rejected, disobeyed, and denied the Message of God. After the denials, the people of those nations who disbelieved were destroyed in natural disasters by Allah. God the Almighty has mentioned the stories of perished nations and their wrongdoings in the Holy Quran to warn our nation against making the same mistakes that they did. The repeating of their mistakes can lead to the same outcomes. By comparing the past nations to our nation, one would come to a conclusion that our nation is in serious danger. The same sinful deeds that were committed in the past, are being repeated by today’s Muslims. God has given our nation warnings that if we repeat the errors and sins of past nations, we too will be punished.
Who is Prophet Muhammad?
Prophet Muhammad is the last and final Prophet of God who was sent and meant to speak to and for all humankind until the end of time. Prophet Muhammad was born about 570 years following the birth of Prophet Jesus. He was born in Mecca, in the Arabian Peninsula. At the age of forty, Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation in a cave from God via the Angel Gabriel. He then spent the remaining portion of his life explaining and living the teachings of the Quran and Islam. God states in the Quran that He sent his Prophet as a mercy for mankind. The Prophet was sent to guide humanity. Prophet Muhammad understood the Quran, he loved the Quran, and he lived his life based on the principles of the Quran and its standards. He is the World’s best role model for all humankind. He preached justice, fairness, peace, and love. Muslims attempt to emulate the Prophet Muhammad’s faith, behavior, and actions. Prophet Muhammad is certainly one of the most influential figures in history; one whose life, actions, and thoughts changed the world.
The Arabic word ‘Muslim’ literally translates to mean someone in submission to the will and law of God. The message of Islam has always been universal and meant for all people. Anyone who accepts this message becomes a Muslim. One out of every four persons on this earth is a Muslim. This faith claims 1.8 billion followers, which equates to about 24% of the global population. A Muslim is a person that submits his or her will to Almighty God, as he acknowledges that God knows what’s best for him; so he follows God’s commandments for his own best interest. A Muslim is someone who lives to attain a higher purpose in life. This purpose is found when one lives to better himself and the things around him. A Muslim lives following God’s commandments so he can live a peaceful and happy life in this world, and so that he can prepare himself for eternal joy in the next world.
Who is a Non-Muslim?
The opposite of a Muslim is a Kafir. The Quran warns one against being a kafir. The word kafir occurs more than 150 times in the Qur an. The word kafir refers to something that is covered up or concealed. The Qu ran uses the word kafir to describe a disbeliever of God because a kafir is one that is insincere in their life; deliberately rejecting the truth which they covered despite knowing its truth. A kafir is also someone that refuses to question the beliefs taught to them during their childhood. They blindly follow their forefathers without thinking, reflecting and pondering over their beliefs. They do not search for the truth. The word kafir in the west is usually translated to an infidel, which is not the proper definition. The word infidel means someone who does not believe in God, whereas a kafir is someone that denies, conceals, or refuses the truth. A kafir is someone that rejects the truth or knows the truth but refuses to act upon it. Islam does not teach followers to hate non-Muslims. In fact, Islam came to bring dignity to all human beings.
Purpose of Life?
All of the creation praises, worship, and lives in submission to the Almighty, in their own unique way. All of God’s creations know their mission and purpose. Just like the physical world submits to its Lord, human beings must submit to the Will and Laws of God. Man is expected to worship and praise his Creator, much like the creations around him are continuously praising God in humility. Unlike other creations of God, man was gifted with the qualities of intelligence, the ability to comprehend and understand, and the wisdom to think, reflect, and ponder over his Creator as well as his life purpose. Unlike other creations of God, Man was also gifted with the ultimate beauty of expression, and with the ability to make choices and decisions. A person’s purpose in life is to find God, build a relationship with Him, and engage in a continuous effort to submit to His will. Mankind was created to worship God; to serve His cause; engaging in the struggle and the quest of doing right, shunning evil, and being just. Life is also a test. Some get tested through a life of poverty, some are tempted by wealth, some enjoy good health, some suffer from bad health, etc. The successful will enter Heaven eternally and the unsuccessful will enter the hellfire.