Q & A

islam

1. What is Islam?

Islam is not a new religion as some may consider, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people. For a fifth of the world’s population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Islam teaches its adherents to promote peace, mercy, and forgiveness.

2. What does Islam mean?

Islam is derived from the root word salaam which means ‘peace’ and ‘submission. ’ In a religious context, Islam means relates to the complete submission to the will of God.

3. Do Islam and Christianity have different origins?

Islam, Judaism, and Christianity together go back to the prophet and patriarch Abraham (peace be upon him). All prophets are direct descended from Prophet Abraham’s sons. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the descendant from his eldest son, Ishmael. Whereas Prophets Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) are descendants from Isaac.

4. Who are Muslims?

Over one billion people across the world from a vast range of races, nationalities and cultures across the globe are united by their common Islamic faith. Muslims are located across multiple continents such as Europe, Asia, Africa etc.

5. What do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe in the following –
1) One unique incomparable God (Allah).
2) Book revealed by God to his Messengers
3) Angels
4) All prophets (This includes the chain of prophets starting with Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist and Jesus, (peace be upon them).
5) Destiny
6) Day of Judgement

6. Who is Allah?

Allah is an Arabic word for ‘God.’ It is a personal name which Allah calls Himself in the Quran. This word can also be found in Aramaic copies of the Bible, and even Christian Arabs use the word Allah.

7. Who is Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)?

Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the final Messenger sent by Allah. He was born in Mecca in the year 571 A.D.

8. How did Muhammad (peace be upon him) become a Prophet and Messenger of Allah?

At the age of 40, Muhammad announced his prophethood. Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from Allah God through the Archangel Gabriel.

9. What is the Quran?

The Quran is a record of the exact words revealed by Allah through the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It was memorized by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and subsequently dictated to his companions who wrote crosschecked it during his lifetime. The miracle of the Quran is that until today not one word of the Quran has been changed over the past centuries.

10. What does the Quran speak about?

The Quran is the prime source of every Muslim’s faith and practice. It deals with all the subjects that concern us as human beings. It provides guidelines for a healthy working society through wisdom, doctrine, worship, and law. But the basic theme is strengthening one’s relationship between God (Allah) and His creatures (us).

11. Are there any other sacred sources?

Yes, the Prophetic sayings and actions. (Also known as Sunnah)
This is the verbal saying and practical examples of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). After the Quran, this form of actions and saying i.e. (Hadith) is the second authority for Muslims. A Hadith is a reliably transmitted report
of what the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, did, or approved. Belief in the Sunnah is part of the Islamic faith.

Examples of a Hadith is the following:

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “God shows no mercy upon whom do not show mercy towards others.”

12. Who is Jesus to Muslims?

Jesus (peace be upon him) is a true prophet sent by Allah like every other prophet – Moses, Abraham, Lot, Noah, Jonah, Joseph, etc (peace be upon them).

13. Who were the parents of Jesus (peace be upon him)?

Jesus is the son of Virgin Mary and he had no father.

14. Can Jesus (peace be upon him), or Muhammad (peace be upon him) be worshipped?

No, Worship is solely for Almighty Allah, the creator of all. A prophet, a person, an angel, or anything can be worshipped in place of Allah or even along with Him.

15. Do Muslims believe that Allah created the heavens and earth in 6 days?

Yes.

16. What is the Holy House (Kabah) in Mecca?

The Kabah is the place of worship, which God commanded Prophet Abraham and Ishmael (may peace be upon them) to build over four thousand years ago and until today Muslims visit this holy sanctuary. This is also the direction every Muslim faces when praying.

17. Who are amongst the people that must fast in the blessed month of Ramadan?

Fasting is a fundamental pillar of Islam which teaches self-discipline and respect towards the poor. However those who are sick, travellers, health endangered and pregnant women etc are all exempt from fasting in the month of Ramadan.