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Shahid Athar - 25 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Islam

Shahid Athar - 25 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Islam

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25 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Islam
Shahid Athar
Published:
2005
Categorie(s):Tag(s):
Islam "Questions about Islam" Allah Muhammad Questions
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Introduction
The pluralistic American society is changing from being a "melting pot"to a "salad bowl"' in which all ingredients are encouraged to preserveand display their distinct individual taste and flavor. However, eventhough Islam is a major religion with over 1 billion followers worldwideand over 6 million in the U.S.A., some Americans still think it is a cult,some believe all Muslims are terrorists or have 4 wives or ask me if mywife puts on a veil, walks behind me or does belly dancing for me! Thus,the misconceptions about lslam continue because of a lack of correct in-formation about the basic teachings of Islam.The ongoing crisis in the Muslim world and the misrepresentation of Islam sometimes by the media challenges us to answer questions by ournon- Muslim friends about our way of life in a simple and concise lan-guage. I have given many lectures to non-Muslim school and college stu-dents, church audiences, inter-faith gatherings, and have appeared on ra-dio and TV talk shows.Thus, based on actual questions asked from me due to their ignoranceabout Islam, my simplified answers are presented in this booklet. I thankall those who reviewed the manuscript for their valuable input.However, I take sole responsibility for the contents of this booklet.SHAHID ATHAR, MD
Dr.Atharisaphysician,anIslamicwriterandspeaker.Heisauthorof over 60 articles and 5 books on Islam.
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What is Islam?
The word "Islam" means
peace
and
submission
. Peace means to be atpeace with yourself and your surroundings and submission means sub-mission to the will of God. A broader meaning of the word "Islam" is toachieve peace by submitting to the will of God.This is a unique religion with a name which signifies a moral attitudeand a way of life. Judaism takes its name from the tribe of Juda, Chris-tianity from Jesus Christ, Buddhism from Goutam Buddha and Hin-duism from Indus River. However, Muslims derive their identity fromthe message of Islam, rather than the person of Muhammed (Pbuh), thusshould not be called "Muhammadans".
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