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Another Introduction To Islam

Another Introduction To Islam

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
# Topic Page #
1. Foreword...................................................................................................................12. What is Islam?..........................................................................................................13. Monotheism..............................................................................................................14. The Oneness of God in His Lordship.......................................................................25. The Devotion of all Worship to The One God Alone...............................................26. The Uniqueness and Oneness of God in His Names and Attributes.........................37. The Six Articles of Faith...........................................................................................48. Belief in God.............................................................................................................49. Belief in His Angels..................................................................................................510. Belief in His Books.................................................................................................511. Belief in His Prophets and Messengers...................................................................512. Belief in the Day of Judgment................................................................................613. Belief in Divine Decree..........................................................................................714. The Free Will of the Human Being.........................................................................715. There is No Compulsion in Religion......................................................................816. The Five Pillars of Islam.........................................................................................817. The Declaration of Faith
(Shahada)
.......................................................................818. Praying Five Times a Day
(Salat)
...........................................................................919. Paying the Yearly Alms
(Zakat)
.............................................................................920. Fasting During Ramadhan
(Sawm)
.......................................................................1021. Making a Pilgrimage to Makka (Mecca)
(Hajj)
....................................................1022. The Qur’
ā
n............................................................................................................1023. The
Sunnah
of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)...................................1224. The Story of Adam and Eve..................................................................................1225. Jesus (Peace be upon him)....................................................................................1426. Sin and Repentance...............................................................................................1427. Organizational Structure of Islam.........................................................................1528. Islamic Law...........................................................................................................1629. The Islamic Dress Code........................................................................................1730. Women in Islam....................................................................................................1731. Male Chauvinism and the Muslim World.............................................................1832. Islam, Warfare, and
 Jih
ā
.....................................................................................1933. Science and Technology.......................................................................................2134. The Dangers of Innovations in Islam
(Bid’ah)
.....................................................2235. Fundamentalism and Terrorism............................................................................2336. Conclusion............................................................................................................2437. Editor’s Note.........................................................................................................25
ISLAM IS… ISBN 0-9719158-0-6
Copyright © 2002 Pete Seda
 All rights reserved.
Cover design by Pete Seda
This book is copyrighted
. Any or all parts of this book may be used for educational purposes as long as theinformation used is not in any way quoted out of context or used for profit. First Printing 2/02
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 Please contact us for printed copies or download of this book.
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 An Islamic Non-Profit Organization
www.alharamain.org 
haramain@alharamain.org 
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Islam Is…
1
1.
FOREWORD
The purpose of this work is to present the authentic teachings of Islam. There isonly one Islam, and only one example of how it is to be lived - that of the ProphetMuhammad
(Peace be upon him)
.
1
Our intention is to provide a basic overview of the maintenets as given in the Qur’
ā
n and by the example set by the Prophet. We also attemptto address some commonly asked questions about Islam.Despite the fact that over one-fifth of the world’s population is Muslim, Islam isoften misunderstood and misrepresented in contemporary Western society. It is hopedthat this work will help shed light on Islam, which was divinely communicated toMuhammad
(Peace be upon him),
and dispel any commonly held misconceptions that ignite prejudice and hatred.We write this in the hope that people of all faiths will join us in making this aworld of tolerance, kindness, understanding, and peace.
2.
WHAT IS ISLAM?
The Arabic word “Islam” literally means
“submission.”
Islam, as a faith, meanstotal and sincere submission to God. Such submission to God brings peace andtranquility.The name Islam
2
is universal in its meaning. Islam is not named after a tribe of  people or after an individual, as Judaism is named after the Tribe of Judah, Christianityis named after Christ, and Buddhism is named after Buddha. Islam was not a namechosen by human beings; it was divinely communicated from God. Islam is a completeway of life, implying a total submission to God. One who submits his or her will toGod, voluntarily,
3
is called a Muslim. It was not Muhammad but Adam
(Peace be uponthem)
who first brought Islam to humanity. Then, each Prophet and Messenger 
(Peace beupon them)
came to exhort the people to clear understanding of God’s Commandmentand offered teachings pertinent to that time, until finally the Prophet Muhammad camewith the Last Testament.
Allah
is the proper Name of the One
4
True God who Created the heavens and theearth. It should be mentioned that Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians call God by the Name Allah.
3.
MONOTHEISM
The concept of monotheism (known as
tawheed 
in Arabic) is the single mostimportant concept in Islam. Monotheism is similar to the first of the TenCommandments, and everything in Islam is built upon it. Islam calls humanity to
 
1
. It is Islamic tradition to offer blessings of peace to all the Prophets and Messengers of God. Not to do so whenthey are named would be considered a withholding of respect.
2
. Some Muslims are uncomfortable calling Islam a “religion,” as Islam is not an institutionalized faith. In ArabicIslam is referred to as a
 Deen,
“Way of life.” This is the same as early Christians who also called their faith “TheWay.”
3
.
 
Voluntarily in this sense means more than not being coerced. It means submitting to God without ulterior motives or reservations, and with genuine wholeheartedness.
4
. The additional capitalization found throughout this text reflects respect for God and sets His Divine Attributesapart from all creation.
 
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Islam Is...
worship the One and only true God. No act of worship or devotion has any meaning or value if this concept is in any way compromised.Due to its importance, the concept of monotheism must be properly understood.Everything that we know with regard to the Divine Unity of God must be cherished.For ease of discussion, monotheism can be looked at from the following three perspectives:1. The
Oneness of God
in His Lordship2. The Devotion of All Worship to The
One God Alone
3. The Uniqueness and
Oneness of God
in His Names and AttributesThis breakdown is by no means the only way to approach the subject of God’sUnity, but it allows the topic to be easily analyzed and discussed.
4.
THE ONENESS OF GOD IN HIS LORDSHIP
The Oneness of God in His Lordship means that God Has Absolute Mastery over the universe.
He alone is the Creator of all things.
He alone Causes everything tohappen. He is the One Who Provides all sustenance and Who Determines life anddeath. He is All-Powerful, absolutely Perfect, free from any defect. No one shares inHis Dominion. None can resist His Decree. He is the One Who Created each of usfrom a single cell and Made us into what we are. He is the One Who Created billionsof galaxies and every electron, neutron, and quark contained within them, Keeping allthat exists and all the laws of nature in perfect measure. Not a leaf falls from a treewithout His Permission and Account.He is far Greater than our imagination. He is so Powerful that for anything to beCreated He simply Says,
“Be,”
and it is. He Created time, space, and all the knownand unknown worlds, yet He is not part of any of them. Most faiths recognize that theCreator of the universe is One, without partner. Islam includes the knowledge that Godis not a part of His creation and none of His creation shares in His Power.To believe that any of God’s creation shares in any of His Power or Attributeswould be considered polytheism and disbelief. Examples of such false beliefs would beto consider that fortune tellers and astrologers can predict the future; God Says only HeHas Knowledge of the future. Only the Divine can bring Divine help! No being has theability to give Divine help or Divine guidance. Believing good luck charms andtalismans have Divine power is a form of polytheism. These concepts are renounced inIslam.
5.
THE DEVOTION OF ALL WORSHIP TO THE ONE GODALONE
Only God is to be worshipped. This was proclaimed by all the Prophets andMessengers of Islam who were Sent by God throughout the ages and is the core belief of Islam. God Tells us that the purpose of the creation of mankind is to worship Himalone. The purpose of Islam is to call people away from the worship of creation and todirect them toward the worship of the Creator only.This is where Islam differs from other religions. Though most religions teach thatthere is a Creator Who Created all that exists, they are rarely free of some form of  polytheism (idolatry) with respect to worship. These religions either call on their ad-herents to worship other beings besides God as gods (though usually placing these

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