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Cat Stevens-famous Yvonne Ridley- Joseph Estes Maurice Bucaille-

Pop Singer The Guardian Ex-Christian Minister French scientist

General Charles
Lord Headly, Buchanan nephew of
Mario Scialoja Murad Hoffman British Statesman- former US President
Italian Ambassador German ambassador Editor Slisbury Times James Buchanan

Peter Sanders famous Knud Holmboe, Danish


photographer Jeffry Lang-KS univ. ALI Journalist at Dagens Nyheder

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A way of life not just a religion
1.3 billion Muslims
Only 15% are Arabs.
1 out of every 5 people is a Muslim.

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M+6+5
=
ISLAM

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M+6+5
M= Meaning
6= Beliefs
5= Deeds

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The meaning of Islam?
(A) Linguistic meaning
Surrender – purity - peace.
(B) Islamic meaning
If a person fully surrenders himself to Almighty
God alone, worshiping Him purely will live in
peace and harmony in this life and in the life
after .
MUSLIM = A Person who submits to God

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Relevant issues

• Every human being is born pre-formatted to


submit to GOD.
• Human beings have free will.
• No compulsion in religion.
• People are born without any inherited sin
(All humans from Adam and Adam from earth)
• No supremacy: All people are equal.
( Piety not racism )

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Six Beliefs
1. Almighty God (Allah)
2. His angels
3. His scriptures (Books)
4. His messengers
5. The day of resurrection
6. The divine destiny.

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There is no deity worthy of worship except Allah
ALLAH is the proper noun for God.
Arab Christians & Jews call the Deity ALLAH
as well, ALLAH has many attributes and
names which describe Him.

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Genesis
8‫ا‬
Allah
Allah

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Unique
Has No Partners
Alone is Creator
The Sustainer of All That Exists
Does Not Father Nor is Born
There is Nothing Like Unto Him

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• The All Merciful The All Beneficent
• The Savior The Knower of All
• The Bestower of Honors The Humiliator
• The Hearer of All The Seer of All
• The Judge The Just
• The All Aware The Magnificent
• The Forgiver The Highest
• The Greatest The Preserver
• The Mighty The Generous

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• The Watchful One The Responder to Prayer
• The Perfectly wise The Loving One
• The Majestic One The Resurrector
• The Truth The Possessor of All Strength
• The Giver of Life The Taker of Life
• The Ever living One The Self Existing One
• The All Powerful The Supreme One
• The Avenger The Patient One
The Guide to Repentance

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The nature of Angels.
– Created from light.
– They do not have free will
– They do specific tasks such as:
»Carry messages to the messengers of
God.
» They protect human beings.
»They record our deeds.

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Torah, Gospel, Qur’an, etc.

–Gabriel carried them to messengers;


100% correct.
–The Qur’an is the only book that has
been maintained in its original language;
Arabic.

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What is the Qur’an?
• Last revelation.
• Principal source of faith and practice.
• Deals with all subjects that concern human beings,
including wisdom, doctrine, worship and law.
• Its basic themes are the relationship between God and
His creatures and between people one another.
• The Qur'an provides guidelines for a just society,
proper human conduct, and equitable economic
principles.

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A sample from the Quran
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
1. All praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
2. the Compassionate, the Merciful
3. King of the Day of Judgement
4. You alone we worship; and to You alone we turn for help
5. Guide us to the straight path
6. The path of those whom You have favored
7. Not of those who have incurred Your anger, nor of those
who have gone astray. Amen.

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Another sample from the Qur’an

“O’ Mankind! (Allah) created you from male


& female and made you into Nations
& tribes, that you may know each other.
Surely the most honored of you in the
sight of Allah is the most righteous of
you , and Allah has full knowledge and is
well acquainted .” (49:13)

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Scientific Miracles of the Quran

Religion & Science are associates in Islam.

Many Muslims scholars were considered


among the greatest scientists of their time, as
well as many branches of science were either
considered to be an Islamic innovation
like Algebra & Chemistry or indebted to
Muslim Scientists like Medicine and
Architecture.

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Ai-Khawarizmi (Algorism, 750-850)
invented Algebra and was instrumental
in the development of trigonometry,
calculus and the use of algorithms.

Ibn Hayyan (Geber, 738-813)


known as the father of
chemistry

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Ibn Sina (Avicenna, 981-
1037)-a very well known
physician, authored the
“Canon of Medicine” & the
“Book of Healing”. His
writings were considered
the authority on medicine
for over 500 years.
Al-Zahrawi (Albucasis, 936-1013)
recognized as the father of modern
surgery

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{.. But say: O my Lord, increase me
in knowledge } Ta-ha 20:114

Many scientific discoveries were used for better


understanding of Quran (Scientific Miracles of
the Quran ) which were a magnetic attraction for
today’s scientists.

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"It is He Who
created the night
and the day, and
the sun and the
moon. They swim
along, each in an
orbit. “ (The
Qur'an, 21:33)

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Have we not made the earth as a wide
expanse, and the mountains as pegs?
(78: 6-7)
The scientific definition
of mountains:
“Mountains are merely
the tops of great masses
of rock, floating in a
more dense substratum
as icebergs float in
water.” George Airy
(1865)

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"Yes, We are able
to fashion in
perfect order the
very tips of his
fingers." (Qur'an,
75:3-4)

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"He has let loose the two seas, converging
together, with a barrier between them they do
not break through." (Quran 55:19-20)
Salinity Density

Temperature Currents

Because of the physical force called “surface tension


“the waters of neighboring seas do not mix. Caused by
the difference in the density of their waters, surface
tension prevents them from mingling with one another,
just as if a thin wall were between them. (Davis, Richard
A ., Jr. 1972, Principles of Oceanography, Don Mills, Ontario)

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• One Message for all messengers.
Worship God alone and do not
associate partners with Him

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All messengers are the best human
beings, They do not commit Major
sins.
None of them is divine.
Jesus is a messenger like other
messengers
Jesus is coming back

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M F
MF None M F

Adam Eve Jesus

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“Say: We believe in Allah, and the
revelation given to us, and that given to
Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob and the
tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus,
and that given to all prophets from their
Lord: We make no difference between one
and another of them and we submit to
Allah (Muslims)”(2:136)

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• He (Allah) has ordained for you (O people)
the same religion which He ordained for
Noah, and that which We have revealed to
you (O Muhammad), and that which We
ordained for Abraham, Moses and Jesus
saying you should establish religion, and
make no divisions (various sects in religion):
to those who worship other things than
ALLAH, hard is the (way) to which you call
them (42:13)

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Allah is the founder of Islam

Prophet Muhammad is the final Messenger of Allah

His traditions (Sunnah) are considered the number two


source of Islamic knowledge and legislation after the Quran

Before becoming a Prophet his people used to call him the


trustworthy and the truthful

For Muslims he is the most beloved person and an example


to follow

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A Sample of his traditions:

“The powerful is not he who knocks the


other down, indeed the powerful is he
who controls himself in a fit of anger.”

“The most harmful container a person may


fill is his stomach, few bites are enough for
him or else then one third for his food, one
third for his drink and one third for his
breath.”

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A Sample of his traditions:

“He who eats his fill while his neighbor


goes to bed without food is not a believer.”

“None of you truly believes until he wishes


for his brother what he wishes for himself.“
“God does not judge according to your
bodies and appearances but he scans your
hearts and looks into your deeds.”

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Lamartine (the famous historian in l’histoire de la
turkie,1854,Vol II p.276)

“If greatness of purpose,


smallness of means and
outstanding results are the
three criteria of human
genius, who could dare to
compare any great man in
modern history with
Muhammad.”

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Bernard Shaw: ( The genuine Islam, vol I p. 8)

“I believe that if a man like him


were to assume the leadership
of the modern world he would
succeed in solving its problems
in a way that would bring to
this world much needed peace
and happiness.”

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Mahatma Ghandi
I became more than convinced
that it was not the sword that won
a place for Islam in those days in
the scheme of life. It was the rigid
simplicity, the utter self-
effacement of the Prophet, the
scrupulous regard for his pledges,
his intense devotion to this
friends and followers, his
intrepidity, his fearlessness, his
absolute trust in God and in his
own mission.

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Wolfgang Goethe, the most famous European poet

"He is a prophet and not a


poet and therefore his
Koran is to be seen as a
divine law and not as a
book of a human being,
made for education or
entertainment."
(Noten und Abhandlungen zum West
stlichen Divan, WA I, 7, 32)

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Michael Heart
(The greatest 100 influential figures)
My Choice of Muhammad to lead the list
of the world’s most influential persons
may surprise some readers and may be
questioned by others, but he was the only
man in history who was successful on
both the religious and secular levels.
It is this unparalleled combination of
secular and religious influence which I
feel entitles Muhammad to be considered
the most influential single figure in
human history.”

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Resurrection after death.
Reading your book of deeds.
Accountability.
Fair trial judgment.
Paradise or Hell.
Eternal life.

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• And spend (in charity) of that with which I
have provided you before death should
come to one of you, and he says: "My Lord
if only you would delay my death for a while,
then I will seize my opportunity by giving
charity of my wealth, and be among the
righteous. But Allah shall not delay the
death of a soul when its time is fulfilled; And
Allah is All-Aware of what you do. (Qur’an
63: 10-11)

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• Nothing happens without His
knowledge.
• By His knowledge. He prescribed
every thing.
• GOD knows what happened, what is
happening, what will happen and he
knows the 4th ; He knows what will not
happen, if it happened, how it would
happen

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1- The inseparable testimony
a- There is no deity but Allah.
b- Muhammad is a messenger of Allah.
2 - Establishing the prayer..
3 - Paying financial obligation (Zakah).
4- Fasting the month of Ramadan.
5- Making pilgrimage.

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1. Testimony

The inseparable testimony (Key to enter Islam)


A.There is no deity worthy of worship but
Allah .
B. Muhammad is a messenger of Allah.
Whoever says this with sincerity is to be
considered as a Muslim
Whoever dies on this belief will enter
Paradise if his sins were forgiven by Allah

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2. Prayers

The five daily prayers


» On time.
» Any pure spot on the earth
» One direction :All towards Makkah (Sense of unity).
» All biblical Prophets like Abraham,Moses, Aron &Jesus fell
on their faces in their prayers, Islam is reviving the
prophetic traditions that people forgot.

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3. Financial obligation
(Zakah)

2.5% of any cash savings held for one year.


5% to 10% of any agriculture income.
20% of any extracted resources & minerals.
The right of the poor on the rich.
Zakah = Growth & Purification.

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4. Fasting Ramadan

No eating, drinking, or sexual


activities from dawn till sunset

Patience and perseverance


through discipline.

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5. Pilgrimage
For those who are able.
Once in lifetime.
Universality of the religion

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“And say to the believing men
that they should lower their gaze
and guard their modesty; that is
purer for them, and Allah is
aware of all that they do”

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“And say to the believing women that
they should lower their gaze and guard
their modesty; that they should not
display their beauty except that which is
apparent (face and hands) and to draw
their veils over their bosoms, and not to
reveal their beauty except to their
husbands ,

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their fathers, their husbands’
fathers, their sons, their
husbands’ sons, their brothers
or their brothers’ sons or their
sisters’ sons (all relatives that
may never be able to marry
those women)”

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• All Men and Women are equal
before God.
• All Men and Women are equal
before the Law.
• They are both subject to be
equally rewarded or equally
punished

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Women in Islam, like men,
* Have the obligation to seek education.
* Have the right to engage in business.
* Engage in professions.
* Engage in public life.
* keep their family name and identity.
* Possessions secured.

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CONCLUSION

If any society or individual


oppresses women discriminates
against them, it is against Islam
not because of it.

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Linguistic meaning
Striving - Struggling
Islamic meaning
A- Non-violent struggling within oneself for a life of virtue
B- Saying the truth, even if against ones’ own interests
C-Combat to establish justice, which is a supreme goal

“Combat in the cause of ALLAH those who combat


against you, but do not transgress limits; for ALLAH
does not love transgressors” (Q 2:190)

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Combat orders as in the traditions of Prophet Mohammad:

– Never Kill Innocent People


– Never torture Prisoners of War
– Never Kill Animals
– Never Destroy Crops
– Never Destroy Infrastructures
– Never Mutilate Bodies of Enemies dead or alive
– All Prisoners Given Fair Treatment
– Women, Children & Elderly Protected From
Harm
– Always Bury All Dead With Respect
Note: 1,400 Years BEFORE Geneva Convention

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• And if two groups among the believers fall to
fighting, then reconcile between them both, but
if one of them rebels against the other, then fight
you (all) against the one that which rebels till it
complies with the Command of Allâh; then if it
complies, then make reconciliation between
them justly, and be equitable. Verily! Allâh
loves those who are equitable (Qur’an 49:9).

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Is it an obligation to fight for your rights?
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َ ^ِ‫ن َذ‬t ‫ ِإ‬iَ ‹َ Œَ ‫ َو‬iَ qَ  َ ْndَ ^َ‫ َو‬,ٌSWِ^‫َأ‬
And indeed whosoever takes revenge after he
has suffered wrong, against such there is no
blame. The blame is only against those who
oppress men with wrong doing and insolently
transgress beyond bounds through the land,
defying right and justice: for such there will be a
Penalty grievous, And verily, whosoever shows
patience and forgives, that would truly be
recommended by Allah (Q 42:41-43)

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When is it recommended to fight ?

‫ن‬
ِ ‫َا‬f^ْ }ِ ^ْ ‫َ[ ِء وَا‬u€Q ^‫ل وَا‬
ِ [َ˜iQ ^‫ ا‬n َ Rِ n َ W‹ِ gَ 
ْ kَ uْ dُ ^ْ ‫‘ وَا‬ ِ ‫ا‬p ِ Wِqr
َ {ِb ‫ن‬ َ }ُY’ِ [َ“’ُ ”
َ ْS•ُ ^َ [َR‫• َو‬
[W^ِ‫\ َو‬َ lْ fُ ^t nِR [َ€^t pَg˜ ْ ‫َ[ وَا‬UYُ‫ َأ ْه‬Sِ ^ِ[t^‫ْ َ~ ِ™ ا‬i“َ ^ْ ‫ْ َه ِ‚ ِš ا‬nRِ [َ€˜ْ iِ œ
ْ ‫€َ[ َأ‬ht ‫ن َر‬
َ }ُ^}ُ“~َ n َ ~ِ‚^t‫ا‬
(75:‫[ء‬u€^‫ًا )ا‬iWِjlَ \ َ lْ fُ ^t nِR [َ€^t pَg˜ ْ ‫وَا‬
And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the
Cause of Allah, and for those weak, ill-treated and
oppressed among men, women, and children, whose
cry is: "Our Lord! Rescue us from this town whose
people are oppressors; and raise for us from You one
who will protect, and raise for us from You one who
will help.“(Q 4:75)

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Conclusion
• Islam is a religion of PEACE, War exists only as an
exception
• Islam is the biggest enemy of Terrorism, fanaticism
and oppression
• Unfair to label all the followers of any religion
as fanatics every time there is conflict
Christians : Crusades – Bosnia
Hindus : Kashmir
Jews : Palestine

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Cat Stevens-famous Yvonne Ridley- Joseph Estes Maurice Bucaille-
Pop Singer The Guardian Ex-Christian Minister French scientist

General Charles
Lord Headly,
Mario Scialoja Murad Hoffman Buchanan nephew of
British Statesman-
Italian Ambassador German ambassador Editor Slisbury Times former US President
James Buchanan

Peter Sanders famous


photographer Jeffry Lang-KS univ. ALI Knud Holmboe, Danish
Journalist at Dagens Nyheder

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