The word Islam means submission to the will of god. Islam is a religion and a civilization. It is a religion that has been spanning over 14 centuries. It is the second largest religion in the world. Muslims believe that Islam was found over 1400 years in Mecca, Arabia. It is a religion mainly in the Asian and the African continents and also parts in Europe. 1.2 billion People from different backgrounds are Muslim. Islam is a major presence and the knowledge of Islam is very important. The study of Islam is widespread in the west and America.
The messenger of Allah said „Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the Zakat, to fast in Ramadan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so. God sent a number of Prophets to mankind to teach this Dounya how to live and to spread the message of Islam. Muhammad (saw) was our final prophet and always will be. Muslims believe that Islam always existed as a religion. They base their laws on their holy book the Quran.
The 5 pillars of Islam are: 1. Shahada 2. Salah 3. Zakat 4. Sawm 5. Hajj
In Islam we are expected to pray five times a day. These prayers are: 1. Fajr 2. Duhr 3. Asr 4. Maghrib 5. Isha
The study of Islam in the west began in the 10th and 11th century. Islam and its civilization have a played a great role and is usually admitted to the genesis and development of European and American civilization. Islam is known as the second largest community in Europe. The Islamic revelation is the third and final revelation. In Islam, the words lailaha ilallah and Muhammad is the Messenger of God contain the Alpha and the Omega of the Islamic message. The word „Allah‟ is referred to as „God‟. Allah (swt) asked human beings “am I not lord?” and they all replied at once “Yes we bear witness". Islam isn‟t based on one historical even, but on universal truth which has always and always will be the truth.
The word in Arabic meaning religion is „Al- Din‟. „Al Din‟ means repaying of our debt to god and involves the whole of our life. According to the Islamic verse: ‘God is the rich and we are the poor’ (47:38) All that we are and all that we have belongs to Allah (swt). Everything in this word (Dounya) belongs to Allah (swt) the almighty. Religion is there to remind all humans of this reality. Islam involves prayer in all its modes. The Muslims house of worship is mosques which are located all around the world. Islam also has events including some of the pillars of Islam: Sawm, Hajj and Sawm. Sawm is a month in which you don‟t eat from sunrise till sunset.
Hajj is the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca that takes place in the last month of the year. This act of worship is expected to be done at least once by all Muslims. Zakat is an obligatory payment made by all Muslims. It is used for charitable and religious purposes. These are some events that Islam holds. In Islam some things are forbidden. If they are done and if these rules are broken it is considered as a great sin. These include: -Suicide -Drinking Wine -Consumption of Pork -Non Halal products etc...
Islam teaches that it is the nature of human beings. The basic rites of Islam were revealed to the Prophet and these are usually called the pillar and arkan. These are: 1. Believe in God 2. Believe in the angels 3. To believe in his messengers 4. To believe in his books 5. To believe in the Day Of Judgement 6. To believe in Devine Destiny
In Islam when we say the prophets name It is followed by a formula („salallah Alai hi wasalam‟) while the name of the other Prophets is followed by Peace Be upon Him. In Islam if anyone harms another, Allah (swt) will harm him. Islam is a religion of peace.
Muslims also wear a hijab when they reach a certain age. The hijab is obligatory for all Muslim women. The word Hijab means barrier or partition. The hijab is used for modesty and includes the dress we must wear for male and female. The hijab is used to cover the hair and head. When a Muslim puts on the hijab they also must cover themselves by wearing loose clothes. The hijab also refers to the complete covering of everything except for the hands, face and feet. The hijab isn‟t obligatory in front of fathers, brothers, grandfathers, uncles or young children. Hijab doesn‟t need to be worn in front of other Muslim women.
Islam is a religion that has a large population and it has been spanning for many years. Allah (swt) is the god of all Muslims and we should all follow the religion of Islam.