The word Islam means ‘submission’. Muslims are those who humble themselves before God and follow His teachings. Muslims call God Allah, which means the ‘One and only God’. The most important belief of all Muslims is to worship God alone, and not to prescribe any partners to Him.
Muslims believe in angels, Heaven and Hell, the Prophets and Holy Books. We believe in the original scriptures sent from God; the Torah, given to Moses, Psalms, given to David, and Bible, given to Jesus (peace be upon them all). Muslims believe Jesus was a messenger of God, born to Mary, without a father. Muslims believe that the last and final messenger was the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who received revelation of the Holy Quran from Allah, through the archangel Gabriel.
And this Quran is such that it could not be composed by any, unless it be revealed from Allah. It is a confirmation of the revelation made before it, and a detailed exposition of the Book. Beyond doubt, it is from the Lord of the universe.
The Quran is a book unlike any other, and not one letter of it has changed in 1400 years. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was unlettered, yet over a period of 23 years, he received revelation from God and passed them to his followers. This oral tradition is how Muslims recite and memorise the Holy Quran today, perfecting their recitation – exactly the way the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) taught.
The Quran is full of advice to all of mankind, on how to live our lives in the best way, and deal with each other fairly. The Quran made clear that women’s rights were of utmost importance, and all men and women are judged equally, regardless of race or nationality. Islam, a religion of peace, is not a faith for one people, but for all mankind, and is the fastest growing religion in the world.
There are many scientific discoveries, described in the Quran, that we have only fully understood in the last century, such as the Big Bang, the development of the fetus in the womb, and the geology of mountains.
We created you from dust, then from a sperm-drop, then from a clinging clot, and then from a lump of flesh, formed and unformed—that We may show you.
The Quran tells us that no amount of sin cannot be forgiven, if one turns their heart to Allah. He is the All-Forgiving and Most-Merciful. By seeking His forgiveness, a Muslim can set themselves on the straight path to Heaven. We do this through the five pillars; belief in one God, prayer (five times a day), giving charity, fasting (not eating or drinking during the daylight hours, in the month of Ramadan), and a pilgrimage to Makkah, at least once in our lives. Makkah is where Prophet Abraham built the Kaaba.
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