Islam is the Most Powerful Religion
Allah says in the Quran:
O ye who believe! fear Allah as He should be feared and die not other than a Muslim.
Allah is not calling the disbelievers, He is calling the Muslims and warns them not to die as a Shia, Sunni, Hanafee, Shafee, etc. etc. but they should die only as a Muslim and as Nothing else.
One should be a Muslim who has accepted Islam and should not segregate himself into any other group. For the Prophet (s.a.w) said: My Ummah would segregate into 73 groups of which only one would come into Paradise. Meaning that the remaining 72 groups would go to hell.
The Group which would be coming to paradise would follow Quran and Saheeh Hadees implicitly - and adhere to the Muslim amir and follow the Muslim Jamath; if neither are present then they would abide by the laws of Quran and Saheeh Hadees and remain a Muslim alone till death does take them away.
At this juncture it is very important to understand that all the groups and sects have their own set of laws and law books and some of them CONTRADICTORY to Quran and Hadees.
Allah says in the Quran:
As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects thou (Oh! Muhammed) hast no part in them in the least:
If the Prophet has nothing to do with them in the least with those people who have segregated, then can they still consider themselves Muslims – if they cannot be Muslims then how can they earn virtues for any of the deed they do!!! – its impossible - Common Sense !!!!!!.
Allah also says in the Quran:
After receiving clear proof (Quran & Saheeh Hadees), Be not like those who have segregated themselves into different groups, for them there is a Grievous punishment.
Oh ! Muslims UNITE, just be a Muslim who has accepted ISLAM and nothing more, discard all groups and follow Quran and Saheeh Hadees, The Only True Laws and Guidance given by Allah thru His Prophet for Mankind, you will not stray from the Right path to Victory and Paradise.
So dear Muslims leave all groups and become a true Muslim- not a Tawheed, Tablique, Shia, Sunni, Hanafee, Shafee etc. etc. etc.
This is the only way we can unite all the Muslims and when the Muslims UNITE you would see for yourselves what a Tremendously Mighty Powerful Religion Islam is (ameen).
May Allah guide us and UNITE us.
We are Muslims. Who are we?
Imam Tammam Adi Ph.D, Director of the Islamic Cultural Center, Eugene, Oregon explains basic Islamic beliefs and history for a non-Muslim audience.
Beliefs. We are known as one of the three great Abrahamic faiths. Like Judaism and Christianity, our religion was founded by a descendant of Abraham. We believe in Moses and Jesus, the Torah and Gospel. We believe in the Ten Commandments.
We believe in angels, in heaven and hell and the Day of Judgment, in the return of Jesus, in the books and messengers of God, and in predestination and free will.
Some people think we have a different God because we use the Arabic language name for God, "Allah." Whether we are Christians, Jews or Muslims, we all pray to the same God.
To those of you who are Hindu, Buddhist, or any other faith, we share your love of God and all humanity. We believe God sent a messenger to every nation with the same message: Believe in one God and be fair to each other.
We are taught that Islam is just the final brick in the house that God has built through his other prophets.
One becomes a Muslim by declaring there is only one God (thus, no one should play God) and Mohammed is his messenger.
Duties. We pray 5 times a day, pay a tax to help the needy, fast during the month of Ramadan, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if we are able.
Beginnings. In the year 610 C.E., the angel Gabriel appeared to a descendant of Abraham and Hagar. His name was Mohammed, a contemplative and respected citizen of the trading metropolis of Mecca.
Mohammed could not read or write, but he listened carefully, and the messages from God, brought by the angel, were written down by others during the next 23 years of his life and later put together in a book called the Koran, in Arabic "The Reading."
The religion was called Islam, which, in Arabic means "submission to God, peace, safety, purity." Followers were called Muslims. Both word were derived from the stem "salam."
The Islamic empire spread rapidly throughout the Middle East, all of North Africa, parts of Europe, Persia and as far as China. Those supporting freedom of speech and religion (such as India) joined the empire by treaties. Islamic teachings were later voluntarily accepted by many because they were simple and supportive of diverse culture and science.
Muslims led a Golden Age of local rule and pluralism supporting science and culture in Baghdad, Cairo, Jerusalem, Damascus, and Spain for hundreds of years. Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians and Hindus lived together in peace.
The Crusades. This holy war was stirred up in Europe and continued off and on for centuries. It was sparked when the Islamic rulers of Jerusalem attacked churches, prevented pilgrimage and persecuted Christians. The Church of Rome spread the idea that Muslims were infidels—godless. Muslims had violated the most fundamental Islamic principle of protection of religious freedom.
And when Muslims started attacking churches in Spain, a brutal Inquisition destroyed the multicultural civilization there that had lasted for 8 centuries. Similarly, intolerant Baghdad was destroyed by Mongol invaders and the Ottoman Empire was carved up into artificial states after WWI.
Dictatorships followed and continue until the present day throughout the Islamic world, sometimes supported by outside influence. Internal democracy movements are crushed.
Many Muslims do not understand their religion well anymore. In unfree societies, one is not taught to think, only to hear and obey.
Still, suicide bombings are condemned by all Muslims. The vast majority believe that political grievances should be resolved with demonstrations and fair fights which do not harm the innocent. Muslims see terror as sabotage of their just causes.
Terrorists work for political ends. Muslims do not know who they are. They do not hang out in mosques and mix with us.
Even Muslims who are very angry at America abhor terror and cannot be recruited into it.
What do Muslims believe about God, prophets, the afterlife, etc?
The basic beliefs of Muslims fall into six main categories, which are known as the "Articles of Faith":
- Faith in the unity of God
- Faith in angels
- Faith in prophets
- Faith in books of revelation including (Bible)
- Faith in an afterlife
- Faith in destiny/divine decree
The five pillars of Islam
In Islam, faith and good works go hand-in-hand. A mere verbal declaration of faith is not enough, for belief in Allah makes obedience to Him a duty.
The Muslim concept of worship is very broad. Muslims consider everything they do in life to be an act of worship, if it is done according to Allah's guidance. There are also five formal acts of worship which help strengthen a Muslim's faith and obedience. They are often called the "Five Pillars of Islam."
- Testimony of faith (Shahaadah or Kalima)
- Prayer (Salat)
- Almsgiving (Zakat)
- Fasting (Sawm)
- Pilgrimage (Hajj)
Daily life as a Muslim
Daily life as a Muslim:
While often seen as a radical or extreme religion, Muslims consider Islam to be the middle road. Muslims do not live life with complete disregard for God or religious matters, but nor do they neglect the world to devote themselves solely to worship and prayer. Muslims strike a balance by fulfilling the obligations of and enjoying this life, while always mindful of their duties to Allah and to others.
- Morals and manners
- Business ethics
- Modesty in dress and behavior
- Dietary rules
- Care of children and elderly
- Racism and prejudice
- Relations with non-Muslims