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Islam is your Birthright
Mankind and the universe were not created by accident or chance,
but according to the plan of the Creator, who is known as Allah (lit.:
the one God) in Islam. The Qur'an states that it is the duty of all
individuals to learn about Allah and to live according to His will. As
we cannot accomplish this be ourselves, Allah has sent messengers
and prophets to guide humanity All of these chosen individuals have
brought the same message and have served as examples to their
people of how Allah desires all human beings to live. Through these
selected people, we have been told why mankind was created, what
will happen to us after death, and what Allah expects of us. But most
importantly, we have been told that Allah is unique-He has no
partners, no sons or daughters, and no competitors, as so many other
man-made religious systems have postulated. This message always
remains the same, whereas the laws laid down for a particular might
show some slight differences.
Muhammad, the last of Allah's prophets, was sent to present Allah's
revelation in its final form and for the last time. This was necessary
because the message delivered by the previous prophets and
messengers had been corrupted or distorted by their followers. They
had been mixed with philosophical speculations, superstitions, myths,
and neglect. Therefore, Islam is not a new religion-it is a restatement
of the original religion of Allah in its purest form and is designed to
provide humanity with the uncorrupted message of Allah.
Islam is an Arabic word that denotes submission and obedience to
Allah. It also means "peace," for it brings peace of mind as well as
peace on the individual and the social levels.
THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
In Islam, the term "worship" covers any action that one does in
accordance with the will of Allah. It can be mental, physical, spoken,
or otherwise. All such actions will be rewarded..There are five acts of worship that are so fundamental that the
Prophet grouped them together as the five pillars of Islam. Every
Muslim is expected to fulfill these obligations. They are:
o THE DECLARATION OF MONOTHEISM:
Recognizing and acknowledging the monotheistic nature of Allah
stands at the core of Islam. This consists of a public affirmation that
"there is no god but Allah (God), and Muhammad is His Messenger."
One cannot be a Muslim until he states this fact in the presence of
A Muslim must perform the five daily prayers. These must be
performed at specific times, corresponding roughly with dawn, noon,
afternoon, sunset, and nightfall. The prayers can be made in any
clean place, but it is preferable to pray them with others in a
mosque, for this communal undertaking acts as a reminder that all
Muslims are equal. When many people are praying together, it
becomes clear that color, economic status, social position, and all
other artificial distinctions have no importance to Allah, for all
Muslims are commanded to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, and
prostrate themselves before Him. There are no exceptions. Prayers
also elevated the individual to a higher level of morality, purifies his
heart, and helps him to resist his desire to engage in forbidden
o FASTING THE MONTH OF RAMADAN:
Every year during the Muslim month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain
from food, drink, and sexual activity from dawn to sunset. While this
gives the body a much needed rest and improves ones health by
getting rid of excess weight, it also increases ones commitment to
Allah, develops his social conscience, and reminds him of how the
less fortunate live every day In addition, it strengthens one's
patience, self-restraint, will power, and sincerity.
o CHARITY (Zakat):
Every Muslim whose net annual savings are above a certain specified
minimum must pay an annual.amount of 2.5% to the poor and needy This action purifies one's
accrued wealth, fosters the quality of sacrifice, and rids him of
selfishness and greed. It also helps to reduce resentment and envy
between a society's poor and rich classes.
o HAJJ (Pilgrimage to Makkah):
Hajj is an act of worship that is to be performed at least once in a
lifetime, provided that one is physically and financially able to do so.
During this time, Muslims meet from all corners of the world in an
international congregation for the sole purpose of responding to the
call of Allah. It also reminds the participants that all Muslims are
equal, irrespective of their geographical, cultural, or racial origins.
THE ARTICLES OF FAITH
All Muslims believe in:
o The oneness of Allah. Allah has no partner, son, daughter, helper,
or competitor. There is nothing that even remotely resembles Him,
for He is unique.
o All of the messengers and prophets of Allah. The Qur'an states that
each people has received revelation from Allah in its own tongue so
that all individuals know what is required of them. The Qur'an
mentions twenty-five of them by name, among them Noah, Abraham,
Ishmael, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Solomon, John, Jesus, and
Muhammad. There are, however, many others who are not named.
Muhammad, the last prophet, was sent with a universal message
meant for all of humanity The message revealed through him is the
Qur'an, which is Allah's final presentation of the original revelation
received by mankind in its purest form. A Muslim must accept all of
Allah's prophets and messengers as legitimate, for denial of one
means denial of all. For western readers who are not convinced that
Muhammad is a prophet of Allah, proof of this claim can be found in
the Bible (Deut. 18:15-18, 33:2-3; Isaiah 29:12; Songs of Solomon
5:16;John 14:1516, 16:12-14) as well as in the biographical accounts
of Muhammad's life, which was lived in full view of his
o The original messages revealed through Allah's various prophets
and messengers. The purest of these is the Qur'an, for it was.recorded during the lifetime of the Prophet and under his direct
supervision. The revelations mentioned in the Qur'an as having been
received by other prophets, such as the Suhuf of Abraham, the Torah
of Moses, the Zubur (Psalms) of David, and the Injeel (Bible) of Jesus,
have all been either lost or corrupted.
o The existence of angels as part of the unseen world. They are
spiritual beings who have no need for food, drink, or sleep.
o The Day of Judgment. The Qur'an teaches that life is a test for each
individual, for everyone must choose whether he will or will not
follow the commands of Allah. On this day, a person will be
resurrected and asked to account for what he did while he was alive.
Those with good records will be rewarded and enter paradise, while
those with bad records will be punished by being sent to hell. This
belief develops within the individual an awareness of Allah's
presence and a desire to obey His laws sincerely and voluntarily
o A Muslim believes that nothing happens without the knowledge
and permission of Allah. While we may not understand why certain
things happens, it is part of the divine plan for our lives.
MUSLIMS: THE MODERATE NATION
Islam does not divide life into "spiritual" and "secular" realms. As all
of life is thus unified and interconnected, Islam avoids the dangers of
the extreme ritualism, secularism, or materialism that is found in
other civilizations. Activities are not classified as belonging to the
state or the individual, religion or daily life, but as belonging to Allah
alone, Who has provided guidelines for individuals. These are to be
followed in every aspect of their lives: individual, social,
governmental, political, economical, spiritual, and otherwise
Reflecting this moderation, the Qur'an has entitled the Muslims the
"moderate nation. "
SOURCES OF ISLAMIC TEACHINGS
The Islamic way of life is based on the teachings and laws found in
the Qur'an and the example (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad..The Qur'an is the word of Allah and was revealed in potions to
Muhammad, via the Angel Gabriel, over a twenty-three year period.
Each portion was recorded in writing by his official scribes and
memorized by thousands of his followers. After his death, the
written collection was given to Abu Bark, the first caliph, who
oversaw its collection into one volume. The third caliph, Uthman,
prepared several copies and sent them to different Muslim
territories. Ever since that time, the same version has been used by
Muslims. The wording, order, and language have never been altered
in the slightest manner. No other book claiming to be a divine
revelation can make this claim, and no one has ever been able to
refute the claim of the Qur'an to complete authenticity
The Sunnah consists of the teachings, sayings, and actions of Prophet
Muhammad. This information was meticulously reported and
collected by his Companions. It is essentially an elaboration of the
Qur'anic verses that shows how they are to be implemented in one's
ISLAM: THE RELIGION OF EQUALITY
Islam recognizes no man-made artificial distinctions based on color,
tribe, race, nationality, or otherwise. As all people come from the
original couple-Adam and Eve-they are all one family and therefore
equal before God. What distinguishes people from each other is their
commitment to Islam: "The most honored in the sight of Allah is (he
who is) most righteous." (Qur'an 3:86).
ISLAM IS YOUR BIRTHRIGHT
Islam states clearly that everyone is born a Muslim and is therefore
monotheistic by nature. We read in the Qur'an that humanity has
been created with the natural disposition towards the unity of God.
This is to be expected, for Allah, who has breathed His spirit into
each of us, is Himself the example of perfect unity. In the words of
the Prophet Muhammad: "Every person is born with the innate
religious faith (to submit to God Almighty)." Thus when an individual
accepts Islam, he is not turning his back on any prior revelation but
rather is returning to the original and true revelation of Allah and to
his own nature as a creation of Allah. This being the case, Islam is
your birthright-other religious or ideological systems are either
corruptions our outright denials of Islam..CRITERIA FOR TRUTH
How do you know if your belief system is true? Take a moment to
look at the following list.
o Are the teachings of your belief system rational? Do they conform
to the norms of human reason and intellect?
o Is the creator of your belief system perfect? Allah, the creator of
o Does your belief system contain superstitions or myths? Islam
presents humanity with only true knowledge.
o Can your belief system withstand the discoveries and claims of
modern science? Islam can and does.
o How accurate are your belief system's prophecies and
predications? Islam's are always completely accurate.
o Could a person have devised your belief system? No one has ever
been able to imitate the Qur'an, although many have tried over
Islam is not a new religion founded by Muhammad, but a final
restatement of the original revelation that has been conveyed to
humanity by messengers and prophets sent by Allah for that very
purpose: "This day I have perfected your religion for you, completed
My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion"
(5:3). As the Qur'an is the final revelation and Muhammad is the final
prophet, humanity is obligated to accept it: "If anyone desires a
religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him; and in the
Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost all spiritual
THE CHOICE IS YOURS TO MAKE!!!
WAMY Series on Islam No. 14