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About the Religion of Al-Islam

Al-Islam, also known as Islam or the Islamic religion or the Muslim religion, is a way of life, not just a set of beliefs, rituals, and ceremonies. The religion is broad. It includes beliefs about G-d, the Creator, whom Muslims call Allah. It includes beliefs about relationships with others on this beautiful planet with whom we share. It includes ideas about how to treat family, friends, and our own mind, body, and soul.

The Islamic civilization is huge; it is made up of over 1.5 billion people. Within this civilization are many nations and communities with varied cultures, political orientations, social, economic, and educational circumstances and ways of practicing Al-Islam. Muslims share a single religion, and they have a variety of ways understanding, expressing, and applying its teachings. while Islamic civilization is not monolithic, it is largely united on its fundamental ideas and practices. 

The religion is too vast to describe on this page, but here are just a few of the core beliefs and principles:

  1. We believe in Allah as the Creator of the universe and everything that is in it. HE has no partners, no helpers, and HE does not take on human form or any other form in order to interact with HIS creation. HE is the Creator, the Infinite, the one without boundaries and limitations. Everything else is creation and has boundaries and limitations.

  2. We believe that Muhammad Ibn Abdullah of Arabia, to whom the Qur'an was revealed, is the Messenger of Allah and the last of the Prophets. We also believe in all of the prophets of Allah, both those we know about, such as Jesus, Moses, Abraham, etc., and those prophets we do not know about (i.e., Prophets who came to other societies that are not of the Abrahamic faiths).

  3. We believe that the Generous Qur'an is revealed knowledge and the final scripture from Allah to humanity, and we believe that there were 

  4. We believe in the Angels, which are natural forces and powers in the universe that operate and regulate and execute the will of Allah in the creation.

  5. We believe that Allah's will is expressed in the laws that govern the universe and that our beliefs, actions, and the paths we take, determine how Allah's laws will affect the consequences and results in our lives for what we call good or bad. 

  6. And these consequences or results bring about Judgment Day in our life. In fact, many judgment days occur in our lives before the ultimate judgment day. We believe that our actions will lead to a day of consequences...for some this will be good and happy and for others this will be painful and sad. Paradise for some, Hellfire for others. 

  7. Muslims also pray regularly and we keep Allah on our mind throughout the day and in everything we do. 

  8. We believe in charity or giving, not just in the formal sense, but giving our excellence and best effort to every situation. This is the principle of charity; we call it Zakaat. 

  9. Most people are familiar with the Muslim month of fasting called Ramadan. This ritual is a training and a sign to us about how we should live. A human being should have self-discipline and be able to control their appetites and desires for a successful life. We should also empathize with those less fortunate than us, and most importantly, do something about it. 

  10. Another practice we have is the making the pilgrimage to the Ka'abah, which is in Mecca Saudi Arabia. Muslims are encouraged to make this journey once in a lifetime. It symbolizes many things, but most pronounced is that it gives the world a sign that we are one human family and that our many differences are for the purpose of giving humanity a more beautiful and rich life, not for the purpose of being divided and despising each other. 

There are many, many great concepts and guidance in Al-Islam, in our Book of Guidance, the Generous Qur'an, and in the example of Prophet Muhammad. We encourage you to seek out the knowledge, it is everywhere on the Internet. We strongly encourage you to research the great Islamic teacher, Imam Warith Deen Mohammed. 

We welcome and invite you to become a part of Masjid Muhammad and come learn with us. We will be very happy to help you understand this wonderful way of life. Until then,

As-Salaamu Alaykum!


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