What is Islam?

Islam is the religion of Adam, Noah, and Abraham, just as it is the religion of Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him).

The word ‘Islam’ translates from Arabic to mean ‘submission’ and represents the unifying message these prophets came with: that God is One, free of all needs and has no partner.

Muslims submit to God and strive to abide by His commands in this life in order to attain the adornments of the afterlife (paradise).

Who is Allah?

The word ‘Allah’ is used by Arab Muslims and Christians alike to mean ‘God’. Muslims call to Allah and seek out His remembrance in the five obligatory prayers (performed daily), invoking Him by His glorious names.

What is the Qur’an?

The Qur’an is the speech of God, and has remained unchanged since its revelation 1400 years ago. Muslims look to the Qur’an to learn more about Allah and how to live a substantial life.

The Qur’an teaches Muslims to turn to God often, uphold family ties, and to be merciful towards one another.

The believers are but brothers, so make reconciliation between your brothers and fear God that you may receive mercy.
Qur'an 49:10

Who is Muhammad?

Throughout time, God entrusted righteous individuals to convey His message and call mankind toward His religion, so that they may be successful.

Muhammad was the last of the prophets to spread Islam. As with all prophets, he was an ordinary man, who required nourishment and sleep no different to you and I.

He was known first and foremost by the people for his exemplary manners and honesty; adopting the nickname ‘Al-Ameen’ (meaning the honest one), and was widely respected amongst the leaders of the Meccan tribes.

At age 40, Muhammad received his first miracle revelation from the angel Gabriel. Not long after, he was instructed to spread the teachings of Islam and continued to do so up until his death, which occurred 23 years later. A century later, Islam had spread to Spain and as far East as China.

Muhammad’s teachings or ‘sunnah’ were passed on through his companions who took great care in preserving them for future generations of Muslims. Like the Qur’an, the prophetic teachings are a revelation from God that Muslims cannot do without.

By the star when it descends, Your companion [Muhammad] has not strayed, nor has he erred,
Nor does he speak from [his own] inclination.
It is not but a revelation revealed,
Taught to him by one intense in strength [Gabriel] -
One of soundness. And he rose to [his] true form.
Qur'an 53:1-6

How does one practice Islam?

Islam is upheld by five obligatory pillars. They are:

  1. Testifying that there is none worthy of worship in truth Except God,
    and that Muhammad is His messenger (the ‘Shahada’)
  2. Fulfilling the obligation of the five daily prayers
  3. Giving in charity
  4. Fasting the obligatory fasts (i.e. Ramadhan)
  5. Performing the Hajj pilgrimage
To become Muslim, one begins with the first pillar, and says the ‘Shahada’. This constitutes to belief in God. Next, one upholds this belief through the righteous actions outlined in the successive pillars. Those that wish to follow Islam must look to the Qur’an and the authentic teachings of the prophet to form a complete understanding of the religion. Together they provide the perfect guidance for a Muslim to submit to the will of God.

Islam, a religion of ease...

God does not burden any soul with more than it can bear.
Qur'an 2:286

Throughout the Qur’an, God reminds Muslims that Islam was ordained for them as a religion of ease and not hardship. The obligations that come with the religion provide the perfect means for a Muslim to seek nearness to God.

If one is unable to perform a certain obligation, then they are exempt from it, and are given other ways in which they can seek closeness with their Creator.

It is in this way that Islam was brought about - as a religion that does not discriminate, not by race, ability, weath, colour, or status. Rather, it has been perfected for all and any who wish to share in its delights.

This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion
Qur'an 5:3

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