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An Introduction to Islam
In Arabic, Salaam =
ISLAM = “Willful Surrender” “Willful Submission” MUSLIM = “One who submits to Allah”
Muslims of all language backgrounds recite Islamic verses in ArabicQur’an القرآنThe Holy Book “The Recitation”
“In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.”
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“We believe in Allah (God) and that which was revealed to us, and that which was revealed toAbraham, Ishmael,Isaac,Jacoband the tribes and that which wasgiven toMoses,Jesusand to the Prophets from theirLord; We make NO distinction between any of them, and to Him (God) we submit.” (Qur’an, 3:83)
To say, believe and testify that…
“La ilaha illa Allah”
“There is no true deity, but Allah (God).”
<Denial of other gods—affirmation of the one true God>
لا إله إلا الله
“Sunni” (“Sunnah” root): “one who follows the traditions of the Prophet” -- “well-trodden path” -- “tradition”
1) Successor to the Prophet should have been the most capable leader, NOT based upon bloodlines.
2) Spiritual leadership is NOT a birthright, born of community trust and respect
Approximately 85-90% of Muslims are from the Sunni branch
Shi’a is from: “Shi’a-t-Ali” -- “partisans” – “Party of Ali”