Introducing Islam. In the name of God; the most merciful the most compassionate. Islam. The Arabic meaning of Islam is submission to God/Allah; the creator of the universe. Islam provides a comprehensive concept to humanity’s eternal question: who are we?
His father died before his birth. His mother died when he was six. His uncle raised him.
He was known for being honest and truthful before prophethood.
Worked as a shepherd and later as a trader
Married his first wife Khadija, and the mother of his surviving children, when he was 25. She was 40.The ProphetHis background
The nobles of Mecca refused his call, ostracized and persecuted him and his followers.
After 12 difficult years, he immigrated in 622 to Medina whose people welcomed him.
In Medina, he was a prophet and a statesman.
In 633, he died in Medina after 11 years at 63
His personality revolves around the traits of mercy, generosity and forgiveness.The ProphetHis prophethood
Islam is the continuation of divine messages that God sent to humanity through prophets like Abraham, Isaac, Moses, and Jesus.
The moral principles of the ten commandments are reflected in the message of Muhammad.
It acknowledges the diversity of the human race and freedom of religionsThe ProphetThe message
Glad tidings for the believers
Admonitions to the non-believers
Stories of previous messengers of God such as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, Mary, etc.
Rulings on social and commercial issues.The Quran
Rulings mentioned in the Quran
Precedents in the life of Muhammad as it explains and complements the Quran in more details
Opinions (fatwa) of Muhammad’s prominent companions.
Opinions of previous jurisprudents
Opinions of contemporary scholars
Importance of majority and consensusThe Muslim legal code “Shari’a”
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Muslims invoke prayers frequently in their daily chores.
Muslim women are required to dress modestly and not to show their beauty except to near family.
Muslims are not supposed to sit or meet alone with members of the opposite sex.
Muslims are respectful of elders, women and persons of authority. Out of respect they may not look you in the eye, not because they are avoiding you.
Muslims have dietary restriction; mainly they are not allowed to eat pork, wild animals or animal slaughtered improperly. Islam forbids alcoholic beverages and drugs.Dealing with Muslims