Islam. By Najiba Haque. Islam: The second largest world religion...and growing. What is Islam?: Islam is a religion. The name of the religion Islam comes from and Arabic root, the word Islam means “peace” and “submission”. An Islam believes in and consciously follows: God The Angels
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As some of you already know, many people believe in god. They believe he is the creator of life and the earth.
Muslims believe in and worship one God, Who has no son nor partner, and that none has the right to be worshipped but Him alone. He is the true God, and every other deity is false. They believe he is the creator of life and everything around.
There are only few angels that we know by name. They are as follows:
Jibrreell (The spirit): The most beloved angel to Allah. He is the messenger of god to all his human messengers, such as Jesus.
Meekaaeel: His job includes bring rain, plants and food for the creations by the will of god.
Israfeel: He will blow the trump on the day of Judgment.
Angles of death: They take the soul from the body
Munkar and Nakeer: Angels that will question us in the grave
Why did God send prophets?
Allah sent messengers to every nation to guide them to Path of Allah
Messengers warn nations to follow Allah’s commands and gave them glad tidings
Allah explained that obedience to Him and His Messenger will earn paradise
And whosoever disobeys will earn Hell fire
Allah said that He will judge us only after we have received the Message from His Messengers, and everyone will be judged based on his own actions
Thus, those who received His message will not have excuse of ignorance
The Qur’an is a holy book a Muslim follows. We believe each sentence of the Qur’an was revealed by the angel Jibrreel to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is said the fist sentence was revealed to the prophet in the cave of mount Hira.
Namaaz is basically praying to Allah. We pray to Allah because this is his command. It is said praying 5 times a day is one of the keys to heaven. We pray to communicate to Allah and to ask him for forgiveness.
The month of Ramadan is a very special and holy month. We fast for 30 days. The fasting starts when the sunrises and ends when the sun sets. When a person fast they are not aloud to eat or drink anything. When the whole fasting is over then we celebrate Eid.
The day of judgment is the day when the world will no longer exist and everyone will be taken up and be judged. Individually everyone will be tested and then it will be decided whether they should go to heaven or hell. This test will be easy for the people who are piers and the believers but for the non believers this will be very hard for example it is said in the Qur’an that there will be a bridge that will appear thinner than a single strand of hair to the non believers, whereas for the strong faithful believers, this bridge will appear to be normal and they will be able to pass it with no difficulty.
What follows is a small sample of the signs which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) enumerated for us.