An Introduction to Islam

Definition

Islam is a Semitic religion, which has over one billion adherents all over the world. Islam means “submission to the will of God”. Muslims accept the Qur’an, as the word of God revealed to His last and final prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Islam states that Allah (name of God in Arabic) sent messengers and prophets throughout the ages with the message of Unity of God and accountability in the Hereafter. Islam thus makes it an article of faith to believe in all the earlier prophets, starting with Adam, and continuing with Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, John the Baptist and Jesus amongst many others (may peace be on them all).

Concept of God

The Most Concise Definition of God

“Say: He is Allah, The One and Only. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute. He begets not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.” Qur’an 112:1-4

The word ‘Assamad’ is difficult to translate. It means ‘absolute existence’, which can be attributed only to Allah (swt), all other existence being temporal or conditional. It also means that Allah (swt) is not dependent on any person or thing, but all persons and things are dependent on Him.

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The Image of Islam in the West

Every Muslim is an Arab and every Arab is a Muslim?

The image of a Muslim being an Arab in long flowing robes on a camel or horse riding in the desert is a kind of stereotype that seems to have been deliberately propagated by the media. Even some of the more respectable writers somehow imply this kind of stereotype. Indeed you’d be surprise to know that Arab Muslims constitute a small minority among Muslims. In other words, Muslims, who are Arab, make up nearly fifteen percent, that’s almost 1/7th, of the total (Muslim) world population. In fact, the reverse is also true: not every Arab is a Muslim. There are many Christian and Jewish Arabs who have been living for generations and generations in Arab countries.

So this is a false stereotype that is normally associated with everything from Popeye the Sailor Man to cartoons and papers. It’s not a true picture; indeed the total Muslim world population is over one billion. There are various estimates some of which are underestimated. One recent issue of the Time magazine estimated the total Muslims all over the world at 750 million; there are other studies that show that they are closer to one billion Muslims worldwide. In any case, that would place it as the largest universal faith on earth or at least a close second because according to the same Time issue estimated the total number of followers of Christianity, with various sects like Protestantism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox and all others, combined at 985 million. This makes Islam the second largest religion worldwide. It’s a universal religion rather than something that is connected with Arabs alone.

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Muhammad the Greatest, Deedat, Video

Muhammad ﷺ is the Greatest Man to Ever Live! This assertion by Sheikh Ahmed Deedat in his detailed lecture needs to be explored at the academic and intellectual level. Is Muhammad the Greatest? Watch the video and make your own judgement! Click on the play button in the following window to begin video playback or … Read more

Shaikh Uthman Barry has passed away on Sep 6, 2010 at 11:00 a.m India time

Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon Shaikh Uthman Barry passed away at 11:00 am India time. We were informed by one of the group members of the eSisters Forum through the following email (this email was forwarded to me by my mother at local fajr time in Dubai today): Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi raaji’oon, AssalamualaykumwarahmatAllahi wabarakatuhu, … Read more

Challenge of the Missionaries, Deedat, Video

Every Muslim, must become a propagator, we must welcome people to Islam and give them intellectual battle to stop the charge of the missionaries! Watch what Sheikh Deedat has to say about the Challenge of the Missionaries in Muslim lands! Click on the play button in the following window to begin video playback or watch … Read more

Ten Most Common Questions Asked By Christian Missionaries Against Islam By Dr. Zakir Naik

1.QUR’AN PLAGIARIZED FROM THE BIBLE : Question Is it not true that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has copied the Qur’an from the Bible? Answer Many critics allege that Prophet Muhummad (pbuh) himself was not the author of the Qur’an but he learnt it and/or plagiarised (copied or adapted) it from other human sources or from previous … Read more

Prophet Muhammad In The Bible By Dr. Zakir Naik

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in the Old Testament: The Qur’an mentions in Surah Al-Araf chapter 7 verse 157: “Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures) in the law and the Gospel”. 1. MUHAMMAD (PBUH) PROPHESISED IN THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY: Almighty God speaks to Moses in Book … Read more

Introduction To Hinduism By Dr. Zakir Naik

I INTRODUCTION TO HINDUISM: The most popular among the Aryan religions is Hinduism. ‘Hindu’ is actually a Persian word that stands for the inhabitants of the region beyond the Indus Valley. However, in common parlance, Hinduism is a blanket term for an assortment of religious beliefs, most of which are based on the Vedas, the … Read more

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