FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The literal meaning of Islam is peace and submission.

A person becomes a Muslim after proclaiming the Shahādah i.e. he bears witness that there is no God but Allah Almighty and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His servant and final Messenger.

As mentioned in the answer number 1, Islām literally refers to peace and submission. It is also the attributed name given to those who adhere to its teachings. Thus a Muslim is who submits to the Will of God Almighty.

According to numerous studies, Islām is the second largest faith in the world consisting of approximately 1,8 Billion Muslims.

No. Islām welcomes one and all irrespective of one’s social, ethnical, or theological background. By embracing Islām, one is a Muslim and is thus a brother or sister in faith without discrimination!

Allah Almighty does not have any partner or associate of any kind. He is One without any likeness or parallel.

There are five basic principles of Islam which are also known as the five pillars of Islam:

  1. Shahādah (to bear testimony in the Oneness of Allah/God Almighty
  2. Salāh (to pray five times a day, at the designated times)
  3. Zakāh (to dispense of obligatory charity to the poor and needy at least once in the year)
  4. Saum (to fast during the month of Ramadhān)
  5. Hajj (to make the pilgrimage to the city of Mecca at least once in a lifetime)

Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the final messenger of Allah , there will be no new prophet after him.

No. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) came to deliver the very same message that the prophets before him delivered. From the time of the first man, Prophet Ādam (peace be upon him), to Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, John, until the time of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon them all), all preached the message of oneness of God. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) came as the final messenger to relay that message.

Muslims believe that God revealed scriptures to the previous prophets i.e. the Old Testament to Moses, the Psalms to David, the New Testament to Jesus (peace be upon them all). Belief in the original message of the past scripture forms part of Muslim belief. However, the fact that these scriptures underwent numerous changes over the years, the current format of these scriptures cannot be accepted as the word of God Almighty.

There are six core beliefs in Islam:

  • Belief in Allah Almighty God
  • Belief in His Angels
  • Belief in God’s Revelations in the form of Scriptures given to the Messengers (particularly the Qur’ān).
  • Belief in God’s Prophets/Messengers
  • Belief in the Day of Judgment, in which people will be held accountable for their actions and either punished or rewarded accordingly.
  • Belief in God’s Divine Will and that all occurrences are within the parameters of His Knowledge.
  • Belief in the afterlife.

Angels are a unique creation of God. They follow His command without question. Thus they are not open to error as they do not possess free will.

Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last messenger of God and there shall be no messenger after him.

The Qur’ān is the book revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and it is guidance for all humankind.

Islam’s primary message is the continuation of the Abrahamic monotheistic tradition’s creed and faith. It is to worship God in pure monotheism, and this may be achieved by a close following of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Essentially, being a Muslim means that one must be a good human being who promotes goodness in society and refrains from engaging in evil acts and vices. This can be achieved by studying the Qur’ān and obeying the laws therein.

There are four primary sources of Islamic beliefs and practices;

  • Qur’ān
  • Hadith (sayings, practices of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him).
  • Consensus of Scholars
  • Analogical reasoning

Yes. Muslims believe and accept all the prophets sent and appointed by God Almighty.

Muslims believe that Jesus peace upon him was the miracle-born son of Mary (peace be upon her). The Qur’ān states that he was born without a father and he was an illustrious prophet and servant of God who performed many miracles by the permission of God.

Translations of the Qur’an are available in almost every language. However, one should study enough to be able to recite basic Arabic as it is the language of the Qur’ān.

Most religions preach and teach their faith in the English language. The beauty of the Islāmic message is that even children as little as 5 years old are able to recite the Qur’ān in Arabic even though it may not be their spoken language. It is the only religion which preaches its message from the original language –verbatim- to this day.

No, Muslims do not worship anything or anyone besides God Almighty. The Ka’bah is used as a direction for a unified point of prayer ensuring that all Muslims are in uniformity.

It is not necessary to remove to remove tattoos in order to practice Islam

Accepting Islam cleanses a person from whatever transgression was perpetrated before it. A person is given the opportunity to start on a clean slate

Circumcision is practiced in Islam but it is not a condition for a person to be a Muslim.

A new Muslim should first learn the basics of Islam in terms of the process of purity, prayer, dietary laws and morals.

Questions on Allah

None can comprehend God/Allah Almighty because He exists beyond our finite capacity to comprehend His infinite being.

No! There can be only one God as the Qur’an states; “…if there were more than one God there would have been chaos.” (Chapter 21 verse 22)

No! He is not dependent on our worship as He is As-Samad (He is not dependent upon anything or anyone but everything is dependent upon Him).

God/Allah Almighty is not obligated to anyone, everything He does is from His Mercy or Divine Plan.

No! God/Allah Almighty is Eternal with no beginning and Everlasting with no ending.

No! God/Allah Almighty does not possess a bodily form. What is meant by references to His hand, face, etc. are figurative for His power, knowledge, etc.

No! He never sleeps and is never unaware. (reference)

God/Allah Almighty was not created nor does He give birth. He is the uncreated Creator who brings every creation into existence.

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