I just thought maybe I'd post a short article on the basics and fundamentals of Islam. It's like a primer . Anyways, feel free to ask questions. I hope this is allowed.
FUN-damentals of Islam
By Shazain Pervez.</H3>This was a speech written by my brother for his speech class. He chose to do it about the fundamentals of Islam. I thought it would be a good introduction or primer to Islam for some of the less acquainted. And short. I've editted it a little.
You must have heard about Islam in the media. Islam is the religion of 1/5th of the world’s population. It is also the fastest growing religion in the world. So have you ever wondered what the fundamentals of this widespread religion are? If you haven’t, don’t worry, because that’s what I’m here for.
I. In Islam, we believe that none has the right to be worshipped but God, our Creator. The name of this All-Mighty God, in Arabic, is Allah. The statement "None has the right to be worshiped but God" has deeper meanings that ought to be elaborated on, such as:
- The word 'worship' includes obedience, which means none has the right to be obeyed over God. This also means that we refer to God for all our values and morals. Neither our conscience, nor anything else has the right to be obeyed over God.
- It also includes supplication because us Muslims can’t supplicate to other things asking them for something which only God has the power to grant. In other words, we can’t believe in superstitions.
- We can only say about God what he has revealed to us about himself. For example, we can call him The Most Merciful because that is what he has revealed to us about himself, but we cannot say he has a nose because God has not revealed any such thing about himself. Nor can we say he has a son, because that, too, would be lying about God.
- A. Muslims believe in all the Messengers, including the last Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of God be upon him).
- B. Muslims believe in all the Books sent by God, which are The Psalms of Prophet David, The Torah of Prophet Moses, The Bible of Prophet Jesus, and The Quran. But we believe that all the books, except the Quran, were changed, and that’s the reason why we don’t refer to them.
- C. Muslims believe that we have to obey the messengers and the Quran, because those are the means of God’s revelations.
- Muslims believe that there will be a Day of Judgment when people will be judged by God according to what they believed, said, and did in this life.
- According to how God judges them, people will either go to Paradise or Hell.
- We believe that this life is temporary, unlike The Hereafter, which is eternal. Therefore, it makes sense to work harder in this life so you can enjoy your afterlife without any hardship.
- Fear of God’s punishments and desire for his rewards in the hereafter, is what drives us Muslims to do what we do in Islam, like skipping sixth hour class on Friday to go to Friday prayer [he said this as a sort of joke because everybody in school knows the Muslims skip sixth hour for Friday Prayer].