It is one of the fastest growing religions in the West, with a 2.6 million Muslim population in American and growing, expected to double by 2030 according to USAToday and with an estimated 1.5 billion following worldwide, Islam is one of the three fastest and powerful growing religions in the west. No doubt about it that Islam is one of the most influential and authentic religions with a very illustrious and straight forward system of beliefs. The word “Islam” means submission or surrender – however, it was derived from the root word “salam” which means “peace” or “safety”. Most Muslims will be familiar with the monotheistic creed “There is no God but God, and Muhammad was his Messenger”, which every practicing Muslim must acknowledge this belief known as Shahadah. With such allegiant credo towards The Almighty/The One, better known as Allah to the Muslim community, it is a very loyal and faith based religion, with utmost respect and indebtedness to Allah.
Blogger Abu Ibrahim Ismail, founder of Islamic Learning Materials tries to explain the concept of oneness with God. “In short, this belief requires us to have the correct understanding and belief towards the oneness of Allah. This concept is called Tawheed in Arabic. It’s much more than just believing Allah exists. It means believing that only He deserves to be worshipped, and believing in His Divine Attributes.”(Ismail) Not only is Allah sacred in oral interpretation but in writing, devout Muslims after writing or speaking the name of God, they repeat the phrase "Subhana Wa Tala" in Arabic which means "The Sacred and The Mighty" in English. Allah is not the God of Muslims only; He is the God of all people and all creation. Adherent Muslims believe that Islam incorporates all religions, in which Islam recognizes all prophets as messengers from the God. They believe that God sent prophets to set things straight when He felt society was shifting away from monotheism, and worshipping idols and/or other Gods. Muslims felt that God sent a new prophet with new teachings to accommodate a particular time and place. Muslims believe in and acknowledge all the prophets of old, from Adam to Jesus. Muslims believe that they brought the message of peace and submission to different peoples at different times.
Islam is very committed to Allah and His teachings interpreted in the Qur’an through the prophet Muhammad. Now it is very clear that Muslims that do not worship any other God and/or deities, but they do recognize the Prophet Muhammad as the last messenger of God. To the Islamic community, Muhammad is greatly glorified as the one man that spread the word of God to the masses. It is common during prayer services that the Muslim community refer back to Muhammad as the great prophet, who led people back to the true word of God and the one who dictated to a scribe the Qur’an. Muhammad whose name means “the praised one” is treated as an exemplary model to the Muslim community as his life and teachings were filled with eventful and paramount events that led to the growth and expansion of Islam. This sacred scripture is regarded as the heart of Islam. Which the first messages affirm the unity of God and the despair of those who are not one with Allah, to later messages addressing the social structures/standards lives of the Muslim community. The Qur’an was born from the revelations of Muhammad who received them from God during a retreat to Mecca on Mount Hira just outside of the city, when he was just forty years old.
The Qur’an is considered fully authentic because of the tradition of keeping it unchanged and untranslated. It is one of the few scriptures in the world to be kept in its original language, which shows how the Muslim community venerates the word of God through their Prophet’s revelations. In fact is the Qur’an is treated with so much respect one must wash his hands before handling the book, and it should be stored in a...
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