October 16, 2013
The six basic faith affirmations
Muslims have been taught to practice their religion through these six basic faith affirmations. This religion was instituted through a prophet named Mohammed and his Muslim people. Muslims believe that these six basic faith affirmations are very essential to the religion and obtaining God’s Grace. Muslims believe there is only one God and the word for God is Allah. This brings us to the first basic faith affirmation, the belief in Allah. It is said in the book ok Quran that, “He is the One God. God the Eternal, the Uncaused Cause of All Being. He begets not, and neither is He begotten; and there is nothing that could be compared with Him” (Quran 112: 1-4). The purpose of this first affirmation is to recognize Allah and His almighty power. Once Muslims understand the power of Allah and that He is the one who they should be following they can truly devote all of their worship and praise to Him and Him alone. It is important to understand the difference in how Muslim’s view God and how other Christians view God. Other Christian view God as the trinity, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost, while Muslims view God as beyond our sight and understanding. This concept is further explained in the Quran where its states, “Indeed, they disbelieve who say, “God is the third of three (in a trinity),” when there is no god but one God. If they desist not from what they say, truly, a painful punishment will befall the disbelievers among them" (Quran 5:73).
The second basic faith affirmation is the belief in the Angels of Allah. It is known to Muslims that these angels are honored beings that also worship God as well as obey His commands. The number of angels is unknown if there even is a set number. The most important of the angels is Gabriel or Jibreel. Gabriel is the angel that is responsible for giving the Quran directly to Mohammed, which was a gift from Allah. There are also other important angels that the Muslims believe in. For example, Michael or Mika’eel, is the angel of rain. Michael guides the rain in whatever direction that God wishes. There are multiple other angels that have other responsibilities. Some of these responsibilities include: directing wind and clouds, blowing the Horn at the onset of the Day of Judgment, recording deeds of man, taking the soul out of the bodies at the time of one’s death, etc. These angels also have the ability to take on different forms as did Gabriel when he appeared before Mary in the form of a man. It is very important to recognize the difference between angels and Jinn. Jinn are separate from us human beings and the angels. The Jinn, “are a world of their own, but possess some characteristics that we possess as human beings” (Six Faiths ppt). It is said in the Quran that the Jinn were created from fire and not from light like the angels (Quran 55:15). The belief in The Books of Allah is the third basic faith affirmation. It is believed by the Muslims that God sent down books to his messengers to serve as proof and guidance for man. There are five books that are included in the Books of Allah. The first book is The Scrolls that was revealed to Abraham. These Scrolls contain the revelations to Abraham from Allah. The second book is The Psalms, which were revealed to King David. The book of Psalms was full of prayers and praises for Allah. The third book is the Torah, which was revealed to Moses in a certain form on certain sheets. The fourth book is the Gospel, which was revealed to Jesus. The Gospel was revealed to Jesus as a compliment to the Torah and also a confirmation of it. The fifth and final book is the Quran which was revealed to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. All of these books are believed to be sent down by God for the benefit of His people and for discipline. The belief in The Messengers of Allah is the fourth basic faith affirmation. Muslims are not only required to believe in...
References: "IslamiCity.com - The Pillars of Islam." IslamiCity.com - The Pillars of Islam. N.p., Jan. 2005. Web. 16 Oct. 2013.
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