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PROFILE & ESSENCE
Greetings: As-Salamu-Alaykum (Peace be upon you).
Prophet Adam was the first messenger and guide appointed by God.
All Prophets who followed him continued with the same belief
until the time of Prophet Abraham who was a monotheist in true
sense of the word. He saw only God Almighty in all his affairs;
he preached that people should turn to the All-Powerful God
while denying any partner to Him. God opened Abraham’s inner
eyes to see the kingdom of God, and gave him Yaqeen ‘conviction
acquired through seeing the truth’. The Arabic Word for God is
“Allah” which is made of two parts ‘al’ (the) and ‘Ilahi’ (One
who is worshipped and obeyed).
In the eyes of Qur’an, the essence of all Sharai’ or ‘prescribed
systems of law and morality’ given to each Prophet (as) is the
same, and is called Tawheed (derived from Wahdah or ‘one’), meaning ‘to believe
and obey One God’). The Last Messenger Mohammad (peace be upon
him and his progeny) completed the work of all previous Prophets
by explaining and enforcing the Commands of God.
wrote the books: Muslims believe that Allah revealed Torah,
Bible, Zaboor and Qur’an on Moses, Jesus, David and Mohammad
(peace be upon them all) respectively. The revelations that came
to Muhammad were written, compiled and copied numerous times during his
lifetime by his
companions. The punctuations, dots and symbols were however added
later under the
guidance of Ali, and the support of the Righteous Caliphs.
worshiped? Allah – Arabic Word for God.
(Original Language): Qur’an (Qur-Aan).
Mecca – built originally by Abraham according to the Command
of God, the Almighty,
in Madina – built by Prophet Muhammad and his companions;
which subsequently became the place
where Mohammad (s) was laid to rest, and
where Prophet Muhammad visited on the night of his heavenly
ascension, and communion with Allah (swt). Though every inch
of this universe can be designated for worship (as long as it
meets the conditions of Sharia’); a Masjid (or mosque) is
dedicated as an endowment for this purpose. The word Masjid is
mentioned in the Holy Qur’an.
places include the Shrines of Prophets and members of Prophet
Mohammad’s family- the Ahlul Bayt.
Three basic beliefs of Islam include:
The belief in One God,
The belief in Resurrection, and
The belief in the last Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him and
On the night of
(swt) instructed Prophet Mohammad to pray five times a day.
Instruction to fast in the holy month of Ramadan, payment of
Zakat (material support given to the less privileged classes),
and Pilgrimage to Mecca once in a life time were revealed and
expounded gradually. Since the whole universe is a manifestation
of God’s Names, a true Muslim is one who respects fellow
human beings, protects the environment and the creations of God.
Rituals: From dawn till the nightfall, a believer remembers
Allah in five daily prayers. Rituals are composed of praise,
glorification of God, supplications to Him and certain
prescribed movements that represent the inner states of
journeying towards God. Friday congregational prayers and the sermons are meant to inculcate
the collective will to attain piety and dutifulness which is the
path to attain nearness to God. Individuals can pray at any place
during the prescribed times.
Leadership: Refer to the Denominations Below.
Interpretations: This issue divides Muslims into many denominations. But each denomination has its
and centers of learning that provide guidelines for their
1) That Muslims worship Muhammad: – they do not. They worship
Allah – The God. Muhammad proclaimed himself to be simply a
messenger of God and did not ever claim to be divine or has
powers with God. He practiced the prayers himself. 2) Jihad
means killing the infidels – Wrong. Jihad has two meanings: 1-
Struggle with one’s self and conquering malice, hate, anger,
revenge and ill will, and 2- Use of force when the defense of Islam necessitates.
Denominations: Sunni and Shia. Shia has three schools of
thoughts - Bohra, Ismaili & Main stream Shia. The Sunni Muslims
believe that Prophet Mohammad left his successor to be chosen by
the people, and Muslims are to follow the Quran. The Shi’a
Muslims on the other hand believe that both spiritual and
temporal authority is by appointment of God through His Prophet
and that Imam Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad
was appointed as the successor. Three more related schools of
thought with shades of Sunni tradition are: Ahmedi’s, who
believe that the promised Messiah is their spiritual leader
Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, which belief is not part of the other
traditions. Wahabbis follows literal words of the Qur’an. Sufi
tradition is focused on love and embraces all mankind. Maulana
Rumi was the fountain head of this tradition.
Festivals: Eid-ul-Fitr (at the end of Ramadan), Eid-uz-Dhuha
(at the time of Hajj) and Muharram (not a festival but a
commemoration of the sacrifice of Imam Hussain). There are many
other religious and cultural festivals including the Eid-e-Milaad
(Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebrations –observed by all
Muslims), Eid-e-Ghadir (Caliph Ali’s appointment as the Imam
-observed by the Shias).
Halal (kosher). The animal must be sacrificed in a certain way
to be Halal. Alcohol and Pork are forbidden. There are certain
other restrictions that apply only among some of the
Sensitivities: Physical contact between opposite sexes is
not allowed except when there is a relationship.
What is not
polite? To pronounce “Mozlem”, “Izlam”. The right
pronunciation is Mus-Lim, Is-Lam (as in Is- of Isfahan, Is of
birth to death: Ritual circumcision of male
babies, saying Azan in the ear of the baby upon birth, Ameen
(graduation form reading Qur’an), marriage ceremony (includes a
legal contract and dower for the bride), funeral rites include
the shrouding, washing of the body and burial prayers. Islam is a complete code of
life for all
support for Pluralism: If pluralism means acceptance of each
others differences, and doing good to each other then Islam says
there is ‘No compulsion in religion’ which means religion is not
something that can be thrust upon anyone. Muslims believe that
God has sent 124,000 prophets to every community and every
region. Qur’an says that God created human beings from a man
and a woman, constituted them in the form of several tribes and
nations, and ordained them to live with each other amicably;
‘the most respectful in the eyes of God is one who is the most
Population: 1.3 Billion
population: 6-7 million
foundation on which Islam was laid is simple and very American.
Islam is a deed based religion and salvation is earned thru the
right conduct. In his last sermon, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
advised his daughter Fatima that on the Day of Judgment, God
will judge her and every soul on the merits of their deeds, and
that she will have to earn her right. He further stated that the
fact she is the daughter of the Prophet has no bearing. A
powerful statement for a man of his stature that was on top of
the world at that time. Thus Islam set individual
responsibilities and offered liberties and freedom to the people
who follow the righteous path. The prophet set the example that
no matter whom you are; you are responsible for your deeds.
very first chapter sets the tone for Islam: In the name of the
God who is kind and merciful "Praise be to God, who is the lord
of the entire universe | God is most gracious and most merciful
| Master of the day of judgment | To you we worship and seek
help from | Show us the right path | The path of those whom you
directed and not of those who went astray.
What is the right path? The path which leads to salvation, the
path which bring inner peace, the path which brings order in the
societies where every one feels secure, safe and at peace. God
asks one to submit to his will, and his will encompasses a world
of Justice and Mercy.
the practices and rituals are embedded with the principles of
individual responsibility, equality before God, justice and
Mercy. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) set the example of good
citizenship early on in his life. He was respected immensely by
the people of
(Non-Muslims) at that time. The Meccans placed their trust in
him and believed him to say nothing but the truth and honored
him with the title “Amin”. Every Muslim’s conscience ought to be
set up to be the Amin, the truthful, the trustworthy. And when
we resolve to become “Amin” to every one in America, we would
have accomplished spiritual success and have earned our place in
this society. An overwhelming majority of us are Amin’s, we need
to up-this to 100%. It will give us the deserved peace, security
called humans the "Honored Creatures," meaning the ones who have
conquered the "animal instincts" of their being. To be honored
beings, Muslims are to be modest, humble, respectful, and good
to fellow citizen, animals, plants and the environment.
assertion is made that God belongs to all, and all of us belong
to that divinity. By corollary, all men are created equal and in
effect all his creation is to be respected, for he is the master
of the Day of Judgment. No one has a right to judge and impose;
only God reserves that right.
The prophet put in place that God is above all, it is he whom we
seek help from and that no individual is divine, as all of us
are mortal beings. He was the king, he had all the powers of
the world at that time, yet he displayed some thing
extraordinary – He prevented his admirers from painting his
portraits, in fact he forbid his pictures to be drawn. He did
not want people to make him the object of worship over a period
of time and lose out the real connection between God and the
man. He was simply the God's man and wanted people to be in tune
with God and nature and not any one else.
PREFERRED WEBSITE LINKS
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