Islam is the fastest growing religion with over 1.9 billion followers across the globe. It’s a great possibility that you have heard about Islam through the media and even though it is the fast growing religion, many misconceptions exist which can cause a lack of understanding about what Islam truly teaches and what Muslims practice.
Islam is an Arabic word and means “submission to the will of God.” Followers of Islam are called Muslims and worship God, known as “Allah” in Arabic. Islam is a monotheistic religion that teaches that there is only one divine being, one supreme Creator of the universe. Islam is a complete, holistic way of living that covers every aspect of life. A common greeting of Islam is Assalamu Alaikum which means peace be upon you. Muslims believe in the Abrahamic prophets, and they believe that Judaism and Christianity also came from God (or Allah) but that Muhammad (saw) was the last prophet.
Here are some important terms:
Allah (S): The term for “God” in the Arabic language (the “S” after Allah is short for subhanahu wa ta’ala, an honorific term meaning “the most glorified, most high.”)
Quran: The holy book of Islam
Ayah: A verse in the Quran
Du’a: A call prayer to Allah (S) from yourself.
There are five daily prayers which are based on the sun’s position. Check our our Prayer Schedule Page for today’s prayer times! Muslims believe that many scriptures have been revealed to mankind in the past. They include the Torah sent to Moses, the Psalms sent to David, and the Gospel sent to Jesus Christ (peace be upon them all). The Holy Qur’an is the last revelation from Allah sent to all of mankind and it was revealed to his final messenger, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) beginning in 610 and ending with Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632 ce.
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