Continuity of Message
Godhas sent his teaching to our world through his messengers at different periods in our history. He gave to:
- David (Daud), Zabur (the Psalms)
- Moses (Musa),T aurat (the Hebrew Scriptures)
- Jesus (Isa), Injil (Parts of The new Testaments)
The Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca in the year 571 in the Christian era, and died and was buried in Medina in the year 632 A.D. Those who accept this final revelation are known as MUSLIMS.
Islam is not a new religion. It is, in essence, the same message and guidance which Allah revealed to all Prophets.
Say, (O Muhammad) we believe in God, and in the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes. We believe the revelation that was sent to Moses, Jesus and all other prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between them and to HIM we surrender. (Quran 3:83)
All of them called humanity to the way of the Lord, the way of submission to God. All of them gave the same cause: ISLAM.
The message which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is ISLAM in its comprehensive, complete and final form. Articles of Faith
Islamic life is based on two solid foundations:
- belief and
Belief without action is of no use, nor is action without belief of any value. Both must go together and remain together. There are six fundamental beliefs which form the basis of Islamic faith.
- The oneness of GOD (Tawhid)
- Holy Books(Zabur - the Psalms, Taurat - the Hebrew scriptures, Injil - The New Testament and Quran)
- Prophethood(Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Jesus, Solomon, Muhammad, to mention only a few)
- Life After Death
A man who has consciously accepted these beliefs is expected to follow them by actions which will complete his ISLAM. There are five pillars of Islam.
- To make declaration of faith which consists of the following words: proclaim that here is no other God but Allah, and I proclaim that Muhammad is His Messenger"
- To pray to Allah five times a day.
- Zakat - To pay a small part of his or her income as a religious duty and purifying sum to be spent on poorer sections of the community.
- Fasting between dawn and sunset during the month of Ramadhan.
- To go on Pilgrimage to Mecca once in a life time, if one can afford it financially and physically.
Besides these pillars every action which is done with the awareness that it fulfills the will of Allah is also considered an action of worship.
Islam enjoins faith in the Oneness and Sovereignty of Allah, which makes man aware of the meaningfulness of the Universe and of his place in it. This belief free him from all fears and superstitions by making him conscious of the presence of the Almighty Allah and on man's obligations towards HIM. This faith must be expressed and tested in action. Faith alone is not enough. Belief in one God requires that we look upon all humanity as one family under the universal Omnipotence of God - the Creator and Nourisher of all. Islam rejects the idea of a chosen people, making faith in God and good action the only way to heaven. Thus, a direct relationship is established with God without any intercessor. Islam Is A Way Of Life
Islam provides definite guidelines for all peoples to follow in all walks of life. The guidance it gives is comprehensive and includes the social, economic, political, moral and spiritual aspects of life. The Qu'ran reminds man of the purpose of his life on earth, of his duties and obligations towards himself, his kith and kin, his community, his fellow human beings and his creator. Man is given fundamental guidelines about a purposeful life and then he is left with the challenge of human existence before him so that he might put these high ideals into practice. In Islam, man's life is a wholesome, inter-grated unit and not a collection of fragmented, competitive parts. The sacred and secular are not separate parts of man: they are united in the nature of being human.