Fact #1: The word Islam literally means peace and submission, peace with mankind and submission to the edicts of God. There are two concepts here: duty to God and rights to other human beings regardless of race, religion or color. Muslims have a duty to do good to others and to sacrifice their own interests for the welfare of others.
Fact #2: The word Allah is the Arabic word for God, just like Deus, Theos and God are in Latin, Greek and French. In Islam, God is One and Only without any partner, family or companion. Islam is resolutely monotheistic. Muslims believe that it is the same God who revealed himself through previous prophets and other religions. The Arabic version of the Bible read by Arab Christians also uses the word Allah for God.
Fact #3: There are many attributes of God mentioned in Islam. The two attributes most commonly used in the Holy Quran are the Gracious and the Merciful. According to Islam, God is willing to forgive and forgive people rather than being vengeful and quick to punish.
Fact #4: The Islamic statement of faith is simple and states: There is no one worthy of worship except Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. In fact, when someone becomes a Muslim, there is no elaborate ritual other than accepting that belief and reciting that declaration of faith. It is central to the belief of all Muslims and is often written inside mosques as well as presented as fine calligraphic art in the homes of Muslims.
Fact #5: The true purpose of life for a Muslim is to find God. This is the real reward that Islam promises the believer. Therefore, all our acts of worship are a means to an end and not an end in themselves. Those who strive on this path can see their reward in this very life, not just in the hereafter. In other words, Islam shows us a personal God, a God who loves his creation and with whom we can have a very personal relationship.
Fact #6: Although Islam encourages a simple life and avoids extravagance, there are no monks, nuns or prescriptions of lifelong celibacy. There is no obligation for a godly man or woman to remain celibate all his life. All Muslims are encouraged to marry and be part of society.
Fact #7: Prophet Muhammad(sa) is a descendant of Prophet Abraham through his son Ishmael. This makes Prophet Muhammad(sa) a literal cousin, and all Muslims spiritual cousins of Jesus. Moses and all the other Semitic prophets mentioned in the Bible (peace be upon them all!).
Fact #8: Prophet Muhammad(sa) is seen only as a messenger and not as God himself. Despite the great reverence given to the Prophet by Muslims, he is neither revered nor is any Muslim praying to him. No physical likenesses such as paintings or statues of Prophet Muhammad(sa) are permitted.
Fact #9: Prophet Muhammad(sa) is the only religious leader whose life is known in detail. He was born an orphan and could neither read nor write. In his private life, he was husband, father, neighbor, friend and businessman. As a public figure, he was a prophet, leader, legislator, judge, statesman and general. As a Messenger of God, he is a legislator and a reformer. He passed through every conceivable stage of human experience and left behind an example of perfect conduct to emulate. Such a combination is not found in history.
Fact #10: Muslims are required to honor and keep the commandments of previously revealed holy books such as the Scriptures of Abraham, the Torah of Moses, the Psalms of David, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Muslims are also required to honour, respect and believe in all previous prophets such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Solomon, David and Jesus of the Judeo-Christian religions, as well as the prophets of other religions such as those of Hinduism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism. According to Islam, more than 124,000 prophets have appeared in history to guide mankind.
Fact #11: All religions rely on the use of personal faith to achieve certainty of belief. Islam goes beyond this approach and invites the believer to also use reason and experience and not rely on mystery, myths and fables. It is a comprehensive religion that satisfies your intellect and the depths of your soul.
Fact #12: Jesus, (peace be upon him), is considered a blessed Prophet and Messiah to the Jews but not a literal son of God. His mission was to fulfill the law of Moses by guiding them to the correct understanding and practice of the commandments and edicts. In fact, there is a chapter in the Holy Quran named after Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary is regarded with very high praise and given a very high position among all women in history.
Fact #13: Islam teaches that there is no hereditary sin. All children are born pure and innocent. It is our own actions and choices in life that can be sinful or virtuous. Salvation in Islam is achieved by following the commandments of God. However, the allocation of Heaven and Hell belongs to God alone and is decided after a person’s death. The Holy Quran places great importance on personal responsibility and continuous self-improvement.
Fact #14: Islam explicitly teaches that there is no compulsion in religion. Everyone is free to practice or reject any religion. Forcing someone to convert to Islam or killing someone who has changed their faith from Islam to something else is against Islamic teachings. Also apostasy or abandonment of Islam is NOT punishable. Islam promotes full religious freedom for all people and full responsibility for one’s actions.
Fact #15: There is no middleman or middleman between human beings and God. Islam affirms that we all have a personal connection with God and that he is the only one who can absolve us of our sins. We don’t need to make a confession to another human being. You just have to speak directly to God and that is what the daily prayers promote.
Fact #16: Islam supports loyalty to one’s country or nation as part of one’s faith, whether the country is Muslim or non-Muslim. This is demonstrated worldwide as we have legions of proud and loyal American Muslims, Canadian Muslims, British Muslims, Ghanaian Muslims, French Muslims, Pakistani Muslims, Indian Muslims, Chinese Muslims, Iranian Muslims and various other countries.
Fact #17: Islam does not specify any particular form of government. On the contrary, it imposes the condition that, whatever the form, the responsibilities of a government must always be carried out with fairness, justice and compassion, with respect and respect for fundamental human rights. Islam does not allow any discrimination based on color, creed, wealth or social status.
Fact #18: Islam teaches and upholds the equality of all, regardless of race or social status, abolishing all systems that oppose it, including the caste system. The total brotherhood of humanity is symbolically demonstrated during the daily prayer at the mosque. Those who arrive first fill the front rows and stand side by side in their supplications.
Fact #19: Muslim women are not prohibited from studying, working or participating in society in general. Islam prescribes different roles for men and women. Moreover, mothers should be respected and daughters should be cherished. Women are treated with great respect in Islam. In its admonitions, the Holy Quran addresses equal men and women to do good and avoid evil.
Fact #20: The word Jihad in Arabic literally means to strive and does not have the connotation of holy war in it. This effort can be carried out both for self-improvement and for defensive purposes, when Muslims are prevented from practicing their religion. However, when conducted in the form of armed defence, it must adhere to very strict rules governing such activity, including a rapid return to peace. Islam explicitly prohibits the propagation of the faith by coercion or coercion. Prophet Muhammad(sa) never used the sword to spread Islam. None of today’s so-called Jihad falls under this strict definition. Therefore, killing innocent people in some kind of battle or suicide battle is a foreign concept to Islam and is completely prohibited.
Fact #21: The classic rivalry between Science and Religion is not a problem with Islam. Scientific research is promoted by the Holy Quran which encourages thought and reflection. The Holy Quran incorporates religious truths, history, commandments, and description of natural phenomena, such as the big bang theory, the development of the human embryo, and the creation of all life forms from the water, to name a few. There is no contradiction of any current scientific truth with any statement of the Holy Quran.
Fact #22: Islam talks about the creation of men and the universe in several stages over a period of time. In stark contrast to popular notion, Adam was not the first man but God’s first prophet and Eve was his wife. As the first prophet, he taught his people to worship one God and laid the foundations of the DOs and DONTs upon which the religious commandments of subsequent prophets were built.
Fact #23: There are no eternally chosen races, ethnic groups or God’s favorite nation according to Islam. Each person and entire groups or nations have the opportunity to become God’s beloved by practicing the best conduct and sincere faith. The best people in the world are those who are the fairest, regardless of any other trait. Therefore, entire nations are not cursed. The opportunity to be the best is open to all of us if we work at it with true sincerity.
Fact #24: Islam teaches belief in angels, who are obedient servants of God. It was the Angel Gabriel, the angel of revelation who revealed the direct words of Allah, the Holy Quran, to the Prophet Muhammad(sa) over a period of years. Muslims believe in many other angels such as Archangels Michael, Raphael and Izrā’il.
Fact #25: Islam is a religion compatible with modern times. A Muslim is someone who cares about good morals and behavior. Nothing prevents a Muslim from being part of a contemporary society according to the Holy Quran. Muslims drive cars, use smartphones and the internet, vote in elections, have jobs and careers, invest in business, teach, travel the world, raise families, play golf, sail, pursue levels higher education and are wonderful neighbors wherever they are. find.
Islam is a unifying force in the world. It was designed to create harmony among all nations and peoples. Islam also advocates international peace and an end to religious wars. Source: Islam