Muslim Beliefs: God
Human skepticism has led to question the existence of God even though all signs clearly show that there is a creator for everything. This creator is much bigger than scientific theories, ruling kings and riches of the world, and even living beings from other dimensions like jinns (demons/spirits) or mala’eka (angels). He is ALLAH, the creator of the heavens and earth; the ONE who provides to all living creations, and the only ONE who controls all things. In Chapter Fussilat of the Quran, verse 41, Allah says: “We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?”. I am confident that you have witnessed some of these signs around you in your life time but the reason why they are not crystal clear to you is because you are distracted by the deceiving pleasures and calamities of this life.
Muslim Beliefs: The Quran
In my personal view, what distinguishes the Muslim beliefs and beliefs from other religions is the biggest sign of Allah to humanity, the Quran. If you ever research the Quran, you will find that it is full of miracles and evidence that God exists and that the Quran is truly the word of Allah. Modern studies have shown that this book contains many historical, linguistic, numerical and scientific facts which makes it impossible for a human to write especially if it was 1450 years ago. The prophet Mohammed Peace Be Upon Him (PBUH) was chosen by Allah to deliver the message and to guide us all to the righteous path.
Muslim Beliefs: 5 Pillars of Islam
The Sahih Bukhari book (the most authentic historical book of the prophet’s teachings) mentioned an incident that happened to the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) which will clearly tell you what it takes to be a true Muslim. There was a time when the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was sitting with his companions in the mosque and a strange unknown man entered the mosque and went straight to the prophet to ask him some questions about Islam. This mysterious man turned out to be the angel Jibreel (Gabriel), as told by the prophet later on. He came in a human form specifically to teach the Muslims what Islam is all about. The first question he asked: 1) What is Islam? The prophet said: To testify that there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is His messenger, perform salat (prayers), give zakat (taxation), to perform hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), and to perform seyam (fasting) in Ramadan. Gabriel then asked him: 2) What is Eman (unquestioned faith)? The prophet said: To believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, His choice/judgment and destiny/decree and the last day/judgment day. Then Gabriel asked: 3) What is Ehsan (perfection)? The prophet’s response was to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you don’t see Him then He surely sees you.
Muslim Beliefs: Purpose of Life
For a Muslim, Islam is not only a religion or a belief system, but also a way of life. Islam is the guideline that will reveal to you the true meaning and purpose of life. All questions asked like who is God, Why did God create us, and what is the purpose of our existence will be answered in the Quran and Sunnah of the prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The ultimate goal is earning a spot in the eternal afterlife in Paradise and so as a muslim, you have a mission to accomplish here on earth. It is to worship and praise the ONE and only GOD (ALLAH), to spread His message and serve justice among humans, and to fight injustice/transgression and evil doings of shayten (satan) and his followers.
How to become a Muslim?
This will be discussed in more details in the Shahada page but initially if you are interested to learn about Islam then your first and MAIN source of education would be Reading and Understanding the Book of Allah: The Holy Quran. After you have completed reading the Quean (with translations) then you can move on to the seera and Sunnah (life and rituals) of the prophet (PBUH). The most reliable sources for the teachings of the prophet are Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari books. These two great scholars have spent all their lives collecting the hadiths (sayings) of the prophet and verifying the authenticity of the hadiths. There are many other good sources but these two scholars are well known among the Muslims and are considered the most authentic.