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ISLAM FOR BEGINNERS: God, Book, Purpose & Pillars of Islam

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God: Allah

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.

Book: 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.

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5 Pillars of Islam & 6 Pillars of Faith

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 (Shahada), to do salat (prayers), to give zakat (Charity), to perform hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), and to do seyam (fasting during Ramadan) in Ramadan. Gabriel then asked him: 2) What is Eman (faith)? The prophet said: To believe in Allah, His Angels, His books, His messengers, His Qada and Qadar (predestiny and decree/destiny), and the last day/day of judgment. 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.

True Purpose of Life for a Muslim

Most of humanity is still trying to figure out the answer for the million dollar question of why are we here? And what is the purpose of our existence? People usually give a complicated or deep answers to such questions based on their life experiences or beliefs but in the Islamic religion, Allah provides a straight forward and clear answer in the Quran. The Quran repeatedly mentions that life on this earth is just a temporary test and the REAL ever-lasting life is in the hereafter. If you would like to know how to pass this test and earn your spot in the eternal Paradise then please check out the video below as Sheikh Noaman Ali Khan briefly explains the 3 powerful verses of Surat Al-Asr:

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How to learn about Islam?

if you’re interested to learn about Islam, your first and MAIN source would be reading THE HOLY QURAN. Once you’ve completed reading the Quean (with English translation) then you can move on to the Sunnah (teachings) books of the prophet Mohammed (PBUH). The most reliable books/authors for the Sunnah are Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari. These two great scholars have spent all their lives collecting the hadith (sayings and teachings) of the prophet and verifying their authenticity. Another source to learn about Islam for beginners is I have created this site to simplify the leanring process for beginners as I have written DETAILED pages with proofs from the Quran and Sunnah. In the menu section, you’ll find a page for each Pillar of Islam and a page for every major Haram (forbidden/prohibition) in Islam. And lastily, feel free to email me any time if you have any questions about Islam or intereted to know more about a certial topic within the Islamic religion.

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