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Faith in Almighty Allah – Welcome to Islam

Faith in Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ:

To be a Muslim, one has to express his or her firm faith in Tawḥeed (the Oneness of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ), Most High, and the Prophethood of Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.

Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most High, is One. There is no partner in His divinity, His works, in His commandments and in His names. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ is ‘Waajib-ul-Wujood’ which means that His existence is necessary at all times. He is Eternal (al-Qadeem) and everlasting (al-Baaqī). None but Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most High, is worthy of limitless praise and adoration. He عَزَّوَجَلَّ is dependent on no other. On the contrary, everything in the universe is dependent on Him.

The knowledge of Almighty Allah’s Being is beyond all imagination and comprehension. It is indeed impossible to comprehend His Supreme Being by using any amount of wisdom, presentation, intellect or intuition because He is beyond imagination, unbound by any limit. It is only possible to imagine something when it has a definite and circumscribed shape or form. But since Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most High, is formless, unbound and unrestricted, any attempt to visualize Him is impossible. However one can come to know of the existence of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ the Most High, through human reason and contemplation of His creations.

Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most High, is neither a father nor a son of anyone; nor has He any spouse. Those who consider Him as a father or a son are disbelievers.

Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the Most High, all perfections are gathered in Him.  He عَزَّوَجَلَّ is pure of all that is impure, defective, cruel, impertinent and indecent. The presence of any drawback and shortcomings in His being is totally impossible.

Telling a lie, deceiving, misappropriation, savagery, ignorance, gracelessness and many other detestable things like these, are absolutely impossible as far as Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most High, is concerned. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most Exalted, is free from all confines of time and space, places and directions, forms and shapes and all those things that resemble any creation.

It is only the Beloved Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم who saw Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ with his physical eyes on the night journey of Mi’raaj.. Read More
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Faith in Prophethood – Welcome to Islam

Faith in Prophethood:
For Muslims, it is essential to know about the Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام and their virtuous qualities as it is essential to know about the supreme Being and the Attributes of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most Exalted. It is also essential to have a sound knowledge about Prophethood so that one may avoid wrong notions and misleading beliefs and avoid uttering anything that may amount to degradation of the Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام.

Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام were all men:
A Prophet عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام is the person to whom the Divine Revelation from Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most Exalted, is bestowed for the guidance of mankind. Such a person is also called an Apostle or Messenger of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most Exalted.
All the Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام sent by Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, were human beings and men. No woman was ever accorded the status of a Prophet. It was not obligatory for Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, to send His Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام. Nevertheless, out of His extreme kindness He عَزَّوَجَلَّ sent the Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام for the guidance of mankind. A Prophet must receive Waḥī or Divine Revelation whether it is bestowed upon him through Angels or through any other means.

The prominent Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام of Almighty Allah:
Allah, the Most High, sent down many Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام for the guidance of mankind from the time of Prophet Ādam عَـلٰى نَبِيِّنَا وَعَـلَيْهِ الصَّلٰوةُ وَالسَّلَام to Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. While some of them have been mentioned specifically in the Holy Quran, many others have not figured in it. The Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام who have been given prominence in the Holy Quran are: Prophet Ādam, Prophet Idrīs (Enoch), Prophet Nūḥ (Noah) Prophet Hūd, Prophet Sāliḥ,   Prophet Ibrāhīm (Abraham), Prophet Ismā’īl (Ishmael), Prophet Isḥaaq (Isaac), Prophet Lūṭ (Lot), Prophet Ya’qoob (Jacob), Prophet Yūsuf (Joseph), Prophet Shu’aib, Prophet Ayyūb (Job), Prophet Mūsā (Moses), Prophet Hārūn (Aaron), Prophet Dhul Kifl (Ezekiel), Prophet Dāwood (David), Prophet Sulaimān (Solomon), Prophet Zakarīyā (Zecharia), Prophet Yaḥyā (John), Prophet ‘Īsā (Jesus Christ) and the Leader of all Prophets Sayyidunā Muhammad عَـلَيْهِـمُ الـصَّلٰوةُ وَالـسَّـلَام.

How many Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام?
It is not advisable to put an exact figure on the number of Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام sent down by Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the Most Wise, for the guidance of mankind because the opinion on this point differs. The safest way is to believe and say that Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ sent more or less 124,000 prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام.. Read More
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Faith in Angels – Muslim Belief

Faith in Angels:

Angels are neither male nor female; neither eat nor drink; neither marry nor reproduce. They are made of light and hence they can change themselves into different forms. They also have the power to transform themselves into any form but they never do any such thing knowingly or unknowingly against the command of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.

Every Angel has a specific assignment to accomplish. Some Angels bring Waḥī (Revelation) from Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, to His Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام. Some of them are responsible for the rain while others are responsible for supplying provision to worldly creatures. Some Angels عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام shape the face of the fetus in the womb of the mother, while some take care of the changes in human bodies.

Some Angels عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام are responsible for providing protection to living beings from their enemies and lurking dangers. Some Angels عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام move about to attend the functions and meetings held in remembrance of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, and His Prophets عَـلَيْهِمُ الـسَّـلَام. Some Angels carry forward the salutations and greetings of Muslims to Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم while some have been assigned the job of blowing the decisive Ṣoor (Clarion) just before the Day of Judgment.

Sayyidunā Jibrāīl (Gabriel) عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام is the Archangel. His title is ‘Rooḥ-ul-Ameen.’ He visited the Holy Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم twenty four thousand times, Nabī Ādam عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام twelve times, Nabī Idrīs     عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام four times, Nabī Nooḥ عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام fifty times, Nabī Ibrāhīm عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام 42 times, Nabī Ayyūb عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام three times, Nabī Ya’qoob عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام four times, Nabī Mūsā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام four hundred times and Nabī ‘Īsā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام ten times.

The other prominent Angels are Sayyidunā Mīkā-eel, Sayyidunā Isrāfīl and Sayyidunā Izra’eel عَـلَيْـهِمُ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام. Sayyidunā Izra’eel  عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام is the Angel of death. Then there are the Angels who are carrying the ‘Arsh (Throne) and the Kursī (Chair). The Angels possess no conscience or reason of their own. They are created simply to obey Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the All-Powerful. They never ask questions like why, how and what without the permission of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. They are totally dedicated to the Will of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the Supreme Creator.. Read More
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Faith in the books of Almighty Allah – Welcome to Islam

Faith in the books of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ:

All the heavenly books are true and whatever Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has said through them, is to be believed in. However, due to distortions, their originality has been brought into question. The preservation of these Holy Scriptures was entrusted to their respective followers, and rather than preserving the books in   their memories and on tablets, the books suffered alterations. The outcome was that these books could not be relied upon to be the same as when they were originally revealed and those who had vested interests altered the words and letters to change the meanings in order to make them conveniently suit their personal interests. They even indulged in addition and deletion in accordance with their whims and fancies. This kind of distortion in respect of the Scriptures is called ‘Tahreef’.

It is therefore advisable that when we come across anything mentioned in previous Scriptures, we would accept it only if it is in conformity with the Magnificent Quran. But if it is contrary to the Holy Quran we should deem it to be an outcome of ‘Tahreef’. In the case of confusion over a thing being consistent or inconsistent with the Glorious Quran, we should neither accept those things immediately nor should we deny it outright, our stand in such cases should be cautious.. Read More
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The Glorious Quran, the Last Testament of Almighty Allah عزوجل

The Glorious Quran, the Last Testament of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ:

Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ sent down many Holy Scriptures through many Prophets عَـلَيْـهِمُ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام. Four of them are the most famous:

  1. The Taurāt(Torah) revealed to Prophet Mūsā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام.
  2. The Zabūr(Psalms) revealed to Prophet Dāwood (David)  عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام.
  3. The Injeel(Bible) revealed to Prophet ‘Īsā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام.
  4. The Glorious Quranrevealed to our Beloved Prophet Sayyidunā Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, the Seal of the Prophets.

There is no scope of any superiority or inferiority as far as the Holy Word of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ is concerned. However, the Holy Quran stands out to be the most rewarding.. Read More
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Death and the Grave – Welcome to Islam

Death and the grave:

Death is when the soul comes out of the body. Everyone has to die. Nothing can save one from death. The time of death is fixed for everyone. Nothing can delay it.

When a person’s life is ending, the Angel Izra’eel عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام comes to remove the Rooḥ (soul) from the dying person. When the dying person looks to his left and to his right, he sees Angels everywhere. The Angels of Mercy come to a Muslim. The Angels of Punishment come to the Kaafirs (disbelievers). A Muslim’s soul is taken out with ease and respect by the Angels of Mercy. A Kaafir’s soul is taken out with great pain and disgrace. When someone visits a grave, the souls see the person, recognize him or her and listen to what they are saying. They can even hear the footsteps of the visitors.

What happens after burial?

After the person is buried, the grave tightens up and presses the dead. It presses the Muslim like a mother firmly embraces her child. It squeezes a Kaafir in such a way that the left ribs are crushed and interlock with the right side. When the people leave the burial, the dead person hears the footsteps of the people. At that time, two Angels called Munkar and Nakeer come ripping through the earth with their long teeth. Their faces look very fearful and scary. Their bodies are black in colour. They have blue eyes, which are very large in size and are popping out of their foreheads. They are fiery. Their hair is very frightful and long from head to toe. Their teeth are also very long with which they rip through the earth. They wake up the dead shaking and rattling them. With great strength and a gruff voice, they ask these three questions:

  1. ‘مَنۡ رَّبُّكَ؟’ meaning ‘Who is your Lord?’
  2. ‘مَا دِيۡنُكَ؟’ meaning ‘What is your religion?’
  3. ‘مَا كُنۡتَ تَقُوۡلُ فِيۡ حَقِّ هٰذَا الرَّجُل؟’ meaning ‘What did you used to say about this person?’

If the dead person is a Muslim, he will reply as follows:

  1. ‘رَبِّيَ اللّٰهُ’ meaning ‘My Lord is Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ).’
  2. ‘دِيۡنِيَ الۡاِسۡلَامُ’ meaning ‘My religion is Islam.’

‘هُوَ رَسُوۡلُ اللّٰهِ’ meaning ‘He (صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم) is Allah’s Messenger.’.. Read More
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Doomsday – Welcome to Islam

Doomsday In Islam:

A Muslim has to believe that the day and time of everyone’s death has been pre-determined. Everything and every living being is mortal. The worlds will come to an end according to the Command of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most High, and that will be the Last day, called ‘Qiyaamah’.

It is said that the Angel Isrāfeel عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام, is kneeling beneath the ‘Arsh with the trumpet in his hands, waiting for the Command of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, the Most Exalted, to blow it. The first blowing of the Trumpet will bring the world to an end. The earth, the heavens, the Angels and humans – all must perish one day. Only Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most Exalted, will last forever. But before the world comes to its final end there will appear many signs to herald the nearness of the approaching Doom. Some of these signs are:
♦ Disappearance of knowledge
♦ Sexual depravity
♦ False Prophets
♦ Abundance of wealth
♦ Time will pass quickly.. Read More
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Disappearance of Knowledge – Welcome to Islam

Disappearance of knowledge:

The knowledge of Islam will gradually disappear with the death of Islamic Scholars. There may be some scholars but their minds and hearts will be empty of real knowledge.  People will cease to be religiously minded.

Sexual Depravity:

Sexual depravity will increase. Adultery will become prevalent. Shamelessness will reach such a high level that humans will indulge in sexual intercourse in public like animals. Respect, reverence, etiquette and manners that work as a cementing force for the bonds between young and the old will vanish. The population of males will decrease while that of females will increase. There will be at least fifty women for one man.. Read More
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False Prophets – Welcome to Islam

False Prophets in Islam:

People will claim to be Prophets even though Prophethood has ended with Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. Some of the false prophets that we know of are: Musailama Kazzāb from the Najd Desert of Arabia, Tulaiha Bin Khuwailid, Aswad Ensa, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qādiyāni. All of them have made false claims of Prophethood. Others who have not yet appeared will certainly appear one by one before the occurrence of the Day of Judgment.. Read More
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