PREFACE TO ISLAMIC|RELIGION|FAITH|DISTINCTIONS
All Knowledge about Islam has been gathered from the Following Three Sources:
1. First Source of Islam is the Collection of Injunctions and Instructions comprising of 700 Dos and Don’ts contained in Holy Quran. If Quran is Silent on certain topic, then one have to seek guidance from the Practice of the Prophet.
2. Second Source of Islam is called “Sunnah” which is the Practice of Prophet Mohammad.It is invariably accompanied and supported by the Words from the Prophet.The words (instructions), enveloping the practice, may be preceding the Practice or following it. That his how the greatest sect in Islam came to be called ‘Sunni’.
3. Third source of Islam is Called “Hadith” which comprises of the Words from Prophet’s Mouth, without the support of Prophet’s practice.That is, also, how the third greatest sect in Islam is known as ‘Ahle-Hadith’. The Second greatest sect being ‘Shiaism’
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ISLAMIC|RELIGION|FAITH|DISTINCTIONS – FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
There is no ceremony in Islam for the initiation of a newcomer. As is the Ceremony of Baptism in Christianity. A New Muslim has ONLY to Confess that he believes That Allah is the ONLY ONE God and that Mohammad is His Prophet. This confession or declaration may be before Any other Muslim or A group of Muslims at any Place e.g. home etc but preferably in Certain Mosque.
ALSO, for example if a Non-Muslim ‘would-be-convert’ is totally alone or he has not any access to any Muslim Scholar, even then he can convert himself to Islam in the Book of God, though Not Socially registered as a Muslim in Muslim Community and his non-Muslim Identity will continue to be accepted in his locality.
But the Real Muslims are Known only to God. May be some non-Muslim is registered as Muslim in the Book of God.The Word ‘Muslim’ means an Obedient person who coordinates with everything around him for good purposes. A True Muslim believes in the Peaceful and Mutually Reinforcing Co-existence with the Environment peopled with Family Members, friends and all the citizens coming across with him. In this sense many Non-Muslims are Muslims in practice though not by word of mouth.
I – NOW ENLISTING OF FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
Declaring that There is Only One God and that Prophet Mohammad is the Messenger of Allah.
Confession and declaration of One And Only One God was logically spaced and necessitated by the fact that Fundamental Doctrine of Christianity i.e. Trinity was popular in the world on those days.
Emphasis on a striking monotheistic slant was very necessary for restoring the balance in the world of religion. Thereafter, the most highlighted concept of Islam had been and still is uncompromising Monotheism. First and Foremost Implication of this Doctrine is the Belief that there is no Partner with God. Any move against this doctrine is considered to be the ONLY unpardonable sin in Islam.
2.Regularly Saying Five-Time Prayer Daily
PHILOSOPHY: Five times prayers is explained as phasing-in and then phasing-out of a trauma, trial, ordeal or tribulation in ones life. It is how the five prayers are philosophically justified:
(i) First Prayer(Fajr):
Timed just before dawn when the hopes step in and mood is jubilant and one gets busy in daily routines quite briskly.
(ii) Second Prayer(Zohar):
Timed at Noon.When hopes are in full bloom.
(iii) Third Prayer(Asar):
Suddenly some mishap takes place as a part of Life. For example one is charged with some criminal act. A a case is filed against the person. He struggles to vindicate himself.
(iv) Fourth Prayer(Maghrib):
At this time the man is beset with multifarious shades of possibilities. Mostly the shades are from silver-lining to pitch-dark but total darkness dominates. Hopes are on the wane. He sticks to God and continuously pray for seeking help from Him. There are no signs of hope for deliverance from the trouble. But still, occasionally he sees inkling of hope in the heart of his hearts.
(v) Fifth Prayer(Eshaa):
Now it is pitch darkness symbolical of complete disappointment. But he is a man of God and knows that He has said that:
Disappointment is a Sin.
He gives more attention to prayers. And continues praying till midnight.He sleeps while praying in the inner recesses of his heart and soul. Actually he is having sleepless night punctuated by Prayers.
Deliverance Comes Next Day in the Morning
At long last, After A Long Overnight Spell of Suspense, Deliverance come in the shape of dawning sunrise, daybreak and ascendancy of sun towards zenith.
3. Keeping One months Fasts in the Month of Ramazan Every Year.
Ramazan is 10th Month of the Lunar Calendar that is also called Hijra Calendar. Hijra means migration that was undergone by Muslims from Mecca to Medina at the 13th Year of Persecution at the hands of non-believers in Mecca. At the end of one month’s fasts, a Muslim Festival called Eid-ul-Fitr is Celebrated. The fasts constitute a Spiritual Exercise to give a Boost to their spiritual capabilities that are cultivated (during the month of Fasts) , for the purpose of a happy and everlasting life in the Hereafter.
4. Paying one fortieth of one’s Wealth on yearly basis is called Zakat.
A Muslim has to give one fortieth of his wealth withheld (Meaning Deposited at Bank or Lying at Home un-circulated) for one year. Zakat is the Greatest Pillar or Lynch Pin of Economic system of Islam. This tax is levied on the rich. Zakat is also levied on silver, gold and diamonds. May it be lying with women in the shape of their jewelry. Or it may be in the shape of a commodity in possession of anybody else.
The Zakat is calculated and deducted on the value of these minerals in the local currency. But ratio of this tax on corns and minerals is one tenth. Now the tax is re-named as Ushr (An Arabic Word meaning 10th part) instead of Zakat.
5. Performing Haj (Pilgrimage) to Mecca once in the whole life is obligatory to a Muslim Provided one is Capable of Necessary Expenditure.
Haj is considered as an act of extreme love for God the Jameel (The Most Beautiful of All).
The pilgrimage to Mecca (The Haj) is performed in the memory of Hajra the second wife of Abraham the Father of Prophets. As the story goes Sara was the first wife of Abarham but she was childless. Abarham had to marry Hajra for a child. When Hajra gave birth to Ismaeel, Sara became jealous of her. To resolve the conflict for good Abraham carried Hajra and her son Ismaeel and left them in the Wilderness. Abarham was trusting God to fend for his wife and son.And so it happened.
There was nothing for humans to consume. Not even water. Now when Ismaeel started crying for water, Hajra surveyed and started running around the hills in search of water. But it was only the seventh round when on return from the search she saw that a spring had erupted at the feet of the infant i.e. Ismaeel. How Providential was this! Quite miraculous so!
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II – ISLAMIC|RELIGION|FAITH|DISTINCTIONS – SIX ARTICLES OF FAITH
Six Articles of Faith are targeted at a Set of Mutually Connected Set of Tenets to Capture a Focused belief in An All Powerful God. It lends credibility to the whole system as a whole. It is also very logical. God is infinity and humans are finite. Now, how An Infinity can communicate with A Finite Being i.e. Humans. So A Device or Medium was created by God in the shape of Angles. Second medium adopted by God was Prophets i.e. most honest and truthful persons selected form among the crowed of Humanity.Thus the trio i.e. prophets, angles and scriptures fortify each other to instill a belief system. And Ultimately, as a whole, all the three enhances the credibility of Allah the Islamic Concept of God.
1. Believing in One God:
Concept of God in Islam is most pronounced of all the Scriptures. Holy Quran has 114 parts. First two parts Fati-ha and Baqara equal Torah in significance and import. Six Haa-Meem parts equal Bible (New Testament).The equals Zaboor.All the nine parts do not exceed the one tenth (1/10th), in the sense of voluminousness, of the Whole Quran. Necessity for a strong and uncompromising belief in one God i.e. Allah can not be over-emphasized as it is enjoined upon in Holy Quran and sayings of the Prophet. Read a Post Regarding Islamic Monotheism.
Number and ratio of Ex-Muslim atheists is far less than the Atheists converted from other religions. Reason being this Monotheistic strength and charm is not found anywhere else.
2. Believing that Prophet Mohammed is Final Prophet with A Revealed Book.
There are following two categories of Prophet-hood:
(i) Prophets with A Revealed Book
This prophet-hood is also called Independent Prophet-hood. This type of Prophet is called Independent prophet that do not need to following some previous law. Moses and Mohammad are the examples of this category.
(ii)Prophets with No Revealed Book.
This type of prophet is called dependent prophet. They depend on some previous law. The number of this type of prophets is in legion. All the Israelite prophets following Moses fall under this category. Even Jesus is not an Independent Prophet. He follows the law of Moses i.e. the Law-Book being Torah. You can also see for yourself that all the New Testament comprises of Traditions.
In the first place there are Four Gospels narrated by Mathew, Mark,Luke and John. Secondly there are 21 acts of Apostles. Lastly there is a Revelation of John and Not by Jesus.It means Old Testament consisted of the Words of God (A Reported Speech with Any Reporting Speech) but later the text was tempered when publishing different Editions.
On the Other hand in New Testament, Words of God are heavily mixed with Reporting Speech, Contextual Elements and Impressions of Narrators. All these factors go a long way towards contributing in diluting and confusing the original Message of God Passed through Jesus.
3. Believing in All the Prophets:
Believing in the truth of all the prophets is also compulsory for the Muslims.
4. Believing in All the Holy Books:
All the scriptures i.e. Tora, Bible, Zabur and Holy Quran
5. Believing in the Angels:
There are following types of angles described in Holy Quran and Sayings of the Prophet Mohammad.
(i) Jibreel (Gabriel) the Archangel
Jibreel or Gabriel is the Archangel that had been fetching messages of God and Delivering them to the Prophet of time. All the Scriptues i.e. Torah, Bible and Holy Quran are the compilations of the these very messages
(ii) Israfeel, the angle of Death and Doomsday.
Israfeel is the Angel that will sound the alarm for the End of the Universe i.e. the Doomsday.
(iii) Meekaeel, the Angle of Whether
Meekaeel performs the duty of rotating different types of whether scenarios.
(iv) Izraeel is the Angle of Death
The angle Izraeel extracts the souls of persons whose deaths have been destined so by God.
6. Believing in Destiny:
This means that fortunes good or bad are entirely decided and built by the God Himself.For people having liberal mindset, this article of faith is a Pandora box because it tangents of Free Will.
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III – RESURGENCE OF ISLAM – GREATEST DISTINCTION OF ISLAMIC|RELIGION|FAITH|DISTINCTIONS
Rooted in the Finality of Independent Prophet-hood is the, Resurgence or Renaissance of Islam. There are sufficient number of indicators in Quran and Traditions from the Prophet Mohammad regarding the Revival of the Grandeur of Islam in the a later age.These prophecies are coincided with the prophecies ALSO mentioned in Torah and Bible. All the scripture mention the Appearance of a Messiah in the Later age. All the Religions claim that the Messiah will be belonging to their particular faith.
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IV – OPINIONS OF NON-MUSLIM CELEBRITIES AND SCHOLARS REGARDING ISLAMIC|RELIGION|FAITH|DISTINCTIONS
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