Who Are The Muslims?
Over one billion people from a
vast range of races, nationalities
and cultures across the globe -
from the southern Philippines to
Nigeria - are united by their common Islamic faith. About 18%
live in the Arab world; the
world's largest Muslim community is Indonesia; substantial
parts of Asia and most parts of
Africa are Muslim, while significant minorities are to be found in
Russia, China, North and South
America, and Europe.
What Do Muslims
Muslims belive in One, Unique,
Incomparable God; in the Angels created by Him; in the prophets through whom His
revelations were brought to mankind;
in the Day of Judgement and the
individual accountability for actions; in God's complete authority over human destiny and in
life after death. Muslims believe
in a chain of prophets starting
with Adam. and including Noah,
Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob,
Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron,
David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah,
John the Baptist, and Jesus, peace
be upon them all. But God's final
message to man, a reconfirma-
tion of the eternal message and a
summing-up of all that has gone
before was revealed to the
Prophet Muhammad, peace be
upon him (PBUH), through Gabriel.
How Does Someone
Become A Muslim?
Simply by saying 'there is no god
apart from God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God'.
By this declaration the believer
announces his or her faith in all
God's messengers, and the scriptures they brought.
What Does 'Islam' Mean?
The Arabic word 'Islam' simply
means 'submission', and derives
from a word meaning 'peace'. In
a religious context it means complete submission to the will of
God. 'Muhammadanism' is thus
a misnomer because it suggests
that Muslims worship Muhammad PBUH rather that God.
"Allah" is the Arabic name for
God, which is used by Arab
Muslims and Christians alike.
Why Does Islam
Often Seem Strange?
Islam may seem exotic or even
extreme in the modern world.
Perhaps this is because religion
does not dominate everyday life
in the West today, whereas Muslims have religion always upper
most in their minds, and make
no division between secular and
sacred. They believe that the
Divine Law, the Shari'a, should
be taken very seriously, which is
why issues related to religion are
still so important.