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Study shows that Islam is the fastest growing religion especially in the Western world. Because of this Islam as a religion has become an exceedingly integral part of our community today. Here are the top 5 things I learnt about Islam and which you probably didn’t know. Keep reading on.
According to the teachings of Islam a Muslim is someone who submits to God. In Islam this is more about the conception of who God is, how He is to be served, and how He is to be worshipped. These are basic Islamic conceptions that are derived from the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. It is these fundamentals that for the Islamic Creed: There is no God but God, and Muhammad is His prophet! Submission is the greatest aspect to abiding by faith.
Because Islamic believes teaches that human beings are born spiritually neutral, they are very much capable of obeying the requirements of God to completion even after they have sinned. Thus Islamic theology rotates around the belief in one God, His Prophets, His books, decrees, and final judgment. In the same spirit of submission Islam advocates for instruction is human lives than in salvation. This is the one reason Islam has prophets but no savior.
Many people mistake Muslims as being Arabs. The truth is Islam originated among the Arabic speaking nations and that the Holy Quran was written in Arabic language. However a “Muslim” is anyone who adheres to the Islamic religion. Today Muslims are composed of Arabs, Africans, Turks, Indonesians, Kurds, Iranians, Malaysians, Pakistanis, and Europeans among others. This shows that Islam has become more than just an Arabic entity as some people might perceive.
Islamic religion and practices revolves around five main pillars. They include Confession of Faith – there is no God but God and Muhammad is His Prophet. Prayer – Routine prayers said five times a day while facing Mecca. Alms – Payment of Alms and tax in some Islamic countries. Fasting – done in the Holy month of Ramadan. Pilgrimage – The pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim should make once in their lifetime – also known as the Hajj.
Like other Christians and non- Christians, Muslims are also sinners. They fall to the errors of life and need constant guidance like any other person. Because of this Muslims will seek truth to find their way and restore their relationship with God. They are seeking to do right and repent of their sins. Today Islam is widely practiced as Islamic books in Braille are also available for the blind Islamic community.
The two major denominations that Islam has are the Sunni and Shi’a. Sunnis form the largest groups and stands at about 85%. The split occurred after the death of Muhammad and was based on who should succeed Muhammad as the leader of the Muslim community.