The word Islam literally means “submission” to God. Muslims are those who submit to the belief that there is one unique God who is worthy of all worship. Islam is one of the three Abrahamic faiths because Muslims believe that the religion is a continuation of the message brought by past prophets such as Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. In Islam, God is referred to by the Arabic name “Allah.” Allah is actually the same God who is worshiped by Christians and Jews. The central principle in Islam is the oneness of God: that God alone created the universe and should be worshiped. Allah is free of the human relationships that were created by Him, so He has no father, mother, son, or daughter.
The book that contains the essential beliefs and laws of Islam is called the Quran, which is believed to have been revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by God. Islam isn’t simply a religion, but a way of life for its followers. Therefore, Muslims live in adherence to Islamic law (“Shariah” in Arabic) that is based on the Quran and the teachings of Muhammad. These rulings provide guidance from God on matters such as family, finances, health, the environment, caring for society, and various acts of worship. Other than believing in God, Muslims also believe in all of God’s prophets, angels, books of guidance, the Day of Judgment and the Resurrection of the living, and divine fate.
The five pillars are the acts of devotion which form the foundation of a Muslim’s life. They are the testimony of faith in God, praying daily, fasting during the daylight hours in the lunar month of Ramadan, giving in charity, and performing the pilgrimage to Mecca if one is able to make the journey.
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To get information about Islam in person, please visit the Islam Information Table @ PGH on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am-4pm.
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