Our Universal Beliefs

What is Al-Islam?

Al-Islam is the complete way of Life that Reflects Submission to the Will of God.  Islam means “Submission,” derived from the Arabic Word “Salaam”, meaning “Peace”.

Who is a Muslim?

A Muslim is anyone who submits to the Will of God. Everyone is born “Muslim”, and their environment makes them otherwise.

How does one become Muslim?

To become Muslim is to make public declaration that “there is no god but Allah (One God), and Muhammed is the Messenger of God.”  This is called the Shahadatain.

Who is Muhammad?

Muhammad the Prophet was born in Mecca, the holiest city to Islam in Arabia in the year 570 or in the 6th century.

What is the Qur’an?

The Qur’an is the last revealed Scripture from God and the Primary Source of the Muslim’s Faith.

What are the Five Pillars of Al-Islam?

Belief in One God (Allah), Prayer five times a day to the One God, Fasting in the Month of Ramadan, Charity-giving called Zakat, and Hajj or the Pilgrimage to the Sacred House, the Ka’bah, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, at least once.

Aren’t all Muslim Arabs?

No. Most Muslims live east of Karachi; 30 percent of Muslims live in the Indian subcontinent; 20 percent in Sub-Sahara Africa, 17 percent in Southeast Asia, 18 percent in the Arab world, 10 percent in the states of the former Soviet Union/Russia.  There is a significant Muslim population in China, Latin America and Australia.

What else do Muslims believe?

Muslims believe in all the prophets from God, from Adam down through the chain of prophets to Muhammed, the Last.  Muslims believe in all the Scriptures that the Prophets came with from God. Muslims believe in the Angels, the most notable in the Qur’an being Jibril (Garbiel).  Muslims believe in Life after Death or the Resurrection. Muslims believe in the Day of Judgement, when everyone will be called to reckon for their deeds before God.