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A basic Overview of Islam

What Do Muslims Believe?

Muslims believe that their god, Allah, sent the angel Gabriel to give revelation to Muhammad. We need to remember that Muhammad is of the seed of Ishmael, and is, therefore, an Arab. They believe that Allah made a covenant with Abraham and promised to bless him and his seed. They believe that the revelation came first through the Isaac and Jews. This is where the Old Testament came from. This means that they believe that the true author of the Old Testament is Allah.

Muslims believe that Adam descended from Heaven on what they call the moon rock. They believe that the moon rock landed in what is now Mecca, in Saudi Arabia. This black rock is still worshiped today in Islam.

Muslims claim they don’t practice Idolatry, but just ask a Muslim about the black rock. Ask why they want to kiss it when they go on their Hajj. You will find they believe that their sins will be absolved if they can kiss and touch this black rock.

Muslims believe that Allah created Adam and Eve. They believe the Mecca is the womb of the world. This is where mankind began.

The Corrupted Message?

Muslims believe that the Jews corrupted the message. They believe that Allah found another Jew through whom he gave his revelation. This new Jew was Jesus. According to Islam, Jesus is a prophet, but He is just a man, He is not God manifest in the flesh. They believe that His followers, the Christians, corrupted the message.

This means that they can’t fully trust either the Old Testament or the New Testament, so Allah had to find another prophet. You guessed it, this new prophet was Muhammad, He came about 600 years after Christ. According to Islam, Allah gave the final revelation to Muhammad. They believe that the Qur’an is the final testament. They believe that it stands head and shoulders above the first two testaments.

Muslims do believe that parts of the Bible are reliable. They believe in the first five books, the books of Moses, and they believe in the Gospels. They accept some books of poetry from Solomon and David as well. The reject all of the writings of Paul. They believe that Paul was the greatest polluter of the New Testament. They believe that Christians have been deceived into accepting Paul’s writings.

Islam believes that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all have the same god, Allah. They are called the Abrahamic faiths.

The Islamic Scriptures

Most people believe that the Qur’an is the only scripture in Islam. Most Americans have never heard of the Sunnah. The Qur’an is only about 14% of the Islamic scriptures and the Sunnah makes up about 86% of what they consider authoritative scripture.

The Qur’an has 114 chapters, and it is about the size of the New Testament. The Sunnah has at least nine volumes in its condensed form. There is also another book, the Sirah, which is the biography of Muhammad.

The Sunnah contains the words and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. The Qur’an contains the words of Allah. Apparently Muhammad had a lot more to say than Allah did. Muslims believe you cannot interpret the Qur’an without the Sunnah. To understand the Qur’an, you must overlay Muhammad’s words and acts. Without doing this, you cannot understand the meaning of Allah’s words.

If you try to read the Qur’an you will find that it is difficult to understand because it has no narrative or flow to it. It is organized, not chronologically, but by the length of the chapters. The longest chapters are in the front, and the shortest in the back. It makes no sense without superimposing Muhammad’s life over it. Muhammad is the key to understanding the Qur’an.

The Five Pillars of Islam

If you study Islam you will find that there are five pillars upon which Islam stands. These pillars are:

The Shahada – the creed

There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.

It includes three basic principles:

  1. There is only one god

  2. This one god is Allah

  3. Muhammad is his prophet or messenger

If you repeat the Shahada with belief in the presence of two Muslim, you become a Muslim. There is one other way of becoming a Muslim. It is to be born to a Muslim father. This is how most Muslims become Muslims.

The Salat – prayer

Muslims are required to pray five times a day. When they pray they must prostrate themselves toward Mecca, the Ka’aba, and the black moon rock which is on the southeast corner of the Ka’aba. This is another picture of the idolatry within Islam, They are praying to an object.

The Sawm – fasting

Most of us have heard of Ramadan, their 30 days of fasting. This does not mean they don’t eat for 30 days. Their fasting is only during daylight hours, from sunrise to sunset. When the sun goes down they can then feast, and most of them do.

The Hajj – pilgrimage

The Hajj is a journey to Mecca to march around the Ka’aba and perform other rituals. Every Muslims is required to make this pilgrimage at least once in his lifetime. They must circumambulate around the Ka’aba seven times. This is one of the things that Muhammad borrowed from other religions. This was a pagan practice long before Muhammad formed his religion. The pagans used to do this naked. We can be thankful that Muhammad at least put clothes on them when they do this.

They are to spend a night in the wilderness meditating. When they come back to town, they pick up twenty-one rocks and throw them at the Devil.

Zakat – alms giving

Muslims don’t tithe 10%, they give 2.5%. Half of what they give goes to advance the cause of Islam. This includes supporting terrorism and jihad. The other half goes to the poor, but only the Muslim poor.

These are the five pillars upon which Islam stands. Some say the sixth pillar is jihad. There is no official sixth pillar, but jihad is an extremely important part of Islam. Every Muslim is commanded to be involved in some way, either on the battlefield, or through support in some other way.

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