إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِندَ اللّهِ الإِسْلاَمُ
Truly, the only way of life acceptable to Allah is Islam.

(Quran 3:19)

More than one billion people from most races, nationalities and cultures of the world are united by their common Islamic faith. Islam is the proper name of a religion; it is not pronounced, Izlam, with a “z” sound. The first syllable is pronounced like the end of the word, “bliss.” The Arabic word “Islam” means submission in peace, and in practice it is understood to mean submission in peace to the will of God Almighty. It is also understood to mean total peace that comes from surrender to the will of God Almighty (Allah).

The people who profess the faith of Islam are called “Muslims,” not “Islamics” or “Mozlems”. Almost one-fourth of the world’s population is Muslim. And although some people mistakenly believe that all Muslims are Arab (or vice versa), Arabs make up only 18% of the world’s Muslim population. Islam is not a racial or ethnic term. Islam is truly a universal religion. In today’s ‘global village,’ there is no place on earth that they are not making an impact. Furthermore, despite media bias, the vast majority of Muslims belong to stable, loving families, and have nothing to do with terrorism or other acts of violence.

The Five Pillars of Islam – these are the core characteristics/beliefs of a Muslim

  • Faith: Muslims believe that there is no God but God and that Muhammad is his messenger
  • Prayer: Muslims pray in the direction of Makkah five times a day, at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and nightfall.
  • Zakah or alms-giving: Muslims are required to give a portion of their wealth to the needy.
  • Fasting: During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic year, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk in order to subjugate the passions and purify one’s being to come closer to God.
  • Hajj or Pilgrimage: The annual pilgrimage or Hajj to the holy city of Makkah is an obligation only for those who are physically and financially able to perform it at least once a life time.

Islam considers six fundamental beliefs to be the foundation of the faith:

  • A single, indivisible God. (God, the creator, is just, omnipotent and merciful. “Allah” is often used to refer to God; it is the Arabic word for God.)
  • The angels.
  • The divine scriptures, which include the Torah, the Psalms, the rest of the Bible, (as they were originally revealed) and the Qur’an (which is composed of God’s words, dictated by the Archangel Gabriel to Muhammad).
  • The Messengers of God, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus and Muhammad — the last prophet; (peace be upon them). Muhammad’s message is considered the final, universal message for all of humanity.
  • The Day of Judgment when people will be judged on the basis of their deeds while on earth, and will either attain reward of Heaven or punishment in Hell. They do not believe that Jesus or any other individual can atone for another person’s sin. Hell is where unbelievers and sinners spend eternity. One translation of the Qur’an, 98:1-8, states: “The unbelievers among the People of the Book and the pagans shall burn for ever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures.” (“People of the Book” refers to Christians, Jews and Muslims). Paradise is a place of physical and spiritual pleasure where the sinless go after death
  • The supremacy of God’s will.
  • To learn the definitions of many Islamic words and phrases visit this site for a Glossary of Islamic Terms and Concepts

    Islamic Websites for Non-Muslims

    A special welcome goes out to our Non-Muslim visitors, and thank you for visiting our site. If you are interested on learning more about Islam feel free to visit the following web pages we’ve collected that have been specifically designed to teach Non-Muslims more about Islam. We hope they will help you discover what Islam is all about.

    www.bakkah.net/articles/nonmuslim.htm

  • – This is a beneficial and comprehensive website for all those who seek to better understand Islam. The page this address directly takes you to was designed specifically for Non- Muslims addressing the many questions they frequently ask about Islam through a series of articles and question and answer pages.
  • http://www.fatwa-online.com/
    – This website not only address the many question Non-Muslims have on Islam, but it goes further to address many misconceptions people have on Islam in general (i.e. Islamic status of women). On the right side of this home page is a column entitled “ABOUT ISLAM” that contains easy-to-read articles on Islam followed by other articles on Islam’s misconceptions. It is beneficial to all those who wish to gain more knowledge on Islam in many areas.