Muslims believe in the One, Unique, Incomparable, and Merciful God-the Sole Creator, Sustainer, and Cherisher of the Universe; in the Angels created by Him; in the prophets through whom His revelations were brought to humanity; in the Day of Judgment and individual accountability for actions; in God’s complete authority over human destiny; and in life after death.
Muslims believe that God sent His prophets and messengers to all people throughout history. Some of the familiar Biblical prophets that are also mentioned in the Quran include: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Lot, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, Zechariah, John the Baptist, and Jesus; may God’s peace and blessings be upon them all.
God’s final message to humanity was revealed to the last prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him), through the agency of the Archangel Gabriel. This message confirmed and finalized all previous revelations that were sent through God’s messengers and it established the final covenant between the Creator of existence and humanity.
No elaborate or burdensome rituals are required for one to accept the faith of Islam. One becomes a Muslim by simply believing and then proclaiming that, “There is no deity except God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God.” By this declaration the believer announces his or her faith in the One God and in all of God’s messengers, as well as in the original scriptures that were revealed to them.