According to the Quran, men and women are equal before God; both created for the sole purpose of knowing, loving, and worshipping God through faith and good deeds. O humankind! Be conscious of your Lord Who created you from a single soul, and out of it created its mate, and out of the two spread … Continue reading How Does Islam Elevate the Status of Women?
TESTIMONY OF FAITH (Shahadah) The five pillars of Islam are the basis of Muslim life and are the foundation upon which the faith itself stands. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: "Islam is founded on five pillars; to testify that there is no deity except God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God; to establish … Continue reading What Are The Five Pillars of Islam?
Muslims, as a matter of principle and faith, are to respect and care for the elderly. It is quite common to find children, parents, grandparents and sometimes even great grandparents all living together in the same home. In the Islamic world there are no such things as old people's homes. If the elderly are in … Continue reading How Do Muslims View the Elderly?
Muslims, as do Jews, Christians, and other faith groups, believe that this life is a temporal realm, to be viewed as a preparation ground for what is to come after. The afterlife is comprised of resurrection, the Day of Judgment and then either a blissful paradise or a blazing hell. When a Muslim dies, he … Continue reading How do Muslims View Death and the Afterlife?
A healthy family structure is the foundation of any truly healthy society, and such is the Islamic ideal. The peace and security offered by a stable family unit is greatly valued by Muslims and is seen as essential for the spiritual growth of its members. It is quite common in the Muslim community to find … Continue reading Why is the Family So Important to Muslims?
According to the Quran, God has created all of humankind equal, and has given each the right to pursue their own destiny. The life, honor, and property of all people in a Muslim society are considered sacred, whether the person is Muslim or not. Racism and prejudice of any sort are unacceptable in Islam. The … Continue reading How does Islam Guarantee Human Rights?
Islam permits fighting in self-defense, in defense of one's faith, or on the part of those whose basic rights have been violated. It lays down strict rules of engagement, which include prohibitions against harming civilians and against destroying crops, trees, and livestock. The reality is that injustice and oppression would be rampant in the world … Continue reading What Does Islam Say About War?
In today's turbulent world, Islam is often on the front page and on every TV set-mostly for the wrong reasons. Islam comes from a root word that means peace; yet some have taken this peaceful way of life and hijacked it, thereby attempting to make it into a way of violence and hatred. Seeing the … Continue reading Why is Islam Often Misunderstood?
Muslims love and respect Jesus. They consider him one of the greatest of God's prophets and messengers ever sent to humankind. A Muslim never refers to him simply as "Jesus," but always adds the phrase "may the peace and blessing of God be upon him," or a similar phrase of respect and honor. The Quran … Continue reading How Do Muslims View Jesus?
The earliest interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims occurred near the beginning of the Prophet Muhammad's mission. The Prophet and his companions were greatly oppressed by the polytheists of Makkah. Concerned for their wellbeing, he sent some of his followers to seek refuge with the Negus of Abyssinia-a righteous and just Christian king. He listened … Continue reading How Did Prophet Muhammad Interact with Christians?