Is Islam Respectful of Other Beliefs?

Yes. The Quran states unequivocally: There is no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clearly from falsehood... (Quran 2:256) Freedom of conscience is an essential tenant of Islam. Truth can only be seen if it is not clouded by coercion. Protection of the rights of non-Muslims is an intrinsic part of Islamic sacred law. The [...]

Are There Any Other Sacred Sources in Islam?

Yes. The sunnah is the practice and example of the Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace) and is the second source of inspiration and guidance for Muslims. The Prophet's sayings and actions were meticulously documented, both orally and textually, by his contemporaries and are known as hadith. Here are a few [...]

What is the Quran?

Muslims believe that the Quran is a complete record of the exact words revealed by God through the Archangel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace). It was memorized in its entirety by many of his followers, and throughout his prophetic mission it was continuously dictated to his companions [...]

How Did the Spread of Islam Affect the World?

The Muslim community continued to grow after Prophet Muhammad's passing (may God bless him and grant him peace). Within a few decades, vast numbers of people across three continents-Africa, Asia, and Europe-had already chosen Islam as their way of life. One of the reasons for the rapid and peaceful spread of Islam was the beauty [...]

How Did He Become a Prophet and Messenger of God?

At the age of 40, while engaged in a meditative retreat, Muhammad received his first revelation from God through the Archangel Gabriel. This revelation, which continued to descend over a period of twenty-three years, is known as the Quran. Muhammad began to share the revelations he received from God with the people of Makkah. Being [...]

Who is Muhammad?

Muhammad (may God bless him and grant him peace) was born in Makkah in the year 570 CE, during the period of history that was known in Europe as the Middle Ages, a time in which Christianity had yet to be fully established there. Muhammad was the son of Amenah and 'Abdullah, and was from [...]

Do Islam, Judaism, and Christianity Have Different Origins?

No. Muslims believe that the original, unchanged message given to Muhammad, Jesus, Moses and all other prophets came from the one and same God. This common origin explains their many similarities in aspects of belief, values, and even in some practices. Say: "We Believe in God and what has been revealed to us; and what [...]

Who is Allah?

Allah is the proper name for God in the Arabic; both a sacred and Semitic language. Jews, Christians and Muslims all aspire to worship the same One God. Allah says in the Quran: And do not debate with the People of the Book, unless in the best of manners, except those who are unjust, and [...]

What Do Muslims Believe?

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 [...]

What is Islam and who are the Muslims?

Islam is not a new faith. It is that same truth which God revealed through all His prophets to every people since the dawn of humanity. Islam is a religion of mercy, tolerance, generosity of spirit, inner peace, and outer tranquility. For a fifth of the world's current population, Islam is both a personal religion [...]