By Diane Morgan
Essential Islam: A complete advisor to trust and Practice is the precise beginner's source at the center components of a religion that, like Christianity and Judaism, deals a advisor to holy residing and a route to salvation—one that like different global faiths has encouraged peace and warfare, tolerance and brutality, enlightenment and abysmal ignorance.
Essential Islam bargains an insightful, goal examine Islam from its inception to the current day, together with a dialogue of Islamic ideals approximately God, background, battle, marriage, the afterlife, and the connection among Islam and different faiths. it's a wealthy resource for dispelling misconceptions—for instance, purely 10 percentage of Muslims are Arabic, and just a sector of these stay within the heart East—and for figuring out tensions among teams inside and out of doors Islam. extra importantly, it offers readers a portrait of Islam no longer as a faith of extremists, yet as a dynamic residing religion practiced by means of humans of all types in nearly each nook of the world.
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If Allah punished us according to what we deserve, He would leave on earth not one living thing (35:45). However, Allah is merciful and we have hope of Paradise despite our sins. To emphasize this aspect of Allah, every surah of the Quran except the ninth (which contains the alarming and very late “verse of the sword”) begins: In the name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate. This phrase is called the bismillah. Muhammad remembered Allah as saying, “O son of Adam, so long as you call upon me and ask of me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind.
The order in which these beliefs are listed is not important; they are all essential to the faith. Another key belief is sometimes added to the ones listed. ” Here the idea of destiny or divine decree is added as a sixth core belief; however, these concepts can be subsumed under the idea of Allah, the omnipotent and all-knowing God. All Muslims are obligated to believe these five (or six) things, and those who deny one or more of them are deemed kafir, or non-Muslim, unless that person is a recent convert or raised without knowledge of them.
His wife Aishah also remembered that even on bitterly cold days, his forehead would “drip with sweat” when the revelation came down on him. Others report that his face became extremely red or even that he snored during these moments. Sometimes he just put his head between his knees while listening to the voice from Allah. At other times he looked sad. ” Especially in the beginning, people accused him of being a madman or thought he was having seizures. At first Muhammad seemed to strain while receiving the divine word, moving his lips as the revelation came to him.
Essential Islam: A Comprehensive Guide to Belief and Practice by Diane Morgan