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What do Muslims believe in?


Asked by Ibelongtojesus at 8:33 AM on Jun. 9, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • What do Muslims believe about God, prophets, the afterlife, etc.?: The basic beliefs of Muslims fall into six main categories, which are known as the "Articles of Faith":
    Faith in the unity of God
    Faith in angels
    Faith in prophets
    Faith in books of revelation
    Faith in an afterlife
    Faith in destiny/divine decree
    The "five pillars" of Islam: In Islam, faith and good works go hand-in-hand. A mere verbal declaration of faith is not enough, for belief in Allah makes obedience to Him a duty.
    The Muslim concept of worship is very broad. Muslims consider everything they do in life to be an act of worship, if it is done according to Allah's guidance. There are also five formal acts of worship which help strengthen a Muslim's faith and obedience. They are often called the "Five Pillars of Islam."

    Testimony of faith (Kalima)
    Prayer (Salat)
    Almsgiving (Zakat)
    Fasting (Sawm)
    Pilgrimage (Hajj)

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:17 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • What is Islam?: The name of the religion is Islam, which comes from an Arabic root word meaning "peace" and "submission." Islam teaches that one can only find peace in one's life by submitting to Almighty God (Allah) in heart, soul and deed. The same Arabic root word gives us "Salaam alaykum," ("Peace be with you"), the universal Muslim greeting.

    Who is a Muslim?: A person who believes in and consciously follows Islam is called a Muslim, also from the same root word. So, the religion is called "Islam," and a person who believes in and follows it is a "Muslim."

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:16 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • How Many and Where?: Islam is a major world religion, with over 1 billion followers worldwide (1/5 of the world population). It is considered one of the Abrahamic, monotheistic faiths, along with Judaism and Christianity. Although usually associated with the Arabs of the Middle East, less than 10% of Muslims are in fact Arab. Muslims are found all over the world, of every nation, color and race.

    Who is Allah?: Allah is the proper name for Almighty God, and is often translated merely as "God." Allah has other names that are used to describe His characteristics: the Creator, the Sustainer, the Merciful, the Compassionate, etc.
    Muslims believe that since Allah alone is the Creator, it is He alone that deserves our devout love and worship. Islam holds to a strict monotheism. Any worship and prayers directed at saints, prophets, other human beings or nature is considered idolatry.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:16 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • Daily life as a Muslim: While often seen as a radical or extreme religion, Muslims consider Islam to be the middle road. Muslims do not live life with complete disregard for God or religious matters, but nor do they neglect the world to devote themselves solely to worship and prayer. Muslims strike a balance by fulfilling the obligations of and enjoying this life, while always mindful of their duties to Allah and to others.
    Morals and manners
    Business ethics
    Modesty in dress and behavior
    Dietary rules
    Care of children and elderly
    Racism and prejudice
    Relations with non-Muslims

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 9:17 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • Sabrina did a GREAT job, but i wanted to add that Muslims believe in the God of Abraham - the God of the Jews and the Christians. They read and believe that both the Jewish and Christian texts are from God (although that they have lost their authenticity through translations and tampering and so forth) and that the Quran isn't to REPLACE them, but to add to them, to be the final revelation, and the final word. They believe in Adam and Eve, in Abraham, in Moses and Noah, in Jesus and the virgin birth and second coming, and so on. The only real MAJOR difference is that they don't believe Jesus died on the cross - they believe it was another man in His place and that God raised Him up instead of Him dying. They revere Him as a prophet and even Messiah, they just don't believe in the crucifixion, in the concept if inherited sin, or that someone can pay for someone else's sins. They believe God judges you on the good/bad you do.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 9:40 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • it is really about peace and so many people take that and think muslims are angry people...they are not. they are about peace and devotion. unfortunately within every religion you get crazy fucks who start killing peopl ein the name of their god

    Answer by moki1984 at 10:33 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • Wow. So they believe in Jesus too. It sounds alot like the Christian faith where you are to give your life, spirirt and deeds to God. And their Koran is like the Mormans Book of Morman. It is to add not take away or replace the Bible.

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 11:07 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • if you're really interested in learning more, I would suggest joining religious roundtable. there are a bunch of really great threads that talk about Islam, and there are a few Muslim ladies in there who are more than willing to explain their beliefs to anyone who asks with an honest, sincere heart.

    this thread was exceptionally informative.

    hope that helps!



    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:31 AM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • sure does bandgeek. I just joined so hopefully I can understand other religions. I have no intentions of changing religions I just do not wish to be ignorant of others beliefs.

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 1:32 PM on Jun. 9, 2009

  • nothing wrong with that! its always good to at least gain a better understanding of others, and also a great thing to know what works best for you, too!

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 3:14 PM on Jun. 9, 2009