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The Father: Truth Teller, The Mother: Aya granny, Daughter 1: Najma, Daughter 2: HNK.

Monday, April 18, 2005

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD RELIGION part two

WHAT ARE THE "FIVE PILLARS" OF ISLAM?

1. THE DECLARATION OF FAITH - "There is no deity but God, and Muhammad is the messenger of God."

2. PRAYER - Muslims perform five obligatory prayers each day. Islamic prayers are a direct link between the worshiper and God. Islam has no hierarchical authority or priesthood. A learned Muslim chosen by each congregation leads the prayers.

3. ZAKAT - One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God and that wealth is held in trust by human beings. Zakat, or charitable giving, "purifies" wealth by setting aside a portion for those in need. This payment is usually two and a half percent of one’s capital.

4. FASTING - Every year in the Islamic lunar month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from first light until sunset. The fast is another method of self-purification.

5. PILGRIMAGE - A pilgrimage to Makkah, or Hajj, is an obligation for those who are physically or financially able.

TERMS AND CONCEPTS

Allah - Allah is the Arabic word for "God." It is the same word Arabic-speaking Christians use when referring to God. Allah is not the "Muslim God" but is the same God worshipped by Christians and Jews.

Muhammad - The last of the prophets beginning with Adam. The term "Mohammedanism", which is used in some books, implies that Muslims worship Muhammad. This is not so. God instructs us in the Quran about him: "Muhammad is no more than a Messenger. Many were the Messengers who passed away before him..." (3:144)

Fundamentalist - Muslims view the label "fundamentalist" as stereotypical and ill defined. Muslims also object to the use of terms such as "radical" and "extremist." These terms lack definition and are seen as pejorative. More neutral and objective terms include "Islamist" or Islamic activist." If the person in question is involved in a criminal act, name that act, not the faith of the person who commits the crime.

Muslim/Arab - Not all Muslims are Arab, just as not all Arabs are Muslim. In fact, Arabs are a minority within the Islamic world. According to modern usage, "Arab" is a linguistic, no t an ethnic, designation. An Arab can be Christian or Jewish.

What do Muslims believe about Allah?
1. He is the one God, Who has no partner.
2. Nothing is like Him. He is the Creator, not created, nor a part of His creation.
3. He is All-Powerful, absolutely Just.
4. There is no other entity in the entire universe worthy of worship besides Him.
5. He is First, Last, and Everlasting; He was when nothing was, and will be when nothing else remains.
6. He is the All-Knowing, and All-Merciful,the Supreme, the Sovereign.
7. It is only He Who is capable of granting life to anything.
8. He sent His Messengers (peace be upon them) to guide all of mankind.
9. He sent Muhammad (pbuh) as the last Prophet and Messenger for all mankind.
10. His book is the Holy Qur'an, the only authentic revealed book in the world that has been kept without change.
11. Allah knows what is in our hearts.

These are some of the basic guidelines Muslims follow in their knowledge of God:

1. Eliminate any anthropomorphism (human qualities) from their conception of Allah. His attributes are not like human attributes, despite similar labels or appellations.
2. Have unwavering faith in exactly what Allah and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) described Allah to be, no more, no less.
3. Eradicate any hope or desire of learning or knowing the modality of His names and attributes.
4. Belief totally in all the names and attributes of Allah; one cannot believe in some and disbelieve the others.
5. One cannot accept the names of Allah without their associated attributes, i.e. one cannot say He is Al-Hayy - 'The Living' and then say that He is without life.
6. Similarity in names (or meanings) does not imply similarity in what is being described (referents). As a robotics arm differs from a human arm, so the "hand" of Allah is nothing like a human hand, His speech is nothing like human speech, etc.
7. Certain words are ambiguous or vague in their meanings, and thus may be susceptible to misinterpretation. Only those meanings that are in accordance with what is specified by Allah and His Prophet (pbuh) are accept

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4/18/2005 10:38:00 AM

 
Blogger Hitech Luddite said...

I have a question about this statement.

b Islam has no hierarchical authority or priesthood. A learned Muslim chosen by each congregation leads the prayers. /b

This may be how Islam was meant to be and how it is practiced by some of the moderate sects like the Sufi Unfortunately as Islam is currently understood by many in the world the religion is ran by the Mullahs and Immans who make decrees and Fatwas that are followed to the letter by many Muslims. Since Islam has no official hierarchy many of these leaders are self appointed and can rise to a position of power through some very questionable means. From reading your blogs for some time I know that you all are very religious but as an educated family what I have outlined concerning the rule of the mullahs does not affect you as much. That is why it is important to raise all the people in your country up regardless of ethnic or religious standing.

4/21/2005 07:24:00 AM

 
Blogger Truth teller said...

hitech luddite

This the reality of Islam. What is currently understood by many in the world, the religion is ran by the Mullah.....etc. Is exactly what I meant by The most misunderstood religion.

I will write some more detail about REAL islam (not that you currently understood), in the future,
but at the time being, take these as guidelines;
The Muslims follow to the letter only the holly Quraan.
The speaks of prophet Muhammad(Pbuh), are accepted to the letter only if they conveyed through a very strict way, and are accepted by most Muslims.
The accepted authors who conveyed Muhammad(Pbuh) speaks are very limited, the most acceptable, are Imam Al Bukhary and Imam Muslim(his name is Muslim).

4/21/2005 10:52:00 AM

 
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