“We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world- including in my own country.” -Barack Obama
The Islamic faith is becoming one of the world’s most practised religions. Muslims are very devout and strongly stick to what they believe.
In today’s article, Superprof has the goal of educating all curious individuals about the basic doctrines, origins, and supplementary information about Islam; please enjoy!
As the second most practised religion in the world, Islam has a significant influence in all continents of the world with a substantial following in the Middle East and Northern Africa.
Due to a steady influx of immigrants to various countries in North America and Europe, Westerners have become familiar with the distinct aspects of Islam and Muslim culture.
But how did Islam begin?
Many historian and religious experts have traced back the origin of Islam and found that its beginnings originate in Medina and Mecca at the start of the 7th century CE; approximately 600 years after the start of Christianity. It is essential to state that Muslims do not view Muhammad as the originator of Islam. Instead, it was the original faith of others whom they see as prophets like Jesus, David, Moses, Abraham, Noah, and Adam.
Muhammad is an essential figure of Islam since he was the one who claims to have received angelic visitation which encouraged him to dictate the Qur’an. The Qur’an is the holy book of the Islamic faith and is believed to be the preexistent and perfect words of Allah.
Who is Allah?
Allah is the Arabic word for God. For Muslims, Allah is the supreme being of the entire universe. The term Allah has been used for centuries by Arabic people of different religions since pre-Islamic times.
After Muhammad received his divine revelations around 610 CE, he garnered much attention and a wide variety of followers. Nevertheless, after the death of his uncle and form of protection, Abu Talib, Muhammad migrated to the city of Yathrib that is now known as Medina to escape the persecution of the Meccan notables.
When Muhammad died in 632 CE, there was much disagreement about who should be the leader of Islam; this was because of Muhammad’s far-reaching influence. He is still viewed by Muslims today as the final profit of God in all the main branches of Islam.
The Muslim population has continued to grow at a rapid rate and is believed to eclipse the Christian faith, most practised religion in the world, near the end of the 21st century.
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A once in a lifetime pilgrimage to the Kaaba in the city of Mecca is part of the five pillars of Islam. (Source: Unsplash)
Similar to other world religions, Islam is characterised and made unique by its fundamental doctrines and underlying beliefs.
Fun fact: the word Islam means “surrender, submission, committment, and peace” in the Arabic language.
Many individuals appeal to Islam since they view it as a path to attain complete peace through submission of the divine will; believed to be the only way to find true happiness.
Muslims generally believe the six following things:
The Islamic faith has many strong beliefs, and the five pillars of Islam guide their lifestyle. The five components must be put into practice to enjoy a more peaceful and meaningful life. The following is a brief description of each of the five pillars:
By becoming familiar with the primary doctrines of Islam mentioned above, individuals from all types of faith learn to become more compassionate to their fellow neighbours. Learning about world religions is a brilliant idea to increase unity in today’s loveless world.
In many countries all over the Islamic world, places of worship, holy books, fundamental symbols, and stories about essential figures can be observed. Therefore, to familiarise all readers with the necessary aspects of the Islamic faith, we will consider some of these aspects in today’s article.
The Islamic symbol of a star and crescent can be observed on some countries flags. (Source: pixabay)
Christianity has the cross, Judaism has the star of David, Buddhism has the stupa, and Islam has the following symbols that are typical to its faith and are recognised internationally:
The most important and significant area of worship for the Muslim people is the following:
Devout Muslims spend time reading and analysing passages from the Quran. (Source: Unsplash)
Muslims boast various sacred books that were believed to have been authored by God via many prophets such as Muhammad throughout history. The following are some of the most acclaimed holy books of the Muslim faith:
Every significant religion has essential figures that have fought for specific rights, received visions from superior beings, or inspired others to do amazing things. The following are Islam’s most prominent figures:
The history of Islam is quite fascinating and worthy of exploring. Superprof encourages all of its readers to investigate distinct religions to increase their general knowledge of other people and the beliefs that make them unique from the rest.