Top 10 Fast Facts about Islam Worth Knowing

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Islam is not a cult – its followers number over 1.5 billion worldwide. Along with Judaism and Christianity, it is considered to be one of the three Abrahamic traditions.

There are five pillars of practice in Islam. These practices must be undertaken in order to be considered a true Muslim in the Islamic tradition: A) Shahadah – declaration of faith in the oneness of God and that Muhammad is the last prophet of God. B) Formal prayer five times a day. C) Fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. D) Poor-due “tax” – 2.5% of one’s savings given to the needy at the end of each year. E) Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once, if physically and financially able.

There are also six articles of faith in Islam. These are the basic beliefs that one must have in order to be considered a true Muslim. They are the beliefs in: A) the One God. B) all the prophets of God. C) the original scriptures revealed to Prophets Moses, David, Jesus, and Muhammad. D) the angels. E) the Day of Judgment and the Hereafter. F) the divine decree (or destiny).

Today, Islam is a widely misconceived religion. Those who are unfamiliar with the faith often have misunderstandings about its teachings and practices. Common misconceptions include that Muslims worship a moon-god, that Islam is oppressive against women, or that Islam is a faith that promotes violence. We bust these myths and expose the true teaching of Islam in this article titled top 10 Fast Facts about Islam worth knowing. So without further ado, let’s begin:

 

1. Islam Considers a Daughter a Blessing

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There is a very big misconception among people, especially among Westerners, that Islam depraves and degrades Muslims. Islam gives complete right and liberty to  females. The daughters are given more love and esteem than a son, Islam regards a daughter as a blessing and those families who do not have a daughter actually lack God’s blessings. The holy prophet (P.B.U.H) himself didn’t have any son, he had 4 daughters and he loved his daughters more than anything.

Allaah quote: “To Allaah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; He creates what He wills. He gives to whom He wills female [children], and He gives to whom He wills males. Or He makes them [both] males and females, and He renders whom He wills barren. Indeed, He is Knowing and Competent.” [Quran 49:50]

As you read the above quote, you probably notice that the mention of daughters preceded that of sons, and the scholars commented on this saying: “This is to hearten daughters and encourage kindness towards them, because many fathers feel burdened by receiving a daughter. The common practice of the people during the pre-Islamic era was to hate receiving daughters, to the extent that they would bury them alive; therefore, it is as if Allaah is saying to people: `This inferior child in your estimation takes precedence in My scale.’ He also mentions daughters first to indicate their weakness, and that they are therefore more deserving of care and attention.”

Such honoring of daughters is the complete opposite of how people were accustomed to dealing with females in the pre-Islamic era, when they would degrade women and consider them as their possessions, and if news of a baby girl would come to any of them, it would be as if the man was hit by lightening.

It is said that some enemies of Qays ibn ‘Aasim At-Tameemi, who was a pre-Islamic Arab, attacked his premises and captured his daughter. Later, one of these enemies married her. After some time, the clan of Qays and that of his enemies reconciled, so they gave this daughter of his the freedom to go back to her father or remain with her husband, and she preferred to stay with her husband. At that point, Qays took a pledge upon himself to bury alive any new daughter that he would receive, and the Arabs imitated him after that. It was, therefore, this man who introduced this ‘evil practice,

During the era that preceded Islam, there were two methods that people used to kill their daughters:

· At the time of the delivery of the child, a man would order his wife to give birth next to a hole dug in the ground; if the newborn was a male, she would return home with him, otherwise, she would throw her into the pit and bury her alive, or:

· When the daughter reached six years of age, the man would tell his wife to adorn and perfume her, then he would take her to a well in the desert and tell her to look down into the well; when she would do this, he would push her into it from behind.

 

2. Muslims Believe in Jesus

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In the Qur’an, stories about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (called ‘Isa in Arabic) are abundant. The Qur’an provides a detailed description of his miraculous birth, his teachings, and the miracles he performed with God’s permission. There is even a chapter of the Qur’an named after his mother, Mary (Miriam in Arabic). However, Muslims believe that Jesus was a fully human prophet and not in any way divine himself.

Excerpt from Quaran: “Christ, the son of Mary, was no more than a messenger; many were the messengers that passed away before him. His mother was a woman of truth. They had both to eat their (daily) food. See how God makes His signs clear to them; yet see in what ways they are deluded away from the truth!” (5:75).

 

3. Jihad Does Not Mean Mass Killing

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Jihad is another amazing postulate of Islam but it has also been misunderstood by the people. Jihad does not mean the mass killing of non-Muslims, it means that you have to go for the rescue of your Muslim brothers who are being tortured and are not being provided with their rights. There are however some people who have misunderstood the significance of jihad and go to the extremes.

The exact definition of Jihad is “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty. It is also a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual disciplines…”

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The people who committed 9/11 terrorist acts left a train of evidence about how they accomplished their mission, but nowhere did they leave evidence as to why they did what they did. There were no suicide notes and no phoned-in claims of responsibility after the fact. But as evidence seemed to indicate, they were supported by Osama bin Laden and the al Qaeda networks he lead before he died. Therefore, the terrorists died convinced they were waging Jihad.

Since September 11, 2001, we’ve heard this term used quite often, but for the wrong reasons.

Sohail Hashimi, a scholar from M0unt Holyoke College argues that it would be a big mistake to view the attacks of September 11 as the latest phase of an Islamic Holy War to convert unbelievers and non-followers. Base don the few statements of their mission, al Qaeda’s goals appear to be far more mundane than religious and more political and theoretical in nature. In terms of their tactics, most Muslims have rejected them as reprehensible in light of the restrictions on fighting that Islamic law upholds.

 

4. Women Have the Right to Refuse Marriage

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Islam gives complete liberty to the women, especially when it comes to choosing the life partner.  A woman has complete freedom to marry the man of her liking and she also has the right to refuse the marriage if she doesn’t want to have that man as her husband. The families or the parents however do choose the husband but the girl has the right to deny the marriage. Usually the Muslims girls love and respect their families a lot therefore they happily accept the man the family chooses, this however doesn’t mean that the girl is forced into the marriage, this is all a misconception.

So What Happened?

Women’s liberation is a very subjective topic, especially when it comes to Western perceptions. Are women who wear flimsy clothes free, or are they slaves to a society that requires young girls to flaunt themselves to be accepted?

Islam gave rights to women 1,400 years ago. Indeed, these rights would have startled many so-called progressive western societies even a century ago as women in Islam received rights to inheritance, their names, their earnings and roles as equals in the eyes of Allah.

Less than a century before the birth of the Prophet Muhamad, many historians believe that the 585 AD Council of Macon decreed that women do not have souls.

Women’s rights in Islam include:

– Name – Islam forbids Muslim women from removing the name of their father. Therefore, after marriage, a Muslim woman is not permitted to take the name of her husband, as is the common practice these days.

– Choice of husband – a Muslim woman has the right to refuse a marriage proposal. The Prophet made it clear that a girl’s permission is to be sought before a marriage can be validated.

– Earnings – women have the right to earn money in a halal (permissible) manner and are under no obligation to use their earnings for their upkeep. This is the responsibility of their husbands.

– Protection – it is a right of the women in Islam to be protected by their male relatives or husbands; to be housed, clothed and fed.

 

5. Allah is not the God of Muslims

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Many non-Muslims have come to incorrectly believe that Allah is the ‘God of Muslims’ – A deity somehow different from the God of the other faiths. It should be emphasized that the term “Allah” has no implied meaning at all of an Arabian god, a Moon god or even a Muslim god. Muslims are not claiming any exclusiveness when they say “Allah”. However Allah is simply the Arabic Name of the one Almighty God; the same name by which Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians, refer to God. The Allah comes from the term ‘al-ilaah’. Al is the definite article in Arabic, equivalent to ‘the’ in English, while ilaah means ‘a deity or god’. So Allah means The God. This is beautifully articulated in the first pillar of Islam which is to believe that God is One, in Arabic it would be, “La ilaha illallah” meaning “There is no god but God”

 

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