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What is Islam?








Islam is purely monotheistic. We believe in the One True God, the God of Abraham (Allah, an Arabic word meaning, the God) and we worship Him alone. We do not believe in a Trinity as many of Christians do, rather we believe that God is One and has no son and there are none like Him nor equal to Him





We believe God has communicated with us through His prophets. We accept all the prophets God has sent, Adam was the first and Muhammad is the last and final prophet. We share many of the same prophets with the Christian and Jewish , such as Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jonah, etc.





We also believe in Jesus, that he was sent as a righteous prophet of God to the nation of Israel. We accept him as the  messiah, we believe he performed many miracles by the power of God, we believe in the virgin birth, and we believe he will return again.





Unlike many Christians, we do not believe Jesus was divine in any way, nor do we believe that Jesus died on a cross to expiate the sins of the world.





Islam is beautifully simplistic, it is the interaction between the individual and His Creator, there are no mediators in between. Therefore, when we sin, we believe that if we approach Allah directly in repentance, He will forgive us if we have left the sin and are sincere.





We have several other core beliefs. We believe in the Holy books God has given us. He gave the Torah to Moses, the Psalms to David, the Gospel to Jesus (though not the Christian Gospel nowadays) and the Quran to Muhammad. We believe in the angels, we believe that everything happens according to the will of God, and we believe in the Last Day, that is, the day in which every person will stand before His Creator.





We Muslims practice our faith according to the five pillars of Islam. 


The five pillars are: The shahadah, prayer, charity, fasting, and pilgrimage. The shahadah(a simple formula which should be said with conviction in order to convert to Islam)is a simple profession of faith in the One True God, the God of Abraham, and the belief that Muhammad is His prophet and messenger.





Those are the fundamental beliefs of Islam



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