Muslim Beliefs: God
In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful. I testify that there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is His messenger and the last prophet. You are here because you’re a Muslim who wants to enhance his/her knowledge of Islam, a new Muslim convert who wants to learn the basics of Islam, or a disbeliever of God/religion who is seeking the truth and purpose of life. Human skepticism has led to question the existence of God even though all signs clearly show that there is a creator for everything. This creator is much bigger than scientific theories, ruling kings and riches of the world, or even living beings from other dimensions like jinns (demons/spirits). In Chapter Fussilat, verse 41: “We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?”. I am confident that you have witnessed some of these signs around you in your life time but the reason why they are not crystal clear to you is because you are distracted by the deceiving pleasures and calamities of this life.
Muslim Beliefs: The Quran
In my personal view, what distinguishes the Muslim beliefs and religion from others is the biggest sign of Allah, the Quran. If you ever research the Quran, you will find that it is full of miracles and evidence that God exists and that the Quran is truly the word of Allah. I won’t even talk about historical, linguistic, or scientific miracles mentioned in the Quran which are in the 100s, but I will concentrate only on the numbers. The way that the verses, letters, words, and chapters are digitized in the Quran is impossible for a human to write especially if it was 1450 years ago.
Muslim Beliefs: Pillars of Islam
In the Sahih Bukhari book (the most accurate historical book of the Life, rituals, and Sayings of the prophet), it mentiones an incident that happened to the prophet Mohammed, peace and blessings be upon him (PBUH), which will explain to you the Pillars of Islam. There was a time when the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was sitting with his companions in the mosque and a strange unknown man entered the mosque and went straight to the prophet to ask him some questions about Islam. This mysterious man turned out to be the angel Jibreel (Gabriel), as told by the prophet later on. He came in a human form specifically to teach the Muslims what Islam is all about. The first question he asked: 1) What is Islam? The prophet said: To testify that there is no God but Allah and Mohammed is His messenger, perform salat (prayers), give zakat (taxation), to perform hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca), and to perform seyam (fasting) in Ramadan. Gabriel then asked him: 2) What is Eman (unquestioned belief)? The prophet said: To believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, His choice/judgment and destiny/decree and the last day/judgment day. Then Gabriel asked: 3) What is Ehsan (perfection)? The prophet’s response was to worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you don’t see Him then He surely sees you.
Living as a Muslim
For a Muslim, Islam is not only a religion or a belief system, it is a way of life. It is the guidelines for dealing with all aspects of life. From small things like eating a meal to big things like earning a living or raising a family; Islam covers it all. It is here to enlighten you on the true meaning of existence, to spread peace and justice among humans, and to fight the transgression and evil existing on this planet.
How to become a Muslim?
This will be discussed in more details in the Shahada page but initially if you are interested to learn about Islam then your first and main source of education is the Quran. After you have completed reading the Quean (with translations) then you can move on to the seera and Sunnah (life and rituals) of the prophet (PBUH). The most reliable sources for the teachings of the prophet are Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari books. These two great scholars have spent all their lives collecting the hadiths (sayings) of the prophet and verifying the authenticity of the hadiths. There are many other good sources but these two scholars are well known among the Muslims and are considered the most authentic.