Islam A True Religion
Islam is the second largest Religion in the world after Christianity, with about 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide. Although its roots go back further, scholars typically date the creation of Islam to the 7th century, making it the youngest of the major world religions. Islam started in Mecca, in modern day Saudi Arabia, during the time of the prophet Muhammad’s life. Today, the faith is spreading rapidly throughout the world. The Koran confirms the revelations given to earlier Prophets, though these might not be accessible to us, in the form they revealed originally. There is a great reward of understanding the Quran. Also we must try to implement the teachings of the Holy Quran in our daily lives. Similarly, Quran recitation has its own benefits, rewards, and virtues too.
Holy Quran contains some basic information that is found in the Hebrew Bible as well as revelations that are given to Muhammad. The text is the sacred word of Allah Almighty and supersedes any previous writings. Most Muslims believe that Muhammad’s scribes wrote down his words, which became the Quran. The book is written with Allah as the first person, speaking through Gabriel to Muhammad. It contains 114 chapters, which are called surahs.
The Islamic calendar also called the Hijri calendar. It is a lunar calendar that people use in Islamic religious worship. The calendar began in the year 622 A.D. celebrating the journey of Holy Prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Madina. The Islamic calendar indicates the proper days of Islamic holidays and celebration. It includes the period of fasting and 5 daily prayer times known as Ramadan. Which occurs during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
Five Pillars of Islam:
Mislims follow five basic pillars that are essential to their faith. These include:
- Shahada: To declare one’s faith in God and belief in Muhammad(PB.UH).
- Salat: To pray 5 daily prayers rakats according to 5 daily prayers times ( at down, noon, afternoon, sunset and evening).
- Zakat: To give to those in need.
- Sawm: To fast during Ramadan.
- Hajj: To make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during a person’s lifetime if the person is able.