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					Introduction to Islam

   By : Faiza Mubin Alvi

• Islam and Muslims: the terms
• Some Fundamental concepts of faith
  – Concept of God
  – Creation and purpose of man on earth
  – Guidance from God - prophets and books
  – Concept of accountability on the Day of
  – The mercy of God

Islam & Muslim
• Submission or surrender
• Peace
• Total and complete submission to our
  Creator - resulting in inner and outer peace.
• MUSLIM: one who submits to the command
  of God therefore attaining peace.

Concept of God
•   Allah : the name
•   Creator and creation
•   Al-Fatihah and Al-Ikhlas
•   99 names
•   Closest to us- no intermediaries
•   Tawhid and Shirk

Al- Ikhlas
   – The Sincerity,
     Oneness Of Allah
• Say: He is Allah, the One
  and Only;
• Allah, the Eternal,
• He begetteth not, nor is He
• And there is none like unto


In the name of Allah Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
•   All praises are due to Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
•   The Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful.
•   Master of the Day of Judgement.
•   You alone do we worship and You alone do we seek help from.
•   Guide us to the straight path.
•   The path of those on whom You have bestowed Your blessings,
    not of those who have incurred Your wrath nor those who are
Creation of Man
•   Universe made subservient to man
•   Humans created from a single soul
•   Equality of mankind
•   Lessons learned in Paradise
    –   Satan avowed enemy to man
    –   Humans are prone to sin
    –   How to attain forgiveness
    –   Two paths

O mankind! reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from
  a single person and created from it his mate, and from the two of
  them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women;-
  reverence Allah, through whom ye demand your mutual (rights),
  and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for Allah ever
  watches over you.
                                                          Surah 4:1
Purpose of man

•   Vicegerent on earth
•   To use and not abuse the universe
•   To worship him alone- ‘ibadah
•   The earth a field for the hereafter

Guidance from God

•   We are promised guidance
•   Every nation received guidance
•   Prophets and Books
•   Those who follow guidance shall
    have no fear nor shall they grieve

The Prophets
•   Chosen by Allah
•   Humans
•   Best people of their time
•   Made mistakes but no sins
•   Same religion different law
•   We make no difference between them

Muhammad (saws)
• A servant and messenger of God
• Born 570, received revelation 610 went to
  Madinah 622, died 630 CE
• Lived and died within recorded history
• Life and message preserved till today
• The best example to be followed

The Qur’an
• The very word of God
• Revealed to Muhammad (saws) through
  Gabriel over a period of 23 years
• Written down immediately as revealed
• Preserved as it is in original language
• The miracle of the last Prophet

Miracles of the Qur’an
 • Challenges us to prove it wrong
 • Only book not outdated
 • Scientific evidence
 • Unimitable with a unique combination of
   poetry and prose
 • Preserved - no editions, no revisions

•   Answerable because of freedom of choice
•   Qur’an prompts to think, reflect, ponder
•   Every thought, action and deed judged
•   Complete justice done
•   Judged on the basis of faith - we cannot
    see inside the hearts

The Mercy of God

•   God’s mercy surpasses everything else
•   We earn His mercy
•   Repentance should be sincere
•   God does not need anything from us
•   No change since the day of Adam