Understanding Islam and Muslims__Part 1

Salam Alikom,
I have found this article abut Islam, its an introductory to those who are interested to learn more about this great religion, the original article is on http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/uiatm/un_islam.htm , I have taken some parts of it, the parts that I think are easy to understand for non-Muslims. the original article  was incorporated from the book, Understanding Islam and the Muslims, prepared by The Islamic Affairs Department, The Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington DC., Consultants The Islamic Texts Society, Cambridge, UK, 1989. 
Inshallah you will find it helpful.  Continue reading “Understanding Islam and Muslims__Part 1”

Understanding Islam and Muslims__Part 2

Here I continue what I started earlier…

What are the five “pillars” of Islam?

They are the framework of the Muslim life: faith, prayer, concern for the needy, self-purification, and the pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able. Continue reading “Understanding Islam and Muslims__Part 2”

Understanding Islam and Muslims__Part 3

Does Islam tolerate other beliefs?

The Quran says: God forbids you not, with regards to those who fight you not for [your] faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for God loveth those who are just. (Quran, 60:8)

It is one function of Islamic law to protect the privileged status of minorities, and this is why non-Muslim places of worship have flourished all over the Islamic world. History provides many examples of Muslim tolerance towards other faiths: when the caliph Omar entered Jerusalem in the year 634, Islam granted freedom of worship to all religious communities in the city. Continue reading “Understanding Islam and Muslims__Part 3”