Not really, Islam may have a new set of laws reflecting its place in time, but the core beliefs of one God, Heaven and Hell, and the Day of Judgment have been around since the time of Adam. It is in that sense just a renewal of a core human belief and religion that have existed throughout human history. The holy book of Muslims.
Muslims believe that the Quran is the exact word of God as revealed by the arch angel Gabriel to Prophet Muhammad. It exists only in Arabic, although non-Arabic speaking Muslims may read translations of the meaning in their native languages. The collected sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. It is simple, practical, and easy to understand. Two Prayer : To worship God five times a day. Three Fasting : To fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
Four Zakat : To give charity to the poor. Five Hajj : To perform pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime if one has the financial means and health to do so. Islamic articles of faith There are six basic articles of faith. One To believe in God. Two To believe in His angels. Four To believe in His revealed books e. Six To believe in the Divine Decree: That God is omniscient all knowing and has power over all things. Summary For Muslims, Islam is a very simple, practical, and balanced religion. Some individuals confined their practice to the uttering of the affirmation of faith. Others elaborated the basis of religion by drawing upon the traditions of the prophet, his companions, and their followers.
But the original idea of unity is dominant among the majority of Muslims, and is still the most important characteristic of Islam. The special message of Islam is twofold. It first completes the message of the previous prophets—and we must not forget that Muslims recognize the Judaic prophets such as Isaiah and Jeremiah who have also been adopted by Christianity—by putting an end to the dispute between the Nestorians and Jacobites about the nature of Christ: Muslims believe that Christ is of the Spirit of God, not God Himself, because God "begetteth not nor was begotten.
In other words, Christ, for Islam, is a prophet, not part of the Godhead. Then the Koran goes on to support the message of Christ, and to reproach those who denied it: "And verily We gave unto Moses the Scripture and We caused a train of messengers to follow after him, and We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear proofs of Allah's sovereignty and We supported him with the Holy Spirit. Is it ever so, that, when there cometh unto you, a messenger from Allah with that which ye yourselves desire not, ye grow arrogant, and some ye disbelieve and some ye slay? Islam is thus seen as a continuation of the true spirit of religion as revealed by God to the earlier prophets: "Say O Mohammed , We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham and Ismael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and that which was vouchsafed unto Moses and Jesus and the prophets from their Lord.
Mohammed underlined the necessity of obedience to the orders of the earlier prophets: "Say: O people of the Scripture! In other words Islam had entered a house whose inmates were disagreed and whose furniture was disordered, desiring that peace and order be re-established.
Easily Understand Islam (Abridged Version)
The fundamental teachings of Islam differ little in their essence from those of the Bible. Prayer and fasting are originally found in Judaism and Christianity. They differ only in form. The Muslim prays five times a day, bowing and kneeling as did the ancient Semites, and he fasts during a whole month Ramadan from sunrise to sunset.
Pilgrimage to Mecca is similar to pilgrimage to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Legal alms is a kind of organized charity which Christ stressed, and it is similar to income tax in modern times in that its amount depends upon the income of the taxpayer. Islam forbade the eating of carrion, blood and swine-flesh, and forbade gambling, drinking wine, committing adultery, and usury, actions also prohibited or condemned in the Old and New Testaments.
Islam received the unique stamp of Mohammed's success. Unlike other prophets, he lived for some years as the head of a state of his own creation and to which he gave laws. Mohammed shaped laws pertaining to marriage, divorce, inheritance, and similar matters, aiming at the reform of generally recognized customs.
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He restricted the number of wives a man might have to four—but on condition that equality be maintained among them. Women had no rights of inheritance; the new code granted them the right to half of men's share. Slavery was then widespread; Islam outlawed it except for captives taken in war, and for these it provided ways of regaining freedom. Wine-drinking was gradually controlled and usury forbidden. The caste system, then in vogue, was abolished, as was the cruel practice of burying unwanted female babies alive.
Mohammed realistically balanced social welfare and prevailing custom.
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The first learned jurists in the period after the spread of Islam followed his lead, emphasizing the spirit rather than the letter of the law. But in later centuries a legalistic hardening of the arteries set in—an unquestioning acceptance of authority became the rule and customs and conventions were frozen to the point where little social change or progress was possible.
Within a century after its founding Islam spread until it reached the borders of China in the East and France in the West. In this vast territory the original Muslims, the Arabs, formed only a small part of the total population. Some of the people who were absorbed into Islam, such as the Persians, the Indians, and the Chinese already had great civilizations, literature, culture, and authority, even superior to those of the Arabs themselves. This feat of conquest has long been regarded as almost miraculous; it is clear, however, that there were good reasons for it, among them the similarity of Islam to Christianity and Judaism, the decay of heathen creeds, corrupt rule, tyranny of one class over others, and the lack of economic and social balance resulting therefrom.
A further factor was the basic spirit of tolerance in Islam itself, despite its strong compulsion to proselytize among other religions. So Islam continued to spread until it became the religion of millions in Asia and Africa, and even of a fairly good number in Europe, particularly in Albania and Yugoslavia. In this process of expansion, Islam interacted with foreign religions and cultures, influencing and being influenced.
Easily Understand Islam by F. Kamal
If the chief locus of influence was literary and linguistic, there was also exchange at the most profound levels of theology. Abbas Mahmoud el-Akkad—a modern Egyptian writer—has suggested that if Christianity could be summarized in one word it would be "Love," and that the key word for Islam might be "Truth. As Rome moved toward a position of mediation between God and man, Islam, more in the spirit of the Christian Reformation, preserved the teaching in the Koran of Allah's closeness to man. There is no priest in the Muslim's mosque praying for him; he directs his prayer directly to the Deity.
There is no doubt that the world was in need of this doctrine, just as it was in need of the Christian doctrine that came before it. It received these two doctrines at their destined times.
But He is the fulfiller of the needs. Don't actually become miserly.
Learn to spend it. Learn to focus The amount of freedom we actually have is much more limited than we perhaps realize. How much freedom do we have over yawning, or sneezing Without understanding, our lives look so restricted and boring. This is not Islam.