Islam – The Beginnings :
Islam“Islam” is an Arabic word that means “acceptance,” “surrender,” “submission,” or “commitment,” and is closely related to the Arabic word for peace (salaam; in Hebrew, shalom). Adherents of Islam are called Muslims, literally, those who make peace. Muslims are… Read More
The Origin of the Quran :
The Quran is the holy book which Muslims recite and turn to for guidance in all aspects of their life.
It is the last testament in a series of divine revelations from God. It comprises the unaltered and direct words of God, revealed… Read More
This declaration of faith is called the Shahada, a simple formula which all the faithful pronounce. In Arabic, the first part… Read More
Salat or Salah is the name for the obligatory prayers that are performed five times a day, and are a direct link between the worshipper and God. There is no hierarchical authority in Islam and there are no priests. Prayers are led by a… Read More
The third pillar is the Zakat or Zakah (alms tax), typically paid to a religious official or representative of the Islamic state or to a representative of a local mosque.
This amount is traditionally set at one-fortieth, or 2.5 percent, of the value of all… Read More
Sawm, fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, is the fourth pillar of Islam.
Ordained in the Holy Qur’an, the fast is an act of deep personal worship in which Muslims seek a richer perception of… Read More
The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is an obligation once in a lifetime for those who are physically and financially able to perform it.
About two million people go to Makkah each year from every corner of the globe… Read More