When Muhammad was 40 years old, he had his first revelation, and they continued until his death in 632. He claimed his visions were from God sent through the angel Gabriel. Muhammad then recited messages in the name of God. These were recorded to make up the main source of sacred text for the Muslims, called the Qur’an (Islam Origins). Muhammad’s main revelations were that: “God is one, He is good and all powerful; All men and women will be judged by Allah on the Last Day; We must all respond to the world with g... ... middle of paper ... ...iefs and Practices of Islam."
Angel Gabriel one night came to Muhammad “in clear human form” (“Scripture and Tradition in Islam- The Qur’an and Hadith” 104), and gave the messages from Allah to him. From the establishment of the Qur’an, Muslims have viewed the book as the last revelation of their god Allah, and thus are the true words from God for their ways of life and in reaching Allah in their afterlife. The book also teaches “mankind’s responsibility assigned by God” (Gordon 115). Therefore, Muslims practices in ways to prove their devotion towards the new religion of Islam by being faithful, and performing religious practices. Muslims follow in accounts of Prophet Muhammad's teachings following his death by following the faith from the words of Allah found in the Qur’an.
The word Qur'an literally means "reading or recitation." One directly experiences the Qur’anic revelation by reciting it. The origin of the Qur’an began with a revelation given to the Prophet Muhammad by Allah (God). More revelations continuously came throughout the course of Muhammad’s life to which all were written and compiled together to make the Qur’an. The book serves as an inspirational and religious guidance for Muslim followers as it speaks of doctrines and rules primarily conveying the Word of God.
Among the prophets, God also sent messengers who were special types of prophets. Adam, David, Moses, and Jesus are all considered messengers of God. Muslims believe that Muhammad was the final prophet and messenger of God. The Qur’an is the Muslim sacred text. It is highly regarded and considered the supreme revelation of God to man.
They also believe that He has existed since the beginning of time. Islam has different names they give to their prophets. A deeper study of thi... ... middle of paper ... ...am are among the most respected prophets of God and Muhammad was the last in the line of prophet-hood. This is similar to Christianity where prophets such as Elijah were sent to teach Christians the way of life. Islam is guided by the Sharia law that institutes a way of life for Muslims.
This is proven in the Qur’an when Allah says: “…it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation); that the Messenger may be a witness for you, and ye be witnesses for mankind! So establish regular Prayer, give regular Charity, and hold fast to Allah!” (22:78) (Ali) All prophets and messengers, from Adam to Muhammad, conveyed the same message which was to worship Allah only through salat. Prophet Ibrahim used to pray regularly and invoked his Lord to make his descendants establish salat as it’s stated in the Qur’an: O my Lord! Make me one who establishes regular Prayer, and also (raise such) among my offspring O our Lord!
In 622, Muhammad moved to Yathrib, there he converted the individual tribes to an integrated populace following his teachings. The impact made on these people caused Yathrib to be known as “the Prophet’s City.” Once Islam became prominent enough he was allowed back into Mecca and not only was he unbanned but he was welcomed with open arms. After Muhammad’s death, caliphs, political and military leaders who ruled under Islamic Principles, wanted only to establish political rule other than attempting to spread the religion as a whole. This attempt caused Arabic to become a more than just a local language, and today is the official language of various countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. It is so prominent because in the countries with Islam as their main religion every person speaks Arabic; it is the language of the Quran and to be considered a true Muslim one must learn to read the sacred texts in their true form.
"Islam" is derived from the Arabic root salaama meaning peace, purity, submission and obedience. Islam stands for making peace by submitting to the will of God and obeying His law. Jews and Christians view Islam as the latest of the world's great religions. However, worldwide Muslims (sometimes written "Moslems") understand their universal religion as the "final religion" and the "primal religion." As "final," Islam is God's final revelation of prophetic religion, in fulfillment of all that had preceded.
The core of the Islamic religion is the Quran, which is a book that is believed by the Muslim to be the final revelation of their god, Allah. Muhammad, the prophet of Allah was given the word of Allah through the Angel Gabriel. Muhammad memorized it and dictated it to his companions. They later memorized it, wrote it down, and reviewed it with Muhammad. Muhammad reviews the Quran with the Angel Gabriel annually.
I also came from a similar culture to theirs where we did not have boys and girls sit together or date without restrictions. I think it just reminded me of some the struggles we went through or what other cultures that came here are going through. To me there was a lesson to be learned. I think taking the opportunity to learn about different kind of religion’s like this helps us learn more about them and understand their points of view when it comes to certain things. Islam is a religion that is true to their traditions and values.