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A Brief Introduction








"O mankind, We created you from a single
(pair) of a male and a female,
and made you into nations and tribes,
that you may know each other
(not that you may despise each other).
Verily, the most honored of you
in the sight of Allah is (he who is)
the most righteous of you (with most piety).
And, Allah has full knowledge
and is well-acquainted (with all things)."

(From the translation of
the meanings of the Qur'an 49:13)

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     The Islamic teachings emphasize the Balance in God's Attributes. The Balance between His Magnificent Powers and Might, on one hand, and His Compassion, Mercy, Love, and Forgiveness on the other.  He is Just. He is All-Knowing. He does it all in balance and in wisdom, a balance beyond our understanding and a wisdom beyond our comprehension. He is the only one to be praised whether one be in health or in sickness, in richness or in poverty, in times of ease or in times of hardship.

Relationship between God and Human:  The relationship between Allah and us humans in Islam is a direct one, with no mediators. In this direct relationship, we recognize that there is no other party which can help, give, take, support, provide, or grant forgiveness but Allah. In such a direct relationship, we do not associate any other deities with Allah.  Moreover, our faith and submission to Allah become complete and pure.

Salvation in Islam:  Islam teaches that all humans are born sinless. We are only responsible for the sins we commit intentionally. Recognizing our human nature, Allah the Most Merciful, accepts our sincere repentance and forgives our sins.

     Islam also teaches that true belief and righteous deeds are two key elements for one to attain Allah's pleasure and satisfaction. It takes both elements to establish healthy individuals and healthy societies.  Belief alone is not sufficient; it must be practiced.  Practicing the belief by doing righteous deeds maintains that belief and nourishes it.


(The Qur'an is the last revelation from God and is the basic source of Islamic teachings and laws. It was revealed in Arabic to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and was scribed during his lifetime. Being the word of God, only translations of the meanings as understood by scholars are available in other languages)

ISLAM: A Brief Introduction

Islam?  Islam is an Arabic word for submission and peace. Submission: total submission to and acceptance of God (Allah, the One and Only) and His will. Peace: inner peace (peace with oneself), peace with the Creator, as well as peace with all creations. It is through the total submission to the Will of God that one reaches this form of peace.

     With this definition and understanding of Islam, all of God's Prophets, peace be upon them (pbut), received the call to "Islam" since all of them preached the same message, i.e. the acceptance of God and total submission to His Will. In other words, Islam is not a new religion. What we refer to as Islam is nothing but the final revelation of the series. Islam acknowledges all previous Prophets and Messengers from God, starting with Adam (pbuh) and ending with Muhammad (pbuh). Islam acknowledges the messages of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus (pbut), to name just a few.

Who is God in Islam?  We know God through His attributes related to us in the Qur'an*

       "Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god- who Knows (all things) both secret and open; He, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Allah is He, than Whom there is no other god- the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and perfection), the Guardian of Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (High is He) Above the partners they attribute to Him. He is Allah, the Creator, the Evolver, the Bestower of forms (or color). To Him belong the Most Beautiful names: Whatever is in the heavens and on earth doth declare His Praises and Glory; and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise." (59:22-24).  Also:  "And He is the Oft-Forgiving, Full of loving-kindness." (85:14).



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