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In th e name of Allah (God), the Co m passiona te, th e Mer ciful
Please accept our greetings of PEACE. There are hundred s of immigrants enterin g this beautiful cou ntry of ours every d ay from all around the globe who belong to different religions which include Mu slims. The impression Am er ican s have abou t Islam and Mu slim s is mo stly throu gh the media, wh ich has treated Mu slims rather unfairly. They have been lab eled as terror ists, fundamentalists an d so forth. As a matter of fact, this ima ge is far fro m the truth. At the Institu te of Islam ic Knowled ge we cons ider it our responsibil ity to inform the residen ts of North Am er ica abou t Muslim s and their religion ISLAM just as we ar e obliga ted to tell Mu slims ar ound the world ab ou t Am erica at lar ge and Uni ted States in particul ar. We would like to en lighten the read er abou t som e of the ba sics of Islam with the intention of building a bridge be tween the Mu slim and non-Muslim com m unities. Thi s will crea te mu ch be tter understandin g and a sense of harm on y between our com mu nity members, en abling all of us to live and w ork together w ith int egri ty and honesty in a peaceful atmosphere. Islam is an Arabic word, which no t onl y means subm ission (to God) but also means PEACE. It is our aim to clari fy our posit ion and dispel an y false impression th at exists ab ou t Islam and Muslim s. We hope th at by informin g the reader ab ou t Islam, our daily intera ction with each other will becom e more productive for ou r com munities of God-Loving and God -Fearin g people.
May God A lmighty bless you for taking the time to read this booklet. Your Well Wisher Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik Chairman, Board of Trustees
AT A GLANCE ISLAM
Wh at is Islam?
Is Islam a ne w Religion?
Wha t is th e d istinctive Featu re of Islam ?
How does Islam re late to Mankind?
What is Worship in Isla m?
What are the Five Pillars of Isla m ?
Wh a t is th e Ka 'bah?
MUSLIMS Who are th e Muslims?
What are th e Pillars of Faith?
Why Mus lims use th e wo rd 'Allah'
ins tea d of ' God'?
How d oes so meone becom e a Muslim?
PROPHETHOOD What is Prophethood in Islam?
Who is Muhammad?
What is Sunnah?
Wha t d oes Islam say abou t Torah and
How Islam views Judaism and
Wha t does Islam say abo ut Original
Wha t does Islam say abo u t Je sus?
QUR 'AN What is th e Qur'an ?
Does Isla m recognize Science
COMMUNITY Wha t are Human Rights in Islam ?
Wha t is Jihad in Islam ?
Wh at is Hijaab (Islamic Dress Co de)?
How does Islam view Fam ily Life ?
Wha t is the Status of Women in Islam ?
Wh at is Marriage in Islam?
Why is More than One Wife pe rmi tted
in Islam ?
Wh at d oes Islam say abo u t Parents
and the Elderly?
Wha t does Islam say abo ut Food ?
Wha t d oes Islam say abo u t Intoxicants
Wha t Islam say abo u t Business
CONCEPTS What is th e What is th e Wha t is the in Islam ?
What is the
concep t of God in Islam?
concept of Life in Islam ?
conce p t of Life after Death
concept of Sin in Islam ?
which was given to Moses and to Jesus and to other Prophets from their God; we make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we are ivIuslims." A I-Qur'an 3:84 In the name of Allah (God), the
Compassionate, the Mercifu l
What is Islam? Islam is an Arabic word