INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM
An Introduction to Islam
“Truly, the only way of life acceptable to Allah is Islam.” [Qur’an 3:19]
In 610 CE, Allah ordained the final Prophet He would send to earth. Over five
centuries had passed since the previous Prophet He sent, Jesus the son of Mary.
This final Prophet was Muhammad ibn Abdillah (saas). Though Muhammad (saas) was
born in the Arabian peninsula, he was sent to all of humanity. He was
commissioned to deliver a message from Allah to Arabs and non-Arabs alike.
The message was the same one which Allah had sent down to the earliest humans.
It contained a description of the way of life which Allah had established for
people to follow while they lived here on earth. By agreeing to follow this way
of life, people would essentially be submitting themselves to Allah. The name of
this way of life was simply ‘submission’. In Arabic, this is Islam (pronounced
The message of Islam was conveyed in only two ways: in the form of a book, and
in the living example of the Prophet. These two are the basis for a way of life
which is acceptable to both mind and heart – it is neither illogical nor
impersonal. It is in fact the only true way of life revealed from the Creator.
The scope of this way of life is vast enough that it transcends the traditional
notion of ‘religion’. Islam includes submitting to Allah in the realm of
politics, economics, law, etc.
Whoever wishes to understand Islam can only start at one place: the Oneness and
Uniqueness of Allah. This is the essence of the creed of Islam, and no other
creed on earth approaches its power and elegance. Scholars have written at
length on the beliefs of Islam (e.g. Ibn Taimiyah and at-Tahawi), but the core
belief is undisputed:
Sahih Bukhari – Volume 9, Book 93, Number 470:
Narrated Mu’adh bin Jabal:
The Prophet said, “O Mu’adh! Do you know what Allah’s Right upon His slaves is?”
I said, “Allah and His Apostle know best.” The Prophet said, “To worship Him
(Allah) Alone and to join none in worship with Him (Allah). Do you know what
their right upon Him is?” I replied, “Allah and His Apostle know best.” The
Prophet said, “Not to punish them (if they do so).”
We here at MSA-USC pray that Allah finds the information contained in this site
pleasing to Him. We also hope that you find the information useful to you.
An introduction for someone entirely new to Islam
The True Religion
Islamic Belief (Al-Aqidah) by Abu Ja`far at-Tahawi
A brief introduction to the Creed of Islam by Dr. Abdul-Aziz Al-Qari
Understanding Islam and the Muslims
World of Islam, courtesy of ISL Software, makers of the WinAlim Islamic database.
Principles of Islamic Faith (Al-`Aqidah Al-Wasitiyah) by Ahmad Ibn Taimiyah
(from Iqra’ International Educational Foundation)
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