I want to learn about Muslim.
22 Feb 10
Good day. It's great that you are interested in this way of life. This topic will be a long discussion, so may I suggest you add someone in Facebook and try contacting him. His name is Lim Jooi Soon, and he is one of our religious officers in our country. He may be able to help you understand more about Islam. As brief as possible, I will give some explanation, about Islam. My explanations below might not be accurate enough, but God wills it would be sufficient. Islam has two translations; submission to God and to be safe and secure. It also means 'the way of life'. Islam is a religion revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by God around 1400 years ago. It is the final form of a religion that submits and worship the only One God, Allah. The previous religions were abolished by the coming of this religions, including the teachings of Moses and Jesus (Not Jesus the Son of God, but Jesus the prophet). We can say that Islam is the final update of the revealed religion thousand of years ago. People who have given guidance from Allah and submits to Islam will believe in this 6 pillars of faith; 1. Belief in the Oneness of Allah, His Power and His attributes 2. Belief of His Angels 3. Belief of His Messengers 4. Belief of His Revealed Books 5. Belief of the Resurrection and the Day of Judgment 6. Belief in the predestination that Allah has given to all things, good or bad Once you have these faiths inside your heart and really believe in them, then the path of becoming a Muslim will be open. As I said before, Islam is a way of life, and this way of life does not suddenly appear. It must have guidance, and rules. The basic rules which will differentiate a Muslim from the other are these 5 pillars; 1. To proclaimed that there is no other God which is worth worshipped except Allah, and that Muhammad (pbuh) is the Messenger of Allah. 2. To perform 5 mandatory daily prayers 3. To perform fasting in the month of Ramadhan (the fasting month) 4. To give Zakat (charity,alms) 5. To perform pilgrimage (The Kaabah) These are the most basic things a Muslim has to do in order to show his/her faith to Allah. You can learn a little bit more form this website www.missionislam.com. There are people who are quite knowledgeable about Islam here in MyLot. Search for the keyword islam to find discussions which they have responded. The one I usually see in these type of discussion is Harvey009. He's very good in explaining Islam. I'll tell you more about Quran and the Prophets next time. Until then, peace.
23 Feb 10
Thank you very much, deenaly...It is really an honor for me to learn Islam from somebody who haven't met me personally..I had once a one-on-one discussion with a Muslim convert..He was a Roman Catholic believer, so I was intrigued what he saw in Islam..That triggered my interest in Islam..He told me of some great things about Islam, like a true Muslim respect Christians..That is opposite of what I was thinking..I thought Muslims hates Christians..I found out I was wrong and I want to return that respect by learning Islam so that I can tell other Christians that they are wrong every time they criticize Muslims. Before you tell me about Quran, I hope you can tell me first more about angels and messengers..if it's fine for you.. By the way, I also want to thank you a lot for referring other people who can help me learn about Islam. Peace..(",)
23 Feb 10
hmm..I don't have question about your topic yet...for now..(",) I'm still taking note of you discussion..however I have a question about Quran and Hadis..Is it possible for me to have a copy of these books? or maybe just borrow them? And are there already translated versions of these books?
23 Feb 10
Quran is a book, and you can get it anywhere, as long as people are selling it. Hadis however, has many collections. Just want to tell you that Hadis was not divine, because it merely recorded the sayings, actions and declaration of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). That is why we have a lot of collections; million of them. Do you have any Muslim neighbours, or Muslim communities around your neighbourhood? Quran is sold all over the world, and yes we have translations of it. the English translation that we use is the translation by Yusuf Ali. No translation in this world can accurately translate Quran because of its divinity, so when you look up the translation which might bring you doubts, I suggest you get consultation with an expert. I found an ebook Quran with translation. PM me your email and I'll send it. There are a couple of Hadis books with authentic Hadis. I recommend the 40 Hadis by Imam An-Nawawi. The content is understandable. I'm looking for it, so when I got it, I'll send it to you. A bit of advice. When you want to study these two sources, it's better that you have a teacher, so that your misunderstandings would be cleared. Next time I log in, I'll continue with the messengers if God Wills it.
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4 Mar 10
Hello cycomz, I was referred to this discussion, I can easily see the member Deenaly has a great work here with active participation in your discussion about Islam. understanding the meaning of the word Islam is defiantly necessary before further studying of Islam, The word Islam is an Arabic word which means "submission to the will of Allah" it driven from the same root of the word salam meaning Peace, Islam is therefor means "peace in submission to Allah" the word Judaism is commonly used to describe a religion, but in fact the word Judaism refers to the beliefs of the Jews, and the the Jews are the tribe of Judas(one of the 12 tribes of the Children if Israel) the prophet Moses PBUH was sent to the All the Children of Israel not only to the Jews as some people used to think, If you read the Bible you will find out that it talks about the Children of Israel Not Only for the Jews, also Jesus PBUH made it clear that He was sent Only the (the Lost sheep of the house of Israel) as mentioned in Matthew 15:24 Jesus also commanded his disciples not to go outside Israel as mentioned in Matthew 10:6 it is necessary to bear in mind that during the time Jesus PBUH was on the earth his followers were not called Christians, it is clearly mentioned in the Bible Acts:11:26 that: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. What is this mean ? it clearly means that Jesus ascended to the heaven His followers were not called Christians during his existence on the earth, but they were called Christians many years Later in another place by another people. the Jews are the tribe of Judas, Christians refer to People who worship the Christ, But while we follow Muhammad, we are not called the Muhammadans, we are called Muslims and our religion is called Islam (submission to Allah) Islam is the same religion preached by All prophets of God (peace be upon them All ) All of them came with the same message, to worship Allah Alone, with no partners, and to do Good to other human beings, in order to be saved in the day of judgment, the easiest thing you can do in this regard is to check out my discussion titled (Peace Be Unto You.....) I have used so much Biblical verses to illustrate my point. as for the fundamentals of faith in Islam, I see it was mentioned in the response and the comments of Deenaly, I can also see that you have started reading in The Holy Quran, of course it will take some time, and If you have any other Questions I 'll be glad to do my best. Best Regards