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How to become a Muslim

Posted in Learning Islam on June 23, 2010 by Muslimah

You need to believe that there is One God and Prophet Mohammed is his last Messenger. You need to believe in all of the prophets and the message that they brought which was monotheism. Belief in the angels and the last day. You need to believe that Prophet Jesus was not the son of God but a Prophet. In addition, you need to believe that Prophet Jesus will return back to Earth. You have to believe in the Bible, the Torah, (the first that came out, not these books we see these days) and the Quran. You need to have faith that the Quran is the final book for all mankind and it is the word of God. After you meet all of this criteria then you need to say the testimonal of faith to become a Muslim.

Do you want to become a Muslim?

Say with all your heart the following words:

La ilaha illa Allah
wa-Muhammad rasul Allah.

There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is the Prophet of God.

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How Muslims pray and what they say

Posted in Learning Islam, Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 by Muslimah

 Who do Muslims pray to?  

Muslims pray to One God without associating any partners with Him. They pray facing the Holy Mosque in the city of Makkah. Facing this mosque is simply for uniformity and homogeneity in the prayers of all Muslims around the world and not as an act of worship to the mosque itself. 

Call to the prayers  

A Call is made from the mosque, indicating that it is time for the obligatory prayer. There are five obligatory prayers in a day. On hearing the Call, people start preparing themselves for the prayer. Appearing below is the transliteration and translation of what a caller to the prayer says. 

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[God is the greatest, God is the greatest]
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[God is the greatest, God is the greatest]
Ashadu an la ilaha ill Allah X2
[I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but God]
Ashadu anna Muhammadan rasoolullah X2
[I bear witness that Muhammad is the prophet of God]
Hayya’alas salah  X2[Come to prayer,]
Hayya’alal falah  X2 [Come to success,]
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[God is the greatest, God is the greatest]
La ilaha ill Allah
[There is no deity but God.] 

What do Muslims do?   

Muslims stand before their God by making the intention to pray, leaving all other chores and concerns aside.
 

While standing  

While standing, the first chapter of the Quran is recited. This chapter can be translated as follows.“In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee (alone) we worship and Thee (alone) we ask for help. Show us the straight path. The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.” (1:1-1:7) 

After the first chapter, any other passage from the Quran is recited. Following is a translation of one such passage.“Say: He is Allah, the One! Allah is He on Whom all depend. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.” (112:1-112:4) 

 While bowing

Muslims then bow to God and glorify Him. This glorification can be translated as follows.“Glory be to my Lord, the Almighty.”

 
While Prostrating 

To express complete submission and humility before God, Muslims then prostrate and place their foreheads on ground. According to the prophetic traditions, at this moment of humility, the worshipper is closest to his/her Lord. While prostrating, Muslims glorify God as follows.“Glory be to my Lord, the most High.”

Other than glorifying God, it is also a moment for Muslims to ask God for His forgiveness, mercy, blessings and bounties. Muslims then sit for a few seconds and prostrate one more time before standing up again. Depending on the time of the prayer, Muslims repeat this cycle once, twice or thrice in each prayer.


While sitting
 

In the end (and also in the middle for some prayers) Muslims sit as shown in the figure. At this point they testify before God that there is none worthy of worship but Him and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His slave (meaning creation that is subject to it’s Lord’s commands at all times) and His Messenger. Muslims then ask God to send His peace and blessings on His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) as He did on Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him). The translation is as follows. 

“All service is for Allah and all acts of worship and good deeds are for Him. Peace and the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you O Prophet. Peace be upon us and all of Allah’s righteous slaves. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
O Allah exalt Muhammad and the followers of Muhammad, just as you exalted Abraham and the followers of Abraham. Verily you are full of praise and majesty. O Allah send blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, just as you sent blessings on Abraham and upon the followers of Abraham. Verily you are full of praise and majesty.”
At the very end, Muslims turn their face to the right and the left, sending God’s Peace on those surrounding them. This greeting of peace can be translated as follows.“Peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah” With this greeting, the obligatory prayer ends.  

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Got a question about Islam?

Posted in *My Thoughts*, Learning Islam on June 7, 2010 by Muslimah

There are many people around the world who does’nt have a clue what being a Muslim really means. People need to research credible information and try to gain knowledge about Islam rather than asking ordinary Muslim or non-Muslim people. This can help clear your misconceptions.  There are some Christians who believe that we worship another God or some people believe we are idol worshippers because we face the holy place of Ka’ba. Another famous statement is that Muslims are terrorists. Or the most funniest question is ” do you sleep with your scarf on”?These are few examples of how people lack knowledge of the basic facts of Islam. why keep on spreading the wrong information about Islam, when you can actually know the truth just by reading the proper information from credible resources (websites or books).

Who is Prophet Mohammed (SAW)?

Posted in Learning Islam, prophet on June 7, 2010 by Muslimah

In the Name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the Most-Gracious and Peace be upon Allah’s Messenger

In Islam, Prophet Mohammed (SWAS) is the Messenger of God. He was the last messenger from God, (before him there was a large number of Prophets such as, Moses, Jesus and Noah etc). Angel Gabriel was sent to Prophet Mohammed and he received divine revelation from the Almighty Allah . He was chosen by God to spread this message throughout all earth, unrestricted by time, place, race or color claiming that his message is the last between Heaven and earth and that he is the last of Allah’s Messengers and Prophets.

Is Prophet Mohammed the man that people claim that he was a terrorist? someone who married 12 woman for no reason? a military man who kill innocent people and enemies?

If people actually had the time to go read about this man, the husband, the friend and the human being, “Prophet Mohammed”; they will correct their misconseptions. Mohammed (SAW) was the best man that ever lived on planet Earth. 

Many people have a wrong idea of who Prophet Mohammed is and disrespectfully draw him, make fun of him or even talking badly about a person they never  read about . No matter what religion you are, you should respect anybody and everbody despite differences that you may have. Study him from proper good Muslims instead of the people that make up stories about this beautiful person who loved humanity, equality and justice. I would advise you to restrict bad language about the prophet and say peace instead.

For more information;
Prophet Mohammed the man of ;
Right and Justice
Good morals
Science and civilization
Cleanness and eviromental care
Elegance and beauty
Tender hearted companion
and much more.

Visit one of the best websites about Prophet Mohmmed that provides you with different languages. Learn, gain knowledge and dont let others or the society uses your mind.

This website contains all the information about Prophet Mohammed. His biography, stories, his miraceles, etc.
http://rasoulallah.net/v2/index.aspx?lang=en

Peace!