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Title: Islam 101

  • Islam 101
  • (A Short Introduction)
  • Dr. Ishaq Zahid
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No Compulsion in Religion
  • God created men and women to worship and obey
    Him, but
  • Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth
    stands out clear from Error. Whoever rejects evil
    and believes in God has grasped the most
    trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And God
    hears and knows all things.
  • (The Holy Quran, 2.256)

World Muslims
  • 1.2 billion, Muslims represent between 19.2 and
    22 of the world's population.
  • One of every five persons in the world is a
  • Second largest religion in the world

American Muslims
  • 6 million (The New York Times, Feb. 21, 1989)
  • About 40 Afro-American
  • Not all Muslims are Arabs, Not all Arabs are

The Basics of Faith
  • The One and Only God (Allah in Arabic)
  • Prophethood
  • The Divine Books revealed by God to His prophets
  • Angels, Life after Death, the Day of Judgment,
    Heaven and Hell

Worship and Obedience
  • Prayers (Salah)
  • Charity (Zakat)
  • Fasting ( Ramadan)
  • Pilgrimage (Hajj)
  • Any act done according to Quran and Sunnah to
    please God

Quran and Science
  • The Holy Quran is over 1400 years old text in its
    original Arabic form.
  • It is not a book of science. However
  • We have a better understanding of some of its
    verses due to the modern scientific knowledge

A Verse on Embryology
  • "He makes you in the wombs of your mothers in
    stages, one after another, in three veils of
    darkness." (Quran, 396)
  • The staging of human embryos was not described
    until the 20th century. Streeter (1941) developed
    the first system of staging which has now been
    replaced by a more accurate system proposed by
    O'Rahilly (1972).
  • "The three veils of darkness" may refer to (l)
    the anterior abdominal wall (2) the uterine
    wall and (3) the amniochorionic membrane

Foundations of Real Success
  • Faith in the heart and words
  • Righteous Deeds
  • Mercy of God

Some Dos and Donts (with Young Muslims in mind)
  • Can spend some time in healthy sports and clean
    entertainment, but do not neglect worship of God.
    Dont Disobey God.
  • Control your Tongue, Eyes, Ears and Hands.
  • Guard your private parts.
  • Dress Properly.
  • Eat wholesome and pure food.

  • The Qur'an elevates obedience and kindness to
    parents (especially mothers) to a status second
    only to the worship of Allah.
  • Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but
    Him and that you be kind to parents. Whether one
    or both of them attain old age in your life, say
    not to them a word of contempt nor repel them,
    but address them in terms of honor. (Qur'an

Human Equality in Islam
  • Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said
  • "No Arab has any superiority over a non-Arab, nor
    does a non-Arab have any superiority over an
    Arab. Nor does a white man have any superiority
    over a black man, or the black man any
    superiority over the white man. You are all the
    children of Adam, and Adam was created from

Justice in Islam
  • "Do not let your hatred of a people incite you to
    aggression." (Quran 52)

Justice in Islam
  • "And do not let ill-will towards any folk incite
    you so that you swerve from dealing justly. Be
    just that is nearest to heedfulness." (Quran 58)

Justice in Islam
  • Oh you who believe, stand up firmly for justice,
    as witnesses to God, even if it be against
    yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and
    whether it be against rich or poor for God can
    best protect both. Do not follow any passion,
    lest you not be just. And if you distort or
    decline to do justice, verily God is
    well-acquainted with all that you do. (Quran

Repel Evil with Goodness
  • 041.034 Nor can goodness and Evil be equal.
    Repel (Evil) with what is better Then will he
    between whom and thee was hatred become as it
    were thy friend and intimate!
  • 003.134 Those who spend (freely), whether in
    prosperity, or in adversity who restrain anger,
    and pardon (all) men for God loves those who do

  • Jihad, an Arabic word that means to strive, to
    struggle, to do ones utmost.
  • Jihad to get an A grade is to study tirelessly
  • An Evil Jihad is to spread evil
  • A Jihad is Islamic if it is done according to the
    Holy Quran.
  • Not all Jihads are Islamic.

A Word on Terrorism
  • There are no ISLAMIC TERRORISTS!
  • (There are a few among over a billion Muslims who
    are terrorists.)
  • Using Islam or Islamic associates evil acts
    to the teachings of Islam. And that is WRONG!
  • Let us STOP associating Islam with evil.

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Questions and Answers
  • Surah Al-Fatehah
  • (Chapter 1 The Opening)
  • 1. In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most
  • 2. Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and
    Sustainer of the worlds
  • 3. Most Gracious, Most Merciful
  • 4. Master of the Day of Judgment.
  • 5. Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.
  • 6. Show us the straight way,
  • 7. The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed
    Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath,
    and who go not astray.