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Islamic Fast Facts

Islam is the religion of peace not just for Muslims but for all mankind. Religion Islam is the complete code of life in which a man can find the solution to every problem that he faces in his life. Out of the numerous things that have triggered confusion and argumentation among people. The Islamic concept of God is that He is loving, merciful and compassionate. Islam is a complete way of life that governs all facets of life: moral, spiritual, social, political, economic, intellectual, etc. Allah says:

فَاسْتَجَابَ لَهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ أَنِّي لَا أُضِيعُ عَمَلَ عَامِلٍ مِّنكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ ۖ بَعْضُكُم مِّن بَعْضٍ

“Their Lord responded to them: Never will I cause to be lost the deeds of any among you, whether male or female; you are of one another.” (Surah Ali Imran 3:195)

Islam also teaches that He is all-knowing and the perfect judge of affairs, and will punish (or forgive) accordingly. However, Allah once said to Muhammad, “My mercy prevails over my wrath”. So Islam teaches a balance between fear and hope, protecting one from both complacency and despair. The original Arabic text of the Qur’an contains no flaws or contradictions and has not been altered since its revelation. Allah says:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ

“Verily, Allah orders justice and benevolence and giving to relatives and He forbids immorality and bad conduct and transgression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.” (Surah al-Nahl 16:90)

There are five pillars of practice in Islam. These practices must be undertaken with the best of effort to be considered a true Muslim: There are five “Pillars of Islam” that Muslims follow:

  1. The Shahadah – A statement of faith all Muslims recite at least one time in their lives.
  2. The Salat or Salah – A daily ritual prayer of faith done five times a day.
  3. Zakat – a tax paid to benefit the poor or those in need.
  4. Sawm – a fast done during the month of Ramadan.
  5. Hajj – a pilgrimage every Muslim must do at least once in his/her life

ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَاكَ عَلَىٰ شَرِيعَةٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْرِ فَاتَّبِعْهَا وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ

“Thus, We have ordained a law (shari’a) upon you in the matter, so follow it and do not follow the whims of those who know not.” (Surah Al-Jathiyah 45:18)

Here are some Islamic Facts

  • Islam Is One of the Fastest Growing Religions
  • The Quran Is the Written Revelations of God
  • Islam Is One of the Oldest Religions
  • Islam Means Peace
  • Women are not Oppressed in Islam
  • There Are Six Articles Of Faith in Islam
  • There Are Five Pillars of Practice in Islam
  • Muslims Face a Stone Structure During Prayer
  • Terrorist Acts Committed in the Name of Allah are not Endorsed by Islam

Terrorism and violence are not supported by Islam. Civilian murder and threats are forbidden in the religion. Islam is meant to bring peace to society and its members are instructed to be peaceful members of society. Acts of terrorism that are declared in the name of Islam are not a true representation of the religion. Allah says:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِي خَلَقَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَجَعَلَ الظُّلُمَاتِ وَالنُّورَ ۖ ثُمَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِرَبِّهِمْ يَعْدِلُونَ

“All praise is due to Allah, who created the heavens and the earth and made darkness and light. Yet those who disbelieve claim equals (ya’dilun) with their Lord.” (Surah Al-An’am 6:1)

The Quran is the most explained book in history with thousands of volumes elucidating its many wonders. The Quran is described as a vast ocean of knowledge. Some people collect pebbles and shells from their shores. The scholars and thinkers, like pearl divers, take from it the most advanced philosophy, wisdom, and rules of a perfect way of living.

The lines below explain the major facts about Islam briefly:

  1. Islam in Arabic means “peace,” “security,” and “surrender.”
  2. Islam in its true form grants women many rights
  3. Islam teaches us to live in peace and harmony
  4. Islam teaches us to be kind to our neighbours
  5. Islam is not a particular nation, colour or race
  6. Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion 
  7. Islam in its originality is a religion of peace
  8. Islam stresses being kind to one’s parents
  9. Islam is totally against gender inequality
  10. Islam is a complete way of life
  11. Islam governs all facts of life
  12. Islam is a truly global faith
  13. Islam is built upon five pillars
  14. The Quran has 114 chapters
  15. The Islam religion started in 622 AD
  16. 25 Prophets are mentioned in the Quran
  17. The prophet Muhammad is the founder of Islam
  18. The revelation started in the Holy month of Ramadan
  19. The best night mentioned in the Quran is Laylatul Qadr
  20. Quran has been translated into 103 languages in the world
  21. Those who accept Islam as their religion are known as Muslims
  22. Marriage in Islam is an act of Sunnah that is highly recommended
  23. The buildings used to worship Islam’s religion are called Mosques
  24. Every Muslim must go on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime
  25. Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through the angel Jibril

The Quran is the most memorized book in the world. There are many Muslims who do not speak Arabic as their mother tongue but have memorized the whole Quran. Even children as young as four have memorized the Quran off by heart. The Quran has not been changed or tampered with since its revelation 1400 years ago. Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers of America had his copy of the Quran which he used to read. Allah says:

الرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُونَ عَلَى النِّسَاءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ وَبِمَا أَنفَقُوا مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ

“Men are guardians over women by what Allah has favoured some over others and by what they spend of their wealth.” (Surah Al-Nisa 4:34)

Muhammad (PBUH) said, “There is no disease that Allah has created, except that he has also created its remedy,” (Sahih Bukhari) This led to Muslims trying to make discoveries in the field of medicine during the Golden Age of Islam. During this period, the Islamic world was very advanced in medicine.

Allah Almighty says in The Holy Quran:

  • “And I am commanded to be the first of those who bow to Allah in Islam.” (Surah Az-Zumar, 12)
  • “Nor would he instruct you to take angels and prophets for Lords and patrons. What! would he bid you to unbelief after ye have bowed your will (To Allah in Islam)?” (Surah Al-Imran, 80)
  • “Nor canst thou is a guide to the blind, (to prevent them) from straying: only those wilt thou get to listen who believe in Our Signs, and they will bow in Islam.” (Surah An-Naml, 81)
  • “Nor canst thou lead back the blind from their straying: only those wilt thou make to hear, who believe in Our signs and submit (their wills in Islam).” (Surah Ar-Rum, 53)
  • “Who is better in speech than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says, “I am of those who bow in Islam?” (Surah Fussilat, 33)

When you open up the Quran and start reciting it, you’ll find many gems and inspirations that no one else could have found. It’s like being directly guided by a light source. The knowledge found in the Holy Quran is indisputable. The scientific facts revealed in the Quran have been proven true and no one can refute the divine wisdom behind the verses of the Quran. The stories of prior Prophets and religions have also been proven true. Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا قَوَّامِينَ لِلَّهِ شُهَدَاءَ بِالْقِسْطِ ۖ وَلَا يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَىٰ أَلَّا تَعْدِلُوا ۚ اعْدِلُوا هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَىٰ

“O you who have faith, stand firm for Allah as witnesses in equity (list), and let not the hatred of people cause you to not be just. Be just (‘idlu), for that is nearer to righteousness.” (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:8)

Moral decisions can often be very directly guided by virtue-reasoning or adhering to one of Islam’s traditional legal codes. But there are difficult moral dilemmas, especially in the modern world, when the answers are not as clear cut. There are competing, sometimes conflicting, moral imperatives and variables that need to be weighed and balanced before concluding the action. Allah says:

وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتُ بَعْضُهُمْ أَوْلِيَاءُ بَعْضٍ

“The believing men and women are allies of one another.” (Surah Al-Tawbah 9:71)

In Islam, it is of the highest degree of faith to plunge into space and time and bring about the transformation of the world by God’s desire. Islam is affirmative action in a social setting; it is neither abstract nor isolationist. Islam establishes justice and an ordered society, regulated by law. Islam guarantees justice for all. Such is the nature of moral wisdom, which comprehensively accounts for virtues, duties, and context. Success comes from Allah, and Allah knows best.