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What is the difference between Islam and Muslim?

What is the difference between Islam and Muslim

Difference between Islam and Muslim

Islam the second-largest religion in the world, it was revealed to the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). In this article, we will learn more about Islam and Muslims, let’s get started.

The meaning of the word Islam is “submission to the will of God.” Islam is the religion and Muslims are the ones who follow that religion. Also, the word Muslim refers to the one who submitted to Islam.

Muslim religion

One of the largest religions around the world is Islam it comes as the second-largest religion after Christianity, with more than 1.8 billion Muslims. It started in Mecca, which is known now as Saudi Arabia.

The beginning of Islam was when the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) got his first revelation and he shared the words of Allah he received.

The prophet and his followers were persecuted and not many people believed in Islam, so they had to leave mecca and went to medina in 622. The people in the medina welcomed the prophet and the followers of Islam and the Islam religion spread. When the number of Muslims grew, they were able to return to Mecca in the year 630 to become the center of Islam. Then Islam grew and reached many people and places in the middle east.

After the prophet’s death started the period known as the Rashidun Caliphate, where the Islam empire ruled the middle east. With time the Islam religion spread beyond the middle east through conquests to reach the big cities like Baghdad, Jerusalem, and Alexandria. Also, the North and Western parts of Africa were conquered taking control over much of the Byzantine and Persian territory.

The third Caliph Uthman created a version of the Quran to keep the words of Allah spreading for many generations so that people can read Quran at any time without having to memorize it. Also, many mosques were built for people to worship Allah.

After which was the beginning of the Umayyad Caliphate, where the Islamic empire grew to its peak and reached parts of Asia, India, Northern Africa, and parts of Europe. To unite the people and cultures, a common currency was made and the official language was Arabic, and also measurements were standardized. This led to the golden age, during which the Abbasid Dynasty took over by overthrowing the Umayyad.

What is Muslim?

Muslim is a word used to call a person or someone who believes in Islam, they surround themselves to the religion. and believe that there is no god but Allah and only him alone.  

They believe in the five pillars of Islam are:

  • Shahada – the act of declaring your devotion and belief in Allah (SWT) and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
  • Salat – the act of praying five times a day
  • Zakat – the act of giving charity
  • Sawm – the act of fasting during the sacred month of Ramadan
  • Hajj – the act of undertaking the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once

Islam holy book

The holy book of Islam is Quran or as called in Arabic ‘Mushaf’. Quran carries Allah’s message and his guidance. The Holy Qur’an has never been altered.

If you want to know more about the holy book of Islam you can visit the Islamic bookstore Madinah media. Here are some of the books that will be of great help:

Basic Reader for The Holy Quran: Recitation of the Quran is a form of worship that requires perfection as far as possible. The purpose of this book is to enable non-Arabic-speaking individuals to recite the Holy Quran confidently and perfectly. The book teaches the proper pronunciation of Arabic letters and the basic rules of Tajweed. Islamic science is designed to enable readers to read the Holy Book correctly and accurately.

The Holy Qur’an: The Holy Qur’an, translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, is the sacred book of Islam. In the book of the Holy Qur’an, there are the words of Allah. Allah orally revealed this holy Qur’an to the final Prophet of the Muslim, Hazrat Muhammad (SM), through the angel Jibril, incrementally over a period of 23 years, that began when Prophet Muhammad (SM) was 40 years old and concluded with a year of his death. 

According to tradition, several companions of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) served as scribes and recorded the revelation during the lifetime of the Prophet (SM). Shortly, after his death

the companions who had written down and memorized the parts of it compiled the Quran in written form. The first caliph, Abu Bakar made the first full compilation of the Holy Qur’an, and then the third Caliph Uthman recompiled it in the original dialect after the best reciters died in battle. Muslims believe that the truth of the Holy Qur’an is authentically and fully revealed only in the original classical Arabic. However, as the influence of Islam spread and grows in the modern world, it is now recognized that translation is also an important element in explaining and introducing Islam to a wider audience of the world. This translated version of the Holy Qur’an, by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, is considered to be the most faithful rendering that is available in English.

My First Book about the Qur’an: Inside this book young children and toddlers can learn about the beautiful teachings of the Holy Qur’an. They will learn to care for all creations, respect the holy book of Allah, be good to one another, and believe in Allah.

 

Islam beliefs

Muslims have many beliefs but here are the main ones:

What do Muslims believe?

Here are the main things that every Muslim believes in:

  • There is only one God, and there is no Allah but him.
  • Muslims believe in the angels like the angel Gabriel who brought the revelation to the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him.
  • They believe in the holy book that is known as Quran that was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him)
  • Muslims also believe in all the prophets that Allah sent to us like Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.
  • They believe in the judgment day and the afterlife, as everyone will be judged for the good and bad deeds, they have ever committed in their lives no matter how small it was.
  • Belief in divine decree. Muslims believe that is all-powerful and merciful, nothing ever happens without Allah’s permission.

They believe in the five pillars of Islam are:

  • Shahada – the act of declaring your devotion and belief in Allah (SWT) and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
  • Salat – the act of praying five times a day
  • Zakat – the act of giving charity
  • Sawm – the act of fasting during the sacred month of Ramadan
  • Hajj – the act of undertaking the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once  

When was Islam founded?

The beginning of Islam can be traced back to 610 A.D. when the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) got his first revelation, as he saw the angel Jibril.

What time are the 5 daily prayers in Islam?

  • Muslims pray five times a day and read Quran. The five prayers are:
  • Salat al-fajr: dawn, before sunrise
  • Salat al-zuhr: midday, after the sun passes its highest
  • Salat al-‘asr: the late part of the afternoon
  • Salat al-maghrib: just after sunset
  • Salat al-‘isha: between sunset and midnight