Muslim World

why was Islam created?

Why was Islam created

Islam  

In this article, we will learn about the history of Islam, how it was spread around the world, and much more, let’s get started.

Islam was revealed as the last message from Allah, to help us find the right path and to guide us, and to free people from their wrong beliefs.  

What is Islam?

Islam is one of the largest religions around the world, it comes in second-largest religion after Christianity, with more than 1.8 billion Muslims.

Islam beliefs and practices

Here are a few things that you should learn about Islam and Muslims.

  •       The meaning of the word Islam is “submission to the will of God.”
  •       The name of the Islam followers is Muslims.
  •       Muslims follow Allah’s guidance and protect themselves against any harm by reading Quran and supplications.
  •       The Quran is the holy book
  •       Muslims tend to stay away from committing any sins or doing any forbidden thing in order to go to heaven in the afterlife.
  •       The place of worship is the Mosque.
  •       The holy places of Islam include the Kaaba shrine in Mecca, the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, and the Prophet Muhammad’s mosque in Medina.
  •       Muslims follow the guidance of the Holy Quran and the prophet Hadith.

Islam beliefs

  •       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

  •       Muslims believe in the day of judgment and the afterlife.
  •       The holy months of Islam are four sacred months in Islam which are Zulkaedah, Zulhijjah, Muharram, and Rejab.
  •       It’s the second-largest religion in the world.
  •       The original Arabic text of the Quran has not been altered.
  •       God means Allah in Arabic.
  •       The Quran speaks about tolerance between Muslims and non-Muslims.
  •       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

How did Islam spread?

The beginning of Islam can be traced back to 610 A.D and it is still growing until now; it is the second-largest religion after Christianity worldwide.

History of Islam in Urdu

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world with more than 1.5 billion followers, many Muslims live in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. 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.

prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad was born in the town of Mecca in the year 570, his father was Abd Allah bin Al-Muttalib and his mother was Amina bint Wahb. He was raised by a nurse named Halima. Muhammad’s peace and blessing be upon him is the last prophet, and he came with the Islamic religion.

Islam prophet

The Prophet was Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), he was known for his honesty and being trustful. Even before being the prophet, people always trusted him. Being honest was rare at that time in Arabia. Because they were all merchants that always deceived customers to gain more money.

The prophet was not like them he was honest with his customers, and loyal whilst conducting trade. When he worked with Hazrat Khadija she wanted to test his honesty so she sent him on a journey trade and sent another man with him.

The man observed the prophet and told her that he was different from the other merchants, he was loyal and honest. And he didn’t deceive others while conducting trades to gain more money.

The prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) always took the opinion of his followers in policymaking and leading the ummah. He never forced his opinion on others.

For example, during the Battle of the Trench, he actively took advice from his companions. He took Hazrat Salman Farsi’s advice of digging a strategic trench to gain an advantage over the enemy.

Because he listened to them, they made a great strategy that resulted in making Muslims win the battle of the trench.

You could learn more about the life of the prophet from Islamic books that you will find in any Islamic bookstore.

There are even books that will help you learn Tajweed rules and the right recitation of the Mushaf (Quran),

You might wonder “is there an Islamic store near me?” and the answer is yes, visit Madinahmedia.com and you will find all the books you need.

 

What are the five pillars of Islam?

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

If you have kids then it is a great idea to start teaching them about the pillars of Islam, teach them about sawm. There is a great book that you could use called “it’s Ramadan Curious George”. Additionally reading Islamic stories for kids will make them love reading and gain knowledge about Islam.

 

What does the Quran teach?

The Holy Quran is a guide for everything, from it we learn the purpose of our lives. We learn from it how to be a better person, and that Allah is always there for us. No matter what we face or what happens in our lives we should have faith in Allah and be patient, that’s the key that will help us overcome all the problems. We also learned that life is just a test and we shouldn’t fall for it, or commit sins. Quran taught us what’s right from wrong and how to protect ourselves.

To learn more about Quran you could read the book called “the clear Quran”.

Back to list