By Yahiya Emerick

Islam could be the so much misunderstood religion in historical past. so much people examine little or not anything approximately Islam in class; actually, our wisdom of Muslims might be constrained to information reviews at the heart East and Louis Farrakhan. Surprise--the overwhelming majority of Muslims usually are not Arabs, the Muslim Allah is particularly a lot the "one God" Christians and Jews think in, some of the clinical and scientific thoughts we take without any consideration have been handed on by way of Muslims, and the preferred myths approximately Muslims usually have little to do with the genuine ideals of Islam. the whole Idiot's Guide(R) to knowing Islam unearths attention-grabbing evidence approximately Islam; they settle for either the previous and New Testaments as holy books and settle for Moses and Jesus as prophets. The e-book deals tips about Muslim tradition, real fees from the Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, and trendy students, and solutions to questions relating to way of life from the Muslim viewpoint.

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At birth we are also equipped with a kind of free will. What does that mean in practical terms? It means that we humans have the choice of surrendering ourselves to Allah or of rejecting Him, preferring to focus only on creature comforts and temporary worldly interests. Thus we are given the power to choose whether to become Muslim, that is whether to surrender to God’s universal way. 25 Part 1 ➤ Introducing Islam Can You Stand on One Leg? Ask the Imam A person who decides to convert to Islam will find an easy entry into the faith.

This omission of the world of Islam can best be explained by a cultural bias driven by fear and tinged with a little arrogance. Why should Islam matter? After all, the West conquered the Muslim world and broke it up into many tiny states, each powerless and dependent. With the Muslim world no longer a threat to the West, the West could focus on other more important things. And it is a well-known fact that the victor often writes the history books according to his own version of events. ” Western writers, often called Orientalists, have expressed this simplistic and narrow view in their studies throughout most of the last 400 years.

Islam teaches that we are all born sinless and free of sin. This is the condition of our soul upon birth. But being creatures of the flesh, we can be drawn into the pleasures of the flesh as embodied in the world around us. This is best demonstrated in the spoiled child syndrome. No child is born evil, but if a child’s every urging and craving is fulfilled, if the child never learns any self-control, then the child becomes unruly and impatient. The soul’s journey, Islam would say, got off to a bad start.

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