What Do Muslims Believe?
March 12, 2008 § 13 Comments
I have noticed an increase in readership from either people considering Islam or non-Muslims who are curious and would like to know more about Muslims. There are also those from WordPress.com who are wondering why-in-heck is a guy wearing a bright green turban; talking about tea and geishas on the front page of WordPress.com?
This blog is merely a journal and I’m using it to record my experiences as a Muslim. So what does that mean, “experiences as a Muslim”? Well, it means that I am writing about my life, thoughts, concerns and interests as they play out holding certain beliefs, Islamic beliefs. So the next logical questions for all those curious people should be,
“Well… what do Muslims believe?”
The answer to this is simple. So I’ll explain it as if we were talking and see how that works: When people convert to Islam they do so under the pretense of their own convictions and of their own mind. This is accomplished by understanding the basics of Islam at the very least.
When someone is ready to begin ordering their life to the commands of Allah Almighty and measuring their lifestyle within the framework of His Last and Final Messenger, Sayyidina Mevlana Muhammad’s tradition or Sunnah (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) 1, 2, they do so by declaring and pronouncing aloud the kalima tawhid or the kalima shahada. This is sufficient to enter Islam, whether one does it in front of witnesses or on one’s own because the general belief (al-iman al-ijmali) is embodied in the kalima tawhid and the kalima shahada. (temporary links)
However, the detailed belief (al-iman al-tafsili) should be learned, studied and understood thereafter. The Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) articulated the detailed belief in a statement most commonly known as ‘Amantu‘.
Amantu billah wa malaikatihi wa kutubihi wa rsulihi wal yamil akhiri wa bil qadari khayrihi wa sharrihi min allahi te’ala wa ba’thu ba’dal mawti. Ashhadu an-la ilaha illallah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa Rasuluh.
I believe in God, in His angels, in His books, in His Prophets, in the Day of Judgment, and that everything good or bad is decided by God the Almighty, and in the life-after-death (the resurrection). I bear witness that their is no deity but Allah (the God) and Muhammad is His servant and His apostle.
From the Holy Prophet’s statement (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) the Articles of Faith are derived identifying,
To doubt any one of these articles is disbelief. Disbelief in anyone of these articles eventually leads to unbelief (kufr). And where there is unbelief, no faith, there is no Islam. This is because belief, faith (iman), is the ideological base of Islam.
A post on kalima tawhid and kalima shahada will be coming soon inshaAllah.