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This is an attempt to summarise the core Islamic beliefs very briefly.

If you came across a table and chair in the middle of a forest, you would know that someone had come along, sawn the right sized pieces of wood off the trees, shaped them, joined them together etc to make the table and chair in front of you. I'm sure you wouldn't conclude that the right sized pieces had sawn themselves off the trees and joined themselves together to make a table and chairs.

So we believe, that this intricate universe, has an all-Powerful Creator, and we don't believe that the universe came about by coincidence or by chance or by some random happening.

That Creator, periodically sent human messengers to mankind, to guide mankind as to how they should live, to be role-models, to give good news, to warn mankind against wrong doing, and to tell humans that they'll be brought to account on judgement day, and to show people how they should worship God the Creator, who is the Only One deserving of all worship, and has no associates in His Exclusive Divinity. 

As a brief foundation, we believe in, submit to, and worship, the One True God and Lord, the Creator, who has no sons, no associates in His Exclusive Divinity whatsoever, and obey the guidance of the prophets and messengers He sent, the last of whom is Muhammad (peace and blessings be on him). Since the scripture given to him (the Qur'an) is the only one preserved, and the Prophet's example is preserved, we must follow him and the book given to him by God. We believe that mankind will be brought to account on Judgement day.

Islam tell us the purpose of our existence, why we are here, tells us who our Creator is, and gives us untampered guidance and instructions on how our Creator wants us to live and worship Him, in order that we can attain peace within ourselves, in communities, and also in order to help us achieve salvation in the hereafter.


There is only One God. He alone should be worshipped. He is our Creator, Sustainer, and Lord. 

He does not beget, nor is He begotten. He has no sons, daughters, spouses, siblings, parents, cousins, or relatives of any sort. 

He is eternal and does not die. He does not depend on anyone/anything yet we all depend on Him. He is free of all want and need. 

There is nothing like Him. He is all Hearing, all Seeing, all Knowing, all Powerful, Incomparable, the Creator of the Universe. 

He did not/does not, become flesh, dwell in human or animal bodies, nor are there any incarnations of Him. He is not mixed up in His creation in any way. 

He is not composed of persons, nor a trinity. There are no secondary, lesser, greater, equal, or multiple gods, nor any intermediaries. And no denying of God's existence either. 

There are no sharers, associates, persons or parts whatsoever in His exclusive Divinity. Simply, He is One, in every sense. 

As you can see, the concept is clear, simple, logical, makes sense, and befits the Majesty of God. The proper name of God in Arabic is Allah.


Allah has sent a succession of prophets to people throughout the ages, to convey His message to them, and with guidance to show people how He wants them to live and worship Him. Muslims believe in all the prophets Allah sent, and do not reject or blaspheme any of them, from Adam, to the last and final prophet, Muhammad, peace be on them all. They were the purest and noblest of humanity and were not divine in any way. Allah sent all the prophets with the same message and not different messages. The message was: to submit wholeheartedly to Allah and worship Him and Him alone, without any associates in, or parts to, His Exclusive Divinity, and to obey the prophet. They taught that people should be under no misperception that they can commit themselves to Allah as their Lord, and then combine this with accepting others as their Lord, or associating others in His Divinity, in whatever way. They taught that we should strive hard to translate our belief in the One True God into practice, by obeying Allah and the messengers He sent, who were also role models and examples for us, showing us practically how to put the guidance they were sent with into practice in our daily lives, explaining the scriptures, warning against wrong-doing, giving good tidings, and giving additional legislation from Allah.  

So Islam is not a new faith, but is the same ultimate universal truth that God revealed to all the prophets, including Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace be on them), and the same thing they all taught. Thus Islam is not named after a specific person (like Christianity, Buddhism), nor after a certain race or place (like Judaism, Hinduism), but is named by God Himself, the meaning loosely translating as 'submission to God', which is what every Prophet and their righteous followers did, from amongst all times, places and peoples. That in itself is one fraction of the evidence that it was the way of all the Prophets from the beginning.  

With time, the message got forgotten or corrupted. So people started worshipping other gods along with Him, made idols, said that God begot a son, said that certain people were incarnations of God, some rejected belief in God altogether, while others elevated the status of some prophets to divine, or at the other end, rejected or blasphemed some of the prophets. Whenever God's message got distorted by people, or forgotten, a new messenger was sent, not with any new or changed message, but reinforcing the actual message that God sent all the messengers with, the actual core beliefs that people were taught from the beginning of humanity, confirming the true parts of previous teachings and scriptures, and correcting wrong beliefs and misconceptions that had crept in. God required that whenever He sent a new messenger, that messenger should be followed along with any new scripture given to him. This chain of messengers culminates in prophet Muhammad (peace on him), who is the last and final prophet and messenger. Since his prophethood, God's message is available unchanged and unadulterated, for the entire world, until the end of time. He wasn't sent as prophet and messenger for a specific group of people and specific time (e.g. as Moses and Jesus were to the Children of Israel), but he was sent for all the world, for all time, until the Day of Judgement. Thus he is the last, not first, prophet of Islam; a messenger to all mankind, for now, and for all time to come. He is the messenger who must now be followed. 

JESUS - Muslims love and respect Jesus (peace be upon him) and believe in him as he was; one of the noblest and purest of humanity to ever walk the earth, and one of the greatest messengers of Allah, sent to the Children of Israel. We do not reject him (as Jews do), nor do we deify him (as Christians do). Neither he, nor any other messenger, ever claimed divinity, or to be God's son. We believe he was born miraculously of the noble virgin Mary (peace be on her), and that he is the messiah. We do not however, believe that he died or was crucified. He'll return to earth near the end of time. 


The Qur'an is the last and final scripture of God,  the very words revealed by God to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) via the angel Gabriel. It's message is for the entire world, until the world ends. It is because Allah has promised to preserve the Qur'an that there won't be any need for a new Prophet, because the message is, and will remain, intact. Thus it is fully preserved with no word in it coming from any human. It is 100% the word of God, unlike the other scriptures that we have with us today, that have been changed by humans - thus it supersedes the previous scriptures, while being a continuation, confirmation and culmination of the original message contained within them, in its last and final form. The Final Testament. It has no versions or editions. Millions of people from all over the world have it  memorised and they all recite word for word the same thing. It contains the central message as already described, and practical guidance on how to live, stories of previous prophets from which to learn lessons, warnings, rules, comfort, solace, good tidings, and in it God corrects misconceptions people may have about Him or His prophets. It  tells us what has always been expected from humans since the beginning of time; what He told His prophets to teach people since the beginning. That message never changed. The essence of Islam is what always was, and has always been, the true and natural religion; the way of all the Prophets, the original and only message. 

The Qur'an has been translated into nearly every language. These are regarded as translations of the Qur'an, but not as the Qur'an itself, which is in Arabic, and has rhythm and poetic beauty. Any preconceived notion that you might have of a book should be put aside. This book is completely unique in every way; its content, arrangement, style, authorship, preservation, and memorisability, amongst other things. The Prophet's practice and directives (the Sunnah), as taught to him by God, have also been recorded and preserved, and must be followed along with the Qur'an.  


We are each responsible for and accountable for our own deeds, good or bad, and for the choices we make in life, each choice having a consequence. Nobody else is responsible for them or carries them away. No innocent person is made to suffer or die for other's sins. Babies are not born in a state of sin, but a state of innocence and purity. There is no concept of original sin, nor of God expecting perfection which cannot be achieved, nor of a broken relationship with God that requires reconciling, nor of damnation requiring a saviour. Forgiveness is directly from God. Prayer is directly to God. God is the God of all, even of those who don't believe in Him. 

In Islam, as Adam (peace be upon him) asked for forgiveness and was forgiven, so we too ask for Allah's forgiveness for our sins, as He loves for us to turn to Him in repentance, and loves forgiving. This forgiveness comes freely, just by Allah's will, when we sincerely ask for forgiveness and truly repent. Forgiveness does not require any type of sacrifice by God. Both Adam and Eve repented and were forgiven by their Merciful Lord; and indeed Adam was then chosen to be the first person to receive guidance from Allah, was honoured by Allah, and is counted among all the other Prophets of Islam. While guidance and the right way has been shown to us, we, as humans, have the freedom to choose, to err, and to repent sincerely, and should we do so, we will find Allah Forgiving. For all in the posterity of Adam, the door of returning to the right path is always open, prior to death.  


This world is a temporary life. It is not just to work, eat, sleep, have children and die into nothingness. It is a test for us. After death, we will all be resurrected on the Day of Judgement, and called to account for  our deeds, and recompensed accordingly. Those who may have escaped worldly justice, will not be able to escape and will face absolute justice.  

Good and bad are not equal, thus the consequences are not equal. God does not treat good and evil the same. For evil or unrepentant sin not to be punished is against the Justice of God. Allah has a perfect balance of Forgiveness, Mercy, Fairness, Justice, and Firmness. Those who believed in and worshipped Allah alone, obeyed His Messenger, and did good deeds with sincerity, will, only through Allah's mercy, after being judged by Him, be admitted into a Paradise of bliss. Allah will also judge those who disobeyed Him, rejected His message, or did evil deeds etc; such people will go into hell. Allah will be just to everyone. Nobody will be wronged in the slightest, not even by a dot. It will be the day of perfect and ultimate justice, for Allah is the most Just. The door to repentance is open in this world. For all who repent, ask for forgiveness, and resolve sincerely to try not to repeat past mistakes, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. With this belief, a Muslim should always remember that Allah is watching everything he does, and that he will have to account for his deeds. This alone should prevent behaving in a manner against the guidance of Allah. Many present day problems in this world would disappear and new ones avoided, if everyone acted fully in accord with this belief. 


Muslims must believe in Allah, His angels, the Scriptures He revealed, His Messengers He sent to mankind, Resurrection after death and the Day of Judgement, Allah's complete authority over human destiny and that whatever Allah has ordained must come to pass. 


The basic framework of a Muslim's life: 

Shahaadah: The testimony that there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah. 

Salaat: Prayer five times a day 

Zakaat: Annual alms-giving to support the needy, if financially able. 

Sawm Fasting from dawn to sunset daily in the month of Ramadan annually 

Hajj: The pilgrimage to Mecca, once in a lifetime. 

The latter 2 pillars if one is physically/financially able. Islam is built on these 5 pillars. They're a must.  

TO BECOME A MUSLIM - you verbally declare and believe firmly in the heart, the shahaadah, the words of which translate into English as, "I testify that there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the Messenger of Allah."  Belief in, and declaration of the shahaadah, necessitates acceptance of following all that is mandated for a Muslim. When a person becomes a Muslim, his/her previous sins are wiped out, and the new Muslim starts at the point of the shahaadah, with a fresh, clean slate. Islam is for everyone, regardless of age, race, or status in society.  


The word Islam means submission to the will and authority and guidance of God. It is derived from the same linguistic root as the word meaning peace. A Muslim is one who willingly submits to God.  


Muslims do not eat pork. Pork was forbidden by God in the divinely revealed scriptures. None of the Prophets ate pork / allowed it to be eaten. Meat eaten must be halal. One of the requirements for it to  be halal is that the name of Allah must be invoked at the time of slaughter, and animals must be treated in a kind way not only at the time of slaughter, but always. Muslims also do not drink alcohol. No other drug causes as many crimes and serious problems in families, societies, and to one's self. 

Muslim men and women must dress modestly. Hijaab literally means 'to cover' and is generally used to refer to the covering a Muslim woman (Muslimah) adopts out of modesty when in public. It is one aspect out of a wider context of purity of thought and action for both men and women. This includes lowering one's gaze, avoiding free-mixing with the opposite gender, behaving in a proper manner in necessary interactions with the opposite gender, etc. Due to differences in temperament and nature between men and women, a greater degree of privacy is required for women. Hijaab protects a Muslimah - it is not a sign of authority of man over woman, nor of subjugation or oppression. A Muslimah's standards of modesty come from God, not from man, nor from society at large.  

Muslims do not celebrate Christmas or Easter, nor does Islam sanction celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In Islam, there are two festivals. The first is Eid ul Fitr, which occurs after Ramadan, the month of fasting. In it, Muslims give thanks for being able to fast, ask for their worship to be accepted, and express their joy. The second is called Eid ul Adha, and it commemorates Prophet Abraham's readiness to sacrifice his son Ishmael at God's command, and his subsequent sacrifice of a ram. In commemoration, Muslims who are financially able, sacrifice (or pay to sacrifice) an animal, and share its meat with neighbors, the poor etc.  

FINALLY... The ultimate truth of Islam stands on unshakeable ground, and in harmony with reason. It's universal message has remained unchanged for over 1400 years, not only a religion, but a way of life, for all people, all times, and all places. It is a complete code of conduct for every aspect of life, from the most intimate, to the most public. It not only exhorts one to be good, but provides complete guidance to practically live that, taking a preventative approach to problems in society from the outset. It guides us towards practical ways of achieving righteousness and eliminating evil from our individual and collective lives, taking into account human nature and the complexities of human society. Islam is guidance from the Creator Himself, therefore Islam is also called the Deen-ul-Fitrah (the natural religion). The modern world only stands to benefit from it. An increase in knowledge, education, and scientific discoveries, provide further evidence that it is the truth. It is the religion for the thinking person.

It is hoped that this leaflet, apart from informing you in brief of God's message (Islam), and clearing misconceptions, will make you ponder and reflect, and re-evaluate and reassess the basis for your own beliefs and doctrines. And it is that to which all people are invited by the Qur'an. Your beliefs regarding God, and which faith you follow, are the biggest, most serious and most important decisions you will ever make, as this life will end one day for all of us, and our position regarding God and His messengers is what makes or breaks our hereafter, which is forever. You owe it to yourself, to not regret in the hereafter, when it'll be too late. Do not view Islam by media portrayals, nor by the actions of some Muslims, but by its message. Study it from its authentic sources and speak to sincere knowledgeable Muslims. We tend to be busy in our lives, but please make the time for it. It'll be the most important thing you ever do.
To end, the translation of a few verses/part verses of the Qur'an:

O mankind, worship your Lord who created you and those before you, that you may become righteous - (Translation of the Qur'an 2:21)  "Indeed, I am Allah. There is no God but I, so worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance." (20:14) "And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me." (51:56) "... And when guidance comes to you from Me, whoever follows My guidance, no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve." (2:38 part)

"Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is the straight path." (Spoken by Jesus. 3:51 , 19:36 and 43:64) And say, "Praise be to Allah, who has no son and no partner in His Dominion..." (17:111 part) 

 ...There has come to you from Allah a light and a clear Book, by which Allah guides those who seek His pleasure to the ways of peace, and brings them out from darkness into the light, by His will, and guides them to a straight path. (5:15, part, and 5:16)  
Verily, this Qur'an guides to that which is Straightmost, and gives glad tidings to the believers who do good.. (17:9, part)
Say: "We believe in Allah and what has been revealed to us, and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants, and what was given to Moses and Jesus, and to [all] the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between one and another of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islam)."  And whosoever seeks as religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and he shall be in the hereafter, among the losers.(3:84, 85)  Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam... (3:19, part)  

Say, [O Muhammad], "O mankind, indeed I am the Messenger of Allah to you all, [from He] to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and earth. There is no god except Him; He gives life and causes death." So believe in Allah and His Messenger [...] and follow him that you may be guided. (7:158, part) ... Believe in Allah, His Messenger and the Book that He has revealed to His Messenger and the Scripture which He revealed before. And whoever disbelieves in Allah , His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray. (4:136, part) 

Worship Allah exclusively, and do not associate others in His Divinity.. (4:36, part) Nothing is said to you, [O Muhammad], except what was already said to the messengers before you. Indeed, your Lord is owner of forgiveness and owner of grievous chastisement. (41:43) 

O Mankind! Call to mind the grace of Allah upon you! Is there a creator, other than Allah, to give you sustenance from heaven or earth? There is no god but He: how then are you turning away? (35:3) O Mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allah, but Allah is Free of wants, worthy of all praise. (35:15)  O Mankind! Certainly the promise of Allah is true. So let not this present life deceive you.. (35:5, part)  

This is a clear message for mankind in order that they may be warned thereby, and that they may know that He is only One God, and that those of understanding may take heed.(14:52) Say, "O mankind, the truth has come to you from your Lord, so whoever is guided is only guided for [the good of] his soul, and whoever goes astray only goes astray to the detriment of it.." (10:108 part) And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah. Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly. (2:281)