In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

What is Islam?

Al-Islam, commonly referred to as Islam, is an Arabic term which means "the active submission to the One God". Islam is a religion which guides its followers, known as Muslims, in every aspect of their lives. It is a way of life. Islam is the modern or latest version of the message sent by God through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them all). Islam was sent to humankind through Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family). Islam is a religion which seeks to give a meaningful purpose to our life on this earth. It seeks to guide us in fulfilling that purpose by creating harmony between ourselves, our Creator and fellow human beings.

See New to Islam for more information.

What is the Qur'an?

The Qur'an is the book of God as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him and his progeny. The purpose of the Qur'an is to guide humankind to God and to the correct way of living life. The Qur'an is miraculous from many dimensions. For example, no human being can write such perfect guidance on so many subjects. The language used in the Qur'an is of a supreme nature and has the unique quality of conveying oceans of meaning in simple but powerful words. From the time it was revealed, the Qur'an remains in its original, pure, and unaltered form. The topics of the Qur'an include stories of past prophets and moral lessons learned from them descriptions of the afterlife, commentary on the events during the times of early Muslims, practical code of daily conduct, nobility of character of the Prophet Muhammad and his family, and spiritual and metaphorical appeals to the human intellect to know God in the world outside and within the soul. Muslims read passages from the Qur'an in their daily prayers.

See the Qur'anic text online, The Qur'an in Islam, Qur'anic Text, Translations, and Commentaries and Qur'anic Sciences for more information.

Who are the Ahlul Bayt (`a) / Ahl al-Bayt?

According to the most authentic traditions narrated in the collections of all Muslim schools of thought, the Ahlul Bayt (a) (literally People of the House) of the Prophet are one of the two sources of guidance for humankind after the departure of the Prophet Muhammad from this world. The Prophet (s) reminded the Muslim community time after time to adhere to the Qur'an and Ahlul Bayt, in order not to go astray after him. The Prophet Muhammad (s) also informed us that these two are inseparable until the end of time. Therefore, in order to understand the Qur'an and the tradition of the Prophet (s), we should refer to the Ahlul Bayt (a). The position of the Ahlul Bayt is a result of their individual piety and knowledge. After the Prophet Muhammad (s), the Ahlul Bayt consists of Fatimah al-Zahra (a), Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (a), Imam Hasan (a), Imam Husayn (a), and the nine descendants of Imam Husayn (a).

See Introducing the Ahlul Bayt for more information.

How do I say my daily prayers (salat)?

See Factsheet: How to Perform the Daily Prayers translated into multiple languages.

Where can I obtain information on how to become Muslim and other information about Islam?

Please write to Islamic Education Board, Dar al Tableegh, Jackets Lane, Harefield, Middlesex UB9 6PZ, United Kingdom, or email IEB@world-federation.org

What do the various Arabic terms and abbreviations used on this site mean?

Allah = The One and Only God

swt = "Subhaanahu wa ta`aalaa" = Exalted He is (used for Allah)

pbuh = Peace be upon him and his family (used for Prophet Muhammad)

(s) or (saw) = "Sallallaahu `alayhi wa aalihi wa salaam" = Peace be upon him and his family (used for Prophet Muhammad)

(a) or (as) = "`alayhi/`alayhaa al-salaam" = Peace be upon him/her (used for the Prophets and the Ahlul Bayt)

ra = "Radhiyallaahu `anhu/`anha" = may Allah be pleased with him/her OR "Rahmatullaahi `alayhi/`alayha" = may the Mercy of Allah be upon him/her

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