Q: Who is Allah, and is He the
same as God?
When talking about God, Muslims automatically think of Allah (swt).
Allah, in Arabic language, is "God". He is the Almighty, the One Creator
who created the universe, mankind and all other forms of life.
Q: Is it true
that Adam was the first messenger of God (swt)?
A: Yes, Adam had the responsibility to convey God's message and
laws to his descendants. From the beginning, Adam's message to the first
generation of mankind was to worship One True God, Allah (swt).
Q: Who is Satan
and what's his name in Arabic?
A: Satan belongs to another form of life "jinnkind" or spirits. His
name in Arabic is (Iblis) and he goes by another name "Sheetan" (Devil).
Q: Why does Satan
despise humans and desire their destruction?
A: When God (swt) created Adam, God wanted to give Adam some sort
of respect, value and position among the other creations. God (swt)
commanded the Angels, including Satan from the Jinn, to prostrate to Adam
as a sign of respect and not as a sign of worship. All prostrated to Adam
but Satan. Satan was a mighty & a distinguished Jinn. God (swt) asked him
what made you not prostrate to Adam and disobeyed my commandment? Satan
replied, I am better than Adam, you created him from Clay and created me
from Fire. God (swt) cursed Satan. Satan vowed to destroy Adam and his
Q: I am still
confused, I thought Satan was an Angel like Gabriel and he has no free
will but to worship God?
A: False. If Satan was an Angel, then we wouldn't have any problems
with him at all. Angels are a special creation of God (swt). God (swt)
created Angels from divine light (Nur). Angles don't have free will in
doing things but to worship God (swt) and obey his commandments. Satan, on
the other hand, is a Jinn "spirit", and like humans, Satan and his race "jinnkind"
have free will in their actions; free will of doing good and free will of
doing bad. Ref. QURAN (18:50)
Q: Why did God (swt)
send messengers, and why not instead, communicated with us directly?
A: First, that is God's (swt) will. Second, and because of God's
greatness and might, humans, in their earthly bodies, can't withstand
God's direct presence. We would die instantly if God (swt) would to
manifest Himself to us. Only from the mercy of God (swt) prophet Moses
(as) fell unconscious when God (swt) began manifesting him self near the
mount. The mount itself exploded to pieces. God's messengers are nothing
but human beings, who ate like us, dressed like us, grew up amongst us,
spoke our language in order for mankind to comprehend what they utter. God
(swt) equipped His messengers with miracles to prove the authenticity of
Q: What is Islam,
and what does the word "Islam" mean?
A: Islam is God's eternal message to mankind. Islam originated by
our father Adam (as) and then the torch was passed on to other God's elect
messengers. Islam's message was, still and will be the belief in and
submission to ONE God (swt), the Creator and the Sustainer of all things,
the Exalted and the Redeemer of all things. The word Islam itself means
"submission and surrendering" to God (swt).
Q: What is the
deal with the term(s) "Mohammadeen", "Muhammedanism" or Mohammedans in
A: There are no such terms at all. Other religions have been named
after their founders or after the community in which the religion was
prospered. For example, Christianity has been named after Christ. Judaism
after the tribe of Judah, and Buddhism after Buddha. Westerners falsely
gave the name "Muhammedanism" or Mohammadeen" to Islam after Muhammad
(pbuh) the prophet of Islam, and also called his followers "Mohammedans".
Islam and Muslims are the words of the QURAN
(27:31), (3:19) & (22:78). Again, Islam is God's eternal message to
mankind that originated by Adam (as) and sealed by prophet Mohammad
Q: I heard
something about the 5 pillars of Islam and the 5 pillars of faith. Could
you elaborate more on these pillars?
A: You are right! Islam has two different types of pillars: The
pillars of Islam and the pillars of faith in Islam. The 5 pillars of Islam
are: "Al-Shahadatan" the testimony that there is no God but Allah and
Mohammad is Messenger of Allah, performing prayer (Salah), giving Alms (Zakah),
fasting (Sawm), and performing Pilgrimage (Hajj) for those who are able.
The 5 pillars of Faith in Islam are: The belief in One
God, Allah (swt), the belief in His Angels, the belief in His Scriptures,
the belief in His Messengers, and the belief in Judgment Day.
Who is Muhammad?
A: Muhammad (pbuh) was born in Mecca 570 AD. At age forty he was
elected by God (swt) to convey His Message to mankind. The Message is to
worship only One God, Allah (swt). Muhammad (pbuh) spent the last 23 years
of his life conveying God's Message to all people. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
died at age 63 and his resting place lies in the city of Medina in Saudi
Arabia. He is God's final Messenger to mankind. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
came to re-institute Islam, the religion of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and
Jesus (as). The following prophecy is obtained from the Bible regarding
Mohammad's cometh from Arabia. In HABAKKUK 3:3 " God (Jesus) came from
Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the
heavens, and the earth was full of his praise." The place of Teman is the
area located southeast of Palestine, and Paran is the area of Mecca in
Saudi Arabia where the Holy One (Muhammad pbuh) came from.
Q: Are you
telling me both Moses and Jesus were Muslims? If so, prove it and I
would like to see something from the Bible in this regard?
A: Both Moses and Jesus (as) were Muslims, since both had conveyed
the very same Message, "Submission and surrendering" to One God (swt).
Here is the proof from the Bible: Moses said: "Hear, O Israel: The Lord
our God is ONE Lord." (DEUTERONOMY 6:4). Approximately 1500 years later
Jesus said: "...The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; the
Lord our God is ONE Lord." (MARK 12:29), and of course Prophet Mohammad
(pbuh) came along approximately 600 years later, bringing identical
message again: "And your God is ONE God: There is no God but He, ..." (The
Q: I am still
confused, if Muhammad was to be God's final and most glorified Prophet,
how come we don't see his name in the Bible?
A: Muhammad's name is indeed mentioned in the original Bible
manuscripts. The word "Mahmad" is found in the original Hebrew manuscript
and it means the "desired one", or the "glorified one". In the 15th
century, exactly in 1539, "Great Bible" was the first and official English
translated bible to be authorized for public use, and when the Bible was
translated to the English language, many words and expressions were
translated differently and sometimes omitted altogether, including the
word "Mahmad" which is the name of Prophet Muhammad, the prophet of Islam
(pbuh). Here is the verse in the Bible: HAGGI 2:7 "And I (God) will shake
all nations, and the "desire one" of all nations shall come."
Also the Bible says: Deuteronomy 18:18-19 "" I will raise
them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put
my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall
command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken
unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.""
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was similar to Moses (as) and he
was the only prophet from whose mouth the words of God were spoken
(Quran). Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) spoke in God's name all the time. Also in
Isaiah 51:4, it is said that there will be a new law for all the people.
Also, in Isaiah 66:20, it was made clear that the prophet would come from
BRETHREN, not children of the Israel.
Q: Are you
telling me, all other religions are bogus and Islam is the only true
A: Well, isn't that the case with all religions! Every religion
claims that he is right and others are wrong. Islam is the belief in One
God, Allah (swt), the Creator of all things. Islam doesn't believe in the
"middleman" fallacy as the case with many religions including
Christianity. In Christianity, to be saved you have to believe in Jesus
(as) as the Son of God, and without such confession and belief in Jesus,
you're most definitely going to Hellfire. Islam, on the other hand,
declares that believing in One God, Allah (swt) and that Mohammad is His
messenger, and obeying God's laws and His prophet's doctrine is the only
passport to Heaven.
Q: Is it really
sensible that God will reward Heaven only to Muslims and punish others
that can easily add up to millions or even billions of people of various
A: Yes it is very sensible. If you read both the Bible and the
Quran you will uncover that God (swt) severely punished the unbelievers
and the wicked people through out the history of mankind. That includes
the people of Prophet Noah (as), the people of Prophet Abraham (as), Lot,
Moses (as), etc... Numbers don't mean a thing in the eyes of God (swt) and
that shouldn't be considered as an exception at all. Only faith counts and
Q: But what about people in
our time! We don't know anything about Islam and Mohammad!
Would that be considered against us on Judgment Day?
A: Yes it will be considered against you. Before the cometh of
prophet Muhammad (pbuh), God (swt) vowed not to punish people or hold them
responsible without sending messengers. Unlike Moses & Jesus (as), prophet
Muhammad (pbuh) was very distinct since he was sent to all mankind with
God's final message to humanity and before Judgment Day. Everybody, the
least, heard of Muhammad's name. We live in the information age, and
within our finger tips, using computers or TVs, we can learn just about
anything including religions. The Prophet (pbuh) told us that everyone of
us is born a submitter " Muslim" to the One God, the Almighty Allah (swt),
but many factors have tendency to force a person to deviate from the right
path such as: Satan's influence, Parents, Society, etc.
Q: How many
prophets and messengers did God send to mankind?
A: Our prophet (pbuh) told us approximately 124 Thousand prophets
and messengers were sent to mankind. The Quran lists 25 of the most
popular ones. They are: Adam, Enoch (Idris), Noah, Hud, Salih, Abraham,
Ishmael, Isaac, Lot, Jacob (Yaqub), Joseph (Yusuf), Shu'aib, Job (Ayyob),
Moses (Musa), Aaron (Haroon), Ezekiel (Dhul-Kifl), David (Dawood), Solomon
(Sulaiman), Elias, Elisha (El-Yasa), Jonah (Yunus), Zechariah, John
(Yahya), Jesus, and Mohammad, peace be upon them.
Why can't Muslims accept the term "Son
of God", even though it is in the Bible and referring to Jesus?
A: The term "Son of God" was used metaphorically speaking to those
who were godly and pious men. It was never meant to be used literally as
the case with Christianity toward Jesus (as). In fact, the term "Son of
God" is used all over the Bible referring to people other than Jesus,
check out the following verses: LUKE 3:38 " the son of Enosh, the son of
Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.", GENESIS 6:2 " that the sons of
God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for
themselves, whomever they chose.", EXODUS 4:22 " Then you shall say to
Pharaoh, Thus says the LORD, Israel is My son, My firstborn." , JEREMIAH
31:9 "…For I am a father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn.", ROMANS
8:14 "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of
God.". So how come Christians don't regard those people as Gods, the way
they regard Jesus (as)?
Q: Why Muslims
don't eat Swine (Pork) meat?
A: For the same reason both Moses & Jesus (as) refused to eat it.
God (swt) commanded Muslims not to eat Swine meet. God (swt) also
commanded Moses not to eat or even touch the Swine meat as in the
following verses in the Bible: LEVITICUS 11:7-8 "and the pig, for though
it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is
unclean to you. You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their
carcasses; they are unclean to you. "
are not Jews! We are Christians governed by Grace and not Law?
A: Who said anything about the Jews. The above verses are found in
the Christian Bible. Plus, we all know that God (swt) gave Moses (as)
numerous commandments and laws including the Ten Commandments, for people
to obey, comply and to adhere to. Jesus (as) came along 1500 years later
to re-institute Moses's laws & commandments and that by itself is a sign
that Prophets came from the same institution with the same message &
guidance. Jesus (as) said: MATTHEW 5:17 " Think not that I am come to make
void the law or the prophets; I am not come to make void, but to fulfill."
Jesus (as) said: JOHN 14:15 " If you love me, keep my commandments." One
of these commandments is not to eat Swine meet. I don't see Grace at all,
all I see Laws and Commandments that ought to be followed.
Q: According to
Muslims, God vowed to preserve the Quran. How come the earlier scriptures
weren't persevered, and after all, they are God's words?
A: Nowhere in the Quran God (swt) promises such protection or
preservation to the former scriptures as the case with the Quran. Every
prophet was armed with special miracles to prove the authenticity of his
message. Moses came to people who rely heavily on magic, so God (swt) gave
him immense power through his Cane. Jesus came to people who were known of
strong medical abilities, so God (swt) gave him the ability to cure people
and even to raise the dead. Both prophets Moses & Jesus (pbut) were sent
to specific people (sons of Israel) with the mentioned miracles and the
scriptures. On the other hand, Muhammad (pbuh) was sent to people who were
fluent in Arabic Language and its grammar. God (swt) gave him the Quran as
his Main and lasting Miracle. The Quran is very unique in its originality
and delivery, and the Arabic Language is the best to preserve such
revelation. Since Muhammad (pbuh) is the final
messenger to mankind and the Quran was his Main miracle, God (swt) has
promised to protect the Quran forever. Remember, if the miracle
dies, then its authenticity will most definitely die and perish. Moses and
Jesus (pbut) had their miracles but not in their books, but rather in
their actions (the power of the Cane & Healing), and once they're gone, it
was easy for people to edit and interpolate their scriptures (Torah &
Bible) to fit their own selfish desires. So far, and after 1400 years
later, the Quran remains untouched and persevered from corruption. Muslims
still believe in Muhammad's original revelation and divine message. The
preservation isn't only limited to the text, but to the divine message,
and to the delivery and originality.
Q: I heard many comments as
in: "bibles aren't identical" or "bibles aren't the same"!
In Christianity, we do have the original manuscripts somewhere in Greece,
but the bibles we have in our hands are only translation based on those
original manuscripts. So, what's the big deal! Don't Muslims have many
different English translations that aren't a like?
A: The original Quranic manuscript is written in Arabic Language.
Every single Muslim have an identical Arabic copy based on the original
Quranic manuscript written in Arabic. When Muslims perform their 5 daily
prayers, they recite the Quran in its original language, the Arabic
Language. Many Muslims memorize the Quran by heart at young age. The
English, Spanish or French Quranic translations are nothing but
interpretation to the meanings of the words of the Quran, and they are
only used as a reference for those Muslims who don't speak Arabic. Unlike
Muslims, almost the majority of Christians don't even know where the
original manuscripts are located at. None of the Christian Churches have,
in their possession, a copy in either Hebrew or Greek that is based on the
original manuscripts. Christians have translations, translations,
translations and as for the original Bible, it's buried somewhere overseas
The Bible (OT & NT) has endured many severe predicaments
because of the language barrier. The original manuscripts (ancient Hebrew
and Aramaic scriptures) were translated to Greek and Latin. In fact, from
the year 800 AD to 1539 AD, Latin was the only language of the Bible.
Because of the continuous waves of translations; Aramaic, to Greek, to
Latin, to English; Christians most definitely and seriously handicapped
any attempts to faithfully translate the original author's intended
meanings. This problem, all thanks be to the Almighty (swt), has been
completely avoided in the Qur'an, since it has remained from the time of
its inspiration to the present day in the same language it was originally
revealed in, the Arabic Language. The Arabic Language has remained a
living language from that day to this, and the book itself has always been
in the hands of the people and not "the elite."
The foremost miracle of the Qur'an is in its text. The
text of the Arabic language. You can not translate a miracle no matter how
you may try. The Arabic language can not be compared to any other language
in its intricate complexity, diversity of form, richness of meaning,
brevity of parlance, beauty of construct and power of delivery.
Q: I am
spiritually confused! What should I do?
A: You owe it to yourself to search for the truth, and I am sure if
you have an honest intention searching for the truth, God (swt) will aid
you in your endeavor. Read more about Islam and weigh your options. Read
more about the early revelations & messengers of God (swt) and comprehend
their law & guidance that they had conveyed to their people at that time,
then compare all present religions and see which one coincide with the
Q: But I am
satisfied with my own belief, so why should I pursue other religion in the
A: Remember, mankind has a free will to do whatever he desires, and
we are all held accountable for what we do. If you are content with your
religion, then you are solely responsible for your actions & belief and no
Is it true the Quran has scientific and
A: Yes it is. But remember though, the Quran is not a scientific
book. The Quran carries a divine message and guidance from the Almighty (swt)
to all mankind. This message touches upon all aspects of human's life
including science and medical aspects. When people embraced Islam, it
wasn't because of the scientific facts the Quran brought forward, but
rather because of the divine message in the belief of the One, the
Almighty (swt). People embraced Islam because Islam is a simple religion
that is sensible and harmonize with the human instinct. Islam is a
complete way of life that is based on fairness, equality, and purity
amongst all mankind.
How do I become a Muslim?
A: Unlike other religions, Islam doesn't have certain rituals or
baptism by religious groups or individuals. All you need to do is to
declare the Testimony (Shahadatan). The Testimony is:
"I testify that there is no God but Allah, and
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah". Once you establish this
pure belief in your heart, then you can proceed unto the rest of the
pillars of Islam. Many Islamic foundations and Mosques will be able to
help you getting started learning about Islam..
Q: I noticed
various Islamic Sects! Could you list them for me?
A: About 84 % of Muslims are Sunni, the word Sunni is based on the
word Sunnah which is an Arabic word means the Prophet's Doctrine. Sunnis
believe in Allah (swt) as the One Creator and Muhammad is His last and
final Messenger. Also, Sunnis believe in the Quran and Sunnah as the two
main sources of Islam. There are, however, Muslim bunches who deviated
from the right path of Islam such as: Shia, Baha'i, Sufi, Ahmadiya, etc.
So be cautious in knowing who you are dealing with.
Q: Why do
Muslims pray so much, you know, 5 times a day! Isn't belief in Allah
A: Besides the fact it's a Commandment from the Almighty (swt), the
prayer (Salah) is considered to be a continuos and daily discipline for
Muslims. It's true we have the belief in One God (swt) and His messenger
Mohammad (pbuh) embedded in our hearts, but like earlier Muslims, God (swt)
has proscribed Laws and Commandments for us to observe and adhere to. When
we pray, we recite the Quran that has God's genuine words and directions.
We also offer supplications and blessings to God (swt). The line of
communication between Muslims and God (swt) never slows down ever. The
prayer (Salah) itself is considered a supplication to the Almighty (swt).
Q: Is it true
that the Bible had prophesied many Islamic Events?
A: Yes it had. The Bible had clearly prophesied the Conquest of
Jerusalem at the time of the Muslim Caliph, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab. In the
year 637 AD, The people of Jerusalem, mostly Christians & Jews, refused to
give up Jerusalem without a personal pledge from Omar that he will spare
their lives and let them practice their religion freely and without
restraints. Omar traveled from Medina to Jerusalem on an Ass, when the
people of Jerusalem saw him, they ran outside welcoming him since Omar had
fulfilled a prophecy in the Bible: The Bible says: ZECHARIAH 9:9 Rejoice
greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy
Leader cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and
riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass."
Also the Bible had prophesied the Conquest of Mecca by prophet Muhammad
(pbuh) along with his 10,000 followers (Sahaba) in 630 AD. DEUTERONOMY
33:2 " And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto
them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with 10,000 of saints:
from his right hand went a fiery law for them."
Q: But Muhammad
doesn't relate to Abraham?
A: False. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is a direct descendent of Prince
Kedar. Kedar was the second son of Ishmael, and the children of Kedar
later formed a tribe called Quraish, which is Muhammad's tribe. The Bible
says: GENESIS 25:13-18 " And these are the names of the sons of Ishmael,
by their names, according to their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael,
Nebajoth; and Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam, . And Mishma, and Dumah, and
Massa, . Hadar, and Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah: . These are the
sons of Ishmael, and these are their names, by their towns, and by their
castles; twelve princes according to their nations……"
what about Ishmael! How does he fit in the picture?
A: From the early prophecies found in the Bible. God (swt) blessed
Ishmael with twelve sons (princes) and God made a great nation (Muslim
nation) from his seed, through prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that reaches from
the Euphrates to the Nile forever. The Bible says: GENESIS 17:20 " And as
for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make
him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he
beget, and I will make him a great nation."
Christians believe that Jesus is the way and their
Only Savior, could you give me a solid proof to indicate otherwise?
A: Yes I could, and again, it will be from the Bible. The Bible
says: ISAIAH 43:9-11 " Let all the nations be gathered together, and let
the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and show us
former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be
justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth. . Ye are my witnesses,
saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and
believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God
formed, neither shall there be after me. . I, even I, am the LORD; and
beside me there is no Savior."
God (swt) said, to let all nations and people gather together to bear
witness to this truth (Islam), and know that I (God) have chosen my
servant (Muhammad). And that He is God with none other before or after.
The Chapter talks about all nations being unified under one flag (Islam).
Also, In verse 11, God very clearly and categorically stated that He is
the Only Savior and none else.