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The Six Articles of Faith

Belief in Allah

If there were in the heavens and the earth, other gods besides Allah, there would have been confusion in both! But glory be to Allah the Lord of the Throne; (exalted is He) above what they attributes to Him.” (Qur’an 21:22)

Muslims believe in a single and unique God, "Allah". Allah is the Creator of all things. He has no parents, children, spouses or partners. He has power over all things. He is the Creator of mankind, the heavens and the earth and everything that exists. The Qur'an says: "Say: He (Allah) is One! The Eternal, the Absolute; He begets not nor was He begotten. And there is none comparable to Him." (Chapter 112:14)

One may get to know and love Allah through knowledge of His divine attributes, a few of which are the Merciful, the Forgiving, the Sovereign, the Just, and the Intensely Loving. Allah's attributes are mentioned in the Qur’an and in the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him.)9.

Muslims believe that there are no intermediaries, such as priests, saints or the Pope, between Allah and His servants.

Muslims believe that the purpose of life is to know, serve and worship Allah. Allah says in the Qur'an, "I have created humans that they may worship Me. " (Qur'an 51:56)

Belief In The Angels

Then (the angels) celebrate His praises night and day, nor do they become weary or tired. (Qur’an 21:22)

Angels are created from light. They worship Allah day and night and never get tired. They do whatever Allah orders them to do; they never disobey Allah.

Angels are purely spiritual and splendid beings whose nature requires no food or drink or sleep. They have no physical desires of any kind not material needs.10

Angels carry out Allah’s commands. For example, a well-known angel is the angel of revelation, Gabriel.

Only Allah knows ho many angels exist. Each angel is charged wit a specific duty.

Angels are neither masculine nor feminine. In short, they are a completely different type of creation and cannot be compared to humans.

Belief in The Books of Allah

We believe in Allah and the revelations given to us and to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the Tribes and that given to Moses and Jesus and that given to all prophets from their Lord. We make no difference between one and another of them (Qur’an, 2:136)

Muslims are required to believe in the messages sent to all prophets.

The Qur’an specifically mentions five revelations that Muslims accept in their original form.
The Scrolls-revealed to Abraham.
The Psalms—revealed to David
The Torah—revealed to Moses
The Gospel—revealed to Jesus
The Qur’an—revealed to Muhammad
May Allah bless them all.

Muslims believe the Qur’an is the final revelation sent to humanity. They believe that the Qur’an is the greatest miracle bestowed upon the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). For over 1400 years, not even one letter of the Qur’an has been changed. Thus, Muslims follow the teachings of the Qur’an with confidence in its authenticity and use it as the criterion by which to assess the validity of other holy scriptures.  

Belief in The Prophets

For We assuredly sent amongst every people a messenger (with the command) serve Allah and avoid evil. (Qur’an 16:36)

The Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) teach that prophets are exceptionally good humans chosen by Allah to receive, transmit and teach His Message. Prophets never commit major sins, such as adultery, theft, or dishonesty. Rather, they live righteous, sinless lives and serve as role models for humanity.

  Muslims do not attribute divinity to any prophet. Miracles performed by prophets are done by the power of Allah.

  Muslims believe in many of the prophets mentioned in previous holy scriptures, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Solomon, David, Moses, Zachariah, Jesus and Muhammad (may Allah's peace be upon them all).

  The Qur'an mentions 25 prophets by name, although Muslims believe that other prophets were sent to other nations. The Quran says regarding this: "We did aforetime send Messengers before thee: of them there are some whose story we have related to you, and some whose story we have not related to you. "(Qur’an 40:78)

  Muslims believe that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last prophet of Allah.

Belief in the Day of Judgment

Our Lord! You art He that will gather mankind together against a Day about which there is no doubt; for Allah never fails in His promise. (Qur’an 3:9)

On the Day when every soul will be confronted with all the good it has done, and all the evil it has done…(Qur’an 3:30)

Muslims believe in eternal life after death.

  On the Day of Resurrection each human will be held accountable in front of Allah for his/her actions, thoughts, deeds and intentions in the worldly life. Allah will judge the person with absolute justice. A person will then be sent to either Paradise or Hellfire.

  Each individual will be held solely responsible for his or her own record of deeds.

  Constant remembrance of the Day of Judgment has a profound effect on the Muslim. He feels that his life is not mere amusement, but a solemn undertaking with eternal consequences.

  Muslims believe that results on the Day of Judgment will be absolutely logical and just. Allah's true mercy and justice will dictate that tyrants who escaped punishment in this life, and good people who endured hardship in this life, will be duly and equitably punished or rewarded in the Hereafter.

Divine Destiny

Verify, all things have we created in proportion and measure. (Qur’an 54:49)

Muslims believe in the timeless knowledge of Allah, and His ability to plan and execute His plans. Divine Destiny is the belief that everything in the universe, including human life, operates according to the Will and Plan of Almighty Allah.

Muslims believe that humans are given "free will", or the ability to choose between good and evil. Accordingly, Allah holds humans responsible for the choices they make with the free will. On the Day of Judgment, each human will be judged on his or her choices in life.

Yet, there are certain things that humans have no choice about, such as their gender, where and when they are born, who their parents are, when they will die, and their ethnicity. Accordingly, humans will not be held responsible for these things on the Day of Judgment.

 

 

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