ISLAM: Questions & ANSWERS
Q1. What is the concept of God in your
A-The concept of God in Islam is that
there is only one God for all of Mankind. He is the Creator of
all human beings. He is the God for Christians, the Jews, the
Muslims, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the atheists, and all human
beings, whether they believe in Him or not. In chapter 112,
Verse 1-4 the Qur’an says:
Say (O Muhammad (SAW)): “He is Allah, (the) One.
“Allah As-Samad (The Self-Sufficient Master, Whom all creatures
need, He neither eats nor drinks). “He begets not, nor was He
begotten; “And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him.”
Q2. What is the Muslims concept of
A-A Muslims concept of life is that it
is a brilliant demonstration of God’s wisdom and knowledge, a
vivid reflection of God’s art and power. A Muslim may look at
life likened to a journey or a test starting from a certain
point and ending at a certain destination. A Muslim sees life
like a transitory stage, an introduction to the eternal life in
Q3.What is the concept of Prophets in
A-In Islam the concept of a Prophet is
that they are the chosen ones by God to spread God’s word to
mankind. They are chosen to set a good example to us. Muslims
believe in all the previous Prophets and they believe that
Prophet Muhammad was the last and final Messenger of God.
Q4. Do Muslims believe in heaven and
A-Yes, most certainly a Muslim does
believe in heaven and hell. A Muslim believes he will be
rewarded in the life after death for all his good actions. He
will live in heaven, a place of eternal happiness and peace.
Muslims also believe that the wrong-doers will be punished on
the Day of Judgement and will be sent to hell, a place of severe
punishment and suffering .
Q5. Do Muslims believe in Jesus?
A-Yes .A Muslim is not a Muslim if he
does not believe in Jesus, but they believe in him as a Prophet,
not as a God or the only begotten son of God and so on. The
acceptance of Jesus Christ by Muslims is a fundamental article
of faith in Islam, and a Muslim can never think of Jesus in any
derogatory terms. Muslims accept Jesus as one of the most
distinguished apostles of God
Q6. Why do Muslims fast ?
A-Muslims fast because it is an act of
worship to God. Islam has five main acts of worship that must be
fulfilled. Fasting is the second pillar of Islam to be
fulfilled. Fasting for the Muslim goes far beyond the literal
meaning it signifies something far deeper and richer. The are
many benefits attached to fasting as follows:
b) It equips us with a creative sense of
hope and an optimistic outlook on life.
c) It fills us with effective devotion and honest dedication.
d) It indoctrinates us in patience and unselfishness because
when we fast we feel the pains of deprivation but endure
e) Effective lesson in applied moderation and willpower
Q7. Can Muslims drink alcohol
A-No. Muslims cannot drink alcohol. Like
the above answer to question one the main reason a Muslim does
not drink alcohol is to obey the Creator. From a medical point
of view alcohol has many dangers attached to it. The menaces and
tragedies of intoxication are too obvious to be elaborated. Many
lives are being lost every day on this account. Many families
break up because of alcohol. Many billions of dollars are
swallowed in the drinking channel every year. Countless doors
are closed on misery and unhappiness arising from the drinking
habits. Besides the destruction of health, the depression of
mind, the dullness of soul, the absorption of wealth, the
disintegration of families, the abuse of human dignity, the
sabotage of morality, the humiliating retreat from realty, every
one who indulges in alcohol can be at risk of becoming an
Q8. Why don’t Muslims eat pork
A-In the Qur’an God has told us in
Chapter 16, Verse 115:
He has forbidden you only Al-Maytat (meat of a
dead animal), blood, the flesh of swine, and any animal which is
slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than Allah (or has been
slaughtered for idols etc, or on which Allah’s Name has not been
mentioned while slaughtering). But if one is forced by
necessity, without willful disobedience, and not transgressing,
– then, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
Although we are not given reasons to why
we can not eat Pork the verse in the Qur’an is clear to us that
Pork is simply forbidden, so to show our sincere obedience to
our God we obey what is asked of us. Some may say but Pork is
clean today and the Heart Foundation promotes Pork as a lean
meal, but in actual fact from
medical point of view it is rather unclean:
a) Worms and parasites. As transferred
to pig to man are: Trichina Worms, Tapeworms (Taenia Solium),
Roundworms, Hookworms, Faciolopsis Buski, Paragonimius,
parasites are responsible for many diseases, many of them are
contagious, others are fatal.
b) Uric Acid. Is the known cause of heart disease and
rheumatism. It has an approximately 20% extraction rate from the
kidneys of the pig. Herbivorous animals have an 80% extraction
rate. Hence, relative to other animals, a high concentration of
Uric Acid is found in Pork.
c) Fatty Acids. Pork Fat is very harmful to the body, being
difficult to digest and efficiently convert to energy. Pork Fat
is absorbed by the body and consequently accumulates in human
tissue as animal fat. Herbivouous animal fat is broken down by
the body within the bloodstream resynthesising the fat into a
readily available energy source.
Q9. What is the status of the woman in Islam?
A-In Islam the status of Women is equated with man in the
sight of God in term of her rights and responsibilities. Women
and Men compliment each other rather than compete with each
other for their rights. The woman has her rights given to her as
do the men, but neither is more superior to the other.
The Qur’an mentions in Chapter 16, verse 97:
“Whosoever performs good deeds, whether male or
female, and is a believer, We shall surely make him live a good
life, and We will certainly reward them for the best of what