Islam means "Peace" and "Submission". When we say Salam Alaikum we are saying "peace be upon you", and as muslims we believe in "Submission" to The most Merciful and most Glorious Allah.
The basic beliefs of a Muslim are the following
- Belief in Oneness of Allah
There is only Allah to whom we worship and believe, no other or thing is associated with the most Gracious Allah.
- Belief in Angels
"The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. All believe in Allah, His Angels and His Messengers."
It is obligatory, and infact an essential part of faith to respect all of the Angels. Therefore, it is unthinkable for Muslims to have any animosity towards any of the Angels, let alone cursing them. Any such action is considered an act of Kaffir (disbelief).
- Faith in The Prophets
As Muslims we believe in ALL of the Prophets before the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w). All the Prophets were spreading the word of Allah.
- Belief in the Books of Revelation
Muslims believe in The Psalms, The Torah, The Bible aswell as the final revelation The Quran which was sent down to Hazrat Muhammad (s.a.w)
- Belief in the afterlife
Islam teaches that after we die, we will be raised up again for judgment by Allah. On the Day of Judgment, all people will either be rewarded with eternity in Heaven, or punished with eternity in Hell
- Faith in Destiny
As Muslims we believe that everything is pre destined and written by Allah. Everything in this world happens for a reason, sometimes it may just be Allah testing us.
The Five Pillars of Islam
- The Shahada
There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah
- Salaah (Prayer)
- Zakat (Charity)
- Sawm (Fasting)
- Hajj (Pilgrimage)