SOME ISLAMIC PRINCIPLES
Oneness of God: Islam rejects the idea of multiple manifestations of Allah.
Oneness of mankind: People are created equal in the Law of God. There is no superiority of one race over another.
Oneness of Messengers and the Message: Muslims believe God sent different messengers throughout the history of humanity. All came with the same message and the same teachings, but some people misunderstood and misinterpreted them.
The prophets and teachers of Christianity and Judaism are also the Prophets of Islam: Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Ismail, Jacob, Moses, David, Jesus, and Muhammad.
Angels and the Day of Judgment: Muslims believe in unseen creatures created by God for special missions. Muslims also believe in a Day of Judgment when all people of the world will be brought for "accounting, reward and punishment."
Innocence of Man at Birth: Muslims believe people are born free of sin. Only after they reach puberty will they be accountable for sinful acts. Forgiveness through true repentance is always available.
Good information to have, Prince.
Muslim nations have a reputation for treating women as inferior to men. Are women exempt from the equality you mention in the "Oneness of Mankind" bullet? Or has the status of women in Muslim nations been misrepresented? Or is it something else entirely? Your comments on this subject would do much to clear up what the average Muslim thinks, rather than what the media tells us the average Muslim thinks.
I did not know that Muslims believe this. It uniquely sets Islam apart for Christian doctrines, and I think it is not mentioned enough. Would you be so kind as to point out which part of the Qu'ran states that children are immaculate? Also, would you care to elaborate on the point? I find it interesting.
As a Buddhist, I do not believe in Sin, but rather karma--so I view children as being responsible for the actions at any age, but I also view them as little energetic balls of potential, with no innate mar within them to hold them back.
Hi Prince Maak,
I am interested in what Islam has to say about the Oneness of Messengers and Message. Would you elaborate, please, what is the same message and teaching that was misunderstood and misinterpreted?
One-Islam is a great religion.They believed god is the Divine light-beyond-no Prophet or man or anything can symbolise god.This is the same belief of the Sikhs.They do not acknowledge any Idol worship-God is One.
two -there is no superiority of race as all is One.
three-messengers are the enlightened ones- all speak the same truth of god existing,is love and has no beginning and no end,beyond space and time.Great is god.Man comes from god and goes back to god.It is posssible to find god and experience his bliss.
four-yes there are unseen creatures.yes all of humanity will face god and his karmas.
Four-children are god like and innocent.Not to blame.An adult understands the consequences of his actions and is to blame. Forgiveness through true repentance is always available. You can allways change.Its when you understand you have done something wrong that you can try and correct or change it.Where god is concerned its never too late.
AsSalaam-Alaikum (Peace be to you) Coolbreeze, Thanks for spending your precious TIME here.
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very informative and enlightening!
I was under impression that in Buddhism women are treated as inferior to men, too. Was I wrong? And in Judaism I'm pretty much sure this is the case...
The Relationship Between Men and Women
Let us consider some aspects of the Islamic view of the relationship between men and women.
In its view of family, Islam recognizes the woman as the mother, the man as the father. It is a partnership in which the man and woman share equivalent responsibilities and are entitled to equivalent rights.
Islam enjoins Muslims to seek knowledge, and it makes no distinction between men and women. Fourteen centuries ago, Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The pursuit of knowledge is incumbent on every Muslim, male and female.” This means that women have the same right to education as men.
They are entitled to the freedom of expression as much as men are. Their opinions are taken into consideration and cannot be disregarded. It is reported in the Qur’an and history that women not only expressed their opinions freely but also argued and participated in serious discussions with the Prophet himself as well as with other Muslim leaders (Qur’an, 58:1-4; 60:10-12).
In the Prophet’s time, women participated in public life, especially in times of emergencies. Women used to accompany the Muslim armies engaged in battles to nurse the wounded, prepare supplies, and serve the warriors, and so on. They were not shut behind iron bars or considered worthless “creatures without souls”, as was supposed by certain Christian theologians of Medieval times.
Islam grants women equal rights to buy, own, or sell property independently in their own right. Their life, their property, and their honor are as sacred as those of men. If they commit any offense, their penalty is neither more nor less than that of men in a similar case. If they are wronged or harmed, they get due compensation equal to what men in their position would get (Qur’an 2:178; 4:45 , 92-93).
Islam allows a share of inheritance to women as to men. Before Islam, women were not only deprived of that share but were themselves considered as property to be inherited by men. Whether a woman is a wife or a mother, a sister or a daughter, she receives a certain share of the deceased relative's property, a share that depends on her degree of relationship to the deceased and the number of heirs. This share is hers, and no one can take it away or disinherit her.
It should be noted here that the normal share for a woman is half of that of a man in a similar position. This may seem unfair at first glance, but consider the fact that Islam does not lay any financial burden on a woman such as it lays on a man. For example in a family, the duty of providing for the whole family is on the father (or husband).
It is never the responsibility of a woman to find the means to provide for herself or her children. Even if she is not a mother or wife, her maintenance is the duty of the men related to her according to the closeness of their relation to her. So a wife who inherits a share of her father’s wealth need not spend any money for her husband, for her children or for her own expenses. If she so chooses, she can donate her share to charity, for instance. That is her special privilege.
For this reason, no injustice is done to women here.
Islam also gives a woman the right to receive a dower, called mahr, at the time of marriage. This mahr is a gift of money or property that the bridegroom must give to the bride, not her family. This is a right of the woman, while she is entitled to complete provision and total maintenance by the husband. She does not have to work or share with her husband the family expenses, as mentioned before. She is free to retain, after marriage, whatever she possessed before it, and the husband has no right whatever to any of her belongings. As a daughter or sister, she is entitled to security and provision by the father and brother respectively.
By giving women their rights, Islam makes it clear that women are not slaves to men, nor do they need to play men’s roles in life to be recognized as humans or gain respect. In Islam, man and woman are intended to complement each other and to cooperate with, not compete against each other.
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Interesting post. What it does highlight is the gulf between what is enshrined in Islam itself (the Holy Quran in particular) and the actuality of life in many Islamic states. Of course there is a similar (though differently focused) gulf between original Christian teaching and what it later became. But it's a vast subject.
I have a question about Muhammad and a verse from the Qu'ran. It is written that anyone who prophesies falsely will be put ot death. Muhammad prophesied falsely and said that satan cunfused him and Allah forgave him. My question is was he really deceieved by Satan?
Qur'an 53:1 "I call to witness the Star when it dips. Your Companion is neither confused, deceived, nor misled. Nor does he speak out of desire. It is a revelation revealed, He was taught by the Supreme Intellect Gabriel, One free from any defect in body or mind: for he rose and became stable, clear to view. While he was in the highest part of the horizon, then he approached and came closer, then he prostrated. He was at a distance of but two bow-lengths or nearer."
Know that the answer you give will also be questioned by me or may lead to another question. I also realize that this translation may be wrong, but it should be very close to being right.
I haven't read the whole Qur'an, but I know that Jesus prophesied falsely when he said that the Second Coming would be in the lifetime of the people listening to him speak.
What does Leviticus say about the punishment for bearing false witness?
Actually, Jesus did not prophesy incorrectly, according to my beliefs. People's interpretation of what the second coming is incorrect. The second coming is the state of Christ consciousness that Jesus was exampling to them. Some of his disciples were able to become Christ minded to a great degree of what Jesus was...they performed healings..in Christ's name...with the "backing" of Jesus' Christ attainment. They were exampling the Christ second coming, toward the maturity of it (the second coming).
And there were many people that were Jesus followers that no doubt were attaining their Christhood as well...as there have been since that time.
If I am not mistaken he prophesised wrong only once and he said I should have said by the grace of Allah or God,which I did not.
SirDent, I did not see Prince Maak on these forums for a while, you might have to wait for the answer longer than you expected.
I once had a really false idea about Islam until I went to see and speak with Islamic people for myself.
I felt happy and in a way privilaged to be invited and called a true Islam.
Islam is really very beautiful. The stuff we get fed on the tv and stuff is not true for the hole of the people.
Though I say, that I have no religious affiliation, I love islam and bear in mind always that I want to be careful what I chose to say in the name of Allah.
After understanding them and thier practices, I realized and almost cried to see that Islamic people are treated unfairly and regardless of what some people may think, Islam is very peacful.
They give freely and fairly to charities, they give hugs, they do things in order.
And at the mosque I have gone to, inside they have a library filled top to bottom with books, and they love to learn and they treat things with respect, almost everything.
Really, would incourage everyone to go and see for yourself. You might fall in love to with Islam.
What an interesting and informative thread-- reading it I am struck by the fact that all religions seem to have so much in common and yet we focus on what divides us. We are like people standing on different sides of a beautiful mountain. We are all looking at the same mountain, but from a slightly different vantage point, so we all see it just a bit differently--and none of us sees the entire mountain, just our little piece of it. It's is nice that we can share our views and our curiosity about the view of others here. Love this thread and will keep lurking:-)
Mount FooledGee. Think it is in the interest of the ruling classes to keep us looking everywhere except where they are.
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