Q: Who is Allah, and is He
the same as God?
A: 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
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
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 descendants
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 their message.
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 Islam?
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 Mohammad (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 (pbuh).
Q: I heard something about the 5 pillars of Islam and
the 5 pillars of faith. Could you elaborate more on these
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
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
Who is Mohammad?
A: Mohammad (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).
Mohammad (pbuh) spent the last 23 years of his life conveying
God's Message to all people. Prophet Mohammad (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
Mohammad (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 (Mohammad 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 QURAN 2:163)
Q: I am still confused, if Mohammad was to be God's
final and most glorified Prophet, how come we don't see his
name in the Bible?
A: Mohammad'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
Mohammad, 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 Mohammad (pbuh) was similar to Moses (as) and he was
the only prophet from whose mouth the words of God were spoken
(Quran). Prophet Mohammad (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 religion?
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 religions?
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 not numbers.
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 Mohammad (pbuh), God (swt) vowed not to
punish people or hold them responsible without sending
messengers. Unlike Moses & Jesus (as), prophet Mohammad (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 Mohammad'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,
Q: How many prophets and messengers did God send to
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.
Q: 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)?
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. "
Q: But hey, we 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, Mohammad (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
Mohammad (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 Mohammad'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
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 collecting dust.
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 early revelations.
Q: But I am satisfied with my own belief, so why should
I pursue other religion in the first place?
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 one else.
Is it true the Quran has scientific and medical facts?
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
Mohammad 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
Q: I noticed various Islamic Sects! Could you list them
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 Mohammad 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: What is the total number of Muslims around the
A: 1997 Statistics shows a population of 1.78 Billion
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Q: Could you list some Islamic countries in the world?
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Q: Why do Muslims pray so much, you know, 5 times a
day! Isn't belief in Allah enough?
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
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
Also the Bible had prophesied the Conquest of Mecca by prophet
Mohammad (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 Mohammad doesn't relate to Abraham?
A: False. Prophet Mohammad (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 Mohammad'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……"
Q: So what about Ishmael! How does he fit in the
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
Mohammad (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 (Mohammad). 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.