Definitions of Major Names in Islam
Allah is the proper name of the One True God, the Creator. We can never comprehend the greatness of Allah, but the more we know about Him, the better we can love and worship Him. These are just some of the names and attributes of Allah: The Lord, The One True God, The Compassionate, The Merciful, The Creator, The Sovereign Lord, The Holy, The Pure, The Blessed, The Source of Peace and Perfection, The Judge, The All-Knowing, The All-Seeing, The All-Hearing, The Great One, The All-Forgiving, The Most High. (For more information on this topic, please read this brief booklet: His Beautiful Names).
Muhammad (ﷺ may Allah’s blessings and peace be upon him). Muhammad was born in Makkah around 570 CE. He became known by his people as Al-Amin (the trustworthy one). He was the last Prophet of Allah, the One True God. It was revealed to him that he should deliver Allah’s message to all humankind that they must worship Allah, the Creator, only. For the rest of his life, Prophet Muhammad communicated this message and the teachings of Islam to others, set an excellent example, and was a perfect role model for humanity. (For more information on this topic, please read this brief booklet: The Final Messenger).
The Glorious Qur’an is the final Word of Allah, the One True God, as revealed to Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). The Qur’an is a divine constitution sent down to regulate and govern our human life. It speaks with the perfect knowledge of the Creator about His creation. It reveals the truth and invites humankind to the way of that truth. It contains important information about human destiny. It educates and raises people to the highest spiritual, moral, intellectual, and social levels as they strive to comprehend it and apply its teachings. (For more information on this topic, please read this brief booklet: The Last Revelation).
Islam means submission to Allah, the One True God. Islam teaches us that the gateway to a happy, content, and eternal life is through believing in Allah the One True God and His final Prophet Muhammad, and pronouncing this testimony: “I testify that there is no god but Allah, and I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
Islam also tells us that simply believing in God and His Prophets is not enough to gain peace of mind, happiness, and salvation! We must also carry out the Will of Allah, through obeying and worshipping Him ALONE. (For more information on this topic, please read this brief booklet: The ABCs of Islam).
Muslim is one who submits to Allah, the Creator. Muslims have faith in Allah and do good deeds. They obey the commandments that Muhammad, Jesus, and all of the Prophets (may Allah’s peace be upon them) taught and obeyed, such as believing in One True God, praying, prostrating and kneeling down in worship, fasting, giving alms and charity, saying “if God wills (Insha Allah)” for something in the future, and using the greeting of Jesus and the Prophets, “Peace be upon you (Assalamu Alaikum).” (For more information on this topic, please read this brief booklet: The ABCs of Islam).
Mosque (Masjid) refers to a clean place of prostration that is used by Muslims mainly for prayer and worship. Furthermore, a Mosque is a quiet and peaceful hub dedicated for remembering Allah (God) and supplicating to Him, reciting the Glorious Quran, as well as learning about the teachings of Islam and the guidance of Prophet Muhammad. It providing religious, social, charitable, and educational services for the community. Historically speaking, the Sacred Mosque in Makkah is the oldest and holiest Masjid on Earth. (For more information on this topic, please read this brief booklet: The ABCs of Islam).
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