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Question (dated): 2003 09/25 12:35 PM -
Thank you for writing and for your question. First let us begin with Basics Of Islam
Here are some important points to keep in mind:
1. As Muslims we cannot lie about anything, especially about our religion.
2. We have original recorded sources of our religion:
A) The Quran [click]
B) Teachings of Muhammad [click]
This is a unique part of Islam, not available in any other ancient religions.
3. Sometimes "questions" contain misinformation. We must qualify what it is that someone is saying against what they are implying.
4. If during the answer, you hear yourself saying, "I didn't know that" or "This is good," then are you ready to worship your God and your Lord without and partners?
This what Islam is really all about. The most important subject is the worship of Almighty God, without any partners or associates or "gods" besides Almighty God.
Make sure that they understand the "way we believe" in Allah. This will help them to understand why it is impossible for Muhammad, peace be upon him, or anyone to be a god or a partner with Allah. This will help them to see that we are not doing what many Christians are doing. We don't worship Muhammad, peace be upon him, we are worshipping the God who sent him to us with the message of "Laa elaha illa lah." (There is nothing or no one anywhere worthy to be worshipped besides Allah)
You should also listen to the following programs on explaining Islam to help you get started. Then copy them or order extras from us (free - we only accept donations) and give them to everyone you meet.
"What Is Islam?"
"Daddy, Tell Me About God?"
"Common Sense of Islam"
"Does Islam Equal Terrorism?"
"135 People Making Shahadah"
"New Muslims - What's Next?"
Be sure that you read and understand (print it out if you have to) the explanation of the words: "Islam" - "Allah" - "Quran"
All of this will greatly help your dawah, and of course pray to Allah and ask for Him to put success in your efforts. For truly all success is only coming from Allah.
Answer: 2003 09/25 16:21 PM EST
This particular question is rather easy for the Muslims. As a matter of fact, Islam teaches that the whole purpose of this life is a test. The trials and tests that we receive from Allah are enumerated in His Book, the Holy Quran.
The important thing to keep in mind is that Allah does not force us to come to Him or to submit to what He has ordained. This means that we always have a choice. And one of the important things about that choice is that Allah never makes it so obvious that their would no longer be a choice. So, all through the human's life there is the opportunity to turn away from evil and choose to worship Allah on His Terms. At the same time, there is of course the equal opportunity to turn away from guidance and then become of the loosers.
ask Allah to save us from that, ameen.
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again for your question. All good is from Allah & mistakes
were from myself.
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