What is Islam?
Islam is a monotheistic religion that focuses on the worship and obedience to one God and one God alone. It is the last of the three Abrahamic faiths, the other two being Judaism and Christianity. Followers of Islam are called Muslims.
Muslims believe that throughout time, God assigned prophets on earth to remind people of the true message and the ultimate purpose of this life, to worship and submit to one God. These prophets are revered by Christians and Jews, including Abraham, David, Moses, Joseph, and Jesus. All prophets are believed by Muslims to have taught the exact same message and were given a scripture to teach to their people.
Muhammad is considered the last of these prophets and the Quran, the scripture that he taught, is considered as a criterion for Muslims over the earlier holy books.
Why Do You Write About Islam?
I write about Islam because I consider my faith to be an important part of my identity. As someone who has grown up in the West, it wasn't uncommon for me to come across people who either knew close to nothing about my religion or held many misconceptions about it. Through this blog, I hope to educate people about the basics of my faith and help dispel some of the many myths surrounding it.
If you would like to learn more about Islam, check out the following resources:
The Holy Quran
Free access to the entire holy Quran with its translation, available in many languages. Read the text or listen to its recitation by a renowned reciter
Free, easy access to thousands of hadith, or sayings and teachings by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), as narrated by his companions
Inspiring lectures, short videos, and various series by renowned Muslim speaker, Nouman Ali Khan
Hundreds of informative videos, series, reminders, and inspiring lectures pertaining to Islam
Compilations of powerful reminders and lectures by a number of renowned Muslim speakers
High quality and inspiring videos on many aspects of Islam, including current events, history, and daily reminders
Honest Tea Talks
Where a group of Muslim women discuss various topics related to Islam, including marriage, divorce, intimacy, and mental health
Mufti Menk: Muslim Central
A series of short, inspiring talks from one of the world's leading Islamic scholars, Mufti Menk
Islamic History Podcast
The perfect podcast for those interested in Islamic history yet don't have the time to read books
The Quran: English Translation
A contemporary English translation of the Quran by M.A.S Abdel Haleem, complete with an introduction, historical background, and hundreds of explanatory notes
"A Brief Illustrated Guide to Understanding Islam"
A book specifically meant for non-Muslims or new Muslims to help them better understand Islam
"The Sealed Nectar: Biography of the Noble Prophet"
A comprehensive biography of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), who was responsible for teaching the message of the Quran
"Stories of the Prophets" By Imam Ibn Kathir
A compilation of stories of all Islamic prophets, from the first man Adam all the way to Muhammad, put together by renowned Muslim historian, Imam Ibn Kathir