Abdulateef Al-Mulhim – Do Muslims really understand Islam?
The total number of the Muslim population is around 1.6 billion or about 25 percent of the world population. Generally speaking, most of the Arab population is Muslims, but not every Muslim is an Arab. For example, Pakistan and Bangladesh are not Arab countries, but they have more Muslims than all 22 Arab countries combined.
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Muslim population is growing at a steady pace in many non-Muslim countries especially in the US and Europe. All it takes to be a Muslim is to announce that there is no God, but Allah (SWT) and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his messenger.
So, if the number of Muslims is on the rise, then why do Muslims feel insecure and threatened and why Muslims always think the others are after them at a time when there are more Muslims being killed by Muslims than there are Muslims killed by non-Muslims? And is a Muslim killed by non-Muslim considered a bigger crime than if he is killed by a Muslim?
Islam is a religion of peace and harmony and a religion that has five pillars, which are easy to follow.
1. There is no God, but Allah (SWT) and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his messenger.
2. Praying toward Makkah five times a day.
3. Zakat (2.5 percent) of what you own in excess wealth (not including your house… etc.).
4. Fasting during the day in the month of Ramadan
5. Performing Haj to Makkah once in a lifetime, only if you can afford it and are physically capable of doing it. The rest of the teachings of Islam are for extra good deeds for the Muslim. And all the good deeds always match the needs for the daily life. Islam requires us to have a clean body and soul. The Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s sayings are the guidelines for a Muslim and the Holy Qur’an said: “You have your own religion and I have mine.” And also, it said, you can’t force non-Muslims to convert to Islam. In another word, Islam is very easy to follow when follow it the right way. And if you do, then you can maintain social justice among people regardless of their faith.
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