What is Islam and what Muslims believe?

The religion of Islam was born in the seventh century AD. It was founded by Muhammad. Said he saw the angel Gabriel, who, according to His stories continued to appear to him for 23 years, until his death, the day when the angel told him the words of God himself, (called Allah in Arabic). The revelations of the angel are collected in the Qur’an, the holy book for Muslims, who consider it the last revelation of Allah.

Muslims believe that the Qur’an is the perfect word and pre-existing Allah himself. All Muslims rejects any translation of the Qur’an, as only the Arabic version is considered valid. In addition to the Qur’an, there is then the Sunnah, considered the second source of religious rules. The Sunnah was written by the companions of Muhammad, who described his actions and his words.

The basic principles of Islam are: believing that Allah is the only true God, believe that Muhammad is his prophet. Declaring these two foundations, it converts to Islam. The word Muslim means “one who is obedient to Allah.” Islam claims to be the religion of the mother from which are derived all the others, including Christianity and Judaism.

Muslims base their lives on five pillars:

1. the witness of their faith: there is only one God, Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger and prophet.
2. Prayer: every day there are five.
3. Offers: you give to the poor, as everything has been given by Allah.
4. Fasting: all Muslims must fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
5. Hajj: the pilgrimage to Mecca, to do at least once in life, during the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.

The Islamic calendar marks the passage of time in a very different way than the Western tradition that we all know and experience daily.
In fact, the Islamic calendar is based on a time scan of an exclusively lunar: the beginning of each month is then synchronized with the phases of the moon.

These five pillars are complied with seriousness and devotion. As Christians, Muslims are monotheists, but, unlike the Christians, Islam rejects the idea of the Trinity. Islam accepts some passages of the Bible, as the Law and the Gospels, but rejects the rest because it is not considered to be inspired.

Islam declares that Jesus was only a prophet and not the Son of God. Only Allah is God and does not believe that he can have a child. Therefore, believe that Jesus was just a man, created as Adam. They do not believe Jesus died on the cross, thus ignoring the main foundation of Christianity.

Finally, Islam teaches that paradise can be achieved through good deeds and obedience to the Qur’an. On the contrary, the Bible teaches that man can be saved only through the grace and love of God through faith in Christ (Ephesians 2: 8-9).

Clearly, Islam and Christianity can not both be true. The only true prophet or Jesus or Muhammad. The word of God or the Bible, or the Qur’an. Salvation comes by believing on Jesus or Christ or observing the five pillars. Thus, the two religions can not be both valid.

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