Notes on Islam

Below are some notes on Islam—-

The Prophet Muhammid was an orphan and he had great concern for the marginalized.  Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world today because many people all over the world feel marginalized and left out of society.

In Islam the concept is “One God, One People.”  That’s why you see people from all walks of life and all races worshiping together as one people.

The Prophet Muhammid gave a strong social justice message to all.  That was that everyone is equal.

God is Spirit.  God cannot be represented, therefore, by any form or statue.

Year 1 in Islam was 622 AD.

The Patriarch Abraham (Ibrahim) was the first man to believe in the one true God.

There are many signs of God in nature.  The Koran speaks of these signs in Sura 2:164, 24:45, 6:102, 82:6-8, 65:12, 16:78.

God gives signs for people who use their intellect (Sura 2:164).  “Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day, and the ships that run in the sea with that which profits men, and the water that Allah sends down from the cloud, then gives life with it to the earth after its death and spreads in it all (kinds of) animals, and the changing of the winds and the clouds made subservient between the heaven and the earth, there are signs for a people who understand.”

Islam is beginning to appeal to more Latinos and African Americans.

Islam’s emphasizes intellectual clarity, self discipline, social justice, and clear traditions.  These things are what many Latinos and African Americans find appealing today and prompt them to convert to Islam.

The Qur’an stresses the lesson that bad events often eventually turn into good outcomes, so one should trust in God and not become depressed.

Those who plan evil are often done in by their very one actions.

God is not limited.  God is UNLIMITED.  So stop trying to limit Him!

The Ottoman nomads founded the Ottoman Empire under Osman I.  Originally they were Christians but converted to Sufi Islam.  They were nomads and had no towns so Sufism fit them perfectly as it does not require one to read or memorize the Koran nor to pray in a mosque.


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