Islam (literally means submission to Almighty God) was not born in the
7th century A.D. Rather, it is the same religion that Almighty God revealed
through His messengers (peace be upon them) to every people. Islam
sometimes seems strange to non-Muslims because it is a religion
which impacts every part of life, from eating and sleeping to
working and playing. It is not only a personal religion, but also a
Muslims seek to live in accordance with Almighty God's
laws. By doing so, they strive to obtain nearness to Almighty God and victory
over temporary trials and temptations in this world. All aspects of
their practice including prayer, fasting, charity, and pilgrimage
are intended to help meet this goal. Although strict by secular
standards, Islam is not an ascetic religion. Islam requires its
followers to be active participants in their
Muslims believe that Almighty God is One, indivisible, and they believe in all the prophets of the Christians and Jews including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus (peace be upon them).
As it is mentioned in the Qur'an, "Say, [O believers], 'We have believed in Allah (Almighty God) and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.'" [Surah Al-Baqarah 2:136]
Muslims also recognize another
prophet named Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family), who is a
direct descendant of Abraham through his first born son, Ishmael.
His prophethood is prophesied in the Bible in several places,
including Deut 18:18 and John 4:16.
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The Qur'an is the holy book of Muslims. It contains many stories that are familiar to Christians and Jews. It was not created by man but was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) through the Angel Gabriel at the command of Almighty God. It contains no scientific fallacies or internal contradictions. In fact, it contains much scientific knowledge discovered by scientists only in this century. The Qur'an is an unparalleled Arabic literary masterpiece. Furthermore, it survives in its original revealed form, unlike the Torah and the Gospel.
Muslims' (one who submits to Almighty God) Declaration of Faith (Shahadah):
I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah (the God Almighty), and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His last & final messenger!