ISLAM is submission to the will of GOD ALMIGHTY through which men acquire peace and the acceptance of and obedience to the teachings of GOD ALMIGHTY.
THE HOLY QUR’AN:
The Holy Qur’an, the last revelation from, deals with subjects which concern mankind, and provides guidelines and detailed instructions for a just society, proper human conduct, and a viable economic system. However, the basic theme of the Qur’an is the relationship between GOD ALMIGHTY and HIS creatures. The Holy Qur’an was revealed unto Prophet Muhammad in the Arabic Language. Any translation of the Qur’an to any language is considered only as translation of the meaning of the Holy Qur’an.
Muhammad was born in Makka in the year 570 A.D. His father AbduLLAH Ben Abdul Muttaleb who was from the respected family of Quraish, died few months before he (Muhammad) was born. Muhammad’s mother Amineh Bent Wahab died when Muhammad was only 5 years old. After the death of his mother, Muhammad’s grandfather Abdul Muttaleb took care of him. Abdul Muttaleb died when his grandson Muhammad was only 8 years old, so Muhammad’s uncle Abu Talib became his guardian, and assumed the responsibility of raising him.
Muhammad was illiterate. He could not read nor write. As he grew up he was known as the trustworthy (Al-Ameen).
At the age of forty, Muhammad received his first revelation from GOD through the archangel Gabriel. The revelation continued for twenty-three years. These revelations are collectively known as the Holy Qur’an.
When Muhammad began to recite the Qur’an and to preach the truth revealed by GOD ALMIGHTY, the unbelievers began to harm and persecute him and his followers in any way possible. When the persecution intensified so fiercely, Muhammad was commanded by GOD to emigrate with his followers from Makka to Madina in the year 622 A.D. This emigration marked the beginning of the Islamic Hijr Calendar.
The people of Medina embraced Islam and surrounded Prophet Muhammad and his followers with their love and great hospitality. Years later, Prophet Muhammad and his followers visited Makka and performed hajj. Prophet Muhammad died at age sixty-three in his home in Medina in the year 633 A.D. which corresponded to the thirteenth year of the Hijra Year.
Prophet Muhammad died at the age of sixty-three.
The Hajj (Pilgrimage) is A Spiritual Journey which is marked by a total dissociation of the everyday living . Peace, serenity and piety prevail throughout the entire pilgrimage. Hajj marks the largest annual gathering of people on Earth, At the conclusion of the Hajj, pilgrims experience a profound inner peace.