Humanity is but a single Brotherhood: So make peace with your breathren. - The Qur'an 49:10
Q: What is the difference between the words "Islam", "Islamic", "Muslim", and "Arab"?
Islam → an Abrahamic monotheistic religion teaching that there is only one God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the messenger of God
Muslim → a follower of Islam
Islamic → relating to Islam (e.g. Islamic house of worship, Islamic apparel), tends to have a bad connotation nowadays as extremist groups and "Islamic States" are commonly associated with the term
Arab → someone who originates from the Middle East and/or parts of North Africa
NOT ALL ARABS ARE MUSLIM AND NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE ARAB.
Q: Why do Muslim women wear the hijab? Are they forced to? Why do some Muslim women cover their eyes while others do not?
Do they sleep with the hijab on? No.
Do they wear it when alone? Uh-uh.
Do they cover themselves in front of their spouse/children? No.
Can I compliment a woman's hijab? Of course!
Can I ask what her hair looks like? Nope.
Can I buy a Muslim woman a hijab as a gift? Sure!
May Hijabis dye their hair? Yes.
Q: What are the 5 Pillars of Islam?
1. Shahadah: sincerely reciting the Muslim profession of faith
2. Salat: performing ritual prayers in the proper way five times each day (Fajr, Dhur, Asr, Maghrib, Isha)
3. Zakat: paying an alms (or charity) tax to benefit the poor and the needy
4. Sawm: fasting during the month of Ramadan
5. Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca
Q: What is Sharia?
A: "Sharia, a set of guiding moral principles derived from the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, is inseparable from the practice of Islam,"; it ranges from how one brushes their teeth to being courteous with neighbors. "Non-Muslims have a tendency to identify Sharia law with harsh corporal punishments such as stoning, lashings, and amputations," due to media coverage of extremist groups who do not follow Islam's true precepts.
Q: Does the Qur'an promote racism?
“And among His wonders is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the diversity of your tongues and colors. For in this, behold, there are messages indeed for all who are possessed of innate knowledge!” (Quran 30:22).
“Do you not see that Allah sends down rain from the sky? With it We then bring out produce of various colors. And in the mountains are tracts white and red, of various shades of color, and black intense in hue. And so amongst men, and crawling creatures, and cattle – they are of various colors. Those truly fear Allah, among His Servants, who have knowledge. For Allah is Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving” (Quran 35:27-28).
According to the Hadith (a collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad that, with accounts of his daily practice: the Sunna), within his final sermon, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), stated:
"There is no superiority for an Arab over a non-Arab, nor for a non-Arab over an Arab. Neither is the white superior over the black, nor is the black superior over the white -- except by piety."
Q: How do Muslims view other religions?
The Qur’an says:
Allah does not forbid you with regards to those who do not fight you for [your] faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for Allah loves those who are just. (Qur’an, 60:8)
There is no compulsion in religion. (2:214)
Within Islam, it is preached that one is to their own faith as another is to their's. Treating those of different religions equally and without scrutiny is
Q: Are men and woman equal in Islam?
A: Although mosques have both men's and women's sections, both sexes are equal by Islam.
Q: Are Muslims allowed to date?
Q: Why do women pray behind men?
Q: What does halal mean?
A: Halal refers to what is lawful in Islamic law (similar to Kosher). Pork and alcohol are not considered halal; it also refers to the proper execution of animals in order for consumption to be permissible by such laws. Proper etiquette among society as stated in the Qur'an is halal.
Q: Does the Qur'an condone terrorism? How how are extremists able to claim that they preach the teachings of Islam?
Q: If Islam is so peaceful, why are there so many conflicts in Muslim-majority nations?
Q: What do Muslims believe in regard to Jesus?
Q: Is Islam opposed to science?
Q: What is the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims?
Q: What is Islamic place of worship? What do Muslims do there?