Islam is one of the most practised faiths in the world. Although the religion has been around for a while, Islam has been subjected to manipulation and demonisation by many to meet interests that concern politics, economics and the society.
Here are some interesting things that you need to know about Islam.
Islam believes Jesus was a prophet sent by God
This belief varies from one sect of Islam to the other, but it is widely believed that Jesus was sent by God in that particular time and region to lead the people there. In the Qur’an, he is called Isa.
As a matter of fact, Isa is mentioned 187 times in the Qur’an, which is more than the number of times Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) is mentioned.
Hadhrat Maryam (peace be upon her)
Islam also believes in Mary, or Hadhrat Maryam (peace be upon her). She is considered in the faith as a woman of God. Immaculate Conception as well as the birth of Jesus, her devotion to God as an attestation to Mary’s beauty is also something that is widely considered and believed in Islam. Mary has been mentioned in the Qur’an 70 times, which is more than the number of times she’s been mentioned in the New Testament. She is also the only woman to be mentioned in the Qur’an.
Muslim women and rights
It is said that Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) married a woman that was older than him. She was also a businesswoman who was renowned in the time period for her success and wealth. With the introduction of Islamic laws in the middle east, girls were required to be educated as it was a sacred duty while marriage needed the consent of the woman to legitimise the contract. The Qur’an also encourages both Muslim men as well as women to seek knowledge.
Islam isn’t restricted to only Shi’a and Sunni
Many people believe there are only two branches of the faith. If the majority of Muslims identify themselves as Shi’a, the minority wouldn’t be Sunni by default. There are other Muslims that identify themselves as Ahmadi, Baha’i or even Ismaili. The core ideology in every branch is mostly the same.
The word Allah
The word Allah is associated all around the world with Islam, but the trust is, Allah simply means God in Arabic. It is believed that the Qur’an was revealed to Gabriel in the Arabic language. That is why you will find Christians that live in the middle east using the word Allah to refer to their God as well.