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Articles of Faith

Seven Basic Beliefs of a Muslim:   
“I believe in Allah (swt), in His Angels, in His Scriptures, in His Messengers, the Last Day, and that everything good and bad in the world is predestined by the Almighty Allah (swt) , and I believe in Resurrection after Death.”

1) Allah (swt)
Muslims belief that Allah (swt) is the most exalted one and none is worthy of worship except Allah (swt). He is partnerless, all-knowing, all-powerful, and created the earth, skies, moon, sun, stars, human beings, angels, genies (beings made of fire that humans are unable to sense also known as Jinn in Arabic), and the entire universe. Muslims also believe that Allah (swt) gives life and death, feeds all of his creation, and does not drink, eat, or sleep. Muslims also declare that Allah exists for all eternity, and that no one created him. Muslims understand that Allah (swt) has no father, son, daughter, wife or relations. It is also understood that all of creation depends on Allah (swt) and he does not depend on anyone, and there is nothing like Allah (swt). Allah (swt) is perfect with no imperfections, and he carries no form or shape in hands, legs, nose, ears, etc. Allah (swt) created angels and has assigned them tasks to manage affairs of the universe. Lastly, it is explained that Allah (swt) sent out messengers to his creations so they would learn how to properly obey him, follow the true religion, do good deeds and forbid bad deeds. These characteristics of Allah (swt) show Muslims that there is only one God, Allah (swt) and that he has created everything.

2) Angels
Muslims understand that Allah (swt) made angels out of light and that angels are invisible to humans. Angels are neither male nor female and always obey Allah’s (swt) commands. Angels were also created long before humans were created and are able to take different shapes and forms. For Muslims, Angels were created to follow Allah’s (swt) order obediently and Angels cannot commit sins.

3) Scriptures
Muslims believe that there are divine scriptures that were revealed to Prophets of Allah (swt). The four famous scriptures that Muslims believe are the Books of Allah swt) are the Torah, Psalms, The Gospel, and the Quran.

4) Prophets and Messengers of Allah (swt)
Muslims believe that Prophets and Messengers of Allah are human beings who were servants of Allah (swt). They were the best of all mankind who were honest and kind. They never lied not did they commit any sin. These Prophets and Messengers showed miracles to their people and conveyed Allah’s (swt) messages in their entirety without adding or leaving out anything. Some notable Prophets and Messengers of Allah are Adam, Enoch Noah, Abraham, Lot, Ismael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, John the Baptist, Jesus, and Muhammad (PBUH).

5) Day of Judgment
Muslims believe that at the end of the world the Angel Israafeel will blow a trumpet and everything will perish. Muslims believe that everything dies and that the whole universe will perish this day. No one knows the exact time or day of the Day of Judgment and Muslims believe that certain signs indicate the arrival of the Day of Judgment. Some of these signs are people will disobey their parents, singing and dancing will be widespread, and that incompetent people will hold high positions in society.

6) Destiny (Qadr)
Muslims know that Allah (swt) knows everything and has full knowledge and power over everything. He has given humans the freedom to choose the between good and bad and has record of all of our actions. Allah’s (swt) power allows him to control fate and destiny, but still gives humans free will.

7) Resurrection after Death
Muslims believe that the Angel Israafeel will blow a trumpet a second time after the Day of Judgment and that all of Allah’s (swt) creation will and again come to life and be presented before Allah (swt) and be judged based on their good and bad deeds.

  • Note: Muslims believe in the seven articles above, and not believing in any of these articles makes a person outside the realm of Islamic faith.