Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Islam by Yahiya Emerick

By Yahiya Emerick

Islam could be the so much misunderstood religion in historical past. such a lot folks study little or not anything approximately Islam in class; in reality, our wisdom of Muslims could be limited to information studies at the heart East and Louis Farrakhan. Surprise--the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not Arabs, the Muslim Allah is particularly a lot the "one God" Christians and Jews think in, a few of the clinical and clinical strategies we take with no consideration have been handed on through Muslims, and the preferred myths approximately Muslims usually have little to do with the true ideals of Islam. the total Idiot's Guide(R) to figuring out Islam finds interesting evidence approximately Islam; they settle for either the previous and New Testaments as holy books and settle for Moses and Jesus as prophets. The e-book deals pointers on Muslim tradition, real fees from the Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad, and sought after students, and solutions to questions concerning way of life from the Muslim point of view.

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Therefore, when Muslims speak about God, they have in mind that it is the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. Even Arab Christians, who speak the Arabic language, say “Allah” when they talk about God. ’” (Qur’an 29:46) Muslims prefer to use the name Allah no matter what language is being spoken. This is because this proper name for the supreme deity cannot be made plural or altered in 18 Chapter 2 ➤ Food for the Soul any way grammatically in Arabic. I will use the terms Allah and God interchangeably throughout this book.

Allah wants us to love Him as much as He loves us. However, unlike us, He is not dependent on our loving Him, but isn’t love a nice thing to receive? Soul Soup Getting back to the time before there were human beings, when all things and animals declined the offer of self-awareness, we find that God finally made the offer to us. Humans weren’t around in physical bodies on Earth. Instead we existed only as a murky prototype and we were with Allah in a sort of primordial soup of spirit matter. Think of all our souls packed in one large ball, none being individual or unique.

If we didn’t take the chance of having them, we wouldn’t experience that special love. One moment of genuine love is worth more than weeks of anger. If all we wanted was obedience and nothing more, then we would choose gerbils or dogs for companions in our homes. Allah wants us to love Him as much as He loves us. However, unlike us, He is not dependent on our loving Him, but isn’t love a nice thing to receive? Soul Soup Getting back to the time before there were human beings, when all things and animals declined the offer of self-awareness, we find that God finally made the offer to us.

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