What do Muslims believe about Angels?
- They are made out of light
- They are invisible
- They have no free will, they always do what Allah wishes
- There are certain angels raked the highest such as Jibril who revealed the Quran to Prophet Muhammed
- The pass the good and bad deeds to Allah for the day of judgement
- They protect humans when they are praying.
- They are not humans but sometimes can be seen in human form or felt in times of great distress.
- They rest on each shoulder, recording good deeds and bad deeds. Muslims acknowledge the angels on each shoulder after prayer
- They communicate vital, uncorrupted messages from Allah to humans
Is there enough evidence to support Angels?
- It is believed that people have seen Angels in times of distress in the form of light
- This is no scienfic evidence because there is nothing to prove they scientifically exist.
- However, it is also stated in the Quran which is the exact words of Allah This is sufficient evidence.
"Lo! Your Lord Allah who created the heavens and Earth in 6 days, then mount He the Throne. He covereth the night with the day, which is in haste to follow it, and hath made the sun and the moon and the stars subservient by his command..."
- All life belongs to Allah. It has been given to humans as a gift
- All life and humans are under control of Allah- he determins what will happen
- "Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and sustainer of the worlds" (Surah 1.2)
- Order and beauty of life come from Allah
- Allah created the universe, there is no one who can compare to Allah
- Scientists are discovered new ways in which Allah could have created the world
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
- Allah's power is not limited and is no confined to space and time
- Human knowledge is limited and can never understand the purpses of Allah
- The universe originated in a vast explosions that eventuallu, after billions of yearsm into the unverse it is today.
- All evidence points to the conclusion that life is an accident of nature
- The universe is still expanding and will go on forever
Why is belief in Allah's creation important?
- Belief that Allah created the universe gives Muslims reason to devote their life and concentrate on Him alone in thank for the gift.
- It also does back to the belief of Tawhid which states "eternal and absolute"
Importance of Creativity
- The power of Allah is much greater than that of his creation
- The universe and all human life is under the control of Allah
- Humans are limited in their understanding of how the universe works whereas Allah's power is unlimited
- All life belongs to Allh and has been given as a gift
- Muslims recognise that the order and beauty of nature belongs to Allah
Why is belief in the Mercy and Compassion of Allah
- Without the belief, Muslims would feel hopeless
- The belief encourages Muslims to form a good life
- It strengthens their love and belief in Allah
- Allah will always be fair to them and never lead them astray.
99 names of Allah
- The Watchful One- He watches over everyone so he is caring and judging fairly.
- The Just- He is fair so he judges fairly
- The resurrector- He is powerful as He will bring back people on the Day of Judgement
- The responder to prayers- He is compassionate as He aswers prayers
- The All-Merciful- shows that He is all loving and all forgiving
Mercy and Compassion- Important?
- Yes because:-
- Merciful means they judge fairly.
- Compassion is love so they love everyone equally
- Muslims use the Tasbih to meditate on all the names of Allah
What effect does this have on the lives on Muslims
- Muslims believe that Allah is kind to them, no matter what happens in life.
- Sometimes Muslims encouter difficulties and suffer but keep their trust in Allah even if they don't understand why they're suffering
- It encourages Muslims to form a good life as they try to follow these qualities in their daily lives
- This is where worshipping or following something equal to Allah is obvious.
- -Shirk ad Du’a – invoking or supplicating to a false deity besides Allah
- -Shirk al-Niyah wa Iraada wal Qasd – having the intention and determination to deliberately worship a deity other then Allah.
- -Shirk at- Ta’a – obeying any created being against the command of Allah.
- -Shirk al-Muhabbah – loving a created being or an object more than Alla
- Hidden Shirk as:Shirk al- khafi means the hidden, or covert, association of partners with Allah, the One and Only God. This is an insidious form of Shirk.
- Atheism- denying the existence of Allah
Belief in Allah along with other gods
Denying Messengers or Day of Judgement- this is like accusing Allah of being unfair.
Making dua that the dead help them in some matter
Praying to idols
Fighting against the muslims.
Saying or believing that Allah does not have the right to be worshipped (prayer, fasting, hope, fear, etc.)
A person who claims that he, himself deserves to be worshipped or orders people to worship him (Pharaon)
Minor shirk does not take one out of islam, but it is an imperfection of Tawheed. It is when the heart is attached to a cause so much that you neglect the Creator of that cause- Allah.
for example, showing off- doing an act of worship with intention to show off, going to a doctor for a cure but not thinking about Allah in the process- thinking the cure is just in the medicine- not atttributing the cure to Allah. etc.
Why is Shirk a major sin?
- Belief of Tawhid, the oneness of Allah, is the most basic principle of Islam. Allah is devine and not part of the material world so nothing is as great as Him and nother can be associated with Him.
- Shirk breaks the commitment that Muslims make when they recite the Shahadah "There is no God but Allah"
- For Muslims, Islam is the only true and pure religion. The sin of shirk takes away that purity by equating Allah with other things.
- Worship of Allah defines the way a Muslim lives on Earth. Every action, whether big or large must glorift Allah. This is Ibadah. Nothing must get in the way of Allah's rightful place as the first.
How do Muslims avoid Shirk?
- Concentrate solely on Allah when they pray
- No pictures in mosques to keep them from being distracted while praying
- Making sure nobody or anything takes the central place in their lives aside from Allah
Eid-ul-Adha celebrates the occasion when Allah appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Isma'il as an act of obedience to God.
The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey Allah and spare his son. As Ibrahim was about to kill his son, Allah stopped him and gave him a lamb to sacrifice instead.
- God commanded him with commandments and trials throughout his life
- Due to his faith, God promised to let him be the leader of all the nations of the world
- He rebuilt the Ka'bah