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High-School Article

Hello to all and Asalaam Alaikum Warahmat Allah to the Ummah,

Soon after Eid, our Muslim holiday that follows the holy month of Ramadan, my husband forwarded me some questions via email that had been sent to him by a neighboring high-school student of the university he works at. She must have found his name in the university directory or something. This young lady, Nadia Jennings is a writer for her school paper called "The Villager" of Westport High School. I jumped on this, and she ended up giving me a call, and we exchanged emails so I can help explain points of Islam that she would present. I asked her for permission to put it here in hopes to spread the reality of Islam this is more for you who aren't Muslim but just want the highlighted basics of what Islam is all about. Although she is totally cool with revealing her name, I am not! So wherever my real name was placed, it was modified to my nickname of "Suhaa".

by Nadia Jennings
The religion of Islam is used to put together a life that reflects the guidance of God.

Suhaa, a Muslim woman, explained how her absolute devotion to God (Allah) was the most important aspect of her life. “There is one God and my day to day life revolves around getting closer to God,” she said. “The biggest thing about Islam, that a devoted Muslim holds true, is that everything is completed through worship of God.”

According to, the Islamic belief is understood in the teachings of God (Allah) through His Last Messenger Muhammad. “The will of Allah, to which man must submit, is made known through the sacred scriptures, the Qur'an (Koran), which Allah revealed to His Messenger, Muhammad,” said. “In Islam, Muhammad is considered the last of a series of prophets (including Adam, Noah, Jesus, and others), and his message simultaneously consummates and abrogates the "revelations" attributed to earlier prophets.”

The Qur’an, according to, is the sacred book of Islam in which Muslim’s use as a personal guide through life. “The Qur'an (Koran) is the sacred book of Islam,” said. “Muslims believe that the Qur'an available today is the same as that revealed to Prophet Muhammad and by him to his followers, who memorized his words... Muslims assert that the main written record of revelation to mankind is the Qur'an, which they believe to be flawless, immutable and the final revelation of God…The Qur'an is regarded as an infallible guide to personal piety and community life, and completely true in its history and science.”

According to, Muslims also follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. “The Qur'an is the foremost source of Islamic jurisprudence; the second is the Sunnah (the practices of the Prophet, as narrated in reports of his life). The Sunnah is not itself a text like the Qur'an, but is extracted by analysis of the Hadith (Arabic for "report") texts, which contain narrations of the Prophet's sayings, deeds, and actions of his companions he approved.”

Suhaa explained the role Islam had in her life. “I try to apply Islam throughout my life by following the teachings of the Holy Quran and the lifestyle of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him),” she said.

According to, the Five Pillars of Islam are the fundamental aspects of the Islamic religion.
“These five pillars are the most important obligations of a Muslim under Sharia law, and which devout all Muslims will perform faithfully, because they are essential to pleasing Allah.”

According to, they explain the Five Pillars of Islam and how it affects Muslim spiritual life. “The Five Pillars of Islam is expressed in the Quran (Koran), which is a practical doctrine that encourages Muslims to pray 5 times a day, fast during Ramadan, pilgrimage to Mecca, declare 'There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his prophet' and pay money to the poor,” said.

According to , there holds information on how Muslim’s live their life’s according to their Islamic belief’s.
"Islam is an Arabic word which means peace and submission,” the website said. “As a religion, Islam calls for complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of God (Allah). A Muslim is one who freely and willingly accepts the supreme power of God and strives to organize his or her life in total accord with the teachings of God. He or she also works for building social institutions that reflect the guidance of God.”

Farah Khan, who is a Muslim, explained how the Islamic religion has affect on their daily actions. “Islam is a religion, as well as a way of life, thus Muslims practice their beliefs through the way they live their daily lives,” she said. According to Khan anyone who accepts the teachings of Islam may be accepted. “All it takes to become a Muslim is to affirm the fundamental beliefs and to declare verbally one's acceptance to God-by saying: “I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but God, and that Muhammad is the final prophet of God,”” she said. “This is all it takes to become Muslim. No witnesses are required, and there are no further complications. Once one has affirmed their beliefs and has verbally declared one's acceptance of Islam, they are Muslim.”

Khan said that both women and men share different roles in the Islamic religion, although spiritual they are equal. “Men and women are spiritually equal in Islam; superiority is only by piety,” she said. “Both men and women are expected to believe the same, and to perform the same 5 pillars (although there are some differences in some of the lesser details). Each gender has certain strengths and unique traits, and there are some differences based on this. Many of the details of the roles of men and women vary widely between different Muslim societies.”

Suhaa explained how responsibilities are broken into
segments to create a successful family. “There are certain rules for men and women in order to create a partnership,” she said. “It works in harmony with one another. Everyone is held accountable for his or her personal actions. That is what we call equality.”

Khan said that Muslims views of the afterlife surround the Day of Judgment. “Muslims believe that this world will one day come to an end, and all human beings will be brought back to life to face judgment for their lives: their choices, their beliefs, words and actions,” she said. “After judgment, there is eternal life. Heaven is a place of eternal bliss, and Hell is a place of eternal suffering.”

Suhaa explained how Islam is not just a religion but also a way of life, through the Sharia law. “We are taught specific ways on how to deal with various issues,” she said “For example when dealing with people {in agreements} there is a contract that needs to be signed. There are restrictions on alcohol and certain foods. There are certain ways that men dress and women dress. It is like a constitution, a rule to live by. They do not restrict us, but are meant to guide us. It is a social law, found in the Qur’an. It holds specific things to do on a daily basis.”


At November 14, 2006, Anonymous Mona Um Ibrahim said...

May Allah reward you Suhaa, that's wonderful.

At November 18, 2006, Blogger Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barkatuhu my dear sister,

Masha'Allah! Wonderful article sister Suhaa.



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