As of 2010, it has been reported that “Islam is the fastest-growing religion in Europe.” It is no surprise that one of the three most prominent monotheistic religions in the world today has received a great amount of attention following the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. That was the time where media coverage allowed for others to gain insight into the faith that reveres Allah and His Prophet Mohammad. Wars waged in the Middle-East have also greatly impacted the overall image of Islam today. Since this time, an examination of Islam’s influence has become a pertinent discussion.
The cause for this rise may originate from recent data concerning immigration trends in Europe. It was concluded in 2006 by the Migration Information Source that Europe’s demography has faced a reversal of sorts since its earlier historical periods. Today, as expected, European countries are experiencing longer life expectancies for their citizens. Most countries from this continent are keeping pace with advances in the field of medicine. Also, it has been noted that a decline in birth has led to decline in native-born citizens. Not only that, but Europe has now become a location for people to immigrate to instead of immigrate from. These are all factors that can be attributed to an increase in Islamic culture. (more…)
The Holy Quran, as per Islamic belief has been passed down from God to Muhammad the Prophet through the Angel Gabriel. This Holy book has been traditionally held in the highest esteem by all major proponents of Islam and has therefore been preserved in its original form without the slightest alteration through the centuries. Due to a strong belief that the Arabic language used in this divine book, being the direct speech of God, it cannot be translated into any other language there has been no direct translations, though the teachings of Quran can be found in every language on the world today. (more…)
Quran is the pious and holy book of Muslims who respects it and holds it in due reverence. Today as the society seems to be progressing and moving ahead in terms of modernity it becomes imperative to have a look at what Quran says about modern life as well as how we can live our lives according to the teachings of Quran.
Quran is said to be the divine guidance of Lord Almighty through which He has communicated His teachings to mankind. It was revealed to mankind 1400 years ago. Prophet Muhammad who used to recite it with the angel Gabriel. Today, the good and pious Muslims not just read the Quran for a better understanding but also try to follow the guidelines given in the Holy Book. It gives a detailed understanding on all aspects of our living be it social, political, economic or educational. (more…)
There are various cultures and religions in the world today.
The most common of all is the Muslim religion. This is a doctrine that is vast and wide with the pilgrims believing in one supreme creator. If you are a Muslim, you will believe in the existence of one supreme creator and also in prophets. The most common and well-known prophet in this religion is Prophet Muhammad. There has been so much information written about Prophet Muhammad in Mecca.
As a Muslim, you will need to know a bit about the history of this pronounced prophet. He was born and raised in Mecca for all his life. He was orphaned and stayed most of his teenage years without his parents. At his youthful age, he was widely known as a trustworthy individual especially when it came to settling of disputes. At the age of twenty-five, he was already married. He was married to a widow who was about fifteen years his junior. He was committed to her during his lifetime and would not opt for any other wife. (more…)
Apart from Christianity, Islam is another large group of religious believers in the world today. The history of the Islam can be traced back to some almost fourteen hundred years back. For it to grow though, Islam had to merge with Persian and byzantine. This helped them to be able to deal with the rationalism side effects that came from other religions the likes of Hindus, Persians and even Chinese.
They were able to adopt every well and even start creating unique things that would make them in a way unique. Among the cultural and even scientific issues they gave rise to in the world includes scientific formulas, chemistry, tasawwuf, algebra and even taj mahal. All this were achieved by some of the most educated Islams in the golden times of Islams times back. (more…)
The Islamic religion borrows heavily and puts much respect to Muhammad – Prophet of Islam. He is considered as the last of prophets for God in the religion. Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca around 570 CE. In Islamic religion prophet Muhammad is believed to be Gods messenger and the last one for that matter. Millions of Islam followers also believe he was the one who started their religion. One thing to get correct about the prophet is that he is not worshipped by the Islam followers, but they only see him as a fellow human being. This is due to a belief called Oneness of God hence they only worship Allah.
Prophet Muhammad had divine revelations through angel Gibril. The revelations occurred to Muhammad at Hira Cave. These revelations turned out to be what is written in the holy Quran. His wife called Khadijah Khuwaylid encouraged the husband to describe all revelations that occurred to him as he was in the cave. These are the revelations and hadiths that were written directly by the prophet and they are the pillars of Islam. The Muslims all over regard the narrations from Muhammad as Islamic teachings. (more…)
The creation of medieval Islamic philosophy began during the Islamic Golden Age. It was an age where significant achievements in so many areas influenced the cultural development of what is considered modern Philosophy. It was the beginning of a change that took a more secular perspective in understanding the world.
Islamic philosophy was divided into several branches and schools. The schools were created by philosophers that held significant positions in their society. The school of Farabism challenged the philosophies created by Plato and Aristotle. It wanted to truly understand the limits of human knowledge. Farabism was then overshadowed by the school of Avicenna. The teachings of Avicennism reinterpreted the teachings associated with the neoplatonism period. Avicennism also overshadowed another school called Averroism. The particular study of philosophy involved with Averroism was more popular in medieval Europe than the Middle East due to is outlook on earlier philosophies. (more…)