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Islamic Beliefs What do Muslims believe?

"Righteous is he who believes in Allah and the Last Day and the Angels and the Scriptures and the Prophets." (Qur'an 2:177)

Beliefs are important in Islam. Right beliefs about God, the universe, and humanity is of primary concern to Muslims. The Quran, the sacred text of Islam states, "Righteous is he who believes in Allah and the Last Day and the Angels and the Scriptures and the Prophets" (2:177).

  • Allah

    In the religion of Islam, belief in Allah is the single most important tenet. The Muslim name for God is "Allah," which is simply Arabic for "the (al) God (Ilah)... full article →
  • Islamic Beliefs About Creation

    In Islamic doctrine, the universe is the result of the direct work of Allah. Because Islam teaches that the Bible is corrupt, it adopts some of Genesis’ teachings on the creation of the universe and humanity, but not all of it... full article →
  • Islamic Beliefs About Human Nature

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  • Islamic Beliefs About Other Religions

    The Qur'an states that there must be "no compulsion in religion." [Surah 2:256] Yet Muslims are not pluralistic in their worldview - they consider their religion to the be the true religion and invite people of all races, nationalities and religions to be part of it... full article →
  • Islamic Beliefs About Prophets

    Muhammad, the founder of Islam, is revered as "the Seal of the Prophets" - the last and greatest of the messengers of God. He is not divine in any way, for the strict monotheism that characterizes Islam (as well as Judaism) does not allow for such an interpretation. Other prophets are important in Islam as well, all of which are shared with the Jews or the Christians. full article →
  • Islamic Beliefs About the Afterlife

    Islam teaches the continued existence of the soul and a transformed physical existence after death. There will be a day of judgment and humanity will be divided between the eternal destinations of Paradise and Hell. full article →
  • Mahdi

    In Islam, the Mahdi is the foretold redeemer who will come to the Earth before Judgment Day and cleanse the world of injustice. He is not mentioned in the Quran, only the Hadith. full article →
  • Salvation in Islam

    For a Muslim, the object of life is to live in a way that is pleasing to Allah so that one may gain Paradise. It is believed that at puberty, an account of each person's deeds is opened, and this will be used at the Day of Judgment to determine his eternal fate. full article →
  • Six Articles of Faith

    There is no official creed to which one must adhere to be considered a Muslim. All that is required is to believe and recite the Shahada: "There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his Prophet." Beyond this core belief, however, Muslim doctrine is often summarized in "Six Articles of Faith." Many Muslims believe that one must adhere to the six articles to be considered a Muslim. full article →