Islam means submission to Allah. And understandably whoever submits to Allah is
called a Muslim. Muslims believe that Al-Qur'an is the final revelation of
Allah which was revealed to His last & final messenger Prophet Muhammad
(peace be upon him)
"Muhammad(pbuh) is not the father of any of your men, but
he is the Messenger of Allah and the last of the Prophets."
(Al-Qur'an surah Al-Ahzab ch33:v40)
Before His last revelation(i.e Al-Qur'an),
Allah has sent three other revelations for example Taurat(Torah) to
Moses(pbuh) and Injeel(Gospel) to Jesus(pbuh) and Allah has sent every
nation and every people a messenger.
"And will make him[Isa(Jesus)](pbuh) a Messanger to the
Children of Israel"
(Al-Qur'an surah Al-Imran ch3:v49)
"You are only a warner, and to every people there is
(Al-Qur'an surah Ar-Ra'd ch13:v7)
"You are only a warner.
Verily we have sent you with the truth, a bearer of glad
tidings and a warner. And there never was a nation but a warner had
passed among them.
And if they belie you, those before them also belied.
Their messengers came to them with clear signs, and with the scriptures,
and the book giving light
(Al-Qur'an surah Fatir ch35:v23,24,25)
itself mensions 25 of them, among them are Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob,
Moses, David, John, Jesus and many others (peace be upon them all), further more according to prophet muhammad(pbuh) it is 124,000 of
them. Many people have the misconception that Islam is formed 14 hundred
years ago and the founder of it is Prophet Muhammad(pbuh), infact Islam is there ever since man set
foot on earth and every one whom Allah chose as His messenger conveyed
the message (i.e Islamic monotheism [worship none but Allah alone])
The differance between all the
other messengers, prophets & prophet mohammad(pbuh) is that they
sent to a specific community, country, or a region & their message was
valid to a specific time period.where as prophet muhammad(pbuh)'s
teachings(Hadith) and Al-Qur'an is valid forever.
"And We have not sent you (O Muhammad(pbuh)) except as
a giver of glad tidings and a warner to all mankind, but most of men
(Al-Qur'an surah Saba ch34:v28)
Islam deffers from many other religions
since Islam cators both body and the soul while most other religions
cators only the soul. more over Islam can be called as a way of life.
Thus, Islam has solution for everything
and it spreads wide.
According to a Muslim's belief Allah is
the Creater, the Inventor of the universe, heavens, and everything
therein which can be seen and unseen. The God Almighty hasn't got a
beginning neighter an end, He doesn't eat, He doesn't sleep, He doesn't
belong to a gender, there is nothing like Him, And He is pure.
"He is Allah, the Creater, the Inventor of all things,
the Bestower of forms. To Him belongs the Best Names(i.e Asma-ul-Husna)."
(Al-Qur'an surah Al-Hashr ch59:v24)
"And Allah has knowledge of what you reveal and what you
(Al-Qur'an surah An-Nur ch24:v29)
"And it is He who feeds but is not fed."
(Al-Qur'an surah Al-An'am ch6:v14)
"The Creater of the heavens and the earth. He has
made you mates from yourselves, and for the cattle (also) mates. By this
means He creates you (in the wombs).There is nothing like Him; and He is
the all-Hearer, the All-Seer"
(Al-Qur'an surah Ash-Shura ch42:v11)
And He can be called upon by 99 names(i.e
Asma-ul-Husna) which belongs only to Him. And
whatever the name therin you call, it belongs to him. Hence the biggest
sin in Islam
is Shirk that is associating partners with Allah.
"Verily Allah forgives not(The sin of)setting up
partners (in worship) with Him, but He forgives whom He wills sins other
than that, and whoever sets up partners in worship with Allah, has
indeed strayed far away"
(Al-Qur'an surah An-Nisa ch4:v116)