What is Islam religion? Islam is a complete way of life. It teaches us how to live in a society, on which principles the foundation of a progressive society can be built. If we study all the religions in the world; Islam Is considered being the best religion among all of them. Islam covers a heavy presence globally. We have discussed in details 99 amazing facts about Islam. A lot of misconceptions about Islam has been explained here in details.
1-Islam is the religion of peace and humanity: Islam is the religion for humanity. The teaching of Islam tells us to live in peace and harmony. In The Holy Quran the principles of a peaceful society are described very briefly. It is instructed again and again to Muslims, to raise the foundation of their society on truth, honesty, greed less, peace and brotherhood.
2-Islam Prevails on non violence: Islam believes in non violence, and yet Islam prevails on non violence principles. Yes it is true that in beginning Muslims fought many wars, but we need to study those wars in details (that was the general trend of that time). Islam is against cruelty and injustice. Those battles are fought against injustice and inequity. Islam never imposed its teaching on humans of any religion or creed; instead Islam always protected rights of Non-Muslims. Islamic history shows that other nations have embraced Islam by its justice and teachings for humankind. “Islam teaches no compulsion in religion” (Qur’an 2:256 and 10:99)“
3-Islam is totally against gender inequality. Yes Islam treats both man and woman equally. Islam says both men and women have equal rights. There is a special focus on Women rights in Islam. Muslim Woman can vote, participate in politics, can do job and business, can worship in mosque, can own property, can earn money, can divorce, have inheritance, and so on. In fact Muslim women can do all those things which men are doing for a progressive society. As Quran says (3:195)”Each of you is equal to the other”
Islam is totally against gender inequality. In Islam men and women both benefit from the similar privileges spiritually, economically, politically and socially. In several Muslims countries their head of states are women, Including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey and Indonesia.
4-Labor is a basic factor of production: Islamic economic system considers labor as a basic factor of financial distributions. Those who work more deserve more compensation. If this principle is implemented in the society; it raises the standard of society. Everyone will work hard because he/she could earn more. This economic principle is totally against capitalism and other economics systems.
5-Islam gives minorities special rights: Islam talks about minorities. Islam gives them all the equal rights. Muslims greatly respect other religions. They can worship, participate in politics, can do business and whatever they want under the government rules.
6-Islam institutionalized the System: Since beginning Islam split the government system in sub departments. This method of management helps to run the government system smoothly.
5 Pillars of Islam
8-Declaration of faith in oneness of God and Muhammad ﷺ is the prophet of Allah: By accepting this Islamic belief Muslims devotes themselves to the will of Allah. And spend their life according to the teachings of Quran and by following the footsteps of Muhammad ﷺ.
8-Offer prayers five times a day: Offering prayer five times a day is the symbolic way of accepting Allah’s supremacy. During prayer Muslims from all races and creeds stand in a single row. Practicing prayer in Islam gives the message, that all Muslims are the same and should be treated equally. There is no superior or minor in the society. Poor and rich both have equal rights and both should be treated with respect. Prayers also have many other spiritual benefits.
9-Fasting in Ramadan: Muslims do fast for whole month once in a year. One of the purposes of this practice is to realize that there are poor and needy people in the world, who need support and help. Fasting also teach patience. Fasting in Islam also has many health benefits.
10-Poor- due tax, 2.5% of your wealth: Muslims who possess a certain amount of wealth (which is called Nisab) for a complete lunar year have to pay a specific amount of wealth in terms of Zikat. One example is that if you have 85 grams of gold in your possession for one complete lunar year, you have to have 2.5% of its value to the needy.
This practice has many purposes and one of them is to keep the money circulating in the society and help the poor needy people.
11-Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in life: If anyone affords traveling expenses he/she should go to Mecca to perform Hajj. “Hajj” is an occasion where all Muslims around the globe come and perform holy rituals. This international event also tells Muslims to sit together and discuss, share and provide solution to each Muslim country.
12-Islam is a Perfect system to follow: Islam is the way of life. Islam teaches you each and everything to live in society. Islam defines complete knowledge of economic principles, political laws and spiritual training. If we implement these teaching in a society, that society should be like heaven.
13-Fastest growing religion in the world: There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. If it keeps spreading at this pace; Islam will becomes the largest religion in the world by 2030. Muslim population in world mostly lives in Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Status of Woman In Islam
14-Women are not oppressed in Islam: Islam gives special importance to women. Women are not oppressed in Islam. It is clearly mentioned in Islamic teachings that, if any Muslim involves in oppressing women, he is not following Islam. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in his teaching protected the dignity and rights of woman.
“…the best among you are those who treat their wives well.”
15-Meanings of Muslim: Muslim” means “one who submits (to God)”. It is an Arabic word.
16-6 articles of Islam: Islam practices six articles. These are the basic beliefs that one must follow and have faith in them. To be called a true Muslim he/she should have belief in:
- Divine Books
- Day of Judgment
- Allah’s Predestination
17-Allah, the God for all: Allah is not the God of Muslims only. Allah is the God for whole humanity instead of religions, races or creed.
18-The definition of Allah: Islam defines Allah as The most merciful, loving and sympathetic.
19-Believe in all Prophets: Muslims believe in all of the true prophets from Adam (A.S) to Muhammad ﷺ.
20-Only Allah to worship, Nothing else: Muslims consider Prophet Muhammad ﷺ only the messenger of God. They neither worship him nor pray through him. Muslims are bound to worship the Allah.
21-Muhammad ﷺ didn’t author Quran: Quran was not written by Muhammad ﷺ. Quran was authored by Allah and then revealed to Muhammad ﷺ through his angel Gabriel. Then it is written by his companions.
22-No alteration in Quran: The original Quran’s text is unchanged since its revelation. Quran’s text contains no mistakes or contradiction since its beginning.
23-The Oldest Quran: The world’s oldest Quran book is from 7th century and has been displayed in museums of Turkey and other places around the world.
24-Quran can’t be destroyed: Allah takes care of the Quran. As if all the Qurans in the world today were destroyed. The original Arabic would remain same. This is because millions of Muslims, called “Hafiz”, have memorized it word by word.
Jihad and it’s Meanings
25-The meaning of “Jihad”: The “word Jihad” doesn’t mean “War”. “Jihad” means “to do struggle”. The holiest Jihad is to fight with your own bad wills. There are four types of Jihad in Islam.
- Jihad against one’s own self
- Jihad against Satan
- Jihad against ignorance
- Jihad sin and evil
26-Muslim women cover themselves: Muslim women do “Hijab”. It is to fulfill God’s verdict. This habit has many benefits not only for woman but for whole society.
27-Islam against brutal ways: Islam do not permit honor killing, forced marriages, imprisonment of women to their homes or any kind of torture to them is totally forbidden in Islam.
28-The religion for All: Islam is a religion for all people. It is a religion for whole humanity. This religion has each and everything in it for a prosperous society.
29-All Muslims are not Arab: Islam has strong presence in Middle East, Asia and Africa.
30-“Kabba” The Qibla: In five daily prayers all Muslims around the globe face the Kaaba. It is a cuboid shape stone structure. Kaaba is considered to be the center point of the earth.
31-The First Hegira: Prophet Muhammad ﷺ migrated with his companions to Madina from Mecca in A.D. 622. This Hijrah is the beginning of the rise of Islam.
32-Inventions of Islamic World: Muslim’s invention has changed the world. Some of the inventions are Coffee, Algebra, Degree-Granting Universities, Military Marching Bands, Cameras, Bridge mill, Mercuric chloride, Torpedoes, Guitar, Lute, Hookah and many more.
33-The second largest religion: After Christianity, Islam is the second largest religion in the world.
34-Self empowerment of women in Islam: A Muslim woman can keep her original name after getting married. She can’t be forced to take the name of her husband.
35-Islamic astronomy: Muslims have progressed in the field of astronomy in middle ages. There are number of Muslim astronomers with useful theories and predictions.
36-First skilled pharmacists: During tenure of Islamic system, the first trained pharmacist was produced. These pharmacists created their own medicines.
37-Scientific declarations: In 13th-century an Islamic writer explains the circulation of blood some 400 years before this technique was discovered in Europe
38-“Algebra” is the gift of Islamic world: Algebra, derived from the Arabic al-jabr, begins in the Islamic world.
39-Facts about Islam and Christianity: There is a lot of debate about Islam and Christianity. A true Christianity leads towards Islam. Even “Jesus” has told about arrival of Muhammad ﷺ.
40-Marriage in Islam: Marriage is an act of Sunnah and it is highly recommended. A marriage is a contact between man and woman to spend their lives together for whole life. Islam insists to get married as early as possible as this habit will save you from lot of sins.
41-Muslim population in world: It is estimated that there are 1.6 billion Muslims live in the world. This is about 23.4% of the total population of the world.
42-Islam for kids: Islam has special instructions about kids training. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ asked many times to treat kids with love and teach them the basics of humanities.
43-Miracles of Islam: There are a lot of miracles in Islam for today’s world, to believe in the authenticity of this religion.
44-What is a Muslim: A Muslim is a follower of religion Islam. Muslim accepts the message and teaching of Islam and then devout his life for Allah’s will.
45-Islam and science: Islam has a very close relationship with science. Islamic teachings help Muslims to discover and invent many scientific things, which are very helpful for today’s world.
46-How to converts to Islam: To become a Muslim is very easy. You just have to recite Shahada and accept to fulfill all Islamic teachings.
47-Islamic clothing: Islam describes dress code for both man and woman. Man and woman have to dress modestly, simply and with dignity. In Quran Allah says.
O Prophet! Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them. That will be better, so that they may be recognized and not harassed. Allah is ever Forgiving, Merciful.
—Sura 33 (Al-Ahzab), ayah 59, Qur’an
49-The God of beauty: One famous hadith (Islamic saying) is “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty” Beauty has always been very important to Muslims. This can be seen in Islamic art, architecture, Muslim culture and traditions.
50-Brotherhood between Muslims and non Muslims: The Quran pushes that there should be tolerance and brotherhood between Muslims and non-Muslims.
51-Not Every Muslim speaks Arabic: The vast majority of Muslims do not speak Arabic as their native language. Most Muslims are not Arab.
52-“Indonesia” the most populated Islamic country: Indonesia has the largest number of Muslims (120 million), followed by Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh
53-Number of prophets: Muslims hold that there have been over 124,000 prophets sent to mankind through history, beginning with Adam and ending with Muhammad. Only 25 are mentioned by name in the Alquran.
54-Jesus will come again: According to Muslim beliefs God took Jesus and he will come again to earth in near Days of Judgment.
55-How to become Muslim: To become Muslim, a person of any race, culture or creed must say a simple statement: the Shahada, “Faith in oneness of Allah and Prophets Muhammad ﷺ.
56-Countries with more than 95% Muslims: There are 25 countries in which more than 95% of the population is Muslim.
57-99 names of Allah: Allah has 99 names. Each name has a meaning, such as Al-Rahman “the Merciful”; Al-Aziz, “the powerful”; and Al-Hafi “the Protector.
58-Islamic Year: The Islamic year is 11 days shorter than western world’s year. The Western year originates on the orbit of the Earth around the Sun instead of on the phases of the moon. An Islamic year has its own holiday’s system.
59-Muslim men can marry Christian or Jewish: Muslim men are allowed to marry Christian or Jewish women because these women are “People of the Book”.
60-Alcohol Prohibited: Alcohol is forbidden in Islam.
61-Pork prohibited: Eating pork is also forbidden in Islam.
62-Islam and Homosexuality: In Islam homosexuality is considered as a sin. This habit is punishable. Islam is totally against anything which is not according to the nature.
63-The first Qibla is not “Kaaba”: Muslims offer their prayers by facing towards HOLY BAITUL MUQADDAS initially. However during Prophet Muhammad ﷺ era “Kaaba” becomes the Muslim’s Qibla.
64-Condition of Islamic marriage for Muslim woman: Muslim women must marry a Muslim or someone who converts to Islam.
65-The oldest religion: Islam is the oldest religion in practice in the world.
66-The first police department in the world: The first police force was founded by Hazrat Umar (RA) under his rule.
The Four Imams
67-The four Imams: There are four Imams to be considered in Islam, who explained Islam in details.
- Imam Abu Hanifa
- Imam Malik Bin Anas
- IMAM SHAFI’EE
- Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal
68-Spirtual Training program: By practicing five times prayers, fasting in Ramadan and paying poor due tax eliminates lot of bad habits from a Muslim.
69-Islam is against injustice and inequality: Islam teaches equality. Islam want to implement a system based on justice; where everyone has equal rights without any discrimination.
70-Role of Masjid: In Islam a Masjid is not only a place to worship but it is also a place where the issues of a society and their solutions are addressed. Masjid-e-Nabvi is one of its examples.
Terrorists are not Muslim
71-Terrorism is strictly prohibited in Islam: Terrorism and any kind of violence are strictly prohibited in Islam. If someone is found involved in any such kind of act, he/she solely has no place in Islam. Islam is a religion of humanity. As in Quran it is clearly said “Those who killed a single innocent killed the whole humanity and those who saved a single human saves the whole humanity”.
Some people propagate wrong information about Islam intentionally, that Islam is a tyrant religion. But killing, injuring, threatening or even intimidating innocent Muslims and non-Muslims is clearly forbidden in Islam. And those who commit this type of heinous crimes are not Muslims. It may be the result of their frustration, ignorance or political objectives. If someone commits these kinds of acts then he/she has his own personal agenda to sabotage Islam. Islam neither permits such actions nor supports them.
72-Interest is prohibited in Islam: Interest is strictly prohibited in Islam as it is the way to make money from others while doing nothing. You get the money without doing any kind of work and the other party pay you extra money.
73-Benefits of Belief in Day of Judgment: it is one of the 6th articles of Islam to have faith in. It teaches us below things to adopt in life.
- Feeling responsibility
- Future planning
- Revolution and change in society
74-Islam in 3 things: Islam is consist on three things:
- Law: To build society
- Procedures: Training and character building
- Politics: Developing social justice
75-Golden principles in Khutbah Hajjatul Wida: This is the last “Address” was delivered by Muhammad ﷺ during Hajj. This “Address” defines new milestones in implementation of Islam. The main points of Khutbah Hajjatul Wida are:
- The sanctity of human life and property
- Elimination of interest
- Prohibition of exploitation
- The forgiveness of blood
- Anti-discriminate humanity
- Unity of Mankind
- The rights of the weak
76-First jail: Do you know that Hazrat Umar (RA) introduced the concepts of proper Jail system.
77-First postal department: Well the first proper department was founded in Hazrat Umar(RA) era.
78-Provinces and Governor System first time ever: During the 2nd caliph Hazrat Umar (RA) era, He divided the Muslim empire (divided in countries now) in provinces and appoint governors to run the government’s writ. He also implemented check and balance system of governors.
79-Construction of road begins in Islamic era: proper roads and inn was built during the era of 2nd caliph Hazrat Umar (RA).
80-First Naval force: The first navel armed force was founded in the era of 3rd caliph Hazrat Usman Ghani (RA).
81-Meanings of Justice in Islam: Islam explains Justice in three types.
- Political Justice (Freedom of expression, communal behavior, Counseling, Accountability system)
- Economical Justice (Basic economic rights, economic justice and equality)
- Social justice (Protection of life, property and honor, Social equality)
82-Islam and capitalism: Islam and capitalism are totally opposite to each other. A capitalist system gives the right to every single to get unlimited money or assets without caring about others. By not bounding someone to obtain whatever he want, creates classes in society. On segment is going to be richer and richer while the other remained poor. Islam says if you have extra than your spending, give them to poor.
83-Islam and Feudalism: Islam is totally against feudalism. Due to feudalism proper distribution of wealth is not possible. One segment of the society owns huge assets while others remain poor. Islam asks for a balanced society.
84-Eliminating Social classes: Islam is totally against the class system. Islam considers no difference between rich and poor or black and white. Islamic teaching teaches us that this division should be eliminated from a society.
Human Rights in Islam
85-Basic Human rights in Islam: Islam is for humans. Islam has focused on the rights of human. Shah Waliullah Muhaddith Dehlavi describes basic human rights mentioned below, which Islam think are necessary for every human and should be provided by the Government.
- Food, Clothing and Shelter
- Affordability to get married
- Education and Health
- Justice without any distinction
- Protection of life, property and honor
- Proprietary Freedom
- The identity of citizenship
- Can keep the language and culture alive
- Religion respect
86-Worship are for self piousness: There is a proper system of worship in Islam. By adopting it, Muslims get through a process of spiritual cleanliness. This helps them to achieve great moral values, differentiate between good and bad, and positive characteristic.
87-Cleanliness is half of Your Faith: Prophets Muhammad ﷺ said “Cleanliness is half of faith”. Islam gives much importance to personal hygiene. A Muslim should take care of his/her physical and spiritual cleanliness.
Allah SWT said in Quran
“Truly, God loves those, who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves.” (Al-Baqarah, 2:222)
88-Two Eids: Muslim celebrated two days in a year specially. And these days are:
- Eid al-Fitr Feast of the sacrifice celebrated at the end of Ramadan
- Eid al-Adha Festival of sacrifice
89-Most friendliest and hospitable nation: Muslims are the most friendliest and hospitable nation in the world. Arabs are specially known as with their hospitality.
90-Non Muslims are not enemies: Islam only consider those his enemies who prevails injustice and in equality, either Muslims or non Muslims.
91-Muhammad ﷺ The prophets of mercy, justice and mankind: “Do not commit injustice, because injustice is darkness in the Day of Judgment.” (Muslim)
92-Punishment for injustice: The cause is only against the ones who wrong the people and tyrannize upon the earth without right. Those will have a painful punishment. [Quran 42:42]
93-Daughter is a Blessing: Islam gives more importance to Daughters and women. Islam considers birth of daughter is a blessing of Allah.
94-Allah is not the God of Muslims: Yes it is true that Allah is not the God for only Muslims, Instead Allah is the God for whole humanity despite of what religion or community human belongs.
95-The most beautiful religion: Islam is the most beautiful and complete religion of the world. Study Islam and you will find how awesome its teachings for mankind are.
96-The religion of God: Islam is the religion of God. It is not a human based ideology or someone written it in this world. It is a divine religion.
97-Children’s Rights: Children, according to Islamic law, have various rights. One of these is the right to be properly brought up, raised, and educated.
Rules for Muslim Army
98-Rules to follow for a Muslim Army: There is a big misconception about Islam that Muslim army is a savage. But in truth, the first Caliph Abu Bakr (RA) ordered his army to follow these ten points during a war.
- Do not commit treachery
- Do not deviate from the right path
- Do not mutilate dead bodies
- Do not kill children
- Do not kill women
- Do not kill aged men
- Do not harm or burn trees
- Do not destroy buildings
- Do not destroy an enemy’s flock, unless you use it for your food
- When you pass people who have devoted their lives to monastic services leave them alone
99-A democratic religion: Islam promotes democracy and is against dictatorship. These are some Quranic verses telling us the importance of a democratic system.
O mankind, we created you from a male and female, and we made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Surely, the most honorable among you in the sight of God is the most righteous. God is Knowledgeable, Expert. [49:13]
…you are the best suited community that has been raised up for the good of mankind. You shall enjoin the Right and discourage the Wrong… [3:110]
…God is not to change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves… [13:11]
We need to study the reality about Islam. One can not find any other most beautiful way of life rather than Islam. Learn it and implement all of Islam’s teachings on your life. Surely you will be blessed.