Six Articles of Islamic Faith

  1. Belief in Allah: A Muslim believes in One God, Supreme and Eternal, Infinite and Mighty, Merciful and Compassionate, Creator and Provider. God has no father nor mother, no sons nor daughters. He has not fathered anyone nor was He fathered. None equal to Him. He is God of all mankind, not of a special tribe or race.
  2. Belief in His Angels: A Muslim believes in the angels of God. They are purely spiritual and splendid beings created by God. They require no food or drink or sleep. They have no physical desires or material needs. Angels spend their time in the service of God. Each charged with a certain duty. Angels cannot be seen by the naked eyes. Knowledge and truth are not entirely confined to sensory knowledge or sensory perception alone.
  3. Belief in His Messengers: A Muslim believes in all the Messengers and Prophets of God without any discrimination. All messengers were mortals, human beings, endowed with Divine revelations and appointed by God to teach mankind. The Holy Quran mentions the names of 25 messengers and prophets and states that there are others. These include Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. Their message is the same and it is Islam and it came from One and the Same Source; God, and it is to submit to His will and to obey his law, i.e., to become a Muslim.
  4. Belief in His revealed Books: A Muslim believes in all scriptures and revelations of God, as they were complete and in their original versions. Revelations were given to guide the people to the right path of God. Today the Quran is the only authentic and complete book of God. Muslims till today memorize the Quran word by word as a whole or in part. God who revealed the Quran is protecting it from being lost, corrupted, or concealed.
  5. Belief in the Last Day: A Muslim believes in the day of Judgment. This world as we know it will come to an end and the dead will rise to stand for their final and fair trial. Everything we do, say, make, intend and think are accounted for and kept in accurate records. They are brought up on the Day of Resurrection.┬áPeople with good records will be generously rewarded and warmly welcomed to God’s Heaven. People with bad records will be fairly punished and cast into Hell. The real nature of Heaven and Hell are known to God only, but they are described by God in man’s familiar terms in the Quran.┬áThe time of the Day of Judgment is only known to God and God alone.
  6. Belief in Divine Destiny: A Muslim believes in “Qadaa” and “Qadar”. “Qadaa” and “Qadar” means the Timeless Knowledge of God and His power to plan and execute His plans. God is not indifferent to this world nor is He neutral to it. God is Wise, Just and Loving and whatever He does must have a good motive, although we may fail sometimes to understand it fully. We should have strong faith in God and accept whatever He does because our knowledge is limited and our thinking is based on individual consideration, whereas His knowledge is limitless and He plans on a universal basis. Man should think, plan, and make sound choices, but if things do not happen the way he wants, he should not lose faith and surrender himself to mental strains or shattering worries.