You must have heard about Islam and its adherents, Muslims, in the news. This book offers an insightful introduction to Islam and takes the reader through well-known authentic sources and takes a closer look at the Islamic Faith, the Noble Qur'an, the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah and his sayings. It explores the Five Pillars of Islam in depth and narrates the biography of the Prophet briefly but distinctly. The book presents a brief yet comprehensive survey of the basic teachings of Islam with particular stress on the significance of Islam's central belief in the Oneness of Allah or Tawhid. The book offers an in-depth discussion on the Glorious Qur'an as the Revealed Book.
Undoubtedly there is an overwhelming demand for information about Islam, and this timely book attempts to offer a comprehensive, authentic understanding of this fastest growing religion: the Straight Path. The book provides succinct, accessible, authentic, sensitive and crystal clear information on the topics that range from the general to more specific issues - what is the status of women in Islam? Are women seen as second class citizens in Islam? Who is superior - man or woman? What is Jihad? What does Islam say about abortion, mercy-killings or euthanasia, inter-religious marriages, suicide, man's treatment towards his wife, polygyny, divorce, dress, veil, the rights of parents, privacy in homes, clothing and ornaments, the wisdom of banning gold and silk for men, perfumes, unisex fashions, the alleged cruelty towards animals and foods - lawful and unlawful. Islam - A Beginner's Guide to Islam is a splendid introduction - carefully researched and comprehensive, yet highly readable. It corrects many popular and erroneous notions about Islam that prevail in non-Muslim communities.
For the newly-converted Muslim, there are many profound insights of great significance; for instance, the passages on women, their treatment and on jihad, nearly always are completely misunderstood, rather misrepresented by the mass media. This study represents a traditional view of Islam as experienced by Muslims. We believe this work will prove an invaluable source for both new Muslims as well as the general public. Indeed this book will take you on a journey through various aspects of Islam, and Islam makes a man reborn!
Abdul Malik Mujahid Darussalam Riyad, Saudi Arabia