اسلام

از ویکی‌پدیا، دانشنامهٔ آزاد
پرش به: ناوبری، جستجو
فارسی English

اسلام، دینی یکتاپرستانه[۱][۲] و از دین‌های ابراهیمی است.[۳][۴] به پیروان اسلام «مسلمان» می‌گویند.[۵] هم‌اکنون اسلام از دید شمار رسمی پیروان، در جایگاه دوم در جهان جای دارد.[۶]

مسلمانان براین باورند که خداوند، قرآن را به محمد از طریق فرشته‌ای به نام جبرئیل فرو فرستاده است. به باور مسلمانان خدا بر بسیاری از پیامبران، وحی فرستاده و محمد آخرین آنان است. مسلمانان محمد را اعاده کننده ایمان توحیدی خالص ابراهیم، موسی، عیسی و دیگر پیامبران می‌دانند و معتقدند که اسلام کامل‌ترین و آخرین آیین الهی است.[۷][۸]

پال فریدمن می‌گوید: «اسلام به معنی تسلیم در برابر خداست. اسلام دین قانون و عمل است، نه ریاضت و رهبانیت. اسلام یک دین میانه‌رو است؛ تشویق به کمک به فقیران می‌کند ولی تشویق به ترک دنیا نمی‌کند. اسلام بر رفتار درست تأکید می‌کند: شراب‌خواری و قمار منع شده‌اند و مسلمان موظف است از خوردن غذای حرام خودداری کند. مسلمان می‌تواند مستقیماً با خدا راز و نیاز کند و لزوماً نیازی به واسطه فیض نیست. مسجد تنها مکان تجمع است و مانند کلیسا دارای قدرت مذهبی نیست. اسلام، برخلاف یهودیت، پس از ظهور به سرعت دینی جهانی می‌شود و مردم را به مسلمان شدن تشویق می‌کند ولی اصرار زیادی بر مسلمان کردن ندارد.»[۹]

اسلام نسبت به ادیان اصلی و پرجمعیت دنیا جدیدترین دین است و حدود یک میلیارد و دویست میلیون نفر پیرو دارد که دومین دین پرجمعیت دنیا به شمار می‌آید. اسلام سریع‌ترین دین از لحاظ گسترش و رشد در میان ادیان دنیا است. گستره جغرافیایی اسلام از غرب آفریقا تا جنوب شرق آسیا است، همچنین جوامع اقلیت‌های مسلمان نیز در سرتاسر جهان پراکنده هستند. اسلام دومین یا سومین دین پر جمعیت در اروپا و قاره آمریکا می‌باشد.[۱۰]

نشان

نوشتار اصلی: ماه و ستاره
هلال ماه و ستاره سبز

هلال ماه و ستاره (گاهی چندین ستاره) یک نشان باستانی است که طی دهه ۱۹۵۰ تا ۱۹۶۰ مجدد به عنوان نماد اسلام یا جامعه اسلامی شناخته شد. این نشان در پرچم بسیاری از کشورهایی که اکثریت مسلمان هستند همچون ترکیه، آذربایجان، مالزی، الجزایر، لیبی، تونس، موریتانی، پاکستان، سلطنت اچیه ‏(en) در اندونزی و پرچم عثمانی و نشان بسیاری از گروه‌ها و اتحادهای اسلامی مانند اتحاد عربی مغرب ‏(en) و امت اسلام وجود داشته یا دارد و بر نوک مناره‌ها و گنبدهای اسلامی نیز نصب می‌شود. این نشان پیش از اسلام نیز وجود داشته است و ریشه آن به قرن ششم پیش از میلاد مسیح و اطراف اسرائیل باستان و موأب برمی‌گردد و در پیکرنگاری سومری رایج بوده است. این نشان پیش از اسلام بر روی سکه بیزانتیوم (استانبول کنونی)، سکه‌های رومی و ساسانی نیز ضرب می‌شده است. هفتم اکتبر ۱۹۵۱ زمانی که قانون اساسی لیبی این نشان را برمی‌گزید هلال ماه را یادآور تقویم هجری قمری و ستاره را نشان راه روشن و پشت سر گذاشتن تاریکی اعلام کرد.[۱۱]

واژه شناسی

اسلام در زبان عربی از ریشه (س-ل-م) است و معنی لغوی این ریشه «سالم شدن» و «رهایی یافتن از آفات» است.[۱۲][۱۳] واژه «سلام» نیز مشتق شده از همین ریشه است.[۱۴][۱۵] با توجه به معنی اسلام، «مسلم» (در فارسی: مسلمان) یعنی کسی که خدا را خالصانه و بی ریا می‌پرستد و اختیار خود را تسلیم امر و نهی او می‌کند.[۱۶]

باورها

معارف اسلامی به سه بخش کلی تقسیم می‌شوند:

عقاید را در علم کلام، احکام را در علم فقه و اخلاق را در علم اخلاق شرح و بسط می‌دهند.[۱۷]

اصول عقاید

نوشتار اصلی: اصول دین

از بنیادی‌ترین باورهای مسلمانان تحت عنوان اصول دین یاد می‌شود. اصول دین نزد مسلمانان سه عدد هستند[۱۸] اعتقاد به هر کدام از این اصول، باورهایی را به عنوان زیر شاخه موجب می‌شود:

  1. توحید: یعنی اعتقاد به یگانگی خداوند و اعتقاد به صفات او.
  2. نبوت: یعنی اعتقاد به ضرورت فرستادن پیامبران از سوی خداوند برای راهنمایی بشر. (و اعتقاد به پیامبری محمد).
  3. معاد: یعنی اعتقاد به وجود جهانی که بعد از فروپاشی این جهان کنونی، نمایان می‌شود و در آن جهان نیکان و بد کرداران به سزای کردار خویش می‌رسند.

در میان این اصول آنچه ریشه بقیه‌است، توحید می‌باشد، به طوری که دین شناسان مسلمان می‌کوشند تا با اثبات آن بقیه اصول و فروع را ثابت کنند[۱۹] شیعیان علاوه بر این سه اصل، به عدل و امامت نیز به عنوان اصلهای چهارم و پنجم معتقدند.

الله

نوشتار اصلی: الله

الله نام ویژهٔ خدای یکتا در قرآن و نوشتارهای اسلامی است. با این حال فارسی‌زبانان معمولاً از واژهٔ خدا استفاده می‌کنند. به باور مسلمانان خداوند در اسلام به زبان اصلی که همان زبان عربی فصیح (زبان قرآن) است ۱۰۰۱ نام دارد که یک نام خداوند، اسم اعظم است. بیشتر اسامی خدا، در اسلام، نشان‌دهندهٔ برتری مطلق است.[۲۰]

شناخت خداوند اصلی‌ترین باور مسلمانان است و همین موضوع است که این دین را در میان سایر ادیان ابراهیمی متمایز ساخته. خلاصه باور مسلمانان به خدا را می‌توان در جمله‌ای از قرآن دید[۲۱] که در آن گفته می‌شود:

ِ لَیْسَ کَمِثْلِهِ شَیْءٌ وَ هُوَ السَّمیعُ الْبَصیر (ترجمه: هیچ چیز همانند او نیست و او شنوا و بیناست)[۴۲–۱۱]

که در تفسیر آن از علی بن ابی طالب نقل شده که آن را توصیف قابل قبول خدا دانسته‌است[۲۲] و مفسرین هم به تبعیت از وی گفته‌اند: «این جمله در حقیقت پایه اصلی شناخت تمام صفات خدا است که بدون توجه به آن به هیچ‌یک از اوصاف پروردگار نمی‌توان پی برد»[۲۳]

شهادتین

نوشتار اصلی: شهادتین

پذیرش اسلام از سه روش امکان دارد: گفتن شهادتین، با انجام دادن کارهای ویژه مسلمانان، اسلام با پیروی از اعمال مسلمانان.[۲۴] شهادتین: «اشهد ان لا اله الا الله» و «اشهد ان محمدرسول الله»

قرآن

بخش نخست سوره نور از کتاب قرآن
نوشتار اصلی: قرآن

قرآن، کتاب مقدس مسلمان است و به زبان عربی نوشته شده‌است، که طبق مندرجات آن و باور مسلمانان توسط وحی الهی به محمد فروفرستاده شد.

به اعتقاد مسلمانان «قرآن وحی نامه اعجاز آمیز الهی است، که به زبان عربی واژه به واژه توسط فرشته وحی، جبرئیل امین، از جانب خداوند و از لوح محفوظ بر قلب و زبان پیامبر اسلام هم اجمالاً یکباره، و هم کم‌کم در طول ۲۳ سال نازل شده‌است.»[۲۵]

این کتاب معتبرترین متن دینی نزد مسلمانان است و مسلمانان آن را «معجزه» و «سند اثبات پیامبری» محمد می‌دانند.[۲۶]

اغلب مذاهب اسلامی بر درستی متن آن اتفاق نظر دارند و اختلافات در نحوه خواندن متن، تفسیر و گاهی، ترتیب آن است. میزان این اتفاق نظر به اندازه ایست که شیعیان دوازده‌امامی ایران و وهابیان عربستان رسم‌الخط واحدی از قرآن را به‌کار می‌برند.[۲۷] مسلمانان روی بی‌خطابودن قرآن تأکید دارند.[۲۸] مفسرین اهل سنت بصورت تاریخی همواره معتقد بودند که آیات قرآنی که در امروزه در دست ما است دقیقاً همان چیزی است که محمد بیان کرده‌است و هیچگونه تغییری اعم از حذف یا اضافه در آن صورت نگرفته است. مسلمانان قرآن را کتاب مقدس دین خود می‌دانند و از آن با القابی چون «کریم» و «مجید» یاد می‌کنند. قرآن، خود را به عنوان «لوح حفاظت شده» ((به عربی: «اللَوح المحفوظ»)[۲۹]) می‌خواند.

خاتمیت اسلام

از دیدگاه مسلمانان، اسلام خاتم ادیان الهی است. خاتمیت به این معناست که اسلام در بر دارنده تمام آن مطالبی است که باید از طریق وحی برای انسان بیان شود.[۳۰] {قرآن دین اسلام را به عنوان خاتم ادیان الهی معرفی می‌کند:

  • إِنَّ هذَا الْقُرْآنَ یهْدِی لِلَّتِی هِی أَقْوَمُ.[۳۱]

یعنی اگر شریعت اسلام را در یکسو و سایر شرایع آسمانی را که برای سراسر حیات بشر در دورانهای گذشته مقدّر شده است در طرف دیگری بگذاریم، شریعت اسلام از همه آنها استوارتر است که این خود معنی خاتمیت و شریعت آخرین است.[۳۲]

  • قُلْ إِنَّنِی هَدانِی رَبِّی إِلی صِراطٍ مُسْتَقِیمٍ دِیناً قِیماً مِلَّةَ إِبْراهِیمَ حَنِیفاً وَ ما کانَ مِنَ الْمُشْرِکِین.[۳۳]

به جهانیان بگو: پروردگار مرا به راهی راست رهبری فرموده و آن دینی است قیم و زوال‌ناپذیر که بنیادش از همان سنت و رویه ابراهیم است.[۳۴] در سوره بینه پس از آنکه می‌فرماید "مشرکین دست از عقیده باطل خود برنمی‌دارند جز آنکه فرستاده خدا با آیات و بینات فرا رسد و آیات کتاب قیم را برایشان بخواند. اینان دستوری ندارند جز آنکه خدای را با نیت پاک پرستش کنند، نماز بخوانند و... ، می‌فرماید: ذلِکَ دِینُ الْقَیمَة.[۳۵] این آیین –اسلام- دینی است قیم و زوال‌ناپذیر.[۳۶]

  • در سوره آل عمران:

وَ مَنْ یبْتَغِ غَیرَ الْإِسْلامِ دِیناً فَلَنْ یقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَ هُوَ فِی الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخاسِرِین.[۳۷] هر که جز آیین اسلام در جستجوی آیین دگر آید، تا اید و انقراض جهان از او پذیرفته نیست و بروز رستاخیز از زیان‌کاران است.[۳۸]

  • در سوره مائده:

الْیوْمَ أَکْمَلْتُ لَکُمْ دِینَکُمْ وَ أَتْمَمْتُ عَلَیکُمْ نِعْمَتِی وَ رَضِیتُ لَکُمُ الْإِسْلامَ دِیناً.[۳۹] امروز که پیامبر اسلام عهده‌دار هدایت بشر است، دین را برای شما تکمیل و نعمت را برای شما تمام کردم، و خشنودم که برای همیشه بر دین اسلام باقی باشید.[۴۰] روشن است که آیات فوق آیین اسلام را پابرجاترین راه هدایت و دین قیم و زوال‌ناپذیر و گرویدن به غیر آن را تا انقراض جهان غیرقابل‌قبول دانسته و او را کمال و بلوغ دیانت و تمام نعمت معرفی کرده‌است.

  • در روایاتی از بزرگان اسلام: نیز به ابدیت آیین اسلام تصریح شده‌است از جمله علی بن ابیطالب گوید:

إِنَّ هَذَا الْإِسْلَامَ دِینُ اللَّهِ الَّذِی اصْطَفَاهُ لِنَفْسِهِ... ثُمَّ جَعَلَهُ لَا انْفِصَامَ لِعُرْوَتِهِ وَ لَا فَکَّ لِحَلْقَتِهِ وَ لَا انْهِدَامَ لِأَسَاسِهِ وَ لَا زَوَالَ لِدَعَائِمِهِ وَ لَا انْقِلَاعَ لِشَجَرَتِهِ وَ لَا انْقِطَاعَ لِمُدَّتِهِ[۴۱]}[۴۲] اسلام همان آیینی است که پروردگار بزرگ آن را در میان ادیان برگزیده و قوانین آن را به اندازه‌ای استوار فرموده که دستاویز آن پایان ناپذیر و حلقه‌اش گسستنی نیست. اساس و بنیادش انهدام نمی‌پذیرد و ارکانش زایل و نابود نمی‌گردد. درختش هرگز از ریشه بیرون نیاید [این چنین] مدنش نیز هیچ وقت پایان نمی‌پذیرید.[۴۳]

فروع عملیه

تقویم و اوقات شرعی

گردش ماه، اساس تقویم اسلامی

اوقات شرعی، به زمانهای مشخص و دقیقی از شبانه روز، گفته می‌شود که شخص دین‌دار، در آن زمان‌ها، رفتار دینی زمان‌دار خود را انجام می‌دهد. محاسبه دقیق زمان‌های شرعی، از دیرباز، نزد منجمان، رایج بوده‌است.

اذان

نوشتار اصلی: اذان
محمد پس از فتح مکه بلال حبشی، یک برده سیاه آزاد شده، را مأمور کرد که بر بام کعبه اذان بگوید.
اذان به شیوه کنونی اهل تسنن

اهل سنت، عقیده دارند که نخستین بار، اذان در مدینه خوانده شد و حمزه این پیشنهاد را به محمّد داد. در حالی که برخی دیگر، طبل، بوق یا زنگ را برای دعوت مردم به نماز، پیشنهاد کرده بودند.[نیازمند منبع] اهل سنت، همچنین بر این باور هستند که بعضی عبارات اذان، مانند «الصلوة خیر من النوم» را عمر بن خطاب افزوده‌است.[۴۴] این در حالی است که شیعیان اذان را عبادتی می‌دانند که از جانب خدا تعیین گردیده و تغییر در جملات اذان را بدعت می‌دانند، شیعیان همچنین از لفظ اشهد ان علی ولی‌الله و اشهد ان علی حجت‌الله در اذان استفاده می‌کنند ولی هیچ دلیلی از پیامبر مبنی بر کاربرد این الفاظ در نماز ثابت نشده است[۴۵] همچنین عقیده شیعه این است که محمّد پیش از هجرت، برای تمام نمازهای واجب خود، اذان می‌گفته‌است.[۴۶] در ایران، اغلب اذان را در آواز بیات ترک در گوشه روح‌الارواح می‌خوانده‌اند. در مراسم تعزیه، اگر اذان گفته شود، به آواز کردی است.[۴۷] اولین اذان سال در یکم هجری و در مدینه بود. در مسند ابوداود به اسناد صحیح از عبدالله پسر زید پسر عبد ربه انصاری آمده که او برای اولین بار پیشنهاد اذان را به محمد داده و محمد از او پذیرفته است.[۴۸]

تاریخ اسلام

نوشتار اصلی: تاریخ اسلام
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محمد

نوشتار اصلی: محمد

ابوالقاسم محمد بن عبدالله بن عبدالمطلب بن هاشم (‎۵۷۰ - ۶۳۲)، بنیان‌گذار و پیامبر دین اسلام است.[۴۹][۵۰] دربارهٔ زندگی محمد گزارش‌های فراوان و روشنی در متون تاریخی آمده‌است، ولی مانند هر شخصیت مهم تاریخی پیش از دنیای مدرن، تمام جزئیات زندگی او مشخص نیست. از این‌روی که محمد، از تأثیرگذارترین شخصیت‌های تاریخ بشری است؛ زندگانی، اعمال و افکار او در طی قرن‌ها، بین موافقان و مخالفانش محل اختلاف و منازعه بوده‌است.[۵۱] در دوران جوانی‌اش، او را امانت‌دار می‌دانستند و «محمد امین» خطاب می‌کردند.[۵۲]

در قرون وسطی، محمد در تصور عمومی غربیان بت یا خدایی پنداشته می‌شد که توسط مسلمانان پرستیده می‌شود. پس از اصلاحات پروتستانی، تصور غرب از محمد تغییر کرد، و در نگاه عمومی آنان به شخصی متقلب، مکار و خودخواه تبدیل شد.[۵۳]

پیش از پیامبری

در جوانی همراه گروهی از جوانان قبایل ده‌گانه مکه، درصدد برآمده بودند تا با ایجاد گروهی از پاسبان‌های داوطلب، اجازه ندهند تا حق ستم‌دیدگان توسط ستم‌کاران پایمال شود. نام پیمان این نیروهای داوطلب حلف‌الفضول (پیمان جوانمردان)، و محمد از شمار مؤسسان آن بود. او به این موضوع، که در جوانی در چنین نیرویی عضویت داشته‌است افتخار می‌کرد.[۵۲]

پیامبری در مکه

خدیجه همسرش، نخستین کسی بود که به وی ایمان آورد و پس از وی علی بن ابیطالب پسر عمو، و زید بن حارث پسر خوانده‌اش. شیعیان بر این باورند که طبق اسناد و مدارکی؛ محمد بارها در معرض عموم علی را به عنوان جانشین خود انتخاب کرده که از مهمترین این اسناد به «زمان دعوت از نزدیکان» (عشیره الاقربین)، و به آخرین سفر حج در غدیر خم اشاره می‌کنند و می‌گویند که در آن زمان حتی عمر و ابوبکر و دیگر صحابه با علی بیعت کرده‌اند. سنی‌ها این قضیه را منکرند، ولی علی را نیز همچون دیگر صحابه محترم می‌شمارند.[۵۴][۵۵][۵۶][۵۷] و نیز گفته می‌شود که جعفر ابن ابوطالب، زید (تنها مسلمانی که بجز محمد، نامش در قرآن آمده)، ابوذر، ابوبکر و زبیر نیز از زمره دیگر نخست ایمان آورندگان به اسلام بودند.[۵۸]

اولین مسلمانان

نوشتار اصلی: اولین مسلمانان

پس از شخص محمد امین پیامبر اسلام اولین زن، خدیجه همسر وی، و اولین مرد، علی امام اول شیعیان، و سپس ابابکر، زید بن حارث، اباذر غفاری، سعد بن ابی‌وقاص، لبابه دختر حارث، عبدالرحمن بن عوف، ابوعبیده جراح، عبدالله بن مسعود، عمار بن یاسر و سمیه مادر وی، در منابع با اختلاف در پسی و پیشی ذکر شده‌اند.[۵۹]

محمد تا سه سال پس از بعثت دعوت خود را آشکار نکرد. اولین گروهی که محمد آن‌ها را آشکارا به اسلام دعوت نمود، بستگان خودش بودند.[۶۰] پس از آن به کوه صفا رفت، و تمام قریش را به پذیرش اسلام فراخواند.[۶۱]

پس از مدتی سران قریش تصمیم به مقابله با وی گرفتند. اولین اقدام آن‌ها گفتگو با ابوطالب بود.[۶۲][۶۳][۶۴] سران قریش پس از آنکه کمک خواستن از ابوطالب را بی‌هوده دیدند، تصمیم به یاری جستن از یهودیان مدینه گرفتند، ایشان، سه سؤال را برای پرسش از محمد، مطرح کردند و گفتند اگر وی پاسخ را بداند، در پیامبری او شکی نیست. محمد درست زمانی که سران قریش احساس پیروزی می‌کردند، پاسخ آن پرسشها را داد.[۶۵][۶۶]

پیامبری در یثرب

گاه‌شمار محمد در مدینه
آغاز.  ۶۲۲ مهاجرت به مدینه (هجرت محمد)
۶۲۳ آغاز حمله مسلمانان به کاروان‌ها «سریه»
۶۲۳ سریه الکدر
۶۲۴ نبرد بدر: مسلمانان به مکه‌ای‌ها حمله کردند
۶۲۴ نبرد السویق، غنیمت گرفتن مسلمانان از ابوسفان
۶۲۴ شکست و تبعید بنی‌قینقاع توسط مسلمانان
۶۲۴ حمله به ذی عمرو
۶۲۴ ترور خالد بن سفیان و ابو رافع بن ابی الحُقَیْق
۶۲۵ غزوه احد: مکیه‌ای‌ها مسلمانان را شکست می‌دهند
۶۲۵ تلفات سنگین گروهای بن عمرو و رجیع اعزامی از طرف محمد
۶۲۵ نبرد حمرا اسد، مسلمانان توانستند دشمنشان را بترسانند و از حمله منصرفشان کنند
۶۲۵ تبعید بنی نظیر توسط مسلمانان پس از نبرد بنی نظیر
۶۲۵ نبردهای نجد، بدر و دومه الجندل
۶۲۷ نبرد احزاب
۶۲۷ غزوه بنی‌قریظه، محاصره موفق بنی‌قریظه
۶۲۸ صلح حدیبیه، دسترسی به کعبه
۶۲۸ موفقیت مسلمانان در تصرف پناهگاه خیبر
۶۲۹ نخستین سفر حج
۶۲۹ حمله به امپراتوری روم شرقی و شکست مسلمانان: غزوه مؤته
۶۳۰ تصرف مکه توسط مسلمانان
۶۳۰ نبرد حنین، پیروزی مسلمانان
۶۳۰ نبرد طائف، در ماه شوال روی داد و مسلمانان پیروز شدند
۶۳۱ تسلط بر بیشتر شبه‌جزیره عربستان
۶۳۲ حمله به غسانیان: نبرد تبوک
۶۳۲ آخرین حج محمد
۶۳۲ وفات در ۸ ژوئن


بر پایهٔ روایت‌های اسلامی، قریشیان برای کشتن محمد نقشه‌ای را طرح کردند. محمد به کمک علی ایشان را گمراه کرد، و به همراه ابوبکر از مکه بیرون رفت.[۶۷] به این سان، در سال ۶۲۲ میلادی (برابر با سال سیزدهم پس از آغاز دعوت خود) وی به مدینه که آبادی بزرگی بود هجرت کرد. همراهانی که با وی از مکه به مدینه مهاجرت کردند مهاجران، و مردم یثرب که پیامبر و مهاجران را یاری رسانده بودند انصار نامیده شدند. این هجرت مبدأ تقویم اسلامی شد.[۶۸]

به نوشته محمود طالقانی مسلمانان، معتقد به ذکر مشخصات پیامبری محمد در کتاب‌های مقدس پیش از او هستند، در حالی که یهودیان و مسیحیان چنین موضوعی را نپذیرفتند. او سبب هجرت اقوامی از یهودیان را به سرزمین حجاز، و سکونت در دهکدهٔ گمنام و بی نام و نشان یثرب را ناشی از همین پیش‌بینی‌ها و پیش‌گویی‌ها می‌داند.[۶۹]

مرگ

محمد در حجةالوداع، اضافه کردن ماه‌های اضافی را ممنوع می‌کند. (نتیجه اینکه هر سال، فقط ۱۲ ماه، خواهد داشت). نگاره‌ای از نسخه رونوشت عثمانی از کتاب «آثار الباقیه» (نگارنده: ابوریحان بیرونی) متعلق به قرن ۱۷ میلادی.

محمد چند ماه پس از حجة الوداع مریض شد، و چند روزی از سردرد و ضعف رنج برد.[۷۰] در روزی دوشنبه که محمد سخت بیمار بود و نتوانست از خانه بیرون رود، ابوبکر به پیش‌نمازی با مسلمانان نماز خواند.[۷۱] محمد سرانجام در همان روز دوشنبه ۲۸ صفر[۷۲] برابر با ۸ ژوئن ۶۳۲، در حالی که ۶۳ سال زیسته بود از دنیا رفت.[۷۰] پس از درگذشت محمد، ابوبکر وارد مسجد شد و آیه‌ای از قرآن را با این مضمون خواند: «محمد نیست مگر فرستاده‌ای که پیش از او فرستادگان آمده و رفته‌اند؛ پس آیا اگر او بمیرد و یا کشته شود به سوی گذشتگان‌تان بازخواهید گشت؟ و هر کس بازگردد به خدا آسیبی نمی‌زند، و خدا سپاس‌گزاران را پاداش می‌دهد. سپس گفت:

ای مردم، هر کس محمد را می‌پرستد، پس بداند همانا محمد مرده است و هر کس خدای محمّد را می‌پرستد، بداند که او زنده‌ای است که هرگز نمی‌میرد.[۷۰][۷۳]

او را در خانه عایشه همسرش دفن کردند. مسجدی که بعدها به محل دفنش افزوده شد، به زیارتگاه مسلمانان تبدیل شد.[۷۴]»[آل‌عمران ۱۴۴]

خلفای راشدین

نوشتار‌های اصلی: خلافت راشدین و خلفای راشدین
گستره قلمروی اسلامی      در زمان محمد (۶۲۲–۶۳۲)      در زمان خلافت راشدین (۶۳۲–۶۶۱)      در زمان بنی‌امیه (۶۶۱–۷۵۰)

ابوبکر، از صحابه[۷۵] و دوستان محمد،[۷۶][۷۷][۷۸] برای نخستین بار، لقب «صدیق» را از او دریافت کرد.[۷۷] او، هنگامی که اسلام را پذیرفت، حدود ۴۰ سال سن داشت.[۷۹] پس از درگذشت محمد، اتحاد میان مهاجران، به خصوص زمینه‌سازی عمر و ابوعبیده بن جراح، کار را برای تصدی مقام خلافت توسط ابوبکر، هموار کرد. هر چند منذر بن ارقم در دفاع از علی بن ابیطالب سخن راند، ولی عدم حضور بنی هاشم باعث شد تا سرانجام، در حالی که علی بن ابیطالب، به تغسیل و تدفین ایشان مشغول بود[۸۰] اهل سقیفه کار را تمام کرده و از هر عملی که موجب سستی پایه‌های بیعت با ابوبکر شود، جلوگیری کنند.[۸۱]

عمر بن خطاب (به عربی: ابو حفص عمر بن الخطاب بن نفیل بن عبد العزی)، از قدرتمندترین خلفای راشدین و فرمانروایان مسلمان در طول تاریخ اسلام می‌باشد[۸۲] که تحت فرمان او، سرزمین بین‌النهرین و سوریه را فتح شده و استیلای بر پارس و مصر آغاز شد.[۸۳][۸۴][۸۵] عمر پس از ابوبکر در سال ۶۳۴ میلادی، به خلافت رسید و نخستین کسی بود که لقب «امیرالمؤمنین» را برای خود برگزید.[۸۶][۸۷] در منابع اهل تسنن ادعا شده است، در سال هفتم پس از مرگ محمد، عمر با ام کلثوم دختر علی ابن ابی طالب ازدواج کرد.[۸۸][۸۹] ولی شیعیان ادعا می‌کنند که عمر قاتل فاطمه زهرا است و علی دخترش را هرگز به ازدواج قاتل همسرش درنیاورد.[۹۰] عمر بن خطاب، در طول ده سال خلافت خود، زندگی اقتصادی ساده‌ای داشت و از تجمل گرایی سخت متنفر بود. از جمله خصوصیات عمر بن خطاب سختگیری او در مورد غیر عرب بود؛ به عنوان مثال چنانچه در منابع اهل سنت ذکر شده‌است وی دستور داده بود که سهم بیت المال غیر عرب‌ها برابر سهم بردگانِ عرب باشد[۹۱] و نیز اگر مرد عرب از عجم زن گرفت و بچه‌ای از این ازدواج به دنیا آمد، چنانچه آن بچه در بلاد عرب به دنیا بیاید از پدرش ارث می‌برد و اگر در سرزمین غیر عرب به دنیا بیاید از پدرش ارث نمی‌برد[۹۲] ویا از ورود غیر عرب‌ها به پایتخت حکومت اسلامی که شعار برابری نژادها را داشت[۹۳][۹۴] منع کرد[۹۵] او توسط یک ایرانی به نام پیروز نهاوندی کشته شود.[۸۴] عمر، در آخرین روزهای عمر خود، شش تن از صحابه را مأمور نمود تا در مدت سه روز خلیفه سوم را تعیین کنند. این شش تن، عبارت بودند از: علی بن ابیطالب، عثمان بن عفان، عبدالرحمن بن عوف، زبیر بن عوام، طلحة بن عبید اللّه و سعد بن ابی‌وقاص. عمر چنین دستور داد که: «اگر چهار نفر نظری دادند و دو نفر مخالف شدند، آن دو نفر را گردن بزن و اگر سه نفر توافق کردند و سه نفر مخالفت نمودند، سه نفری که عبد الرحمان در میان ایشان نیست، گردن بزن، و اگر سه روز گذشت و بر کسی توافق حاصل نکردند، همه ایشان را گردن بزن».[۹۶] در این سه روز مذاکرات زیادی انجام شد و نتیجه بین علی و عثمان مردّد شد. سرانجام، عبدالرحمن، عثمان را انتخاب کرد و عثمان، به خلافت رسید.[۹۷]

بخشش فراوان عثمان از بیت المال به خویشاوندانش[۹۸] که پیشاپیش توسط خلیفهٔ دوم پیش بینی شده بود،[۹۹][۱۰۰] و مال اندوزی او،[۱۰۱][۱۰۲] از علل طغیان مردم علیه او به شمار می‌رود. علاوه بر این دلایل، علی بن ابیطالب، بی تابی مردم در برافکندن عثمان از خلافت را دلیل دیگری بر قتل عثمان می‌داند.[۱۰۳] پس از کشته شدن عثمان به دست شورشیانی از مصر و کوفه و بصره، نظرها بر علی و طلحه بود. در این میان اهالی مصر متمایل به طلحه بودند و انصار، بصریان و کوفیان تمایل بر خلافت علی داشتند.

سرانجام، ابوالحسن علی ابن ابی طالب در ۱۹ ذیحجه سال ۳۵ برابر ۱۸ ژوئن ۶۵۶، به خلافت برگزیده شد.[۱۰۴]

علی علاوه بر اینکه در مسائل شرعی (به‌خاطر وقوف بسیار زیاد او بر قرآن و سنت)[۱۰۵] و در فقه، تفسیر، سیاست، محل رجوع مسلمین (به خصوص خلیفه دوم) بود[۱۰۶][۱۰۷][۱۰۸][۱۰۹] در سخنوری و ادبیات نیز چیره بود. مرتضی مطهری به نقل از محمد عبده سخن او را شیواترین سخن پس از قرآن می‌داند.[۱۱۰][۱۱۱] به طوری که وابستگان بنی امیه، گفتارش را از حفظ می‌کردند، تا بیانشان شیوا شود. بخشی از گفتارها و نوشتارهای وی در کتابی به نام نهج البلاغه جمع‌آوری شد. به گفتهٔ اروینگ، علی، شخصی دلیر، سخنور و بخشنده بود.[۱۱۲]

خلفای اموی، عباسی و فاطمی

نوشتار‌های اصلی: امویان، خلافت عباسیان و خلفای فاطمی

پس از صلح حسن و معاویه، حکومت به بنی امیه و سپس به بنی عباس رسید. عبدالرحمان سوم و جانشینانش در آندلس، فاطمیان، حفصیان و مرینیان نیز خود را جانشین محمد می‌دانستند. سلاطین عثمانی هیچ‌گاه رسماً خلیفه نبودند. تنها عبدالمجید دوم از ۱۹۲۲ تا ۱۹۴۴ خود را خلیفه تمامی مسلمانان خواند.[۱۱۳]

مذاهب اسلامی

نوشتار اصلی: مذاهب اسلامی
مذاهب اسلامی در یک نگاه

مسلمانان به دو مذهب عمده شیعه و سنی بخش می‌شوند. هر یک از این دو فرقه انشعاباتی دارند. برای نمونه صوفی‌گری در میان شیعه و سنی وجود دارد.

شیعه

نوشتار اصلی: شیعه

شیعیان بر این باورند که امام و جانشین پیامبر اسلام از راه نص شرعی تعیین می‌شود و امامت علی، نخستین امام شیعیان و دیگر امامان شیعه نیز از راه نص شرعی ثابت شده‌است.[۱۱۴] اصول دین در تشیّع پنج‌گانه است و علاوه بر سه اصل دین توحید، نبوت و معاد، به دو اصل دیگر یعنی عدل و امامت نیز باور دارند:

  • عدل:یعنی اعتقاد به عدالت خدا
  • امامت:یعنی اعتقاد به ضرورت فرستادن امامان از سوی خدا برای راهنمایی بشر.

مهم‌ترین مذاهب شیعه، عبارتند از دوازده‌امامی، اسماعیلیه، زیدیه، کیسانیه، واقفیه و فطحیه.

اهل سنت

نوشتار اصلی: سنی
نقشه پراکندگی مذهبی در میان کشورهای اسلامی

اهل سنت بر این باورند محمد، پیامبر اسلام، پس از خود جانشینی تعیین نکرد و پس از فوت محمد مسلمانان آن زمان بر اساس شورا یک تن را به عنوان خلیفه مسلمین انتخاب کرده‌اند.[نیازمند منبع] در آغاز در سقیفهٔ بنی ساعده، ابوبکر را که از صحابه (یاران) و نزدیکان محمد بود و در میان مسلمانان محبوبیت و اعتبار زیادی داشت، برای خلافت پس از محمد بر جامعه نوبنیاد مسلمانان انتخاب کردند. سنیان به چهار مکتب فقهی عمده که عبارتند از: حنفی، مالکی، شافعی و حنبلی تقسیم می‌گردند.

دیگر فرقه‌های اسلامی

نوشتار اصلی: خوارج
نوشتار اصلی: تصوف

اسلام در جهان

برخی ادعا دارند که: پیامبر اسلام زمانی که در مدینه بود، برای سران امپراتوری‌های جهان نامه نگاری کرد و آنها را به اسلام دعوت نمود. یکی از این نامه‌ها خطاب به خسرو پرویز شاه ایران بود. (هرچند مدرک مستند و سند تاریخی برای این نامه‌نگاری‌ها تاکنون به دست نیامده است) پس از درگذشت محمد، مسلمانان در زمان خلیفه دوم به فرمان عمر، به ایران حمله کردند؛ و طی تقریباً ۱۰ سال ایران جز نواحی گیلان و مازندران گشوده شد.

اسلام به سرزمین‌هایی با زبان و فرهنگ متفاوت پا گذاشت. مردمان این سرزمین‌ها که ندای برابری و بالندگی اسلام آنان را جذب کرده بود، برای فهم بیش‌تر کلام خدا به فراگیری زبان عربی پرداختند. به این ترتیب، برای نخستین‌بار یک زبان بین‌المللی در گسترهٔ وسیعی از جهان رایج شد که به گسترش دانش کمک زیادی کرد. زبان مشترک باعث شد که هیچ دانشمندی در سرزمین‌های اسلامی، احساس غربت نکند و برای دانش‌اندوزی به شهرهای مختلف سفر کند. نگارش کتاب به زبان عربی باعث شد هر دانشمندی از دستاوردهای علمی دانشمندان دیگر آگاه شود و ارتباط علمی، که برای پیشرفت دانش اهمیت زیادی دارد، امکان‌پذیر شود. ترجمهٔ آثار علمی تمدن‌های پیشین به عربی باعث شد که برای نخستین بار بخش عمده‌ای از دستاوردهای علمی و فرهنگی بشر تا آن زمان، کنار هم قرار گیرد.[۱۱۵]

بعضی نویسندگان غربی دربارهٔ سهم اسلام در تمدن جهان نوشته‌اند. از جمله دکتر ناصرالدین صاحب زمانی در کتاب خداوند دو کعبه، صص:۲۲۹–۲۲۶ دربارهٔ کتابی با عنوان «سهم اسلام در تمدن جهان»، تألیف استانوود کاب می‌نویسد: «۵ ماه پیش از سفرم به بُستُن، در فروردین ۱۳۴۶ در کتابخانهٔ مسجد زیبای واشنگتن، به کتاب کوچکی از یک نویسندهٔ آمریکایی برخوردم که از جهاتی چند دارای گیرایی خاص بود. کتاب نوشتهٔ استن وود کاب سهم اسلام در تمدن جهان نام دارد (Islamic contribution to civilization) و یکی از کم نظیرترین کتاب‌هایی به شمار می‌رود که در کمال اختصار، لیکن با رسایی و دیدی وسیع و جامع، دربارهٔ اهمیت تمدن اسلامی برای تاریخ و فرهنگ انسانی، به یک زبان زندهٔ غربی، تا آنجا که نویسنده آگاهی دارد، تا کنون تدوین یافته است.»[۱۱۶]

جدول کشورهای اسلامی بر اساس جمعیت[۱۱۷]

رتبه کشور جمعیت نسبت جمعیت مسلمان‌ها مذهب فرقه
۱  اندونزی ۲۲۸٬۵۸۲٬۰۰۰ ۸۶٫۱٪[۱۱۸] سنی شافعی
۲  پاکستان ۱۷۲٬۸۰۰٬۰۰۰[۱۱۹] ۹۷٪[۱۲۰] سنی/شیعه حنفی/جعفری
۳  بنگلادش ۱۶۲٬۲۲۱٬۰۰۰[۱۲۱] ۸۹٪[۱۲۲] سنی حنفی
۴  نیجریه ۱۵۴٬۲۷۹٬۰۰۰[۱۲۳] ۵۰٪[۱۲۴] سنی مالکی
۵  مصر ۷۷٬۱۰۰٬۰۰۰[۱۲۵] ۹۰٪[۱۲۶] سنی شافعی
۶  ترکیه ۷۱٬۵۱۷٬۱۰۰[۱۲۷] ۹۹٫۸٪[۱۲۸] سنی علوی/حنفی
۷  ایران ۷۳٬۴۹۵٬۷۸۲[۱۲۹] ۹۸٪[۱۳۰] شیعه/سنی جعفری/حنفی
۸  سودان ۳۹٬۳۷۹٬۳۵۸ ۷۰٪[۱۳۱] سنی مالکی
۹  الجزایر ۳۳٬۷۶۹٬۶۶۹[۱۳۲] ۹۹٪[۱۳۳] سنی مالکی
۱۰  افغانستان ۳۲٬۷۳۸٬۳۷۶[۱۳۴] ۹۹٪[۱۳۵] شیعه/سنی جعفری/حنفی
۱۱  مراکش ۳۳٬۷۲۳٬۴۱۸ ۹۹٪[۱۳۶] سنی مالکی
۱۲  عراق ۳۱٬۲۳۴٬۰۰۰[۱۳۷] ۹۷٪[۱۳۸] شیعه/سنی جعفری/حنفی
۱۳  مالزی ۲۷٬۷۳۰٬۰۰۰[۱۳۹] ۶۰٫۴٪[۱۴۰] سنی شافعی
۱۴  عربستان سعودی ۲۷٬۶۰۱٬۰۳۸[۱۴۱] ۱۰۰٪[۱][۱۴۲] سنی جعفری/حنبلی
۱۵  ازبکستان ۲۷٬۳۷۲٬۰۰۰ ۸۸٪[۱۴۳] سنی الحنفی

اسلام و دیگر اندیشه‌ها

مسلمانان بر این باورند که خدا پیام خود را از راه وحی بر محمد و پیامبران دیگر از جمله آدم، نوح، ابراهیم، موسی و عیسی فروفرستاد.
در واقع مسلمانان معتقدند که دین خدا در اصل از آدم تا محمد یکی است و این اصول در قرآن گردآمده‌اند. متون اسلامی این‌گونه بیان می‌کنند که یهودیت و مسیحیت مشتقاتی از تعالیم ابراهیم بوده و در نتیجه از دین‌های ابراهیمی به شمار می‌آیند. قرآن، از یهودیان و مسیحیان (و دیگر معتقدان به ادیان با منشأ الهی) به صورت «اهل کتاب» یاد می‌کند.[۱۴۴]

منتقدان

نوشتار اصلی: نقد اسلام

علی دشتی در کتاب «۲۳ سال» عقاید پایه مسلمانان را مورد انتقاد قرار داد که قرآن از سوی خدا فرستاده نشده و تنها سخنان محمد و از روی وجدان پاک او بوده‌است و قرآن چیز تازه‌ای برای ارائه نداشته بلکه تنها افکار و عقاید دیگر را به شکل خودش گردآوری کرده و با سخنان شخصی محمد خود را مدعی کلام خدا بودن دانسته‌است.[۱۴۵] است. از زمان انتشار کتاب بیست و سه سال نقدهایی هم بر آن نوشته شده‌است که از جملهٔ آنها می‌توان به کتاب‌های «خیانت در روایت تاریخ» و «راز بزرگ رسالت» اشاره کرد.

شجاع‌الدین شفا هم در کتاب‌های «تولدی دیگر» و «پس از ۱۴۰۰ سال» ادیان سامی و دین اسلام را نقد کرده‌است. احمد کسروی هم از منتقدان اسلام است.[۱۴۶]

نگارخانه

نگاهی به اسلام

جستارهای وابسته

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    لا یحیط الخلائق باللّه- عزّ و جلّ- علما، [إذ هو] - تبارک و تعالی- جعل علی أبصار القلوب الغطاء، فلا فهم یناله بالکیف، و لا قلب یثبته بالحدود. فلا تصفه إلّا کما وصف نفسه. لَیْسَ کَمِثْلِهِ شَیْءٌ
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    «Philosophe, orateur, apôtre, législateur, guerrier, conquérant d'idées, restaurateur de dogmes, d'un culte sans images, fondateur de vingt empires terrestres et d'un empire spirituel, voilà Mahomet!»

  50. مرکز تعلیمات اسلامی واشنگتن - بعثت پیغمبر
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  55. تاریخ بغداد جلد ۲ صفحهٔ ۸۱
  56. مسند احمد جلد ۵ صفحه۲۶ (قال رسول‌الله:إنه لأول اصحابی إسلاما او اقدم امتی سلما)
  57. علامه امینی الغدیر جلد۳ صفحهٔ ۲۲۰
  58. مرکز تعلیمات اسلامی واشنگتن - پس از بعثت پیغمبر
  59. * السنن الکبری، النسائی، دارالکتب العلمیه، بیروت، لبنان، جلد ۵، صفحه ۴۴؛
    • السنن الکبری، البیهقی، دارالفکر، جلد ۶، صفحه ۲۰۷؛
    • مجمع الزوائد، الهیثمی، دارالکتب العلمیة، بیروت، جلد ۹، صفحه ۱۱۹؛
    • المصنف، عبد الرزاق الصنعانی، منشورات المجلس العلمی، جلد ۱۱، صفحه ۲۲۷؛
    • کتاب الأوائل، ابن أبی عاصم شیبانی، صفحه ۷۹؛
    • کتاب الأوائل، الطبرانی، دارالخلفاء للکتاب الإسلامی، کویت، صفحه ۷۸؛
    • المعجم الکبیر، الطبرانی، دار إحیاء التراث العربی، جلد۱۱، صفحه ۲۱؛
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For other uses, see Islam (disambiguation).
The Kaaba in Mecca is the direction of prayer and destination of pilgrimage for Muslims all over the world.

Islam (/ˈɪslɑːm/;[note 1] Arabic: الإسلام‎‎, al-ʾIslām IPA: [alʔisˈlaːm];[note 2] is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion articulated by the Quran, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Allāh), and, for the vast majority of adherents, by the teachings and normative example (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570–8 June 632 CE). An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim.[1] Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable[2] and that the purpose of existence is to worship God.[3] Muslims consider Muhammad to be the last prophet of God.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Muslims also believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed many times before through prophets including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.[10] As for the Quran, Muslims consider it to be both the unaltered and the final revelation of God.[11] Religious concepts and practices include the five pillars of Islam, which are obligatory acts of worship, and following Islamic law, which touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, from banking and welfare to the status of women and the environment.[12][13]

Islam began in the early 7th century. Originating in Mecca, it quickly spread in the Arabian peninsula and by the 8th century the Islamic empire was extended from Iberia in the west to the Indus river in the east. The Islamic Golden Age refers to the period traditionally dated from the 8th century to the 13th century when much of the historically Islamic world was experiencing a scientific, economic and cultural flourishing.[14][15][16] The expansion of the Muslim world involved various caliphates and empires, traders and conversion to Islam by missionary activities.[17]

Most Muslims are of one of two denominations:[18][19] Sunni (75–90%)[20] or Shia (10–20%).[21] About 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia,[22] the largest Muslim-majority country, 32% in South Asia,[23] 20% in the Middle East,[24] and 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa.[25] Sizable Muslim communities are also found in Europe, China, Russia, and the Americas. Converts and immigrant communities are found in almost every part of the world. Islam is the world's second-largest religion and the fastest-growing major religion in the world,[26][27] with over 1.7 billion followers or 23% of the global population.[28][29][30]

Etymology and meaning

The dome of the Carol I Mosque in Constanța, Romania, topped by the Islamic crescent

Islam is a verbal noun originating from the triliteral root s-l-m which forms a large class of words mostly relating to concepts of wholeness, submission, safeness and peace.[31] In a religious context it means "voluntary submission to God".[32][33] Islām is the verbal noun of Form IV of the root, and means "submission" or "surrender". Muslim, the word for an adherent of Islam, is the active participle of the same verb form, and means "one who submits" or "one who surrenders". Believers demonstrate submission to God by serving God, following his commands, and rejecting polytheism. The word sometimes has distinct connotations in its various occurrences in the Quran. In some verses, there is stress on the quality of Islam as an internal conviction: "Whomsoever God desires to guide, He opens his heart to Islam."[34] Islam, by its own inner logic, embraces every possible facet of existence, for God has named Himself al-Muḥīṭ, the All-Embracing.[35]

Other verses connect Islām and dīn (usually translated as "religion"): "Today, I have perfected your religion (dīn) for you; I have completed My blessing upon you; I have approved Islam for your religion."[36] Still others describe Islam as an action of returning to God—more than just a verbal affirmation of faith.[37] In the Hadith of Gabriel, islām is presented as one part of a triad that includes imān (faith), and ihsān (excellence), where islām is defined theologically as Tawhid, historically by asserting that Muhammad is messenger of God, and doctrinally by mandating five basic and fundamental pillars of practice.[38][39]

Islam was historically called Muhammadanism in non-Islamic Anglophone societies. As contact between Islamic and non-Islamic societies increased, this term came to be regarded as pejorative, sometimes to the level of being a slur, and has therefore fallen out of polite use, especially since the 1950s. The term is sometimes said to be offensive or insulting because it suggests that a human being is central to Muslims' religion, and/or because it parallels the formation of Christianity, and thus supposedly equates Muhammad and Jesus Christ. Some authors, however, continue to use the term Muhammadanism as a technical term for the religious system (of Islam) as opposed to the theological concept of  اسلام that exists within that system.[40]

Articles of faith

Main articles: Aqidah and Iman

Faith (Iman) in the Islamic creed (Aqidah) is often represented as the six articles of faith, notably spelled out in the Hadith of Gabriel.

Concept of God

Medallion showing the word "Allah" (God) in Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.
Main articles: God in Islam and Allah

Islam is often seen as having the simplest doctrines of the major religions.[27] Its most fundamental concept is a rigorous monotheism, called tawḥīd (Arabic: توحيد‎‎). God is described in chapter 112 of the Quran as:[41] "Say: He is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; He begetteth not, nor is He begotten; And there is none like unto Him."(112:1-4) Muslims repudiate polytheism and idolatry, called Shirk, and reject the Christian doctrine of the Trinity and divinity of Jesus. In Islam, God is beyond all comprehension and Muslims are not expected to visualize God.[42][43][44][45] God is described and referred to by certain names or attributes, the most common being Al-Rahmān, meaning "The Compassionate" and Al-Rahīm, meaning "The Merciful" (See Names of God in Islam).[46]

Muslims believe that the creation of everything in the universe was brought into being by God's sheer command, "'Be' and so it is,"[47] and that the purpose of existence is to worship God.[48] He is viewed as a personal god who responds whenever a person in need or distress calls him.[49] There are no intermediaries, such as clergy, to contact God who states, "I am nearer to him than (his) jugular vein."[50]

Allāh is the term with no plural or gender used by Muslims and Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews to reference God, while ʾilāh (Arabic: إله‎‎) is the term used for a deity or a god in general.[51] Other non-Arab Muslims might use different names as much as Allah, for instance "Tanrı" in Turkish, "Khodā" in Persian or Ḵẖudā in Urdu.

Angels

Angels

Belief in angels is fundamental to the faith of Islam. The Arabic word for angel (Arabic: ملك‎‎ malak) means "messenger", like its counterparts in Hebrew (malʾákh) and Greek (angelos). According to the Quran, angels do not possess free will, and therefore worship and obey God in total obedience. Angels' duties include communicating revelations from God, glorifying God, recording every person's actions, and taking a person's soul at the time of death. Muslims believe that angels are made of light. They are described as "messengers with wings—two, or three, or four (pairs): He [God] adds to Creation as He pleases..."[52] Some scholars have emphasized a metaphorical reinterpretation of the concept of angels.[53] Pictorial depictions of angels are generally avoided in Islamic Art, as the idea of giving form to anything immaterial is not accepted.[54] Muslims therefore do not generally share the perceptions of angelic pictorial depictions, such as those found in Western Art.

Additionally, another kind of being that is sapient in Islam is called Jinn, who are believed to be invisible to humans and include Satan.

Revelations

11th-century Quranic manuscript with vocalization marks.
Main articles: Islamic holy books, Quran, and Wahy

The Islamic holy books are the records which most Muslims believe were dictated by God to various prophets. Muslims believe that parts of the previously revealed scriptures, the Tawrat (Torah) and the Injil (Gospels), had become distorted—either in interpretation, in text, or both.[55] The Quran (literally, "Reading" or "Recitation") is viewed by Muslims as the final revelation and literal word of God and is widely regarded as the finest literary work in the Arabic language.[56][57]

Muslims believe that the verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad by God through the archangel Gabriel (Jibrīl) on many occasions between 610 CE until his death on June 8, 632.[58] While Muhammad was alive, all of these revelations were written down by his companions (sahabah), although the prime method of transmission was orally through memorization.[59]

The Quran is divided into 114 suras, or chapters, which combined, contain 6,236 āyāt, or verses. The chronologically earlier suras, revealed at Mecca, are primarily concerned with ethical and spiritual topics. The later Medinan suras mostly discuss social and moral issues relevant to the Muslim community.[60]

The Quran is more concerned with moral guidance than legal instruction, and is considered the "sourcebook of Islamic principles and values".[61] Muslim jurists consult the hadith ("reports"), or the written record of Prophet Muhammad's life, to both supplement the Quran and assist with its interpretation. The science of Quranic commentary and exegesis is known as tafsir.[62] The set of rules governing proper pronunciation is called tajwid.

Muslims usually view "the Quran" as the original scripture as revealed in Arabic and that any translations are necessarily deficient, which are regarded only as commentaries on the Quran.[63]

Prophets and sunnah

The Arabic word for prophets preceded by the honorific "peace be upon them".
Main articles: Prophets in Islam, Sunnah, and Hadith

Muslims identify the prophets of Islam (Arabic: أنۢبياء‎‎ anbiyāʾ ) as those humans chosen by God to be his messengers. According to the Quran, the prophets were instructed by God to bring the "will of God" to the peoples of the nations. Muslims believe that prophets are human and not divine, though some are able to perform miracles to prove their claim. Islamic theology says that all of God's messengers preached the message of Islam—submission to the will of God. The Quran mentions the names of numerous figures considered prophets in Islam, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, among others.[64]

Muslims believe that God finally sent Muhammad as the last law bearing prophet (Seal of the Prophets) to convey the divine message to the whole world (to sum up and to finalize the word of God). In Islam, the "normative" example of Muhammad's life is called the Sunnah (literally "trodden path"). Muslims are encouraged to emulate Muhammad's actions in their daily lives and the Sunnah is seen as crucial to guiding interpretation of the Quran.[65] This example is preserved in traditions known as hadith, which recount his words, his actions, and his personal characteristics. Hadith Qudsi is a sub-category of hadith, regarded as verbatim words of God quoted by Muhammad but is not part of the Quran.

A hadith involves two elements- a chain of narrators, called sanad, and the actual wording, called matn. Hadiths can be classified, by studying the narration, as "authentic" or "correct", called Sahih (Arabic: صَحِيْح‎‎), "good", called Ḥasan (Arabic: حَسَن‎‎) or "weak", called Ḍaʻīf (Arabic: ضَعِيْف‎‎) among others. Muhammad al-Bukhari[66] collected over 300,000 hadith, but only included 2,602 distinct hadith that passed the tests that codified them as authentic into his book Sahih al-Bukhari,[66] which is considered by many to be the most authentic source after the Quran.[67][68]

Resurrection and judgment

Main article: Qiyama

Belief in the "Day of Resurrection", Yawm al-Qiyāmah (Arabic: يوم القيامة‎‎) is also crucial for Muslims. They believe the time of Qiyāmah is preordained by God but unknown to man. The trials and tribulations preceding and during the Qiyāmah are described in the Quran and the hadith, and also in the commentaries of scholars. The Quran emphasizes bodily resurrection, a break from the pre-Islamic Arabian understanding of death.[69]

On Yawm al-Qiyāmah, Muslims believe all mankind will be judged on their good and bad deeds and consigned to Jannah (paradise) or Jahannam (hell). The Qurʼan in Surat al-Zalzalah describes this as, "So whoever does an atom's weight of good will see it (99:7) and whoever does an atom's weight of evil will see it (99:8)." The Qurʼan lists several sins that can condemn a person to hell, such as disbelief in God (Arabic: كفر‎‎ kufr), and dishonesty; however, the Qurʼan makes it clear God will forgive the sins of those who repent if he so wills. Good deeds, such as charity, prayer and compassion towards animals,[70][71] will be rewarded with entry to heaven. Muslims view heaven as a place of joy and bliss, with Qurʼanic references describing its features and the physical pleasures to come. Mystical traditions in Islam place these heavenly delights in the context of an ecstatic awareness of God.[72]

Yawm al-Qiyāmah is also identified in the Quran as Yawm ad-Dīn (Arabic: يوم الدين‎‎), "Day of Religion";[73] as-sāʿah (Arabic: الساعة‎‎), "the Last Hour";[74] and al-Qāriʿah (Arabic: القارعة‎‎), "The Clatterer".[75]

Divine will

Main article: Qadar

The concept of divine will is referred to as al-qadā wa'l-qadar (Arabic: قدر‎‎), which literally derives from a root that means to measure. Everything, good and bad, is believed to have been decreed.[76]

Five pillars

Main article: Five Pillars of Islam

The Pillars of Islam (arkan al-Islam; also arkan ad-din, "pillars of religion") are five basic acts in Islam, considered obligatory for all believers. The Quran presents them as a framework for worship and a sign of commitment to the faith. They are (1) the creed (shahadah), (2) daily prayers (salat), (3) almsgiving (zakah), (4) fasting during Ramadan and (5) the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) at least once in a lifetime if you are financially and physically able to.[77] Both Shia and Sunni sects agree on the essential details for the performance of these acts.[78]

Testimony

Silver coin of the Mughal Emperor Akbar with inscriptions of the Islamic declaration of faith
Main article: Shahadah

The Shahadah,[79] which is the basic creed of Islam that must be recited under oath with the specific statement: "'ašhadu 'al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu wa 'ašhadu 'anna muħammadan rasūlu-llāh", or "I testify that there is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God."[80] This testament is a foundation for all other beliefs and practices in Islam. Muslims must repeat the shahadah in prayer, and non-Muslims wishing to convert to Islam are required to recite the creed.[81]

Prayer

Main article: Salat
See also: Mosque and Jumu'ah

Ritual prayers, called Ṣalāh or Ṣalāt (Arabic: صلاة), must be performed five times a day. Salat is intended to focus the mind on God, and is seen as a personal communication with him that expresses gratitude and worship. Salat is compulsory but flexibility in the specifics is allowed depending on circumstances. The prayers are recited in the Arabic language, and consist of verses from the Quran.[82] The prayers are done with the chest in direction of the kaaba though in the early days of Islam, they were done in direction of Jerusalem.

A mosque is a place of worship for Muslims, who often refer to it by its Arabic name, masjid. The word mosque in English refers to all types of buildings dedicated to Islamic worship, although there is a distinction in Arabic between the smaller, privately owned mosque and the larger, "collective" mosque (masjid jāmi').[83] Although the primary purpose of the mosque is to serve as a place of prayer, it is also important to the Muslim community as a place to meet and study. In Medina, Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, or the Prophet's Mosque, was also a place of refuge for the poor.[84] Modern mosques have evolved greatly from the early designs of the 7th century, and contain a variety of architectural elements such as minarets.[85]

Alms-giving

Main articles: Zakat and Sadaqah

"Zakāt" (Arabic: زكاة‎‎ zakāh "alms") is giving a fixed portion of accumulated wealth by those who can afford it to help the poor or needy and for those employed to collect Zakat; also, for bringing hearts together, freeing captives, for those in debt (or bonded labour) and for the (stranded) traveller.[86][87] It is considered a religious obligation (as opposed to voluntary charity) that the well-off owe to the needy because their wealth is seen as a "trust from God's bounty". Conservative estimates of annual zakat is estimated to be 15 times global humanitarian aid contributions.[88] The amount of zakat to be paid on capital assets (e.g. money) is 2.5% (1/40) per year,[89] for people who are not poor. The Quran and the hadith also urge a Muslim to give even more as an act of voluntary alms-giving called Sadaqah.[90]

Fasting

Main article: Sawm
Further information: Sawm of Ramadan

Fasting, (Arabic: صوم‎‎ ṣawm), from food and drink (among other things) must be performed from dawn to dusk during the month of Ramadhan. The fast is to encourage a feeling of nearness to God, and during it Muslims should express their gratitude for and dependence on him, atone for their past sins, and think of the needy. Sawm is not obligatory for several groups for whom it would constitute an undue burden. For others, flexibility is allowed depending on circumstances, but missed fasts usually must be made up quickly.[91]

Pilgrimage

Pilgrims at the Masjid al-Haram on Hajj
Main articles: Hajj and Umrah

The obligatory Islamic pilgrimage, called the ḥajj (Arabic: حج‎‎), has to be performed during the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the city of Mecca. Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it must make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in his or her lifetime. Rituals of the Hajj include: spending a day and a night in the tents in the desert plain of Mina, then a day in the desert plain of Arafat praying and worshiping God, following the foot steps of Abraham; then spending a night out in the open, sleeping on the desert sand in the desert plain of Muzdalifah; then moving to Jamarat, symbolically stoning the Devil recounting Abraham's actions;[92][93][94] then going to Mecca and walking seven times around the Kaaba which Muslims believe was built as a place of worship by Abraham; then walking seven times between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah recounting the steps of Abraham's wife, while she was looking for water for her son Ismael in the desert before Mecca developed into a settlement.[95] Another form of pilgrimage, Umrah, can be undertaken at any time of the year.

Law and jurisprudence

Main articles: Sharia and Fiqh

The Shariʻah (literally "the path leading to the watering place") is Islamic law and constitutes a system of duties that are incumbent upon a Muslim by virtue of his or her religious belief.[96] The study of Islamic law is called Fiqh, or "Islamic jurisprudence". The methods of jurisprudence used are known as usul al-fiqh ("legal theory", or "principles of jurisprudence"). Much of it has evolved with the objective to prevent innovation or alteration in the original religion, known as bid‘ah. Four fundamental evidence, codified by ash-Shafi'i, used are, in order of precedence: the Quran, the Hadith (the practice of Muhammad), the consensus of the Muslim jurists (ijma), and analogical reasoning (qiyas). Rulings over actions can be categorized as those that are obligatory (fardh) recommendanded (mustahabb), permissible (mubah), not recommended (makrooh) and prohibited (haraam).

The Quran set the rights, the responsibilities and the rules for people and for societies to adhere to. Muhammad provided an example, which is recorded in the hadith books, showing how he practically implemented those rules in a society.

Men reading the Quran

Many of the Sharia laws that differ are devised through Ijtihad where there is no such ruling in the Quran or the Hadiths of Islamic prophet Muhammad regarding a similar case.[97][98] As Muhammad's companions went to new areas,[99] they were pragmatic and in some cases continued to use the same ruling as was given in that area during pre-Islamic times. If the population felt comfortable with it, it was just and they used Ijtihad to deduce that it did not conflict with the Quran or the Hadith. This made it easier for the different communities to integrate into the Islamic State and that assisted in the quick expansion of the Islamic State.

Islamic law covers all aspects of life, from matters of state, like governance and foreign relations, to issues of daily living. The Quran defines hudud as the punishments for five specific crimes: unlawful intercourse, false accusation of unlawful intercourse, consumption of alcohol, theft, and highway robbery. The Quran and Sunnah also contain laws of inheritance, marriage, and restitution for injuries and murder, as well as rules for fasting, charity, and prayer.

Scholars

Main article: Ulama
Imam teaches the Quran in Crimea, (1850s, lithograph by Carlo Bossoli)

Islam, like Judaism, has no clergy in the sacerdotal sense, such as priests who mediate between God and people. However, there are many terms in Islam to refer to religiously sanctioned positions of Islam. In the broadest sense, the term ulema (Arabic: علماء‎‎) is used to describe the body of Muslim scholars who have completed several years of training and study of Islamic sciences. A jurist who interprets Islamic law is called a mufti (Arabic: مفتي‎‎) and often issues judicial opinions, called fatwas. A scholar of jurisprudence is called a faqih (Arabic: فقيه‎‎). Someone who studies the science of hadith is called a muhaddith. A qadi is a judge in an Islamic court. Honorific titles given to scholars include shiekh, mullah and maulvi. Imam (Arabic: إمام‎‎) is a leadership position, often used in the context of conducting Islamic worship services.

Schools of jurisprudence

The main Islamic madh'habs (schools of law) of Muslim countries or distributions
Main article: Madhab

A school of jurisprudence is referred to as a madhab (Arabic: مذهب‎‎). The four major Sunni schools are the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, Hanbali and sometimes Ẓāhirī while the two major Shia schools are Ja'fari and Zaidi. Each differ in their methodology, called Usul al-fiqh. The following of decisions by a religious expert without necessarily examining the decision's reasoning is called taqlid. The term ghair muqallid literally refers to those who do not use taqlid and by extension do not have a madhab.[100] The practice of an individual interpretating law with independent reasoning is called ijtihad.[101]

Etiquette and diet

Many practices fall in the category of adab, or Islamic etiquette. This includes greeting others with "as-salamu `alaykum" ("peace be unto you"), saying bismillah ("in the name of God") before meals, and using only the right hand for eating and drinking. Islamic hygienic practices mainly fall into the category of personal cleanliness and health. Circumcision of male offspring is also practiced in Islam. Islamic burial rituals include saying the Salat al-Janazah ("funeral prayer") over the bathed and enshrouded dead body, and burying it in a grave. Muslims are restricted in their diet. Prohibited foods include pork products, blood, carrion, and alcohol. All meat must come from a herbivorous animal slaughtered in the name of God by a Muslim, Jew, or Christian, with the exception of game that one has hunted or fished for oneself. Food permissible for Muslims is known as halal food.[102]

Family life

The basic unit of Islamic society is the family, and Islam defines the obligations and legal rights of family members. The father is seen as financially responsible for his family, and is obliged to cater for their well-being. The division of inheritance is specified in the Quran, which states that most of it is to pass to the immediate family, while a portion is set aside for the payment of debts and the making of bequests. The woman's share of inheritance is generally half of that of a man with the same rights of succession.[103] Marriage in Islam is a civil contract which consists of an offer and acceptance between two qualified parties in the presence of two witnesses. The groom is required to pay a bridal gift (mahr) to the bride, as stipulated in the contract.[104] The Quran (verse 4:3)[Quran 4:3] limits the number of wives to four and only if a man could treat them with fairness and equity. Most families in the Islamic world are monogamous as the rule is a conditional permission not a recommendation.[105][106] Polyandry, a form of polygamy, where a woman takes on two or more husbands is prohibited in Islam.[107] With Muslims coming from diverse backgrounds including 49 Muslim-majority countries, plus a strong presence as large minorities throughout the world there are many variations on Muslim Weddings.[108] The Nikah mut‘ah is practised by Shia Muslims. Sunni Muslims practice Nikah Misyar, a similar marriage arrangement. Sunni Muslims also practice Nikah 'urfi.

Economy

To reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, Islamic economic jurisprudence encourages trade,[109] discourages the hoarding of wealth and outlaws interest-bearing loans (usury; the term is riba in Arabic).[110][111] Therefore, wealth is taxed through Zakat, but trade is not taxed. Usury, which allows the rich to get richer without sharing in the risk, is forbidden in Islam. Profit sharing and venture capital where the lender is also exposed to risk is acceptable.[112] Hoarding of food for speculation is also discouraged.[113]

Grabbing other people's land is also prohibited. The prohibition of usury has resulted in the development of Islamic banking. During the time of Muhammad, any money that went to the state, was immediately used to help the poor. Then in 634, Umar formally established the welfare state Bayt al-mal. The Bayt al-mal or the welfare state was for the Muslim and Non-Muslim poor, needy, elderly, orphans, widows, and the disabled. The Bayt al-mal ran for hundreds of years under the Rashidun Caliphate in the 7th century and continued through the Umayyad period and well into the Abbasid era. Umar also introduced Child Benefit and Pensions for the children and the elderly.[114][115][116][117]

Government

Mainstream Islamic law does not distinguish between "matters of church" and "matters of state"; the scholars function as both jurists and theologians. Currently no government conforms to Islamic economic jurisprudence, but steps have been taken to implement some of its tenets.[118][119][120]

Jihad

Jihad means "to strive or struggle" (in the way of God). Jihad, in its broadest sense, is "exerting one's utmost power, efforts, endeavors, or ability in contending with an object of disapprobation". Depending on the object being a visible enemy, the Devil, and aspects of one's own self (such as sinful desires), different categories of jihad are defined.[121] Jihad, when used without any qualifier, is understood in its military aspect.[122][123] Jihad also refers to one's striving to attain religious and moral perfection.[124] Some Muslim authorities, especially among the Shi'a and Sufis, distinguish between the "greater jihad", which pertains to spiritual self-perfection, and the "lesser jihad", defined as warfare.[125]

Within Islamic jurisprudence, jihad is usually taken to mean military exertion against non-believer/non-Muslim/Muslim combatants. The ultimate purpose of military jihad is debated, both within the Islamic community and without. Jihad is the only form of warfare permissible in Islamic law and may be declared against illegal works, terrorists, criminal groups, rebels, apostates, and leaders or states who oppress Muslims.[126][127] Most Muslims today interpret Jihad as only a defensive form of warfare.[128] Jihad only becomes an individual duty for those vested with authority. For the rest of the populace, this happens only in the case of a general mobilization.[127] For most Twelver Shias, offensive jihad can only be declared by a divinely appointed leader of the Muslim community, and as such is suspended since Muhammad al-Mahdi's[129] occultation in 868 AD.[130]

History

A panoramic view of Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (the Mosque of the Prophet) in Medina, Hejaz region, today's Saudi Arabia, the second most sacred Mosque in Islam

Muhammad (610–632)

Main articles: Muhammad and Muhammad in Islam

Muslim tradition views Muhammad (c. 570 – June 8, 632) as the seal of the prophets.[131] During the last 22 years of his life, beginning at age 40 in 610 CE, according to the earliest surviving biographies, Muhammad reported revelations that he believed to be from God, conveyed to him through the archangel Gabriel (Jibril). Muhammad's companions memorized and recorded the content of these revelations, known as the Quran.[132]

During this time, Muhammad in Mecca preached to the people, imploring them to abandon polytheism and to worship one God. Although some converted to Islam, the leading Meccan authorities persecuted Muhammad and his followers. This resulted in the Migration to Abyssinia of some Muslims (to the Aksumite Empire). Many early converts to Islam were the poor and former slaves like Bilal ibn Rabah al-Habashi. The Meccan élite felt that Muhammad was destabilising their social order by preaching about one God and about racial equality, and that in the process he gave ideas to the poor and to their slaves.[133][134][135][136]

After 12 years of the persecution of Muslims by the Meccans and the Meccan boycott of the Hashemites, Muhammad's relatives, Muhammad and the Muslims performed the Hijra ("emigration") to the city of Medina (formerly known as Yathrib) in 622. There, with the Medinan converts (Ansar) and the Meccan migrants (Muhajirun), Muhammad in Medina established his political and religious authority. A state was established[by whom?] in accordance with Islamic economic jurisprudence. The Constitution of Medina was formulated, instituting a number of rights and responsibilities for the Muslim, Jewish, Christian and pagan communities of Medina, bringing them within the fold of one community—the Ummah.[137][138]

The Constitution established:

  • the security of the community
  • religious freedoms
  • the role of Medina as a sacred place (barring all violence and weapons)
  • the security of women
  • stable tribal relations within Medina
  • a tax system for supporting the community in time of conflict
  • parameters for exogenous political alliances
  • a system for granting protection of individuals
  • a judicial system for resolving disputes where non-Muslims could also use their own laws and have their own judges.[139][140][141]

All the tribes signed the agreement to defend Medina from all external threats and to live in harmony amongst themselves. Within a few years, two battles took place against the Meccan forces: first, the Battle of Badr in 624 - a Muslim victory, and then a year later, when the Meccans returned to Medina, the Battle of Uhud, which ended inconclusively.

The Arab tribes in the rest of Arabia then formed a confederation and during the Battle of the Trench (March–April 627) besieged Medina, intent on finishing off Islam. In 628, the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah was signed between Mecca and the Muslims and was broken by Mecca two years later. After the signing of the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah many more people converted to Islam. At the same time, Meccan trade routes were cut off as Muhammad brought surrounding desert tribes under his control.[142] By 629 Muhammad was victorious in the nearly bloodless conquest of Mecca, and by the time of his death in 632 (at the age of 62) he had united the tribes of Arabia into a single religious polity.[143]

The earliest three generations of Muslims are known as the Salaf, with the companions of Muhammad being known as the Sahaba. Many of them, such as the largest narrator of hadith Abu Hureyrah, recorded and compiled what would constitute the sunnah.

Caliphate and civil strife (632–750)

Dome of the Rock built by Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan; completed at the end of the Second Fitna.
Further information: Muslim conquests, First Fitna, and Second Fitna

With Muhammad's death in 632, disagreement broke out over who would succeed him as leader of the Muslim community. Abu Bakr, a companion and close friend of Muhammad, was made the first caliph. Under Abu Bakr the Muslims expanded into Syria after putting down a rebellion by Arab tribes in an episode known as the Ridda wars, or "Wars of Apostasy".[144] The Quran was compiled into a single volume at this time.

Abu Bakr's death in 634 resulted in the succession of Umar ibn al-Khattab as the caliph, followed by Uthman ibn al-Affan, Ali ibn Abi Talib and Hasan ibn Ali. The first four caliphs are known in Sunni Islam as al-khulafā' ar-rāshidūn ("Rightly Guided Caliphs").[145] Under them, the territory under Muslim rule expanded deeply into the parts of the Persian and Byzantine territories.[146]

When Umar was assassinated by Persians in 644, the election of Uthman as successor was met with increasing opposition. The standard copies of the Quran were also distributed throughout the Islamic State. In 656, Uthman was also killed, and Ali assumed the position of caliph. After the first civil war (the "First Fitna"), Ali was assassinated by Kharijites in 661. To avoid further fighting, the new caliph Hasan ibn Ali signed a peace treaty, abdicating to Mu'awiyah, beginning the Umayyad dynasty, in return that he not name his own successor.[147] These disputes over religious and political leadership would give rise to schism in the Muslim community. The majority accepted the legitimacy of the three rulers prior to Ali, and became known as Sunnis. A minority disagreed, and believed that only Ali and some of his descendants should rule; they became known as the Shia.[148] Mu'awiyah appointed his son, Yazid I, as successor and after Mu'awiyah's death in 680, the "Second Fitna" broke out, where Husayn ibn Ali was killed at the Battle of Karbala, a significant event in Shia Islam.

The Umayyad dynasty conquered the Maghreb, the Iberian Peninsula, Narbonnese Gaul and Sindh.[149] Local populations of Jews and indigenous Christians, persecuted as religious minorities and taxed heavily to finance the Byzantine–Sassanid Wars, often aided Muslims to take over their lands from the Byzantines and Persians, resulting in exceptionally speedy conquests.[150][151]

The generation after the death of Muhammad but contemporaries of his companions are known as the Tabi‘un, followed by the Tabi‘ al-Tabi‘in. The Caliph Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz set up the influential committee, "The Seven Fuqaha of Medina",[152][153] headed by Qasim ibn Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr.[154] Malik ibn Anas wrote one of the earliest books on Islamic jurisprudence, the Muwatta,[155] as a consensus of the opinion of those jurists.[156][157][158]

The descendants of Muhammad's uncle Abbas ibn Abd al-Muttalib rallied discontented non-Arab converts (mawali), poor Arabs, and some Shi'a against the Umayyads and overthrew them, inaugurating the Abbasid dynasty in 750.[159]

Classical era (750–1258)

During this time, the Delhi Sultanate took over northern parts of Indian subcontinent. Religious missions converted Volga Bulgaria to Islam. Many Muslims also went to China to trade, virtually dominating the import and export industry of the Song Dynasty.[160]

The eye, according to Hunain ibn Ishaq from a manuscript dated circa 1200.

This era is sometimes called the "Islamic Golden Age".[161] Public hospitals established during this time (called Bimaristan hospitals), are considered "the first hospitals" in the modern sense of the word,[162][163] and issued the first medical diplomas to license doctors.[164][165] The Guinness World Records recognizes the University of Al Karaouine, founded in 859, as the world's oldest degree-granting university.[166] The doctorate is argued to date back to the licenses to teach in Muslim law schools.[167] Standards of experimental and quantification techniques, as well as the tradition of citation,[168] were introduced. An important pioneer in this, Ibn al-Haytham is regarded as the father of the modern scientific method and often referred to as the "world's first true scientist".[169][170][171][172] The government paid scientists the equivalent salary of professional athletes today.[168] It is argued that the data used by Copernicus for his heliocentric conclusions was gathered and that Al-Jahiz proposed a theory of natural selection.[173][174] Rumi wrote some of the finest Persian poetry and is still one of the best selling poets in America.[175][176] Legal institutions introduced include the trust and charitable trust (Waqf).[177][178]

Al-Shafi'i also codified a method to determine the reliability of hadith.[179] During the early Abbasid era, the major Sunni hadith collections were compiled by scholars such as Bukhari and Muslim while major Shia hadith collections by scholars such as Al-Kulayni and Ibn Babawayh were also compiled. The Ja'fari jurisprudence was formed from the teachings of Ja'far al-Sadiq while the four Sunni Madh'habs, the Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki and Shafi'i, were established around the teachings of Abū Ḥanīfa, Ahmad bin Hanbal, Malik ibn Anas and al-Shafi'i respectively. In the 9th century, ash-Shafi'i provided a theoretical basis for Islamic law by codifying the principles of jurisprudence in his book ar-Risālah.[180] Al-Tabari and Ibn Kathir completed the most commonly cited commentaries on the Quran, the Tafsir al-Tabari in the 9th century and the Tafsir ibn Kathir in the 14th century, respectively. Philosophers Al-Farabi and Avicenna sought to incorporate Greek principles into Islamic theology, while others like Al-Ghazali argued against them and ultimately prevailed.[181]

Caliphs such as Mamun al Rashid and Al-Mu'tasim made the mutazilite philosophy an official creed and imposed it upon Muslims to follow. Mu'tazila was a Greek influenced school of speculative theology called kalam, which refers to dialectic.[182] Many orthodox Muslims rejected mutazilite doctrines and condemned their idea of the creation of the Quran. In inquisitions, Imam Hanbal refused to conform and was tortured and sent to an unlit Baghdad prison cell for nearly thirty months.[183] The other branch of kalam was the Ash'ari school founded by Al-Ash'ari.

Some Muslims began to question the piety of indulgence in a worldly life and emphasized poverty, humility and avoidance of sin based on renunciation of bodily desires. Ascetics such as Hasan al-Basri would inspire a movement that would evolve into Tasawwuf (Sufism).[184] Beginning in the 13th century, Sufism underwent a transformation, largely because of efforts to legitimize and reorganize the movement by Al-Ghazali, who developed the model of the Sufi order—a community of spiritual teachers and students.[185]

The first Muslims states independent of a unified Muslim state emerged from the Berber Revolt (739/740-743). In 930, the Ismaili group known as the Qarmatians unsuccessfully rebelled against the Abbassids, sacked Mecca and stole the Black Stone, which was eventually retrieved.[186] The Mongol Empire put an end to the Abbassid dynasty in 1258.[187]

Pre-Modern era (1258–20th century)

Abdülmecid II was the last Caliph of Islam from the Ottoman dynasty.

Islam spread with Muslim trade networks and Sufi orders activity that extended into Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Malay archipelago.[188][189] Under the Ottoman Empire, Islam spread to Southeast Europe.[190] The Muslims in China who were descended from earlier immigration began to assimilate by adopting Chinese names and culture while Nanjing became an important center of Islamic study.[191][192]

The Muslim world was generally in political decline starting the 1800s, especially relative to the non-Muslim European powers. This decline was evident culturally; while Taqi al-Din founded an observatory in Istanbul and the Jai Singh Observatory was built in the 18th century, there was not a single Muslim country with a major observatory by the twentieth century.[193] The Reconquista, launched against Muslim principalities in Iberia, succeeded in 1492. By the 19th century the British Empire had formally ended the Mughal dynasty in India.[194] The Ottoman Empire disintegrated after World War I and the Caliphate was abolished in 1924.[195][196]

The majority and oldest group among Shia at that time, the Zaydis, named after the great grandson of Ali, the scholar Zayd ibn Ali, used the Hanafi jurisprudence, as did most Sunnis.[197][198][199] The Shia Safavid dynasty rose to power in 1501 and later conquered all of Iran.[200] The ensuing mandatory conversion of Iran to Twelver Shia Islam for the largely Sunni population also ensured the final dominance of the Twelver sect within Shiism over the Zaidi and Ismaili sects.[201] Nader Shah, who overthrew the Safavids, attempted to improve relations with Sunnis by propagating the integration of Shiism by calling it the Jaafari Madh'hab.[202]

A revival movement during this period was an 18th-century Salafi movement led by Ibn Abd al-Wahhab in today's Saudi Arabia. Referred to as Wahhabi, their self designation is Muwahiddun (unitarians). Building upon earlier efforts such as those by Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn al-Qayyim, the movement allegedly seeks to uphold monotheism and purify Islam of what they see as later innovations. Their zeal against idolatrous shrines led to the desecration of shrines around the world, including that of Muhammad and his companions in Mecca and Medina.[203][204] In the 19th century, the Deobandi and Barelwi movements were initiated.

Modern times (20th century–present)

Further information: Islamic revival

Contact with industrialized nations brought Muslim populations to new areas through economic migration. Many Muslims migrated as indentured servants, from mostly India and Indonesia, to the Caribbean, forming the largest Muslim populations by percentage in the Americas.[205] The resulting urbanization and increase in trade in sub-Saharan Africa brought Muslims to settle in new areas and spread their faith, likely doubling its Muslim population between 1869 and 1914.[206] Muslim immigrants began arriving, many as guest workers and largely from former colonies, in several Western European nations since the 1960s.

There are more and more new Muslim intellectuals who increasingly separate perennial Islamic beliefs from archaic cultural traditions.[207] Liberal Islam is a movement that attempts to reconcile religious tradition with modern norms of secular governance and human rights. Its supporters say that there are multiple ways to read Islam's sacred texts, and they stress the need to leave room for "independent thought on religious matters".[208] Women's issues receive significant weight in the modern discourse on Islam.[209]

Secular powers such as the Chinese Red Guards closed many mosques and destroyed Qurans,[210] and Communist Albania became the first country to ban the practice of every religion.[211] About half a million Muslims were killed in Cambodia by communists who, it is argued, viewed them as their primary enemy and wished to exterminate them since they stood out and worshipped their own god.[212] In Turkey, the military carried out coups to oust Islamist governments, and headscarves were banned in official buildings, as also happened in Tunisia.[213][214]

Jamal-al-Din al-Afghani, along with his acolyte Muhammad Abduh, have been credited as forerunners of the Islamic revival.[215] Abul A'la Maududi helped influence modern political Islam.[216] Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood advocate Islam as a comprehensive political solution, often in spite of being banned.[217] In Iran, revolution replaced a secular regime with an Islamic state. In Turkey, the Islamist AK Party has democratically been in power for about a decade, while Islamist parties did well in elections following the Arab Spring.[218] The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), consisting of Muslim countries, was established in 1969 after the burning of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.[219]

Piety appears to be deepening worldwide.[220][221][222] In many places, the prevalence of the hijab is growing increasingly common[223] and the percentage of Muslims favoring Sharia laws has increased.[224] With religious guidance increasingly available electronically, Muslims are able to access views that are strict enough for them rather than rely on state clerics who are often seen as stooges.[221]

It is estimated that, by 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world, “driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths.”[225] Perhaps as a sign of these changes, most experts agree that Islam is growing faster than any other faith in East and West Africa.[226][227]

Denominations

An overview of the major schools and branches of Islam.

Sunni

Main article: Sunni Islam

The largest denomination in Islam is Sunni Islam, which makes up 75%–90% of all Muslims[20] and is arguably the world's largest religious denomination.[228] Sunni Muslims also go by the name Ahl as-Sunnah which means "people of the tradition [of Muhammad]".[229][230][27][231][232] These hadiths, recounting Muhammad's words, actions, and personal characteristics, are preserved in traditions known as Al-Kutub Al-Sittah (six major books).

Sunnis believe that the first four caliphs were the rightful successors to Muhammad; since God did not specify any particular leaders to succeed him and those leaders were elected. Sunnis believe that anyone who is righteous and just could be a caliph but they have to act according to the Quran and the Hadith, the example of Muhammad and give the people their rights.

The Sunnis follow the Quran, then the Hadith. Then for legal matters not found in the Quran or the Hadith, they follow four madh'habs (schools of thought): Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki and Shafi'i, established around the teachings of Abū Ḥanīfa, Ahmad bin Hanbal, Malik ibn Anas and al-Shafi'i respectively. All four accept the validity of the others and a Muslim may choose any one that he or she finds agreeable.[233] Ahl al-Hadith is a movement that deemphasized sources of jurisprudence outside the quran and sunnah, such as informed opinion (ra'y).

The Salafi movement claim to take the first three generations of Muslims, known as the salaf, as exemplary models.[234] In the 18th century, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab led a salafi movement, referred by outsiders as Wahhabism, in modern-day Saudi Arabia.

The Barelvi movement, a revivalist movement of Sunni Islam with over 200 million followers,[235] emerged as part of debate of how to redeem India from the British. The movement emphasizes primacy of Islamic law in all matters with adherence to Sufi practices and personal devotion to Muhammad and has addressed leading issues for Muslims since partition.[236][237] The Deobandi movement is an Indo-Pakistani reformist movement that is much influenced by the Wahhabi movement.[238] The Barelvi and Deobandi movements of Sunni Islam accept the validity of all four Sunni madh'habs.[239]

Shia

Main article: Shia Islam
The Imam Hussein Shrine in Karbala, Iraq is a holy site for Shia Muslims.

The Shia constitute 10–20% of Islam and are its second-largest branch.[21]

While the Sunnis believe that a Caliph should be elected by the community, Shia's believe that Muhammad appointed his son-in-law, Ali ibn Abi Talib, as his successor and only certain descendants of Ali could be Imams. As a result, they believe that Ali ibn Abi Talib was the first Imam (leader), rejecting the legitimacy of the previous Muslim caliphs Abu Bakr, Uthman ibn al-Affan and Umar ibn al-Khattab. Another point of contention is the cursing of figures revered by Sunnis. However, Jafar al-Sadiq himself disapproved of people who disapproved of his great grand father Abu Bakr and Zayd ibn Ali revered Abu Bakr and Umar.[240][241] More recently, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani condemned the practice.[242]

Shia Islam has several branches, the most prominent being the Twelvers (the largest branch), Zaidis and Ismailis. Different branches accept different descendants of Ali as Imams. After the death of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq who is considered the sixth Imam by the Twelvers and the Ismaili's, the Ismailis recognized his son Isma'il ibn Jafar as his successor whereas the Twelver Shia's (Ithna Asheri) followed his other son Musa al-Kadhim as the seventh Imam. The Zaydis consider Zayd ibn Ali, the uncle of Imam Jafar al-Sadiq, as their fifth Imam, and follow a different line of succession after him.

Other smaller groups include the Bohra as well as the Alawites and Alevi.[243] Some Shia branches label other Shia branches that do not agree with their doctrine as Ghulat.

Sufism

Main article: Sufism
Mawlānā Rumi's tomb, Konya, Turkey

Sufism, or tasawwuf (Arabic: تصوف‎‎), is a mystical-ascetic approach to Islam that seeks to find a direct personal experience of God. It is not a sect of Islam and its adherents belong to the various Muslim denominations. Classical Sufi scholars have focused on the reparation of the heart and turning it away from all else but God by making use of "intuitive and emotional faculties" that one must be trained to use.[244][245][246] Hasan al-Basri was inspired by the ideas of piety and condemnation of worldliness preached by Muhammad and these ideas were later further developed by Al-Ghazali. Traditional Sufis, such as Bayazid Bastami, Jalaluddin Rumi, Haji Bektash Veli, Junaid Baghdadi, and Al-Ghazali, argued for Sufism being based upon the tenets of Islam and the teachings of Muhammad.[247][248][249][250]

Sufism enjoyed a strong revival in central Asia and South Asia. Central Asia is considered to be a center of Sufism. Sufism has played a significant role in fighting against Tsars of Russia and Soviet colonization. Here, Sufis and their different orders are the main religious sources.[251] [252] Sufism is also strong in African countries such as Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, Chad and Niger.[253][254]

Sufism has faced stiff resistance from hardliner extremist groups within Islam. Followers of Salafism or Wahabism have attacked Sufi places and Tombs and the Sufi–Salafi relations in every country have deteriorated by attacks.

Other denominations

  • Ahmadiyya is an Islamic reform movement (with Sunni roots) founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad[255] that began in India in 1889 and is practiced by 10 to 20 million[256] Muslims around the world. Ahmad claimed to have fulfilled the prophecies concerning the arrival of the 'Imam Mahdi' and the 'Promised Messiah'.
  • The Ibadi is a sect that dates back to the early days of Islam and is a branch of Kharijite and is practiced by 1.45 million Muslims around the world.[257] Unlike most Kharijite groups, Ibadism does not regard sinful Muslims as unbelievers.
  • Mahdavia is an Islamic sect that believes in a 15th-century Mahdi, Muhammad Jaunpuri
  • The Quranists are Muslims who generally reject the Hadith.
  • Yazdânism is seen as a blend of local Kurdish beliefs and Islamic Sufi doctrine introduced to Kurdistan by Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir in the 12th century.
  • There are also black Muslim movements such as the Nation of Islam (NOI), Five-Percent Nation and Moorish scientists.

Non-denominational Muslims

Non-denominational Muslims is an umbrella term that has been used for and by Muslims who do not belong to or do not self-identify with a specific Islamic denomination.[258][259][260][261] Prominent figures who refused to identify with a particular Islamic denomination have included Jamal ad-Din al-Afghani,[262] Muhammad Iqbal[263] and Muhammad Ali Jinnah.[264] Recent surveys report that large proportions of Muslims in some parts of the world self-identify as "just Muslim", although there is little published analysis available regarding the motivations underlying this response.[265][266][267][268] The Pew Research Center reports that respondents self-identifying as "just Muslim" make up a majority of Muslims in seven countries (and a plurality in three others), with the highest proportion in Kazakhstan at 74%. At least one in five Muslims in at least 22 countries self-identify in this way.[265]

Demographics

Main articles: Muslim world and Ummah
World Muslim population by percentage (Pew Research Center, 2014).

A comprehensive 2009 demographic study of 232 countries and territories reported that 23% of the global population, or 1.57 billion people, are Muslims. Of those, it is estimated that over 75–90% are Sunni and 10–20% are Shia[25][229][269] with a small minority belonging to other sects. Approximately 57 countries are Muslim-majority,[270] and Arabs account for around 20% of all Muslims worldwide.[271] The number of Muslims worldwide increased from 200 million in 1900 to 551 million in 1970,[272] and tripled to 1.6 billion by 2010.[273]

The majority of Muslims live in Asia and Africa.[274] Approximately 62% of the world's Muslims live in Asia, with over 683 million adherents in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.[275][276] In the Middle East, non-Arab countries such as Turkey and Iran are the largest Muslim-majority countries; in Africa, Egypt and Nigeria have the most populous Muslim communities.[277]

Most estimates indicate that the People's Republic of China has approximately 20 to 30 million Muslims (1.5% to 2% of the population).[278][279][280][281] However, data provided by the San Diego State University's International Population Center to U.S. News & World Report suggests that China has 65.3 million Muslims.[282] Islam is the second largest religion after Christianity in many European countries,[283] and is slowly catching up to that status in the Americas, with between 2,454,000, according to Pew Forum, and approximately 7 million Muslims, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in the United States.[25][284]

According to the Pew Research Center, Islam is set to equal Christianity in number of adherents by the year 2050. Islam is set to grow faster than any other major world religion, reaching a total number of 2.76 billion (an increase of 73%). High fertility rates play a factor, with Islam having a rate of 3.1 compared to the world average of 2.5, and the minimum replacement level for a population at 2.1. Age also plays a role in these numbers due to the fact that Islam has the highest number of adherents under the age of 15 (34% of the total religion) of any major religion (Christianity's is 27%). Sixty percent of Muslims are between the ages of 16 and 59, while only 7% are aged 60+ (the smallest percentage of any major religion). Countries such as Nigeria and the Republic of Macedonia are expected to have Muslim majorities by 2050. In India, the Muslim population will be larger than any other country. Europe's domestic population is set to shrink as opposed to their Islamic population which is set to grow to 10% of Europe's total.[273] According to BBC News, the rates of growth of Islam in Europe reveal that the growing number of Muslims is due primarily to immigration and higher birth rates.[285]

Culture

Main article: Islamic culture
Geometric arabesque tiling on the underside of the dome of Hafiz Shirazi's tomb in Shiraz.

The term "Islamic culture" could be used to mean aspects of culture that pertain to the religion, such as festivals and dress code. It is also controversially used to denote the cultural aspects of traditionally Muslim people.[286] Finally, "Islamic civilization" may also refer to the aspects of the synthesized culture of the early Caliphates, including that of non-Muslims,[287] sometimes referred to as "Islamicate".

Architecture

Main article: Islamic architecture

Perhaps the most important expression of Islamic architecture is that of the mosque.[288] Varying cultures have an effect on mosque architecture. For example, North African and Spanish Islamic architecture such as the Great Mosque of Kairouan contain marble and porphyry columns from Roman and Byzantine buildings,[289] while mosques in Indonesia often have multi-tiered roofs from local Javan styles.

Art

Main article: Islamic art
The phrase Bismillah in an 18th-century calligraphy from the Ottoman region called Thuluth.

Islamic art encompasses the visual arts produced from the 7th century onwards by people (not necessarily Muslim) who lived within the territory that was inhabited by Muslim populations.[290] It includes fields as varied as architecture, calligraphy, painting, and ceramics, among others.

While not condemned in the Quran, making images of human beings and animals is frowned on in many Islamic cultures and connected with laws against idolatry common to all Abrahamic religions, as 'Abdullaah ibn Mas'ood reported that Muhammad said, "Those who will be most severely punished by Allah on the Day of Resurrection will be the image-makers" (reported by al-Bukhaari, see al-Fath, 10/382). However this rule has been interpreted in different ways by different scholars and in different historical periods, and there are examples of paintings of both animals and humans in Mughal, Persian and Turkish art. The existence of this aversion to creating images of animate beings has been used to explain the prevalence of calligraphy, tessellation and pattern as key aspects of Islamic artistic culture.[291]

Calendar

Main article: Islamic calendar
The phases of the moon form the basis for the Islamic calendar.

The formal beginning of the Muslim era was chosen, reportedly by Caliph Umar, to be the Hijra in 622 CE, which was an important turning point in Muhammad's fortunes. It is a lunar calendar with days lasting from sunset to sunset.[292] Islamic holy days fall on fixed dates of the lunar calendar, which means that they occur in different seasons in different years in the Gregorian calendar. The most important Islamic festivals are Eid al-Fitr (Arabic: عيد الفطر‎‎) on the 1st of Shawwal, marking the end of the fasting month Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha (عيد الأضحى) on the 10th of Dhu al-Hijjah, coinciding with the end of the Hajj pilgrimage.[293]

Criticism

Main article: Criticism of Islam

Criticism of Islam has existed since Islam's formative stages. Early criticism came from Christians authors, many of whom viewed Islam as a Christian heresy or a form of idolatry and often explained it in apocalyptic terms.[294] Later there appeared criticism from the Muslim world itself, and also from Jewish writers and from ecclesiastical Christians.[295][296][297]

Objects of criticism include the morality of the life of Muhammad, the last law bearing prophet of Islam, both in his public and personal life.[297][298] Issues relating to the authenticity and morality of the Quran, the Islamic holy book, are also discussed by critics.[299][300] Other criticisms focus on the question of human rights in modern Islamic nations, and the treatment of women in Islamic law and practice.[301][302] In wake of the recent multiculturalism trend, Islam's influence on the ability of Muslim immigrants in the West to assimilate has been criticized.[303] In classical Islamic law, the penalty for apostasy (leaving a religion) in Islam is death.[304] However the Koran does not stipulate that the penalty for apostasy should be death.[304]

See also

Main article: Outline of Islam

References

Notes

  1. ^ There are ten pronunciations of Islam in English, differing in whether the first or second syllable has the stress, whether the s is /z/ or /s/, and whether the a is pronounced /ɑː/, /æ/ or (when the stress is on the first syllable) /ə/ (Merriam Webster). The most common are /ˈɪzləmˌ ˈɪsləmˌ ɪzˈlɑːmˌ ɪsˈlɑːm/ (Oxford English Dictionary, Random House) and /ˈɪzlɑːmˌ ˈɪslɑːm/ (American Heritage Dictionary).
  2. ^ /ʔiˈslaːm/: Arabic pronunciation varies regionally. The first vowel ranges from [i]~[ɪ]~[e]. The second vowel ranges from [æ]~[a]~[ɑ]~[ɛ]. In Northwestern Africa, they do not have stress or lengthened vowels.

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Encyclopedias

Further reading

  • Abdul-Haqq, Abdiyah Akbar (1980). Sharing Your Faith with a Muslim. Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers. N.B. Presents the genuine doctrines and concepts of Islam and of the Holy Qur'an, and this religion's affinities with Christianity and its Sacred Scriptures, in order to "dialogue" on the basis of what both faiths really teach. ISBN 0-87123-553-6
  • Akyol, Mustafa (2011). Islam Without Extremes (1st ed.). W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-07086-6. 
  • Arberry, A. J. (1996). The Koran Interpreted: A Translation (1st ed.). Touchstone. ISBN 978-0-684-82507-6. 
  • Cragg, Kenneth (1975). The House of Islam, in The Religious Life of Man Series. Second ed. Belmont, Calif.: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1975. xiii, 145 p. ISBN 0-8221-0139-4
  • Hourani, Albert (1991). Islam in European Thought. First pbk. ed. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1992, cop. 1991. xi, 199 p. ISBN 0-521-42120-9; alternative ISBN on back cover, 0-521-42120-0
  • Khan, Muhammad Muhsin; Al-Hilali Khan; Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din (1999). Noble Quran (1st ed.). Dar-us-Salam Publications. ISBN 978-9960-740-79-9. 
  • A. Khanbaghi (2006). The Fire, the Star and the Cross: Minority Religions in Medieval and Early Modern Iran. I. B. Tauris.
  • Khavari, Farid A. (1990). Oil and Islam: the Ticking Bomb. First ed. Malibu, Calif.: Roundtable Publications. viii, 277 p., ill. with maps and charts. ISBN 0-915677-55-5
  • Kramer (ed.), Martin (1999). The Jewish Discovery of Islam: Studies in Honor of Bernard Lewis. Syracuse University. ISBN 978-965-224-040-8. 
  • Kuban, Dogan (1974). Muslim Religious Architecture. Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN 90-04-03813-2. 
  • Lewis, Bernard (1994). Islam and the West. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-509061-1. 
  • Lewis, Bernard (1996). Cultures in Conflict: Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Age of Discovery. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-510283-3. 
  • Mubarkpuri, Saifur-Rahman (2002). The Sealed Nectar: Biography of the Prophet. Dar-us-Salam Publications. ISBN 978-1-59144-071-0. 
  • Najeebabadi, Akbar Shah (2001). History of Islam. Dar-us-Salam Publications. ISBN 978-1-59144-034-5. 
  • Nigosian, S. A. (2004). Islam: Its History, Teaching, and Practices (New ed.). Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-21627-4. 
  • Rahman, Fazlur (1979). Islam (2nd ed.). University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-70281-2. 
  • Tausch, Arno (2009). What 1.3 Billion Muslims Really Think: An Answer to a Recent Gallup Study, Based on the "World Values Survey". Foreword Mansoor Moaddel, Eastern Michigan University (1st ed.). Nova Science Publishers, New York. ISBN 978-1-60692-731-1. 
  • Tausch, Arno (2015). The political algebra of global value change. General models and implications for the Muslim world. With Almas Heshmati and Hichem Karoui. (1st ed.). Nova Science Publishers, New York. ISBN 978-1-62948-899-8. 
  • Walker, Benjamin (1998). Foundations of Islam: The Making of a World Faith. Peter Owen Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7206-1038-3. 

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