A Muslim is one who sincerely submits to the will of Allah in order to attain peace.
Three fundamental beliefs regulate a Muslim’s life:
1. Monotheism: There is nothing worthy of worship except the One Unique Creator who controls and sustains all – Allah.
2. Guidance: Allah sent guidance in the form of Messengers. Adam was the first others include Abraham, Moses, Jesus – with Muhammad being the last and seal of Prophethood. Some received revelation and laws. The Qur’an was the final revelation for all mankind.
3. Hereafter: This life is only temporary and a test. The life after is eternal and mankind will be judged and rewarded according to their beliefs and deeds; Allah’s justice is perfect.
A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. Muslims often refer to the mosque by its Arabic name, ‘masjid’ meaning ‘a place of prostration to God’. The word ‘mosque’ in English refers to all types of buildings dedicated for authentic Islamic worship.
The primary purpose of the mosque is to serve as a place where Muslims can come together for the five daily prayers, led by the Imam. However, they are not only places for prayer, but also places to learn about Islam, meet fellow believers and deliver useful services (e.g. information, education, family advice). The importance of the mosque is that it lies at the very heart of the Muslim community. They are often places of beautiful Islamic architecture.