ISLAM: Sects and Schools: What is the Real Agenda?

Non-Muslims tend to view Islam as a monolithic religion in which Muslim followers all believe the same thing and follow the same traditions. The emphasis on the use of Arabic in the mosque prayers and for the proper interpretation of the Qur’an only emphasizes a certain uniform system of belief and practice. However, there is great diversity among the people... Continue Reading →

ISLAMIC ESCHATOLOGY: Muhammad al-Mahdi (The 12h Imām of the Twelve Imams)

Muḥammad ibn Al-Ḥasan al-Mahdī (Arabic: مُـحَـمَّـد ابْـن ٱلْـحَـسَـن ٱلْـمَـهْـدِي‎), also known as Imām Zamān (امام زمان), is believed by Shia Twelver Muslims to be the Mahdī, an eschatological redeemer of Islam and ultimate savior of humankind and the final Imām of the Twelve Imams who will emerge with Isa (Jesus Christ) in order to fulfill their mission of bringing peace and justice to the world. Twelver Shī‘ites believe that al-Mahdī was born in... Continue Reading →

Islamic Doctrine: Five versus Three Equals One?

In some ways, Islam is a complex, multi-layered religion that mixes politics, economics, and social dynamics within a religious structure. The structure itself is based on the Qur’an’s pronouncements from Allah, the words of the prophet Muhammad recorded in the Hadith and a complicated system of jurisprudence. On the other hand, the basic doctrines are quite simple, and initiation... Continue Reading →

Theological Development of Islam: The Opening of the Gates of Heaven or the “Closing of the Muslim Mind”?

After a religion is introduced to a culture or to an empire, often a period of theological debates will follow, fine-tuning the details and implications of general religious tenets. Certainly, this was the case during the decades following Muhammad’s death and the establishment of Islam as a political force. Both secular and theological changes rapidly followed... Continue Reading →

How Many Christians Convert to Islam? Why?

We are quoting extensively from the Pew Research Center Like Americans in many other religious groups, a substantial share of adults who were raised Muslim no longer identify as members of the faith. But, unlike some other faiths, Islam gains about as many converts as it loses. About a quarter of adults who were raised... Continue Reading →

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