Best Answers To Most Asked Questions About Islam
- Yusuf Estes

(Everything You Wanted To Know - But Were Afraid To Ask)


Bismillah Rahman Raheem

Many questions are being asked about Islam, Muslims, Quran, Muhammad (peace be upon him), jihad, fasting, pilgrimmage and the list goes on. The big question for Muslims is, "What is the best way to answer them?"

For this reason we would like to offer a method that has been very effective in the area of dawah (sharing and inviting to the truth of Islam). Many of those who are most successful in presenting the best picture and helping others to overcome stereo typing and even entering into Islam themselves use the following techniques or something similar to them. It should be noted that this is also in line with the teachings of the Quran and the prophet, peace be upon him, for assimilating and sharing the messsage of Islam. "Laa elaha illa lah, Muhammadan rasoolulah" (There is none worthy to be worshipped except the One Almighty God and Muhammad is the last messenger and prophet of Almighty God).

Thank you for writing and for your question.
Before we begin to offer information there are a few simple things to have ready for your discussion. Here are some important points to keep in mind and these should be used when you are answering questions about Islam:

First - Tell them that we are pleased they are asking about Islam. Say, "Thank you for asking me about my religion."

Second - Say to them, "Before trying to answer any specific question, it is best to first begin with Basics Of Islam [Click]

Third - tell them two important things about our religion:

  • "As Muslims, we cannot lie about anything, especially about our religion."
  • "We have original recorded sources of our religion."
    • The two sources in Islam are:
      1. The Quran [click]
      2. Teachings of Muhammad [click]

Next - Tell them: "This is a unique part of Islam, not available in any other ancient religions."

Then - Explain to them, sometimes "questions" contain misinformation. We must qualify what it is that someone is saying against what they are implying. We will need to straighten out the questions before giving answers.

Now - Ask them; "If during the answer, you hear yourself saying, "I didn't know that" or "This is something good," then are you ready to worship your God and your Lord without and partners?

Finally - Say; "This what Islam is really all about. The most important subject is the worship of Almighty God, without any partners or associates or "gods" besides Almighty God."

After going through the above steps we are much better prepared to share the correct answers about Islam.

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