Learning and acquiring knowledge about Islam is Important. However, you should be aware of the information provided by some of the websites that seek to spread wrong information.  

In this article, we will learn about the best way to learn about Islam and where to start, so let’s get started.

How to learn about Islam for new Muslims?

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At first, you will not know where to start and if what you’re doing is right or not. And that’s completely normal. You’ve embraced a new religion and still learning about it. You can learn everything on your own as follows.

1.       learn about the Islamic Aqeedah. Aqeedah refers to the things that Muslims believe in. Muslims believe in Allah, angels, the day of judgment, and all the prophets. As Allah says in the following verse:

“The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say, ‘We make no distinction between one and another of His Messengers’ – and they say, ‘We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).’” [al-Baqarah 2:285]

Also, the prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:

“Iman (faith) is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, the meeting with Him on the Last Day, His Messengers, and the Day of Resurrection.”

The matters of Aqeedah come from the Quran and Sunnah. And it’s important for a Muslim to learn about them.

2.      Then you should learn about Fiqh, which represents the rules of Islam. By saying rules, we mean the rules that show you how to pray, make Wudu, fast, charity, and so on. It’s not something complicated so don’t be afraid.

3.      Read the Seera of the prophet. Seera means the life of the prophet. learning about the prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) will teach more about Islam. And you will learn how to become a better person.

4.      Learn hadith and the Quran tafsir.

Now that you know the steps to follow it comes to how to follow it. If you want to learn on your own then read books that are specialized in the field. And we have written an article about the best way to learn fiqh, Aqeedah, tafsir, and hadiths and the best books to read. Even if you are a non-Arabic speaker and want to learn about Islam you will find the English translation of the books, Quran, and hadiths.

You can also ask scholars about anything that you don’t know. It’s better to ask a scholar to get the right answer. There’s a website called islamqa where you can ask anything and scholars will answer you.

If it’s hard to do on your own then you can take an online course. there are many websites that offer Islamic courses like Aqeedah course and learn how to read Quran. Some of those websites include quranonline or quranclasses. Visit those websites and search for the course you need.

You can also a private tutor from our site Muslimtutorspot. We have professional tutors that will guide you along the way. Also, consider learning Arabic so that you can read the holy Quran in its original language.

Seek knowledge and Allah will reward you. the prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:

“He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout worshipper is like that of the full moon to the rest of the stars (i.e., in brightness). The learned are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion”

How to learn about Islam for non-Muslims?  

The wrong thing anyone may fall into is learning about Islam from the rumors they read or hear. Many people seek to show Islam as an enemy of humanity. They look to Muslims as killers, and terrorists, which makes people fear Muslims and Islam.

Islam is not a scary religion, once you read about it you will learn and see its beauty. The first step in learning is to get rid of any preconceptions about Islam. Because the wrong information you have will stop you from learning the truth.

There’s nothing to fear about. It’s important for non-Muslim to learn the truth about Islam. and you can do that by reading articles from trusted websites or books. You can also watch YouTube videos that discuss the story of someone who converted to Islam and learns from the experience. Type in “My convert story to Islam ” and you will find many people sharing their stories with the world.

And in the following section, we will teach you the main things you need to know about Islam.

Learning About Islam for free.

The word Islam means “submission to Allah”. and the word Muslims that is used to call the followers of Islam means “the one who submits to Allah”. Islam is the second largest religion with more than 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide.

To learn about Islam, you should learn about the five pillars of Islam. which represent the beliefs of every Muslim. The pillars are:

Shahada – the act of declaring your devotion and belief in Allah (SWT) and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

  • Salat – the act of praying five times a day.
  • Zakat – the act of giving charity.
  • Sawm – the act of fasting during the sacred month of Ramadan.
  • Hajj – the act of undertaking the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once.

Learn about the beliefs of Muslims which includes:

  • There’s no god but Allah, the one and the only.
  • The angels that Allah created from light to worship him.
  • The revealed scriptures, including the formerly preserved Psalms of David (Zabur), Scrolls of Abraham (Suhuf), the Gospel (Injeel), the Torah (Tawraat), and the authentic and unaltered (preserved) Qur’an.
  • Allah sent the prophets to guide humans to the right path.
  • The day of judgment is when everyone will be resurrected and judged for their good and bad deeds. Based on their deeds they will be sent to Heaven or into the Hellfire.
  • Allah controls our lives and everything is in the hands of Allah. and whatever happens, it happens for a reason.

Islam is a religion that shows us how to live our lives. And it covers all aspects of life like Moral, social, political, economical issues, and so on. The answer to everything in life is found in the holy Quran and the hadiths of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him).

To be a good Muslim, Muslims try their best to do only good deeds and follow the teachings of the prophet and the Quran.

Each day is organized around the five daily mandatory prayer times, with worship prioritized over other all activities. Islam teaches Muslims that they have to pray five times a day (obligatory prayers). And to read the holy Quran, and recite azkar.

It’s also important to know that Islam necessitates men and women to dress up in a decent way. This led to many misunderstandings. And most people think that Islam takes away the freedom of women because of the dress code. Whoever Islam necessitates for women to cover their bodies and not wear anything revealing to protect them.

What is Islam and its beliefs?

Among the Islamic beliefs that you should know is that there is only one God, and he is Allah. Allah has 99 names and some of them are mentioned in the following verse:

لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَـٰذَا ٱلْقُرْءَانَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍۢ لَّرَأَيْتَهُۥ خَـٰشِعًۭا مُّتَصَدِّعًۭا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ ٱللَّهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ ٱلْأَمْثَـٰلُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ ٢١

Had We sent down this Quran upon a mountain, you would have certainly seen it humbled and torn apart in awe of Allah. We set forth such comparisons for people, ˹so˺ perhaps they may reflect.

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَـٰلِمُ ٱلْغَيْبِ وَٱلشَّهَـٰدَةِ ۖ هُوَ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ ٢٢

He is Allah—there is no god ˹worthy of worship˺ except Him: Knower of the seen and unseen. He is the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِى لَآ إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ٱلْمَلِكُ ٱلْقُدُّوسُ ٱلسَّلَـٰمُ ٱلْمُؤْمِنُ ٱلْمُهَيْمِنُ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْجَبَّارُ ٱلْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَـٰنَ ٱللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ ٢٣

He is Allah—there is no god except Him: the King, the Most Holy, the All-Perfect, the Source of Serenity, the Watcher ˹of all˺, the Almighty, the Supreme in Might,1 the Majestic. Glorified is Allah far above what they associate with Him ˹in worship˺!

هُوَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلْخَـٰلِقُ ٱلْبَارِئُ ٱلْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ ٱلْأَسْمَآءُ ٱلْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُۥ مَا فِى ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ ٱلْعَزِيزُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ ٢٤

He is Allah: the Creator, the Inventor, the Shaper. He ˹alone˺ has the Most Beautiful Names. Whatever is in the heavens and the earth ˹constantly˺ glorifies Him. And He is the Almighty, All-Wise.” [surah al-hashr]

Islam shows that Allah is one. He is the one who created everything, he has no children, wife, or parents. it’s the main belief of the Islamic faith. Also, you should know that Allah doesn’t have a gender because gender is an attribute of Allah’s creation.

All prophets were calling people to Islam starting from the prophet Adam (peace be upon him). But later with time, it was all forgotten and people only think that Islam is only related to the religion of the prophet Muhammed (peace and blessing be upon him). All religions show that there is only one God. The prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) called to monotheism and so did the prophets before and after him.

In Islam, Muslims believe in all prophets, starting from the prophet Adam all the way to the last prophet Muhammed. All prophets were sent to guide humans to the right path.

Muslims respect the prophet Muhammed (peace and blessing be upon him) and send peace and blessings upon him whenever his name is mentioned. as a way of respect. And whenever a prophet’s name is mentioned they send peace upon them.

Islam instructs Muslims to follow the teaching of the prophet Muhamed (peace be upon him). Which is referred to as Sunnah.

The Islamic law was first applied by the prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) to build an Islamic society that is safe and secure.

Additionally, Muslims believe in all the scriptures revealed to the prophets. However, the original forms no longer exist as they were altered and changed with time.

The previous scriptures are:

  • Torah (Tawrat) revealed to Moses (Musa).
  • Psalms (Zabur) revealed to David (Dawud).
  • Injil (Gospel of Jesus) revealed to Jesus (Isa).

Other scriptures include the Scrolls of Abraham (Ṣuḥuf Ibrāhīm), the Book of John the Baptist (Kitāb Yaḥyā), and the Scrolls of Moses (Ṣuḥuf Mūsā).

What is the Quran?

The Quran was reveled to the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him). And wasn’t written by him as some people claim. The prophet memorized it and his companions transferred it into a physical form so that anyone can read it.

Quran is revealed in Arabic. But for non-Arabic speakers to be able to read the Quran it was translated into other languages. The holy Quran is protected by Allah and it has never been changed.

Quran guides Muslims on the right path. It’s the source of Islamic laws and a gift from Allah to humans. Quran rules and teaching can be applied to all matters of life and at all times, in the past and the future. The punishment and rewards of Allah will never change and that is what Islam shows us.

One of the best websites to read English translations of the Quran or its original form is “Quran.com”. Many Muslims believe that they should memorize the Quran. Therefore, they teach it to their kids and enroll them in Courses to teach them Quran and help them memorize it from an early age.

At every prayer, Muslims recite surahs from the Quran. Mainly start with surah Fatiha then read any other surah they know by heart.

Muslims responsibilities.

Islam teaches us that every person is responsible for his own actions. And they will be rewarded based on them on the day of judgment. Allah knows everything you do, even if you didn’t do it openly. Therefore, Muslims try their best to please Allah and do only good deeds.

Islam calls for peace and accepting and respecting one another. Killing one another is not allowed and even taking your own soul is considered a crime. Muslims are not terrorists, and Islam doesn’t call for violence, it’s a wrong idea people have about Islam.

Some people do extreme actions like killing others claiming to be Muslims but their actions do not relate anything to Islam. They are either ignorant people who were played with or people who want to accuse Islam and spread misconceptions.  

Muslims believe that they will be held accountable for their actions. And based on them they will be rewarded or punished on the day of judgment. They believe in Heaven (Jannah) and Hellfire (Jahannam). And that life is nothing but a big test.

Furthermore, Islam necessitates Muslims to respect other religions and treat non-Muslims with respect. Whenever a Muslim commits a sin, he/she should return to Allah and ask for his forgiveness. As the prophet, Muhammad himself used to ask Allah for forgiveness every day.

The misconceptions of Islam.

Islam calls out for peace, not terrorism as many people think. And the word “jihad” doesn’t mean war or killing one another. It refers to a person’s efforts and struggles to follow the right path. Jihad has many forms, for instance, trying to fight the temptations of life is a jihad.

Islam wasn’t spread by the sword it was spread by the words of Allah (Quran). That was revealed to the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him). Islam shows us that you can’t force someone to convert to Islam or follow a specific religion. Everyone has the freedom to choose his religion because faith comes from the heart.

Another misconception about Islam is that it oppresses women and treats them like objects. This is wrong, Islam gave women their rights and showed men that women are equal to them. Islam necessitates on men to respect women and treats them well.

Any man who mistreats a woman or oppresses her in the name of Islam is not following the rules and teaching of Islam.

 The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) said, “…the best among you are those who treat their wives well and Treat women kindly…”

Islam doesn’t say that women should be forced to marry someone they don’t want. They have the choice to refuse. Islam also doesn’t forbid women from learning and working. Islam encourages women to get educated. And if a woman wants to work then she can work.

Also, divorce is allowed in Islam. a woman shouldn’t stay with a man who mistreats her and oppress her.

Not all Muslims are Arab and not all Arabs are Muslims.

Islam is a religion followed by many people around the world. not All Muslims are Arab like some people think. There are Muslims in Europe, China, Japan, South America, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, the Philippines, and throughout North America.

The percentage of Arab Muslims is only 20% of Muslims around the world.

Kaaba.

Mecca and Kaaba are very important to all Muslims. When praying Muslims face the Kaaba. It was built by the prophet Abraham to be the first house built for worshiping Allah. Muslims come from around the world to Mecca to perform Hajj. Hajj is performed by every capable Muslim.

Muslims don’t worship the Kaaba, they worship Allah. the Kaaba is a cube that is empty from the inside.  Allah says in the holy Quran:

“Let them worship the Lord of this House, Who has fed them, [saving them] from hunger and made them safe, [saving them] from fear.”

How to learn about Islam quickly?

To gather knowledge and learn about Islam quickly there are some steps to follow. For example, you can buy books about Islam to learn about Islamic beliefs and teachings. Which include the five pillars of Islam, prayers, and so on. And be sure to buy books that are written by Muslim Scholars. And don’t buy books that are biased against Islam. for example, you could read the book called The Alchemy of Happiness by Al-Ghazali.

Meet Muslims and talk to them. You can go to one of the mosques near you and talk to the Imam about what you want to learn. Engage with Muslims and make a conversation with them.

You can also visit an Islamic center and ask them about anything you want. But it’s better if you call them before showing up.

Read the holy Quran with its tafsir to understand it. And if you find something difficult to understand you can ask a scholar.

Also, to learn about Islam more you should read the hadiths. Hadith refers to the sayings of the prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) and observations of his actions by his companions. But be careful because there are many weak hadiths. You will find the translation version of the hadiths online.

The last thing to say is that you shouldn’t gather your information about Islam from any website. There are many websites that are biased against Islam and spread wrong rumors. And don’t depend on Wikipedia because it can be edited by anyone.  

That’s it for today’s article, I hope you found it useful. For more information or if you have any questions visit our website Muslimtutorspot.com

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