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Abu Bakr: The first Muslim caliph (reigned 632-634 C.E.), according to Sunni Muslims. The Shi’ite Muslims reject this and instead consider the fourth caliph, ’Ali, as the first true successor to Mohammad.
Adhan: Call for formal Islamic prayer (more here)
Allah: The name of the Islamic “supreme being,” derived form the Arabic Al-Ilah. Allah is sometimes thought to be but another name for the one true God, but do not be deceived — that is far from the truth. Allah is the ancient Arabian moon god, only one out of the many thousands of jinni, or desert demons, that were worshipped by the sons of Ishmael before Mohammed rose to power. Mohammad chose to make Allah the “god” of his tribe. The Bible teaches that all false “gods” are actually demons; therefore, Allah is a demon posing as a god, and Islam is therefore a religion of demon worship. As clearly specified in the Qur'an, Allah is most definitely not the God of the Bible, the God of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya'akov (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). Allah may well in fact be Satan himself.
Ahadith: Plural of Hadith.
Al-Asharatu Mubashshirun: Ten companions which were given the glad tidings of assurance of entering Paradise. They included Hadhrat Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, Abdur Rahman ibn Awf, Abu Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrah, Talhah ibn Ubaydullah, az-Zubayr ibn al-Awwam, Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, and Sa'id ibn Zayd.
Anbiya: (sg. nabi) prophets
Bismillah: in the name of Allah
Barakhallah: may Allah’s blessings be upon you
Caliph: the title given to office of the spiritual and political leadership which took over after Mohammad’s death.
Dai-ilallah: caller towards Allah
Dars-ul-Quran: a reading from the Quran accompanied by its explanation
Dars-ul-Hadith: a reading from the Hadith Books accompanied by its explanation
Djinn: See jinn
Durood: invocation of blessings upon Mohammad
Fawatih: (Arabic: “prefatory ones”) also called hawamim (the letters ha and mim), or hurūf al-muqattaʿah (Arabic: the “detached letters”), letters of the alphabet appearing at the beginning of 29 of the sūrāhs (chapters) of the the Qur'an. The 14 letters thus designated occur singly and in various combinations of two to five. As the letters always stand separately (muqattaʿah), they do not form words and are read by their alphabetic names, as hā mīm, alif lām mīm, tā sīn mīm.
The original meaning and function of the fawātih, which are associated principally with sūrāhs dating from the late Meccan period (before 622 C.E.), has not been preserved. Scholars have given several theories for the fawātih: the letters might be assigned mystical numerical values; or they could indicate abbreviations for the individual words of a sentence. Most popularly, since the sūrahs preceded by the same combination of letters are grouped together in the Qurʾān, a third theory might imply that these clusters were originally part of private Meccan manuscripts before they were assembled by Muhammad’s secretary, Zayd ibn Thābit, into an authoritative recension; the fawātih could then be construed as the initials of the Meccan owners.
Hafiz: One who memorizes the entire Qur'an.
Hajr-e-Aswad: Black Stone (a meteorite) found in Mecca, which is kissed because of Sunnah, during Hajj.
Halal: that which is allowed in Islam (see also Tayyab and Halaal Food)
Hazrat: Hadhrat; His Holiness.
Hegira: migration; Mohammad’s flight (“migration”) from Mecca to present day Medina in 622 C.E.
Ijtihad: the ability of one to independently arrive at Allah's rulings in all areas of fiqh
Imam: 1. Muslim leader; 2. leader of prayers; 3. A Muslim who is considered by Sunnis to be an authority in Islamic law and theology or the man who leads the prayers. Also refers to each of the founders of the four principal sects of Islam. The Shi’ites accept 12 great Imams. (See Twelfth Imam)
Iqamaat / Iqama'ah: A shortened version of the Adhan, said immediately before each prayer.
Isa Ibn Maryam: “Jesus,” son of Myriam (Mary) [The Isa of Islam bears extremely little resemblance to the Yeshua of the Bible.]
Ishmael: Son of Ibrihim and brother of Yitzhak (Isaac); progenitor of the Arabic peoples.
Islam: Literally, “submission to the will of Allah.”
Itikaf: A continuous series of worship in the last ten days of Ramadhan.
Jihad / Jehad: holy war; a struggle for Islam. When any Muslim anywhere declares a jihad, all Muslims everywhere are duty-bound to join the jihad. When Osama bin Laden declared a jihad against the United States, all Muslims everywhere, including all American citizens who are Muslims, were duty bound to participate in the jihad against America.
Jinn: [alt. djinn, pl. djinni] A desert demon. One of a class of spirit beings that according to Muslim demonology inhabit the earth, assume various forms, and exercise supernatural powers. This is virtually the Bible’s definition of demons, except the Bible specifies that demons are fallen angels. They often take human form and serve their summoner (as in Aladdin's lamp). Allah is only one of them. The plural form is jinni. The Bible teaches that all false “gods” are actually demons; therefore, Allah is a demon posing as a god. Islam is therefore a religion of demon worship.
Ka'aba, Kaaba: first Islamic worship house; the Grand Mosque; a small stone building located in the court of the great mosque at Mecca containing the black stone (a meteorite) supposedly given to Abraham by Gabriel.
Khalifa: (pl. Khulafa) Caliph; leader; Khalifa al Rashideen, successor to the Mohammed
Khataman Nabiyyan: Seal of Prophets; entitled to Mohammed (Sura 33:41)
Khulafa: plural of khalifa.
Lailat-ul-Qadr: blessed nights among the odd last ten days of Ramadhan, when Qura'an began revelation.
La-illaha-illulahu; Muhammadur-rasullulah: there is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah
Madhahib: see Firqa
Mahdi: “The guided one.” A leader who will cause righteousness to fill the earth. The Sunnites are still awaiting his initial appearance while the Shi’ites hold that the last Imam, who disappeared in 874 C.E. will someday reappear as the Mahdi. (See Twelfth Imam)
Marwah: a mound found near the Ka'aba
Medina: A holy city of Islam named for Mohammad. It was previously named Yathrib. It is the city to which Mohammad fled in 622 C.E. Called the “the city of the prophet.”
Mihrab: recess in the mosque which indicates the direction to the Ka'aba
Minaret: a tower of a mosque, usually where the Adhan is called
Mufti: learned scholar in Islam; one who would give fatwa
Mushaf: a copy of the Qur’an
Mut'akaif: one who performs Itikaf
Niqaab: the face covering of women, used in Hijaab
Omura / Umrah: A pilgrimage to Mecca besides in the month of Hajj.
Qari; Al Qari: one who learns and teaches the Qur'an
Qur’an (Koran): (lit.) that which is often read, recited, or rehearsed — Religious text or Law of Islam; claimed by Islam to be the final and complete inspired word of God transmitted to the “prophet” Mohammad by the angel Gabriel. Some Muslims claim that it was Allah who delivered the Qur'an to Mohammed. (Read the Qur'an in English here)
Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam: (S.A.W. or saw) peace and blessings of Allah be upon him (also pbuh)
Salat: The Muslim daily prayer ritual. One of the five pillars of Islamic faith. Formal Prayer offered according to prescribed procedure. Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha are the 5 time daily prayers of Islam.
Shahada: To seek death for Allah. Palestinian leaders are now brainwashing children as young as 12 or 13 years old to actively seek to die as Shaheedin (martyrs) for Allah in the jihad against Israel. They are taught that not only is Shahada their duty, it is something sweet to be pursued. Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority actively praise these young Shaheedin and hold them up as an example to be followed by all Palestinian children. Click here for a video from Zola Levitt.
Shari'a: The total sum of injunctions, that address those who qualify for being obligated to regard the religious duties. It details the way of life that the “creator” (Allah) intends for the created, who believe in him, to abide by and to follow.
Shaitan: Satan; in Muslim mythology, Shaitan is a jinn (demon), not the equivalent of a Biblical fallen angel; in Biblical theology, demons are fallen angels. The Great Shaitan is the United States; the Little Shaitan is Israel.
Shaytaan: Satan. (See Shaitan)
Shi’ites: A Muslim sect which rejects the first three caliphs, insisting that Mohammad’s son-in-law ’Ah was Mohammad's rightful initial successor. (Presently Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Iran, and Hezbollah are predominantly Shei'ite; Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood are predominantly Sunni.)
Siha-e-Sitta: Six most authentic Hadith Books: Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu Daud, Sunan Nasai, Ibn Mahja
Sunnites: The largest Muslim sect which acknowledges the first four caliphs as Mohammad’s rightful successors. (Presently Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Iran, and Hezbollah are predominantly Shei'ite; Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Hamas, and the Muslim Brotherhood are predominantly Sunni.)
Surahs: (Sura, Sura-ul) what the chapters of the Qur’an are called; ex. Sura-ul Fathiha = Chapter Fathiha
Tahmeed: expressing thanks to Allah by reciting Alhamdolillah
Tasbeeh: glorification of Allah by reciting Subhan Allah (Holy is Allah) or other phrases
Tawaf: preforming seven circuits of Ka'aba
Taweed: affirmation of the “oneness” of Allah
Tawwuth: prayer recited silently seeking the protection of Allah from Satan
Twelfth Imam: In Islamic belief, the ultimate savior of humankind and the final Imām of the Twelve Imams. “Twelver” Shī‘a believe that al-Mahdī was born in 869 and did not die but rather was hidden by God in 941 (this is referred to as the Occultation) and will later emerge with Isa (Jesus Christ) in order to fulfill their mission of bringing peace and justice to the world. He assumed the Imamate at 5 years of age. Some Shi‘īte schools do not consider ibn-al-Hasan to be the Mahdī, although the majority sect Twelvers do.
Followers of Sunni Islam and other minority Shi'ites believe that the Mahdi has not yet been born, and therefore his exact identity is only known to Allah. Aside from the Mahdi's precise genealogy, Sunnis accept many of the same hadiths Shias accept about the predictions regarding the Mahdi's emergence, his acts, and his universal Caliphate. (For additional information see the Wikipedia article.)
What is important for Bible believers to understand is that the Twelfth Imam, according to Islamic belief, will establish a universal Caliphate (a one-world government under Sharia law) and will defeat Isa in the world’s final battle. His description in Islamic theology is an almost-identical match for the biblical Antichrist.
Umrah, Omura: A pilgrimage to Mecca besides in the month of Hajj.
Wa'laykum Salaam: 1. And be with you peace. 2.The reply to the greeting of As-slaamo Alaykum
Wudhu: ablution, cleaning of ones self before Salat
Waqf: an inalienable (non-cancellable) religious endowment in Sharia law, typically denoting a building or plot of land for Muslim religious or charitable purposes; the permanent dedication by a Muslim of any property for any purpose recognized by the Muslim law as religious, pious, or charitable. What is important for non-Muslims to understand is that once property has been declared a waqf, it can never be transferred to an “infidel” (non-Muslim) for any reason. Islam considers of of the Nation of Israel to be an Islamic waqf, therefore under Islamic law Israel can never be allowed to exist as a non-Muslim state. Also, of greater importance to Americans, any property purchased by any Muslim within the United States becomes forever the property of Islam, and is no longer part of America according to Islamic law. As this is being written, the current presidential administration views the U.S. Constitution and American laws as subordinate to Sharia and international law. See also the Wikipedia article.
Yathrib: former name for Medina
Zaamzam: a historical well close to the Ka'aba
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