Islam is a religion, whose foundation is laid upon five basic and fundamental beliefs which serves as boundary for faith. The person who abides these fundamentals of Islam is considered to be in the boundary of Islam else not.
1) Oneness of Almighty Allah (SWT):
It is being observed that follower of every religion believes in the existence of God but the difference between a follower and non-follower of Islam is that Muslim believes in the oneness of Allah Almighty (SWT) ( no one is like Him Almighty (SWT) and He Almighty (SWT) is the stand alone lord of this universe & universes beyond this) and non-follower doesn’t.
Say, “He is God, the One. God, to Whom the creatures turn for their needs. He begets not, nor was He begotten, and there is none like Him.” (Quran, 112:1-4)
2) Belief in the Angels Allah Almighty (SWT):
As a Muslim we should believe in the existence honored creature of Allah Almighty (SWT) known as Angels. Angels are the most obedient creature of Almighty Allah (SWT). There are four famous and pious Angels i.e. Jibreel, Mikaeel, 'Azrael and Israfeel but amongst these four Jibreel used to bring Wahi to all the messengers of Almighty Allah (SWT).
3) Belief in Almighty Allah’s (SWT) revealed books:
According to the faith of Muslims Allah Almighty (SWT) revealed Holy books to His messengers for the guidance of humanity. Amongst the other Holy books Quran is revealed to Holy Prophet (PBUH). Allah Almighty has taken its responsibility to prevent it from corruption or distortion, and He Almighty (SWT) says:
Indeed, We have sent down the Quran, and surely We will guard it (from corruption). (Quran, 15:9)
Being Muslim it is our foremost responsibility to play role in the preservation and protection of Quran, for that sake it should be learnt by an Islamic scholar or by the help of live Quran tutor on internet.
4) Belief in the Messengers and Prophets of Almighty Allah (SWT):
Muslims believe in the Prophet hood of all the prophets and messengers of Almighty Allah (SWT) from Hadrat Adam (AS) to last Holy Prophet Hadrat Muhammad (PBUH) .
Muhammad is not the father of any one of your men, but he is the Messenger of God and the last of the prophets… (Quran, 33:40)
One thing that is notable that all the messenger of Almighty Allah (SWT) preached for Islam and for the oneness of Almighty Allah (SWT).
5) Belief in the Day of Resurrection:
Muslims firmly believe in the Day of Judgment (the Day of Resurrection) when all people will be restored to life by the will of Allah Almighty (SWT) and they will be rewarded for their deeds.
SURVEY: Islam IS COUNTY’S FASTEST GROWING RELIGION FASTEST GROWING RELIGIOUS GROUP IN 2000S: Islam
Number of Muslims in S.D. grew from 7,878 to 21,994, survey says
Written by Matt Clark
12:01 a.m., July 8, 2012
Updated 4:21 p.m. , July 7, 2012
Islam was the fastest growing religious group in San Diego County between 2000 and 2010, according to the recently released 2010 U.S. Religion Census.
During the decade, the county’s Muslim population grew by 179 percent from 7,878 adherents to 21,994, according to estimates from the survey of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Islam is now the seventh-largest religion in the county, the survey found.
Only one other group grew more here, in overall numbers. The county’s Mormon community grew by 25,227 followers, an increase of 55 percent, making it the third-largest church in the county.
About one quarter of the county’s population is Catholic, making it the most popular religion despite the loss of 28,083 followers or 3.4 percent of its fellowship during the decade. The county had 801,850 Catholics in 2010, ahead of a religious group reported by the survey for the first time this year, a grouping of 148,930 nondenominational Christians which ranked second.
The growth of Islam here is unique among California’s largest counties, according to the report. Both as a percentage and overall number, San Diego County’s Muslim population increase was nearly double that of any of the state’s 10 largest counties, according to the survey.
Islamic Center of San Diego Imam AbdelJalil Mezgouri attributed the growth of the county’s Muslim population to immigration, especially among Somali, Iraqi, Afghan and Bosnian refugees, and to an increase in births and Muslim conversions. He said the growth, which mirrors a national trend, has brought new challenges to the county’s Muslim community, but has also brought more understanding of Islam to the county as a whole.
“Of course, as we say, there is no gain without pain,” Mezgouri said. “The culture is becoming very, very diverse and also some of them have the challenge of adapting with the new place and the language, especially.”
Cabdriver Mohammed Abdi came to the U.S. from Kenya in 2005, following his brothers and other relatives who came earlier seeking economic opportunities. He said becoming an American Muslim was a challenge at first, as he struggled to attend Friday prayers regularly. To avoid missing out three weeks in a row, which is shunned by Islam, he would sneak out of work to attend Masjid. He said being in America has ultimately strengthened his faith in Islam.
“When I came to America is when I really started to practice Islam strongly,” Abdi said. “I saw a lot of Christians around me and I worried I would lose my faith.”
Aside from San Diego’s weather, which is attractive to immigrants from warmer climates, Mezgouri said San Diego County’s large refugee communities also lead to increased immigration. The federal government resettles refugees in areas where their family or friends live or where they have the best opportunity for a new life.
According to Horn of Africa, the San Diego-based African refugee assistance organization, San Diego has the second-largest East African refugee population in the country. The group’s economic development director, Hussein Nuur, said the refugee community organizations — many based in City Heights — help new arrivals settle.
This post in my opinion should be read by someone who feels that no "miracle" can turn them away from their faith. I understand that a humble heart would never claim that they are very strong . However regarding my question it would be best to keep humility aside and answer my question that has been bothering me very much. You can be as critical as possible you like. I'll ignore any deviations from normal manners since I'm prepared to receive criticism.
The basic purpose is to believe in Allah with all His attributes and Judgement Day. Rest of the articles of faith are supportive of the aforementioned purpose. I have started entertaining doubt in these two basic articles.
By way of reason which is also mentioned in Quran, I can believe someone to be the Creator (Khalid). I mean if I consider the chain of cause and effect about my existence, I can see that it has to end somewhere and someone must have created us for the first time. In the initial period of our creation, someone must have guided us what to eat and how to take shelter. However I'm not sure whether He is alive (Al-Hayy) today and if alive He is mighty (Al-Aziz) today. The wheel "seems" to be rolling on its own. It seems so silent as if no one is there behind the veil.
When I read the Quran, I am really impressed with Allah and His attributes. For example, the narrative of mercy of Allah on Hazrat Zakaria and Hazrat Maryam in the beginning of Surah Maryam is very appeasing. However then after sometime, it starts to feel that these are legendary tales. We don't know about whether they were really true. They could be tales to urge someone to do good and not despair and useful for social stability. I mean I can understand it from a different perspective but not that the affair could be a reality.
Personally I don't think that I am a very bad or arrogant person as arrogance has been mentioned invariably who won't be able to believe.
An important goal in my life has gone unfulfilled so there is despair for those but now I am more than ever concerned about these two articles rather than having fulfilled life goals. Let it be as it is but somehow if I could firmly stand on these two articles of faith. I try looking into narratives of Hadhrat Yousuf and Hadhrat Ayub regarding suffering but I feel as if I'm just trying to comfort myself in wishful thinking.
Please let me know your insight on how you've been keeping faith and remember me in your prayers. The heart seems ever inclined to believe but the mind stops in agreeing to "seemingly fanciful" thinking.