Allah's compassion and mercy mean he can't leave people to sin without helping them. He sends messages about how to live a good life. He almost always does this via angels, who pass on his words to human prophets (rasuls).
Risalah is the concept of messengers, one of the ways Allah communicates with humans. Allah chose many people as prophets. 25 prophets are mentioned in the Quran, although some believe there have been 124 000.
Some prophets were given holy books to pass on to humankind. Muslims believe the prophets taught the same basic ideas, most importantly belief in one God. We see all the prophets as equal to each other.
Say: We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us and to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob and the descendants (of Jacob) and in what was given to Moses and Jesus and in what the other Prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are those who submit to Allah.
Muslims believe all prophets paved the way for Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He is believed to be born around 570 CE in Makkah (Mecca).
One day, while meditating, Allah sent Angel Jibril (Gabriel) to him with a message. Muhammad was scared at first, but as Jibril gradually revealed more and more of the message from Allah, Muhammad began preaching this message to others.
The early messages said people should worship one god, Allah, and that people would be judged on their behaviour. Later on, the revelations gave more detail on how Muslims should live their lives.
He is believed to have been a wise leader, who settled disputes and
brought different communities together. He performed several miracles.
As Muhammad was Allah's last prophet. Muslims pay particular attention to his words and actions. We see him as the best role model.
"Whoever takes a path in pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make easy for him the path to paradise."
“Whoever is not merciful (to the creation) will not be shown mercy by Allah.”
"When a Muslim spends something on his family intending to receive Allah's reward it is regarded as Sadaqa (charity)."
“Whoever opens a way to a charitable deed is like the one that has done this good deed.”
"Allah does not look at your faces and wealth but He looks at your hearts and deeds."
"Allah is more joyous with the repentance of one of you than you are when you find your lost animal."
The five pillars of Islam define the basic identity of Muslims - our faith, beliefs and practices - and bind together a worldwide community of believers into a fellowship of shared values and concerns.
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