FAQs About Islam and Muslims

Why can’t Muslims eat pork?

Muslims can’t eat pork because it is something that has been clearly stated as not acceptable in the Qur’an, which Muslims believe to be the direct word from God.

In the Qur’an it states:

“Forbidden to you (for food) are: dead meat, blood, the flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah.” [Quran 5:3]

Why can’t Muslims drink alcohol?

Muslims abstain from alcohol for the same reason they do of pork. Alcohol is something which alters the natural state of humans and can lead to harm due to poor judgment and sin.

Why do Muslim women wear  headscarf?

Muslim women cover their head and chest to observe modesty in obedience to God. The Arabic  term hijab is often used to refer to the headscarf  but the actual meaning is in regards to an Islamic dress code, which applies to both men and women. Men are to adhere to a modest dress code just like women, but women must cover their hair and chest since it’s seen as part of their physical attractiveness and thus should be covered. Muslim women do not have to wear hijab all the time or in front of their husbands or males who related to them through direct blood – fathers, brothers, sons, etc.

What are some of the basic beliefs of Islam?

Muslims believe in the same God as Jews and Christians and that Islam is the third and final revelation from God. The Qur’an is the direct word from God and its true form only exists in Arabic – all translations are simply a meaning of the Arabic version. Muslims believe in all the Prophets from Adam to Jesus, but they also believe that Prophet Muhammad was the final prophet and messenger sent from God to the people. It was Muhammad whom the Qur’an was revealed to more than 1400 years ago. Muslims believe in a concept called tawhid, which is the Oneness of God. They do not believe God had any partners and they worship only Him.

To learn more about Islamic beliefs see Why Islam.

What are all these terms – salaam alykum, alhamdulillah, insha’Allah, etc?

Many Muslims often use many Islamic terms and phrases that are in Arabic. Below is a list of some commonly used words.

Salaam alykum – Peace be upon you

This is a greeting used by Muslims.

Allah – God

Insha’Allah – God willing

Alhamdulillah – All praise is to God.

Halal – refers to something permissible in Islam

Haram- refers to something forbidden in Islam

Hijab – Muslim woman headcovering and general Islamic dress code

Masjid – a place of prostration, otherwise known as a mosque.

Jazak Allah Khair – This is often used to say thank you but the actual meaning is “May Allah grant you goodness”

To learn more Islamic terms visit Islamic Dictionary, or watch a video here.

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