The best solution to unawareness and misunderstanding is education. Now, more than ever,Muslims need to answer to such questions as: "Who was Muhammad?" "Why is he loved so much by some and hated so much by others?" "Was he really a prophet of God?" "What did he teach?" "Did he live up to his claims?" "Did he encourage war and terrorism?" "What is the truth about this man?

An introduction to the Messenger of Allah i.e., Muhammad Bin Abdullah (May Allah honour Him and grant Him Peace), who was sent 1400 years ago to call all mankind to follow the true path, no matter where or when; no matter if white or black, his message is for all whether Muslim or Non-Muslim, Male or Female.His message is the last and the lasting one, no messenger will come after him, he is the last Messenger. Success in the hereafter is only possible through the way which He has shown.And seek knowledge about Him with an open mind rather than biased western sources. Before going in detail about Him let’s know about the religion Islam first.

The religion Islam is based on the teachings of Qur’an and Sunnah. Qur’an is the verbatim words of  Allah (Glory be to Him) and Sunnah is the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (May Allah honour Him and grant Him Peace). The word "Islam" is an Arabic word which is derived from two root words i.e., Salaam and Silmun, Salaam means Peace and Silmun means Submission. In the Islamic context, Islam means peace acquired by submitting one’s will to the will of Allah (Glory be to Him). This means to act on what Allah (Glory be to Him) commands all of us to do (In the Quran) and what His beloved Prophet Muhammad (May Allah honour Him and grant Him Peace) demonstrated through his Sunnah (His Lifestyle and His Sayings) as per the understanding and practice of His Sahaba (Companions of Prophet Muhammad (May Allah honour Him and grant Him peace)).

Islam is based on five Pillars i.e.,

(1) To give witness about Allah and His Messenger Muhammad (Shahadah),

(2) Compulsory prayers (Salah),

(3) Almsgiving (zakat),

(4) The pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj) at least once in a lifetime if one has ability to do so and

(5) Fasting during Ramadan (Sawm). (Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 1:7)

The first pillar of Islam is ‘to give witness’ or ‘to testify’ in the oneness of Allah (Glory be to Him) and His last Messenger Muhammad (May Allah honour Him and grant Him Peace) who was sent for the entire mankind. Therefore practicing Islam by Muhammad’s (May Allah honour Him and grant Him Peace) way is the basic and the utmost requirement in all departments of life. [1]

Criteria for acceptance of any form of worship in Islam are when the following is true

A form of worship is only acceptable when the following is true:

  1. One dedicates it to Allah alone, with a desire for the Hereafter. It cannot be done with the intention of being seen among men or for worldly gain.
  2. One follows the Prophet's example, in words and deeds. This cannot accomplished except knowledge of the Sunnah. [2]