About Islam

The Religion of Islam

Islam literally means "submission" in Arabic. It is derived from the same root-word as salaam, which means peace. The main basis of Islam is the submission of oneself to the Will of God.

Allah is the Arabic word for God and defines His Oneness and His Uniqueness. He is the same God that created Adam and Eve (peace be upon them), the God of Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them). Islam is the completion of the Message brought forth by all these Prophets that was revealed to Muhammad by God through the arch-angel Gabriel.

Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad was the last and final Messenger of God, sent to all people regardless of their social status or background. He delivered the Message that 1.6 billion Muslims around the globe follow, which consists of the Qur'an, the Spoken Word of God, and the Sunnah (actions) and Hadith (sayings) of the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims are very diverse in their backgrounds and how they interpret the words of God and the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Below are some resources where you can begin to learn more about Muslims and Islam!

Resources on Islam

Local Mosques in the Triangle

Council of American-Islamic Relations

Online Qur'an translations

Online Sunni Hadith translation

IslamFYI - An Educational Resource on Islam for the Public

Ask a Muslim - a documentary webseries featuring African American Muslims responding to everyday questions

Note: Duke MSA does NOT endorse all viewpoints or authors found in the linked websites.