INTRODUCTION

All praise be to God, the Lord of all the worlds, the Creator of the heavens and earth and all creatures living in them. May God grant peace and blessings to Prophet Muhammad, God’s final Messenger, whose message brought mercy to all mankind. May He also give His blessings to all the prophets and messengers whom He sent to guide mankind out of darkness and into light.

At the Osoul International Centre for Islamic Advocacy, every new release that we produce gives us a great opportunity to interact with our readers. All our releases have the same overall objective; to present Islam to mankind, as it truly is. We aim to make people aware of Islam’s fine aspects and profound teachings and to show clearly that it is the only faith that provides practical and effective solutions to all the problems faced by humanity. Islam gives clear and solid answers to all of the questions that have troubled people over many generations, such as: How did we come into existence and why do we exist? Where do we go from here? Furthermore, Islam is the only religion that requires its followers to love and respect all the prophets God sent, particularly Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them both).

We take great care to provide solid and rational proofs for our arguments, so as to give our readers the reassurance they need, and our releases also refute the accusations levelled against Islam and provide clarification to people’s misunderstandings of Islamic teachings.

By God’s grace, Islam is the fastest growing religion in our time, as confirmed by a study undertaken by the Pew Research Center , and our motive is to make this great divine faith known to all people.

This book, Purification: the Islamic Concept, explains that under Islam the concept of purification is not limited to personal and physical purity, it includes purifying oneself of sin and all disobedience of God. The book then discusses the detailed rules of physical purification, including ablution, grand ablution, the removal of impurity, dry ablution, etc.

We hope that this book will be of benefit to Muslim readers, giving them clear knowledge of the rules of their religion in this area. We also hope that non-Muslim readers will gain an insight into an important aspect of the religion of Islam and will find this book interesting.

Beliefs of a Muslim

A muslim has belief in God(Allah), the Angels, the Books of Allah, Messengers of God, the Last day(Day of Judgement) and Qadaa and Qadar.

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The Prayer

It is obligatory upon you to establish the prayer (Salaah) for it is the backbone of the religion; without it, one’s Islam would not be complete. The Prophet (s) said [striking an example between the religion and a camel]:

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THE COMMANDMENTS OF ISLAM

Islam aims to form a well-knit society, in which individuals show mutual mercy and love and exemplify the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah by ordering them to do certain things and to abstain from other things.

Worship of Allah

The Prophet Mohammad s once said to a Bedouin who came and asked: "‘O Messenger of Allah, tell me what Allah has obligated upon me in terms of the prayer.’ He replied, ‘The five [daily] prayers, except if you wish to perform some voluntary ones.’ He asked, ‘Tell me what Allah has obligated upon me in terms of the fasting.’ He replied, ‘The month of Ramadan, except if you wish to perform some voluntary ones.’ He said, ‘Tell me what Allah has obligated upon me in terms of Zakah.’ [The narrator] said ‘So the Messenger of Allah (s) informed him of the legislations of Islam.’ The Bedouin said, ‘By Him Who has honored you, I will not do any voluntary acts, and I will not leave anything of what Allah has ordered me.’ The Messenger of Allah (s), said: ‘He has succeeded (or, ‘He will enter Jannah’) if he is saying the truth’.” (Bukhari #46 & Muslim#11)