Frequently asked questions (FAQ) on Islam

General questions about Islam

  • What is Islam? Who is a Muslim?
  • What does Islam teach?
  • What are the major beliefs of Islam?
  • How do Muslims practice their faith?
  • What are the sources of Islamic beliefs and practices?

God, Prophets, Muhammad, Satan (Devil)

  • Who is Allah?
  • Who was Muhammad?
  • Do Muslims worship Muhammad?
  • Do Muslims believe other prophets existed before Muhammad and were sent to different parts of the world?
  • What do Islam say about Satan/Devil?

Sects, Hereafter, trials of life

  • Do Muslims have many sects?
  • Do Muslims believe in the Hereafter?
  • If God is All Merciful, why is there so much suffering in the world?
  • If a person is a good person throughout his or her life, but does not believe in Allah, will he/she go to hell?

Other religions, beliefs or non-faith

  • What do Muslims think of Jesus?
  • Will the good actions of the nonbelievers be wasted?
  • Is Islam intolerant of other religious minorities?
  • How should Muslims treat Jews and Christians?
  • What about Hindus, Bahai, Buddhists, members of other religions or people without any faith?

Daily practices

  • What is the dress code for Muslims?
  • What are the dietary prohibitions in Islam?
  • What are the major Islamic festivals?


  • Does Islam promote polygamy?
  • Does Islam oppress women?


  • What is the Shari'ah?
  • What is Jihad?
  • Was Islam spread by the sword?
  • Does Islam promote violence and terrorism?
  • What is "Islamic Fundamentalism"?


  • What is the Islamic Year?
  • What is the Islamic view on: dating and premarital sex, abortion, homosexuality and AIDS, euthanasia and suicide, organ transplantation