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What does the Quran say about Islam and other religions?

Islam and other religions

Islam is a monotheistic religion, believing in One God, and is grouped as part of the Abrahamic religions. The Abrahamic religions are Judaism, Christianity and Islam, stemming from the descendants of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). Prophet Ibrahim is considered the father of the Arabs, with Judaism and Christianity from lineage of Prophet Isaac (AS), and Islam from lineage of Prophet Ismail (AS), both sons of Prophet Ibrahim (AS). These monotheistic religions believe that divine revelations were indeed sent down from God, to guide mankind. The Torah came down to the people of Israel, through Prophet Musa (AS). The Bible came to Prophet Isa (AS), as guidance for his people. 

These Holy Books had also foretold about the coming of a ‘final prophet’. The Quran and Islam came, as a continuation to the divine revelations, and to complete it.

“˹They are the ones who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whose description they find in their Torah (Deut, xviii, 15) and the Injeel (Gospel) (John xiv, 16). He commands them to do good and forbids them from evil, permits for them what is lawful and forbids them what is impure, and relieves them from their burdens and the shackles that bound them. Only those who believe in him, honour and support him, and follow the light sent down to him will be successful.” – (Quran 7:157)


The Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the month of Ramadan, around 609 CE in the Cave of Hira’. The revelations went on for 23 years, revealing stories about the past prophets, the proper guidance for mankind to conduct themselves and about the Hereafter. 

Islam – The Final Chapter

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the last prophet, not just sent to Muslims, but to the whole of mankind. Acknowledging the past prophets, from Prophet Adam (AS) all the way to Prophet Isa (AS) means that Islam acknowledges that these prophets were sent by the same God, Allah, to guide mankind. 

“Ramaḍan is the month in which the Quran was revealed as a guide for humanity with clear proofs of guidance and the standard to distinguish between right and wrong.” – (Quran 2:186)

Islam is a continuation of the teaching and preaching by the previous prophets, with the common message that there is only One God, and that man are to worship Him alone. Islam came to correct the belief of people of Makkah, who has gone astray. The messages also include rules and regulations, methods and prohibitions on how to become the best servants to Allah. 

No compulsion

Islam believes that all man are created as a pure canvas, and that nature and the nurturing process of that person decides whether he or she will become a Muslim or will embrace other religions. However, there is no compulsion to force a person to embrace Islam, if they were brought up as a non-Muslim. This is highlighted in the Quran: 

“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error” (Quran 2:256) and (Quran 18:29) 

Muslims are encouraged to spread the word of Allah, the truth, peace and wisdom of Islam. However, the one who controls the heart is Allah, and He chooses whom He pleases.

“Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided.” (Quran 28:56)


Thus, we can only help to spread the divine message of Islam to others, but we cannot force them to embrace Islam upon our will, as Allah knows best what is in their hearts and their intentions.

Relationships with non-Muslim religions

There are many misrepresentations of Islam, whether in the media or outside them. The true teachings of Islam call for respect and tolerance between Muslims and non-Muslims in order, to create a cohesive society.

For this purpose the Quran teaches Muslims on how to interact with non-Muslims:

“O humanity! Indeed, We created you from a male and a female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you may get to know one another. Surely the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous among you. Allah is truly All-Knowing, All-Aware.” (Quran 49:13). 

This verse talks about the different tribes and cultures Allah has created on earth, each with its  own unique specialties. Thus, Islam encourages Muslims to interact with other members of the society and learning from them, as long as it does not go against the Islamic aqidah ( creed). This includes interacting with people from other religious backgrounds.

Spreading the words of Allah and inviting people to Islam is highly encouraged. However, there are manners which a Muslim must observe so as  not to insult or invoke anger:

“Invite all to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and kind advice, and only debate with them in the best manner. Surely your Lord alone knows best who has strayed from His Way and who is rightly guided.” (Quran 16:125)

Islam clearly  teaches the Muslims  not to insult other religions:

“O believers! Do not insult what they invoke besides Allah or they will insult Allah spitefully out of ignorance. This is how We have made each people’s deeds appealing to them. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them of what they used to do.” – (Quran 6:108)


To you is your God, and to mine is my God

Overall, Islam encourages Muslims to interact and cooperate with those of different beliefs. Allah created us, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. We all are the servants of Allah, whether we submit and worship Him, or are still finding our way back to Him. Muslims should not invoke hatred and anger of the non-Muslims, but rather to work together and bring out the best teachings of Islam through exemplary manners. 

Even when facing those who refuse to believe in Allah, after all the information and proofs have  been laid out to them, Islam still does not teach hatred. As Allah summed it up:

“Say, “O disbelievers, I do not worship what you worship. Nor are you worshippers of what I worship. Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship. Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship. For you is your religion, and for me is my religion.”” (Quran 109:1-6)


This article is written by Nurul Zulaiha Abdul Rahim, a graduate from  International Islamic University Malaysia,  in Bach of Human Science (Comm).

3 women characters inspired by Surah An-Nur

In the Quran there are a few surahs and several  verses on women.  Looking at the 24th surah in the Quran, Surah an-Nur, we can learn 3 characteristics of women inspired by this surah:

  1. Muhsanat (محصنات) the fortified

This category of women is fortified and protected from committing big sins.  She is loving not just to her children and spouse but also managing to keep a healthy relationship with her neighbours.

Another character of this category of women is Qana’ah (القناعة), which means satisfaction.

2. Gafilat (غافلات) the unaware

How is it that being unaware is a good character?  According to Buya HAMKA, an Indonesian Islamic  scholar; this kind of lady would always be focusing on her affairs and business only.  She would never try to deviate from her original goal and always think good and positive about others.

Thus she is unaware of negative thoughts about others.

3. Mū’mina (مؤمنات) believer

The character of this type of  believing women is that they are totally obedient to Allah and Ar-Rasul only.  Living in this modern era doesn’t break their will to protect themselves from the fitnah or tests and tribulations by potential predators around them.  Their mind grows with only positivity.

May we benefit from  learning about  these characters. 

This article was originally written  in Bahasa Malaysia by Zirwatul Amal Idrus, and published by the  DreamTeam Tadabbur Centre on 28 September 2020.  This article is republished here with the Tadabbur Centre’s  written permission.

I want to learn to read the Quran

Where do I start?  Most of Islamic scriptures are in Arabic which is a most complicated language in the world.  The complexity of this language is so unique, although that makes it so beautiful.

Now that I am a Muslim, I have to at least know how to pronounce certain words in Arabic.  I’m going to need to use this language 5 times a day!  

Wondering where to start?  There are so many options to consider, including through online courses.

Online courses

The 5 suggested online tajweed sites:

  1. Tajweed Made Easy Academy. They have teachers and trainers globally, you can learn how to read the Quran from the basic level. And maybe if you’re ready, you can also sign up to become a teacher yourself.  You can also sponsor another student who can’t afford to pay for the fees. Yes, they have fees. Check out their website for details of their courses at http://tmeag.com/

2. Tarteel Quran. Tarteel Quran lets you decide which gender of teacher you’d be comfortable with to learn the Quran.  They have interesting lessons that will suit your children and they offer free trial lessons too. Go to their website to find out more:  https://www.tarteelequran.com/

3. Al-azhar Quran Teaching. Al-azhar Quran Teaching has offices in the UK, Australia and the USA.  They too offer free trial. Their classes include tajweed for beginners and basic Quran reading online.  Go to https://alazharquranteaching.com/learn-quran-with-tajweed/ to find out more.

4. Madinah Quran Academy. Just like most online tajweed classes, they too offer free trials.  Their class covers both reading the Quran (tajweed) and memorizing the Quran (hafeez).  The best part is they offer a certificate at the end of the class.  Check it out here: https://madinahquranacademy.com/

5. Quran River. Quran River has more than just tajweed (and Arabic) classes.  Other than offering Ijaazah (certificate) with Sanad for Quran, they also have tafseer classes, and Quranic sciences.  If you’re ready to go for more than just reading the Quran, they could be your good choice.  Their website is http://www.quranriver.com/

6. YouTube Videos. Here’s another option for you if you do not have enough funds to pay for the online courses : you can always learn by following  videos from YouTube. The only setback with this option is that it’s a-one-way method. Which means, you can’t get a teacher to correct you if you’re wrong.  This can be a temporary solution, but please be serious about learning from a real teacher. Here are a few suggestions for you to consider:

  1. Quranicarabicwebinar (https://www.youtube.com/user/quranicarabicwebinar)
  2. Made Easy Series (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6qa1u2UrCF4zowOJ03p5nw)
  3. Quran Teacher for Kids and Beginners  (https://outube.com/user/Nur676767)
  4. Understand Quran (https://www.youtube.com/user/understandquran/videos)
  5. LearnTajweed (https://www.youtube.com/user/LearnTajweed)
  6. HealMyTajweed (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj4W7SklgYjut1r5xiH1xQg)


Now remember, learning the Quranic tajweed is not the same as learning the Arabic language.

Tajweed (Arabic: تجويد‎ tajwīd, IPA: [tædʒˈwiːd], ‘elocution‘) is a set of rules for the correct pronunciation of the letters with all their qualities and applying the various traditional methods of recitation (Qira’at). In Arabic, the term tajwīd is derived from the triliteral root j-w-d (‘to improve’). Tajweed is a compulsory religious duty (fard) when reciting the Quran.

By contrast, the Arabic Language (Arabic: العَرَبِيَّة‎, al-ʻarabiyyah, [al ʕaraˈbijja] or عَرَبِيّ‎, ʻarabī, [ˈʕarabiː] or [ʕaraˈbij]) is a Semitic language that first emerged between the 1st to 4th centuries CE. It is now the lingua franca of the Arab world. It is named after the Arabs, a term initially used to describe the people living in the area bounded by Mesopotamia in the east and the Anti-Lebanon mountains in the west, in Northwestern Arabia and in the Sinai Peninsula.

Go and learn to read the Quran!  

عَنْ عُثْمَانَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ خَيْرُكُمْ مَنْ تَعَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ وَعَلَّمَهُ

 صحيح البخاري كتاب فضائل القرآن باب خيركم من تعلم القرآن وعلمه

Uthman bin Affan reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The best of you are those who learn the Quran and teach it.”

(Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 4739, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Bukhari)

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sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajwid and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic