1. Is it true; 1 million Muslims of Canada abstain from food and drink from dawn to sunset for an entire month of Ramadan?
● Yes, Muslim around the world fast the whole month of Ramadan every year. Fasting is one of the pillars of Islam
● Self-control: Fasting strengthen one’ ability to regulate their emotions, thoughts, behaviour and actions by willfully giving up eating and drinking
● Empathy: Fasting not only allow an individual to understand and empathize the less fortunate but also makes us more conscious and grateful for everything in life
● Generosity: Charity and good deeds are greatly encouraged during the month of Ramadan.
● Quran mentions: O believers! Fasting is prescribed for you—as it was prescribed for those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness [Quran Chapter 2:185]
2. Is it true; Muslims pay billions of dollars in tax/ charity to poor in Ramadan?
● Yes, it is estimated that Muslims donates billions of dollars every year to poor. In 2015 The Guardian reported that Muslims donated about 2 trillion in charity. (https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2017/jun/22/zakat-requires-muslims-to-donate-25-of-their-wealth-could-this-end-poverty)
● As one of the pillars of Islam, zakat is a form of obligatory charity that has the potential to ease the suffering of millions.
● With the literal meaning of the word being ‘to cleanse,’ Muslims believe that paying zakat purifies, increases and blesses the remainder of their wealth.
● Zakat on wealth is based on the value of all of one’s possessions. It is customarily 2.5% of a Muslim’s total savings and wealth above and above his daily needs and requirements.
3. Is it true that Muslim pray to the Creator facing Black Cube built by Abraham in Mecca?
● In Islam, Muslims pray five times a day and these prayers are directed towards Mecca; this direction (or qibla in Arabic), is marked in all mosques across the world and enables the faithful to know in what direction they should pray.
● The Kaaba, meaning cube in Arabic, is a square building, elegantly draped in a silk and cotton veil. Located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, it is the holiest shrine in Islam
● This Kabba was originally built by Abraham and his son, Ismail. Tradition holds that it was originally a simple unroofed rectangular structure
● Abraham has a special status in Islam. He is the father of all prophets and Muslims perform their Hajj (Pilgrim) around Kabba and based on Abraham’s legacy.
4. Do Muslims believe in Jews’ Torah and Christians’ Bible?
● Yes, Muslims’ faith is not complete until they believe in all holy books sent by the Creator.
● These holy books includes the Torah (given to Moses), the Gospel/ Bible (given to Jesus), the Psalms (given to David), and the Scrolls (given to Abraham) and the Quran (given to Muhammad) Peace be upon all.
● Each of these holy books was given to a different prophet by the Creator. Muslims believe that all these holy books conveys the same message from the creator to the humanity, giving guidance on how to live their daily life.
● Quran mention; “We sent Jesus, son of Mary, in their footsteps, to confirm the Torah that had been sent before him: We gave him the Gospel with guidance, light, and confirmation of the Torah already revealed– a guide and lesson for those who take heed of God. … We sent to you [Muhammad] the Scripture with the truth, confirming the Scriptures that came before it, and with final authority over them.” (Quran Chapter 5:46, 48)…
5. Is it true; Muslims believes in Jesus and Moses?
● Yes, Muslims believe in every prophet that was sent by the Creator from Prophet Noah to Prophet Mohammad, peace be upon all
● In Quran; Jesus is referred, directly or indirectly, over 187 times, and thus, he is one of the most mentioned people in the Quran by references. Jesus is described as the Messiah (al-Masīḥ), born of a virgin, performing miracles, accompanied by disciples, rejected by the Jewish establishment, and being raised to heaven. The Quran asserts that Jesus wasn’t crucified nor died on the cross, but was miraculously saved by God. The Quran places Jesus amongst the greatest prophets https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_in_Islam
● ln Islam; Moses, is an important prophet and messenger of God (Allah) and is the most frequently mentioned individual in the Quran, with his name being mentioned 136 times and his life being narrated and recounted more than that of any other prophet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moses_in_Islam