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What is Islam? - Dr GJ Barq (d.1985)
By:*Dr. Shabbir, Florida
Date: Thursday, 16 February 2012, 4:30 pm

[The following stands true for N2I Muslims even today]

My initial impression of Islam:
• Belief in the Articles of Faith: Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book and the Prophets (2:177). Add to this the 6th “Imam-made” article of Taqdeer or pre-destiny.
• Belief in the Five “Pillars” of Islam: Kalemah, Prayers, Fasting, Charity, Pilgrimage.
• Recite the Kalemah after each call to prayers with much reverence.
• Saying Allahu Allahu Allahu aloud when possible.
• Daily recital of the Qur’an without understanding the meaning.
• Khatm (“Wrap up” the reading of the Qur'an individually, and in congregations.)
• Pledging allegiance to a saint.
• Visiting graves and praying to the dead.
• Prostrate at the Khanqahs (sanctuaries).
• Consider dirty clothes as the heritage of prophets.
• Amulets and Vird Auraad (repeated invocations) to help solve all problems.
• Considering the Prophet (S) as omnipresent and knower of the unseen.
• Arranging feasts for the Mullah to ward off evil.
• Listening to Qawwali (The Sufi poetry sung with music and clapping) as a way of achieving proximity with Allah.
• Consider every non-Muslim as unclean, defiled.
• Have Iman in Imam Abu Hanifa's Fiqh (jurisprudence).
• Consider the Six Right Ones (6 compilations of Hadith) as Wahi (Revelation).
• Ignore advancements made by the modern sciences.
• Consider one who thinks and reflects a heretic.
• Recite the Kalemah, and Paradise is yours.
• All difficulties are overcome with du'a (praying) and not with proper action.
• Reciting words without understanding, engaging in useless rituals in order to attain Paradise filled with palaces and hooris.