Islam 101


Authored by Gregory M. Davis, this short course — Islam 101 — is meant to help people become better educated about the fundamentals of Islam and to help the more knowledgeable better convey the facts to others.

To even begin to have a discussion about Islamic terrorism, we should have at least a basic understanding of Islam itself.

1) The Basics
a) The Five Pillars of Islam
b) The Quran the Book of Allah
c) The Sunnah the "Way" of the Prophet Muhammad

i. Battle of Badr
ii. Battle of Uhud
iii. Battle of Medina
iv. Conquest of Mecca 

d) Sharia Law

2) Jihad and Dhimmitude
a) What does "jihad" mean?
b) Muslim Scholar Hasan Al-Banna on jihad
c) Dar al-Islam and dar al-harb: the House of Islam and the House of War

i) Taqiyya — Religious Deception d) Jihad Through History

i) The First Major Wave of Jihad: the Arabs,
622-750 AD

ii) The Second Major Wave of Jihad: the Turks,
1071-1683 AD
e) The Dhimma
f) Jihad in the Modern Era

3) Conclusion

4) Frequently Asked Questions

a) What about the Crusades?

b) If Islam is violent, why are so many Muslims peaceful?

c) What about the violent passages in the Bible?

d) Could an Islamic "Reformation" pacify Islam?

e) What about the history of Western colonialism in the Islamic world?

f) How can a violent political ideology be the second-largest and fastest-growing religion on earth?

g) Is it fair to paint all Islamic schools of thought as violent?

h) What about the great achievements of Islamic civilization?

5) Glossary of Terms

Islam 101 was written by Gregory M. Davis, author of Religion of Peace?: Islam's War Against the World, and the producer/director of Islam: What the West Needs to Know.


conservative Mom 4:26 PM  

This site is worth its weight in gold.
And more.
I will continue to send people here to learn about this very clear and present danger.
Thank you!

Khadijah 11:06 AM  

If were an Islamic site rather then a Christian site that is anti-Islam I would be more apt to believe the negative quotes you have posted from the various chapters on your page

Is there anything at Islamic sites that back what islam-101 claims? Or is islam-101 just giving it's opinion, or recycling info it found at other anti-Islam sites? Where is the evidence? I'm from Missouri - the Show Me state. LOL!

Citizen Warrior 12:56 PM  

Hi Kara,

I'm not a Christian, but I have read the Koran, and Islam 101 is accurate. Not even exaggerated. If you truly want to know whether all this stuff is true or not, stop reading second-hand sources and read the Koran for yourself. It is not nearly as difficult as you might think. Check this out:

Read The Koran To See What Jihadis Are Reading

Khadijah 1:35 PM  

Ok, thanks for replying so fast! I was looking at the page at your link and am wondering if the An Abridged Koran is translated from the Arabic or just from some other English translation?

Also the site mentions contradictions in the Koran. That's pretty irrelevant to me since there are so many of them in the Bible too and the Bible doesn't even explain it, like the Koran supposedly does.

Hey Dude, I really enjoy reading your site and appreciate your time to send me the link!

Please don't be offended that I will compare verses in the An Abridged Koran to those in a Koran at an Islamic site. I can't accept something as true just because someone claims it's true, regardless of their religion or lack thereof.

Citizen Warrior 2:05 PM  

Kara, I'm not offended at all. I would hope everyone would do just that. When I first wanted to read the Koran, I bought a standard-issue Koran made for Muslims and tried to read it. I found it extremely difficult because it was written in Olde English!

So I got A Simple Koran, which I then checked against the standard version to make sure they matched. In other words, I looked up a passage in one and then looked up the same passage in the other and compared them. It was a perfect match. I kept doing it for different passages until I was satisfied the modern version was not modified to put a bad light on Islam. I was satisfied. It was true to the original.

But A Simple Koran was in modern English, so it was easier to read.

The reason the contradictions in the Koran are important is because of the principle of abrogation.

Anonymous 12:48 PM  

Are there any passages in any versions of the Koran that say it is wrong to be a suicide bomber so that one can get passage to Heaven?

Citizen Warrior 1:04 PM  

Islamic doctrine forbids suicide. However, dying while killing the enemy gets you a ticket to Paradise.

Anonymous 7:06 PM  

When I first read the Koran cover to cover in 1997 I bought a hard cover and used a notebook to write what I'd just read in my own words.

Now I recommend to people to go to or read one online but to use a A4 pad and do what I did read it, think about what it says and then write it on the pad in your own words.

The Sharia all makes sense after you've done that cover to cover.
Then you can read the sira and then start on a hadith.
I've done this since 1997 every year and whilst it is simple it works for me.

Anonymous 7:37 AM  

Citizen warrior - Killing the enemy while defending your country/life/what's right will give you a ticket to heaven. Muslims cannot offend others, but they sure can defend themselves and their rights.

Citizen Warrior 11:42 AM  

Muslims cannot offend others?

You must mean they are not allowed to be the aggressor. But Muhammad and his present day followers have gotten around that, haven't they?

Anonymous 11:55 AM  

...indeed it is certain they have... 4:01 AM

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