Overview of Islam
Part 1. “Islam defines itself as a complete way of life—social, cultural, religious, military, and political – governed by Islamic Law (Sharia). Islamic Law is real law which governs all affairs of Muslims. The Sharia, as it is called, is primarily derived from the Koran and the Sunnah (the collection of the Hadith and the Sira).
For Muslims, the Koran is considered the “uncreated word of Allah.” This means Muslims believe everything in the Koran was directly revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by Allah (the god in Islam) and, therefore, cannot be changed.
The 114 Suras (Chapters) in the Koran are arranged
by size from largest to smallest (not chronologically), with the exception of the first Sura which is introductory. Sura 2 is the largest and Sura 114 is the smallest. This
is critical to understanding the Koran because peaceful verses revealed to Muhammad in Mecca were abrogated (overruled) by the verses commanding warfare which came chronologically later in
In Islam, the Prophet Muhammad is the most perfect
example of a human being. All that he did and said is to be modeled by Muslims. The Hadith is the collection of all of the practices, sayings, and traditions of the Prophet
The Sira are the authorized sacred biographies of Muhammad.
Hadith: There are hundreds of thousands of Hadiths, which have been evaluated by Islamic Legal Scholars (Jurists) as to their validity based on their chain of transmission from the Prophet to the reporting author. The Hadith are categorized as mawdu (false), munkar (ignored), da’if (weak), hasan (good) asahih (soud), and mutawatir (strongest, most rigorously authenticated.)"
[John Guandolo, Raising a Jihad Generation, Understanding the Muslim Brother hoodtherhod Movement in America, a Handbook for Law Enforcement, and Intelligence and Military Professionals, Lepanto, pp.41 to 42]
Part 2. Islam believes itself to be superior, above all else. Why? Because "it was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once."