Islam is a complete and integral Divine religion and
way of life. It has a complete code of ethics for a happy
life, as well as a peaceful and tranquil life after death.
Islam is free from all imperfections and defects.
Any deviant or abnormal behavior observed in a Muslim
should have no bearing on Islam, none whatsoever.
The reason for such deviant behavior is generally a
poor understanding of the faith, and in other cases,
weak faith that leads to the person going astray from
what is proper and noble.
It is unjust and unreasonable for Islam to be assessed
or evaluated based on any individuals’ behavior or
attitudes, with the exception of the Prophet Muhammad,
who is the best example and role model for all humans
All praise be to God, the Lord of all the worlds, the Creator of the heavens and earth and all
creatures living in them. May God grant peace and blessings to Prophet Muhammad, God’s final
Messenger, whose message brought mercy to all mankind. May He also give His blessings to all the
prophets and messengers whom He sent to guide mankind out of darkness and into light.
Every new release we at Osoul International Centre for Islamic Advocacy produce gives us a great
opportunity to interact with our readers. All our releases have the same overall objective,
namely presenting Islam to mankind, as it truly is. We wish people to be aware of Islam’s fine
aspects and profound teachings. We show clearly that it is the only faith that provides
practical and effective solutions to all the problems faced by humanity. It gives clear and
solid answers to all the questions that have troubled people over many generations, such as: How
did we come into existence and why do we exist? Where do we go from here? Furthermore, it is the
only religion that requires its followers to love and respect all the prophets God sent,
particularly Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them both).
Our releases also refute the accusations levelled against Islam and clarify people’s
misunderstandings of Islamic teachings.
In all our releases, we take care to provide solid and
rational proofs for our arguments so as to give our readers the reassurance they need. Our
to make this great divine faith known to people. It is, by God’s grace, the fastest growing
in our time, as confirmed by a study undertaken by the Pew Research Centre and published in 2015
This book, The Key to Understanding Islam, states from the outset that the Qur’an is not a book
science. However, Islam respects science and scientists, giving them high status in Islamic
and tells its followers to afford scientists the respect they deserve. The author informs his
readers that he has no intention to relate the Qur’an to modern scientific discoveries. He only
cites Qur’anic verses that refer to such discoveries as science have made in our present time.
The book explains that Islam is a faith that lays down a complete way of life. It comprises
principles of belief that provide for genuine morality and promote the best aspects of the human
soul. It also comprises a complete system of verbal and practical acts of worship. Together
these ensure the pursuit of all that is noble at the individual level and strengthen social
unity. Clear examples of this are illustrated in the book. As such, the book gives a solid
foundation for a proper understanding of Islam.
While the way of life known as Islam continues as the world’s fastest growing religion - the
traditional underestimation of the Western Muslim population by western statisticians
notwithstanding - the availability of useful Islamic information that speaks to the needs of
both practicing Muslims, as well as interested others, has struggled to keep pace with the
expanding community. Ironically, the post - 9/11 frenzy that has gripped western societies
an often irrational loathing for global Islam has, simultaneously, piqued the interest of
inquisitive, pensive non-Muslim westerners. Their skepticism of mass media accounts of
Islamic “extremists” and “America haters” doesn’t match with their personal experiences of
Muslims they encounter in their neighborhoods, in their classrooms, or on their jobs.
Consequently, they seek the truth about Islam and strike out on their own to find answers to
questions that are either ignored in the popular media, or are given the familiar “spin”
underwrites misinformation. What results is an informational void that cries out for a
meaningful, serious response.
Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha, in his groundbreaking compendium, The Key to Understanding Islam, has
only addressed this need, but has introduced a uniquely constructed format that is as “user
friendly” as it is comprehensive and scholarly.
The Islamic revival that accompanied the removal of the yoke of colonialism by Muslims in
mid20th century benefited from a scholarship aimed at consolidating these new found freedoms
within the divine boundaries of the Book of Allah and the traditions of His Noble Prophet.
Indeed, the genius of these early Muslim sages helped to reconstruct the framework that
today’s resurgent Islamic movements. But many, if not all, of these definitive Islamic
are written in a language and style that appeal to those who are already Muslim.
Al-Sheha’s Key, in one simply written volume, offers a wealth of information that is
for the non-Muslim who seeks a clear and concise understanding of both what is, and what is
Islam. At the same time, it provides a supremely well-organized inventory of traditionally
sourced overviews on faith, worship, and social issues for the practicing Muslim. Clearly,
approach to dispensing critical information on the life-affirming message of Islam presents
fresh and wholly inviting opportunity for presenting Islam while maintaining, immutably, the
pristine principles of the Faith.
The Key to Understanding Islam combines the insightful, knowledgeable eye of the scholar
the empathy of a socially conscious researcher.
The result is an informative, compelling narrative that treats the essentials of Muslim
worship, as well as the Islamic interpretation of astrophysics, with equal clarity and
balance. But maybe most importantly, it connects them all together with appropriate
references from the Qur’an and Prophetic traditions. The breadth and depth of the subject
covered is truly remarkable, and stands as a testimony to the sagacity of the author.
In its content and style, it represents a singularly important contribution to the global
dialogue on religion in contemporary life. Al-Sheha’s The Key to Understanding Islam takes
its place among the most important works of its kind, redefining the contours of this
discussion while establishing improved methods for illuminating the Islamic underpinnings of
European science and culture. It is a seminal work that will hopefully influence the next
generation of Muslim scholars who share a concern and dedication to spreading the message of
We pray for the universal acceptance of this book, and we pray Allah, the Almighty, the One,
the Sublime, to imbue Muslims and avail non-Muslims of the guidance and the knowledge of its
Creator and their ultimate purpose in life.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord (1) of the worlds, and
praise His Prophet ,and render him and his household safe
from all evil.
This booklet explains briefly the last Divine Religion (2) which
abrogates all previous religions. At the time of this publication,
Islam is the religion of over a billion and a half followers worldwide.
People are accepting it in large numbers, despite the fact
that the callers to Islam receive insufficient financial and moral
backing. Moreover, in comparison to most other ideologies, it is
uncommon to hear of a Muslim abandoning Islam after having
In Islam, knowledge and scholarship are
highly regarded and given prestige. The
Qur’an is not a book of science, however
the Qur’an does represent the basic law
which outlines the details of a Muslim’s
life. In it we find mention of political, social,
economic and moral principles.
My goal in this book is not to tie every
modern scientific breakthrough man has
discovered with a verse from the Qur’an.
I have mentioned some scientific facts in
this book, merely to clarify that there are
verses in the Qur’an which contain accurate
scientific information, which have
only been discovered very recently by modern science.
I invite all to read this book and to contemplate the signs of God
and to strive to learn the true religion of God.