Islamic Center of LaGrange












Islamic Center of LaGrange
Islamic Center of LaGrange
118 Hamilton Road
LaGrange, GA-30240
 

Prophets Last Sermon:
Excerptís from Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam(peace be upon him) last sermon:
"I will talk to you in very clear terms for people I think you and I will not meet again at this place."

"No doubt your blood, your wealth, your honor, your dwellings, your children are sacred just as this day, this month, this city is sacred. He went on to define the code of conduct between muslims, he forbade usury, and exploitation of people. He advised men to treat their wives kindly and gave dignity to women. He condemned making anotherís property lawful for oneself. And he emphasized all mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a Non-Arab nor a Non-Arab has superiority over an Arab. Also, a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action."


Organization, Goal and Mission:
Lagrange Islamic Center is a nonprofit, non-political, religious organization located in Lagrange, Georgia. It is neither affiliated nor subsidiary to any organization either inside or outside the U.S. It was created to serve as a place of worship for the Muslims to perform basic religious obligations and to establish prayers. This organization is operated and maintained by donations from the Muslims who believe in Allah and the Last Day.
The goals and missions also include, Presenting Islam to the followers of other faiths and promoting goodwill and understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims (Dawah).

Introduction to Islam:
The literal meaning of Islam is peace; surrender of oneís will i.e. losing oneself for the sake of God and surrendering oneís own pleasure for the pleasure of God. The message of Islam was revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam (peace and blessings on him) 1400 years ago through angel Gabriel (on whom be peace) and was thus preserved in the Holy Quran. The Holy Quran carries a Divine guarantee of safeguard from interpolation and it combines the best features of the earlier scriptures.
The prime message of Islam is the Unity of God, that the Creator of the world is One and He alone is worthy of worship and that Muhammad Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam(peace and blessings on him) is His Messenger and Servant like other Messengers before him. The follower of this belief is thus a Muslim - a Muslimís other beliefs are: Godís angels, previously revealed Books of God, all the prophets, from Adam to Jesus (peace be on them both), the Day of Judgement and indeed the Decree of God. A Muslim has five main duties to perform, namely; bearing witness to the Unity of God and Muhammad Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam (peace and blessings on him) as His Messenger, observing the prescribed prayer, payment of Zakat, keeping the fasts of Ramadhan and performing the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj).
Islam believes that each person is born pure. The Holy Quran tells us that God has given human beings a choice between good and evil and to seek Godís pleasure through faith, prayer and charity. Islamís main message is to worship God and to treat all Godís creation with kindness and compassion. Rights of parents in old age, orphans and the needy are clearly stated. Womenís rights were safeguarded 1400 years ago when the rest of the world was in total darkness about emancipation. Islamic teachings encompass every imaginable situation and its rules and principles are truly universal and have stood the test of time.
In Islam virtue does not connote forsaking the bounties of nature that are lawful. On the contrary one is encouraged to lead a healthy, active life with the qualities of kindness, chastity, honesty, mercy, courage, patience and politeness. In short, Islam has a perfect and complete code for the guidance of individuals and communities alike. As the entire message of Islam is derived from the Holy Quran and indeed the Sunnah and Hadith (the traditions and practices of the Holy Prophet, peace and blessings upon him) it is immutable in the face of change in time and place. It may appear rigid to the casual eye, in actual fact it is most certainly an adaptable way of life regardless of human changes.
Islam teaches that the path to spiritual development is open to all. Any individual who searches the One Creator can seek nearness to God through sincere and earnest worship; it is central to establishing a relationship with the Almighty. This positive message for humanity fills hearts with hope and courage.
At present there are 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide and they form the majority in more than 50 countries of the world. Today Islam is the fastest growing faith in the world - its beautiful message is reaching millions in the far corner of the earth.
The One true God is a reflection of the unique concept that Islam associates with God. To a Muslim, Allah is the Almighty, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, Who is similar to nothing and nothing is comparable to Him. The Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam was asked by his contemporaries about Allah; the answer came directly from God Himself in the form of a short chapter of the Quran, which is considered the essence of the unity or the motto of monotheism. This is chapter 112 which reads:
"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Say (O Muhammad) He is God the One God, the Everlasting Refuge, who has not begotten, nor has been begotten, and equal to Him is not anyone."
Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people. For a fifth of the world's population, Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness.

Quran: This is the Book in which there is no doubt. It is a guide for those who are God-conscious, who believe in the unseen, who establish prayer and spend in charity out of what We have provided for their sustenance; and who believe in this revelation (the Quran) that is sent to you (O Muhammad) and the revelations that were sent before you, and firmly believe in the Hereafter. They are on true guidance from their Lord, and they are the ones who will attain salvation." (2:2-5)











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