Preface to the ‘Introduction to Islam’ by Dr. Zahid Aziz


Introduction to Islam

by Dr. Zahid Aziz

There has been a great demand for a booklet to introduce younger people to the teachings of Islam in fairly simple language. The Ahmadiyya Anjuman Ishaat Islam Lahore has, over the past decades, produced a range of excellent works dealing with all aspects of Islam, which particularly aim at correcting common misconceptions about Islam as well as answering the doubts and questions that arise in the modern mind regarding this faith. This literature has been widely appreciated and acclaimed as meeting the needs of the present times, both for teaching Muslims and for presenting Islam to the world generally. It has been felt for some time that the wonderful knowledge contained in these comprehensive works must be made more readily accessible to younger people by presenting it at an introductory level in simpler language. This booklet has therefore been prepared to satisfy these requirements.

All the basic doctrines and practices of Islam have been covered, supplemented by information about the Holy Quran, Hadith, and the moral teachings of Islam. No prior knowledge is assumed. The question-answer format used, it is hoped, will make the booklet more interesting than would be the case with a descriptive approach. I have attempted to keep the language and the wording simple, but how far this aim has been achieved can only be decided by the younger readers. I have also typeset and designed the booklet for maximum clarity and easy of reading.

There are abundant, direct quotations from the Holy Quran throughout the booklet with full references. In some places the teachings of Islam are elaborated in general words, without direct quotations or specific references, as this was not considered necessary in those cases in an introductory booklet of this kind. For further reading on any point, or fuller explanation, the writings of Maulana Muhammad Ali, listed elsewhere in this booklet, should be consulted. In any case, as younger readers advance in their knowledge, they would be expected to move on to these standard books.

This writing being a first attempt of this nature, there is bound to be much room for improvement. The publishers would gratefully receive all comments and suggestions for revisions in this booklet.

Zahid Aziz

August 1993