In brief Islam is the second most popular faith in the world with over
a Billion adherents. Those who follow Islam are called Muslims. Islam
is now very strong in Asia, and is growing everywhere else in the
world. There are over 120 million muslims in Indonisia making it the
largest islamic country. There are 6 million Muslims in the USA and 3
million Muslims in Britain, making it the second most popular faith in
these two countries. The Bare Essentials of Islam Over 1300 years old.
Began in Arabia. Islam was revealed to humanity by the Prophet
Muhammad (pbuh). Muslims believe that there is only one God, called
Allah. Islam was revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a human being, not a god. Muslims
believe that Muhammad (pbuh) was the last prophet of God. The word
"Islam" means "surrender to God". The Muslim ******ure is the Holy
Qur'an. The Muslim building for communal worship is called a "Mosque".
The "five pillars of Islam" help Muslims put their faith into
action... Shahadah: declaration of faith. Salat: ritual prayer 5 times
a day. Zakat: giving a fixed proportion to charity. Sawm: fasting.
Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca. There are two main groups of Muslims...
Sunni Muslims make up 90% of the world's Muslims. The other main group
are the Shi'ite Muslims. Origins Islam was revealed to humanity
through the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during the 7th CE, in Arabia, and
spread rapidly through the Middle East. Although Islam was not fully
revealed to us until the 7th century, Muslims believe that it has
always existed. Everything belongs to God The word "Islam" means
submission to Allah (God), and Muslims believe that everything in life
should be at the service of Allah. As a result, Muslims find it hard
to accept the distinction that Western cultures make between a
person's religious life and the rest of their life. Muslims think such
a distinction is entirely wrong. They believe that not only
individuals, but also the institutions of society should serve Allah.
Muslims submit to Allah by obeying his commands, and by living their
whole lives in a way that is pleasing to Allah. Muslims combine faith
and action in everything they do: they regard belief on its own, or
good deeds on their own, as pointless. The 5 Pillars of Islam These
are the five obligations that every Muslim must satisfy in order to
live a good and responsible life according to Islam. ******ure The
Islamic ******ure is the Holy Qur'an. Muslims believe that the Qur'an
was revealed to humanity by God through the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
They believe the Qur'an is a perfect copy of a **** that exists
eternally in heaven. Worship The place for communal Muslim worship is
called a Mosque Muslims are required to pray 5 times a day, and
although this need not be at a mosque, it must be done according to
precisely laid down rules. Muslims do not regard this requirement for
ritual prayer as in any way burdensome, but rejoice in the opportunity
to do God's bidding. ` Muslim Groupings There are several different
groups of Muslims, but all of them, in every country and community,
regard their faith as a bond between them, and as a major part of
their identity. The largest Muslim group consists of Sunni Muslims who
make up 90% of the world's Muslims. The other main group is the
Shi'ite Muslims, who are particularly strong in Iran.

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