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Islam is the second major religion in the world, its monotheism or believes in a single God. Its original language is Arabic. In Arabic the word Islam means peace or submission. A follower of Islam is called a Muslim, which in Arabic means to a person who submits himself or herself to the will of God. Islam was founded on 622 A.D it is say that Muhammad the prophet found it, but there are some Muslims that believe that Islam existed before. Islam in still growing and fast is expected to become the most popular religion.

Muhammad was born in Mecca his parents die young; he was raised with his uncle. Muhammad was raised as merchant. Later he found some trouble in Mecca. In 610 he began to have visions of the angel Gabriel. Then he became a prophet. He began to preach, many people oppose his teachings and he left on 622A.D

to Medina because of persecution in Mecca. In Medina he became a powerful leader. Later he became the most powerful leader in Arabia, and Islam was establish throughout Arabia.

By 656 Islam was spread on the entire Arabian Peninsula. After that it spread to three continents Asia, Africa and Europe. It expanded even more rapidly after the Prophet's death. The Empire continued to expand and Islam gradually became the chosen faith of the majority of its inhabitants. Some of the reasons that Islam spread so rapidly was that Islam calls for faith in only One God worthy of worship.

The Qur'an is the holy book that Muslims follow. It is said that angel Gabriel revealed the Qur'an to Muhammad. It is dived in 114 chapters, the organization of its chapters are mostly from long to short. The Qur'an explain to Muslims almost all they need to know...