The religion of Islam

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The religion of Islam

Islam has a large following around the world including communities in the United States, although this is true Islam is foreign to most Americans who are familiar with Christianity or Judaism. Because most Americans know little or about Islam, they have many misconceptions about Muslim beliefs and their rituals. The negative image many people in the United States and Europe have

of Islam and the Muslim world has a long history.

Islam is a one God religion, based on the belief in one God. As it is with Christianity.

The term Islam practically means, "surrender".

Within Islam the believer (called a Muslim) use the Arabic word for God, Allah,

Allah is viewed as the sole God----creator, sustained, and restorer of the world. The will of

Allah, to which man must submit, is made known through what the Muslim people call the sacred scriptures, the Qur'an (Koran).

They believe that Allah revealed the Qur'an to his messenger, Muhammad. According to Islamic beliefs, Muhammad is the last of a series of prophets

(Including Adam, Noah, Jesus, and many others that have claimed to be profits). Muhammad had instruct a sense of brotherhood and a bond of faith among his followers. The Prophet Muhammad fled

To Medina in AD 622, it was during this time that his preaching was accepted and

the community-state of Islam emerged. During this early period, Islam acquired

its characteristics as a religion uniting within itself. Islam also seeks to regulate not only the

Individual's relationship to God (through his conscience) but human relationship

in a social setting as well. Thus, there is not only an Islamic religious

institution but also an Islamic law, state, and other institutions governing


During the earliest decades after the death of Mohammed, certain

basic features of the religion-social...