- A monotheistic religion characterized by
the acceptance of the doctrine of submission to God and to
Muhammad as the chief and last prophet of God.
people or nations that practice Islam; the Muslim world.
- The civilization developed
by the Muslim world.
submission, from ’aslama,
to surrender, resign oneself, from Syriac
to make peace, surrender, derived stem of
to be complete. See
n 1: the religion of Muslims collectively which
governs their civilization and way of life; the predominant religion of
northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and Indonesia [syn:
Mohammadanism] 2: the monotheistic religion of Muslims founded in
Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid
down in the Koran; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who
believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion" [syn:
- "The messenger of Allah said: "Islam is to testify
that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger
of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast
in Ramadhan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you
are able to do so." He said: " You have spoken rightly",
Jebreel (Gabriel) from Number 2 of "Al-Nawawi's Forty
- "If anyone harms (others), God will harm him, and if
anyone shows hostility to others, God will show hostility to
him." Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1625.
- "Jim Jones, David Koresh and Meir Kahane do not
typify Christianity and Judaism in the eyes of the civilized
West, but those same eyes are prone to see Osama bin Laden
and Mullah Muhammad Omar as typifying Islam," Richard
(Taken from Religious Tolerance .ORG)
Estimates of the total number of Muslims range
from 0.7 to 1.2 billion worldwide and 1.1 to 7 million in the
U.S. 3 About 21% of all people on earth
follow Islam. The religion is currently in a period of rapid
Christianity is currently the largest religion
in the world. It is followed by about 33% of all people -- a
percentage that has remained stable for decades. If current
trends continue, Islam will become the most popular world
religion sometime in the mid-21st century.
included in this section:
- About Islam:
"The Truth About Islam": A
description in about 600 words
- Introduction to Islam:
Part 1: Its
origin, founder, texts, beliefs, etc.
Part 2: Its
practices, schools, holy days, etc.
Comparing the beliefs of Islam and
How many Muslims are there in the U.S.
and in the rest of the world?
Books, web sites, and web rings
Links to web sites featuring clothing,
In addition to the
above, we have short passages on: