By: Lexie and Perri
Orgins of Islam
Religion was an expression of surrender to the will of Allah. People believed that God had originally revealed himself to the earlier prophets such as Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. Muhammad is often known as the founder of Islam. He is believed to have contributed to its spread by preaching, converting people and organizing an Islamic army. He was born in 570 CE in the Arabian city of Mecca, he was orphaned at an early age and his uncle took care of him. He was a merchant, Shepard, and was married at the age of 25. He started preaching and proclaiming there is only one God.
What does Islam teach about Allah's relationship with man?
Who is Muhammad and what relationship does he have with Allah?
Five Pillars of Islam
Shahadah, profession of faith, is the first pillar of Islam.
Salah, prayer, is the second pillar.
Zakat, almsgiving, is the third pillar. Social responsibility is considered part of one's service to God
Sawm, fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, is the fourth pillar of Islam.
Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah, is the fifth pillar and the most significant manifestation of Islamic faith and unity in the world.
How Did the Islam Religion Spread?
One of the reasons Islam spread so quickly and easily of it being easy to do. Islam calls for believing in only One God and encourages man to use his powers of intelligence and observation. Another thing was that during the early years of it, a lot of land came under Muslim rule through conflict and war, forcing the religion upon the inhabitants of the conquered lands.