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Being a Muslim....

Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, is a monotheistic religion.The single most important belief in Islam is the belief in one God. The Muslim name for God is Allah, which is simply Arabic for " the (al) God (llah). The word is related to Elohim, the Hebrew word for God. Islam is based on revelations received by the Prophet Mohamed around 7AD. These conversations were later recorded in the Quran (Koran). This is Islam's "Sacred Text". The Islam faith has spread quickly, and some believe it to be the largest religion in the world.

Islamic practices are defined by the five Pillars of Islam: Faith, Prayer, Fasting, Pilgrimage, and Alms. The followers of Islam are called Muslims. Muslims worship in mosques. The most famous cities are Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem. Prayers are led by Imam's and prayer is taught by Mullah's. Mecca is the Holiest City in the Islamic Faith. The most famous mosque is the Dome of the Rock, in Jerusalem. It is the oldest mosque of all. It is said to be built over a sacred stone. This stone is holy to Jews as well, who believe it to be the site at which Abraham sacrificed Isaac. The two most important Muslim sites in Jerusalem are the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Ramadan, 'Id Al-Fitr, and 'Id Al-Adha are the traditional Holidays of Islam. Ramadan is not a Holy day it is a Holy Month. It is similar to Yom Kippur, but less atonement and more praying. 'Id Al-Fitr is the "Festival of breaking the Fast", marking the official end of Ramadan. Which is the Holy Month of Fasting. Friends gather, prayers are said, and gifts are given. "Id Al-Adha takes place at the end of Hajj (the last month of the Islamic calendar). It celebrates the Pilgrimage to Mount Arafat.

Muslim's study the Koran. It is the Holy Book for Islam. It is the most sacred text, believed to be the literal word of God as said to Muhammad. Abraham, also, is founder of the Islamic Religion. Traced back to the Abrahamic Religion, regarding the covenant God made with Abraham in the Hebrew Bible.

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