Islam

Monothesitic Religion - belief in one god

Where?

Because of the absence of historical and archaeological record non-Muslims understand Islam to have originated in Mecca and Medina.

When?

The start of Islam is marked in the year 610, following the first revelation to the prophet Muhammad at the age of 40. Muhammad and his followers spread the teachings of Islam throughout the Arabian peninsula.

Who?

Islam is a religion founded and based on faith in one supreme God, Allah. Every follower of Islam (Muslims) believes in this central doctrine and in Prophet Muhammad being the last messenger of God. The Quran, the holy book of the religion is a compilation of all of God's revelations to the Prophet.

The Followers

The followers of Islam, Muslims, believe in one God, Allah, and believe Muhammad was his prophet. Islam is the second largest religion in the world with over 1 billion followers.

The importance

Islam today is the world's fastest growing religion and will soon be the largest. Muslims make up approximatley a quarter of the world's population. In spite of the actions of a few, the Qu'ran (holy book) teaches the importance of peace and inclusion. It is believed that mankind was created from a single soul, and all people are equal in the eyes of God. The five pillars are faith, prayer, charity, self-purification and the pilgrimage to Mecca.