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1.57 billion people are muslim - thats 23% of the world!
Orgin and Founder
5 Pillars of Islam
1. Belief in only one god - Allah. And belief in Muhammad.
2. Pray 5 times a day facing Mecca
3. Observe and fast during Ramadan
4.Pilgramage or Hajj to Mecca at least once during your life
Islam originated in 7th century Saudi Arabia. Islam started with their prophet Muhammad. Muhammad recieved revelations from the angel Gabriel. Muslims believe Muhammad is the last prophet.
Arabs trace their ancestry back to the 12 tribes of Arabia and Abraham.
Islam is strictly monotheistic and was created is closely related to Christianity and Judaism!
The Black Box
The black box is the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the ancient sacred stone building muslims pray facing towards everday. Muslims are suppose to visit The Black Box once in their life.
Muslims worship in mosques. An Imam is in charge of the mosque and community. The Grande Mosque is located in Mecca.
The Qu'ran is the holy text for muslims. They believe it is the last revelation of Allah and was told to Muhammad by Gabriel on his death bed. The Qu'ran is only to be printed in Arabic.
Sharia is the law of Islam. It deals with many topics such as crime,polictics, and economics, as well as topics like sexuality, hygiene, diet and prayer.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calander. It is the month of fasting for muslims. Muslims fast everyday from dawn to sunset during Ramadan.
Islam spred so quickly because it was easy to learn, no priesthood, teaches equality, non-muslims were allowed religon freedom without paying a tax and it was portable.