Islam Facts

Islam Facts
The Islam religion began in approximately AD 622 following Muhammad's flight from Mecca. This is also the approximate time when the Islamic calendar began. Islam teaches that Muhammad was God's last prophet. Followers of Islam are called Muslims. Muslims believe that God revealed revelations and message to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus that over time were altered or misinterpreted. Muslims believe that the Qur'an was God's final revelation. The Qur'an, the original Arabic text (like the Bible in other faiths), has not been altered since its revelation. Islam is a very family-oriented religion, practiced by over 1.6 billion people worldwide.
Interesting Islam Facts:
The word 'Islam' means 'submission' or surrender'.
The root word of Islam is 'Salam', which means 'peace'.
The word 'Islam' in religious terms means 'surrender one's will to the true will of God to achieve peace'.
A Muslim is one who surrenders themselves to God's true will.
The Arabic word for God is Allah.
Islam has five pillars of practice which one must undertake including 1) Shahada - declare one's belief in God and in Muhammad's prophetic role; 2) Salat - pray five times a day (at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening); 3) Zakat - to give charity to those in need; 4) Sawn - fast from food, water, and other pleasures of the flesh during Ramadan's daylight hours; 5) Haj - make a pilgrimage to Mecca if possible at least once in one's lifetime.
Islam has five basic beliefs including 1) Belief in one God (Allah); 2) Belief in prophets (including Muhammad); 3) Belief in God's justice; 4) Belief in Imams of God (Apostles); 5) Belief in Judgment Day.
The Qur'an has 114 chapters (Suras).
The Qur'an was dictated to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel.
Muslims pray directly to Allah; they do not pray through Muhammad or worship him.
Millions of Muslims have memorized the Qur'an word for word.
Islam is a religion of peace and does not condone or promote terrorism or killing non-Muslims.
"Jihad' does not mean 'holy war' as many believe. It actually means to struggle or strive to surrender ones will to Allah's will.
According to Islam, women should be treated with dignity. They should not be oppressed.
Muslim women are able to earn money, own property, get an education, inherit from family, to worship Allah in a mosque, to get a divorce if they choose, to be treated with kindness, and to keep their maiden name when they marry.
Women of the Islam faith wear head-covering hijabs to dress modestly to follow Allah's decree. The Virgin May, Mother Teresa, and Catholic nuns have also worn the same head-covering hijab.
Arranged marriages are not a requirement of Islam.
Many of the extreme practices associated with Islam are not from true Islamic teachings, such as confining women to their homes or honor killings. These practices are forbidden in Islam but have been created out of ignorance or cultural traditions.
The 'Nation of Islam' is not the same as 'Islam. It is a different religion that teaches some Islamic principles but incorporates many that are not according to the Qur'an or Islamic teachings and beliefs.

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