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Blog Entry: Islam is the  most popular faith in the world with over a Billion adherents.   Those who follow Islam are called Muslims .   Islam is now very strong in Asia, and is growing everywhere else in the world.   There are over 120 million muslims in Indonisia making it the largest islamic country. There are 6 million Muslims in the USA and 3 million Muslims in Britain, making it the second most popular faith in these two countries.   The Bare Essentials of Islam   *Over 1300 years old. *Began in Arabia. *Islam was revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). *Muslims believe that there is only one God, called Allah. *Islam was revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).            ~The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a human being, not a god.            ~Muslims believe that Muhammad (pbuh) was the last prophet of God. *The word "Islam" means "surrender to God". *The Muslim ure is the Holy Qur'an. *The Muslim building for communal worship is called a "Mosque". *The "five pillars of Islam" help Muslims put their faith into action...            ~Shahadah: declaration of faith.            ~Salat: ritual prayer 5 times a day.            ~Zakat: giving a fixed proportion to charity.            Sawm: fasting.            ~Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca. *There are two main groups of Muslims...            ~Sunni Muslims make up 90% of the world's Muslims.             ~The other main group are the Shi'ite Muslims.     Origins Islam was revealed to humanity through the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during the 7th CE, in Arabia , and spread rapidly through the Middle East. Although Islam was not fully revealed to us until the 7th century, Muslims believe that it has always existed. Everything belongs to God The word "Islam" means submission to Allah (God), and Muslims believe that everything in life should be at the service of Allah.   As a result, Muslims find it hard to accept the distinction that Western cultures make between a person’s religious life and the rest of their life.   Muslims think such a distinction is entirely wrong. They believe that not only individuals, but also the institutions of society should serve Allah.   Muslims submit to Allah by obeying his commands, and by living their whole lives in a way that is pleasing to Allah.   Muslims combine faith and action in everything they do: they regard belief on its own, or good deeds on their own, as pointless.   The 5 Pillars of Islam These are the five obligations that every Muslim must satisfy in order to live a good and responsible life according to Islam.   Scripture The Islamic ure is the Holy Qur'an.    Muslims believe that the Qur'an was revealed to humanity by God through the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They believe the Qur'an is a perfect copy of a text that exists eternally in heaven.   Worship The place for communal Muslim worship is called a Mosque. Hassan II Mosque Casablaca, Morocco. Muslims are required to pray 5 times a day, and although this need not be at a mosque, it must be done according to precisely laid down rules.   Muslims do not regard this requirement for ritual prayer as in any way burdensome, but rejoice in the opportunity to do God's bidding. ` Muslim Groupings There are several different groups of Muslims, but all of them, in every country and community, regard their faith as a bond between them, and as a major part of their identity.   The largest Muslim group consists of Sunni Muslims who make up 90% of the world's Muslims.   The other main group is the Shi'ite Muslims, who are particularly strong in Iran.       With Love And Respect , Islam is the second most popular faith in the world with over a Billion adherents.   Those who follow Islam are called Muslims.   Islam is now very strong in Asia, and is growing everywhere else in the world.   There are over 120 million muslims in Indonisia making it the largest islamic country. There are 6 million Muslims in the USA and 3 million Muslims in Britain, making it the second most popular faith in these two countries.   The Bare Essentials of Islam   *Over 1300 years old. *Began in Arabia. *Islam was revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). *Muslims believe that there is only one God, called Allah. *Islam was revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).            ~The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a human being, not a god.            ~Muslims believe that Muhammad (pbuh) was the last prophet of God. *The word "Islam" means "surrender to God". *The Muslim ure is the Holy Qur'an. *The Muslim building for communal worship is called a "Mosque". *The "five pillars of Islam" help Muslims put their faith into action...            ~Shahadah: declaration of faith.            ~Salat: ritual prayer 5 times a day.            ~Zakat: giving a fixed proportion to charity.            Sawm: fasting.            ~Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca. *There are two main groups of Muslims...            ~Sunni Muslims make up 90% of the world's Muslims.             ~The other main group are the Shi'ite Muslims.     Origins Islam was revealed to humanity through the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during the 7th CE, in Arabia , and spread rapidly through the Middle East. Although Islam was not fully revealed to us until the 7th century, Muslims believe that it has always existed. Everything belongs to God The word "Islam" means submission to Allah (God), and Muslims believe that everything in life should be at the service of Allah.   As a result, Muslims find it hard to accept the distinction that Western cultures make between a person’s religious life and the rest of their life.   Muslims think such a distinction is entirely wrong. They believe that not only individuals, but also the institutions of society should serve Allah.   Muslims submit to Allah by obeying his commands, and by living their whole lives in a way that is pleasing to Allah.   Muslims combine faith and action in everything they do: they regard belief on its own, or good deeds on their own, as pointless.   The 5 Pillars of Islam These are the five obligations that every Muslim must satisfy in order to live a good and responsible life according to Islam.   Scripture The Islamic ure is the Holy Qur'an.    Muslims believe that the Qur'an was revealed to humanity by God through the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They believe the Qur'an is a perfect copy of a text that exists eternally in heaven.   Worship The place for communal Muslim worship is called a Mosque. Hassan II Mosque Casablaca, Morocco. Muslims are required to pray 5 times a day, and although this need not be at a mosque, it must be done according to precisely laid down rules.   Muslims do not regard this requirement for ritual prayer as in any way burdensome, but rejoice in the opportunity to do God's bidding. ` Muslim Groupings There are several different groups of Muslims, but all of them, in every country and community, regard their faith as a bond between them, and as a major part of their identity.   The largest Muslim group consists of Sunni Muslims who make up 90% of the world's Muslims.   The other main group is the Shi'ite Muslims, who are particularly strong in Iran.       With Love And Respect ,