22 Facts About Islam


Islam teaches that God is merciful, all-powerful, and unique, and has guided humanity through various prophets, revealed scriptures, and natural signs, with the Quran serving as the final and universal revelation and Muhammad serving as the "Seal of the Prophets".

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Muslims believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed many times through earlier prophets such as Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, among others; these earlier revelations are attributed to Judaism and Christianity, which are regarded in Islam as spiritual predecessor faiths.

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The cities of Mecca, Medina, and Jerusalem are home to the three holiest sites in Islam, in descending order: Masjid al-Haram, Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, and Al-Aqsa Mosque, respectively.

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Islam originated in the 7th century at Jabal al-Nour, a mountain peak near Mecca where Muhammad's first revelation is said to have taken place.

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Islam is the verbal noun of Form IV of the root and means "submission" or "total surrender".

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The word Islam sometimes has distinct connotations in its various occurrences in the Quran.

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The word Islam can be used in a linguistic sense of submission or in a technical sense of the religion of Islam, which is called which means peace.

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Islam itself was historically called Mohammedanism in the English-speaking world.

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Islam teaches that the creation of everything in the universe was brought into being by God's command as expressed by the wording, "Be, and it is, " and that the purpose of existence is to worship God.

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Islam is viewed as a personal god and there are no intermediaries, such as clergy, to contact God.

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The Quran recounts the names of numerous figures considered prophets in Islam, including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus, among others.

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Concept of divine decree and destiny in Islam means that every matter, good or bad, is believed to have been decreed by God.

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Non-Muslims wishing to convert to Islam are required to recite the shahada in front of witnesses.

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Prayer in Islam, called as-salah or as-salat, is seen as a personal communication with God and consists of repeating units called rakat that include bowing and prostrating to God.

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Islam acquired the nickname "trustworthy", and was sought after as a bank to safeguard valuables and an impartial arbitrator.

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Many early converts to Islam were women, the poor, foreigners, and slaves like the first muezzin Bilal ibn Rabah al-Habashi.

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Some tribes left Islam and rebelled under leaders who declared themselves new prophets but were crushed by Abu Bakr in the Ridda wars.

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Persian migrants to South Asia, as influential bureaucrats and landholders, help spread Shia Islam, forming some of the largest Shia populations outside Iran.

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Islam called for a jihad against those he deemed heretics but his writings only played a marginal role during his lifetime.

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Islam formed an alliance with the Saud family, which, by the 1920s, completed their conquest of the area that would become Saudi Arabia.

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Sufism, is a mystical-ascetic approach to Islam that seeks to find a direct personal experience of God.

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For example, clothing in Islam emphasizes a standard of modesty, which has included the hijab for women.

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