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published: 3/17/04
updated: 2/25/14

Islam



Islam is a monotheistic religion based on revelations received by the prophet Muhammad in the 7th century A.D., which were later recorded in the Quran (or Koran), Islam's sacred text. Islam has spread rapidly throughout the centuries and today the religion is, by some measurements, the largest religion in the world. The Arabic word islam means "submission," reflecting the faith's central tenet of submitting to Allah. Islamic practices are defined by the Five Pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and alms. Followers of Islam are called Muslims.

When it comes to Islam, many people have questions like: What do Muslims believe about Allah, the universe, people, the spiritual realm, and the afterlife? What are their values, traditions, and ethics? Who are their teachers, leaders, and converts? And what is their history? Serious students of religion will also want to know how Islam is the same as, and different from, other major world religions, such as Judaism and Christianity.

The table of contents below will direct you to various topics on Islam, from their beliefs to comparison charts to their holidays to their sacred texts and much more. (Note: Category headings go to the home page for that subject.)



Islamic beliefs, history, symbols, practices, and more

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Most-Viewed Islam Pages


Islam Facts / Islam Beliefs / Islam Symbols

Comparison Chart: Sunni and Shia Muslims

Comparison Chart: Islam, Judaism, Christianity


Islam Basics

Islamic Beliefs


Overview of Islam


Fast Facts on Islam

Islam Glossary

Islam Timeline

Comparison of Sunni and Shia Muslims

Comparison Chart of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity

Comparison Chart of
Islam, Baha'i, Judaism,
and Christianity


Islam Comparison Charts Home Page
Six Articles of Faith

Afterlife

Allah

Human Nature in Islam
Prophets in Islam

Salvation in Islam

View of Other Faiths

The Mahdi



islam

Islamic Places

Islamic Practices

Mecca

Medina

Islamic Demographics
by Country
Jerusalem

Karbala

Ground Zero Mosque

Five Pillars of Islam
(home):

1) Faith

2) Prayer


3) Fasting during Ramadan

4) Pilgrimage to Mecca

5) Alms

Islamic History

Islamic Sects, Schools and Heresies


Pre-Islamic Arab World


Life of the Prophet

Spread of Islam

Rightly-Guided Caliphs

Umayyad Dynasty
Sunni Muslims

Shia Muslims
Sufism

Ahmadiyya

Islamic Texts

Islamic Holidays


Qur'an


Quran-chapter by chapter

Hadith

The Islamic Calendar

Ashura

'Id Al-Adha
'Id Al-Fitr

Muharram/Al-Hijra

Ramadan

Islamic Things

Islam Bookstore

Minaret

Minbar

Introductions to Islam


Islam Reference Books

Islam and Women

Islam and the West





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