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TheIslamReligion

Islamisamonotheisticandabrahamicreligion,originatingbackintotheseventh
century.Amonotheisticreligionbelievesinaoneallpowerfulgodandanabrahamic
religionbelievesthatabrahamandhisdescendantshaveanimportantpartinspiritual
development.ThefollowersoftheIslamicreligionarecalledmuslimsandfollowthe
holyQuran,thecentralreligioustextofislam,believingittobetheliteralwordofgod.
IslamoriginatedinMeccaandMedina,twoofthemostimportantandregionalcapitals
inSaudiArabia.ThereligionbeganoftheteachingsofProphetMuhammadwhois
consideredtobethemessengerandslaveofGod.Muhammadissoadmiredby
MuslimsitiscustomtosaytheblessingPeaceBeUponHimafterheismentioned.
Islamspreadrapidlythroughouttheeastandisconsideredtodaytobethefastest
growingreligionintheworld.Asthereligionbecamemorewellknown,italsobecame
verydislikedbecauseoftheassumptionthatallMuslimsareterrorists.Whichisvery
obviouslynottrue.TruefollowersoftheholyQuranbelievethatkillingisceasingtobe
human.
Beingthatislamismonotheistic,theironeandonlygodisAllah.Thisnamecan
betracedbacktotheearliestSemiticwritingsinwhichitwaswrittenandpronounced
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whichwasalsolaterusedintheOldTestamentoftheHebrewBible.Thename
AllahisnotonlyusedbyMuslimsbutbyArabChristiansaswell.ButunlikeArab
Christians,Islamicbeliefsonafterlifeareverysignificant.Life,tothem,islikea

preparationforthenextrealmofexistence.TheybelieveAdayofjudgementwillcome
wheneachhumanissenttoeithereternalparadise,Jannah,orhell,Jahannam.Until
thisdayofjudgementcomes,thedeceasedremainintheirgraveswaitingforAllahto
revivethemandsendthemtotheirafterlife.TheassignmentorJannahandJahannam
aredecidedonone'sdeedsinlife.Thosewhofollowtheruleslaidoutandperformgood
deeds,areallowedtoenterJannah.WhereaspeoplewhodonotbelieveinIslamorare
disloyaltoitspracticesarepunishedinJahannam.ThoseinJannaharebelievedtoget
alltheywant,includingbeautifulclothes,food,andservants.Theyalsoarebelievedto
becomeclosertotheirgod.ThoseinJahannamaretorchored,usuallyinvolvingfire,
eternallyoruntilAllahresolvesforittostop.
ThosewhopraytoAllahworshipinamosque.Muchlikeachurchortemple,the
Mosqueissacredtoitsworshippers.InMuslimcountries,Mosquesarefoundonnearly
everystreetcorner.Makingiteasytoattendthefivedailyprayers.InsideaMosque,
shoesareexpectedtobetakenoffatthedoorandrugsarelaidouttoprayon.There
arefourdifferentstagesofprayer.First,isstanding,torecitethefirstchapterofthe
Quranandanyotherpassagechosen.Secondistobow,toglorifygodandhis
almighty's.ThethirdistoProstrate,orkneel,istoshowsubmissionandhumility.And
thelast,istosittotestifybeforegod.

TheIslamreligionisfoundedfrompartytheArabiclanguage.TheholyQuranis
writteninarabicaswellasmostprayersarespokeninArabicbutnotmanyMuslims
canspeakfluentArabicorevenwriteinitforthatmatter.

Muslimsbelieveindietarylaws,certainfoodsthattheycanandcannoteat.
Thingsthatarepermittedarecalledhalalandthosethataren'tarecalledharam.Pork,
alcoholandfoodspreparedinalcohol,foodsmadewithanysortofvanillaextract,foods
containingbloodyorbloodyproductsandlotsmoreareconsideredharam.
Overall,learningabouttheIslamicreligionisaveryintriguingtopic.Therumors
andliesyouhearfrompoliticalfiguresandgroupstodayareallbuttrue.TheIslamic
religionisaverypeacefulandhumanefaith.