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Islam is one of the oldest and largest religions in the world. It is second after Christianity in terms of followers. Prophet Muhammad, who was a trade merchant in Arabia, founded the Islamic religion back around 622 CE. Islam was founded in the Middle East and has spread to take up a large representation in all corners of the world. It uses Arabic as its main language. The Sacred text used by Muslims is called the Qur’an. The Qur’an was originally written in Arabic and later translated to English. Islam consists of two main denominations: Sunni and Shiite (Religion Facts, 1). Both of these denominations have a similar general concept of Islam and its fundamental laws, but defer on historical concepts that surround Islam. The religion has major holidays it observes just like other religions. These are just a few of the facts that characterize Islam as a religion. These facts shall be expanded to give a full in-depth view of the religion.
The word Islam means submitting to the will of Allah. Followers who practice this faith are called Muslims and as an extension of the definition, are people who submit to the will of Allah. Islam as a religion started in Arabia and spread across the world to more than 60 different countries. Allah is the name Muslims calls their God. They believe their religion is timeless and their God is the one true God. In reality, Islam has the same origin as Christianity and Judaism, although they all have different timelines.
Islam is similar to Christianity in many ways. Both religions believe that God is a supernatural being and the creator of heaven and earth. They also believe that He has existed since the beginning of time. Islam has different names they give to their prophets. A deeper study of thi...

... middle of paper ... are among the most respected prophets of God and Muhammad was the last in the line of prophet-hood. This is similar to Christianity where prophets such as Elijah were sent to teach Christians the way of life. Islam is guided by the Sharia law that institutes a way of life for Muslims. The way of life is characterized by five pillars of Islam that are rituals every Muslim is expected to perform to live an acceptable life. Lastly, Muslims base their religion on the teachings found in the Qur’an.

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