Experts’ Corner: Islam

Islam is a religion. the followers of Islam are called muslims. this religion is the second largest religion with over 1 billion people in it. The word ‘islam’ in Arabic means submission to the will of God. for muslims there is only one God which is ‘Allah.’ Here are a few facts about its religion and people.

History

The people of Islam believe that the religion was first found over 1400 years ago in Mecca Arabia through a man name muhammad.  Muslims believe that muhammed was the last prophet to be sent by Allah. muslims say that God had sent prophets to teach them how to live according to the law. Jesus, Moses and Abraham are also respected prophets.

The holy book

The holy book of Islam is called the qur’an. Muslims believe that this is the word that Allah dictated to Muhammad. the also have a book called the Sunnah which muslims believe is a practical example of prophet Muhammad.

Five pillars

The five pillars are essential in a muslims life. they are:

The declaration of faith

Praying five times a day

Giving money to charity.

fasting

a pilgrimage to Makkah at least once in a lifetime (Hajj)

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