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The religion of Islam Islam has a large following around the world including communities in the United States although this is true Islam is foreign to most Americans who are familiar with Christianity or Judaism Because most Americans know little or about Islam they have many misconceptions about Muslim beliefs and their rituals The negative image many people in the United States and Europe have of Islam and the Muslim world has a long history Islam is a one God religion based on the belief in one God As it is with Christianity The term Islam practically means surrender Within Islam the believer called a Muslim use the Arabic word for God Allah Allah is viewed as the sole God----creator sustained and restorer of the world The will of Allah to which man must submit is made known through what the Muslim people call the sacred scriptures the Quran Koran They believe that Allah revealed the Quran to his messenger Muhammad According to Islamic beliefs Muhammad is the last of a series of prophets Including Adam Noah Jesus and many others that have claimed to be profits Muhammad had instruct a sense of brotherhood and a bond of faith among his followers The Prophet Muhammad fled To Medina in AD 622 it was during this time that his preaching was accepted and the community-state of Islam emerged During this early period Islam acquired its characteristics as a religion uniting within itself Islam also seeks to regulate not only the Individuals relationship to God through his conscience but human relationship in a social setting as well Thus there is not only an Islamic religious institution but also an Islamic law state and other institutions governing society During the earliest decades after the death of Mohammed certain basic features of the religion-social organisations of Islam were singled out The features are to serve as anchoring points of the communitys life and fashioning as
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