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In this paper I will be presenting what the Islamic religion is about We will discuss when the religion started and who the founder of the religion is I will tell what the sacred book is and what the five pillars are We will also be looking at the Muslims objections to Christianity and Muslims questions to Christians about Islam Islam is the official name of the religion The key figure in the history is Muhammad AD 570-632 The start date of the establishment of the religion was in AD622 Worldwide it is estimated that there are 800 to 1 billion believers 58 percent live in the South and Southeast Asia 28 percent in Africa 9 percent in the near and Middle East and 5 in percent other areas In the United States there is an estimated 65 to 8 million followers What is Islam Islam is the worlds youngest major world religion It claims to be the restoration of the original truth of monotheism and thus supersedes both Judaism and Christianity It stresses submission to Allah the Arabic name for God and conformity to the five pillars or disciplines of that religion as essential for salvation From its inception Islam was an aggressively missionary-oriented religion Within one century of its formation and often using military force Islam had spread across the Middle East most of North Africa and as far East as India While God is in the understanding of most Muslims unknowable personally His will is believed to be perfectly revealed in the holy book the Quran The Quran is to be followed completely and its teaching from a complete guide for life and society Who is Muhammad Muhammad is believed by Muslims to be the last and greatest prophet of God -- the seal of the prophets It was through him that the Qur an was dictated thus according him the supreme place among the seers of God A native
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