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Islam Religion Islam is one of the three major world religions the belief in a single God In the Arabic language the word Islam means submission which it is submission to the will of God A follower of Islam is called a Muslim which in Arabic means one who surrenders to God The Arabic name for God it refers to the same God adoration by Jews and Christians Islams central teaching is that there is only one all powerful knowing God and this God created the universe This rigorous monotheism as well as the Islamic teaching that all Muslims are equal before God provides the basis for a collective sense of loyalty to God that transcends class race nationality and even differences in religious practice Thus all Muslims belong to one community irrespective of their ethnic or national background The Muslim population of the world in around one billion also 30 OF Muslims live in the Indian 20 in Sub-Saharan Africa 17 in Southeast Asia 18 in the Arab World 10 in the Soviet Union and China Although there are Muslim minorities in almost every region including Latin America and Australia there are most numerous in the Soviet Union India and Central Africa There are five million Muslims in the United States Since Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world I decided to research more about it After I explore different Islamic communities center I decided to visit a Muslim Educational Center in Glendale Height It is a school for Muslims where they teach them about Islam in six different levels There is a basketball court in the school which they use as a mosque The mosque is the most important place for the public expression of Islamic religiosity and communal identity A mosque is a physical manifestation of the public presence of Muslims and serves as a point of convergence for Islamic social and intellectual activity They convert the basketball court into
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