Interesting Facts about Islam

  • Mohammad’s flight (the Hegira) from Mecca in A.D. 622 is the beginning of the rise of Islam. It also marks the beginning of the Islamic, or Hijri, calendar.
  • There are an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, which is about 1/5 of the world’s population.Image result for muslim wallpaper
    There are 25 countries in which more than 95% of the population is Muslim.
  • In Islam, as in Judaism, marriage between first cousins is quite common.
  • Both alcohol and pork are forbidden in Islam.
  • Every Muslim tries to visit Mecca at least once in his or her lifetime. This special visit is called a hajj.
  • Allah has 99 names. Each name has a meaning, such as Al-Rahman “the Merciful”; Al-Aziz, “the powerful”; and Al-Hafi “the Protector.
  • Muslims believe there are five actions that they should perform. These are known as the Five Pillars of Islam: 1) Shahada (the declaration of faith), 2) Salat (the duty to pray five times a day), 3) Zakat (giving to charity), 4) Siyam (fasting during the moth of Ramadan), and 5) Hajj (making a pilgrimage to Mecca).

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  • The Quran states that “There is to be no compulsion in religion” and that God has created not one but many nations and peoples.
  • Quran (Koran) means “recitation” in Arabic.
  • Mary, the mother Jesus, is a prominent figure in Islam and is the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran.
  • Muslims believe that everything on earth that follows God’s natural law is “muslim,” in a sense that it follows God’s will.
  • Indonesia has the largest number of Muslims (120 million), followed by Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.Image result for muslim women
  • A Muslim woman retains her own family name upon marriage, rather than taking the name of her husband.
  • Although Muslims are often associated with the Arab world, fewer than 15% of Muslims are Arabs.
  • Dogs in the Islamic world are typically not allowed inside the house because they are considered to be unclean.
  • Islam is an Arabic word that means “peace,” “security,” and “surrender.”

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