RELIGION

A Quick Guide to Islam

Islam is the second largest world religion, with more than 1.6 billion followers worldwide, and considered by some to be the fastest growing. Islam is the most recent of the 3 major Abrahamic religions, following Judaism and Christianity. The word Islam means “Submission to the will of God.” Almost two-thirds of Muslims live in the South Asia and Pacific countries, with Indonesia being the largest Muslim-majority country. It’s also the major religion throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In Islam, God is also referred to by “Allah,” the word’s Arabic translation. The Qur'an instructs Muslims to be respectful of the other ‘People of the Book,’ meaning Jews and Christians. And though there has been plenty of conflict, historically Jews and Christians have faced less persecution under Islamic rule than Jews and Muslims under Christianity. (more…)

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