Islam: Religion Profile
Islam is the fastest growing religion and it's believed that 23% of the population is Muslims, mostly in arabic countries. The Islam faith is very similar to the Christians belief. Muslims believe that there is only one God, but they call this God Allah, and they also believe that Moses and Jesus existed just like Christians do. Muslims have a holy book, which they call the Koran, and most of the stories are very similar to the Judeo-Christian bible. Muslims believe that if you do things to please Allah then you will have a good life on Earth and a good life after death.
Around 650 AD, Islam was divided into two main kinds. Most Muslim's were Sunnis and the others were Shiites. The Shiites believed that their God was going to come down and save them like the Messiah. This is also very similar to the Christian faith because they too believe the Jesus, their Messiah, will come down and save them when God call upon him to do so.
Islam's Five Pillars of Faith
- You should only worship Allah and no other God
- You are two pray to him five times a day, facing toward his most holy place at Mecca, in the Arabian Peninsula
- You should always give to the poor
- You should make the trip to Mecca at some time in your life
- You should fast, which is not eat, during Ramadan, the holy month
These are the basic fundamentals of Islam and the people who follow this religion take these things very seriously. They are very strict in with their religion and they follow every step down to the last detail. Allah also forbids, both women and men, to eat pork, drink alcohol or make pictures of people. Islam's follow these rules very carefully and they tend to stay away from people who drink alcohol or eat excessive pork.
The month of Ramadan, where Islam's fast, is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. This is a time where Islam's fast from sun up until sun down. The fasting during this month is believed to burn away all of the sins that one person may have committed during the year. This is also a time where Muslim's worship aggressively and they are known to worship up to ten times a day during Ramadan.