Islam is a major world religion, with over 1 billion followers worldwide (1/5 of the world population) it is considered one of the abrahamic, monotheistic faiths, along with judaism and christianity although usually associated with the arabs of the middle east, less than 10% of muslims are in fact arab.
Yet, unfortunately, islam is also the most misunderstood religion muslims live in different parts of the world ranging from china to argentina, russia to south africa the country with the largest muslim population is indonesia islam means the active submission to the one god. Muslims are expected to explain islam to followers of other faiths, but it is up to allah to guide those whom he wishes to suicide: this is forbidden the qur'an clearly states: do not kill yourselves as god has been to you very merciful (4:29.
An introduction to islam and muslims february 26, 2006 iiie the name of this religion is islam, the arabic root of which is “silm” or “salam”, both meaning peace.
Jihad (struggle) is probably the most misunderstood religious word in existence it often mentioned on western tv and radio during news about the middle east, where it is implied to be a synonym of holy war -- a call to fight against non-muslims in the defense of islam or to encourage its spread. An introduction to islam and muslims by sulaiman dufford i islam and muslims the name of this religion is islam, the arabic root of which is silm or salam, both meaning peace salam may also mean greeting one another with peace one of the beautiful names of god is that he is the peace, but this divine name also means more than that.
Rather than focus solely on theological concerns, this well-rounded introduction takes an expansive view of islamic ideology, culture, and tradition, sourcing a range of historical, sociological, and literary perspectives. A brief history of islam islam originated around 600 ad in the central asian arabian desert and soon spread to east asia, central europe and north africa the religion started with the teachings of prophet muhammad who is considered to be the messenger of the one and only, formless, all-powerful god, allah. Muslims believe that islam is a total and a complete way of life it encompasses all aspects of life as such, the teachings of islam do not separate religion from politics.
Taken from an introduction to islam, sayyid muhammad rizvi, muhammadi islamic center, canada, 1992/1412 what is islam islam is a religion which guides its followers in every aspect of their lives it is a way of life islam is the modern or latest version of the message sent by god through adam, noah, abraham, moses and jesus.