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A Muslim is a believer in or follower of This article forms part of the seriesIslam This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem... Islam. The word Muslim means one who submits and implies complete submission to the will of This article focuses on the monotheistic concept of a singular God. See This article is about deities or gods from a non-monotheistic perspective. See God for information about the monotheistic entity. A deity or a god, is a postulated supernatural entity, usually, but not always, of significant power, worshipped... God ( Calligraphic name of Allah in Arabic, white background Copied from Public Domain artwork This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. This applies worldwide. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete... Allah). Muslims believe that nature is itself Islamic, since it follows natural laws placed by God. Thus, a Muslim strives to surrender to God's commands every step of the way.


The holiest book for Muslims is the This article forms part of the series This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem... Qur'an, or the 'Koran' in English. Muslims consider the Arabic (عربية `Arabiyya) Spoken in: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen by a majority, many other countries as a minority language Region: Arab world Total speakers: 225 million (Ethnologue, native speakers of... Arabic Qur'an as the direct revelation of God; translations do exist to other languages but are not regarded as the literal word of God.


Other canonical texts of the Muslim include the hadith which are recordings of the life of the prophet made by the people who were around him. Many matters not specifically mentioned in the Qur'an are covered in the hadith. The degree to which the hadith are authoritative depends on the sect which a Muslim is from.


The basic beliefs of Muslims are: belief in God, His For other uses, see Angel (disambiguation). The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear Jesus (El Greco, 1575) An angel is a spiritual being which assists and serves God or the gods in many religious traditions. The word originated from the Latin angelus, itself derived from... angels, His revealed Books, His Messengers, the Day of Judgement, and the Al Qadar (which is a form of divine pre-destination). The revealed books of Islam also include the The Injil (the Arabic word for the Christian Gospels) is, according to Islam, one of the three holy books revealed by Allah prior to the Quran - the others being the Zabur (Psalms) and the Tawrat (Torah). Together the Tawrat, Zabur, Injil and Quran make up the revealed books... Injil (Christian For the genre of Christian-themed music, see gospel music. Gospels are a genre of ancient literature concerning the life of Jesus. The word derives from the Old English word for Good News, a translation of the Greek word ευαγγελιον, euangelion... Gospels), the Books of the Torah Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Books_of_Torah&action=edit) Torah, (תורה) is a Hebrew word meaning teaching, instruction, or especially Law. It primarily refers to the first section of the Tanakh–... Torah and the Books of Ketuvim Psalms Proverbs Job Song of Solomon Ruth Lamentations Ecclesiastes Esther Daniel Ezra Nehemiah Chronicles edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Books_of_Ketuvim&action=edit) Psalms (Tehilim תהילים, in Hebrew) is a book of the Hebrew Bible or... Psalms.


The The religion of Islam consists of faith (إيمان, īmān) and practice (دين, dīn). The Five Pillars of Islam is the term given to the five most fundamental aspects of Islam. For the Sunni sect, the Five Pillars (Arkan-al... Five Pillars of Islam on which a Muslim's life is founded are:

  • The Testimony that there is none worthy of worship except God and that -1... Muhammad is his messenger.
  • Establishing of the five daily Prayers (Salaah). These prayers are ritualistic in nature and adherence to the ritual practice is required. The location at which one prays is not strictly defined as long as one is able to establish the Qiblat.
  • The Giving of Zakaah (charity), which is generally 2.5% of the yearly savings for a rich man working in trade or industry, and 10% or 20% of the produce for agriculturists. This money or produce is distributed among the poor.
  • Refraining from eating, drinking and having sex from dawn to dusk in the month of Ramadhaan (Sawm).
  • The Pilgrimage ( This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem Najaf · Karbala · Kufa Kazimain · Mashhad · Samarra Events... Hajj) to This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem Najaf · Karbala · Kufa Kazimain · Mashhad · Samarra Events... Mecca during the month of Zul Hijjah, which is compulsory once in a lifetime for one who has the ability to do it. This ability includes the financial means and the physical strength since the hajj can be strenuous. Also, one has to obtain a permit from the Saudi government which is granted based on an annual quota based on country.

Until recently the word was also spelled Moslem. Muslims do not recommend this spelling because it is often pronounced "mawzlem," which sounds like an Arabic word for "oppressor." Many English-language writers used to call Muslims "Mohammedans" or "Mahometans", meaning "followers of Mohammed", but this terminology is considered incorrect and insulting, because Muslims think it implies that they worship the prophet -1... Muhammad, contrary to the fundamental principles of Islam itself.


Muslims share many prophets in common with both the Jews and the Christians. However, neither the Jewish nor the Christian faiths recognize -1... Muhammad.


This article is about the figure known by both Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ. For other usages, see Jesus (disambiguation). This 11th-century portrait is one of many images of Jesus in which a halo with a cross is used. Jesus of Nazareth (b. about 6–4 BC... Jesus (" For other uses see ISA. Isa (عيسى ) is the Islamic name for Jesus, who is considered to be one of the Prophets of Islam in the Quran. Christian Arabs refer to Jesus as Yasu al-Masih (يسوع المسيح... Isa") is believed by Muslims to have been a prophet of God. The virgin birth is also accepted by Muslims Quran 3:45-48. Muslims do not consider Jesus as divine but do believe that he was born without sin Qu'ran 19:19. Muslims do not believe in original sin, so everyone according to Islam is born sinless.

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Muslim civilization

Muslim civilization is over fourteen centuries old. Early Muslim philosophy can be starkly divided into four clear sets of influences: First, the life of Muhammad or sira which generated both the Quran (revelation) and hadith (his daily utterances and discourses on social and legal matters), during which philosophy was defined by acceptance or rejection of his... Early Muslim philosophy is one of the main bridges between classical Greco-Roman civilization and the Europeans of For other uses, see Renaissance (disambiguation). Renaissance By topic: Architecture Dance Literature Music Painting Philosophy Science Warfare By Region: Italian Renaissance Northern Renaissance -French Renaissance -German Renaissance -English Renaissance The Renaissance was a great cultural movement which brought about a period of scientific revolution and artistic transformation, at the dawn... The Renaissance. What Europeans call the " The Dark Ages (or Dark Age) is a metaphor with multiple meanings and connotations. It is most commonly known in relation to European history, but it is also used to denote other periods from which events are relatively obscure because of a lack of knowledge, with the term Dark being... Dark Ages" were in fact the golden age of civilization for Muslims and Islam itself, which spread extremely rapidly through Asia to China in its first decades of existence, and then spread more slowly to Africa and Indonesia. This golden age is usually regarded as the time of the second caliphate under the Abbasids (approx 750AD). In this period, scholars in the Islamic world made contributions to every field of inquiry, while making efforts to translate and absorb the knowledge of preceding and surrounding civilizations.


During that time, the principal language of religion and science for all Muslims was Arabic, and for many, it was also the language of daily life. A This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem Najaf · Karbala · Kufa Kazimain · Mashhad · Samarra Events... list of Islamic terms in Arabic provides simple definitions of the most important concepts by which society, religion and law were ruled.


The golden age of Muslim civilization includes the works of Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Tarkhan ibn Uzalagh al-Farabi (870–950 A.D.), also known in the West as Alpharabus, Alfarabi, or Farabi, was a Persian-Turkish (Encyclopedia Britannica) philosopher and scientist and one of the greatest scientists and philosophers of his time. Contents // 1 Biography 2 Contributions 3... Farabi whose ideas were similar to those of This article needs cleanup. Please edit this article to conform to a higher standard of article quality. Aristotle (sculpture) Aristotle (Greek Αριστοτέλης Aristotelēs) (384 BC – March 7, 322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher. Along with Plato... Aristotle and For the computing technology, see PLATO System. Plato (Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn) (c. 427 BC – c. 347 BC) was an immensely influential classical Greek philosopher, student of Socrates, teacher of Aristotle, writer, and founder of the Academy in Athens. Plato, a philodorian... Plato. Since Islam forbids artistic representation of living beings, to prevent deification, Islamic artists developed highly stylized calligraphy, an art form still prevalent in many parts of the Islamic world.


Under the Osmanlı İmparatorluğu Devlet-i Aliye-i Osmaniye Ottoman Coat of Arms Small This image may not have information on its source. It may be usable under fair use but this has yet to be verified. It might be public domain or under a licence compatible with... Ottoman Empire and later under Colonialism is a system in which a state claims sovereignty over territory and people outside its own boundaries, often to facilitate economic domination over their resources, labor, and often markets. The term also refers to a set of beliefs used to legitimize or promote this system, especially the belief that... colonialism and the Download high resolution version (1116x849, 158 KB)The World in 1897. The British Possesions are coloured Red This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. This applies worldwide. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the... British Empire, practices (especially This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem Najaf · Karbala · Kufa Kazimain · Mashhad · Samarra Events... fiqh or jurisprudence) ossified, and failed to keep up with In Islamic law (Sharia Arabic: شريعة), al-urf العرف is the custom of a given society, leading to change in the Egypt, marriage the Urfi way means to get married without offical papers issued by the state (Zawag Urfi:زوا... al-urf, or change in culture. Muslim culture began to revive after Download high resolution version (800x769, 100 KB)Soldiers of an Australian 4th Division field artillery brigade on a duckboard track passing through Chateau Wood, near Hooge in the Ypres salient, October 29, 1917. The photograph was taken by James Francis Hurley. The leading soldier is Gunner James Fulton and the... World War I, and some consider 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. Years: 1976 1977 1978 - 1979 - 1980 1981 1982 Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s - 1970s - 1980s 1990s 2000s Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century 1979 in topic: Arts Architecture - Art - Film - Literature - Music Science and technology Aviation - Rail transport - Science - Television Other topics... 1979 to be a crucial year when several events (peace between For other uses, see Israel (disambiguation). The State of Israel (Hebrew: מדינת ישראל, translit.: Medinat Yisrael; Arabic: دولة اسرائيل, translit.: Daulat Israil) is a country in the Middle East on the... Israel and For other uses, see Egypt (disambiguation). The Arab Republic of Egypt, commonly known as Egypt, (in Arabic: مصر, romanized Mişr or Maşr, in Egyptian dialect) is a republic mostly located in northeastern Africa. Covering an area of about 1,020,000 km², it includes... Egypt, This article is part of the series Cold War 1947-1953 1953-1962 1962-1991 The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a 10-year war which wreaked incredible havoc and destruction on Afghanistan. The shooting war is generally held to have started December 24, 1979. Soviet troops ultimately withdrew from... Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and Protestors take to the street in support of Ayatollah Khomeini. The Iranian Revolution was the 1979 revolution that transformed Iran from an autocratic pro-west monarchy under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to an Islamic theocracy under the rule of Ayatollah Khomeini. The revolution is divided into two stages: the first... Iranian revolution) conspired to be a "wake up" call to the Ummah (أمة) is an Arabic and Islamic word that means community or nation. It is correctly used to mean the nation of the believers (Ummah Al-Muhmini) in Islam, thus the whole muslim world. The phrase al-ummatun wahid in the Quran (the One Community) refers to all... ummah. Shortly thereafter, innovative programs such as the The Islamization of knowledge is a term which describes a variety of attempts and approaches to synthesize the ethics of Islam with various fields of modern thought. Its end product would be a new ijma (consensus) among Muslims on an appropriate fiqh (jurisprudence) and a scientific method that did not... Islamization of knowledge began to emerge, and these are presently spreading widely.


The The Islamic world is the world-wide community of all believers in Islam, who are known as Muslims, and who number approximately one-and-a-half billion people. Many Muslims live in: Southwest Asia: Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and non-Arab countries like Turkey, Iran Africa: Arab... Islamic World is the world-wide community of all believers in Islam, who are known as Muslims, and who number approximately one-and-a-half billion people


Both the Arab and the Non-Arab Muslims perform up to five daily prayers (Salaah) in Arabic (عربية `Arabiyya) Spoken in: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen by a majority, many other countries as a minority language Region: Arab world Total speakers: 225 million (Ethnologue, native speakers of... Arabic. Some other languages with mainly Muslim speakers ( Persian ( Parsi پارسی ) Spoken in: Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and parts of Uzbekistan Region: Middle east Total speakers: 61.7 million Ranking: 29 Genetic classification: Indo-European  Indo-Iranian   Iranian    Western     Southwestern    ... Persian, Urdu (اردو) Spoken in: India, Pakistan and 19 other countries Total speakers: 104 Million Ranking: 20 Genetic classification: Indo-European  Indo-Iranian   Indo-Aryan    Central Zone     Western Hindi      Hindustani    ... Urdu, The Pashtuns (also Pushtun, Pakhtun, or ethnic Afghan; in referring to the period of the British Raj or earlier, sometimes Pathan) are an ethnic/religious group of people, living primarily in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India who follow Pashtunwali, their indigenous religion. The Pashtuns are the worlds largest patriarchal tribal... Pashtun, Punjabi and Sindh spoken in Pakistan, Turkish before the reforms of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and most Muslims ethnic groups that were part of the Russian Empire, before the Soviet Union ordered that they be standardized and written in Cyrillic) are written in scripts derived from the Arabic script. Muslims speaking other languages often learn the Arabic script only to read the Qur'an. Such readings often only involve vocalization without comprehension, although this is not recommended.


Muslim civilization and modernity

Islamism is a political ideology derived from the conservative religious views of Muslim fundamentalism. It holds Islam is not only a religion, but a political system that also governs the legal, economic and social imperatives of the state. The goal of Islamism is to re-shape the state by implementing... Islamism is a new form of Islam which views its teachings as the original, authentic form of Islam, and which views other forms of Islam as corrupted and illegitimate. In contrast, many in This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem Najaf · Karbala · Kufa Kazimain · Mashhad · Samarra Events... Sufi Islam see the incorporation of modern enlightenment values as consistent with the original theological program that they believe Islam was based on (see The neutrality and factual accuracy of this article are disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the talk page. Jihad (ǧihād جهاد) is an Arabic word which comes from the Arabic root word jahada; which means exerting utmost effort or to strive. The word... ijthad). In between these two views one can find a wide array of beliefs in Shiite and This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem Najaf · Karbala · Kufa Kazimain · Mashhad · Samarra Events... Sunni Islam.


There are distinctions between those who seek to live their lives as the first three generations of This article forms part of the seriesIslam This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem... Islam did, and those who seek to change or reform Islam to conform to today's international norms. All the major denominations of Islam are The neutrality and factual accuracy of this article are disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the talk page. Fundamentalism is a movement to maintain strict adherence to founding principles. In comparative religion, fundamentalism can refer to anti-modernist movements in various religions. In many ways religious fundamentalism is a... fundamentalist, in the technical sense of the term. The term "fundamentalist" describes a movement to return to what it considers the defining or founding principles of the religion. For religious fundamentalists, their sacred scriptures are the words of God. Fundamentalist beliefs depends on the twin doctrines that God articulated His will precisely to prophets, and that they also have a reliable and perfect record of that revelation, which has been passed down to our day in an unbroken chain of tradition. Since Scripture is the word of God, no one has the right to change it or disagree with it. There are no major denominations of Islam that have a liberal theological approach, but there are some smaller In modern times there have been a number of liberal movements within Islam (sometimes called in Arabic: الإسلام الإجتهادية or interpretation-based Islam, also الإسلام المت... liberal movements within Islam. For more on these topics, please see the articles on The phrase Islamic fundamentalism is primarily used in the West to describe Islamist groups. However, usage of the term is often expanded to include all of the following aspects of Islam and the modern Muslim world: It describes the beliefs of traditional Muslims that they should restrict themselves to literal... Islamic fundamentalism, The neutrality and factual accuracy of this article are disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the talk page. Jihad (ǧihād جهاد) is an Arabic word which comes from the Arabic root word jahada; which means exerting utmost effort or to strive. The word... jihad, Modern Islamic philosophy revives some of the trends of medieval Islamic philosophy, notably the tension between Mutazilite and Asharite view of ethics in science and law, and the duty of Muslims and role of Islam in the sociology of knowledge and in forming ethical codes and legal codes, especially the... Modern Islamic philosophy, and This article forms part of the seriesIslam This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem... Islam.


Muslim marriage culture

One of the tenets of Islam is that all mankind is one, so no orthodox Muslims have religious objections to inter-racial marriage.


Marriage to those who are not Muslim is another matter entirely. A Muslim man can only marry a woman from the In Islam, People of the Book or ahl al Kitâb, Arabic: اهل الكتاب, are peoples who have, according to the Quran, received and possess the divine scriptures. The term People of the Book (Am HaSefer) is also used in Judaism, where... People of the Book (Christians, Jews, and in some cases other religions), though offspring must be raised as Muslim. Due to the inherent complications of such an arrangement, some Muslim states require conversion prior to marriage. A Muslim woman is not allowed to marry a non-Muslim man.


See also

  • This article forms part of the seriesIslam This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem... Islam
  • The neutrality of this article is disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the talk page. This page is an incomplete list of prominent and famous (or infamous) people who are Muslims - followers of Islam. This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it (http://en.wikipedia.org... List of Muslims
  • This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem Najaf · Karbala · Kufa Kazimain · Mashhad · Samarra Events... List of Islamic terms in Arabic
  • This article forms part of the series This article forms part of the seriesIslam Vocabulary of Islam Five Pillars Profession of faith Prayer · Alms · Fasting Pilgrimage to Mecca Jihad (See Sixth pillar of Islam) People Muhammad Prophets of Islam Caliph · Shia Imam Companions of Muhammad Holy Cities Mecca · Medina · Jerusalem... Qur'an
  • The stylized signature of Sultan Abdu Hamid of the Ottoman Empire Arabic names are based on a very sophisticated naming system: most Arabs do not simply have first/middle/last names, but a full chain of names. This system is still in use in many Arab countries. Ethnic groups in... Muslim names
  • The percentage of Muslim population of each country was taken from the US State Departments International Religious Freedom Report 2004 [1] (http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/irf/). Other sources used were CIA factbook [2] (http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/) and adherents.com [3... Islam by country

External links

  • Islam - The Search for Man and His Real Quality (http://www.faizani.com)
  • Islam - Muslim perspectives (http://www.muslimreviewer.com)
  • Quranic Concordance Engine (http://www16.brinkster.com/weichertech/Quran.html) - Attempt at proof of miraculous nature of the Quran via Numerology is an arcane study of the purported mystical relationship between numbers and the character or action of physical objects and living things. Numerology and numerological divination was popular among early mathematicians such as Pythagoras, but is no longer considered to be part of mathematics and is now regarded as... numerology. Requires IE5+, takes time to load.
  • Muslims in China (http://chinese-school.netfirms.com/Muslims.html)- A history of Islam in China.
  • Tijara Pages - Muslim Business Directory (http://www.tijarapages.com/) - Online Directory of Muslim Businesses, Charities, Schools and Mosques.
  • Islamic Finder (http://www.islamicfinder.com/) Islamic Finder: Worldwide database of Mosques, Islamic Schools and Businesses (especially in the US and Canada)

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