was not born in the 7th century A.D. Rather, it is the same religion
that God revealed through His messengers (peace be upon them) to
every people. Islam sometimes seems strange to non-Muslims because
it is a religion which impacts every part of life, from eating and
sleeping to working and playing. It is not only a personal religion,
but also a social one.
Muslims seek to live in accordance with God's laws. By doing so,
they strive to obtain nearness to God and victory over temporary
trials and temptations in this world. All aspects of their practice
including prayer, fasting, charity, and pilgrimage are intended to
help meet this goal. Although strict by secular standards, Islam is
not an ascetic religion. Islam requires its followers to be active
participants in their communities.
Muslims believe that God is One, indivisible, and they believe in
all the prophets of the Christians and Jews including Adam, Noah,
Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David,
Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus (peace be upon
Muslims also recognize another prophet named Muhammad (peace be upon
him and his family), who is a direct descendant of Abraham through
his first born son, Ishmael. His prophethood is prophesied in the
Bible in several places, including Deut 18:18 and John 4:16.
The Qur'an is the holy book of Muslims. It contains many stories
that are familiar to Christians and Jews. It was not created by man
but was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his
family) through the Angel Gabriel at the command of God. It contains
no scientific fallacies or internal contradictions. In fact, it
contains much scientific knowledge discovered by scientists only in
the recent past. The Qur'an is an unparalleled Arabic literary
masterpiece. Furthermore, it survives in its original revealed form,
unlike the Torah and the Gospel.
People living in the West and throughout the world should not allow
themselves to be ignorant about Islam and Muslims. For example,
there are six million Muslims living in the United States out of 1.2
billion in the world. Only 18% of Muslims live in the Arab world.
Demographers say that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the
U.S. (and the world) due to high birth rate, immigration, and high
conversion rate. By the year 2000, Islam was predicted to be the
second largest religion in America if it is not already, surpassing
Judaism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witness, and other religions.
taken from Islamic
Information & News Network - Islam FAQ