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Why Should We Know About It?fastest growing faith in the world---1.2 billion followersthird largest faith in the United States and growing...U.S. government is spending millions to ﬁght wars in IslamiccountriesTime to end stereotypes and misconceptions!
Key TermsIslam = submission or devotion to GodMuslim = one who submits to God (Allah)jihadQuransunnahummahcaliphimam
What do they believe?Five Pillars = basic guidelines for followers 1. Shahadah = Profession of faith 2. Salat = Ritual Worship 3. Zakat = alms 4. Sawm = Fasting 5. Hajj = Pilgrimage
Different Branches of Islam Sunni Shia, Shii, Shi’ite Shiite (Wahhabi) Suﬁ (whirling dervishes)
What they do NOT support• random violence or terrorism •fundamentalists • Wahhabi Islam-----------> Qu’ran clearly states violence must be proportional to the threat
Who Started It? Muhammad • “the praised one” •brief bio •preaches around 613 C.E. •initial reaction• unintentional revolutionary http://z.about.com/d/atheism/1/0/x/e/MuhammadTeaching.jpg
The Qu’ran, Quran or Koranmeans “to recite”114 chapters or suras which aredivided into versesin Arabic = language of Godcontests
What do they believe about the af terlife? God judges *individuals* from the Book of Deeds Heaven: mansion w/garden, rivers, and beautiful ppl Hell: endless pain, suffering and torment
Where did it start? Story of Abraham and Sarah Old Testament and Quran Islam and Judaism are cousins Muhammad was born in Mecca
Where is it practiced?Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, and the United States ***the ummah***
Where do they worship?the mosque: religious center,school and sometimes a courtno pictures, statues orimages on the wallsinscriptions 2,000+ mosques in the U.S.nichesinksseparation of genders
Similarities to Christianitymonotheism some Muslims support saintsbelieve in Abraham,J.C.*,Mary, Moses and Adam judgement daydifferent branches weekly holy dayeternal Heaven and Hell “people of the book”angels (2 per person!) God’s #1 attention extremists