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  1. 1. ISLAM
  2. 2. ISLAM <ul><li>“ Islam” means “peace through the submission to God.” </li></ul><ul><li>Followers of Islam are called “Muslims.” </li></ul><ul><li>Its followers number over 1.5 billion worldwide. </li></ul><ul><li>Muslims call God “Allah.” It is the same God Christians worship. </li></ul><ul><li>Along with Judaism and Christianity, it is a monotheistic religion. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The 5 Pillars of Islam <ul><li>Pillars are the practices that every Muslim must follow to be considered a true Muslim: </li></ul><ul><li>Pillar 1: Shahadah – declaration of faith in the one true God, Allah. This is similar to Christian baptism. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The 5 Pillars of Islam <ul><li>Pillar 2: Formal prayer five times a day </li></ul>
  5. 5. The 5 Pillars of Islam <ul><li>Pillar 3: Fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan </li></ul>
  6. 6. The 5 Pillars of Islam <ul><li>Pillar 4: Poor-due “tax” – 2.5% of one’s savings given to the needy at the end of each year. This is similar to tithing in the Christian faith. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The 5 Pillars of Islam <ul><li>Pillar 5: Pilgrimage to Mecca, the holy city of the Islamic faith, at least once, if physically and financially able. Mecca is the birth site of Mohammad, Islam’s founder and prophet. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Islam <ul><li>Islam is a complete way of life that governs all facets of life: moral, spiritual, social, political, economical, intellectual, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Story of Islam <ul><li>Muslims do not worship Mohammad nor think of him as the son of Allah. He was a holy man who received revelations in the form of dreams from Allah, who told him to “resurrect” and spread Islam. </li></ul><ul><li>Abraham (from the Christian Bible) is seen as the father of Islam. </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Qur’an or Koran <ul><li>The holy book of the Muslim faith is called the Qur’an. </li></ul><ul><li>The Qur’an was not authored by Muhammad. It was authored by God, revealed to Muhammad, and written into physical form by his companions. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Misconceptions <ul><li>“ Terrorism, unjustified violence and the killing of innocent people are absolutely forbidden in Islam. Islam is a way of life that is meant to bring peace to society. Extremism and fanaticism is a problem that is common to all religious groups.” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Misconceptions <ul><li>The religion of Islam received a nasty reputation in the United States after 9/11, however, most Muslims are peaceful religious people. </li></ul><ul><li>All Muslims are not Arab. Instead, followers come from all races of people and from virtually every country in the world. </li></ul>