The Religion of Islam "Feed the hungry and visit a sick person, and free the captive, if he be unjustly confined. Assist any person opressed, whether Muslim or non-Muslim". -The Prophet Muhammad

The religion of Islam was originally founded in Saudi Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad was the founder of Islam. Muhammad was accepted by Muslims throughout the world as the last of the prophets of God. Islam is connected to Judaism and Christianity. Each of these three religions was born in the middle east and are all in extrictably linked to one another. Christianity was born from within the Jewish tradition, and Islam developed from both Christianity and Judaism.

This is the prophet Muhammad who is believed to have started the Islamic religion.

The holy book for the religion of Islam is the Quran. The Quran contains many verses in Arabic that sends a message to Muslims telling them to worship only one god. The place of worship for Islam is the Mosque. Very often Mosques have a domed roof and a tall tower called a minaret. The religious leaders for the religion of Islam are the Imam and the Caliph. The Caliph is the chief Muslim. He is known as a religious ruler, regarded as the successor of the prophet Muhammad. The Imam is the individual who leads Muslims in prayer within the Mosque.

This is the Quran or the holy book of the Islamic religion.

The two branches of Islam are the Sunni and the Shi'a. The Sunni believe that anyone associated with Islam can be a leader. The Sunni is the largest branch of the Islamic religion. In 2009 Sunni Muslims consisted of 87%-90% of the world's Muslim population. The Shi'a believe that only Muhammad's descendants can be leaders of Islam. The Shi'a branch of Islam holds that the Islamic prophet Muhammad designated Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor. The Shi'a is the second largest branch of the Islamic religion.

This map shows the amount of Sunni Muslims compared to the amount of Shi'a Muslims in the middle east.

The major Islamic holidays are Ramadan, Eid-Al-Fitr, Eid-Al-Adha, and Mawlid al Nabi. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, during in which strict fasting is observed from sunrise nto sunset. Eid-Al-Fitr is the celebration concluding Ramadan. Eid-Al-Adha is the celebrstion of concluding the Hajj, and lastly Mawlid al Nabi is the prophet Muhammad's birthday.

This is a group of Muslims celebrating the Islamic holiday of Ramadan.

The video above shows a short summary of the Islamic religion and includes facts about the religion that many people do not know about.

Andrew Juarez and Nadeen Efein

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