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published: 3/17/04
updated: 2/25/14


Islam is a monotheistic religion based on revelations received by the prophet Muhammad in the 7th century A.D., which were later recorded in the Quran (or Koran), Islam's sacred text. Islam has spread rapidly throughout the centuries and today the religion is, by some measurements, the largest religion in the world. The Arabic word islam means "submission," reflecting the faith's central tenet of submitting to Allah. Islamic practices are defined by the Five Pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and alms. Followers of Islam are called Muslims.

When it comes to Islam, many people have questions like: What do Muslims believe about Allah, the universe, people, the spiritual realm, and the afterlife? What are their values, traditions, and ethics? Who are their teachers, leaders, and converts? And what is their history? Serious students of religion will also want to know how Islam is the same as, and different from, other major world religions, such as Judaism and Christianity.

The table of contents below will direct you to various topics on Islam, from their beliefs to comparison charts to their holidays to their sacred texts and much more. (Note: Category headings go to the home page for that subject.)

Islamic beliefs, history, symbols, practices, and more

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Most-Viewed Islam Pages

Islam Facts / Islam Beliefs / Islam Symbols

Comparison Chart: Sunni and Shia Muslims

Comparison Chart: Islam, Judaism, Christianity

Islam Basics

Islamic Beliefs

Overview of Islam

Fast Facts on Islam

Islam Glossary

Islam Timeline

Comparison of Sunni and Shia Muslims

Comparison Chart of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity

Comparison Chart of
Islam, Baha'i, Judaism,
and Christianity

Islam Comparison Charts Home Page
Six Articles of Faith



Human Nature in Islam
Prophets in Islam

Salvation in Islam

View of Other Faiths

The Mahdi


Islamic Places

Islamic Practices



Islamic Demographics
by Country


Ground Zero Mosque

Five Pillars of Islam

1) Faith

2) Prayer

3) Fasting during Ramadan

4) Pilgrimage to Mecca

5) Alms

Islamic History

Islamic Sects, Schools and Heresies

Pre-Islamic Arab World

Life of the Prophet

Spread of Islam

Rightly-Guided Caliphs

Umayyad Dynasty
Sunni Muslims

Shia Muslims


Islamic Texts

Islamic Holidays


Quran-chapter by chapter


The Islamic Calendar


'Id Al-Adha
'Id Al-Fitr



Islamic Things

Islam Bookstore



Introductions to Islam

Islam Reference Books

Islam and Women

Islam and the West

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