Islam is a faith and
comprehensive way of life that literally means ‘peace through submission to
God.’ It provides a clear understanding of a person’s relationship with God,
purpose in life, and ultimate destiny. A Muslim is someone who adopts the
Islamic way of life by believing in the Oneness of God and the prophethood of
Muhammad, peace be upon him (pbuh). Today, Islam is one of the fastest growing
religions and is practiced by more than 1.2 billion Muslims across the
The most essential principle in Islam is the purely monotheistic
belief in one God. God is the Creator of everything in the universe and is
unique from His creation. Muslims are encouraged to develop a direct and
personal relationship with God without any intermediaries. Muslims often refer
to God as Allah, which simply means “God” in the Arabic language.
Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians also refer to God as Allah.
God describes Himself in the holy book of
Muslims, the Quran (also spelled ‘Koran’), by stating:
“Say, ‘He is God the One, God the eternal. He begot no one nor was He
begotten. No one is comparable to Him.’” (112:1-4).
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