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Introducing Islam
by Suhel Farooq Khan
 
Who are Muslims?

Who are Muslims?

Followers of the religion Islam are called Muslims.

Muslims live their lives in a manner that pleases God. The last Message of God, the Holy Qur-an, described it to them. The last Messenger of God, Muhammad (Peace be upon him), demonstrated that way throughout his life.

Muslims live in peace and harmony with the entire creation of God; and through their behavior try to make the world a better place to live.

Muslims believe in only One God, offer prayers to Him five times a day, fast in the month of Ramadan, pay charity to the poor and visit the Ka’bah in Makkah for pilgrimage at least once in their life time if they can physically and financially afford it.

Muslims abstain from Unlawful (Haram) activities and do not consume Unlawful (Haram) foods.

With a population of over 1.60 billion, Islam is the largest religion of the world. Every fourth person in the world is a Muslim; believing in the same basic Truth that God had earlier conveyed to mankind through many Messengers.

The largest concentration of Muslims is in Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, China, Russia, Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. The U.S.A. has about 7-9 million Muslims. European countries also have significant Muslim populations.

Only 18% of Muslims are Arabs.

There are more than 50 countries in the world with a majority of Muslim population and significant Muslim populations exist in at least 172 countries.

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