Islam is a monotheistic religion practiced by a quarter of the world’s population. It was established in the seventh century by the prophet Muhammad in what is now Saudi Arabia, and it shares its origins with Judaism and Christianity in recognizing Abraham as patriarch of the faith. Many non-Muslims (Muslim being the term for one of Islamic faith) have been gravely misinformed about Islam as a belief system and as it is practiced today.

Islam Fast Facts

Here’s a look at Islam. The word Islam translates as “submission” or “surrender.” Surrender to the will of Allah - Arabic for God.

Beliefs and Daily Lives of Muslims

Islam teaches the importance of both belief and practice; one is insufficient without the other (except for some Sufis). The following six beliefs are those that are commonly held by Muslims, as laid out in the Quran and hadith.

Fasting for Ramadan Enhances Spiritual Growth

For the majority of Muslims worldwide a confirmed new-moon sighting next Tuesday will usher in the holy month of Ramadan. This 1,400-year-old ritual is a reminder to practice self-restraint, increase one's spirituality and appreciate God's countless blessings.

The Life of Muhammad

Orphaned at 6, Muhammad was saved from a life of slavery by his uncle who gave him a job in his successful caravan business. Married to a successful businesswoman in her own right, Muhammad saw firsthand how the leading families of the Quraysh lived.

Inner Decay and Ways to Heal

God gave humankind reason and heart so we can discover and understand the inner truths of existence.

Rūmī and the Sufi Tradition

Like a majestic peak that dominates the countryside around it near and far, the figure of Mawlānā Jalāl al-Dīn Rūmī, that supreme Sufi poet of the Persian language, dominates the whole of the later Sufi tradition in the eastern lands of Islam.

The Four Most Difficult Virtues

Why are forgiveness, generosity, chastity, and speaking up for truth said to be the four virtues very difficult to accomplish?

What Jesus Means to Me as a Muslim

As the Christmas season ushers forth the memory of Jesus, it’s worth asking: How much do Muslims think about the person the Quran recognizes as a prophet and the Messiah?

The torture of the grave Islam and the afterlife

According to Islamic doctrine, between the moment of death and the burial ceremony, the spirit of a deceased Muslim takes a quick journey to Heaven and Hell, where it beholds visions of the bliss and torture awaiting humanity at the end of days.

Why Depicting Prophet Muhammad Is Controversial in Islam?

Some experts charge that illustrations and paintings have long been a controversial topic in Islam because the Quran does not say anything about it, leaving it open to numerous fatwas or religious ruling by different Islamic schools.


Gender Issues in Spiritual Life