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.
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.