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Fun and Interesting Facts About Islam

Updated on November 29, 2014

Islam is a monotheistic religion, which was founded in the 7th century C.E. by the prophet Muhammad, who reportedly received revelations from God, which were later recorded and and organized into what is known as the Koran. Though Islam is the world's second largest religion next to Christianity, Islam is one of the most misunderstood religions of the world. Here are a few fun facts about Islam, which I hope will help you to gain a better understanding of the faith.

  • Followers of Islam are called Muslims.
  • The Arabic word "islam" means submission.
  • Followers of Islam practice the Five Pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and alms.
  • Muslims pray five times daily, usually while kneeling on a mat, facing toward Ka'ba shrine, located in Mecca.
  • There are four sects of Islam: Sunni, Shi'a, Sufism and Ahmadiyya. Each sect regards the others as fellow Muslims, though they are divided in beliefs on some matters of the faith.
  • A chapter of the Koran is called a sura.
  • A typical Muslim greeting is "as-Salam Alaikum" which means God's peace be upon you, to which the proper resonse is "wa-laikum as-Salam" which means "And God's peace be upon you."
  • During Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset for an entire month.
  • Though the Koran is translated into several languages, Muslims believe that its only true form is in its original Arabic, and translations are only an appoximation of Muhammads intended message.
  • The word "jihad", though it means holy war, has two meanings, the first is the struggle against non-believers, the second is an internal struggle to remin pius in their faith and submit to the will of Allah (God).

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      sah dude 15 months ago

      thanks helpful

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      yasmin 2 years ago

      interesting facts that cleared my doubts

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      cccccccccccccc 2 years ago

      awesome facts thank you

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      m.m 2 years ago

      cool

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      cake woman 4 years ago

      hey what up my hommies i been gone for a long time i wish i could come home

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      mimi 4 years ago

      in fact sunnis and shias kill each other because (as a Sunni) the shias added new things to Islam, things that did not come with Muhammed. There are other branches like the wahabites who claim themselves Sunnis and who brought a lot of savagery and claimed it to Islam. The belief that the distortion of Koraan and of Islam is innacceptable in Islam and should neither be tolerated nor forgiven makes each ide see the other and sinner and distorting the religious beliefs (thus bringing new beliefs which never existed before and turning people away from the basic true principples)

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      fifi 5 years ago

      I think the coolest sect is the combination of both shi'a and sunni. the one I'm in at Malaysia.

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      Interesting hub on Islam

      It doesn't give the reason why the Sunni and Shi'a kill each other just because Mohammad didn't explicitly designate his successor.

      I have not heard of Sufism and Ahmadiyya.

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      tanisha 5 years ago

      :) thanikyou for shering

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for explaining some of the aspects about this fascinating religion. Voting this Up and Interesting.