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Islam

Muslims, found now in all parts of the world, worship one God and believe Muhammad is the last Messenger to humankind. For a Muslim, living is an act of worship, as is the pursuit of knowledge.

The word Islam in Arabic is derived from the word ‘salam’ meaning peace, purity, acceptance and commitment. Islam stands for complete submission and obedience to God (Allah) and Muslims believe that through this one can attain peace in this life and the eternal life of the hereafter.

The specific acts of worship, termed the Five Pillars of Islam, provide the framework of spiritual life and translate as: declaration of faith, praying five times a day, fasting in the month of Ramadan, compulsory almsgiving, and pilgrimage to Makkah. Muslims believe that the revealed message of submitting wholeheartedly to the will of God was the same message that was revealed to all the prophets and that the Qur’an, and the teachings of the prophet Muhammad provide guidance in all walks of human life.