Islam is an Arabic word that means “submission”, said to be the surrender of oneself to the will of Allah (God), achieving peace and security by doing so. A person surrenders to the will of Allah by living and thinking in the way Allah has instructed. A Muslim is a follower of Islam. Muslim is an Arabic word that refers to one who submits to the will of Allah. Islam is more than a system of beliefs. The faith provides a social and legal system to govern all aspects of life, such as family, law and order, ethics, dress, and cleanliness as well as religious ritual and observance. The Qur’an is the holy book of Islam and considered to contain the unaltered word of Allah.
Islam is the world's second most followed religion and, at present, the fastest growing. It began in its present form more than 1,400 years ago (founded in 622 AD) in what is now Saudi Arabia. It swiftly became a world faith, and now has as many as 1.3 billion believers. That is about 20-22% of the world population, or otherwise said, one in every five people today is a Muslim. In the USA, estimates reach two million with a increase of more than 100% in the last ten years. Islam actively seeks converts while its aggressively avoids exposure of believers to other faiths.
Although Islam is
a purely Arabic religion, less than 20% of Muslims live in the Arab
world. An estimated 20% live in Sub-Saharan Africa; about 30% in the
South Asian region of
Islam's three holiest places, the cities of
As we have seen, Christianity is currently the largest religion in the world. About 32% of the world population is Christian, a percentage that has remained relatively stable with only a slight decline for decades. However Islam adherence grows at a rate of an estimated 2.9% per year, that is 0.6% more per year than the growth of the world population. If this current trend continues, Islam will become the largest world religion sometime in the mid twenty-first century.
Why is Islam growing so fast on a worldwide basis? It is likely
a combination of geopolitics and demographics. Countries with a
large majority of Muslims declare themselves an Islamic state and
adapt Islamic laws, making Islam the only allowed state religion.
Usually this is combined with a non or limited democratic regime.
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 According to the numbers quoted by the Muslim delegation to the United Nations (September 2005). See also estimates on www.adherents.com. Adding up all estimates of Muslim population per country by the US State Department gives a total of close to 1.5 billion.
 Source www.wikipedia.org in article Religion in the United States.
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