02/24/2017 by Douwe Blaauwe
Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion which professes that there is only one and incomparable God (Allah), that Muhammad is the last messenger of God, and that submission to God is the means to get eternal salvation.
It is the world’s second-largest religion and the fastest-growing major religion in the world, with over 1.7 billion followers or 23% of the global population, known as Muslims. Islam teaches that God is merciful, all-powerful, and unique; and He has guided mankind through revealed scriptures, natural signs, and a line of prophets sealed by Muhammad. The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran, traditionally viewed as the verbatim word of God, and the Hadith, which reports the sayings and normative examples of Muhammad (c. 570–8 June 632 CE).