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Islam and Arabia:
Where faith and nationality converge
and diverge

Islam is one of the world's three monotheistic faiths, founded in the 7th century by Muhammad. Born in what is today Saudi Arabia in 570 CE, Muhammad was meditating in a cave outside of Mecca when he received his first prophecy from Allah (God) at the age of 40.


Muslims believe that Muhammad was the last and most important prophet in a series of Jewish and Christian prophets. Muslims also embrace the prophecy of others like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.


Adherents to Islam are called Muslims (or Moslems, as is frequently mispronounced). There are between 1.3 and 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, comprising nearly 1/5th of the world population. Many of these Muslims -- approximately 18 percent -- live in Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan. The largest Muslim community, however, lives not in the Arab world, but in Indonesia. There are also large communities in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa and significant Muslim minorities live in North and South America and Europe.


Despite the fact that less than 1/5th of all Muslims live in the Arab world, there is a pervasive assumption and misconception that Arab and Muslim are synonymous terms. In fact, Arab refers to those who share a linguistic, cultural, ethnic and historic heritage from the Arabian Peninsula. Muslim, on the other hand, refers to those who practice Islam. Just as Muslims can and do live in Arab countries -- and anywhere else in the world, not everyone living in an Arab country is a Muslim. They can be Christian, Druze, Bahai and even Jewish.






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Paula from Brazil
00:32 06/05/2011
 
Good Site, I really like to know more about muslim, and now i know Ramadan is very important. Salam for all
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samehjawadi from Tunisia
12:57 04/04/2011
 
alah yonsar islamona wi ykhalina chaikh mohamed hassan ya rab
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ashi from Maldives
14:33 11/06/2010
 
i just want to thank for allah that he gave us time to pray and to recite quran.
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sahar from Egypt
14:06 08/27/2010
 
wish all beast form Gad to maslam peapol Ramdan Karim
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jabbar shaikh from Indiana, US
06:34 08/20/2010
 
i love my religion & i think everyone want to love our religion couse our religion are truth, so take care our family & all muslim brother & sister allahafiz
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Raja Hammad Nisar from Qatar
10:44 08/12/2010
 
Beautiful Sayings Of The Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) 1. Part of a man's good observance of Islam is that he leaves alone what does not concern him! 2. Lies, darken the mouth and slander infuses the torments of the grave! 3. It is not permissible for a man to keep apart from his brother for more than 3 days! 4. Wherever you are fear Allah; if you follow an evil deed with a good one, you will obliterate it, and deal with people with a good disposition! 5. Let the food cool before eating for there is no Barkat otherwise. 6. The believers whose faith is most perfect are those who have the best character!
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Abdoul razaq from Rwanda
16:31 08/10/2010
 
Assalam alaikum warahmatullah, i just only want to wish all the muslims around the world RAMADHANUN MUBABARAK and remember us that it time for pray a lot, may ALLAH accept our fasting! and protect us during this period, Insha allah
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eric from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
09:10 08/08/2010
 
i really love ramadan
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chedli belahya from United Kingdom (Great Britain)
05:44 09/19/2009
 
salam to all muslim brothers and sister i wish a happy eid.......eid mobarak salam .
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Waqas ahmed from Pakistan
08:10 08/26/2009
 
i wont to say that the ramadan moth is a very high month god help those wh help them selfs


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