What is Islam?

Islam is a religion that was founded in 610 A.D. by Muhammad. Those who follow the path of Islam are known as Muslims. The Islamic holy text is known as the Koran, which can also be spelled Quran and Qur’an. The Muslim people follow the teachings of the Koran, recognizing it as a holy text sent by their god, Allah. Islam is based on the “Five Pillars”, which are as follows: Have faith in Allah; Take a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca; Engage in the month-long fast that happens yearly during Ramadan; Give alms; as well as Pray five times a day. One teaching of Muhammad was to spread Islam throughout the world. While Christianity was spreading throughout Europe, Islam was spreading to North Africa, the Middle East, as well as parts of Asia and Spain. Due to both religions spreading, conflicts would happen between the two, especially during the Crusades.


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