Islam Is It Like Other Religions?

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Running head: ISLAMIC RELIGION

Islam Is It like Other Religions?
Samantha Reitz
DeVry University

Out of the 6.974 billion people that live in the work about 2.1 billion practice Christianity, 1.5 billion practice Islam and lastly 14 million practice Judaism. Islam is an Abrahamic religion that is articulated by the Qur’an a book consider by its followers to be the word of God. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the majority have nothing to do with the extremely grave events which have come to be associated with their faith. About 18% live in the Arab world; the world 's largest Muslim community is in
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Each Muslim calculates his or her own zakat individually. For most purposes this involves the payment each year of two and a half percent of one 's capital. The fast is the fourth pillar and refers the month of Ramadan. Muslims fast from first light until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations (Islamic bulletin, 2009). Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey, and women who are pregnant or nursing are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year. If they are physically unable to do this, Muslims must feed a needy person for every day missed. Children begin to fast and to observe the prayer from puberty, although many may start earlier. However, the fast is most beneficial to their health, and it is considered as a method of self-purification. By cutting oneself off from worldly comforts, even for a short time, a fasting person gains true sympathy with those who go hungry as well as growth in one 's spiritual life (Islamic Bulletin, 2009). The last pillar pilgrimage is the annual pilgrimage to Makkah - the Hajj, which is an obligation only for those who are physically and financially able to perform it (Islamic Bulletin, 2009). The annual Hajj begins in the twelfth month of the Islamic year. Pilgrims wear special clothes: simple garments which strip away distinctions of class and

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