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While almost every religion has been named either after the name of its founder or after the community or nation in which that religion took birth, ‘Islam’ on the other hand is an Arabic word which connotes submission, surrender, and obedience to the one Almighty God.

Rather than being a 'religion', Islam is defined by the word 'deen' in Arabic, which means 'way of life' as it encompasses all facets of one's personal, family and civic life.

Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad is the last messenger of God. They also believe in all the prophets who came before him including Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. There are five pillars of Islam which consist the articles of faith and obligatory acts of a Muslim. These pillars are

  1. Shahada: The testimony of faith: Belief in one God and that Muhammad, the last Prophet is His messenger
  2. Salat: Five daily obligatory prayers
  3. Sawm: Obligatory fasting prescribed in the month of Ramadan
  4. Zakat: Charity which is the poor-due on the wealth of the rich
  5. Hajj: the pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime if one can afford it physically and financially

Some of the most important Islamic days include the fasting month of Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha.