Introduction to Islam

Introduction Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world with a growing membership of about one-billion-one-hundred worldwide and about five million in the United States. The growth of Islam within the United States is challenging the way many evangelicals witness to people. The growing complexity of relationships between the United States and the Arab world after the events of 9/11 and the growing tide of terrorism warrant an exploration into what true Islam is. Even within the United States leadership there is confusion regarding what true Islam really is, and isn’t. The best example of this is in President George W. Bush’s speech when he said, “Islam is a religion of peace.”[1] Another example of this would be President Obama’s desire to reach out to Muslims in order to build relationships with them.[2]Islam does not mean “peace in Arabic in the classic sense of the term. Islam means “surrender”. To the Muslim, it evidences his position in the religion- he is willingly surrendered to the rites, rituals and practices of the religion.”[3] Summary of Islam Islam is irrevocably linked to Muhammad the founder of Islam. On his fortieth birthday, in A.D. 610, his life took a marked turn. On that day, Muhammad received what he believed was a vision where the angel Gabriel visited him and brought him a message that the world has abandoned true worship, and that he was chosen by God, as a prophet to bring the...

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