25+ Interesting Facts About Islam

  1. Islam is a pure monotheistic religion that teaches Allah (God) is the sole creator, the lord, all-powerful, merciful, eternal, and unique.
  2. With around 1.5 billion followers, Islam is the 2nd largest religion in the world after Christianity. (Source)
  3. Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. It can surpass Christianity as the largest religion in the second half of the 21st Century if this trend continues. (Source)
  4. Holy Quran is the principal religious book of Islam. However, Islam accepts the original and unaltered Torah and Bible as texts from Allah.
  5. The Holy Quran is one of the most read religious books in the world. Millions of Muslims read it regularly. Apart from the Arabic text, translations in numerous languages are also available for Muslims and people of other faiths to read and understand the Quran.
  6. Islam recognizes all the prophets of Judaism and Christianity. But it emphasizes that all these prophets taught Islam.
  7. Contrary to Judaism, Islam respects Jesus Christ as God’s Messenger. But the Christian belief in the Trinity is rejected as polytheism in Islam.
  8. Ahmadiya and Druze are self-proclaimed Islamic sects. But most traditional Muslims considered them to be non-Muslims due to their beliefs.
  9. The consumption of pork, alcohol, blood, and flesh of non-slaughtered animals is forbidden (haraam) in Islam.
  10. Vladimir the Great, ruler of Kievan Rus, adopted Christianity instead of Islam primarily due to the prohibition of alcohol in Islam. It resulted in the Christianization of the whole of Eastern Europe.
  11. Islam rejects the Christian concept of original sin and the sacrifice of Jesus. Muslims believe everyone is responsible for their deeds. Adam sinned, but Allah forgave him after his repentance.
  12. Ibn al Haytham, a Muslim physicist from Iraq, is known as the “first true scientist” and the “father of the modern scientific method.” He invented the pinhole camera and discovered the laws of refraction. He also proved the “emission theory” from Plato and other thinkers is false. (Source)
  13. Muslim scientists were behind several inventions that played a vital role in shaping the modern world. These include surgery, hospitals, toothbrushes, optics, coffee, algebra, music, flying machine (a precursor to planes), and many others. (Source)
  14. The Islamic prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (at no. 1) and 2nd Rashidun Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab are the two Muslim personalities included in Michael Hart’s famous book “The 100”. (Source)
    Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is on top in the list of "The 100"

  15. The world’s richest person in the history of humankind was a Muslim, Mansa Musa I of Mali. His total fortune was around $400 billion. (Source)
  16. Usury (termed as riba in Quran) is prohibited in Islam. In contrast to other Abrahamic religions where the laws are lenient (taking interest from non-Jews is allowed in Judaism, while Christianity allows a small amount of interest), this act is completely forbidden in Islam. (Source)
  17. Sunni and Shia (Shiite) are the two main sects of Islam, divided into several sub-sects. Most Muslims are Sunni, while Shiites are predominant only in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, and Azerbaijan.
  18. Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) in Europe remained under Muslim rule for around 700 years (712 to 1492 AD).
  19. The University of Karueein in Morocco was founded in 859 AD. It makes it the world’s oldest university. (Source)
  20. People in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei embraced Islam with efforts from Muslim traders. No Muslim army ever invaded Southeast Asia.
  21. The Islamic calendar has 12 months. Each month starts with the sighting of a new moon after 29 or 30 days. Compared to 365 days in a solar year, there are 354 or 355 days in an Islamic year.
  22. Contrary to popular belief, the word “Jihad” means to strive. The word used for war in the Holy Qur’an is “Qital.”
  23. In the Muslim world, the areas like northwest China, central Saudi Arabia, southeastern Anatolia, Kandahar (Afghanistan), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan), Aceh (Indonesia), and Kelantan (Malaysia) are known as Quran Belt due to their strong conservative Islamic values.
  24. Many Muslim women wear the niqab to cover their faces, but the practice is not obligatory in Islam. (Source)
  25. Mary is the only woman mentioned by name in the Holy Quran. The 19th chapter ( Maryam) of the Holy Quran is named after her. There are more references to Mary in Quran than in the New Testament. In a Hadith (sayings of the Prophet (PBUH)), she was reported as one of the four masters of women in Heaven. (Source)
  26. Indonesia has the highest number of Muslims in the world. Other countries with high Muslim populations are Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.
  27. Hajj is a mandatory annual pilgrimage to Makkah. It is one of the largest religious gatherings, where millions of Muslims participate from around the globe. 
  28. The 99 names of Allah are mentioned in the Holy Quran and Hadith. All of these names have different meanings. (Source)

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