Islam 101- An Introduction to Islam/Beyond the Middle East. This session will discuss the basic tenets of Islam the religion and its origin. We will also introduce who the diverse cultural groups are from around the world that practice Islam. Some Basic Facts:.
Born in Mecca
Christian calendar year 570 A.D.
Name means “highly praised”
Considered the final prophet
The Night of Power
610 A.D. when Allah spoke to Muhammad
In a cave on Mount Hira ( on the outskirts of Mecca)
1 billion followers (1/5 of the world population)
Less than 10 percent of Muslims are Arab
Majority Muslims are found throughout the Middle East,North Africa, East Asiaandthe PacificIslands ex.Indonesia, Malaysia, southernPhilippines
Large numbers include Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, and North America.
No eating or drinking during the daylight hours (from dawn to sunset)
Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden
The good from fasting is nullified by
The telling of a lie
Denouncing someone behind his back
A false oath
Greed or covetousness