- Al-Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity - According to a 2011 demographic study, Islam has 1.6 billion adherents or 23% of the world's population i.e. roughly 1 in 4 people people are Muslim - Approximately 50 countries in the world are Muslim majority - A demographic study by the Pew Research Center in 2009 found more Muslims in Germany than in Lebanon, more in China than in Syria, and more in Russia than in Jordan and Libya combined - Although Islam is often associated with the Arab world and the Middle East, less than 15% of the worlds Muslims are Arabs while more than 60% live in Asia - Indonesia is the most populous Muslim country with 203 million Muslims, followed by Pakistan with 174 million, India 161 million, Bangladesh 145 million and Egypt 79 million. Saudi Arabia is 16 on the list with 25 million Muslims.
- The world Islam means "Peace" - Arabic - The first migration of the Muslims was from Makkah to Abysinnia (Africa)- Al-Islam was peacefully introduced into Africa in the 11th century by Muslim traders - During the period from 1711 to 1808, over 30,000 African Muslims were brought to the USA as slaves - Many noteworthy Muslims served as slaves in the USA and were allowed to keep their names. Among them were: o Ayuba Sulayman -Maryland o Abdul Rahmaan -Mississippi o Bilali Muhammad -Sapelo Island, GA o Sali Bin Ali -St. Simon, GA o Omar Ibn Sayyid -North Carolina o Job Bin Solman -Savannah, GA -Descendants of the African Muslim slave Bilali Muhammed presently live in Savannah and on Sapelo Island - Most African-Americans came from West Africa, and many African-Americans have an Islamic past
Muslims believe -that G-d created Adam and his mate (but not from his rib), in the temptation by satan, and their expulsion from the garden to Earth. - in several prophets of the Old Testament including Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Noah, Solomon, Jacob, Joseph, David and Jesus. - four Books preceded the Quran. The Scrolls of Abraham and the Torah was given to Moses (PBUH), the Psalms to David (PBUH), and the Gospel to Jesus (PBUH). Followers of these books i.e. the Jewish and Christians are referred to throughout the Quran as "People of the Book", as the Scrolls of Abrham and the Torah, Psalms and Gospel essentially had the same message as the Quran but were altered over time. - Moses (PBUH) was given the Ten Commandments. - the virgin birth of Jesus (PBUH)