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The first meaning of "Islam" is the verb from the root "aslama", meaning to "surrender, obey, sincerity and in peace." The second meaning of "Islam" is the noun from the same root, and it describes the last and final form of the way of life as perscribed by the Creator for His Creation. "Islam" can be understood in a very general sense to be the true religion of God, as it is from Him and according to His commandments without adding to or taking away from the basic precepts. This is the name used in Quran for Muslims to call themselves as followers of "Islam". This would make them "Islam-ers" in English, but of course in Arabic the prefix "mu" is added to denote the one preforming the action or verb and instead it becomes "mu"-"islam" or "Muslim." The basic beliefs of Muslims fall into six main categories, which are known as the "Articles of Faith". They are Faith in the unity of God, Faith in angels, Faith in prophets, Faith in books of revelation, Faith in an afterlife and Faith in destiny/divine decree. In Islam, faith and good works go hand-in-hand. A mere verbal declaration of faith is not enough, for belief in Allah makes obedience to Him a duty. There are also five formal acts of worship which help strengthen a Muslim's faith and obedience. They are often called the "Five Pillars of Islam." First by rank of importance is the Testimony of faith followed by daily Prayers, Almsgiving, Fasting, and Pilgrimage.

The Ka`bah is the first and the most ancient house of worship ever made for all humankind and it was dedicated to the worship of one God. It was built by Abraham then rebuilt after being destroyed by the prophet (pbuh). It is found in the city of Makkah in Arabia, and is surrounded by a mosque known as “Masjid Al-Haram” or The Sacred Mosque. Muslims all over the world face toward the Ka’bah in prayer at least five times every day. Also, every capable Muslim is required once in his lifetime to make a pilgrimage known as Hajj to...


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