The word Islam is derived from the Arabic root ‘salima’ which means peace, harmony and submission. Islam, referring to the religion, is the submission of the creation to the will of God and its co-existence in peace and harmony. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) began to receive the last and final revelation from Allah in the year 610 CE. Over a 23 year period, the revelation was received and recorded in the form of the Qur’an. Today, Islam is a worldwide religion with over 1,220 million adherents. This is about 19% of the world’s population and it is growing rapidly.
The resources contained in the list of subjects below are a basic introduction to the facts and beliefs of Islam. They are a portal or window into the world Islam and by following the websites and bibliographies, an enquirer may discover more and more about this faith.
The six units are based on the QCA non-statutory framework for Religious Education and the Areas of Enquiry. They provide not only a comprehensive guide to the factual and belief structures of Islam but also address the issues that Islam encounters as it engages with the 21st century.
This section was written by Monawar Hussain, Mubeen Azam and Nourallah Chakroun.