• The word Islam means ‘submission to the will of God’.
  • Islam is the second largest religion in the world with over 1 billion followers. The 2001 census recorded 1,591,000 Muslims in the UK, around 2.7% of the population.
  • Followers of Islam are called Muslims.
  • Muslims believe that Islam has always existed, but for practical purposes, date their religion from the time of the migration of Muhammad.
  • Muslims believe the Sunnah is the practical example of Prophet Muhammad and that there are five basic Pillars of Islam. These pillars are the declaration of faith, praying five times a day, giving money to charity, fasting and a pilgrimage to Mecca (at least once).
  • Muslims believe that there is only One God.
  • According to Muslims, God sent a number of prophets to mankind to teach them how to live according to His law.