originated in Mecca, an Islamic holy city in Saudi Arabia, with the Prophet Muhammad. Islam means “unreserved submission to Allah
.” Followers of Islam, known as Muslims, consider Allah as the only God. There are five simple but essential observances that all practicing Muslims accept and follow. These “Pillars of Islam” represent the core that unites all Muslims.
A Muslim is one who testifies “La illaha ilallah Muhammadan Rasulullah (There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah).” This declaration is known as the “shahada” (witness, testimony). By making this simple proclamation, one becomes a Muslim.
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