Islam in America
Islam is one of the largest religions in America apart from Christianity and Judaism (Washingtonposts.com, 2011). Despite its huge following around the world and the growing Muslim communities in the United States, Islam is foreign to most Americans who are more familiar with Christianity or Judaism. Muslims come from all over the world and they were actually here in the United States before it was the United States and before there were slave traders (Washingtonposts.com, 2011). Muslims are from various racial and ethnic groups such as 34% of Muslim’s are Asian, 27% are African American, 15% are white, 10% are Hispanic and 10% are Arabian (Bell, 2006).
Most Americans, including myself, know little or nothing about Islam, and have many misconceptions about Muslim beliefs and rituals. The negative image many people in the United States and Europe have of Islam and the Muslim world has a long history. Many have judged Islam without making an effort to consider this religious tradition on its own terms, without bothering to become acquainted with its teaching and the ways in which Muslims practice their faith. It is important for America to gain a deeper understanding of Muslims and clear many misconceptions of the Islamic faith and its culture. There are many myths out there about Muslim culture and religion.
Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, is a monotheistic religion based on the belief in one God. Islam is one of the world's greatest monotheistic religions. Islam faith is based on the Prophet Muhammad’s revelations of God. The followers of Islam are known as Muslims, and they believe in God, Allah. The word "Islam" is an Arabic word that means "submitting and surrendering your will to Almighty God.” The word comes from the same root as the Arabic word "salam” which means peace. Islam is the religion of about one and half billion people in the world. It is the second largest in the number of followers after Christianity...