People who follow Islamic beliefs are called Muslim. Muslims believe that the Islamic faith has always existed but it didn’t become fully tangible until Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad was visited by an angel named Gabriel in 610 A.D.where he received his first revelation. He believed these were words directly from God. The words Muhammad heard were written and are written in what we know today as the Qur’an. The Qur’an has five main pillars that Muslims all follow. The pillars are the declaration of faith, praying five times a day, giving money to charity, fasting and a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once.
The message of Islam is that there is not other God but Allah and that life should be lived with complete submission to the will of Allah. Allah is believed to have created everything and is all powerful and all knowing. They also believe that on Day of Judgement everyone who followed Allah will be rewarded with paradise, and those who did not follow will be punished with hell. Muslims believe there were other prophets during this time but believe that Muhammad was the last and greatest prophet there was. Many people, in Mecca during this time, were threatened by his teaching so Muhammad and his followers began their journey to Medina in 622 A.D. Muhammad gained many followers and later returned to Mecca to establish himself. There are rules on how a Muslim is supposed to live, to find more on this click here. Muslims are the fastest growing religion in the world with over 1 billion followers