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Last Updated: Monday January 24 2005 17:58 GMT

Islam: facts and figures

  • It is estimated that there are 1.4 billion Muslims in the world
  • More than 1.6 million Muslims live in the UK, and roughly half of them live in London
  • Muslims believe that everything you do, should be done with reference to God
  • Muslims believe in one God, and they believe in the same God that Christians and Jews do
  • There are different groups of Muslims such as Sunni's, Shi'ites and Sufis
  • When fasting during Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink at all during daylight hours
  • Jesus's name in mentioned in the Qur'an more than the Prophet Muhammad's
  • Allah is the Arabic word for God. It is used by Christians and Muslims in Arabic speaking countries
  • Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet and the Muhammad was the most recent and final prophet
  • There was a labour shortage after the Second World War so the British government invited foreigners to migrate to Britain
  • Under Islamic law a man can have up to 4 wives, but only if he can look after them all equally - which is seen to not be possible
  • Indonesia has the highest concentration of Muslims in the world
  • Islam is a monotheistic religion - this means there can only be one God
  • Muslims believe that life on earth faces you with tests and lessons. Passing these tests means that you go to heaven
  • Emulating Muhammad and how he lived his life is part of the Muslim faith
  • Peace be upon him" often follows Muhammad as a sign of respect
  • The headscarf that Muslim women sometimes wear is called the hijab
  • The jilbab is like a full-length, long-sleeved jacket. It is worn with the hijab
  • The veil that is worn on the face is called nikab
  • The outfit worn to over up all of the face and the body, is called a burkha

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