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Islam and the West: Historical and Contemporary Dimensions

Language: English Studies in English
Subject area: humanities
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Islam () is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion teaching that there is only one God (Allah) and that Muhammad is the messenger of God. It is the world's second-largest religion and the fastest-growing major religion in the world, with over 1.8 billion followers or 24.1% of the global population, known as Muslims. Muslims make up a majority of the population in 50 countries. Islam teaches that God is merciful, all-powerful, unique and has guided mankind through prophets, revealed scriptures and natural signs. The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran, viewed by Muslims as the verbatim word of God, and the teachings and normative example (called the sunnah, composed of accounts called hadith) of Muhammad (c. 570–8 June 632 CE).
West is one of the four cardinal directions or points of the compass. It is the opposite direction from east.
Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence, and it has no place in Islamic teaching, and no justification can be provided for it, or any kind of excuses or ifs or buts. Good intentions cannot convert a wrong into good; they cannot convert an evil into good.
Fatwa by Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri [6] and [7]
He created the heavens and earth in truth. He wraps the night over the day and wraps the day over the night and has subjected the sun and the moon, each running [its course] for a specified term. Unquestionably, He is the Exalted in Might, the Perpetual Forgiver.
Sura 39:5, as translated by Yusuf Ali.
Abu Huraira reported that the Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, said: Whoever believes in God and the Last Day, let him not harm his neighbor.
Sahih Bukhari 6110 from [2]
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