1. Islam is the second-largest and the fastest-growing religion in the world.
  2. The Quran, Islam's most sacred book, means “recitation” in Arabic.
  3. Islam believes to be the complete and universal version of a primordial faith revealed many times before through prophets like Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.
  4. Islam view heaven as a place of physical pleasures to come.
  5. There are two main denominations in Islam:
    Sunni (75 – 90%) and Shia (10 – 20%).
  6. Every adult Muslim must go on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime if he is physically and financially capable.
  7. Muslims use only the right hand for eating and drinking.
  8. During Islam's Golden Age, scientists were paid the equivalent of what pro athletes are paid today.
  9. The Quran emphasizes bodily resurrection, a break from the pre-Islamic Arabian understanding of death.
  10. Muslims cannot consume pork products, blood, carrion, and alcohol.
  11. There's a Barbie-like Islamic doll called "Fulla".
  12. A large number of Muslims sacrificed themselves to save Jews and fight Nazis in World War II.
  13. Islam allows abortion if the pregnancy is a threat to the woman's life or if it's the result of a rape and is less than 4 months old.
  14. Indonesia is home to the world's
    largest Islamic population.
  15. 86%
    of people surveyed in Egypt are in favor of the death penalty as a punishment for abandoning Islam.
  16. Vladimir The Great, Prince of Kiev, considered converting to Christianity or Islam. He sent envoys to study both religions, but upon hearing that Islam forbade alcohol, he got baptized.
  17. There is a pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka that is holy to four religions for a "sacred footprint": Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity.
  18. In 1492, the Catholic monarchs of Spain issued a decree banning all Jews from Spain. Sultan Bayezid, a Muslim, sent the Ottoman navy to Spain to rescue the Jews from Spanish persecution.
  19. A Burkini is a type of swimsuit for Muslim women, which covers the whole body except the face, the hands and the feet.
  20. In 2001, Pope John Paul II entered and prayed in a mosque and even kissed the Qur'an to improve relations with Islam.
  21. In Islam, a man may divorce his wife three times, taking her back up after the first two times.
  22. Iran sentences its citizens to the death penalty if they decide to change their religion from Islam.
  23. In Islam, the Bible is considered a revelation from God which had been corrupted by men. The Qur'an from Muhammad came to correct this deviation.
  24. Islam will equal Christianity in size by 2050.
  25. The Mosque of Paris helped Jews escape the Nazis by giving them Muslim IDs during WW2.
  26. Mary is mentioned more in Islam's Quran than in the entire New Testament.
  27. Cats are revered animals in Islam because Prophet Muhammad loved them.
  28. In Saudi Arabia, UAE, Sudan, Brunei, Qatar and others, people who abandon Islam and convert to another religion may face the death penalty.
  29. Belief in angels is fundamental to the faith of Islam.
  30. In 2006, The FBI planted an informant pretending to be a radical Muslim in a mosque, and the Muslims in the mosque reported him to the FBI.
  31. There's an empty place
    next to Muhammad's Tomb,
    Islam's main Prophet,
    reserved for Jesus.
  32. Amputation of hands or feet is the Islamic punishment for theft and highway robbery without homicide.
  33. Suicide is a crime in Islam. Suicide attempts may lead to prosecution.
  34. Is Islamic law, money isn't allowed to generate more money by being put into a bank account or lent to someone else. Banks make their money by sharing the risk of their investments with investors, operating on a profit-loss basis.
  35. The Burj Khalifa is so tall that residents above the 80th floor have to wait 2 to 3 minutes longer to end Ramadan.
  36. From 2000 to 2010, some 100,000 British people converted to Islam.
  37. Islam is the world's most common state-endorsed religion, with 27 countries.
  38. 1.75 million worshippers went to the holy city of Mecca in 2017.
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