Islam is the third Abrahamic religious tradition (along with Judaism and Christianity), which means it is centered on the monotheistic belief system of the Jewish Bible/Christian Old Testament. (But click here to explore some interesting differences.) Followers of Islam are called Muslims.
Islam was established in the 600’s in Arabia by Muhammad, who is viewed as the final prophet in a long line of prophets that includes Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and Jesus. Devout Muslims are known for praying 5 times a day, fasting during the month of Ramadan, and visiting Mecca for a pilgrimage (hajj) at least once in their lifetime.
I have fasted for Ramadan and then participated in iftars (the community meal at the end of fasting day) many times now. This post describes my first experiences.
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