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"There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his Prophet." This is the mantra of Islam, a religion that spans the globe in membership. These sites will broaden your understanding of this great religion.


Muslim Holidays
These are the major holidays that Muslims celebrate.

The Islamic Calendar
Islam has a calendar based on the revolutions of the Moon. Thus, it is only 354 days long. It contains several major holidays and is about 11 days different from Western calendars.

Hegira: The Beginning of the Muslim Year
The hegira is the beginning of the Muslim calendar. It is also the immigration of Muhammad to Medina from Mecca in 622.

History of Islam
More than half the world now belongs to this religion. Read more about the religion founded by Muhammad in the ancient Middle East.

Basics of Islam
Learn the basics of Islam, including the 5 Pillars and a description of the holy month of Ramadan. Don't forget to click on "The Basics."

The Cultural Academy of Islam
This excellent site, which gives you an overview of Islam and its people and customs, was written by students just like you! See the geography, practices, and power of this ancient religion come to life. You can even read it in one of 5 languages!

Islam: Empire of Faith
This web companion to the PBS TV special focuses on the history and worldwide presence of Islam. Check out the very helpful timeline.

Islamic Virtual School
This site is just what its title suggests, a virtual school. You can learn Arabic through fun activities, as well as increase your knowledge of Islam and Muslims.

About the Prophet Muhammad
Find out more about this extraordinary man, the Prophet of Islam.

Islam: Mecca
This site, which examines the holy city of Mecca in words and pictures, was written by students just like you!

Islam History
Another history site, this one focuses on the role that Islam has played in the politics of the world, from the beginning of the religion to present day.

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