These are the basic concepts of Islam. There is a lot more to the religion. I believe in it because it tells me the truth, it shows me the right path to follow. It also is quite interesting. I relish the fact that I was born in Islam. I don’t think anything could make me change my beliefs, I love Islam.
A listing of doctrinally and organizationally meaningful divisions or denominational "branches" (such as Catholic, Eastern/Orthodox Christian, Sunni Islam, Shiite Islam, Evangelical Christian, Mahayana Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, etc.) would clearly be useful, but that is the subject of a different list: .
On the other hand, there are no countries in which people are automatically assigned to the Baha'i Faith at birth (as is the case with Islam, Christianity, Shinto, Buddhism, and other faiths), so their numbers aren't inflated with people who have never willingly participated in or been influenced by the religion while adults.
The only comment we might add is that there are knowledgeable historians of Yoruba religion in the West who believe Yoruba, in addition to the Dahomean and Fon traditions, played a major role in the development of modern Africa-Haitian religion.
What I have seen in practice has a lot of Kardecian influence, but I expect to see what I observed with the Santeria tradition: that as one becomes more immersed into the actual tradition, that the outer layer of Catholicism peels away to reveal a tradition that, in reality, is very much unsyncretized.
Likewise, the star and the crescent were not meant to be Islam symbols. It was history and practice that slowly connected these heavenly bodies to the religion.
"Teacher, what is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself'."
"An organized system of belief that generally seeks to understand purpose, meaning, goals, and methods of spiritual things. These spiritual things can be God, people in relation to God, salvation, after life, purpose of life, order of the cosmos, etc."
To Muslims, the color green represents nature and LIFE. And naturally so, as prophet Mohammed specified that those in Paradise will wear fine garments made of green silk (Surah 76:21). Moreover, green was the color of choice of the Prophet’s tribe and was used in flags and other symbols in Islamic conquests. For these reasons, GREEN has been associated with the religion for centuries.. As a result, this color dominates mosque decorations, sacred graves, Quran bindings, and several Muslim country flags.
After many centuries, with the increased Western awareness of Eastern history and philosophy, and the development of Islam, other religions were added to the list.
I believe in many things. I truly believe in one thing and one thing only. That is the religion of Islam. I’ve been Muslim my whole life, and I love my religion. I cherish it wholly and greatly. My whole family is Muslim. We fast, pray, and everything a good Muslim does.
In Islam there are five great pillars. They are; pray five times a day, Zakkat(which means charity), fully celebrating Ramadan which includes fasting. I believe in one God (Allah) and Mohammad as his prophet, and Hajj. Hajj is a migration to Mecca that must commit to once in your life. These represent the five pillars of Islam, a part of my everyday life.
During the 1800s comparative religion scholars increasingly recognized Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism as the most significant "world religions." Even today, these are considered the "Big Five" and are the religions most likely to be covered in world religion books.
Infidels (nonbelievers of Islam) could easily identify these actions and love for the Kaaba as idolatry in itself. Personally, I draw an analogy between the Kaaba and what Virgin Mary means to several Catholics: it’s not idolatry, it’s simply veneration. Although I’m sure followers of either religion might politely disagree with me.