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The Qur'an or Koran is the holy book of Islam. The original was written in Arabic.
The crescent moon and stars are symbols associated with Islam. Islam has a lunar calendar, hence the cresent. Stars are signs of Allah.
Both Muslim men and women try to dress modestly. Some women cover their entire bodies when outside the home.
Muslims stop to pray five times a day. If they are not in a mosque, they pray in a clean place or spread a prayer mat on the floor. The prayer position represents submission to God's will or obedience to Allah
A mosque is the house of worship for Muslims. The worship of images of Allah, people or animals is forbidden in Islam. For this reason, Islamic art and architecture uses geometric shapes and patterns.
The tower of a mosque is called a minaret. A muezzin calls Muslims to prayer from the minaret.


This web site attempts to introduce young people to the wonder and diversity of the world's religions and spiritual traditions. We have tried to present simple, straight forward, accurate information about the world's five major religions and many other smaller religions and spiritual traditions. We recognize the complexity and challenges of this task. Please feel free to email us at [email protected] with your suggestions.

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