Islam is a religion that has raised a lot of debates concerning their belief and values. For instance, a good number of people in the West believe that Islam is a religion of war and terrorism (Anderson, 2008). This paper aims to determine the teachings of Islam and how they are interpreted in different countries and cultures.
The Islam religion is associated with five articles of faith also called Shahada (Anderson, 2008). Firstly, Muslims believe that Allah is the one and only true God (Anderson, 2008). Secondly, they believe in the existence of angels as God’s instruments. Thirdly, all Muslims believe in four books (Torah, Zabur, Injil and the Koran). Fourthly, they believe in the 28 prophets of Allah and finally, the belief on the final Day of Judgment (Anderson, 2008). These articles are embraced by all true Muslims in all countries all over the World.
Muslims in the United States are mainly the Sunni who pray 5 times a day by reciting the Shahada (Anderson, 2008). They also fast nearly the whole day, especially during Ramadan. They consider Imam as a leader who guides the people during Friday night prayer service only (Anderson, 2008). U.S. sees the Islam as a dedicated and sincere religion with regard to their faith compared to others in the country.
The Muslims in other countries such as, Iran, Iraq, India, Lebanon and some African countries are mainly Shiites who are fundamentalists and believe that there is a Muslim Messiah Al Mahdi, the 12th Imam (Anderson, 2008). The Shiites also consider Jihad as a literal war. However, Countries such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are dominated by the Sunni who consider jihad as a spiritual war (Anderson, 2008).
Islam differs with Christianity and Judaism. Most Christians meet on Sundays, the Muslims meet on Fridays and the Jews meet on Saturdays (Anderson, 2008). Despite their strict values and principles, Muslims interact with other religions on a daily basis maintaining the good relationship with the Non-Muslims. (Anderson, 2008).