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Old 11-02-2012, 08:17 AM
 
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I have decided to take an in depth look at Islam (found posts with excellent references here) and since I don't want to offend anyone, Islam is the religion and Muslim is what a person following that faith is referred to as? Or, am I just totally offbase. Thank you.
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Old 11-02-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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I have decided to take an in depth look at Islam (found posts with excellent references here) and since I don't want to offend anyone, Islam is the religion and Muslim is what a person following that faith is referred to as? Or, am I just totally offbase. Thank you.
Islam is an Arabic verb and means "Submitting to Allah"

Muslim (Male) Muslimah(Female) is an Arabic noun and means "A person who is doing the act of Islam (Submitting to Allah)"

Sort of like run is a verb and means "to walk at a fast speed" and a runner is one that is performing the act of Run.


While our Faith is called Islam it is more of an action rather than a Name. Many wear the name Muslim, but don't do Islam.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:25 PM
 
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The definitions are very interesting, thank you.
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Old 11-02-2012, 02:32 PM
 
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Thank you.

We are pleased to have you here. I hope you look around and check out some of the threads. Islam is actually a very simple religion. Although I admit, many Muslims are quite complex.
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Old 11-02-2012, 05:14 PM
 
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Although I admit, many Muslims are quite complex.
And some are quite simple unassuming kindhearted folk...well most of the ones I know and count as friends.

Woodrow...check out the quote thingy going on..well chuffed..ah well it's the small things in life...lol.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:39 PM
 
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I have decided to take an in depth look at Islam (found posts with excellent references here) and since I don't want to offend anyone, Islam is the religion and Muslim is what a person following that faith is referred to as? Or, am I just totally offbase. Thank you.
You are correct. It is same as Christianity is the religion and Christian is the follower of Christianity.

If you are interested in learning about Islam, i would suggest you to not rely on internet for information about Islam or any religion for that matter. Internet will just confuse you. Look for smart educated Imam in your local area and ask him the question/concerns you have about Islam. Make sure that Imam understand your situation as well. May Allah bless you in your study of Islam.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:13 PM
 
Location: Logan Township, Minnesota
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You are correct. It is same as Christianity is the religion and Christian is the follower of Christianity.

If you are interested in learning about Islam, i would suggest you to not rely on internet for information about Islam or any religion for that matter. Internet will just confuse you. Look for smart educated Imam in your local area and ask him the question/concerns you have about Islam. Make sure that Imam understand your situation as well. May Allah bless you in your study of Islam.
You are correct Ahki. the only problem here in the USA except for 6 states a Non-Muslim is not likely to come in face to face contact with any Muslims. Much less be near a Masjid.

I notice the OP is in Kansas a fairly large state, 82,000 Sq Miles or about 2 and 1/2 times the entire country of Portugal. but it only has 6 Islamic Centers and no full time Masjids. There may be a Masjid in Witchita and one in Lawrence. There are only 3,000 Muslims in the entire state and Most live in Witchita.

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Sadly for most people in the USA the only knowledge they have about Islam has to come from the internet. Even for many Muslims here much of our contact with other Muslims comes through the internet. My nearest Muslim neighbor is about 50 miles from me and the nearest Masjid is over 100 miles from me. there are about 8000 Muslims here in ND About 4000 are foreign Students attending college in Fargo. The other 4,000 are scattered throughout the state. I know of 6 Masjids 3 are full time. the other 3 are just in peoples homes were they reserve a room as a Masjid. The Smallest North Dakota Masjid is in Ross North Dakota and can hold about 8 people.It has no Imam generally the oldest person there will lead the prayers. The largest is in Fargo and does have an Imam and can hold about 200 people.

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