"A fifth of humankind follows Islam, the fastest growing and perhaps
the most misunderstood religion on earth."
"Some 1.3 billion human beings-one person in five-heed Islam’s call in the
modern world, embracing the religion at a rate that makes it the fastest
growing on Earth, with 80 percent of believers now outside the Arab world.
For these people Islam is an intimate personal connection to the same God
worshiped by Jews and Christians, a source of strength and hope in a
"The term itself, Islam, is an Arabic word meaning “submission to God,”
with its etymological roots firmly planted in salam, or peace. That may
come as a surprise to many non-Muslims, whose perceptions of the faith
have been skewed by terrorists, many from the Middle East, whose
unspeakable acts in the name of Islam have been condemned by
The above verse with Arabic text and the excerpt are taken from the January 2002 issue of
the National Geographic Magazine which published an article
called World of Islam by Don Belt, a Senior Editor of NGS.
The article is very objectively written which should alleviate misconeptions
in the minds of some people.
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