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The people who follow the religion of Islam are called Muslims. They believe in one supreme God but don’t know that Jesus is God’s Son who was sent to die for their sins. Muslims consider Jesus to be Isa, a prophet and teacher but not God or the promised Savior.

The most important teacher for Muslims is the prophet Mohammad. Mohammad taught that people are sinful and that they need to live a very strict religious life and do good works for God to forgive them. They believe that the Qur’an is God’s word, given to Mohammad, because other holy books had been corrupted. Children learn to recite portions of the Qur’an from a young age.

Part of living a strict religious life for Muslims is to follow the five pillars (religious duties) that are important to Muslims. These duties include giving to the needy, fasting during a special holy month, and praying five times a day. Even though Muslims follow try to follow their strict rules, they have no assurance that God will accept them and can only hope that their works will save them so that they can go to paradise when they die.

 

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