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As of 2010, statistics show that approximately 1.5 billion people practice the Muslim faith, and this makes it virtually impossible to calculate the number of mosques. Mosques are being built in Canada, France and other places. Therefore, it's hard to determine just how many mosques are currently being used.

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    Q: What does Halal mean?

    A: "Halal" is an Arabic word that means "permissible" and it's typically used to describe what foods are acceptable to eat for Muslims. Non-Muslims most likely see the word halal applied to meat and other foods.
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  • Who are some famous Muslims?

    Q: Who are some famous Muslims?

    A: There are lots of Muslims who happen to be famous, like American converts Dave Chappelle and Shaquille O'Neal and international political figures such as Benazir Bhutto, the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. There are many American entertainment industry celebrities who affiliate themselves in one way or another with the Islamic faith.
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  • What does a guest wear to a Muslim wedding?

    Q: What does a guest wear to a Muslim wedding?

    A: When attending a Muslim wedding, a guest should always dress formally and respectfully. Female guests are expected, though not necessarily required, to cover their neck and shoulders, due to the Muslim stance and attitudes regarding feminine modesty.
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  • How do Muslims worship Allah?

    Q: How do Muslims worship Allah?

    A: Muslims worship Allah by reciting their profession of faith, praying ritual prayers five times a day, giving a tax of alms to the poor, fasting during the month of Ramadan and making a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetimes. These obligatory acts are known as the five pillars of Islam.
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  • What is the Muslim place of worship called?

    Q: What is the Muslim place of worship called?

    A: The Muslim place of worship is called a mosque. Before entering a mosque, Muslims remove their shoes, leaving them outside the building. In addition, they wash their hands before entering the premises.
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  • What issue divided Sunni and Shiite Muslims?

    Q: What issue divided Sunni and Shiite Muslims?

    A: One significant issue is that Sunnis believed that only the most pious of the Prophet's disciples should become caliphs, but the Shiites argued that succession should be based on bloodline. Abu Bakr succeeded Muhammad, but Shiites wanted Ali, a cousin of the Prophet, to become caliph.
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  • Why do people make pilgrimages to Mecca?

    Q: Why do people make pilgrimages to Mecca?

    A: People, specifically Muslims, embark on annual pilgrimages to Mecca to show honor and respect for Allah. Muslims formally refer to the Mecca voyage as Hajj. Some Muslims make repeat trips to Mecca, but Judaic law requires all Muslims, physically and mentally able, to complete at least one journey to the holy city of Mecca during their lifetimes.
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  • What is a Muslim religious leader called?

    Q: What is a Muslim religious leader called?

    A: Some titles for traditional Islamic leaders include Caliph, Imam, Sheikh, Mufti, Mujtahid and Allamah. The titles of "Ayatollah" and "Grand Ayatollah" exist only in the Shiite sect of Islam.
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  • How many mosques are there in the world?

    Q: How many mosques are there in the world?

    A: As of 2010, statistics show that approximately 1.5 billion people practice the Muslim faith, and this makes it virtually impossible to calculate the number of mosques. Mosques are being built in Canada, France and other places. Therefore, it's hard to determine just how many mosques are currently being used.
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  • How many Muslim countries are there in the world?

    Q: How many Muslim countries are there in the world?

    A: There are between 49 and 51 Muslim-majority countries in the world, according to estimates from 2010. The fluctuation is a result of the changing demographics in countries where Muslims comprise around 50 percent of the population.
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  • Why is the Islamic year shorter than the Western year?

    Q: Why is the Islamic year shorter than the Western year?

    A: Because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar month, which is roughly 29 days, it usually ends up being about 11 days shorter than the Western calendar. The calendar used in the West, the Gregorian or Christian calendar, is a solar calendar that is based on the earth's 365-day year.
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  • How many surahs does the Quran have?

    Q: How many surahs does the Quran have?

    A: The Quran contains 114 surahs, or chapters. The Quran is the religious text of Islam, the book that Muslims believe to be a revelation from Allah. The name "Quran" means recitation. The verses within each surah are referred to ayats. The number of verses varies from surah to surah.
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  • How many Muslims live in the United States?

    Q: How many Muslims live in the United States?

    A: There are between five and 12 million Muslims in America as of 2014. There are Muslims from a wide variety of racial backgrounds living in America, and Islamic population in this country is very diverse.
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  • How do Muslims worship in the mosque?

    Q: How do Muslims worship in the mosque?

    A: Muslims pray in congregation in a mosque, and they do so facing towards the Kaaba in Mecca. The person leading the prayer is called an imam and is chosen as per his knowledge of the Holy Quran. The rest of the people stand behind the imam in straight rows and follow him. Behind the imam, in the first row, is a person who corrects him if he makes a mistake.
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  • How many Muslims are in the world today?

    Q: How many Muslims are in the world today?

    A: As of 2014, there are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. That number is expected to grow to 2.2 billion by 2030. Islam, the religion practiced by Muslims, is the second-largest religion in the world.
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  • How do you convert to Islam?

    Q: How do you convert to Islam?

    A: Converting to Islam requires only understanding of the knowledge that Allah is the one true God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah and saying a sentence to that effect. The actual sentence that one who wishes to convert should say is, “La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad rasoolu Allah.”
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  • How long does Eid last?

    Q: How long does Eid last?

    A: Eid begins first day after the month of Ramadan in the Islamic culture and is a three-day celebration. Eid is short for Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Fast Breaking.
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  • Why is the Qur'an so important to Muslims?

    Q: Why is the Qur'an so important to Muslims?

    A: The Qur'an is the primary scripture of the faith of Islam. It is the single most important reference for all matters of faith, social practice, the contemplation of law and the understanding of the Divine. It is also a direct link to Islam's beloved prophet, Muhammad, the man who both received as well as first disseminated the holy message of the text.
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  • Why do Muslims wash before they pray?

    Q: Why do Muslims wash before they pray?

    A: The purpose behind the ritualized washing, known as Wudu', or ablutions, is to cleanse the body prior to presenting oneself for worship or prayer. At the time of Islam's inception, the concept of hygiene was relatively foreign in most parts of the world, which made the Wudu' unique among most cultures.
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  • Why is the Hajj so important?

    Q: Why is the Hajj so important?

    A: The Hajj is important because it is one of the five pillars of Islam, and if Muslims have the ability, they are required to perform the Hajj at least once in their lifetimes. They are only excused if they are financially or physically unable to make the pilgrimage.
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  • How many Muslims are there in India?

    Q: How many Muslims are there in India?

    A: According to India's census, as of 2011 there are 138,188,240 Muslims in India. That equates to roughly 13.4 percent of the country's population, which at the time was over 1 billion people, making Islam the second most popular religion in India as of 2011.
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