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Where was Islam founded?

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Islam was founded near Mecca in the Arabian peninsula of the Middle East. According to Islamic history, Muhammad visited Hira, a cave on Mount Jabal al-Nour, which is about 2 miles from Mecca. Inside Hira, Muhammad is said to have received divine revelation to advocate worshipping only Allah.

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Muhammad declared Mecca to be Islam’s holy city. Followers of the religion are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to the city at least once in their lifetime. Within Mecca is the Ka'ba, inside the mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram. Constructed around a black stone, it is considered to be Islam's most sacred place. Muslims believe Ka'ba was built by Abraham.

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