This group is following Pi as he explores Muslim teachings. They will relate words, phrases, quotes, symbols, etc. to the nature of god and how faith translates to life.

  • "...Feeling like the persecuted prophet Muhammad in Meca, peace be upon him"(Martel 27). Pi sees his journey as a righteous cause and compares himself to prophet Muhammad which leads me to believe he views himself as a martyr hero. Keegan B. Dan G. Dave W.
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Muhammad was born into a well-to-do family settled in the northern Arabian town of Mecca. Some calculate his birthdate as having been 20 April 570
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Islam is a monotheistic religion based upon the Qur'an, which adherents believe was sent by God (Arabic: Allāh) through Muhammad. Followers of Islam, known as Muslims (Arabic: مسلم), believe Muhammad to have been God's final prophet; most of them see the historic record of the actions and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad related in the Sunnah and Hadith as indispensable tools for interpreting the Qur'an. Zane N. This website includes a lot information, including about how to become a Muslim and and advice given to common questions concerning islam. Breann L.

Muḥammad (Arabic: محمد‎ ​; also Mohammed, Mahomet, and other variants),[1] 570-632 CE,[2] is the pre-eminent prophet of the religion of Islam and the leader of the Muslim community (Ummah). Muslims believe him to have been God's final prophet, to whom the Qur'an was divinely revealed through the angel Gabriel as the final revelation to mankind.
The name Muhammad etymologically means "the praised one" in Arabic [3], being a passive participle from the root Ḥ-M-D حمد "to praise". Within Islam, Muhammad is known as "The Prophet" and "The Messenger". The Qur'an (33:40) also refers to him as the "Seal of the Prophets". In verse 61:6 he is referred to as Ahmad, Arabic for 'more praiseworthy'. Jesse O.

Gethsemane (also spelled Gethsemani) was the garden where, according to the New Testament and Christian traditions, Jesus watched and prayed the night before he was crucified and suffered for the sins of the world (see Atonement). According to Luke 22:43–44, Jesus' anguish in Gethsemane was so deep that "his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground." Gethsemane was also where Christ was betrayed by the disciple Judas Iscariot. Erik R.

"I challenge anyone to understand Islam, its spirit, and not to love it"(Martel 77) We are curious why Mr. Kumar feels it's so much better than any other religion. Why is he so passionate?external image islam.jpg Ben K, Kevin L

Mr. Kumar was a Sufi. Sufi means a muslim mystic. He was very knowledgeable in the muslim faith and often explained it to Pi. external image P5110029SilekTuo.jpg
Mr. Kumar, the sufi
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What is Islam?
The name of the religion is Islam, which comes from an Arabic root word meaning "peace" and "submission." Islam teaches that one can only find peace in one's life by submitting to Almighty God (Allah) in heart, soul and deed. The same Arabic root word gives us "Salaam alaykum," ("Peace be with you"), the universal Muslim greeting.
Who is a Muslim?
A person who believes in and consciously follows Islam is called a Muslim, also from the same root word. So, the religion is called Islam, and a person who follows it is a Muslim.
How Many and Where?
Islam is a major world religion, with over 1 billion followers worldwide (1/5 of the world population). It is considered one of the Abrahamic, monotheistic faiths, along with Judaism and Christianity. Although usually associated with the Arabs of the Middle East, less than 10% of Muslims are in fact Arab. Muslims are found all over the world, of every nation, color and race. Muslim majorities are found throughout the Middle East, North Africa, East Asia and the Pacific Islands. Large numbers are also found in Western Europe, the former Soviet Union, and North America.
Who is Allah?
Allah is the proper name for Almighty God, and is often translated merely as "God." Allah has other names that are used to describe His characteristics: the Creator, the Sustainer, the Merciful, the Compassionate, the Judge, the Governor, the Eternal, etc. Allah is without beginning, without end, and He alone sees and knows all things. Allah is transcendent, yet close to mankind. "...He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it, what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. And He is with you wheresoever you may be. And Allah sees well all that you do" (Qur'an 57:4). Since Allah alone is the Creator, it is He alone that deserves our devout love and worship. Anything other than Him is simply His creation. "That is Allah, your Lord! There is no god but He, the Creator of all things; then worship Him, and He has power to dispose of all affairs. No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision; He is the Sublime, Well-Aware" (Qur'an 6:102-103). Islam holds to a strict monotheism - Allah has no partners and is not divided into a trinity. "Say: He is Allah, the One; Allah, the Eternal, Absolute. He begets not, nor is He begotten, and there is none like unto Him" (Qur'an 112:1-4). Any worship and prayers directed at saints, prophets, other human beings or nature is considered idolatry.
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Mecca-The city is revered as the holiest site of Islam, and a pilgrimage to it is required of all able-bodied Muslims who can afford to go, at least once in their lifetime. (wikipedia) chris E.