War on Terror: Blair's Pledge: Islam, a Religion of Peace

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ISLAM is the world's second biggest religion after Christianity with 1.2billion followers across the planet.

THERE are up to 2.6 million Muslims in the UK. Most come from India or Pakistan, or are descendants from immigrants from those countries.

ISLAM is an Arabic word which means surrendering oneself to the will of God, achieving peace and security by doing so.

ISLAM provides a social and legal system and governs aspects of society including family life, law and order, ethics, dress, and cleanliness, as well as religious ritual and observance.

THE countries with the largest Islamic populations are in Asia and include Indonesia (170million), Pakistan (136million), Bangladesh (105million) and India (103million).

SAUDI Arabia is home to Islam's two holiest places, Mecca and Medina. A pilgrimage to Mecca is expected to be carried out by all physically able Muslims at least once in their life.

IN Islam there is only one God - Allah. Allah's last prophet was Muhammad, a man through whom God revealed his will. Muslims revere Muhammad but do not worship him.

Muhammad was not only a religious leader but a political leader too. …