Islam is the predominant religion in the Middle East and is the second-largest religion in the world. Not limited to the Middle East, it has approximately 1.4 billion members, 80% of which are non-Arabs. It is one of the fastest growing religions in the world. Its adherents are called "Muslims" (also spelled Moslem), historically "Musselman", "Muhammedans", or even simply "Turks" in Europe and North America. In Arabic, a Muslim is "one who submits to God" (Allah).
Muslims, like Jews and Christians, are monotheistic and trace their roots to Abraham. However, they receive their instruction from the Qur'an (also spelled Koran) rather than the Bible or Torah. Islam's beginnings as a distinct people can be traced back to the 7th century under the leadership of Muhammed and his followers. An universalizing (evangelizing) religion, it spread throughout the world by military conquest and Muslim missionaries.
The worst Islamic cultures are vile, women are treated worse than dogs. The worst Islamists also believes that it's okay to strap bombs on to children and send them to paradise and whatever else, even though the writings of the Qu'ran forbid the harming of civilians. They think it's also OK to behead people or even to stone them to death  .
By no means all Moslims are as bad as the worst. Despite this many Muslims try to silence criticism of their religion and of Mohammed rather than answering criticism. Some at Liberapedia feel it's important that the critics have a voice.
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