ING has been delivering educational presentations about Muslims and their faith for over two decades.
The following are answers to some of the most common questions that ING and its affiliates across the country have encountered in that time.
There are about 50 countries in the world today with a majority Muslim population, each having its own distinct history and culture (or multiplicity of cultures).
And there are sizeable Muslim minorities in many other countries, including the United States and virtually all the countries of Europe, that are living Islam in their own unique situations.
In these matters, we strive to be descriptive, respecting the diversity of Islam as lived religion, but our reference point is the Islam we believe in and practice as American Muslims; in most cases, but not necessarily all, this is in accord with Islam as believed in, practiced, and lived by the majority of Muslims worldwide.
We start from five basic principles that ING subscribes to as basic to our vision of Islam in America.
These are fundamental values shared by most of the world’s major religious traditions today: Islam is the name of a religion, as Christianity and Judaism are names of religions.
For Shi’as, in addition to the aforementioned, the rulings of the twelve Imams are considered a primary source.
Other sources may exist for different Muslim sects.