Islam is a monotheistic religion. Its adherents are called Muslims, most of which are either Sunni (75 to 90 percent) or Shia (10 to 20 percent).
The Koran is its main religious text. The sunnah, comprising accounts called hadith of the prophet Muhammad, are also followed by most Muslims. About 13 percent of Muslims live in Indonesia, 25 percent in South Asia, 20 percent in the Middle East and 15 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa. This page is an automatic compilation of DW content.
Hundreds of Muslims have spoken out against terrorism in a Cologne demonstration. DW's Shamil Shams believes while it is a good step, Muslims living in the West need to do a lot more to cast off the "extremist image."
On Saturday, thousands of Muslims in Cologne will take to the streets in a "March Against Terror." But Germany's largest Islamic organization, DITIB, will not be taking part. This decision has drawn strong criticism.
Seif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, has been released by his captors. Seif is wanted by the International Criminal Court for committing crimes against humanity during a 2011 uprising.
On Monday, in an unprecedented move, over 130 Imams and religious leaders in the UK from diverse backgrounds signed a letter stating that they refused to perform the funeral prayer for the London attackers. Sheikh Dr Asim Yusuf, an independent Islamic scholar and psychiatrist was one of the signatories. He joined Emma Wallis on the line from Birmingham to explain why the move is so important.