A Muslim is a believer in or follower of Islam. Therefore the religion is Islam and the people are Muslims. The word Muslim
means one who submits and implies complete submission to the will of God. Thus a Muslim strives to surrender to God's
commands every step of the way. There is no distinction made between daily life and religion or politics.

The religion was founded by Muhammad, a trade merchant from Arabia, in 570.

There are two main denominations within Islam. The largest is Sunni Islam and the second largest is Shia Islam. The two
were established when Muhammad died and the groups decided to follow different leaders. Therefore core foundational
beliefs are very similar. One of the largest differences in the two groups is the belief in the Imams, their religious leaders.
Shias believe the Imams are an infallible authority. This makes becoming an Imam a birthright. Sunnis feel there is no
lineage right to becoming an Imam, therefore Imams must earn the trust of the people, which can later be lost.
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