The universality of
Islam (the Message)
Universality of the "Message" conveyed by Muhammad
Muslims believe that Muhammad received the same Message that was given to Abraham, Moses, Jesus and other prophets but his mission was universal. He was entrusted to correct people’s beliefs, bring them back to the true faith and teach them good deeds.
Muhammad sent letters to the rulers and kings of neighboring countries and superpowers such as Persia, Byzantine and Egypt calling them to accept Islam as “the Message of God”. When Heraclius King of Byzantine received Muhammad’s letter, he invited Abu-Sufyan (one of the main chiefs and tradesmen of Makkah who was by chance doing business in that area) to attend him. Heraclius asked Abu-Sufyan a few questions and requested him to be honest. “
Abu-Sufyan : He comes from a noble family in Makkah.
Heraclius : Did he ever betray, break a promise or lie?
Abu-Sufyan : No.
Heraclius : How about his followers, are they increasing or decreasing? And have any of his followers quit because he was not pleased with Muhammad?
Abu-Sufyan : In fact, Muhammad’s followers admired him. They were increasing in number.
Heraclius : Then what does Muhammad teach his followers?
Abu-Sufyan : Belief in One God and social justice.
Heraclius thought for a while, then he said: "If what you told me is true, then Muhammad will be able to inherit my kingdom".
ISLAM, A UNIVERSAL RELIGION:
Currently Islam is the second largest religion in the world after Christianity. A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 1.57 billion Muslims of all ages living in the world today, representing 23% of an estimated 2009 world population of 6.8 billion (Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life 2009).
NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE ARABS:
Arab Muslims constitute less than one fourth of the total number of Muslims in the world.
There are approximately 2.1 billion Christians in the world representing 32% of world’s population and 1.1 billion non religious / atheist people in the world (15% of world’s population). Judaism represents 0.22% of world's population (approx. 14 million people).
Abstract from the story of Mary from the Quran, chapter 19 :Verses 16-23 “Mary”
According to the story mentioned in the Quran, Mary brought her son to her own people who blamed her but Jesus (the newborn) miraculously spoke and said: chapter 19 : Verses 30-35, Mary: