Islam was promulgated by the Prophet Muhammad in Arabia in the 7th century AD. The term islam literally means 'surrender', as in 'surrender to the will of Allah'. Allah (Arabic: God) is viewed as the sole God, creator, sustainer, and restorer of the world. His will, revealed to his messenger Muhammed, is made known through the sacred scriptures, the Qur'an (Koran).
Pre-Islamic Arab and Persian traditions, which were essentially pagan, developed a wonderful body of myth and folklore. Jinns, efrits, demigods, saintly men and women, and great heroes played their part in sparkling collections of folkloric tales and fables. It is only natural that people, throughout history, would borrow these entertaining beings and attach them their own heros, and Islamic literature, therefore, is rich in such material.
However, we are fully aware that pure Islam is entirely monotheistic and does not encourage the creation of anthropomorphic figures, play of fantasy, or anything suggesting multiplicity of gods and idol worshiping. None of the articles or stories that appear in this section presumes to be a religious discussion. Many excellent books and articles on formal Islam are available to the interested reader.
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