Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion. It is the fastest growing religion in the world, and (according to a 2010 census) is the second largest with over 1.7 billion followers, commonly known as Muslims. In some countries where Islam is the major religion, the inhabitants have elected to integrate the faith into the national government, where it often takes on double roles as both a form of government and religion as Islamic Law or Sharia Law. Although Islam is commonly associated with the Middle East, the majority of Muslims actually live in Southeast Asia and North Africa.
Much of Islamic belief surrounds a life commitment to the teachings found within the Quran, the holy Islamic scripture, belief in Muhammad to be the last great prophet, and surrendering oneself to God, Allah. There are several sects within the religion, some are more strict than others, but generally all Muslims share a common devotion to Allah, staying true to traditions and family, celebrating individual thought, and studying and practicing the five pillars of Islam.
Muslim adoption in most cases isn’t any different than other religions; however, due to recent global conflicts surrounding Muslim culture, especially when adopting from some Middle Eastern countries, both individuals and private agencies need be sensitive to issues that may arise when working with birth parents, foster homes, and orphanages.
Since laws and guidelines change often, consult with an adoption agency or local government social service for further guidance.