This lecture explains the origin of Islam and its interrelationship with neighboring religions of the Middle East. Islam has had a phenomenal spread to the east and the west. We will examine the importance laid upon the teachings of the Quran and its powerful and benevolent influence on all aspects of a dignified human life. We will also look at the current challenges and opportunities being faced by Islam. The instructor’s experiences in India, which carries the world’s second largest Muslim population within a secular, democratic society, makes his presentation especially insightful.