Islam

A file photo of the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia, a holy site in Islam second only to nearby Mecca. The mix of austere holiness alongside Western consumerism in the city of Muhammad's tomb is emblematic in many ways of the conflicted world of Saudi Arabia -- a conflict that has become much more acute since the Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York and Washington. AP

The word "Islam" means surrender...submission. Five times a day, nearly a billion and a half Muslims across the globe surrender themselves to Allah.

In his revelations to the prophet Muhammed, Allah demanded that his followers be just, compassionate, and tolerant.

So how do we reconcile this ideal of faith with the atrocities committed in the name of Allah in the U.S. and In Afghanistan?

The apparent contradictions of Islam are what baffle us and, rightly or wrongly, shape our views of one of the great religions of the world.

CBS News Sunday Morning Correspondent Martha Teichner reports this weekend.
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