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Islam -- Questions & Answers" on a special edition of "20/20" Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

Islam: Questions and Answers

Diane Sawyer Reporting: What Is Islam? Why Do Radicals Feel Violence Is Justified? Is Western Culture at Odds with Islam?

More than 1.5 billion people are unified by the call to prayer, which sounds five times a day to summon Muslims around to world, from remote Somali villages to mosques in Dearborn, Mich.

But in the United States, where less than 1 percent of the population practices Islam, many misconceptions persist. There's also a deeply-rooted suspicion of the religion.

Since the debate over a proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero and Pastor Terry Jones' controversial plan to hold an "International Burn a Koran Day" on the anniversary of 9/11, the conversation on Islam in America has become heated. Many are worried that anti-Muslim feelings have reached a new high.

A quarter of Americans admit to feelings of prejudice against Muslims, according to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, and 49 percent view the religion unfavorably.

Watch "Diane Sawyer Reporting: Islam -- Questions & Answers" on a special edition of "20/20" Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/islam-questions-answers/story?id=11747416

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