The Arabian word ‘Islam’ articulated by the Qur’an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (الله Allāh).
Is the Islam easy to learn?
The Islam is actually quite simple and the beliefs are sort of logical. This in contrast to Christianity in which salvation is described in the Bible as by faith in Jesus, and few find it. Christianity has doctrines about God and salvation that seem very illogical and self-contradictory. When Muslims talk to people about Christianity, they point out that it is illogical to say that God was a man or that God died. “If God died, why wasn’t everything destroyed?”, or “How can God die?” they ask.
What are the main believes of Muslims?
The main beliefs are that Mohamed is believed to be a great prophet and the Koran is the Islamic scripture that Allah wants everyone to believe. The Five Pillars of Islam (foundation of Muslim life) are called Shahadah (belief), Salah (worship), Sawm (charitable giving), Zakat (fasting), and the Hajj (pelgrimage to Mecca). These rites are simple to understand. Along with this it is said that after death Allah will give judgement to each Muslim. If the good he did outweighs the bad he did, he will go to paradise. Otherwise, he will go to hell.
What keeps Muslim people from converting to other religions?
In many societies, if a Muslim converts, their family or others will try to kill them. You are also not allowed to study other religions.
Who was Mohamed?
Muhammad (محمد) was born about the year 570 in the Arabian city of Mecca. He was a religious, political, and military leaderfrom who unified Arabia into a single religious polity under Islam. He is believed to be a messenger and prophet of God. There seems to have been disagreement about details of his life, but for what I have read it is thought that he was orphaned at an early age. He worked mostly as a merchant, as well as a shepherd, and was first married by age 25. Fifteen years later it is said that he would go to a cave to meditate and that he had a vision from God. He received several revelations, during which he would have seizures.
What happened when Muhamed started to publicly preach about his revelations?
He gained a few followers, and was met with hostility from some Meccan tribes. To escape persecution, Muhammad sent his followers to Abyssinia and he migrated to Medina in the year 622. This event, the Hijra, marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar. After eight years of fighting, his followers (10.000) took control of Mecca. He destroyed the pagan idols in the city and sent his followers out to destroy all of the remaining pagan temples in Eastern Arabia. He expelled the Jews who lived there and pressured everybody to become Muslim. He would attack them or they had to pay him money. He died in Medina in 632 of illness.
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