Is Islam a Violent Religion by Nature?
Islam and the worship of Allah (god) began with Muhammad and his revelations that lasted for 23 years of his life from (610 C.E.- 623 C.E.). In the Islamic religion it is believed that he was the last prophet sent by Allah (god) and this made all his teachings into to Law and are looked at as the will of God. These messages were given to him through the archangel Gabriel, in a kind of continuation to the Jewish Torah and Christian Bible, which the Qur'an shares some similarities or past "history" with them such as the belief in Abraham and Jesus as a prophet, but in the eye's of Mohammad the Jews and Christians had fallen astray from the real teaching of god.
His life and actions were very important to the creation of the religion. I would say that his policies changed quite a bit under different situations of his career as a prophet. At the begging he had a small following that consisted of mostly of middle class that was upset with the injustices in society. They were expelled from Mecca and begin raiding caravans under the pretense that they had been robed of their belongings when they were expelled from Mecca. Mohammad tell them that their battle is holy and dieing doing the will of Allah is respectable and will be rewarded in the after life. After the battle of Badr in 624 c.e. the muslims having smaller forces but knowing that god is on their side attack a larger group of meccanMuslim warriors become highly feared and began winning battles even if out numbered. Qur'an (4:74) "Let those who fight in the path of God who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoever fight in the path of God, whether he be slain or victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward" This attracts more support for Mohammad's movement not only from idealist who would fight under the protection of god and the benefits of this in the afterlife but also from people that wanted to reap the benefits of the pillaging that was going on...
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What is Islam? The word Islam means submission to the will of God. The religion of Islam is the acceptance of and obedience to the teachings of God which the Muslims—followers of Islam—believe God revealed to his last prophet. Muslims believe that there is only one God. The Arabic word for God is Allah which means, the one and only true God who created the whole universe. According to Muslims, God sent a number of prophets to mankind to teach them how to live according to His law. To the Muslims, Jesus, Moses and Abraham are respected as prophets of God. Muslims believed in the prophets as messengers of God, but according to their beliefs, God’s final message to man was revealed by the prophet Muhammad.
Who is the prophet Muhammad? Muhammad was born in Mecca in the year 570. His father died before he was born and his mother died shortly after. Therefore he was raised by his uncle. Muhammad was raised illiterate. He could not read or write, and remained that way for the rest of his life. As he grew up, he was known to be the truthful, honest, trustworthy, generous, and sincere. Muhammad was very religious, and had long disliked the decadence and idolatry of his society. Muhammad was claimed to receive his first revelation from God through the Angel Gabriel when he was at the age forty. The...
...PART 1: EXTENDED RESPONSE ISLAMIslam is the last of the major monotheistic traditions to emerge in history. Today, it is the second largest religion on Earth, numbering over a billion adherents. Islam being a highly popular religion in the world; beliefs, ethics, sacred texts & writings, rituals and ceremonies and its contribution to individuals need to be discussed to comprehend and understand thereligion. Like all religions, Islam is based on belief with the purpose of requiring faith and trust, which Muslims, the adherents of Islam, have in their almighty God, Allah. The term Islam, frequently translated as ‘submission’ reflects the decision of a Muslim to abide in mind and body by the spirit of God. In this sense, beliefs and practice are impossible to separate; faith and practice are intertwined as one.
The belief system of a religion is the most important characteristic it shall uphold. The base of Islamic beliefs is the revelations the prophet Muhammad received from God, these revelations collectively, are known as the Qur’an. The Islamic Aqida, the creed, contains six key articles of beliefs as revealed by Allah: the belief in Allah as the one and only God, the belief in the holy books, belief in the Prophets, belief in angels, belief in the Day of Judgement; The day when the life of every human being will...
...Islam is not only a religion but also a civilization since it is represented by over one billion Muslims and over 50 Muslim states. Emerging as a civilization influenced by religious beliefs and practices, Islam influenced different groups of people in diverse stages of history and in different countries. A major part of the Islamic faith is the strong belief in an afterlife. Muslims spend their life preparing for their death and the bliss they will face if they follow the rules and life style of a model Muslim.
Before the influence of Islam, the people of the Arabian Peninsula followed many different religions through the tribe that they belonged to. The thought that there were many gods was common to the tribal religions (Alkouatli 10). However, Muhammad became the profit of Islam when the angel Gabriel spoke to him. One major part of what Gabriel said to Muhammad was that there was only one God. The belief in one God, Allah, and that Muhammad is the messenger and prophet of God is the bases of Islam. After that, Muhammad thought it was his duty to spread the religion. To follow Islam a Muslim must follow certain rules to get accepted into the afterlife and pass the Final Judgment (Braswell 7).
The Five Pillars of Faith were five rules the Muslims had to follow to...
...Name: Jennifer Thomas
Professor’s Name: Dr. Peter Youmans
Class: RS 130 “Intro to Comparative Religion”
Date: October, 19 2012
I grew up in a household that believed in Christianity and we went to church every Sunday. That church was my foundation, my love and honestly, it was all I knew. At that time, in my community anything other than Christianity just wasn’t accepted and I often wondered why. Although I thoroughly love Christianity, I still wanted to explore our other worldly religions. In doing this paper, I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to do just that. In my research, I realized that there is such a vast majority and trying to choose just one was going to be difficult but I prevailed. The one religion that I think is snarled upon, especially in this area and after 9/11 incident, Shia Islam. I wanted to gain a different perspective and a positive one at that. Overwhelmed with all the information I was collecting, I had to narrow it down. The following is what I felt was the highlights and the most important aspects of the Shia Islamreligion.
I want to start off with a short summary of what I have learned. Islam is the proper name of a religion; it is not pronounced, Izlam, with a “z”sound. The first syllable is pronounced like the end of the word, “bliss.” The Arabic word “Islam” means submission in...
...Islam More Than A Religion
Despite its huge following around the world and the growing Muslim
communities in the United States, Islam is foreign to most Americans who are
familiar with Christianity or Judaism. Because most Americans know little or
nothing about Islam, they have many misconceptions about Muslim beliefs and
rituals. The negative image many people in the United States and Europe have
of Islam and the Muslim world has a long history. Many have judged Islam
without making an effort to consider this religious tradition on its own terms,
without bothering to become acquainted with its teaching and the ways in which
Muslims practice their faith.
Like Judaism and Christianity, Islam is a monotheistic religion, based
on the belief in one God.. This religion was proclaimed by the Prophet Muhammad
in Arabia, in the 7th century A.D. The term Islam virtually means "surrender".
Within Islam the believer (called a Muslim) use the Arabic word for God, Allah,
to refer to the creator of the world and of all life within it. Allah is viewed
as the sole God----creator, sustained, and restorer of the world. The will of
Allah, to which man must submit, is made known through the sacred scriptures,
the Qur'an (Koran). Allah revealed the Qur'an to his messenger, Muhammad.
According to Islamic beliefs, Muhammad is the...
...The Religion of Islam
Minnesota School of Business
November 08, 2013
Islam is a monotheistic religion and spiritual belief based upon revelations established forth by the once then Prophet of 7th century Arabia, Muhammad. These revelations which were later chronicled in the Qur'an (Koran), Islam's sacred writings. The Arabic word 'Islam' conveys "entry," mirroring the spiritual beliefs and their central precept of ones acceptance toward the will of God. Islam antedates to the edge of Adam where its message was then tied to man by God's Prophets and Messengers composed of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad himself. (Abu Al-'Ala Maududi, 1984).
Islam's message has actually been recovered and executed in the last phase of the spiritual evolution by God's last Prophet and Messenger Muhammad. The word Allah in the Arabic language implies God, or much more accurately “The One and Only Eternal God”, Creator of the Universe, Lord of all lords, King of all masters, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. The world Allah has also been sighted with the meaning of God and is used likewise by Arabic speaking Jews and Christians throughout history (Scenario, 2013).
Difference between Islam and Muslim
Almost one quarter of the world's populace follows the faith that was disclosed to the Prophet Mohammed and consequently translated in to...
...ISLAM: A RELIGION OF PEACE AND TOLERANCE
The thesis of my article is based on Iqbal’s statement that “Islam is essentially a religion of peace’’ He categorically rejected the objection forwarded by Western critics that Islam is a militant religion, and that it was spread on the point of sword. Iqbal said, “Defensive war is certainly permitted by the Quran; but the doctrine of aggressive war against unbelievers is wholly unauthorized by the Holy Book of Islam.
I have in my article endeavoured to elucidate that Islam is intrinsically a religion of peace, tolerance and universal brotherhood.
Given the inevitable heterogeneity of beliefs, and man’s intense experience of them, the message of the Holy Quran to accept the differences of religion, community and culture is one of toleration of differences: “And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the Christians, till thou follow their creed.” (Chap. 1. 120 The Cow). “And even if thou broughtest into those who have received the Scripture all kinds of portents, they would no follow the qiblah, nor canst thou be a follower of their qiblab.” (Chap. 2. 145 the Cow).
Mutual agreement on theological issues may not be possible, it is not even the desired goal, but mutual understanding and respect for other religions is desirable. If God wished, He the Omnipotent, could...
...Apologetic Method Analysis
Worldview/Religion Analysis of Islam
Student ID: L6924379
Presented to: Dr. Raymond Johnson
In partial fulfillment of the requirements of
Introduction to Apologetics
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
April 3, 2011
Worldview/Religion Analysis of Islam
Summary of Islam
The Arabic term Islam literally means “surrender” or “submission”. The followers of Islam, known as Muslims (from the active participle of Islam), accept or surrender to the will of Allah, the Arabic word for god. Allah is viewed as a unique god who is creator and restorer of the world. The will of God, to which man is to submit, is made known through the Qur'an (the Koran), which was revealed to his messenger Muhammad. Muhammad, it is claimed was the last of the great prophets which included Adam, Noah, Moses, Jesus and some others. The basic belief of Islam is expressed in the shahadah, the Muslim confession of faith, "There is no god but God; Muhammad is the prophet of God."1
Islam was the vision of Muhammad on his fortieth birthday. He believed he was visited by the angel Gabriel who brought him a solemn message. He was told that the world had abandoned true religion and he was chosen by God, as a prophet to bring the final message to the...