Jesus and Muhammad Paper

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Jesus & Mohammad
Paper

Travis Davis
Course HUM 130
Professor Ferris
01/20/2008

There are hundreds of thousands of religions all over the world. Some of them we know about and some of them we don’t. Usually, one thing that most religions have in common is a founder or the head figure of the religion that any particular religion revolves around. This one person is the teacher and everyone else is the follower. Two major religions that are still extremely active in today’s world are Christianity and Islam. These two religions are very similar in many ways, yet unique in their own right. One similarity is their belief in God, and one difference is who the messenger is. Christian’s believe it is Jesus, who is the son of God, and
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Muhammad became the ward of his uncle after the deaths of his father, mother, and grandfather. Muhammad’s uncle put him to work as a shepherd. It is said that when Muhammad was a teenager his uncle took him on a trip to Syria. There, a Christian monk identified marks on his body which indicated he was a prophet. Muhammad later married, and with the understanding of his wife, began to spend a lot of time in solitude contemplating his spirituality. As the story goes, when Muhammad was forty a spirit named Gabriel came to him in and made him recite what is now the first words of the Qur’an. Muhammad also shared his revelations with his few followers. When Muhammad was forty three, he was instructed to start preaching publicly. After doing so, Muhammad was shunned and ridiculed. Eventually Muhammad and his closest followers were banished for three years, made to live off the land. After the three years was up, they were allowed to return, but their persecution continued. Pilgrims to Mecca recognized Muhammad as a prophet and asked him to come to their city. This started a war between Mecca and Medina, which Muhammad and his followers eventually won. In the eleventh year of the Muslim era, Muhammad made one last pilgrimage to the Ka’bah to demonstrate the rites that were too followed from that point on. Muhammad died in 632 CE after becoming ill. All of his revelations were written down, and then memorized by his followers. This is now the

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