Islamic Culture: It’s History and How it All Began The Islamic culture is a very interesting religion. The differences between Christianity and Islam are notable and its followers diverse in belief. This essay will introduce to the reader the beginning of the Islamic culture and its civilization, this religion’s famous prophet named Muhammad, and the basic teachings and variances between Islamic religion and Scripture. It is challenging to explain the beginnings of Islamic culture without mentioning its most famous prophet, Muhammad. One must understand Muhammad’s life in detail because he was the pioneer of Islam, as he is often entitled the “last and the greatest of the prophets of Allah” (the term for ‘God’ in Islam). The Islamic culture begins its history with him and it is deemed necessary to begin expounding on it with this man. After the death of Byzantine emperor Justinian in 565 a.d., Muhammad was born in western Arabia to a poor family in the city of Mecca. Little is known about his early life. However, historians do know he became an orphan at age six and was raised by his grandfather and uncle. As a young man he worked for a wealthy widower and when he was twenty-five Muhammad married her. Due to her financial attainments, Muhammad never had to worry about money—he was financially sheltered and could spend his time pondering religion and the polytheism (the worship or belief in more than one god) of his people in a cave near Mecca. This endeavor is what he spent most of his leisure time pursuing. As a consequence of Muhammad’s many travels, he was cognizant of many other religions and therefore he assimilated these to form his own new religion. His teaching became a new religious movement called Islam. Islam literally means “submission (to the will of Allah)” whilst Muslim means “submitters (to Allah)”, with Muhammad granted with the definition of “highly praised”. When he was forty—Muslim historians record—he partook in a vision with angel Gabriel who presented him a divine revelation. According to Islamic teaching, these revelations continued throughout Muhammad’s lifetime. Although Muhammad fearfully supposed the revelations were from Satan, his wife and good friend persuaded him to believe that he was the messenger of God entrusted with a new revelation for man. This evangelization of this new religion took over Muhammad’s life. This moment in history can be ruminated as the birth of Islam and the beginnings of its civilizations. Muhammad struggled with gaining converts at first, with his close friends and family members as his early followers. Most of the people in Mecca mocked Muhammad, seeing his teachings as contrary to their existing religion and also as a threat to the city’s commercial interests. However, in 622 a.d., Muhammad made a significant decision: he and his followers fled to Mecca and established themselves in Medina, a city two hundred miles to the north. This relocation is recognized as the Hegira, or “Flight”. It was during this time that Islam proliferated and Muhammad became the Arabs’ spiritual, political and military leader. Once in authority, Muhammad commenced the persecution of those who opposed him with military dominance. Around this time Mecca became the “holy city” of Islam and the worship and rituals were initiated. As aforementioned, Muhammad was given the basis of his teaching for Islam through the messenger angel Gabriel, who revealed the words of Allah through dreams and visions. Countless followers dedicated Muhammad’s teachings to memory whereas others transcribed them on anything they could find. Subsequent to the death of Muhammad in 632, the compilations of these revelations composed the Qur’an (recitations), which is celebrated as the heart of Islam. The fundamental dogma of the Qur’an is the faith in one god, Allah. Allah sent more than one hundred thousand prophets to disclose his will to man, the Muslim…
Islam; Its Origin an Introduction and Analysis
Jerummie H. Weah
Apologetics (APOL) 500
October 28, 2012
Table of Contents
Analysis of Islam 4
Reaching out to Islam 6
This is written to share light on Islam, it’s origin, flaws as a belief…
This article is about the history of Islam as a culture and polity. For the history of the Islamic faith, see Spread of Islam. For Islamic civilization, see Muslim world. For military conquests, see Islamic conquests. For chronology, see Timeline of Islamic history.
The history of Islam concerns the Islamic religion and its adherents, known as Muslims. "Muslim" is an Arabic word meaning "one who submits to God". Muslims and their religion have greatly impacted the political, economic, and military…
understand the Muslim religion. Islam is defined as:
1 : the religious faith of Muslims including belief in Allah as the sole deity and in Muhammad as his prophet
2 a : the civilization erected upon Islamic faith
b : the group of modern nations in which Islam is the dominant religion
Origin: Arabic islām submission (to the will of God)
First use: 1817
(Merriam Dictionary* need the other info here*)
1 : the Muslims of the branch of Islam that adheres to the orthodox tradition…
Christianity and Islam are the two most prominent religions in the world. Both draw their bases from the Ancient Hebrew religion. The two religions can be personified as a set of twins: nearly identical, but with different (and sometimes opposite) personalities, as well as more subtle differences that can be used to tell the two apart. In the following paragraphs, both the similarities and differences between Christianity and Islam will be covered, as well as their roots in the Ancient Hebrew…
The religion that really caught my interest is Islam. The reason why is because the good people of the United States are constantly bombarded with countless misrepresentations and inaccurate portrayals of Islam and about Muslims, so it made kind of look into the religion and see what their values and beliefs are. My uncle-in-law practices Islam, so I’ve asked him if he could educate me more about it. He decided to take me to the Islamic Center for PEACE. The facility serves as a community…
4. Do you believe that the media’s perception on Islam has changed due to the 2001 attacks in New York?
5. Are you socially associated with Islamic people?
The Impact of Media Representations on the Understanding of Islam and Attitudes toward Muslims
Muslims comprise only a small proportion of the Australian population. Thus, rather than knowing Islam and Muslims through direct interaction, for the majority of Australians…
Five Feb 13, 2013
The Five Pillars of Islam
The Islam religion is laid out into five distinctive “Pillars”, a framework for its followers to build their faith and lifestyle upon.
The first pillar could be considered the first step in following the Islamic faith. “Shahadah” is the personal profession of faith, where an individual professes complete acceptance in the belief that there is only one God, and that Muhammad was the messenger of this God.
Secondly, the most holy and…
Islam started when Muhammad went away and saw the angel Gabriel. Gabriel told Muhammad that he was Allah's, the Muslim god, prophet. At first people didn't believe he was the prophet of Allah, it wasn't until Muhammad dies that Islam started to truly spread. Islam also teaches that there is only one god, Muhammad calls all people to worship Allah because he is merciful and fair. On judgment day he will come and judge everyone…
political Islam and the terrorist activities that often arise from this political Islam. In Karima Bennoune’s book, “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here” we see a different perspective on both political Islam and the actual Islamic religion. This book has a number of anecdotes describing the Islamic struggle between religious followers of Islam, and the Islamic fundamentalists, who use Islam as a political tool rather than a religious ideology. By seeing this struggle between the true tenants of Islam and the…