Jesus and Mohammed -- Their Term Paper

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At the age of six his mother took Mohammed to a town a few hundred miles north of Mecca to visit his father's grave but on the way home Amina became sick and died; following that, the orphaned Mohammed lived with his paternal grandfather, Abdul Al-Muttalib, a respected leader among the Council of Elders in Mecca.

At the age of eight, his grandfather died and he was now under the care of a paternal uncle, Abu Talib. Mohammed worked as a shepherd and traveled with his merchant uncle in desert caravans to earn money. Later, in his twenties, he worked for a wealthy widow (Khadija bint Khawalayd) and in 595 A.D., after Mohammed proved to be an honest and worthy character, they were married. They had four daughters and two sons, both of whom died in infancy. In time Mohammed became concerned at the materialism in Mecca; there was greed and idolatry and to escape this commercialization Mohammed visited a cave in the mountains.

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It was during his visits to this cave that "an overpowering presence" appeared to him and asked him to "…recite words of such beauty and force" that he attributed them to God (pbs). These messages continued and he wrote them down, "…verse by verse," and later these writings became the Qur'an (pbs). After some tribes tried to kill Mohammed, he and a few hundred followers left Mecca and went to what is now Medina ("The City of the Prophet"). Wars ensued between Mohammed's followers (the Muslims) and the Meccans, but in January, 630, as Mohammed approached Mecca, and tribe after tribe joined forces with the Muslims, he entered the city with no bloodshed and he was now the powerful leader of Islam (pbs).

The Impact of Mohammed's Death / How Mohammed is Worshipped

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The death of Jesus Christ, as noted, has engendered a following of 2.8 billion Christians worldwide, and the death of Mohammed has created a following of 2.2 billion Muslims worldwide (Time.com). Mohammed's legacy -- and the way he is worshipped -- includes the "Five Pillars of Islam": a) there is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger; b) pray five times each day facing Mecca; c) give to the poor and those in need; d) during the Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are asked to fast; and e) during a Muslim's lifetime it is expected that he/she will make a holy pilgrimage to Mecca, if possible. The Islamic faith promises salvation to all who believe in the teachings of the Qur'an; like Christianity, Islam appeals not just to the well-off, but to the poor and those underdogs with little individual power.

How are Christian and Islamic Messages being carried out Today?

For the Christian faith there are approximately two hundred major denominations; for example there are at least twenty different Baptist faiths among the two hundred Christian denominations. The messages for Christians can be found in huge churches that broadcast their services live on television; or in tiny one-room rural churches with a pastor, a small choir and a handful of believers in attendance. There are Pentecostals, Charismatics, Evangelicals, Roman Catholics and many more Christian faiths.

In the Islamic world, there are Sunnis, Shias, Surfism, Quranism, Kharijite Islam and more. Unfortunately for the image of Mohammed and Islam, radical terrorists such as the Taliban and al Qaeda -- whose goal is to kill Americans and other Westerners -- have muddied the name of Islam, and caused terrible damage with their suicide bombs and hateful rhetoric. But most educated people understand that the Islamic terrorists to not represent the real teachings of Mohammed, but in fact these organizations have twisted the words of the Qur'an to their own demonic and violent ends.

Works Cited

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Boff, Leonardo. (2011). Passion of Christ, Passion of the World. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books

History-Timelines. (2007). Timeline of Jesus. Retrieved April 18, 2013, from http://www.history-timelines.org.uk.

Public Broadcast Service. (2006). The Life of Mohammed. Retrieved April 18, 2013, from http://www.pbs.org.

Jones, Hanna. (2011). 2.2 Billion: World's Muslim… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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