Analysis Of ' Heaven On Earth ' Essay

777 Words Oct 9th, 2014 4 Pages
For centuries the existence of Islam has been taken for granted as a widely-accepted religion with a large group of followers; what few seem to realize, is that not only did the Islamic religion bring drastic religious and social changes to the Middle East, but it also was initially met with great opposition. In chapter three of his book: Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law from the Deserts of Ancient Arabia to the Streets of the Modern Muslim World , Sadakat Kadri explains the basic beliefs of Islam, the great contrast of Islamic beliefs to the traditional religious practices of the time, and also explores the radical changes Muhammad brought to Arabian ideology through the Shari’a law.
Before the advent of Muhammad and his visions, local religious tradition was firmly steeped in polytheism. Although al-lah (the god) was said to be dominant, he was not alone in his reign, “three daughters and several hundred subordinates” assisted him in the rule of the universe. In addition to many gods, local Arabs lived in fear of the many evil spirits who lurked within their towns. Life after death was largely considered to be similar to life itself, with no mention of a divine resting place, or consequences of actions committed in life.
In contrast, Muhammad’s Islamic revolution was something of a shock for the people of Mecca. According to Muhammad, “al-la had neither companions nor daughters” he governed entirely on his own. The Islamic faith also taught that “earthly…

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