The Stereotypes Of Islam

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Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion and is getting larger in terms of followers every year. In the year of 2050 Islam will grow from 1.6 billion to 2.76 billion followers. The word Islam means submission because people are submitting their will to God. Islam has many religious roots pertaining to other world Religions. In the media Islam is stereotyped for not practicing peace by saying Muslims commit acts of terrorism, women don’t have rights and that the Jihad is a holy war which are not true. Despite all these stereotypes being placed on Islam it is actually a peaceful religion and is similar to Christianity and Judaism because of the Five Pillars affecting a Muslims life, why Muslims practice the five pillars and what the Five …show more content…
Also giving to the poor encourages new growth in the economy by poor people know what they need, and if a Muslim gives them money they can buy it, for example a poor person may buy a cow and start a business earning money to support themselves. In Judaism they also do a compulsory donation to the needy and it is called Tzedakah but rather than giving 2.5 % it’s only one-tenth of their income to the less fortunate. Another example of The Five Pillars affecting a Muslims life is fasting during Ramadan. Ramadan is a Muslim festival that remembers the first revelation of the Qur’an to the prophet Muhammed. “Every year in the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn until sundown, abstaining from food, drink and sexual relations” . Fasting is an example of how Islam practices peace and is connected to Christianity and Judaism because not eating makes a Muslims energy go down and they cannot do as many things such as committing violent acts. Fasting also helps with purifying the body because Muslims gain sympathy for people who go hungry every day. In Christianity during the month of lent Christians undertake a similar fast but on a …show more content…
The commitment to God is called the Shahada or creed of Islam. "LA ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah “This saying means “There is no true god but God (Allah) and Muhammad is the messenger of God . The Shahada shows how Islam is a religion of peace and is related to Judaism and Christianity because the Shahada is the creed which Muslims say where they indicate Allah is the true God and the creator of all human kind and that’s why Muslims should protect all people. Also when they say this Muslim reject all temptation they have such as greed, money and power to fully worship Allah. In Judaism their creed is the Shema and Christianity have the Apostles creed which is similar to the Shahada because Christians and Jews both say that there is one God who created the world and all humankind. The second example that shows the purpose of the Five Pillars is to connect with other Muslims. Muslims connect with each other through the pilgrimage of Hajj. “Then the pilgrims stand together and ask God for what they wish and for his forgiveness . Hajj demonstrates that Islam is a religion of peace and is related to Christianity and Judaism because all the Muslims gather in unity and equality at a special place in Mecca and each person walks around a cube shaped structure called the Kaaba seven times. In Christianity and Judaism they both share

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