Essay on Understanding Islam Today 's World

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Understanding Islam in today’s World
Since the events of September 11, 2001 interest in Islam has skyrocketed in the US. Generally those in the US have a total misunderstanding of the role of the Islamists in the world. First I will give a description of Islam, next I want to analyze the difference and commonalities between Islam and the Western Judeo Christian religions. Further describe how Islam is practiced around the world.
What is Islam?
Islam is one of the Abrahamic religions like Judaism and Christianity that agree that Abraham is the first prophet of God (Allah to Muslims, Jehovah to Jews and Christians). Muslim is the name of an adherent to Islam. They believe and worship one God (Allah) alone.
Koran is the ‘Bible’ of Islam. Muslims are required to study and live it as it gives instructions for the faithful to live life according to the teachings of Muhammad (Barnes 2005, p.12).
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all recognize Abraham as their first prophet, they are called the Abrahamic religions.
Differences and commonalities between the Abrahamic Religions
Counter to Christianity that teaches humans are born with sin. Islam says we come into the world without sin. Through the Quran it is stated God has great mercy and compassion. Islam places a greater importance on the physical world therefore that explains why Muslims have made such advances in various fields of science. Similar to Christianity, Muslims believe there will be a judgment of our lives at…

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