Differences Between Christianity And Islam

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Although our world is filled with diverse religious backgrounds, “humanity forms but one community” (“Nostra Aetate”). There is an indisputable bond between humans, regardless of the beliefs they hold. Christianity and Islam are two religious traditions dominating the world, accounting for over 55% of the population (“Common Word”). While they greatly differ, the two have undeniable similarities that offer a common ground for the two traditions to unite. It is necessary for these two traditions to coexist and strive for peace so that the majority of the world’s population can live in harmony. The history, practices, and sacred texts of Islam and Christianity yield traditions with varying sets of beliefs, but the two are founded on principles of love, which promote unity and peace. The Islam faith, spread under the prophet Muhammad in about 600 c.e., holds that peace can be found when one surrenders to Allah (“Overview of Islam”). Muslims, or followers of Islam, are expected to become very knowledgeable of the sacred text of Islam, the Qur’an. This all truthful text as Muslims believe, contains “knowledge in areas of action, contemplation, and intellectual concerns” (“Overview of Islam”). It is essentially a guidebook for living a life on the Straight Path. The Islam tradition is rooted in the fulfillment of the Five Pillars of Islam. The proclamation of faith, daily prayers, fasting during Ramadan, giving of wealth to community, and the pilgrimage to Mecca provide a guide
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