Islam, Like Christianity, Judaism And Other World Religions,

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Islam, like Christianity, Judaism and other world religions, varies in its interpretations, rituals and practices. It is true that Muslims share certain fundamental beliefs, such as those expressed in the shahadah, the profession of faith: there is only one God and that Muhammad is His Prophet to whom was revealed in the Qur’an (The University of Texas, "Muslim Histories and Cultures", 2009). These writings to Islamist believers are their most sacred writings. Islamic culture inherited an Arab culture born in the desert, simple but by no means simplistic. It has an oral tradition based on the transmission of culture through poetry and narrative.
The rise of Islam is intrinsically linked with the Prophet Muhammad, believed by Muslims to
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This was the first of many revelations that came to Muhammad and was the basis of the Qur’an. All of this and the significance of what was being revealed to him was overwhelming. Muhammad found the support he needed in his wife and through time he began to attract followers. His strong message of their only being one God angered many of the Meccan merchants. They were afraid that they would lose trade that they believed was protected by the pagan gods. Untimely they would suffer a loss in business. This made Muhammad ostracized in Mecca. He was protected by the influence and status of his family and the family of his wife. After they died Muhammad’s situation became dire.
Emigration became the only hope for Muhammad and his followers ' survival. In 622, they headed to Medina, another oasis town, where they were promised freedom to practice their religion. The move from Mecca to Medina is known as the hijra—the flight—and marks year 1 of the Islamic, or hijri, calendar. In Medina, Muhammad continued to receive divine revelations and built an ever-expanding community around the new faith. The conflict with the Quraish continued, but after several years of violent clashes, Mecca surrendered. Muhammad and his followers soon
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