Islam Vs. Islamism : Islamic Religion

1169 Words Sep 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Islam vs. Islamism Since the terrorist attack on 9/11, people all around the world began to raise questions. Scholars, students and even average individuals began to analyze the Islamic religion as a whole. People questioned if the religion was based on peace or cruelty. The spread of Islam began after the death of Muhammad, the last Islamic prophet. Muhammad was born into the most elite tribe in Mecca. During his forty’s he began having visions which led him to search for clarity. It is said that Jibra’il appeared to him and instructed him to recite, “in the name of your lord”. This was the first of what created the basis of Islam’s holy book, the Qur’an. Islam soon became an ever expanding religion which rapidly spread from Spain to the west to the Indies. The word Islam is derived from the Arabic root, Selema, meaning peace, purity, submission and obedience. Islam means absolute submission to God and obedience to his law. In order to become a Muslim, one must be convinced that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet. They believe that the only way to obtain peace is through obeying Allah’s commands, which are written in the Qur’an, and trusting his wisdom. There are many concepts taught in the Qur’an; however, the most fundamental concept of Islam is tawhiid, belief in a monotheistic God, Allah. Muslims believe that Allah is the reason for the sky, moon, starts, natural world, grace/beauty of the human body, the human mind, alternation of day and…
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