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If we had been born in Saudi Arabia, we would almost certainly hold Muslim beliefs; in Alabama: Christian; in Tailand: Buddhist; in much of Europe: secular. Pure chance? What your beliefs might have been if the stork who delivered you had been blown off course.

Christianity vs Islam

Christianity vs Islam

Both Islam and Christianity are Abrahamic religions.

The definition of a Christian varies among different Christians groups. Roman Catholics, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox define Christians as a one who is the member of the Church and the one who enters through the sacrament of baptism. Infants and adults who are baptized are considered as Christians. Jesus’ Jewish group became labeled ‘Christian’ because his followers claimed he was ‘Christ’ the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew and Aramaic word, ‘Messiah.’

Islam (Arabic: الإسلام; al-'islām (help•info)) is a monotheistic religion originating with the teachings of Muhammad, a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. The word Islam means "submission", or the total surrender of oneself to God (Arabic: الله, Allāh). An adherent of Islam is known as a Muslim meaning “one who submits to God”.

Any study of the Qur’an must include a comparison with the Bible because Muslims believe that Islam is built on the foundation of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. The Qur’an Mohammed recited claimed to agree with and complete the Bible. Muslims believe Allah revealed the Law to Moses, Psalms to David, messages to many other prophets, the Gospel to Jesus and finally the Qur’an to Mohammed. The Bible had been so well established in the Arabian Peninsula that the Jews and Christians are referred to in the Qur’an as the “People of the Book” (which is the literal interpretation of the Greek word “Bible”).

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Founder: Jesus Christ Muhammad
Place of origin: Jerusalem Mecca , Saudi Arabia
Practices: Prayers, Sacraments, worshipping in Church, reading the Holy Bible. Islam has five pillars : (1)Shahadah [testify that god is one and Muhammad is his messenger] (2) five time prayer in a day (3)Fasting during Ramadan month (4)Zakat [charity to poor, etc]. (5) Hajj. There are also many other practises.
Clergy: Priests, monks, nuns, ministers, & bishops, and deacons. Pastors and some churches Board of Elders Imams, Mullahs, Caliphs, Mustiffs, and Dervishes, though who ever has memorized the most of the Quran should lead prayers. Prayers should be led by men only.
Life after death: Man is appointed to die once, and after that come judgment. Those that are redeemed, live on in Heaven, those that rejected God suffer for eternity in Hell. Two angels will come to you in the grave. They will ask you for the name of your lord, your religion and your prophet. It is believed that Muslims enter heaven and non-Muslims enter hell, since their answers will indicate they did not follow Islam.
Use of statues and pictures: Used in Catholic & Orthodox Christianity; Depections are not represented in most Protestant denominations. Not permitted. Muslims are not permitted to depict the image of God, or any Prophet or Living Being (Humans and Animals)
Literal Meaning: Christian: Meaning "Follower of Christ" Islam (Arabic: الإسلام; al-'islām. The word Islam means "submission", or the total surrender of oneself to God (Arabic: الله, Allāh)
Scriptures: Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament), varies in the old(depending on if its a Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox)Bible, and 27 in the new testament. The Quran and the Hadith.
Concept of Deity: Believe in the Trinity. Three persons in one Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit God (Allah) is one and indivisible. They believe in a strict monotheism. "Allah" means God in Arabic
Goal of religion: To gain Eternal Salvation in Heaven. Submission to God.
Population: 2.4 Billion includes Catholics, Protestants, and all other Christians. There are around 1.6 to 1.7 billion Muslims in the world. Islam is the second-largest faith of the planet and the fastest growing
Branches: Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox. There are over a hundred sects of Islam, but the prominent Branches are Sunni and Shia.
Status of women: They can become nuns in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and can be priests to Protestant churches. For the most part, women are equal to men in modern-day society. However, the Bible says women are inferior to men in multiple places. Equal to men as stated in the Qu'ran, but men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because "Allah has made one of them to excel the other (in physical power)" 4:34. Men and woman have different rights over each other.
Geographical predominance: Christianity has spread worldwide across all six settled continents, predominantly Europe, North, Central, and South America, Australia, and New Zealand Middle-East , South Asia , Central Asia , South-East Asia , Balkans , Turkey , North-Africa , The Horn of Africa , and Sub-Saharan desert etc. Fastly spreading over North America and Europe.
Geographical distribution and predominance: Worldwide. Africa, Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Islam is the dominant religion of Middle-East , Central Asia , South Asia , South-East Asia , North Africa , Turkey and has significant presence in the Balkans. Islam is a global religion that is present all over the world.
Angels: Angels are God's messengers. Angels are creation of Allah which are unseen and are created from light. They do not have their own free will and always obey the commandments of Almighty Allah. This is what makes them better than Humans (who have free will)
Belief: Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Islam believes in the unity of one God.
Time of origin: Approx. 33 AD. 610 A.D. Though Muslims believe All prophets since the beginning of time preached Islam.
Principle: God created man. Man sinned and fell under its curse. God redeems sinful man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Those that He redeems, He regenerates and they become "born-again". Say, "He is Allah , [who is] One, Allah , the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent." - Quran: Surah Al Ikhlas
Status of Adam: Adam was the first man created by God. He fell into temptation and brought sin and death to the human race. Free from all major sins and faults. Adam (PBUH) is the first prophet and man on earth and he is the father of Humanity, and Muhammad (PBUH) is the last prophet in Islam.
Belief of God: God is the Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Holy, Just, Loving Creator of the Universe. God is the one True Creator. God has always existed, none existed before him and will exist forever. He transcends life and death. Surah Al Ikhlas (Chapter 112 in Al Quran) states this.
Place of worship: Church, Chapel, Cathedral, basilica. Mosque/Masjid.
About: Following Our Lord Jesus Christ. Islam is an Abrahamic religion originating with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (a decendent of Ishmael), a 7th century Arab religious and political figure. Sunni, Shiite and other factions differ in interpretation.
Definition: Follower of the Christ Islam is an Arabic word for "Submission or "Surrender" which means submitting your will to God.
Means of salvation: Through Christ's Death, and Resurrection. Correct belief, Good deeds, Prayer, Dua, Repentance, Fasting, Jihad An-nafs (Struggling against your own desires), Pilgrimage (Hajj), Charity, Dhikr (remembrance of God), Recitation/Memorization of Quran
Rites: The Sacraments: Minimum 2; Maximum 7. Pillars, Quran, Hadith.
Marriage: Monogamistic: "And two shall become one". One man and one woman are united under God in the holy sacrament of Matrimony. In Heaven, marriage does not exist. Marriage is seen as the Holy union of a couple, and a whole half of a persons faith. Men is Islam may marry more than one woman (but no more than four) as long as he can treat them all fairly, give them all their rights and support them all.
View of Oriental religions: Pagan. Must be respected but are seen as not correct are Muslims disagree with those practises. Idolatry is seen as paganism.
Human Nature: Man has inherited "original sin" from Adam. Mankind then is inherently evil and is in need of forgiveness of their sin. Man has equal ability to do good or evil. God has given Humankind free will so It's all about the choices he makes. He may be good or he may be bad.
Identity of Jesus: Son of the Living God, and Saviour of the world, and 2nd person of the Godhead. A true prophet of God, who is highly respected and loved, but not worshipped or seen as a son of God. Muslims believed that Jesus preached Islam, but his message was corrupted by some.
Day of worship: Worship should be a continual process in the lives of Christians. Sunday is not the only day Christians can attend Church. 5 prayer times a day which are obligatory, including the Friday Congregational prayer (obligatory for men, but not for women). Also Taraweeh prayer during Ramadan.
Holy days: Sunday is the Lord's Day, Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. Friday (Jummah) Lunar month of Ramadan; Eid al-Fitr; Eid al-Adha. No other holy days have been permitted by the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him
Clothes: No Prohibitions Women must be covered in a modest fashion so as to cover the hair and body shape. The hands, face and feet can be left bare. Men must be covered from waist (belly button) to knee, should also be modestly dressed, and have certain conditions.
Views on other religion: God has provided one way for men to become right with Him, and that way is through Jesus Christ. All other religions are vain and futile attempts to win favor with God and are thus false. All religions were sent by God but later corrupted by humans. All religions should be respected and tolerated, though Islam is the only correct way.
Death of Jesus: Death by Crucifixion, Resurrection, and the Ascent to Heaven He did not die, but was taken into heaven by god, and will come back down to earth.
Second coming of Jesus: Affirmed, No one knows the date of return not even Jesus, only the Father Affirmed.
Place and Time of origin: Jerusalem 33 AD AD 610 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Offshoot religions: Rastafarianism, Unitarian Universalism, and Deism. Sikhism & Baha'i.
Birth of Jesus: Virgin Birth, though the Father. Virgin Birth from Mariam (Mary) peace be upon her.
Three Jewels: Christ, Grace, and Virtue Islam is based on 5 Pillars as described earlier.
Praying to Saints,Mary, and Angel: Permitted in Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican(Episcopalian) Churches, Protestants do not have Saints' intercession. None. Worship should only be done to the One God. Prayer to any other being is seen as Shirk and disbelief, and the biggest sin that can take one out of the fold of Islam.
Confessing sins: Catholic & Orthodox Christians confess their sins to the priest, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Most Protestants do not believe in the Sacrament of Confession. God see's all and hears all. If you have sinned, God already knows this and has seen this, and the Angels have written this down amongst your other deeds. Repentance of your sins to God is the only way to be forgiven.
View of the Buddha: A sinner in need of God's redemption just like everyone else. N/A.
Prophet: Moses, Abraham, John the Baptist, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Nahum, Elijah, Elisha, Obadiah, Amos, Hosea, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Malachi, Daniel, Nathan, and many others Muslims believe in all prophets of the Holy Books, but also believe there are over 125,000 prophets who were unknown and unmentioned.
Concept of God: One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God.
View of other Abrahamic religions: According to Christian doctrine, Judaism is a true religion, but with incomplete revelation (incomplete without the Messiah). Jews and Christians are respected as "People of the Book, " but they have wrong beliefs and other holy books except Quran have been corrupted/altered. Only God knows who will enter Heaven and who will enter Hell.
View of other Dharmic religions: All religions outside of belief in Christ's death and reconstruction for our sins are false. Must be respected but are seen as not correct are Muslims disagree with those practises. Idolatry is seen as paganism.
Holy days/Official Holidays: Christmas (birth of Jesus), Good Friday (death of Jesus for our sins), Sunday (day of rest) Easter (resurrection of Jesus) Ramadan; Eid. No other holy days have been permitted by the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him
Views on the afterlife: Eternal life in Heaven or Hell. Eternal life in Paradise or Hell.
View of God: One God: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God.
Resurrection of Jesus: Affirmed. Denied, because His Death is denied.
Virtue in which religion is based upon: Selfless love. Peace.
Goal of Philosophy: Salvation Submission to God.
imams identified as: N/A. Muslim Clergy
Religion which atheists may still be adherents of: No. Faith plays an important role in the life of the Christian. No. Faith in God plays a very important role in Islam.
Authority of Dalai Lama: N/A. N/A.
Position of Mary: The Blessed Mother Of God, and Mother of all Catholics and Orthodox. Protestants believe she was a person with a special purpose given by God to bring Jesus into the world. Islam regards Mary as the highest woman ever to have lived; in fact, Mary receives more adulation from Muslims than she does from the average Protestant.
Authority of Pope: The Catholic Church teaches that the Papacy goes all the way back to St. Peter; the Coptic Church's Popes go back to St. Mark; Orthodox Churches also have Apostolic Succession;Protestants do not believe in Apostolic Succession or having a Pope. N/A.


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