Jesus and Muhammad

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Christianity and Islam are the two most followed religions of the world. Many people would argue that within these two religions are two of the greatest leaders known to man. Muhammad God's prophet shaped Islam as it is known and Jesus the son of God in the flesh according to Christians shaped Christianity. Both of these men influenced the lives of humanity and speak of only one God; however their beliefs, practices, and lives are different in many ways. Many people assume religions uphold the same teachings and practices that influence their day-to-day lives. Tracing and comparing the lives of the two most influential religious icons in history one can see just how different these two influential people are. The Jesus and Muhammad comparison begins with Muhammad's life and then looks at Jesus' life.

According to history, Muhammad was born in the city of Mecca into a poor family in a wealthy community.

Orphaned early in life by the death of both his parents and grandparents, Muhammad went to live with his uncle. While living with his uncle, Muhammad worked as a shepherd. Muhammad was a teenager away on a trip with his uncle when a Christian monk identified marks on his body that indicate he was a prophet (University of Phoenix, 2005).

At the age of 25, Muhammad married a woman 15 years older than he was. His wife, Khadijah, was his biggest supporter. With the support of his wife, Muhammad would "spend periods of time in solitary retreat" (University of Phoenix, 2005, p.365). On one of these retreats when Muhammad was 40, an angel named Gabriel appeared to him in human-like form. Three times the angel Gabriel instructed Muhammad to recite what later became the first words of the Qur'an; three times Muhammad insisted...