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Lives of Muhammad and Jesus; Compared Sonja Saltzgiver Axia College of University of Phoenix
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The lives of the Prophet Muhammad and Jesus of Nazareth are separated by 600 years and yet their lives, their teachings, and their deaths have affected millions and their legacy continues today. Conflict between the followers of these two men dominates many world political discussions today. This conflict is a product of millennia of differences between two men and two dogmas. Muhammad was born in Mecca in 570 C.E. Mecca was already an important city in terms of its sacred nature, as it contained the Ka’bah, and as a trade center. The city was the site of an annual pilgrimage from members of surrounding tribes. Muhammad was a member of the tribe of the Quraysh. Orphaned at a young age and raised by relatives, the young man lacked the funds to become a trader in the market city. Eventually, he found employment with a wealthy widow and married her (Phipps, 1996). Muhammad became a successful trader and merchant and still managed to spend one month each year meditating and reflecting in a cave outside Mecca. It was during these reflection periods in the year 610 C.E. that Muhammad began to have several religious experiences and started to view himself as a messenger of Allah. In the beginning, Muhammad told only close friends and family of his experiences. The messages he was receiving and disseminating were controversial and would have not been deemed popular (Smart, 1998). After three years, Muhammad went public with his messages sent by Allah. His first messages attacked the idea of polytheism. Muhammad stated that in the end, everyone would be judged by God, no matter how much money was left at the multitude of shrines around the holy city. Later, he gave revelations that shaped legal aspects of the society including marriage. Muhammad’s revelations were so unpopular that he and his followers were basically driven
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2010 for the course HUM 9006303250 taught by Professor Comptonw during the Spring '08 term at University of Phoenix.

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