This is an essay that compares Islam and Christianity.

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Islam VS Christianity

Similarities and Differences between Christianity and Islam]

The Muslim and Christian religions are two religions that share many concepts and beliefs while at the same time having major differences in some areas of faith. The Islamic religion was influenced in part by Christianity but developed into a very different practice with its own unique rituals, prayers, and beliefs. In the Muslim faith, their primary source of religious belief is the Qur'an, which was written by the prophet Muhammed in a series of revelations, which lasted for 23 years from about 610 CE to 622 CE. The similarities between the two religions begin by looking at the basic concepts of each religion. First, both are monotheistic and god is recognized as the creator who is omnipotent and all knowing. Both believe that a prophet, Muhammad for Islam and Jesus for Christians, were the last prophets to come to earth sent by god and each of the prophets are responsible for at least some of the religion's holy book writing.

In both religions, god has a unique relationship with his people and makes covenants with them. It is also understood in both religions that the world will come to an end someday and no one knows when. At the end of the world, an evil figure, Satan, will be defeated and god will judge all humans based on the moral code specified in the agreement with god. Both religions also have books that are the primary source of religious knowledge. If a sin or transgression from what is desired occurs both religion's god accept an apology and are forgiven if they truly are sincere. The moral codes of the religions are also similar in that in both, parents have special rights as do spouses and consequently adultery is forbidden.