Islam And Buddism

Essay by EssaySwap ContributorCollege, Undergraduate February 2008

download word file, 2 pages 0.0

Downloaded 15 times

Nowadays, there are two religions that are proposed for the agenda: Islam and Buddhism. Islam, the Religion of Submission to God, is the youngest of the major religions of the world. It is the dominant religion of the third-world nations of the Middle East and Africa and the second largest of the world's religions with about one billion followers (25% of the world population). On the other hand, Buddhism, conquering of passions, began in India in the sixth century B.C. It was the first religion of the world to become international and today has a membership of 265,840,250. In spite of current issues, it's still hard to realize them within their great history and contents. Therefore, the best way to clarify Islam and Buddhism is comparisons between them, so between their founders, values and beliefs.

Initially, Islam and Buddhism had different founders and they had completely different ways of life.

Mohammed (meaning: highly praised) the founder of Islam was born in Mecca, province of Hagaz (Saudi Arabia) in 571 so he was an Arabian. He had the role of God's Prophet in religion. He began preaching at 40 years old, besides his family status was quite poor. His characteristics were being faithful to Allah and being just, humble, friendly, honest. He died at the age of 61 in 632 without any particular reason. Nevertheless, Siddhartha Gautama (meaning: seeker of wisdom) the founder of Buddhism was born around 563 BC in Gaya (now in the State of Bihar in India), so he was an Indian. His role was expressed as a teacher in religion. His beginning age to the preaching was 35, and he had a very wealthy family status contrary to Mohammed. He was a peaceful, compassionate, noble, wise person. He died at the age of 80...