Essay by jarrz2004 September 2003

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In today's world we have many religions, but throughout civilization there have been three main religions. Most Americans are familiar with only Christianity and Judaism. But there is a third major religion that seems an ocean away. This religion is known as Islamic. What the majority of Americans fail to realize is that according to, one out of every four people in the world is a Muslim, meaning that they are followers of Islam. In the past fifty years the Muslim population has grown 235%. These are astounding numbers. One sad thing though is that when most Americans do think about the Muslim religion they see images of recent evens that have been linked directly to Muslim terrorists such as Osama Bin-ladin, and people of that nature. These people are truly not followers of their own religion. In actuality the Islamic religion is based on peace and love for ones' brother.

A man of great thought and intellect originally founded the Islamic religion. Muhammad, the founder of the Islamic religion was a man of faith and honesty. Muhammad was a man that believed no man is any better than any other man, and was a man against war and for peace. Although Muhammad faced Many struggles, he was still able to found what is now known to be the nation of Islam.

Muhammad was born in Mecca, present day Saudi-Arabia, in 570, as a fulfillment of the prayer of Abraham according to the following verse of the Qur'an, a book of revelations from God to Muhammad. "Our Lord! Send amongst them an Apostle of their own, who shall rehearse Thy Signs to them and instruct them in scripture and wisdom, and sanctify them: For Thou art the Exalted in Might, the Wise."(Muhammad, 53). He was born part of...