By Yvonne Perry
There are a vast number of religions in the world each having its own unique characteristics that identify it. As with Islam and Christianity, the present character of a religion may differ from its original composition. By looking at the founders, one is able to view a particular religion with a perception more accurate to its original format. This point-by-point research paper will attempt to compare and contrast the founders of two monotheistic religions; Muhammad, the founder of Islam, and Jesus, the founder of Christianity. Both founders show us the way to the one God, but each man purported different methods of leading people to this understanding.
Ancestry and Early Years
Both Muhammad and Jesus considered Abraham as his patriarch. Muhammad came from the lineage of Ishmael the son of Abraham born to him through his wife Sarah s handmaiden, Hagar, who acted as a surrogate wife. Muhammad was born in Mecca in approximately 570 CE into the Hashim clam of the Kuraish Federation. He was orphaned at the age of six years. His uncle, a tribal chief, adopted and raised him to work in the camel caravan. Muhammad married a wealthy woman named Khadija when he was 25 and became a wealthy merchant and military man.
Jesus was of the lineage of Isaac, the son of Abraham and his wife Sarah. Jesus was born to a Jewish virgin in about 4 BCE. The Bible indicates that Jesus had siblings, was familiar with the Scriptures, and attended synagogue. The Bible is silent on his teenage years and young adulthood, but according to The Lost Years of Jesus, he too, worked in the camel caravan where he learned and shared mystical insights within the diverse cultures of India, China, Tibet, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Persia (Iran/Iraq) where he is still known today by the name of Issa. There is no record or indication that Jesus was ever married. The Mission
Both Muhammad and Jesus shared the conviction that he had been chosen for a mission to...