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Religions in the Middle East

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Middle Eastern Religions

There are three main types of religion in the Middle East, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. All of these religions are different as well as similar in many ways. I believe the main purpose for religion is to answer some important questions like, “Who created all of this, where did I come from, why am I here and where am I going once I die?” Many people ask these important questions and religion seems to answer them for most. The answers differ with which religion you choose because they have different core beliefs.

Judaism is one of the main religions in the Middle East today. The Jews believe in one God who created all things. The key figures of the Jewish religion, in the Old Testament are David, Abraham and Moses. The Jewish symbol is the Star of David. Abraham is called the Father of the Jews and they believe he was the father of all the Jewish nations as it is stated in the Old Testament. Moses was chosen by God to lead the Jewish people to a beautiful land and gave them the Ten Commandments. To this point, their core beliefs are the same as the Christian faith. The Jewish faith has a Torah that is the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. Neither Islam nor Christianity believe in the Torah as a holy book. Although the core beliefs of creation and God’s Ten Commandments are the same, Islam believes in a different set of laws to live by. The holy land for the Jews is Jerusalem in Israel.

Islam, on the other hand, does not have as many similarities with Judaism as Christianity does. The Islamic faith believes the Prophet Muhammad was chosen by God to lead them in 600AD. Islam was developed in Arabia with Mecca and Medina being the holy cities. The Quran is the holy book of the Islamic faith. They have five pillars of Islam and living that they have to abide by. They are faith, prayer, almsgiving, charity to the poor, and fasting. Oddly enough Abraham is believed to be the father of the Islamic religion as well...

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