Islam Compared Islam Compared
ISLAM COMPARED Islam is closest theologically to Judaism, but socially to Christianity in terms of the mechanism of expansion and cultural impact. Islam is... Islam Compared

ISLAM COMPARED

Islam is closest theologically to Judaism, but socially to Christianity in terms of the mechanism of expansion and cultural impact. Islam is second only in world followers to Christianity with over 1.6 billion adherents.

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It is the largest religion in Africa and the largest practiced religion on Earth. While the term practiced is subjective because being a Muslim has a completely different set of demand on it compared to Christianity. Islam’s tenants are more observed by its followers than any other religion. Islam unlike Christianity is not fragmented into denomination in the same way. For example in Christianity you may have a Roman Catholic Church or a Baptist Church, generally speaking a Mosque is a Mosque. There are no Shia Mosque and Sunni Mosque; a mosque is a mosque, Shia use Sunni Mosque and no one is the wiser. And while denomination do exist it is radically different from denominations in Christianity. Islam is therefore far more theologically homogeneous than most other religions. For example no Muslim group will eat pork or hold partners with the supreme Deity. Honor is also an intangibles quality found in the Muslim world which does not have a cultural counterpart in Christianity. This maybe because of the old-world African, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures which practice Islam. Islam integrates culture far more rapidly than Western Christian which is general secular. This integration protects the cultures which are Islamized but sometimes cause non-Islamic practices. to be treated as aspects of the religion for example FGM (which is an African tradition seen in Ancient Egypt). But some Muslims and Western detractors associate it with Islam because African Muslims communities do it.

Being a member of the Islamic faith requires more active declarations than most other religions. Being a Muslim is therefore less flexible and far more specific than “being a Christian” or “being a Jew.” This radical difference means being Muslim has a inherent responsibility to adhering to the Islamic doctrine. And while Judaism has an ethnic inheritance, this tendency in Islam is quasi-taboo. Rabbinic Judaism claims Judaism as a matrilineally pass-down. Being Muslim requires the Shahada (الشهادة) and an acceptance of the canon of the Islamic doctrine. Committing blasphemy (shirk | Arabic: شرك‎ ) (challenging God as the supreme deity) can take someone out of the fold of Islam. In the canon of Islam you cannot be technically born a Muslim (contrary to the culture of some Indo-Pakistani Muslims), you must accept the religion. Islam holds that all people are born in a state-of-Islam and thus all children are born Muslim. Christianity does not have such clear parameters. Judaism is difficult to compare because the definition varies depending on whether a religious, sociological, or ethnic aspect is being discussed. But Rabbinic Judaism holds that anyone who does not follow the Talmud is not a Jew. The problem of White dominance is very true for the entire Jewish discourse even more so than Christianity. Judaism today is not Judaism in antiquity. Mainstream Judaism is a European cultural expression which evolved first Islamic Lands (Maimonides) and later Medieval Europe. Islam suffers from the new dominance of Saudi and Iranian brand of Islam with the same issues of Orthodoxy.

ISLAM & NATIVE AFRICAN SYSTEMS

Islam spread across to West Africa (by African traders such as the Fulani people) from as early as the 8 th century by African traders and was firmly established by the 11 th century. The peaceful non-obstructive course Islam took in West Africa was mainly because those propagating the faith were culturally and ethnically identical to those receiving it. Also the indigenous African had many features

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res in common, such as animal immolation, communal pray, celebrating ancestors, circumcision, polygamy, dowry bride gifts, and the spirit or jinn world. The African spirit world of Bori and Zar was bridged to the Islamic world of jinns whom like African spirits could be friend or foe.

Such similarities between Islam and indigenous African religions facilitated a general peaceful conversion and religious tolerance in West Africa. Islam hence left African culture uniquely African and a traditional African Sufi Islam was formed over the centuries. This brand of Islam in time even reshaped Islamic culture in the lands beyond Africa.

Afrocentrism has never been able to answer the question; between Islam and Ancient KMT, and Ancient KMT and so-called native faiths, which had more in common? There is no escaping that Islam and Ancient Egypt had far more in common with each other than say the religions of Dahomey. Bias and unbalance are a form of corruption because it mask objectivity and kills alternative paradigms for processing information – regardless of who is doing it. When opinions are formed in an intellectual vacuum and not via a process of dialectics it can often mask obvious realities and solutions that are looking us in our face.

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