Islam and Christianity
Everybody has his or her own level of importance when it comes to religion and its meaning. Some people see religion as a reason for being, while others might use their religion as a way to remain connected to home, or even blame it for every horrible act between humans. When first looking at the Islamic faith and the Christian faith they may seem very different from each other but when we take a closer look at them and compare them we can find a lot of very important similarities between the two religions. When doing research for this assignment I came across many articles which right from the start I was able to tell were going to be one sided, depending on the authors beliefs, and not very helpful to me. Because I was raised by my mom and her side of the family which were Jehovah’s Witnesses, I was able to not only learn about the Islamic faith but also about the Christian faith with which I haven’t had a chance to become all that familiar with, as well as ways in which both these religions are similar to one another and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
One of the most important similarities that I found when doing my research was that both Christians and Muslims is that both religions are truly monotheistic, and believe that faith and worshiping their one true God is the absolute most important part in their chosen religions (Gillum, 2010). Muslims find daily prayer to be especially important and it is done five times a day in order to create a continuous thought process and a reminder for all the things one is thankful for. Even though, Christians also pray daily, not all pray at selected times. Some Christians pray before every meal, when they first wake up and before going to bed. Part of Christians has set times to pray throughout the day, when something is worthy of God’s thanks or when they feel emotional.
Both religions encourage giving charitability and accept various ways to give. Lending an ear to listen to another, planting a tree so that an animal or person can benefit from it or volunteering your time to aid homeless shelters are just some of the ways recognized by both religions. Tithing, known by Christians or the giving of Zakat as it is known by Muslims. Charitable giving stems from the belief that the bounties and blessings come from God, and it’s a responsibility of the religious people to give back to those who aren’t as fortunate.
Fasting is another very important part of the Islamic religion, although its not as common in the Christian religion, it should be performed for spiritual purposes and personally; not to attract attention. The Fast of Ramadan is performed once a year by the Islamic faith to be able to better identify those who have none or very little to eat and drink in the world and in order to gain an intense spiritual devotion during the daylight hours when they are not allowed to eat. The Fast of Ramadan is conducted on the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and normally lasts...